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Promoted Deviations and Journals

Thu May 23, 2013, 12:27 PM

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What is Promoted?

Promoted deviations and journals are pieces of media we believe you should know about.  They appear and act just like any other deviation or journal in your Message Center, with the exception that they're clearly marked as Promoted.  As with all deviations and journals, they can be commented on, favorited, shared, and more.

Where does Promoted come from?

Promoted messages are selected by and sent from deviantART.  They represent deviations and journals we believe are of significant importance -- so much so that we want them to have a greater reach within the deviantART network.

Who sees Promoted?

A Promoted deviation or journal will only appear in a deviant's Message Center if the content involved will likely be of high relevance to the deviant.

How often will Promoted be seen?

We're only interested in sending Promoted messages we believe are relevant and valuable. As such, we will remain extremely mindful when considering which messages are sent and how often.

Can deviants remove Promoted messages from their Message Centers?

As with all deviations and journals that appear in Message Centers, Promoted messages can be closed by clicking the "X" next to the deviation or journal, or by selecting multiple messages and choosing the "Remove" option.

Can deviants opt out of receiving Promoted?

Premium Members can opt out of receiving Promoted messages by visiting the General section of their Settings and unchecking "Check here to receive Promoted messages." Non-Premium Members cannot opt out.

Can deviants opt out of receiving Hot Topics or Contest Announcements?

While Premium Members have the ability to opt out of receiving Promoted messages, they cannot opt out of Hot Topics or Contest Announcements. This is because deviantART needs to maintain an open channel with deviants for official communications.

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HijaDeLaLunaEstrella Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Student Digital Artist
get this filth away 
hau Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
You're literally making people pay money to get rid of stuff they didn't ask for and don't want? Ooookay, Dr. Money.
dracodragon5 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
What the fuck is this shit? I'm so tired of your crap DA, this is why everyone hates this website. This is a great way to get people to boycott your services.
DarkreaperToky Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
An excerpt from my latest rant journal: 

Still don't know where I'm going with this? DeviantART is turning into Pay to Win, punishing and penalizing those that are "free" users. I was lucky enough to be gifted my premium, but not everyone is so lucky. DeviantART isn't a game where people compete to be the best, DeviantART is a community that should be free, and having a premium membership should unlock bonuses, not punish you for NOT having the membership. I've met so many friends on dA, and lately, I've almost been completely turned off by what dA is doing to free users. It's truly unfair. After reading about the Promoted group, I checked back the comments, and it turns out they've been doing this shit for years. Not listening to the community at all. 

DeviantART Staff, listen to me and listen well: Forcefully advertising art is NOT a way to please the community. YOU do not dictate what someone else likes, nor should you REQUIRE them to pay to be free from this advertisement. No, not advertisement: spam. What you are doing is considered spam and although I have nothing against the artists, this is a surefire way to get people to hate their art. 
Nexpill Featured By Owner Edited Jan 24, 2015
I though the whole fucking point of watching people was so i could filter all the shit i'm not interested you fucking mongoloids. Thank god i don't came here anymore.
I hope all of you gets raped by a bunch of retards.
Koimeteria Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
Here's another person who hates this. Are you -kidding- me, this is a horrible idea that no one likes! It's funny how obvious you are about it though. "We know they'll hate this, so we've only put the off button in the paid package. Wonder if they'll notice the truth if we make a nice little journal and pass if off as a well meaning idea?" If you really though it was a good idea you'd make the off switch free, or make promoted a premium only feature.
Schorchingskys Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
as suggested by one of the commenters on the Promoted group journal, I copy-paste this message: 

"I have nothing personal against this artist, but I never asked to see this promoted in my message center. It is not relevant to my interests. Please, DeviantArt Administrators: STOP SPAMMING US!".
heminder Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Professional
noun, IPA(key): /ˈspæm/

1. A collection of unsolicited bulk electronic messages.
2. Any undesired electronic content automatically generated for commercial purposes.
3. An unsolicited electronic message sent in bulk, usually by email or newsgroups.
Mowf Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uh what? Did you guys purposely implement this annoying crap so people will WANT to buy the premium membership just to opt out? For one, how embarassing for artists who get showcased and then get all kinds of hate because people aren't interested in their art style or don't want their notifications spammed by something they have no power over. For two, promoting artists should be a positive thing, not a dirty trick to get people to buy your gimmicky membership.
Selkra Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
Forcing people to look at art they don't want to see a horrible way to get them to 'appreciate' it.

Honestly I think this hurts the art submitted here more than helps them.
Mowf Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree. I wouldn't want people to see my art as spam or "junkmail". I'd rather they see my art because they're interested in the subject and found it on their own.
Koimeteria Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
Exactly, the picture I got wasn't bad, but I'm so irritated about the way it was introduced (shoved in my face) that I now have a bad mental association with it.
Adalaire Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Promoted messages are selected by and sent from deviantART.  They represent deviations and journals we believe are of significant importance -- so much so that we want them to have a greater reach within the deviantART network."

So give them a fucking Daily Deviation and leave us alone.  I'm not sure how you missed the fact that people in general do not like to be force fed things.
Adalaire Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Psyseon Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Let's see here, we have the front page, Daily Deviations, and More From Deviantart. No thanks, I've got a full plate of stuff that will be shoved down my throat already. And no, I do not wish to pay deviantart just so I can have less spam. It feels like my watch feed is potentially being held hostage.
VioletWhirlwind Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist

I already can't turn off hot topics/contests...Like I need yet ANOTHER way for DA to advertise at me...And I am NOT paying for the option to turn it off, when it shouldn't be there in the FIRST place.  *grumble*

I already have enough messages in my inbox without random promotions too.  I do NOT like this, at ALL.
^ this

For real, you divide up our attention so much, it's a wonder we even notice imporant journals like this. Simpler is better, thank you.
Moon-Phace Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Are you goddamn serious? I have to give you money to opt out of this? Ugh. 
ZeriaWolfClaw Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
Are u saying all of u admins r being brats? U can't get what u want always. Take this damn thing down
Shinihime964 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Student General Artist
Can you take me off this list?!  Some of us can't afford to pay to not be spammed by this lousiness.  Please do something to fix this, as some of us are fucking frustrated with this system of "pay for this, pay for that".
We're artists.  We don't have money, and this is total bull.
nscmseiyaryu Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy hell, I have to pay to not get spammed by art I don't care for? Piss off, dA! 
nikthecat14 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ew no thank you please I don't want this in my watch.
Doipeny Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Non-Premium Members cannot opt out." Thank you devianart for making your site more frustrating to use
WoodburyBound Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Student Writer
If deviantart really wants our input, they should maybe listen to the many commenters saying this is something we don't want. Or will they just pat us on the head and send us off again like with everything else we didn't want?
PkGam Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This was a bad idea when it was first implemented and it still is a bad idea now. The daily deviations section already exists so there shouldn't be a need for an extra "promoted" thing in the first place. It's one thing if people want to see stuff you guys want to promote stuff, but it's another when people have to pay for a premium membership to opt out of it. Paying for a premium membership should be about getting extra features, not paying to eliminate things that were implemented that annoy you. Having this just makes it seem like this is an idea to get people to pay for a premium membership so you guys get money. But if anything it makes me not want to get one because it's essentially supporting a site that is knowingly annoying their userbase.
MuddyIXI Featured By Owner Edited Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Deviantart. I know better than you what I want to see. I don't have money to spend on your premium membership, and this, sadly? This makes me want to support you even less. I've been here for 11 years. I do not think that I should be forced to see art that you THINK i might like just because you think so. I can easily go to weasyl, or any other number of art communities that do not choke out their users with content. This is a noose. This is the antithesis of freedom, of expression, of art. This is a chokehold, pure and simple. "Give us your money, or else put up with these." I'm sorry but, No.
Bubbles1300 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
//Premium members can opt out but none premiums can't.

Wow. What a beautiful system. I totally applaud you. Thanks.
itachisraven Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
This is awful.
DTfox Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Please disable this. It is not a good idea at all. I'm fine with your hot topics and community messages, is that not enough?
TheDarkXelloss Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh come on, what are Daily Deviations for??
Estecka Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
1 - We already had daily deviations to promote people, think of revaluating it before forcing these deviations into our message boxes.
2 - The right side of this journal is cropped when displayed on the group profile page.
Lady-WynterFyre Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This SUCKS. Seriously. I don't really give a crap about stuff I don't go out of my way to watch. I HATE being spammed with useless shit in my inbox, cause it's already over cluttered as it is. There NEEDS to be a way for anyone to opt out, and not through the general settings thing. This is a group, I should be able to opt out without having to pay for it. 

Now I am seriously going to consider pulling down all of my art aside from the ARPG stuff and leave this site, since you keep throwing needless crap at us. This use to be a community, now it's turning into a place full of uselessness and unoriginality. 
SilverGoddess666 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Student General Artist
This is very unfair and greedy of the admins to do this. This is clutter more than anything for a majority of the members. It should be something that we are notified about, but ultimately choose to join. I'm getting sick of things like this, and I've nearly left your so called community due to it. For a site so 'persistent' with spam blocking, it's amazing to see you doing just that. The same could be said about art theft, while some can get results easily, most don't, and then you change your logo to an exactly duplicate of another, long established company? DA, you're better than that, and this is exactly how you push people away.
Neonfluzzycat Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Student Filmographer
This is a fucking horrible idea I don't want this goddamn spam 
Chris-Aaron Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
NO NO NO. dA, this is a poor decision on your part. I don't appreciate getting random spam in my inbox any more than any of these people before me. And no, the stuff is definitely NOT relevant to my interests.
groscochon72 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student General Artist
500th comment :XD: but this stuff is not right.
DocMikeB Featured By Owner Edited Jul 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I am tired of this SPAM in my message center.
DocMikeB Featured By Owner Edited Aug 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
If I will see more spam I will begin to comment EACH promoted image with this comment:


Could be an effective way to force DA to stop with this UNWANTED and UNSOLICITED "service".
VioletWhirlwind Featured By Owner Edited Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
good idea!

Edit: I have started using this message, if it's ok with you.  This needs to go viral.
Chris-Aaron Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
hey, thats not a bad idea. Maybe even get the artists being 'promoted' to say something.
InfernalMirror Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
Eww. I see the point and promoting artists is a nice idea. But forcing us to pay for our right to keep our mail boxes clean is just ... eww. Please don't.
Thoune Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
What you're doing is bad. Requiring people to pay to disable this. For the first time since I'm premium (I got my first premium two or three years ago if I remember correctly), I'm considering to not renew my subscription.
ShadowedPorcelain Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is essentially spam. you might get people migrating to sites like weebly because you are so annoying. Just because whoever monitors this thinks it's relevant doesn't mean it is. Let the community decide!
keiross Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
On an unrelated note... HEIDI FOR PRESIDENT :heart: 
AEQUORIN Featured By Owner Edited Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I hope you're joking, she's endorsing corrupt ways of getting people to pay money to remove unwanted ads in our inboxes if we are non-premium members. Don't you see how insanely unjust that is? :hmm:

What happened to our rights to unsubscribe? What happened to freedom of choice without having to pay to be freed from email spam? :[
keiross Featured By Owner Edited Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I don't know about all that really, I just know just like any other commercial company or website it needs to think of ways to get money. The amazingly cool thing with dA is it invests it back into the community with research and development and provision of new features and stuff. And it has done for years which is why dA is as good and advanced as it is today. I think that's commendable. 

But my main point was Heidi is awesome and should consider running for the White House. Or at least governor of California. 
AEQUORIN Featured By Owner Edited Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
There are MANY ways of earning money, and this is an incredibly corrupt way of doing it, just read the comments below. Everyone agrees this is unjust. :nod: 

Yeah, if you do that (have her in office) she'll send us all spam mail in our real life mailboxes and tell us to pay to opt out. Do you want that? :[

She's greedy as hell with her D.A. Promoted club showcasing artists many of us don't care for like Vesner (who doesn't need help getting famous by the way because she's already freaking famous as it is). :facepalm: 

If you don't know what's going on visit the Promoted Homepage. She spammed thousands of us with emails about art we didn't choose to see on our own within our private inboxes and she keeps featuring only elite artists, not any unknowns AT ALL (you know people with 300 Watchers and such). :ohnoes: 

I have never seen such corrupt methods of 'promoting art' while sneaking in pay money to opt out of our spam emails at the same time. You're a Premium Member so you haven't seen what other people like me are seeing from our viewpoint. There are literally thousands of us with the same issue here...

Heidi NOT for president I say, otherwise our mailboxes will be full of unwanted spam >:[ 
mellfirebay Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really don't mind the whole promotion stuff, I actually prefer more exposure, since Its pretty hard to specifically search deviants. but I really think its slightly crossing the line by not giving the feature of opting out the advertisements or promotions for non paying deviants. or maybe you'll see how it goes and make a few changes. we'll have to wait and see I guess.
315lVl4-J Featured By Owner Edited Jul 23, 2014

We have rights, don't make us pay money for our rights to choose...
Nattie-Bug Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This isn't fair at all to non-premium members. There already is the Hot Topics in all our messages, just keep using that and thumbnail the art or whatever it is you want to show. Not force everyone to watch a group they have no interest in. They shouldn't be forced to buy a premium just so they can opt out, and even if it's only 1 or 2 images every so often, it can still be a pain to have things they don't care about in their messages. I find that non-premium members are unable to opt out of Promoted is completely absurd.
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