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March 9, 2010


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Frequently Asked Questions

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 9, 2010, 7:32 AM

[Updated February 2012]

Before you ask us a question, this is the best place to check to see if it has already been answered.  If you find that your question is still not answered, feel free to send us a group note.

Why was my submission declined?
○ There are a variety of reasons a submission to our group is declined.  Here is just a small list of the possible reasons:
  • The submission was sent to the incorrect gallery.
  • The submission was against the group's rules.
  • The submission was against dA ToS.
  • The submission simply does not meet the group's standards of quality control.
Do you critique submissions your group declines?
○ Our staff are more than happy to give a critique on a declined submission when requested.  If you wish to have a submission that was declined given a critique, please send a group note or a correspondence comment that is attached to the submission in question.

Why does this group not accept all submissions?
○ The simple answer is that there are so many other general manga and anime groups here on dA that already accept all levels of work that we felt we didn't really need to be another of them.  When this group was founded, it was founded with the idea that there were only either expert groups or all level groups, there was nothing in-between.  ARTISTICANIMANGA has stuck by this idea since its creation.

I feel that this group's staff are not qualified to judge my artwork.
○ If you truly feel this way, the only thing I can suggest is to leave this group.  Anyone who shows their art to the world will always get some sort of response from the audience it receives, good and bad.  Uploading your works to a website of artwork promotion and submitting it to a group which reviews all submissions, it's just inevitable in having the work critiqued and judged.  So, yet again, if you feel this way, then this may not be the group for you.

Why can't I submit to the main galleries (Original Art/Fan Art/etc)?
○ The only galleries that can be submitted to are the sub-folders within the main galleries.  The main galleries are used as a sub-feature area for the sub-galleries.

Why do contest entries go into the favorites area?
○ We did originally have all contest entries go directly to the gallery.  However, some members decided to try and use this as a loop-hole to get works under the group's quality control out to the group's watchers.  It was decided it was better to have all submissions placed into the favorites folder so that any member of any skill level could participate and enforce the gallery's quality control.

Why is this group no longer open membership?
○ Originally ARTISTICANIMANGA had open membership, and in the end we had to decline many submissions simply because they broke our group rules.  It created unnecessary friction between our members and our group staff.  The solution was to find a way to make sure our members actually read the rules.  We used to require a password that had to be found within the rules.  We've now come to a happy middle ground with both aspects of open membership and guiding our members to read our group rules.

What is a Weekly Feature?
○ A Weekly Feature is a bit like a Daily Deviation.  Our group staff vote on suggested features and for an entire week the deviation selected is displayed on the group's main page.  It is also sent out to all our watchers in a journal for even more exposure.

Why does the Weekly Feature need to be already in the group?
○ The reason for this is because we want very special deviations to get very special attention. It also is so much easier to have suggestions sent to us this way, than by having them submit into the featured gallery. If we opened the Featured Gallery to submissions, as we only accept one per week, many will just get declined.

What is the Deviation of the Year?
○ The Deviation of the Year is a special honor given to one of our Weekly Features that is decided entirely by our members.  We place all the Weekly Feature of an entire year into polls for everyone to vote on.

How can I donate something to the group?
○ Donations are awesome! If you would like to donate something to help us out, we would love points so that we can give them out as prizes. We accept donations from journal features, art work, points, to subscriptions to dA. Whatever you can donate will be greatly appreciated.

What is this Second Hope folder?
○ Sometimes we get submissions that show great effort and potential and we just can't totally decline it.  This folder in our favorites is to show that even if a submission is declined, there is always a chance to still be a part of this group.  We use this to help encourage our members to keep on drawing and keep on progressing.

Why am I blocked from this group?
○ There are a variety of reasons a person can be banned/blocked from this group.  Usually if someone is blocked, they are notified and given the reason when the block is put into place.  Here is a list of some of the most common reasons, remember, this list doesn't have all the possibilities.
● Spamming/Flaming/Flooding the group or staff members.
● Rude comments or behavior towards the group or staff.
● Consistently submitting traced/copied works to the group.
● Consistently submitting works that break the group rules.
Can I be un-blocked from the group?
○ Yes, there is a chance that a blocked/banned person may be removed from the blocked list.  This depends on the offense that caused the person to be banned.  However, asking to be unblocked does not guarantee you will be.  If you wish to be removed from the blocked list, please send a personal note to 01309.

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cheyluvsu03 Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have another question ^^; 

Does this group submit artwork by breaking it into certain groups?

Ex: if 30 people submit a day, will there be about 3 staff members voting on what gets accepted, so it might take longer to see if your art is in the group or not?
foogie Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Every week we will receive well over 100 submissions,  and our entire staff is required to vote on any incoming submissions.  We currently have around 20 staff members,  but the number of active staff members at one time changes- as some will be less active than others, and some will go on holidays or be busy, etc.  Each submission require 5 "Yes" votes to be accepted,  so if voting is conflicted- a total number of 9 votes may be required for a submission to be accepted (4 No and 5 yes-  or 5 No and 4 Yes)...  this means that an absolute minimum of 9 staff members must be actively voting at all times.

The time voting takes depends on how active our staff are- we will generally process submissions within a day or two, but the more conflicted voting it, the more staff are required to vote- so therefore the longer it will take.  Our maximum time that submissions are left waiting is one week before they expire,  so submissions are always dealt with before the end of one week!  :)
cheyluvsu03 Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay thank you; it makes sense now XD
cheyluvsu03 Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a question: I submitted a piece of work a while ago and I accidentally deleted the comment in my inbox that states whether you accepted or declined it. I checked the picture, and it's not listed as shown in this group, so I don't know if it was declined without reason or if someone didn't vote it in yet. Is it alright to submit it again?
foogie Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you provide the link to the deviation in question, I will check your submission history for you. :)

Because re-submission of previously declined works is against the rules, if you are ever unsure- feel free to ask us!
cheyluvsu03 Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
here you go; thank you so much!
foogie Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This submission has been declined.  If you would like a critique, please send a note to the group! :)
cheyluvsu03 Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay! Yeah, it is kind of an old picture ^^; but if you don't mind, I'm one of your watchers and if would be nice if you critiqued it :) Would you like me to send you a note?
foogie Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Please send a note to the group, as it's generally something which is provided through %ArtisticAnimanga.  :)  Feel free to request in the note for a critique from me personally, if that is what you would like!  :)
cheyluvsu03 Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay then thank you!
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