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Journal Entry: Sun Apr 13, 2014, 1:41 PM


Many comments have been made, many people have hauled off and jumped and are now wondering what is really going on, many tears have been cried (at least by me cuz y'all--y'all are mean. Enough said about that, it doesn't matter. I wish everyone all of the best and more.

I would like to take a few minutes to say two things:
1) Many have come through DLD and been better in this literature community for it. Dedication and hard work helped forward their already progressing talent. Not me, not Will, not Lili or any other running administrator--just dedication and hard work. We have present and former hats, badges and most of all the owners of coveted Daily Deviations; all have come through here and I am damn proud to have been a part of the sacred space they passed through. I'm sure the sentiment is shared by many, many others.
2) I've been checking on this account for the last two years and have not seen any real growth that directly effects the literature community in a positive way. DLD has been doing the same things--rote, yes contributing to the success and exposure of unknown literature (though many of the same people seem to get recurring DLDs including staff members which has ALWAYS been a big no-no in my book) but not furthering its place in the community. No regular and new/exciting contests, no excellent forum management, no group oriented projects to contribute any number of things to the community, no outpouring of support for ongoing projects like FFM, Not-For-Sale, NaPo/NaNo, etc and so on, hell--no daily answering of fricking messages... there were one thousand nine hundred and sixty-two messages in the inbox when I came in to take down an article the other night. Basically admin has been enjoying the benefits of DLD rank and not running the account in the way I and others (especially Lili) worked so hard to lay out. Admin isn't just the fun of suggestions and the hardest of work when you get none and the recognition for being a part of something special--admin is every nook and cranny plus room to grow and give more to the lit community on dA.

That was my plan, that's what I spent near 24/7 doing for more than two years until we finally had a team that could function as a unit. This is all my fault though. MINE. I, in 2 years, have not had the wherewithal to step in and correct the errors, support the running admins as a team player and set it all to rights. My life interfered. My plan to close began to itch at the edges of my mind. DLD became stale and I did nothing but make an executive decision that pissed my most trusted admin off and got bent. Then I hastily--should have stuck with my gut instinct and just took that down and left it alone--posted the history. But no--I told the story as it had been told to me and announced the closing all in one breath. I apologize. There was a better path and I missed it. I only hope to be forgiven by those that seem to be hurt.

More later on how to leave the account sitting so the exposure for all in the past is still there and then there's the issue of points...

“We have art lest we perish of the truth.” –Nietzsche

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AspiredWriter Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
This here is a copy of a note as feedback for the "closing" journal entry. You disabled all comments to the "closing" journal entry so I could not do this in its proper place. I am putting it here as well because I would love for as many deviants as possible to read these words.

I'm shocked and upset by reading this news. DLD has been my first group here on dA (before there were really even groups technically) and is majorly responsible for me still being here today and consequentially any and all improvements I have made as an artist and friends I have made and amazing people and artists I have met here during my over four years on the site. It has been a comfort to have it out there pushing me on. It is a day of mourning to hear of the shutting of your doors.

I, (and I am sure many others) appreciate the hard and dedicated work you have put in and for being for us deviants all these years.

I didn't quite understand the reason for this move. Is a correction of an accidental detail really the reason for this? I am confused and saddened.

I plead with you to reconsider and remain for all of us who adore you and have come to count on you. If you indeed go you will be sourly missed. I think you know this and it is for this reason you disabled the comments for you fear your mind changed by a deluge of fan-comments.

A big hug and dA love to you all :hug: :dalove: for the work you put in. you are truly amazing people.
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BellaRomatica Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
What good will it do to close this group? It will only make people sad, please reconsider all of this.
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ArrogantReality Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
Also, I find it disturbing that someone whose sole contribution, to what I helped create, for so long was "owning" this account all of a sudden just takes it upon themselves to utterly destroy what I helped create. Even if my recollections are totally wrong, ALL YOU HAD TO DO WAS SIMPLY EDIT THE ARTICLE. THAT'S IT. Instead you completely went off the deep end, and now, you've plunged into the abyss. Incidentally, my recollections are NOT wrong.

How about this kersee9, since you're soooo offended, how about you just give the group back to me, so you don't need to EVER worry about it again? DLD matters so much to so many, and you have NO RIGHT AT ALL TO JUST TAKE IT AWAY FROM THEM. Period. You, in this moment, just became one of the biggest failures the Literature community has EVER had.
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ArrogantReality Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
That journal entry is very, very false, and the conduct of the one who wrote it is reprehensible. I agree with SilverInkblot, what the actual fuck. 
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
What the actual fuck.
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