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(Updated)DD suggestion guidelines!

Wed Jun 6, 2012, 1:29 AM

Hello all

Firstly, I would like to say I am truly grateful for every DD suggestion I receive. It makes me feel reassured that the pieces featured are community decisions, not just my own subjective thoughts and findings. There are millions of writings out there and I can’t see every single one. I rely on good spots of others in hope of continuing to share a variety of good quality and unique literature. Thank you to those who suggest and those who continue to make the time to share their findings.


Please note

:bulletblack: I prefer 1 DD suggestion per note.

:bulletblack: Please always try to tell me why you are suggesting this piece. A bit of enthusiasm from the suggester can help make me feel enthused about the piece too. Plus it helps add a description to the DD :)
   

What I look for in Daily Deviations

:bulletblue: For those who know me as a writer, you will know I write scripts. However I like to review all forms of literature, prose, poetry and even nonfiction.

:bulletblue:  I am someone who appreciates writing with personality over generic works that could be written by anyone.  Show me originality- no bird poems or broken angel wings please. I don’t want poems about being a poet (unless written in a unique way).

:bulletblue: I want pieces that show character. What is this piece doing that makes it different? What does the writer add of themselves into the piece? 

:bulletblue: Good quality and technicality. People often ignore the importance to good solid grammar and the technical side of writing.

:bulletblue: Something that excites. It’s great to have a well written piece, but it needs to feel exciting and fresh.

:bulletblue: Be realistic about the quality, don't just submit it on a whim or because it’s your best friend and they’ve not receive a DD in the X years they’ve been on dA.

 

What I reject in DD Suggestions

:bulletred: Don't send in something riddled with spelling mistakes and poor grammar.  This shows a writer is lazy, everyone knows what spell check is; there’s no excuse. 

:bulletred: On an aside note, make sure ellipses are used correctly. It is one of my pet hates when a piece is overdosed with the bloody dots of doom.

:bulletred:  Remember to look at the substance, not just the style or idea! This includes pieces which may be about difficult subjects or creative forms of poetry too.

:bulletred: Often, I get submissions for pieces of “poetry” that are not really what I define as poetry- usually prose with line breaks instead of what a poem should be. I created a poll on this in hope others could help me define what poetry is a guideline for those who are unsure.

:bulletred: Presentation should not be ignored. Unless the piece is unbelievably amazing, I will not feature pieces written in subscript or overdosed by fancy CSS. Most publishers ask for pieces to be in a clean format- usually size 12 Arial etc so it doesn’t detract from the words. I agree with this. (Plus I need my glasses on for subscript!)

:bulletred: If the piece has a preview image, please ensure this is credited fully. You wouldn't like it if your piece of writing was used without permission so please treat images with the same dignity.

:bulletred: Don't just suggest a DD because it is popular. Just because a piece has over 100 favourites doesn't necessarily mean it is DD Worthy. 

:bulletred: Please note literature CVs do not feature Journals, news or fanfiction (There is a fanfic CV, currently SingingFlames!). 


Generic Lit DD considerations

:bulletyellow: Try to vary who you suggest to. There is a good amount of us now and we're always happy to hear from different people. Try not to suggest to the person who previously may have DD'd the individual.

:bulletyellow: Don't be afraid to suggest something you recently fav'd or featured yourself. There's a reason you like it, it would be worth sharing it.

:bulletyellow: Lit CVs would rather have too many suggestions than too few. In my experience, an average week sees about 10 suggestion notes, whereas a photography CV for example sees about 60!

 

Other rules about DDs

:bulletgreen: We cannot feature more than one DD a day per Community Volunteer.

:bulletgreen: DDs can only be awarded to members once every 6 month period. 

:bulletgreen: Self suggestions are welcome, but please keep in mind all of the above and show what is your very best.

:bulletgreen: Pieces that are for contests that have not yet finalised cannot be DD’d. This includes member contests, not just official deviantART ones. Therefore if you want to suggest something which is a contest entry, please ensure that contest has finished.


If you have any questions please ask on this journal.
  
If you don't want to suggest to me, you can also suggest your literature DDs to the delightful
neurotype (Who knows nothing Jon Snow). Nichrysalis (who likes to poem), GrimFace242 (Who you should never mistake for cake), or DorianHarper (Who tried to talk it sanely) :)


Their suggestion guidelines can be found here:

:heart: Tigger:heart: Armadillio :heart: Cake :heart: Pie :heart: Star:heart:



FAQ #61: What is a Daily Deviation?

FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen?

FAQ #873: What do I do when I disapprove of a Daily Deviation feature?

I need your help to continue this though! I would like you to start sending me DD suggestions. In fact today I want all of you to note me at least one suggestion.  Don't forget to tell me why you believe it deserves a DD too!

I look forward to your suggestions! :)



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:iconalapip:
alapip Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
your CV work should be appreciated by us all, Becca,
and anything we can do to make it easier should be
gladly volunteered too...

;)pip
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:iconvoiceless-song:
voiceless-song Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Student General Artist
If I'd like to suggest more than one work but by just one person, do I still have to break them down into separate suggestion notes?
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:iconalapip:
alapip Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
"Bullet; Black I prefer 1 DD suggestion per note."

;);)
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:iconvoiceless-song:
voiceless-song Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you, sir. In fact, I myself did notice that line, but I've sent suggestions notes (one suggestion each) to many CVs and some of them told me that works by the same artist should be suggested in one same note. You don't know how confused I was :XD:
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:iconalapip:
alapip Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
huh... different stroke for different CV, i guess. :shrug:
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:iconvoiceless-song:
voiceless-song Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Student General Artist
I agree; that's why I have to ask. You can never be too careful :)
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:iconjaime9526:
jaime9526 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I presume its obvious we shouldn't suggest our own works for DDs. Or is that where I have been going wrong? ;)
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:iconalapip:
alapip Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
"Bullet; Green Self suggestions are welcome, but please keep in mind
all of the above and show what is your very best."

;)
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:iconjaime9526:
jaime9526 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's new.  Though would look bad in the suggested by box lol. It'll wait another year beforedesperation gets the better of me. Maybe     
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:iconalapip:
alapip Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
so far, i've never gotten desperate,
[or discouraged], enough to suggest
my own stuff.  it sure helps to have a
little community of friends.  i've had
many of the ones i suggest for DLD
or DD rewarded.  i do like to see my
name in the 'suggested by' slot.
once, i had three in one day.  that
was as good as getting an award
myself.  i have gotten a few, probably
more than i deserve by merit.

'bread upon the waters', Jamie... :nod:




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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am officially afraid of what happens when people don't suggest to you.

SUGGEST TO BECCA, Y'ALL
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:iconbeccajs:
BeccaJS Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013   Writer
TOO RIGHT!

I've kind of gone quiet on DD suggestions post DD drive!
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol: yes, do it!

BTW, is the subscript thing new?
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:iconbeccajs:
BeccaJS Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013   Writer
I put it in there in my last update. I don't want to make a big deal about it, but it bugs me! I need glasses for reading as it is, subscript does not help!

It's not like I won't feature it, but it needs to be exceptional and have some justification as to why subscript has been used.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh word.

Because it doesn't display for me anyway I don't mind - I think everything I've featured that was in subscript was good - but I have this news article on explaining why it's a bad idea sitting in my Stash. I'll try to post it this week :P I have a mod on my big monitor; it doesn't look very small on my phone or my netbook. So I think that's part of the issue.

I can't think of a single good reason to use it, TBH :stare:
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:iconliliwrites:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:clap: I'm happy about adding the preview image credits. :) I think I'm going to install that as a new rule at DLD as well.
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:iconbeccajs:
BeccaJS Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013   Writer
Technically it should happen anyway, the images are usually not theirs to use in the first place :D
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:iconliliwrites:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
True dat. Just updated the DLD guidelines to included the new rule. :D
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NikitaDarkstar Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm really happy you mentioned the preview pictures in this, it's one of my pet peeves when people don't credit them. (Or don't ask to use them because it's "Just a preview image".)
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jaime9526 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't credit the few I have used cos they are mine in first place ;)
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:iconnikitadarkstar:
NikitaDarkstar Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Makes sense. I don't really use preview images myself (I like the scrolling thumbnails :p), but I also see the CV's point of wanting credit for them either way, at least that way they know they're yours, and that you didn't just randomly take them from whoever whenever cause "It' just a preview image!" (a mentality that's painfully common sadly... :()
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jaime9526 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is too common, but logically is a reportable thing. Yeah, I prefer the scrolly, but if its a downloadable pdf for scripts or anthology,or if theres something 'adult' gonna scroll by, then I use one of my own works. Not least as some things you can't submit without a preview image.
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:iconnikitadarkstar:
NikitaDarkstar Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
True. I suppose I've just never written anything to justify a preview image (or to be more precise, I've never uploaded anything that justifies one...). But I'd go with one of my own works then if I had to. But I just feel that with a preview image it's so easy to confuse a written work for a drawing, I know I've clicked previews and been surprised when it turned out to be a piece of writing. But sadly DA is less than optimal for written stuff.
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jaime9526 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yup, and generally it gets less attention than a wallflower girl in a bad dress at a mens only freddie mercury appreciation night where the guest bands are right said fred and erasure.

Scripts are particularly hard to submit, as the formatting rarely survives cut and paste.
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:iconnikitadarkstar:
NikitaDarkstar Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well considering DA has two options for text submissions, one being "frustrating" and the other being "outright trolling"... combine that with scripts specific formatting style and yes I can see the issue. I find it frustrating enough to sort the formatting in my short stories, and that's far more basic...
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:iconjaime9526:
jaime9526 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Once i would have argued didnt need a lit section, but now everything is covered. Hopefully they can fix these ancient problems one day
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:iconitti:
Itti Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Pieces that are for contests that have not yet finalised cannot be DD’d. This includes member contests, not just official deviantART ones. Therefore if you want to suggest something which is a contest entry, please ensure that contest has finished.
Not all contest entries mention that they are contest entries in the comments.
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:iconbeccajs:
BeccaJS Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012   Writer
I know, and there are going to be times where it will happen that we will DD something by accident, but hopefully if contest hosts are savvy, they'll make it a rule of their contest!
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Why would subscript disquaify a piece? I use it all the time because it creates a quieter, more introverted feeling to a piece than the standard text, as though the words were whispered or spoken softly or by a quiet-natured person. The look of the text on the page is important to me - not the MOST important perhaps, but removing that facet would create a different effect that I don't intend for it to have.
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:iconbeccajs:
BeccaJS Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012   Writer
Like I've said above, publishers ask for a standard and it's the same here. I personally find subscript distracting and the purpose of if isn't to make things sound "quieter"- that effect and sound should be woven into the context of the piece.

Don't get me wrong, if a piece is amazing, but written in subscript, then I would feature it, but the words have to merit themselves, not the style. I have also previously asked potential features if they'd consider putting their piece to actual size too. :)
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I have to disagree. Playing with presentation is one of my favorite parts of writing and is probably the reason I like visual poetry so much. Yes, the words have to have merit in and of themselves, but it seems silly and rather closed-minded/ nitpicky to discredit something because it doesn't use a "proper" font. I prefer substance over style naturally, but see no reason why you can't have both.
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Sorry, to jump in here, but super/subscript is one of those topics. But those two options for writing your text are not intended to be used for those kinda "effects"; they have a purpose, on chemisty (H2O) or math (42) or for footnotes ( lorem ipsum1). From a typographic point of view using them for anyhting else than their purpose is a fauxpas.
Essentially the text can become very very hard to read and text should be as easy to read as possible, it should require no effort. If you have to squint your eyes to be able to read something, it is presented in a bad way.

This might be weird now :lol: but there is also the option to use <small>…<small> instead of superscript. This would be small text.
The benefit if small text is also, that it does not break up the baseline of your text. Super- and Subscript both jump off the baseline, they are either above (super) or below (sub) it, as their names indicate.
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Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for writing this. I wondering about the right way to suggest DD's to you. Now I know^^
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:iconladyofgaerdon:
LadyofGaerdon Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Writer
Pieces that are for contests that have not yet finalised cannot be DD’d. This includes member contests, not just official deviantART ones. Therefore if you want to suggest something which is a contest entry, please ensure that contest has finished.

:o When was this announced? I feel silly for not knowing this....

You won't reject suggestion just because they use CSS though, right? As long as you can still read the piece, and the focus is on the words?
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:iconbeccajs:
BeccaJS Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012   Writer
I am reluctant to feature anything where the CSS is distracting from the text.

As for the contests, its quite an old courtesy- I don't think it is a rule bar official, but I try to follow this.
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:iconladyofgaerdon:
LadyofGaerdon Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Professional Writer
:salute:
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
pff ellipses.
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:iconbeccajs:
BeccaJS Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012   Writer
...
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think..
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:iconliliwrites:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I like the rule about contests. :nod: It keeps things fair for the judges, because I know there have been a few contests I ran that what should have got first place didn't because it was DD'ed first. :giggle:
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:iconbeccajs:
BeccaJS Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012   Writer
It is difficult when the artist doesn't say in their comments that it is for a contest, so there is still a risk, but as soon as someone says it is, I do try to check out whether that contest has finished or not. :)
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:icondisrhythmic:
disrhythmic Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
I thought you were ineligible for another DD for a whole year... didn't they announce that recently?
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:iconbeccajs:
BeccaJS Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012   Writer
No, it is 6 months. :)
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:icondisrhythmic:
disrhythmic Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Oh. Fair enough. :)
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:iconofonesoul:
OfOneSoul Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much for the informative update on DD suggestions. And I agree with *somnomollior, that's an easy thing to forget. :shrug:

:heart: *OfOneSoul
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:iconsomnomollior:
somnomollior Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012   Writer
That's very helpful. I am very forgetful and lazy about making suggestions.
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:iconbeccajs:
BeccaJS Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012   Writer
You can't forget, I make people feel guilty- just ask =TheSkaBoss :p

If you do find any awesome pieces, do send them my way!
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somnomollior Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012   Writer
I'll bear that in mind. Probably won't happen until I get back from my holiday though.
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:iconsolarune:
Solarune Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012   Writer
Got it. :salute: Good point about crediting the preview images, too!
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:iconbeccajs:
BeccaJS Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012   Writer
I know, its something perhaps we don't really cover enough in Literature, because its "just a preview image", but really it is still someone else's picture and it should have a credit to it.
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