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Are your deviations really in the right category? 

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72 deviants said Yes, I always pay attention where I am putting them
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36 deviants said I think so... (checking now!)
8%
10 deviants said I don't care
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2 deviants said I shove everything in general... I need to change that and will do!

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maxnort Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   Writer
I am hopeless at classifying what I write by form.

I classify by style and content.

I could care less what it ends up looking like anymore, as long as it says what I want to say and when read, sounds like I want
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camelopardalisinblue Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I try but I suspect sometimes I get it pretty wrong. Things like sociopolitical etc categories are a little confusing and still aren't defined, so I probably don't get those right.
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Solarune Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013   Writer
I often don't know exactly where to put them, so I just do my best and leave a note in the description asking for suggestions. :XD:
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autumnlit Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
I have to agree with what =DrippingWords said. Sometimes it's a tough call to decide which category something fits in best, and some categories people may stay away from, even though they might like it not knowing that it's not your average one category. But to be honest, I'm terrible with categories and labels in general just because when I go looking for music, art, books, I don't think "gee I want to read a good horror, or fantasy, or etc." I think, "I want to read something" and I never go about browsing by paying attention to what genre things fit into. I tend to like a bit of everything of almost everything. = /
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DrippingWords Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I never know what to do if it fits more than one category.
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
I have been slowly moving stock deviations into more appropriate categories. As sub-cats are added, I do try to get things moved, but there are many I still need to move to "premades". Otherwise, I really do try and choose the right category, but there have been a couple times when I was using the "shortcut" of the popular choices that pop up when submitting that I accidentally clicked the wrong one!
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:iconitti:
Itti Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I do take care to pick a category, but I think it would serve me better if I didn't.

For example, if I'm particularly looking for haiku or villanelles or sonnets (let's say sonnets), I have to browse:
Poetry > Children's > Traditional Fixed Forms
Poetry > Emotional > Traditional Fixed Forms
Poetry > Family Life > Traditional Fixed Forms
Poetry > General > Traditional Fixed Forms
Poetry > Horror > Traditional Fixed Forms
Poetry > Human Nature > Traditional Fixed Forms
Poetry > Humor > Traditional Fixed Forms
Poetry > Narrative > Traditional Fixed Forms
Poetry > Nature > Traditional Fixed Forms
Poetry > Romantic > Erotic > Traditional Fixed Forms
Poetry > Romantic > General > Traditional Fixed Forms
Poetry > Romantic > Post-teen > Traditional Fixed Forms
Poetry > Romantic > Teen > Traditional Fixed Forms
Poetry > Satire > Traditional Fixed Forms
Poetry > Sociopolitical > Traditional Fixed Forms
Poetry > Spiritual > Traditional Fixed Forms
Poetry > Transgressive > Traditional Fixed Forms

Realistically, I'm not going to browse all of those - I'll pick a few and then browse just those. And most other people looking for a particular form will do the same.

So if my hypothetical sonnet was in Poetry > Children's > Traditional Fixed Forms, then someone looking for sonnets is probably not going to find it unless they were specifically looking for children's poetry. It would be better off in Poetry > General > Traditional Fixed Forms because more people will look there.

So, as I said, I do try to categorise everything properly, but part of me thinks that I'd be better off not doing so.
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ActsofArt Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I do. but I feel as if the da categories are bit limited sometimes and some of my pieces end up in general poetry because there is no other fitting category.
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you know how to suggest modifications to the existing gallery categories? :B
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ActsofArt Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
no, but I'm not really sure what category I would suggest I just feel there should be a better option than general.
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Think about what's missing in the existing categories?

'General' is really only to catch everything that's too small to have its own category, but people who can't decide which genre is strongest in their work tend to use it. :B
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ActsofArt Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
but that sounds like work besides I don't submit all that often and it really only bothers me for the one or two pieces that don't fit.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:saddummy:
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Writer
Absotively posilutely. Organized, categorized, and systematized.

But never bowdlerized. Or plagiarized. ;)
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BeccaJS Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013   Writer
That's too many "Z"'s for this Brit!
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Writer
Feel free to blame Noah Webster.
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PrismaticMemories Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Well, I place all my works in Pose -> General because there aren't enough catorgeies. dA is lacking is catorgeries so I just shove everything in general.
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Lacewinged-Beauty Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013   Writer

My work is so often a work of poetry/prose that I get angry that there isn't a section for that and just stuff it into prose :P

Other than that, I do my best to select the correct category. But it would be better if dA would suggest categories for you that match your piece, so that way people can get a better grasp on the categories! :nuu:
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RoamingShadow Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I try my best to, bust sometimes I'm not sure what genre my works is and just end up listing it under general.
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013   Writer
i make the attempt, but i'm sure my gallery is not perfectly categorized.
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BeyondJen Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
With certain pieces of poetry, I have a hard time deciding whether they belong in "Human Nature," "Emotional," or "Romantic." Some pieces crossover. If it's a negatively emotional piece because of love/romance, I'll put it in "Emotional," unless it tends to be more generic to "Human Nature." See? I'm not even making sense anymore.

I still don't think I have a firm grasp on what "Transgressive" means. :confused:
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Go with what you want people to look at? ;p

Transgressive is like...offensive (namely, portraying something that goes against societal mores), but for a specific reason. Personally #lacoterie's annual transgressive contest gets some good examples of what it is.
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BeyondJen Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That's helpful. Thanks!
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OfOneSoul Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I try to pay attention to where I put everything - but for instance, I had no idea that there was a separate gallery for Fan-Fiction. At the time of finding out I only had one Fan-fic in my gallery... ^^; but still!

Imagine how many people get galleries wrong just because they don't know the right gallery exists! :dummy:
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Daghrgenzeen Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
With most of my works, I'm 90% sure they are in the right place. However, with some others I'm not that sure. :B Those always have a "CATEGORY???!!" thrown right in the beginning of the author's description. :lol:
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GentlemanAnachronism Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm fairly sure on my fiction pieces. Poetry less so - a hell of a lot of it does end up in general because I really have no idea where to put it.
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Broadly, yes - specifically, probably not. I mean, what kind of category is "Family Life" anyway? If I mention my dad, should my poem/story go there? What about "Human Nature?" What does that even mean? Doesn't all literature have something to do with human nature? And "Transgressive" - where do you cross the line that marks that type of writing?

As far as determining fixed verse or free form or whatever, I'm good, but the genre categories have always confused me. I don't know what to do when I write something that turns out to be a Sci-Fi Romance because there's more than one place that could go.
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catluvr2 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes. As a stickler for details and putting stuff where it should go, I can say yes.
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Please pick categories, you guys :crying:
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:iconwreckling:
wreckling Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013   Writer
I actually prefer to put my stuff in general, for both poetry and fiction. :B
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:stare: YER THE PROBLEM
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Treyos Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I only use the general/miscellaneous categories as a last resort, when it really doesn't fit into anything else available. I have used them a couple of times, though.
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ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Broadly, yes--while the categories are non-exclusive I don't think it's really that hard to just pick one and run with it. Especially poetry, where it doesn't really matter.

However, I do have a giant pile of miscats that I know about and haven't fixed, and I am slightly afraid that it makes me a terrible person. And the reason is that they, technically, belong in Fan Art > Fan Fiction.

(Again, there REALLY needs to be a way to go from Literature > Fiction > Fan Fiction--but that's been mentioned dozens of times before, and isn't the problem here.)

The problem here is that if I take a canon setting (say, Fading Suns, the setting of an old PC game and a current tabletop RPG, very expansive setting covering dozens of planets and more, none in supervivid detail) and write fiction in it using 0 noncanon characters, it's technically fan fiction. I associate the word "fan fiction" with horribly written, Mary Sue insert, Harry Potterverse drivel. And I don't like the idea of being lumped in with that. So I haven't fixed the miscats.
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I might hire `tiganusi to throw shit at you :eyes: It's your job to fix what 'fan fiction' is associated with by submitting all the good things to it!
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ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Is he your trained monkey?

In any case, I'm less peeved by being in with a 'poor' gallery than by admitting that I write fanfiction.
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
He can be.

:lol: But you just did.
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ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
I weep.
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconprinceplz:
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TheSkaBoss Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I *think* so, but I do have a tendency to throw everything into general fiction if it doesn't fall into an obviously fantasy or sci-fi genre. >.>

But it's the genre part of the galleries I have trouble with; everything else is right. ;)
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LadyOfSilver Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
My photography stuff is always on the right category, mainly because it's easy and clear where to put them. But, not knowing much about poetry, I am always not sure if I put them in the right category. (ex. Does rhyming poetry mean it goes to the Concrete Category? Or maybe I should put them to Free Verse? etc.) But, I do try!
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BeccaJS Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013   Writer
Here is a good example of concrete poetry: [link]
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:iconladyofsilver:
LadyOfSilver Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! That is truly helpful! :hug:
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Concrete is poetry where the text is formatted so the poem comes out shaped like whatever object it's describing :B
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:iconladyofsilver:
LadyOfSilver Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, that makes sense! Thanks for explaining! ^^
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww: the gallery descriptions should also be all updated now, so that'll help.
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:iconladyofsilver:
LadyOfSilver Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for your help! :glomp:
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:icontheskaboss:
TheSkaBoss Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Just rhyming is free verse. Always default to free verse if you're not 100% sure with poetry. ;)
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:iconladyofsilver:
LadyOfSilver Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, that's what I usually do! Thanks for the advice!
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional
i try, but some things are hard to place—especially lit with romance elements, those ones i usually stare at the gallery tree for twenty minutes and then decide "well i mention cocks so let's go mature". i also have a flow chart of what categories i'd prefer to sub to if it has elements of that gallery (sociopolitical, i'm looking at you).
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