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Did You Know? Search Tips & DD Self Suggesting

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 27, 2012, 3:13 PM
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Searching for one artist's art

By entering the simple code by:username into the search field on the browse page, you can see all the deviations by that user. Especially with the ability to browse journals, this is a quick and easy way to find a certain journal by a user. Just enter the topic you are looking for and by:username. It is even helpful for finding your own journals again!
You can search for art in certain galleries by entering in:categoryname. You can exclude words from your search by using -keyword. And of course, you can combine them all. An example of a more advanced search would be:

dog in:photography by:fvdsloot -blanket


This is by far not all! For a complete list, check out FAQ #577: How do I use the Search?


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Suggesting yourself for DD

Not only can you suggest Daily Deviations from other artists, but you can also suggest yourself! It might seem a little daunting and you may feel a little shy, but we welcome -all- suggestions of all kinds, including from yourself.

We are always looking for new talent and may never find it unless you suggest yourself! So don't be shy, choose your best work and send us a note. A great way to get a feel for whether or not your work might fit the criteria of a certain Volunteer for a Daily Deviation is to just take a look at what the Community Volunteer has already featured. You can build a great foundation for suggestions by going off what's already been featured!

We look forward to your suggestions, including yourself! To see who to suggest a deviation in a particular category to, check FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen?


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What would you like to know?

As we write this article series for you, the community, we would like to know: What aspects of the website do you want to learn more about? Or what can you teach other deviants about? If we decide to use your suggestion we will be sure to credit you. :) Thank you for your input in advance!

Let us know your ideas through our feedback page :eager:


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Previous editions

To help you find the information you are looking for, we have composed an overview that lists all former Did You Know? articles and their topics. With every new article we release, we will update the overview, to ensure it remains up-to-date.

Have a look at our overview of all Did You Know? articles!




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:iconc-91:
C-91 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Geez, the by:username thing is so useful! :la:
I'm going to try it! :la:
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student Interface Designer
:w00t:
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AnyLuck Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
I never even thought to wonder whether search parameters could be used on dA. :dummy: Thank you for this!
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Yay! :la: Have fun!
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
:la:
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
I did know about finding the deviations by a certain user name but didn't know the category shortcut! Great tips!
Added to the article collection at #DevNews :iconnewsboyplz:
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student Interface Designer
yay! :hug:
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
:la:
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Fangy-From-Shadow Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have suggested sometimes pictures and self for DD. :meow:
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Student Interface Designer
:w00t:
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't know if this has changed, but most volunteers (well gallery moderators, at the time) didn't allow DD suggestions of their own work.
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DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It's stated in FAQ #18 that self-suggestions are "not only allowed, but encouraged". That is why I consider them not otherwise than suggestions from others. :)

FAQ #18: Who selects the Daily Deviation and how is it chosen?
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah nice, I haven't looked at that FAQ recently. I just remember postings on old gallery moderator pages that said they don't accept suggestions from their own gallery.
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
That really depends on each CV :B But now I think most accept them and some encourage it :)
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice :)
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I always think it's encouraged. After all, countless numbers of people enter contests and so on, that's promoting their work - I don't see why such a stigma is attached to it to suggesting it for a DD :D
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Makes sense :nod:
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alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Can't speak for all volunteers, but many of us are okay with self-suggestions. Myself included.
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah I knew a few were, but most had "rules" about that, back in the day. Personally, I think self promoting your work for a DD should be encouraged =P
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alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Definitely! I don't know why was frowned upon back in the day, if you don't promote you work, who else will? :p
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
My only guess was to keep people from spamming their work all over the place to all the GM's in order to get a DD. That would indeed be annoying, but yes, you should be proud of your work and want to do a bit of self promotion like that.
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Stygma Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the by:username. You just saved a lot of my future time!
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Student Interface Designer
:w00t: that part was by ^pica-ae! I'm glad it's useful :la:
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Stygma Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, I'm going to thank ^pica-ae :D
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Student Interface Designer
:w00t:
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Quolia Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the info on the searching! Very helpful :D

And yes, self suggestions :icongrinstareplz:
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Student Interface Designer
:eyes: suggestive eh?
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Quolia Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconeyesplz:
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Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012   Photographer
Great article! I didn't know about the browse function, and a lot of users still don't know they can self-suggest. Hopefully that'll help some artists gain more exposure.
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Yay, I hope ^pica-ae's search tips will help you! :D

Me too :hug:
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Great info on searching! I've often tried searching for a certain deviant, but I only tried typing their name in the search bar. Thanks for sharing this! :love:
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Student Interface Designer
:happybounce: And now you know, thanks to ^pica-ae :#1:
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