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PE: Want to be a `Senior or ^CV?

Fri Apr 5, 2013, 4:29 AM by cinyu:iconcinyu:

Community Week

»So you want to be a `Senior or ^Community Volunteer?«
Than follow your goal! Nobody will stop you.

Hello! :happybounce: I will tell you a bit about the basics on how to become a Senior or Community Volunteer.
The fine finishings and last step to be a Senior or Community Volunteer you must accomplish by your own.

:granny: Seniors are chosen by fourteenthstar. She reviews each Senior suggestion you send to her as a note and posts a Seniority Announcement Journal with a list of deviants she choosed who deserve a Seniority `tick. :note: There is no set schedule for when these announcements occur.

Seniority Announcements 2013
January 13, 2013


But how do you FINALLY get on this list?

The basic information in short is told in the FAQ #29: How do I become a Senior Member?
Seniors are chosen for their...
  • ... community spirit,
  • ... providing help,
  • ... assistance to many other deviants and taking time out to promote the work of others in the community,
  • ... artistic endevours,
  • ... having a positive influence on their peers by sharing resources,
  • ... providing constructive criticism and by being a voice that stands out above the many others who deviate to be recognised in the crowd.
(A Senior doesn´t have to be everything that is listed above)

Seniors are just like normal members. But with a different symbol and a few extra features. 
For example: You can access the Seniors forum and some Premium features without a Premium Membership

As a senior in the community you are really not that different than everyone else. But when it is your goal to get a `tick, go ahead! Be a voice in the community!
A `tick is still an amazing feeling like a little prize for all you have done for the community. :aww:

2 tips to become a Senior:
  • Be there for the community.
    As Artist: Support the Artists, write helpful tutorials, be helpful when members ask you for help, etc.
    As community person: Support the community: write interviews, help out deviants (tutorials or informative helpful journals), do projects, etc.
    There is alot you can do. Please find your own way, thought. The way you enjoy to go.
  • Start a group that is outstanding to all other groups. A helpful or community specialized group.

Words from `Seniors:


»"what it is like as a senior?"
It's pretty interesting. I don't think it really makes me more special than anyone else though. It does provide a few perks. Even though the arthritis sucks, I enjoy free stuff. :la: And that `cane is handy sometimes.

"how you think other members can become a senior, too"
Hopefully, you feature and get involved because you love the community and not just because you want seniority.
 I think you should do stuff you love for others, and not just 'I must be a senior." Don't try to hard...
Just get involved with others, chat, comment, inspire, promote, and be a friendly person.
Writing good and detailed articles for others is a great way to connect with the community. Showing a new deviant around is also a good thing you can do for someone. You can participate in events, or try running some of your own.

Find something you love to do and try to inspire others! :la:
You'll be old in no time.«


»I've been a senior for a few months now. Really, aside from the tick and extra goodies seniors get, it hasn't really changed me at all. I'm still the same dragon you met when I was a ~ or =.:giggle:
I don't really think the seniority title is something you should try to get. I mean, yeah it's a great goal, but you shouldn't do stuff just so you can become a senior.
Hosting community events, and being a good community member is something you should do because you want to do it, not just because you want to get a title by doing it.
If being a senior is one of your goals, do the things you want to do and enjoy doing. Not just for the title.;)«

Community Volunteers are chosen by Moonbeam13, she is the director of the Community Relations.
To become a Community Volunteer you have to show Moonbeam13 your interests in the area you wish to volunteer for. And prove yourself as a person others can trust and who respect the community.

Applying as a Volunteer won't work by commenting or noting Moonbeam13 "I want to volunteer!!! :noes:". You have to fill out 10 questions on this site: to show you are the right one! - No notes or comments needed.
It won´t be easy, there are many deviants who apply as volunteer. Also a reason why it takes long to choose the one or two deviants who are trusted to volunteer for any given open spot.

2 tips to become a Volunteer:
  • To volunteer for a gallery it helps if you have been a member or an admin of a group related to the category.(this is not a requirement, but it doesn't hurt!)
  • Inform yourself about what is involved with the volunteer opportunity, which you can read about here.

Please do not try to become a volunteer for their extra features. Please choose a category that you'd love to support and to volunteer for.

Community Volunteer time: 1 year you can be a community volunteer when you are accepted.
Community Volunteer who is a part of the Mentor Team: Extended volunteer time with regular meetings with the Director of Community Relations.
You can´t apply for a mentor spot, you have to deserve it. It is alike to becoming a Senior.

Words from ^CVs:


»When I joined deviantART I received so many things from other deviants and artists, I was overwhelmed! I started feeling as though I wanted to give back to them a part of what they had given me. So I started featuring deviants in news articles (the one I remember more fondly was "The NeverGiven DDs featuring my suggestions that hadn't been accepted at the time), suggesting DDs and being as helpful as I could. I wanted to be a source of confindence and a guiding light for anyone who seeked help. Then I met aunjuli and she soon became my inspiration to help out even more and become a better person just like her. I followed in her footsteps and I helped and supported her as much as I could. It was fantastic. I felt I was finally giving back to the community, and on Dec 23rd 2009 the community granted me the chance of being a senior member for my efforts. Soon afterwards Moonbeam13 asked me to be a part of the CR team,  Juli and her considered I had what was needed to inherit the Fan Art Kingdom and I did my best to not disappoint. I kept the gallery alive through DDs, contests, articles and fan artists of the month.
I didn't really do much to receive these honours, just gave my all to the site that welcomed me so well and made me grow as an artist and person. Striving to make your fellow deviants happy, being selfless and helpful all around, showcasing the hidden gems of the galleries... But do it all from the heart, not for the desire of being publicly recognized, it will feel a lot more meaningful and everyone will acknowledge your passion for the site <3«


»How do I think I became a CV and how other deviants could reach the spot? Well, the truth is, as you know, that it's all Moonbeam13's decision and I can't tell you how does it work, simply because I'm not her (: However, if you want to take care of galleries, you should have a proof that you really know what are you talking about. But - knowledge is not everything in this case, you must be also not only an active deviant, but it'd be nice to keep other deviants active in some way. For example, Astralseed has her awesome ProjectPorkchop. I have my dear GrimGloomTale.

If you want to become a CV just for the fancy ^hat and a life-time premium, you should rather consider becoming something else. Being a volunteer in here is not about yourself, but about the community. Mix it up and you've got a Community Volunteer. And even if your application won't be accepted, you can do awesome things anyway - contests, features, articles, projects. There's plenty of great deviants out there who do so and they're not bothered by not having the ^hat. There are also those who shout around desperately for the hat and they do plenty of nice things, too... but the first part makes them look not quite honest and being honest is an important thing in this case.

I wanted to say that if you want to apply, think twice. This doesn't end after a month, being a CV means plenty of work - and you should deal with the fact that there always are people who don't care about that anyway. But not to scare you too much - it has its many positive sides, too.«

So, you want to be a `Senior or a ^CV?
In this journal you will find the basic information how to become it! But the fine finishing you must accomplish by your own.
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SirKittenpaws Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
I remember a couple of years ago how badly I wanted to be a senior, I tried so hard because I really wanted to have that "symbol" that tells people that they can come to me any time. Tons of features, tutorials, gifts and overall helping everyone I could. Ended up being nominated by most of my watchers but it didn't make me achieve my goal to be chosen as a senior by the staff and I given up on it as I realized I'm just not loud enough. I still continue to do the things I used to by just the pure love towards the community and I plan to stay here forever to give back all what I've gotten from the community itself. But in my own way. Without a symbol that once meant way too much for me. By giving up on it I lost the pressure and I realized I was always a senior and my friends and watchers did choose me to be one. And that is the most important. 

Just thought about writing this up. Maybe it will tell something to those who are fighting for a symbol at the moment.
Dinofelini Featured By Owner Edited Sep 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
maybe one day somewhere in the future I will be a senior or CV... 
who knows
for now I need to work on myself a bit more XD
thanx for this informative entry! It has helped me alot in understanding in what I have to do exactly. :D
Jazzekat Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nicely made journal. It was very informative.
Aoi-Mew Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014   Digital Artist
Nice article I would like to be senior too
Just-To-Look1 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Then start helping out for the community! The possibilites to help out are endless! :)
Aoi-Mew Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks :) (Smile)
Aoi-Mew Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014   Digital Artist
:D (Big Grin) 
Just-To-Look1 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome. :salute:
Sonikkudrawings Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excelent. Great article.

Seriously, dA is a huge community, and this mustnīt be taken so easily (by many, at least), this is a serious thing, but yet amazing and exiting.
Iīve started "studying" (I donīt have a better word for it) to CVīs, Seniors, and staff on my first times here, and I was very surprised that those are "normal" deviants (again, I donīt have a better word for it), and even though I donīt even have a year since I joined, Iīm starting to understand that this isnīt like the outernet society we live. Itīs not a "s/heīs so important, s/he can do whatever s/he wants; s/heīs so great, I would never be like that. Of course not.

Iīm not good with words, but I must say this is great. Thanks for taking your time and effort on writing this!
cinyu Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are very welcome! :)

Haha, I see myself really as normal deviant. Even as I became a senior. xD
I really feel no different to be a member/Premium member/Beta tester. The only part that changed is how people are talking with me sometimes. The rest is all the same. :nod: (When there are more changes I never noticed them. :O)

CVs have a higher role but not staff-like. They are kind of moderators of the site. Them I don't see as 'normal' because of their role in dA. But I talk to them as normal person. Behind the desktop we are all only humans. xD
I have no idea how CVs view this. I never was one before. xD But I think they also call themself normal.
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