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Advice for n00bs: Comment sections on Profile pages

I know it’s hard to understand how things are done in a community when you’re new. Once you’ve stayed around long enough, you get a sense of the unwritten rules that everyone obeys. But when you’re new, the only way you can learn is through embarrassing trial-and-error. Maybe someone’ll take screenshots of your hilarity.

However, it’s annoying to other users (i.e.: me, I’m talking about me) to have to deal with someone who doesn’t know how to act, and it’s hard to explain things without playing the “I’ve been here longer, you shall listen” card.

Well fuck you, because I’m playing that card (and if you’ve been here longer than me, feel free to ignore said card and tell me if what I’m saying is a load of crap in the comments (I’m looking at you, SawnikBewm)).

So listen up n00bs, because I’m going to tell you, from my experience, how to act in the comment sections of people’s profile pages.


Let me start off my saying that your own profile page’s comment section is not somewhere for you to comment. Commenting in your own comment section is so n00by, words cannot describe. So no more “Hi, I’m new here!” or “Please look at my gallery!”. That’s what journals are for.

Now that’s out of the way, I’d like you to imagine that everyone’s profile is like their home, and the comments section is like a special conversation-room. In this room, many conversations can be had at once, everything said is heeded by the owner of the house, and you can see the ghosts of past comments. You’re also free to wander round and look at this person’s house, because they’re cool like that.

If you want to talk to this person, and you don’t mind other people being able to see your comment, you need to wander into this room. Since all comments are heeded, a polite “hello” and then the subject of your conversation is acceptable if you’re a stranger, or whatever you know is personally acceptable if you’re a friend. If you’re new, why not look at past conversations to see how the person reacts to different situations.

This is the part where I’d like to address the subject of spam. You don’t necessarily need to be an actual spambot or post lots of comments to be spamming. Things like chain-messages (“IF U DON’T POST THIS U WILL DIE!!!111”) or asking for things from random users (“Please commission me!” “Please give me llamas!” “I’ll watch you if you watch me!”) is spam, in a way, and it is not acceptable. You’ve just run into the conversation-room, waving your arms and shouting, and then run out again. Imagine people’s reactions if you did that in real life.

Moving on, imagine you’re having a conversation argument with someone somewhere else, like another user’s profile, or a deviation, or even notes. Another thing to remember is to keep that conversation there. Don’t go onto the person’s profile page and continue it there (“From your comments on ______’s deviation...”). Conversations need to be kept in the place of their subject, or the place that they started.

Another thing to recognise is the dreaded “Thanks for the fave!”. Posting this on everyone’s profile of the people who fave your work could be considered spamming, in a way. Remember, you’re running into the conversation-room, shouting, and then leaving. If you must do this, take some time to check out the person’s profile first. They might have a sign asking you not to thank them for things. After all, why should you? Faves aren’t usually given as a favour, or something that needs to be thanked. It’s usually a selfish act – the person likes your work, so they favourite it. They might not like you or anything else about you.

So that’s about all I can think of for the moment. You’re probably expecting a nice little conclusion here, something to wrap everything up. Well, I fail at conclusions, so no.


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Austriaide Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't thank people for favorites but I thank them for llamas O.o

Because quite frankly, I don't know what to do about that.... O.O I don't understand llamas, so I'm just like "Thanks... for the... thingy" lol. I also thank people for watches because I like, don't watch people back unless their art is decent so.... yeah..... OuO
In-The-Zone Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like your unwritten rules of deviantart there. I agree with them. A friend of mine posted a full length journal addressing similar topics and some more for newcomers on DA which is here, in case you are interested. (Pardon for the link)

It's really disheartening to see young kids spamming their own front page or deviations with their own comments. As the girl who wrote the journal put it. "It just looks awkward and desperate"

Honestly for those that ask for watch and free points and shit, they are in for a rude awakening when people don't take too kindly to their shit.
LordMaddie Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
That was fascinating, thank you. I'll be sending that to people in the future.
In-The-Zone Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No probs! Yeah it can be of real use.
BladeDiva Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
*compares user-join dates*


Anyway, I've never begrudged people for putting "thx for fave" comments on my Profile page. I recognize that it's a form of self-promotion on their part, but I don't really see anything wrong with that. But if someone has a message right there on their page in big-ass fucking letters that says "DON'T THANK FOR FAVORITES HERE"...

I guess it's kinda like those signs that say "please wash your hands after you use this restroom". Anyone decent enough to do it was going to be considerate even without the sign.
Starry-Heaven Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Student General Artist

"...You. Off my profile."
Lunatic-Blade Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Student
LordMaddie Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
Lunatic-Blade Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Student
For that amazing answer you received a watch aswell.

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lyokoluva123 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Hello, *conversation topic you may be interested in*

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