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Message Center Management

Wed Oct 1, 2014, 1:00 AM by Windklang:iconwindklang:

Community Week

Everyone who is on dA for some time knows the story:
You are new to dA, you enjoy every little drop of attention. You thank everyone for every llama and every favorite. You respond to every comment at length, you return smileys and you comment on all the artwork that your watchers post. After two weeks you have already joined a couple of groups and you enjoy receiving more art you are interested in from different people in your message-center. You also take part in some contests and you get updated every now and again.
Then there is a weekend - you are for some reason absent.
On monday you take your time to come back to work, and in the evening you want to relax, looking at some nice art on dA - BUT - when you open your profile, you already see that you got several hundreds of messages in your inbox  omfg  .

I feel the love by celesse

Even if you catch up with your messages: You know from that moment, that you need to organize your message center somehow, or you cannot add any groups or watch more people than you already do. Maybe you stop thanking for llamas or favs, or you stop responding to very short comments. However, you might feel bad about that.
So I decided to make out how other deviants deal with their message-center. I picked mostly deviants who have been on dA for a very long time already. I asked Community Volunteers as well as senior-members and others. I will give you an insight of what they told me, and summarize each section with some tips. Of course those are only suggestions and show how it is commonly handled. You can just pick what helps you personally.

I have too many Messages by Dragon-of-Midnight

Comments on profile pages and artworks

It is very clear, that all deviants prefer answering even short comments on their profile page and artworks if they somehow can. Communication, appreciation and love for interaction seems to be the motivation to do this even though there are often only small messages. Especially friendly comments, encouraging words, critiques, comments that are longer than 3 words and questions are always answered. Still: Most of the experienced  deviants seem to stop responding to very short messages at some stage. This would include messages like "thank you for the fave/llama" and such. They also delete emote-only-comments, chain-comments (you know this "send-it-to-10-other-people"-Thing), one-word messages, :points:-beggars and any sort of spam.


  • If you feel flooded, stop responding to short messages.
  • Make the decision and delete messages without bad conscience!
  • Return Llamas instead of thanking for them. To give llamas with one single click install this script by Kishan-Bagaria
  • Include a general "You are welcome" for the messages you are not going to answer anymore in your profile-widget, or create a custom widget if you are a premium member.
    Please understand, that I am not going to reply to comments like:
    Thank you for the llama
    Thank you for the fave
    --> You are most welcome - go off and create more art instead of thanking me :)
    I gave it to you because you deserve it, and because I KNOW you appreciate it - show your appreciation in being creative!

  • Sometimes it is even more efficient to use images like these:

    Don't thank me for.. stamp by wol4ica-stockLongButton: No Thanks PLZ by Emotikonz


Notes are commonly considered the most important sort of messages in our message centers. Almost all deviants claim to answer them first. Nobody mentioned that she or he ever got mixed up with notes. However, it happened to me, since I tend to manage a lot of group-stuff but also my projects like contests via notes. However, it seems to be the best organized part of our message center.


  • Check your notes first before you start sifting through less important messages.
  • Create folders also for notes, even if you think you might not need to get back to the notes. - Do not leave all of them in the inbox after reading
  • mark notes as unread if you read, but need to go back to them later again

I HEART Receiving Notes Stamp by BasmaSmiley  NOte Spam Stamp by HlTLER  Notes are like Drugs... by Haters-Gonna-Hate-Me

DeviantWATCH stacks from watchers

Watching a certain deviant seems to be quite supervalued by a lot of people who are trying to reach a certain amount of watchers and freak out when they reach it. My little research has shown, that most deviants don't comment on people's deviations more often than on others (like those they receive from groups). Commenting and keeping track of a deviant seems to be a privilege that most times occurs after a very good interaction or if the deviant is considered as friend, or even close friend.


  • Use the tools to your advantage. If you are interested in certain aspects of someone you watch, there's the ability to watch certain things from your friends or watchers. Like deviations only, journals only, etc.
  • If one of the artists you watch submits regularly to a group you also watch, consider watching the deviant for his Journals only, receiving his art through the group.

I Have Silent Watchers Stamp by Torotix   I :heart: my ACTIVE watchers by StampsByNeekko   Anti-Silent Watchers Stamp by just-a-web-artist

DeviantWATCH stacks from groups

Most deviants have more groups on their watch list than they are actively watching.
Still there are amazingly many deviants who watch over 100 groups and still receive all messages (meaning: not turned e. g. Deviations off), and sift through all the notifications! Therefore it seems to me, that watching groups is more important than watching Deviants. I suppose, that latter is more for the purpose of interaction and friendship and groups rather for exploring more art and enjoying group news...


  • Turn off deviations in groups that tend to accept a lot of deviations per day/week, especially those, who accept without a voting process or limitations.
  • Open your stacks and delete pictures that don't draw your attention. Go to those you like afterwards and enjoy.

How to catch up after hiatus

Everyone seems to know the phenomenon. Take in account, that most deviants consider notes to be the most important kind of notification. They tend to answer those first.

Hiatus Sign + PLZ by Mirz123


  • Either you start with deleting all things that were outdated or not important, or you start answering the most important things first.
  • Create folders at the left side of your message center and sample journals or deviations to look at them later. This way you can keep them without being stressed and still get to a zero in the message-center counting.
  • Figure out which journals were outdated and delete those first.
  • tend to reply to notes and comments first.
  • Most deviants drop group deviations first.

Hiatus by nidhi-rathish

Last but not least

I think that the most important thing to learn when you feel stressed is the following:

Stop having a bad conscience about deleting stuff. Do not feel obliged to see every single message going through your message center. Of course there might be certain obligations, but most of the things have one main purpose: to bring some love and happiness to people and make you smile. Considering this you might find, that all those lovely notifications fail their purpose if they start to stress you. Make up your mind for priorities. If you lose interest in one group, just unwatch it and move on to the next (at least as long as you did not take any responsibility e. g. as contributor).
Those groups and people who really deserve it and give you back what you are putting into will automatically stay on your watch list and those will also understand if you skip some things for whatsoever reason :).

Remember to enjoy ;) It's the key :)

I wish you all the best, and if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to comment below :). I will be happy to help if I can :).

dA Love by ClefairyKid

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Did You Know - NotesNotes
Within your Message Center you also have a section that is for notes only. Notes are something like deviantARTs internal mails.
Your Notes center can be easily reach by either clicking on the little note symbol in your menu or by selecting the Notes tab in your Message Center.

On the left side you have - similar to your regular Message Center - your notes menu. Beside 6 default folders (Inbox, Unread, Starred, Sent Notes, Drafts and Spam) you also can add your own custom folders to organize notes.

The little number next to the folder indicates how many notes you currently have there.
When you hover over the name of a custom folder, a little arrow symbol will appear that will give you some more organizing options.

When deleting a custom folder your notes won't
Do's and don'ts for flawless interactionNot much to say about this.
Just some basic tips and tricks for flawless interaction on DeviantArt Nod 
:bulletyellow: Watch people when you honestly find them interesting.
:bulletyellow: Watch your friends, even if they don't have amazing art. It helps you stay updated with their progress.
:bulletyellow: Watch groups. They'll offer you a fine selection of art you're interested in, and will help you discover new (interesting) artists.
:bulletyellow: Check the faves of people you watch. As you like their work, you might have similar tastes in art. Checking their faves might help you find cool art.
:bulletyellow: Recommend art from people that you watch for a Daily Deviation (if good art, of course).
:bulletyellow: Uncheck all boxes when watching. There's nothing more disappointing than an empty watch.

If you know any related articles, please comment below so I can add it ;).

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'Self Suspension' from DA by ViscountDevilDev_Multi_Open by DediggefeddedAhub_MessageCenter_ContestWidget by Dediggefedde

Special thanks to the participans of my enquiry!!

:iconastralseed: :iconriemea: :iconsimplysilent: :iconkovowolf: :icondrake1: :iconuszatyarbuz: :iconastrikos: :iconginkgografix: :iconclovis-thecutestcat: :iconlatestarter63: :iconidjpanda: :iconmiloticscale: :icondeevelliott: :iconpiratelotus-stock: :iconzanchi-phoenix: :iconlinneaphoto:
(I hope I did not forget anyone!!)
You can find most of their original answers here.

And also a special thank you to my proofreaders:

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ButterflyFish Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Thank you for the intivitation! It is very kind of you! Awesome group :)
KrisiChiki Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks for the invitation! I hope I'll be able to contribute with something useful I am a dummy!  (once school is out of the way  Blush )
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aphid777 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the invite! ^^
FlyingSkySnow Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Have you ever had a bookbinding journal thing yet x
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MarcoEmma Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Can a deviant submit to two Community Weeks back to back? :meow:
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jcroxas Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Have we ever had a 'how to make plushies' week before (or anything similar to that). I'd love to learn how to make plushies! :D
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iingo Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hopefully I can stay for a few Community Weeks again.
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iingo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
waits for the next community week
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iDJPanda Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Featured here. :eyes:
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