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All points will go to :icontoronto: for a super group renewal.

I am a co-founder of toronto, a group that focuses on hosting monthly devMEETs to bring together deviants in the Greater Toronto Area. All of my points will go towards renewing toronto's super group status. Without the super group status, toronto will not be able to use the devMEET feature, which will make it very difficult to organize and facilitate devMEETs.

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Brief thoughts on core memberships

Thu Aug 27, 2015, 6:21 PM
The counter part to the old premium was simply a "membership", there was no title attached, no symbol. The free membership was the normal membership, the standard membership. The word "premium" means "an amount paid in addition to the standard fare", and by extension the "premium membership" can be understood as something in addition to the standard account.

Note the importance of the semantics here: The unpaid, free account was the standard membership. Premium privileges were considered additional and extra.

But premium membership is now replaced with core membership. The word "core" means "the central or most essential part of something", and by extension, "core membership" can be understood as a membership that is central and most essential part of deviantART.

With the change of a single world, the executive team changed the standard membership. From now on, if you're a core member, you're part of the pillar of dA's community. If you're an unpaid member, you're an auxiliary person.

dA has always been trying to sell their premiums and it's perfectly understandable because servers are very expensive to maintain. But I dislike that paid memberships are now being made the standard. There is no entry fee to becoming a member of the community. All you need is to take part and give back. The change in semantics implies that the free member is somehow less important, nonessential or auxiliary to the community, but it is simply not true. The subscription fee grants you more service (e.g., bigger stash storage) and more convenient service (e.g., no ads), but these services are entirely client-side and minimally impact your ability to participate in the community. From the community's perspective, or a participatory perspective, the free member is equal in status to a premium member. We should not distinguish them by branding them as "core" and "non-core", because this is a false distinction.

Why do you watch me? 

11 deviants said I'm not watching you yet, but I should press that button now! :dummy:
9 deviants said Because you as a person appeal to me.
7 deviants said For your maps and map making resources.
7 deviants said For your writing.
6 deviants said For your digital paintings.
6 deviants said We met at a devMEET / I know you personally offline
5 deviants said For other reasons. (Comment?)
3 deviants said You watched me, so I returned the favor.
2 deviants said For your sheet music.
No deviants said For your desktop customization stuff.


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I joined dA in 2005, this is my second account. I have done graphics and web design, photography (digital and darkroom) and music arrangements. My current area of focus are digital painting, fantasy cartography, and fiction writing. I'm currently writing my debut novel which I hope to publish. You may find more about the novel here.

I have an honours bachelor of arts in philosophy, where I specialized in ancient, early modern and modern analytic philosophy. I am currently a third year law student and I hope to practice in corporate, commercial and securities law.


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dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
thank you for the :+fav:
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nice gallery btw! what do you like best to do when it come to art/design?
justMANGO Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I like simplicity! I have a thing for clean, minimalistic designs with smooth lines and unintrusive colors. :)
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
looks like we're on the same page here! if you're on win 8.1 I would recommend you to try my latest windows theme:…
it really fits your description! and let me know if you like it.
justMANGO Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I run Win 10. :( Looks good though!
09Jwoods Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016  New Deviant
Hi, I just wanted to quickly thank you for your comments on the forum post. I was a bit upset about what the other guy said, despite the fact that I knew he was probably a troll, so it was really nice to see that people were actually backing me up. Also, good luck with your debut nobel! It sounds really interesting. Definitely contact me when you get it published, I'd love to read it :)
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