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Community Volunteer


Community Volunteers (short CV) are deviants that help the community out by providing them with a specific contact point in relation to galleries, chat and forums


Every CV only acts within the areas they are trained in. That means that generally, a gallery CV will not moderate chatrooms or forums or give DDs for artworks in other galleries (unless having permission). And no chat/forum CV will give DDs. In some instances, some volunteers are trained in Chats & Forums and Galleries and have permission to cross-over.  To be certain, you can view the whole roster of volunteers here and see what area a volunteer is representing.


Any volunteer can be easily recognized by the heart, next to their username.

12 05 2014 01 by ginkgografix

Community Volunteers are regular people, just like everyone else, with a few special privileges.
Like the name already says, Community Volunteers do what they do in their free time. This means that sometimes it may take time until they can get back to you, as they are not online 24/7 on deviantART.

A standard volunteer term is one year. After that time they may be offered the opportunity to become a mentor volunteer, who then helps to guide new volunteers, lead Community Relations projects and have their volunteer term extended. A volunteer is also allowed to leave before the end of the one year, the decision is theirs.


What are CVs doing? Why do we have them?


CVs are usually people that are already dedicated to a certain medium, style or gallery and therefore are connected with the community they represent. With their knowledge, they understand the needs and worries of their community and can help to improve the overall experience or to support related events.

A few of the things they do:
- run contests or projects
- give Daily Deviations
- moderate chatrooms and the forum
- collect ideas and suggestions from the community to work on improvements
- provide a connection between staff and the community
- educate and help deviants
- promote deviants and deviations

Community Volunteers are not involved in making any policy decisions regarding your artwork, nor are they be able to ban anyone from the deviantART site. However if you troll too hard in #devart or any of the other chatrooms, you may very well find yourself receiving a swift /kick from one of them, or even the dreaded dAmn ban for a few days.
[Taken from this article]



How can I become a CV?


By applying! But keep in mind you must be 18+ years old to be considered.
If you are thinking about applying to volunteer, you should take some time to read these:

So you want to be a CV...Sometimes I like to wander through the communityrelations group, and I always come across comments from people so willing to become volunteers, I constantly come across people who say "Applied for ___ gallery!", "I can't wait to be 18 to apply!", "I so want to be on the team!", there are some who list the complete CR roster in their personal profiles, who openly say in their tagline, signatures or devIDs "Hoping to be a CV one day", etc. This is specially evident in the The Community Relations Team journal, where the opening positions are listed.
To those people: take this journal just as a personal opinion and a friendly advice from a fellow community member, someone who loves the community and is willing to contribute and give back the way one can. This comes from my personal experience, shouldn't be taken as the whole Community Relations nor deviantArt's official stance.
PE: Want to be a `Senior or ^CV?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
:iconcommunityops:
But how do you FINALLY get on this list?
The basic information in short is told in


A full list of positions that are open, as well as the link to the application form, can be found here.
It makes the most sense to apply for positions that you are passionate and qualified for. This means that if the spot you are best suited for is currently taken, you should mention that instead of settling.  Applications are kept on file for a year 

FAQ #85: Can I be a volunteer on DeviantArt?




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:iconjust-to-look1:
Just-To-Look1 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 28, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
An excellent article. :blowkiss:

Wanted to apply, but only thing that stopped me was being under the age requirement :saddummy:
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
Thanks :aww:

Aww, but you can already do much for the community without being a volunteer. And if you already do help others, do features etc it can only help once you apply to become a CV.
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Just-To-Look1 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome. :)
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Pascua-Tanya Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent article =D

I'm looking and reviewing articles about the CV to be more informed about everything and do what needed to be more likely to be chosen. Two weeks ago I applied for the category "Fan Art" and started to make contributions about the same (and also on "deviantART Related" category to choose when it's available).

Not if my current contributions are sufficient to enter the team but I will do everything possible to assist significantly in the community.
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
That's good to hear. Good luck with your efforts!
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:iconpascua-tanya:
Pascua-Tanya Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you ^^. I hope to get lucky =D
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:love:
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
:la:
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SirCassie Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've applied in the last month:) **fingers crossed**
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:iconginkgografix:
ginkgografix Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Good luck!
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:iconsircassie:
SirCassie Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! :D
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SarakuHD Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Once again, another wonderful article from a CV, someone who understands what to do! :D
When the time is right, I'm planning on applying for a CV. Would love to help out one of my most favorite sites on the world of Internet!
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:iconginkgografix:
ginkgografix Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Thank you!

That sounds like a good plan. :la.
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TitosAlexius Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
That's a very good idea, but I don't know if I have time for do this :[
it seem quite difficult be a CV
So the only thing I can do is wish luck to who will become it Nod
"Good luck you all!CURSE YOU! "
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:iconginkgografix:
ginkgografix Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
If you have doubts, maybe contact a current CV that deals with a gallery you are interested in (or a similar one)? You could talk to them to ask how much time is needed etc to get a better feeling for it.

:#1:
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:iconlaurij:
LauriJ Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
I certainly would like to become a Chat & Forums Volunteer at some point...
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:iconginkgografix:
ginkgografix Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
If you are familiar with those places and are 18+, go for it :nod:
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:iconliaoqinglin:
Liaoqinglin Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
嗯,说句实话,还不错哦。
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:iconginkgografix:
ginkgografix Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
I only understand english or german.
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:iconvenof-unis-jinanx:
Venof-Unis-Jinanx Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist
I tried google translate haha he said, "Ah, to be honest, pretty good." though I'm not that sure
For me, it's defintitely brief and concise. Thanks for the info. Now I know!  Fool Emoji-10 (Thumbs Up) [V1] 
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
I have used a translater as well, but i think if you communicate with others you should use a language they can understand. No matter how bad you own language skills are.

Thank you!
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Venof-Unis-Jinanx Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist
Yeah, you're absolutely right...to find a mean of communication and that english is the dominant language as of now (not only in DA but majority of sites) and it's pretty easy to learn, for me anyway hehe

The pleasure is all mine :TipOfTheHat: 
I'm learning a lot today.
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
All of us, who are not native english speakers, struggle with it, but i wouldn't just talk in german though. That would be kinda ignorant and rude towards others :nod:

That's good to hear :la:
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Venof-Unis-Jinanx Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist
Yes yes hehe I agree to your very point  :yes: 
All in all, it's common sense that dictates haha

Once again, I am very grateful for your articles Anne, I hope that someday, I'll be able to apply what I've learned.
Maybe you've noticed, I bombarded you with a lot of faves +fav  haha sorry Sign Emoji-09 (Peace) 

Bunny Emoji-66 (Thank you arigatou) [V3] 
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
No need to feel sory for that :D
Favs are always welcome, because that shows me that I created something useful that might helps people!
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PurpelBlur Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Bravo! :clap: :heart:
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
:bow:
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Savaliste Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
Great article, nicely written!! I've applied like 4 times in the last 3 years so I give up on being official but I still do my part in helping :nod:
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TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Don't give up! I applied maybe 5 or 6 times before I got my position XD There are so many factors taken into consideration before giving someone the role.
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Pascua-Tanya Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi there

I have a question. What kind of people are more likely to be chosen as Volunteer?. I applied several times but have not been considered even once. I am aware that I have to contribute to the community and is what I'm doing right now. I would like to enter the category "Fan Art (and am doing my collaborations about it) but still have not been contacted (I thought that would be considered this time) I am also aware that a good volunteer must implement the core values : Community, Respect, Excellence, Artist, Trust and Empower.

The community is the most important part of the work of all volunteer, as their personal and artistic contributions are directed to they. Volunteers promote unity and respect among users, community artists. They are a source of knowledge and experience that are transferred to other artists in progress to help enhance your art style and his experience on the site.

I would like to become a Volunteer to continue working with the community and contribute more. I would like to have the opportunity to enter the team and prove that I am a person who can be useful as a Volunteer.
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TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
There's no definitive sure-fire way to become a CV. You just need to, like you say, be an active member of the community and implement the core values.

Some of these links might help you out though:
FAQ #85: Can I be a volunteer on deviantART?
How to be a guiding light and a shining example
SO YOU WANT TO BE A CV...
PE: Want to be a `Senior or ^CV?

You also need to really think about why you want to be a volunteer. It doesn't come with a massive boost in popularity, you won't suddenly become a well-known name in the community - you still need to make your stand in that respect.
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:iconpascua-tanya:
Pascua-Tanya Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The other group is DevNews not news ^^;
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:iconpascua-tanya:
Pascua-Tanya Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for your answer ^^

I'm not doing this to be popular or be a household name in the site. I'm doing this to continue my contributions to the community, as I have been doing within the Hispanic community and now to a more general level. I'm trying to actively participate in groups like ArtHistoryProject, news and others (I posted some articles on these groups). My main motivation is the deviantART community.

You may think I'm one of those people who want to look just as another symbol, to satisfy a whim or be popular. But the reality is different. I have always enjoyed collaborating on dA but I just ran my contributions only to the Hispanic community and I thought that those contributions were sufficient to officially become a Volunteer, but did not. In fact you may notice that, based on my contributions to Hispanics, if I've been acting as a Volunteer (or nearly as one because I was not doing promotional art from other users or competitions. But I've started to promote art) but never question me about what lies beyond the Hispanic community. when I started to make my contributions in Ayu-dA, did not know of the existence of Volunteers or CR. I decided to contribute to the group because, somehow, I felt motivated to do so. See the good work that this team had encouraged me to do the same, and without even being administrator of the group. I started being single member and am now the Director of Ayu-dA. I decided to be a collaborator of the group and thanks to my contributions went up through the ranks, to become the Director, after its former director decided to leave for personal reasons. Really was a great honor receive of address the group and even today I am exercising my work very well ^^.

I try applying without success. And the reason was that I was not directing my contributions to the all community. I have now started to make my contributions generally and it feels really good. I was beginning to forget what it felt like to support the community. I realized that my motivation was not the same as it was when I started to make my contributions to the Hispanic but now that motivation is returning community and am more than willing to work with the community. If I done in Ayu-dA, I should not do so also in all the dA community?. It will be hard to have a powerful community but I will do everything possible to make my voice heard, that my contributions reach many users and can help them integrate into the community. It may sound like something anyone would say to earn the respect of Volunteers but that's actually what I think and feel. They do not know me enough to believe in my words but I assure you that I do not lie and my desire to help the community is authentic :nod:

As you can see, I do have clear because I would like to become a Volunteer :).
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TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Then keep applying! Stay motivated :D
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:iconpascua-tanya:
Pascua-Tanya Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you ^^. I wish I could be considered for a position. I am aware that I am not the only person who wants to be considered. But did not receive a response is very sad because it makes me feel I'm not worthy
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:icontehangelscry:
TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
You hit the nail on the head there :) With so many applications they only reply to those being considered. So just stay strong & keep at it! ^^ 
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Savaliste Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
i know i know.. I only worry cause on the application where it asks you "Describe a difficulty or challenge you've faced in the past and how you dealt with it." I only have like 2 main things I could talk about and I don't want to repeat the same ones in the application ^^; lol but I'll give it another shot right now :nod:
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Astralseed Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
I applied more times than I can count and I always used the same difficulty in each application :) 
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:iconsavaliste:
Savaliste Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
Cool yea I'll probably do that now
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:icontehangelscry:
TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Haha, I understand don't worry X) I had the same issue. But it's designed to show how you deal with problems :) 
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
My i ask what you applied for?
But it's grea to hear, that it didn't demotivate you :hug:
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:iconsavaliste:
Savaliste Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
:XD: Architecture and I think Abstract Photography.
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
Nice choices! Architecture is a pretty awesome gallery, so many great buildings :love:
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:iconsavaliste:
Savaliste Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
I know! ♡♡
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WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner May 12, 2014   General Artist
:clap: another amazing article!
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
Thank you! :blowkiss:
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:iconworldwar-tori:
WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner May 13, 2014   General Artist
You're welcome :)
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
:la:
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
:boogie:
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Stygma Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I was wondering for a while now how much time you've been a CV? Do you have a special CV status? :)
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