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Comment Before You Favourite by BoffinbraiN Comment Before You Favourite by BoffinbraiN

Comment before you favourite. Comment because you care. And spread the word!

Use the icon by putting :iconcommentplz: in your journal, deviation description or comment.
Use the stamp by putting :thumb43231916: in your journal or deviation description. Thumbnails do not work in comments.

If you're going to comment here or ask a question, read the FAQ first. 90% of people don't, and they look stupid for it.

This stamp was made for `livius (journal) and ~melonhead-emotion (journal) and those hundreds of you who agree with them.

If a deviant displays this stamp or icon in their deviation description, they are indicating that they care more about comments than favourites, and will ignore people who fave just to get attention.

Show deviants some courtesy and respect by giving them critique and feedback if they request it. Nobody can force you to comment, but we hope people will read this and consider giving something back to the artists they love. This stamp has influenced and enlightened a lot of people, who say they feel better knowing they've made contact with the artists.

If you are the kind of person that favourites more than 10 things per day, then you're not using the system as it was intended. A favourite means you consider something to be really special, and they should not be overused, or they become worthless.

Favourites should not be a way of seeking attention - this is known as fav-bombing and is not welcomed. Prove that you care by saying what you like about the piece. Critique and praise alike, comments are a form of human social interaction that favourites can never give. That's the kind of active community we want in deviantART. Which would you rather receive?


Can I use this stamp/icon in my submissions? Yes, you can use it anywhere on deviantART.

Does order matter? Does it matter if I favourite before I comment? Don't be silly; of course not!

What if I'm too busy to comment? Consider coming back and commenting later.

Do short comments like 'Cool' or 'Nice!' count? If the deviant has specified that they wish to receive critique, then no.

What if the artist never replies to comments? Well, it's up to you to decide if you think the artist will appreciate your comment or not.

What if I never know what to say in a comment? See below for some awesome guides on how to write constructive critique.

Why does this stamp have more favourites than comments? Because this is just a typical example of a deviation on deviantART. At least by having a high number of favourites, it's increasing awareness.

See also:
Read before you Comment - because it saves you time and possible embarrassment.
A Compromise - Can't comment on everything? Read this fantastic comic that received a Daily Deviation.
Good Comment Guide presented by #bringbackart describes, as briefly as possible, what you should be looking to give when you comment.
Constructive Critique, a brief note by $realitysquared that urges you to question whether your comments are benefiting the artists you frequent.

If you have a suggestion for this list, note me.
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eLkathebaloon Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
Thank you very much, comments feel far more valuable than favorites most of the time.
TheRockyCrowe Featured By Owner Edited May 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Great stamp! I've used it quit alot already....

Now if only I could get people to actually give a shit about it. Lol , heuhuehue...hmm.....yeaaahhhhhhh...

*looks awkwardly at pics full of faves & few comments*
Balloonboyy Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
BadCowboy69 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome thanks for making it
MightyRaptor Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Or you can fave then run, lol!
CKninjaboy Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If I commented on everything I favorited, I would be completely burnt out and my comments would start to become empty and no longer have purpose.
Bluefire-Amaterasu Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I'll use it. Thanks for making that stamp!
Angela124 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Student General Artist
Best stamp ever!
LukeyWhoLikesSanic Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Student General Artist
Why do some people favourite everything that they find on the home page? Its annoying, and its like a punch to the balls when i find out that when im favourited that they have already filled up two pages of favourites in mere seconds. And like he said, they dont even comment.
ShyGuy95 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think they do it to gain pageviews, they probably don't even give a shit about the thing they just favourited :/
BDOG375 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If only folks listened
BadCoal1995 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I used this, and it didn't work...
BoffinbraiN Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Did you check the details in the description? If you're trying to use this in a deviation description and you don't have premium, you must use the icon version instead of the stamp.
BadCoal1995 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
oh dammit I commented on the stamp...Sweating a little... 
Chickie456 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
I am so using this! So many people fave my art, which is good, but I would really like them to comment too. Hopefully this can help.
CherryPopSparkle Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015
The same thing happens to me
Chickie456 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
I know right? I mean I love all the faves, but I would really like a comment on it too like them saying how they love it or something at least :(
CherryPopSparkle Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
I'll give you a comment
Chickie456 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
Back to you! ;)
P-Bubs Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I took part of the text and put in my favourites widget description (with the credits for sure), when i started here on dA i was the type that fav everyting and run, but i realized that this is so wrong and unfair to the artist, so i started a new account and now i prefer to comment and just fave what is especial to me, and i'm receiving more feedback now, because i'm giving attention to people who wants the same :aww:
BoffinbraiN Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
It's always great to give comments and get some in return. :)
CuteTeen579 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I commented now I'm gonna favorite :dummy:
lollipopflower Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I faved before I commented on this picture!!!!! SO EVIL MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!
MasterThunda22 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is useful!(Mostly)
Owl-Dragonlover123 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
This makes so much sense.Just did what it told me to.
utoran Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
lolirinny Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love this!
ArthurT2015 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I could really use this stamp when I post on every new art I do. Much appreciated.
Luchita27 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
i think i'm gonna to start using it, it's really useful stamp :D
Velveteen-Vixen Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this. Will be putting it on all my future deviations 
Ookami-Luna Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very useful stamp!
Browsers12 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
Wow. Oops! I didn't know there are people out there that +fav pictures just to get the artists' attention. I've never even heard of "fav-bombing" until I saw this. Well, now I feel like a jackassWaaaah!. I have been faving a little bit too much pictures lately so I guess I'm guilty of this. I'm sorry everyone. I'll try to remember this from now on. Sweating a little... I just hope I didn't offend any artists for this.
Hero-of-the-Triforce Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Student General Artist
I personally don't think you were really causing an issue by doing that. That doesn't really seem necessarily like what they were talking about. They're mainly just saying when you simply fave pictures just to get the artist's attention. I personally feel that if you like a piece of artwork, fave it. After all, you weren't doing it just to get people's attention. So, I think you're probably good.
SuperMoonImagination Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for making this! I'm definitely going to use it! :D

Being a stamp artist, do your messages always get flooded with "mentioned your deviation in ____" messages? 
Emme2589 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was wondering if someone else cared as much about comments as I do! :D
Midnight-Star234 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm so using this.
Ladylollypop Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
onyxcarmine Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
I'm gonna add this to my favs. This is 100% the truth :D (Big Grin) 
candy-pumpkin101 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i hate it when people either just fav without even looking at the art,
but whenever i actually put the plz thing, it seems i only get favorites D:
Hero-Ritsuka Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
haven't been loading lately when i put them in the description 
PortalPapers Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
AboriChan Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hate people who don't comment, just fav my work and run :frustrated:
Thank you so much for making this :)
CreativeChick614 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Student
I'm with you
PsychoNeroPaperplane Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
but actually there are people who are worse: people who spend like 2 hours on the start page and add literally EVERYTHING to their favorites for attention and don't care for the art at all :l
FloydDowel Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014
yes I commented before I favorite it
penguineiy Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
QueenKawaiiness Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
Thank you! I find it really annoying when people say people who ask for comments are "whiny". Like, God forbid people actually want feedback.
Meadowind Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
God forbid people actually don't want to/can't comment for whatetver reason.
QueenKawaiiness Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
Where did I say it was bad for people to not want to comment? Tell me, because I don't see it anywhere. Perhaps you should re-read what I said properly, or get your eyes checked. I was just saying people who want feedback aren't "whiny" for asking for it like a lot of people say. No where did I say it was bad for people to not want to comment. 
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