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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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Manocat Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DragonDragoo Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll use it, but what's the point? No one will ever comment anyway...
Melody-pony Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for making this! I'm using c:
DanielleandDaniella1 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm gonna use it!
FeatherQuilly Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student Photographer
Thanks for making this.
BlackAlbatross1 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
madgerman123 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist
LuckyZorua Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I appreteate (sorry bad spelling) faves but personally a comment means much more to me... UvU
yoyobutt Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
Guys, get over yourselves. A fave means they liked your work, they don't need to force themselves to praise your shit. Really.
Anxnymous Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, it's not really about forcing them to praise us, it's just sometimes, it feels like they're saying: "Okay, sure whatever, I could fave this. It's really anything special, and that's why I'm only clicking the fave button and getting outta here." Also, constructive criticism really helps artists improve on their work, rather than someone faving something, saying: "Yup this is good enough," and that's it. Comments also give encouragement or suggestions to authors and I've noticed artists are much happier when you comment. A lot of nice friendships are started this way too. Although artists totally understand when people are shy or are "left speechless", so it's okay to let it slip sometimes. Commenting is something of a fuel to artists, or a goal to work towards, and people really appreciate it! 

That's just my opinion on things anyways.
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