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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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AnimeStrife009 4 days ago  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Favourites show me people like my drawings, but I'd rather get some feedback once in a while. I mean, I draw cool pictures, but I don't get any real thanks for doing it, just a favourite (which is nice, but of no real benefit to me). And with the amount of favs I've gotten, you'd think more people could comment.
Lilyyx-x Apr 12, 2014   General Artist
If I don't know what to say about something and I like the art, I will just fave. To me, a fave from someone who actually likes the art(but doesn't know what to say about it), seems better then a forced comment from someone commenting just so they can fave without being lashed at for only faving, which seems pretty common now. Meaningful comments not included in what I'm saying, also, people who fave everything without looking also doesn't count, I'm meaning people who actually like the art but don't know what to say.

I fave and run, but I don't fave it unless I like it. I honestly just ignore art if it has a "comment before fav" thing, if I don't know what to say, for reasons.
SafireCreations Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
so true
Beth-Z Mar 29, 2014   General Artist
Fave-Runners, as I call them. DA is full of them
Queencidence Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how to use this? it doesn't work when i try
Queencidence Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, i need comment either, but people just passed by my deviation without say anything
NekoWitch01 Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i hate when people just fave my art and dont even say anything... But then again (here's my hypocritical personality) I fave without commenting (not alot) 
TheSecretMacro Mar 20, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree completely. Those who just go around slapping favs on anything whether they like it or not are just, meeeeeeeh. Comments are so much more meaningful!
Jaguar24 Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man, i love faving and running
But what if It makes me speech less
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