For almost the past year, I think it's about eleven months or so, I have been running a group chat on Skype. Now, this chat is only for other deviants, so everyone there has a deviant art account. For the most part, it is a great place to have fun, meet new people, chat, laugh, and have a great time. The best way to think about it is like a group of friends meeting up in once common place to hang out, and do whatever.
Here is a short list things we have done in the group:
watch youtube videos
help each other with probelms
laugh (a lot)
talk about art
get to know each other
just chat in general
a few group video chats (I think we have only done one)
but, that list doesn't quite sum it up. It's amazing. So many close friendships have been formed in the group. Though, recently, due to a lot of stress in everyone's lives, we have been having arguments, and many people have left. Right now, most of the issues have been solved, buy most people don't want to come back. (It's not as bad as it sounds)
so, in order to keep the group alive, I need new people to come join it.
there are several, fairly simple rules that you must follow to be in the group.
they are as follows:
1. You must have an active deviant art account. Active being defined as follows: your account must have at least 10 watchers, you must have at least 150 page view, you must have a minimum of five piece of actual art uploaded (no screen shots) and your account must be more than two weeks old. I am fairly flexible about these rules, but these rules are there to ensure that it is only real deviants in the group.
2. You must watch me,
and have me as a contact on Skype. This is to make it easier for me to contact you privately if I need to, and also for me to get to know you a bit better. I have a hard time with names, so I will probably ask you for your username a few times to help jog my memory. Plus, it's a common curtesy to watch a person back.
3. No bullying, no intentionally trying to hurt others, no lying. Swearing is okay, telling jokes is fine, racist jokes are fine. I just want to keep the members of the group feeling safe and happy being in the group. We have had one person that I have had to ban from the group because he was harassing people. Just try to be a nice person in the group. You can joke around, "busy each other's balls," troll people (to a limit, and it must be in a friendly kind of way). Think of it like hanging out with your best friend, you can be complete dicks to each other at times, but you both know it's in a friendly way.
4. Try to respect other people's views, opinions, religions, etc. it is perfectly fine to have a debate about some things, but do not start putting someone down for what they believe in.
5. I have several people in the group at one time or another who are some form of lgbt or other sexual orientation. Everyone is entiled to their own sexual orientation, and you must respect that. Also, you can feel free to be completely open about who you are in the group. We won't judge, and we will accept you for who you are.
Now, another rule that I like to enforce is not leaving the group, and then rejoining it later. It's annoying to constantly re add people all the time. Just stay in the group. Yes, at times there can be well over 300 messages sent in less than five minutes, and yeah, it can be annoying at times. But, depending on the operating system you are using, I can help you fix that problem by turning off notifications.
also, there are people in the group who are from around the world, and in many different time zones. So, try to keep that into consideration, what might be 3pm for you might be 1 am for another person, so they might not always be on when you are. That doesn't mean you can't get to know them. Maybe send them a private Skype message and chat with them.
if you want to be added to the group, leave me a comment, or send me a note, please include your Skype username so I can add you to my contacts to add you to the group.
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