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:bulletpink: What You Get

1 fully colored & shaded character
● a simple background if requested
● additional characters or a complex background for a minimum price
:bulletorange: How You Can Get It
● First send me a notecommentemail or Steam message with a character/scene description. The more specific the request and the more references you can include, the better! You can directly send me your materials here.
● If I then agree to the commission, I send you a first sketch. If you approve, simply transfer the money as described below and I'll get working on the full project!
:bulletyellow: Price
● You can send me any amount you think my service is worth on Paypal or gift me something from my Steam Wishlist.
● You only need to send a minimum amount for additional characters (USD 20 each) or complex backgrounds (USD 30).
● If you pay above average, you get a little bonus as described below! Steam games bought on sale count as if bought undiscounted.

● Averages:
  ● 1 character: USD 38.76 (with complex bg: USD 52.79)
  ● 2 characters: USD 25.00 (with complex bg: USD 57.50)
  ● 3 characters: USD 47.50 (with complex bg: USD 70.00)
  ● more characters: contact me!

:bulletgreen: Boni

If you
  ● pay above average
  ● recommission me
  ● refer a paying friend
  ● or complete my Dropbox Referral
I'd like to thank you (and any friend you refer) with a little bonus picture! Something like a colored & shaded sketch, a chibi, a few twitch emoticons, I'm sure we'll find something!

:bulletblue: Commercial Use & Licensing

Want to use my use the commissioned product for directly commercial purposes (and not just run ads alongside it)? Let me know and we'll negotiate a little contract! This is the default one.

Almost everything in my gallery is about a story called Aitia. Over time, people have asked about background information. This journal will now collect all info to asked questions so that I won't have to repeat myself and get a bit of an overview.

Everything can still change of course, that's the beauty of WIPs, so feel free to leave your thoughts.

I Love Valve by Locou Peer Review Stamp by xNightxDragonx:thumb63264657:
Some people may wonder why I've been inactive for quite a while. While it's true that university knew how to keep me busy, it was also because my computer malfunctioned. Files were still accessible, but it all went so agonizingly slowly that there was obviously something broken and I couldn't fix it with software (and exchanging cables didn't work either).
Since I still had warranty on the computer I sent them back to Medion. I wrote them explicitly not to touch the files on the hard drive (in BOLD letters) and that I'd pay for a second hard drive in case they deemed exchange of the hard drive necessary.
If you're genre-savvy you already know that we paid the extra money, got a fresh HDD and they trashed the old HDD REGARDLESS.

For you guys this means I lost all my pictures, my W.I.P.s and, for those of you better informed about my stuff, the story and supplementary material. ~350 Pages core text plus at least a hundred pages stray ideas and concepts.
Whether I start rebuilding that story or just let it die is something I'm still wondering about.

Moral of the story: Don't buy products from Medion. I already had to wait a looong time for support before sending in the PC in the first place.
www.deviantart.com/discovery/

I guess I sorta missed this in all the ads and spam dA keeps putting in my inbox.
Give it a try, cool stuff.
Little thought experiment for everyone.

[mood setter]
A couple of weeks ago I re-watched some The Ghost In The Shell. For everyone not in the picture, Ghost In The Shell (or just GitS for short) is a cyberpunk animanga set in the not-so-distant future and while the action scenes are also pretty and worth watching, what makes it really good at the core are the philosophical aspects and how the world would change with increased use of robotics.
The author goes the full way here. Using a cybernetically enhanced brain to communicate via wireless has become as common as having a cell phone. Aside from obvious communication benefits and internet whereever you go, a major dark side for example would be that people can hack into and even fry your brain or retrieve information in warfare. At one point a family father is hacked and controlled so he was forced to drive his still very young daughter to a clinic for cyberbrain enhancement so the same hacker could hijack her brain and kidnap her. Having androids and gynoids (androids = male appearance, gynoid = female appearance) do your work is an advantage many people take into mind when thinking about future robots. GitS goes the full, dark road and pictures people using robots as "sex bots" or they abuse the cyberbrain functions to do a kinky "body swap".
The border between human and machine is blurred (transhumanism) and the series constantly begs the question where to draw the line between a very complex AI and a real human being. Usually this line is the "Ghost", a concept of soul that humans possess, but robots do not. During surgery for cyberbrain enhancements there are even specific regulations how much of a brain may be replaced without endangering the ghost. But almost as soon as this concept is introduced, it is teared down by bringing in complex AIs that claim to have a ghost and want to be treated equally to humans.
[/mood setter]

Now that you're in the mood, the thought experiment I was talking about. A Blank Slate.

Imagine there is a kind of being for which nothing in this world has any value. We all grow up learning by copying values from our environment or by experience (pain/pleasure). Imagine there is a being that does not learn like this, only by listening to its creator. He/she is the only source of values. The being in question can be a robot, a person revived without a soul, whatever you want. What's important is this: Somebody is responsible for that being.
You can imagine this creator is you or can think about what a creator in general should do. Should he impose all his own values on the Blank Slate? Values that will benefit it most in society? Try to compose a completely new character he might not even like himself, just for the sake of being a unique new being?
And of course, think of all the things where it gets touchy. The Blank Slate will not be able to feel love unless you tell it with whom to fall in love with. What if the creator falls in love with the Blank Slate?

I don't want to point out every single situation to you and get an answer for each of it. Think of your own scenarios and tell me what you think would/could happen. Maybe even to society as a whole if having a Blank Slate would become common. Maybe it would even become common to "forge" an ideal life partner like this? At the core, apart from ethical conflicts, I think it's a question of how much idealistic enhancement should be possible before we lose our humanity. But that's just my thoughts, I'm eager to hear what you come up with.
Link to News article: news.deviantart.com/article/14…

First of all, it's not hacking. People that call themselves hackers also think of themselves as the "good guys". Crackers are the "bad guys". Hackers find loopholes, backdoors, defense weaknesses and exploits to fix them, crackers find them to use them.
However, in my opinion, none of the two things applies here.

A little backstory first. Recently, email addresses from dA leaked. What does that have to do with accounts being deactivated by some trolls* on deviantART? After all, you can't just get into an account by entering the email address, right?

Here's my theory: By using either bruteforce, a technqiue where a program basically tries every possible combination of numbers and alphabetic characters to guess the password, or "popular passwords" like "12345", the troll gets into the email account. First thing to do there is change the password and other stuff so you can't access it anymore. Then he requests a password change from deviantART ("Oh my god I lost my password, please help D:" - "Okay, we'll send a new one to your email address" - "Yesss >D") and can hijack that account. If the troll finds clues of registrations on other sites, he might do the same trick there.

A dA admin think I deserve a tin foil hat for that, but I don't see why my theory's moot. So yeah, if you want to change a password, change the one of your email account. Mine has always included 23 alphanumeric characters (2 fantasy words and 4 numbers), so I guess I'm safe from bruteforce which only is efficient for like 6 characters or so.

*some call them cyber criminals, but that gives them too much credit in my opinion.

Update: comments.deviantart.com/2/1402…
First of all, it's not hacking. People that call themselves hackers also think of themselves as the "good guys". Crackers are the "bad guys". Hackers find loopholes, backdoors, defense weaknesses and exploits to fix them, crackers find them to use them. Media doesn't distinguish this in general.
However, in my opinion, none of the two things applies here.

A little backstory first. Recently, email addresses from dA leaked. What does that have to do with accounts being deactivated by some trolls* on deviantART? After all, you can't just get into an account by entering the email address, right?

Here's my theory: By using either bruteforce, a technqiue where a program basically tries every possible combination of numbers and alphabetic characters to guess the password, or "popular passwords" like "12345", the troll gets into the email account. First thing to do there is change the password and other stuff so you can't access it anymore. Then he requests a password change from deviantART ("Oh my god I lost my password, please help D:" - "Okay, we'll send a new one to your email address" - "Yesss >D") and can hijack that account. If the troll finds clues of registrations on other sites, he might do the same trick there.

A dA admin think I deserve a tin foil hat for that, but I don't see why my theory's moot. If you find what's wrong with it, please write so in the comment section (for everyone reading this: check the comment section if you find such corrections).
So yeah, if you want to change a password, change the one of your email account. Mine has always included 23 alphanumeric characters (including 4 numbers and 2 fantasy words), so I guess I'm safe from bruteforce which only is efficient for like 6 characters or so.
Of course all your passwords in general should be safe, so I don't say that you shouldn't change the one on dA if you think it's insecure. A simple way of determining the security is using this website: howsecureismypassword.net/

*some call them cyber criminals, but that gives them too much credit in my opinion.
Just got kicked by a moderator or admin from over there (it's a group) because I asked alltheoriginalnames an uncomfortable question. He hid the complete conversation and put me on his ignore list.

Just classy. If you have any thoughts about joining Realm of Fantasy - I can't recommend it. They also spam their journal with trivial stuff and submission center, so if I wasn't kicked I probably would have left by the end of the month either.
But really, that's how people treat their members when they have too many of them I suppose.


Phew, now I feel better. Any news from you guys? I have some more sketches from university, should I upload those to my scraps or am I just annoying with them? Honest please. =P
I thought I'd do a proper journal for the profile page.

I invite everywhere who reads this to advertise their own deviantART gallery in the comment section below. Tell the people what you have to offer, what your gallery is about, whether you take commissions or request, maybe leave a little doodle behind via Muro.

Of course, if you'd like to, you can also feature somebody else. Just make sure it's not against dA policies and that it's mainly about your or somebody else's art.


As a start, I recommend Shampie's gallery. It's a mix of digital drawing and painting and also got a lot of pixel stuff. Commission info is here and she could really use some money right now. Arting Starvist and everything.
If you're watching me, move along, nothing new to see here.
This journal is just there to get rid of the long one on the profile page, but in case I told somebody to have a look at my journal for more infos on the script user story: All information about the script users incident can now be found at


:icontransparentplz: :icontransparentplz: :icontransparentplz: :icontransparentplz: :iconscriptstop:
Final Update
It's been several years, but to clarify: deviantART changed their stance and officially implemented countermeasurements, and the group I founded to compile blacklists thankfully fizzled out due to a lack of reports - which is the best case scenario as far as I'm concerned!

If you've got evidence of a user bypassing the current system, try forwarding it to the helpdesk.

Important Update
First of all, the open letter I promised is now finally online: marikbentusi.deviantart.com/ar…
Second, everybody who watches me because of updates about scripts, please unwatch me. I will not update the story on this account anymore. New updates will only be posted on :iconscriptstop: so I can separate the attention from my main account. I hope you understand.

Latest Update
Added Nanobear because their mass-watches have 4-10 seconds in between. That's really suspicious.

What is this about?
Some people use a script to watch a lot of random deviants. Some do it for laughs or play pranks, other do it for attention, pageviews, backwatches or promote their points donations, etc., you get the idea. You can read about the story [here], but keep in mind that the account mentioned the most in that article, akoye has switched ownership and the new owner is not using the script anymore!

Below is a list of people that probably use a script for watching. However I strongly encourage you to make your own decisions and not just copy and paste the lists. Go to the account and make a decision for yourself.

I am pretty sure these people use scripts for watching:
Chaozimiya
CawkBlawk
Ryumuza
Ioulaum
rohitdib
Kashplz
x-Raid-x
CardHock
acacin
supported
Felbreon
shrapnel0
sayarsa
Young9tradition
twisterfiendish
xjbbx-22
rockthemuse
sayassa
kitsune103
nudereligion
Nanobear

I am pretty sure these people use scripts for faving:
BloodyParasite
AnthonyPresley

Future Plans
First, I want to ask the dA administration again when the news article reaches 2000 favs. That's a pretty round number that I hope will impress them enough to revise the ruleset. For that I want to write an open letter and I want it to come from the community rather from an individual. This is why I want to post the letter on the journal. Everyone will be free to comment and tell me if they want a special thing to be stressed, if they find a mistake or maybe they can supply me with a small quote that reflects their opinion or story.

Second, I have been thinking about a group for this "movement". Everything else here.

Please tell me what you think about both things. I'm thankful for each and every comment.

Additional information
If you want to remove script-using accounts from your watchers, this might help you:

FAQ #68: Can I remove someone who is watching me?

Apparently the original script was leaked by a friend of DivinityArcane. DivinityArcane had figured out a lot of dA security holes and exploits and sent them togther with possible fixes to the helpdesk. He was then banned, likely because dA doesn't want people to know about security holes at all. At a different point of time, he wanted to help out a friend of his and gave her the script we are talking about here. As he didn't give out any more scripts, she must have leaked it – if we are talking about a single script here.
He recommends a „good referrer and a login check“ to fix this exploit. I'm not an expert on this matter, but I guess a login check is a captcha and a referrer is a feature with which a website can find out how a person got on a specific page, so the system could be alerted if someone's always going from „random deviant“ to the watchlist without anything in between.
Credit to pand0rium for finding out about all this.

AngelMiyoko started a "Bot Block" petition. It can be found here.
2018 edit: This is old news and no longer relevant!

In short, what is this news about?


It's about accounts that use a script to add ten thousands of deviants to their watchlist in a matter of days. Some people backwatch, that's how the script-account gains popularity and watchers (or points via donation if you want to). Even if they don't backwatch, some people will at least look at the site and may watch through your gallery or journal.
It's legal, I asked the helpdesk on this.
The problem is that the deviants being added by the script feel betrayed and disappointed. I want to inform people about this in the first place so they don't fall for those "traps". You can have a look at their gallery stats to see if there's something suspicious like ten thousands of watches. A profile full of "Thank you for the watch" comments is also suspicious.
Ideally however, I'd like deviantART to improve their security so those scripts stop working. I fear those scripts to get popular and watch-notifications to become meaningless. I don't want to visit a dA in which tons of people are automatically watched by programs and I want watching to stay something special and dear.

If you agree, please support this news and/or the original journal here. I hope that if enough deviants voice their complaints and support this news, dA will change their point of view and work on their securities.
If we're not successful in doing this, I hope we will still raise the overall awareness of bots and scripts used on dA for such purposes. This news is supposed to be informative first and foremost.

(You are of course also welcome to disagree and share your opinion alike, but please read the entire thing so I don't have to answer the same questions over and over again)


Okay so what's the whole story?

The Beginning
Four days ago I was added to the watchlist of akoye. I'm not sure about the gender, but I'll call the creator a him for simplicity. The account seemed off to me because the profile page was flooded with „Thank you for the Watch!“ comments. The gallery stats revealed the account was watching ten thousands of deviants. At the moment I'm writing this it's 26,592 people. When I wrote the initial journal on this topic yesterday, the number was around 15,000 – and the account has only been online for four days in total.
I could also see the numbers increasing rapidly when I refreshed the stats. Roughly one deviant per second is added when the script is online. What I did was writing a short text about how this account is likely using a bot and linked to the odd statistics. I copy and pasted that short text to a lot of people who thanked for watches on the profile page. Needless to say, they were sad and angry they were tricked, but also thankful I told them about it. I continued doing this in my spare time for two days.

New Account Activity
Yesterday, on day three of the account, the account creator got upset. On the one hand he threatened me to report my messages as spam, which I think is only the logical think to do if you don't want people to find out about your actions. I also warned people on his journal called „Update!“ which is where he replied to me. We had an... interesting debate, but in the end I had numbers he couldn't disprove. He also invited me to a chat, twice, and promised me he would share the script with me. I denied his offer and tried to make him send me a note to gather hard evidence, but he ended up deleting his journal and all the evidence of our discussion with it.
With the data deleted, I can't prove the existence of the discussion nor its contents anymore, but there were some people that followed the discussion that can be witness. Sadly I don't remember who it was that followed.

On the other hand he uploaded a single deviation (can be seen here: akoye.deviantart.com/art/Incom… ), the aforementioned journal (in which he also „begged“ for dA points for a subscription and said in bold printed letters that he was not a bot) and left a few comments to prove he's human, apparently to weaken my argument. It didn't change the insane gallery stats however, so I continued.

His deviation is perfect for showing how useful his method is for increasing the account's audience. There are some people on dA who will „backwatch“, meaning they add those people that watch them to their own watchlist, apparently to return the kind favor. These people become normal watchers and comment and fav on deviations and see journals. Some will most likely also donate a few spare points if it is requested in the journal like akoye did, but I don't have numbers for that.
To show you the relation between watches and backwatches, here's akoye's statistics:
„He watches 26,592 people, while 619 people watch him.“
That's about one backwatch for every 43 watches. Doesn't sound like much, but look at how many watchers he gained this way in a matter of four days. It takes years and convincing high-quality art for other people to reach that number.

Today, on day four, akoye decided to give away his account because of the bad reputation and people obviously not very happy with his watching habits.

deviantART's reply
Yesterday I also got a reply from the helpdesk on this matter and I quote:
Hi,

We don't have a limit on how many people one can add to their watch list, nor how many "thank you" comments they may issue. He's not shilling links to a website and none of the activity on the account warrants administrative action, bot or not.

Bryan
In other words, what akoye does is completely fine with dA's rules.

My Personal Opinion
The article so far might have already given it away, but I'll write about it once more:
In my opinion, this should be forbidden. Not only is it dishonest to increase your audience by relying on people's naivity (or rush if they didn't take the time to study the site), it also makes people feel sad and disappointed when they found out they were automatically added. I've even had a case where the person wrote „I felt touched by [the devwatch notification]“.
In my opinion, this is a huge scam and the vast majority of people commenting on my initial journal shows I'm not the only one with those thoughts.

I also fear this script might spread. It's completely legal as of now, so the only way to stop a possible script wave is an informed community that knows how to spot and deal with those accounts. Look at people's gallery stats and profile comments, they can give it away if something's fishy about the account.

In my opinion, deviantART should improve their security systems so that these scripts and bots don't work anymore. Ideally, I hope the attention I gather will make dA overthink their rules. Without better security, even if those accounts are shut down, people will just make new accounts.
I don't even want to go on a banning spree, I just want those scripts to stop tricking deviants. Contrary to what some people say, I also don't want individual accounts to be harrassed. I just want the potential victims to be informed (and, like I said, the script to be blocked). Even if dA doesn't change their policy, I'd like people to be more careful in the future and spread the news this way. That's the first and foremost goal of this news entry.

More Cases
(Again, I don't want you to harrass these people, I just want to give out names so you know what it means when they add you)

akoye isn't the only account that uses scripts to increase their audience this way. The same goes for Chaozimiya and CawkBlawk like many deviants told me. Dinoforms also informed me that CarneTiger apparently uses a script to give out tons of llama. I can't see the speed of llamas being given out, but „70,712 Badges sent“ sounds suspicious. I have also trouble checking the next example, but TVD-Photography brought to my attention that darkdex52 might have used a similar method to give out 228,477 favorites in one year. Sounds suspicious to me, too.
I personally think that llama script is much less material to worry about tho, seeing as llamas are a "random" thing of deviantART that don't have an inherent meaning like watches or favs.
pand0rium also wrote this:
The script being used has been posted around the internet for a while now.. It was created by DivinityArcane, who has a whole archive of dA exploit scripts posted in a Rizon IRC chatroom.. This one's on pastie.org: *censored link*

Apparently a lot of people know this guy, but I've never heard of him. What's the deal, and how do we stop it?

I deleted the link that led to the script that is used. I feel bad about censoring it, but I'd feel worse if this news was used to spread what I try to fight.

Final Words
Thank you, dA community.
DeviantART's reply and the threats of akoye were everything but encouraging for me. But I got a lot of bittersweet „Thank you“-replies for my work and creating the journal with the whole story brought a lot of people together. People like TheShadedFox or sambeawesome continued to warn people on akoye's account after I went to bed. Countless other people passed on the news with links, journals or notes. Someone even said they would ask a friend with a lot of watchers to post a journal about this.
Like mentioned above, a lot of people also brought similar cases to my attention.
A few people said, like I also implied above, that what I did was just spamming and harassing people, but the reaction of the vast majority makes me feel justified in my approach. Again, taking down accounts or something isn't my main goal. I just want to prevent more people from falling for this. But hey, if deviantART bans me for that, I regret nothing. :lol:

I'd like to thank everyone that helped me to come this far and I hope we can go even further. I hope that we can change dA a bit to the better – together.

And now I'm off to work on my own artwork again, these recent events made me neglect it too much. :D I hope I didn't make too many language mistakes or mistakes that lead to content misunderstandings, I'm a bit nervious about this. :XD: Have a nice day, everyone, and don't fall for those people. ;)
So I'm sure you've all already heard of the new TF2 comic. But have you also heard about radigan-izing avatars? Because I've been doing it like crazy in this thread. It's basically drawing Radigan's epic goggles and chops onto people's avatars.

Examples:
[Base -> Finished, Finished]
[Base -> Finished]
[Base -> Finished]

It's crazy and totally awesome. I'm currently as good as running the whole thread and already did about 45 requests. Halleluja.
#GetWatchers is completely awesome.
:iconshampie: doesn't have enough llamas yet and seeing as I get literally SPAMMED with llamas today, let's share the llama llove and trade some llamas with her, too, OK? ;)

Thanks everyone for the dozens and dozens of llamas and faves today, you guys are great! :la:


Also, llama accessories for everyone:
:iconthanksllamaplz: :iconplusllamaplz: :iconllamala-plz: :iconsuperllamaplz: :iconalbinollamaplz: :iconsuperalbinollamaplz: :icongoldenllamaplz: :iconrainbow-llamaplz: