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Update 1: Please, for the love of all of humanity, do not do anything physical to anyone. Various reports of people making phone calls to staff members and leaving verbal threats to reports of assorted violence need to cease.  Do not do anything that is not considered diplomatic, intelligent and mature.  PLEASE!  Rioting and violence solves nothing.

The events of the past couple days have been simultaneously horrific and surreal.

This entry must remain short and relatively information free for reasons that I am certain most of the community understands.  In due time the truth will come; it always has an interesting way of appearing in the most benign of locations.  I would love to offer you an explanation but unfortunately at this juncture I am unable to.

Most of you are asking yourselves, "What can I do to help?"

The answer to that is relatively simple: never give up on asking the "new" deviantART administration for honest answers about the current state of affairs.

The community needs to continue to demand the truth and never back down.  I know the existing administration is counting on this to blow over; that is the modus operandi.  If the community keeps up the pressure then their hands will be forced.

Remain civil while asking questions.  Rioting solves nothing.  Diplomacy is necessary.  Whether you submit art or write comments, it must remain well-mannered.  Trust me when I say that; the administration favors, and listens, to those who can frame their arguments in an intelligent and courteous manner.  People who lash out are summarily dismissed by the staff.

Know that I love each and every one of you.  "deviantART dot com loves you" is a moniker that I came up with and hold true and dear to my heart.  I am not able to respond to each and every single outpouring of support but know that all comments are being read.  For all that the community is doing I am eternally grateful.

Remember one thing: the community comes before anything and everything.  It is why I had devoted the last 5 years of my life to deviantART; it is why I sacrificed so much.

Never forget the community.

Here are some Community [Deviation] Projects as part of an outpouring of support "campaign" for the Yellow Alien.  If I happened to miss your *project* then I am sorry as it was not intentional.


:heart: :jarkinajar: :heart:
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Axx123 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
death Featured By Owner May 16, 2007
You and Angelo were a good team. I remember it from so many years ago..
death Featured By Owner May 16, 2007
You and Angelo were a good team. I remember it from so many years ago..
BarbieOnBotox Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2006
Just know the deviants of da will always have your back. I think when you heard people were calling making threats for you that shows your pretty loved... even if it was wrong. I hope whatever you do you will excell in...good luck
Eruben Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a shame, that someone like Jark suddenly dissapears.

Thank you for everything you did for us - artists.

I shall pray to the dear God in your intention.

Luv ya!
MidnightPredator Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2005  Student
I always wondered what was up with this website. A lot of artsits I knew from "the good old days" are always talking about how community baised deviantart was. It didn't seem like that for me. Then I started seeing all the "support Jark" avatars and decided to look into what's going on. I was shocked and I still sort of am when I heard about all this stuff.

But aside from my own views, I am awed at this journal entry. The complete an total... maturity I guess is really wonderfull to see and even though I have never heard of you before this day, you have my complete and total respect.
Chexee Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2005   Photographer

We deserve the truth, which in time, shall be told.

kimi-lady Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2005  Professional Photographer
i always wish this kind of thing never had to happen. :(

keep smiling :heart:
kingoffoxes Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2005   Writer
hi jark,
i don't post deviations much or comment much here in DA, but i've spent the last few hours coming up to speed on what's been going on regarding you and angelo after reading about it on Warren Ellis' website.

but from what I've read, i can see how much this community means to you and what a big part it has been in the lives of a lot of the people in it. this is a terrible thing to happen to anyone, and truly i am sorry that such a thing has come to pass.

i would just like to let you know that.. you have my support.
javanti Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2005
Make a new DA kind of site that you run for yourself?
GoingUnder88 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2005
Excellent advice! I wish more people would take it....
truthtricked Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005
:heart: :jark: :heart:
Umeko Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005  Professional General Artist
You're :#1: you created this lovely art site, I will support to 100%
Yuffie-FFX-maniac Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
:salute: thank you for everything
NairbSitlab82 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2005
This has been the third riot this week I've heard about or been in. Two happened on a time I spent away for the week. I actually tried to stop those physically, I was there, but to no avail. We pretty much lost an assembly hall at the camp I was helping for thanks to those madnesses.

And then this. I myself don't know entirely what has just happened. It's worse by far than missing a very informational episode of some awesome show, mostly because THIS is REAL ALL AROUND.

It baffles me to no end.

Once again... I don't know what's going on... but from the sound of it, it seems like dA is buckling in on itself out of nowhere. If that happens... well, I'm hoping that doesn't... I may find myself hibernating. dA has kept me occupied for the better for a little less than a year, and it felt like two.

I'm sorry if that turned into more of a misplaced journal entry I just made, but it's my thoughts on this incarnate.
Tsaravian Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2005
I have never had any sort of human contact with you; I cannot describe or pick out any contributions to the site by you, yet I can't picture dA without you.

And oddly enough, I never sat well with spyed. I always had a certain distain for him.
ChristianL337 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2005
well, they current wrath of the kind and caring admins has me worried. I'm afraid that many will be banned and many devs will be deleted for siding with our favorite alien. especially on the 7th. good luck to you Jark.
blackflare2 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005
*sigh* well things where alot better in the goood old days.....but now tsk.........everything has gone mad these days.......eveb my own familie is beeteing each other over the head over some stupid other words you have my support

i hope things come back to the way it was
YamiForte Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005
Good luck my friend, I hope this all works out soon.
Jakesword Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005
Dear Jark Ze Yellow Xenomorph,

Thanks for bring dA to life, and best wishes that this crap blows over on the faces of those that made it happen. :)

Yours sincerly, Jako Hunter of Jake's Word Pub.

Ps. Let's give 'em a :analprobe:! :D
araia-finley Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005
Thank you. Thank you so much for everything you have done. It isn't the DeviantArt we all know and love without you, Jark.

incrediblepoo Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2005
we all support u jark!all hail the yellow alien!all the way!:hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: coz widout u DA would not have been wat it is today!i love this place...and appeal to all my friends here.that DA was suppose to b an art community n not a place of mere hypocrisy n politics!
incrediblepoo Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2005
we all support u jark!all hail the yellow alien!all the way!:hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: coz widout u DA would not have been wat it is today!i love this place...and appeal to all my friends here.that DA was suppose to b an art community n not a place of mere hypocrisy n politics!
mango-manga-bun-nay Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2005  Student
Okay I'm sad to admit that I never really knew who you or $matteo were, I mean I was aware of ya'lls presence(sp?).
But believe me I do now, and I really do hate what happened here and I would like you to know that I know who the TRUE founders of this site are and I completely support you and our community. When I first started on this place I still didn't know if I wanted art to be my career choice. BUT after, I found so many people that inspired me to improve and developed my own style I definetly knew art was destined to be my pathway in life. This site is the reason I began try so hard to improve and for that good sir I would like to thank you.....
Sonathine Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2005
We want a community not a corporation!!
We want you back in administration!!

we :heart: you
rdx86 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2005
Hey Jark.I was really sad to hear about what's been going on in DA. You have my complete support and I hope to see you back in the administration soon :hug:.
dimruthien Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2005
NOCTURNMIDNIGHT Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2005
Heres to the good fight!!! Never give up on honesty. The best defense is often to let your opponent destroy themselves.

I wonder what the best damn art site on the net will be, say 6 months from now?
jark Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2005
thanks so much! :heart:
NOCTURNMIDNIGHT Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2005
Let me know when the book comes out. I like a good success story. I do wish you success.

Your icon really should be pissed.
lanthiria Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2005  Hobbyist Writer

I am new and hane nothing really up, but I have been following this with my sister as a non member. I joined recently and hope to put up some poetry. Anyway I find you to be an amazing person. Out of everyone on Deviantart you are by far the one who cares about it and it's members the most. I want to thank you for creating this amazing place. It allows creativity to flourish, and insight. I hope that this all gets sored out out soon! You are amazing!

Bring the yellow back!
jark Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2005
fierceonilink Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2005
we're with you no matter what. through thick and thin

so win the legal battle and come back as the president you so rightly deserve to be^^

im doing all i can in spreading the word in the most possible way there is, always keeping note that we should not flame the scum that did this^^

so good luck and god bless!!
Fancyfairy Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2005
We :heart: and support you :nod:
kodancha Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2005
As well as being angry, that way the deviantART community has come together in support for you makes me proud.

Stay strong, we're with you, beside you, got your back; whatever flicks your switches. But overall, we love you. Our Yellow Aien, our Jark. :heart:
jark Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2005
:heart: :nod:
seedz Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer

so, i haven't been on the site for a while. and even when i was, i couldn't be called much of a contributor. although, what i liked about the site was the open and mostly judgement free community feeling. it seems things have changed. i can't claim to know all the facts but i have been looking into the issues and i feel you are being railroaded. i hope things come out ok and you and the community aren't too damaged by all of this. it would be a shame if we all had to find someplace else to post our art and look at art especially the stuff considered a bit more on the fringe. unless of course it was a new site of yours ;)

i'll be following closely from now on. and i may be forced to thake my art elsewhere.

anyway, i'll be posting some yellow deviations in support. best of luck.

Gymnart Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope you win this, dude!
Thanks much for starting up this place. It's like one gigantic art festival where you can talk to the artists and get ideas and learn quite a lot of things. I've been drawing now more than ever.

You and Matt deserve to have this place back. If you guys decide to make a new "home away from home," send me a note!
ichigokurata Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2005
I've got my own little campaign started too. 'Tis here => [link]
jark Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2005
:heart: :nod: :thumbsup:
ichigokurata Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2005
I hope it helps. You can put it in your journal, too. :hug:
Spitzer Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2005
I'm going yellow in support, too. :3
We're here for you. x33 :heart:
bishb0sh Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2005
Without DA i would not have got back into photography and would not be starting a photography business.

Thank you Jark for re-igniting the drive and desire in me to make my photo's the best i can! :nod:
felinoid Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2005   Writer
Everyone remember Commodore and the Commodore Amiga?

Commodore had become known for "cheap computers that play videogames" during a time when people wanted cheap computers to play videogames.
However things changed and the market for the kind of computer commodore became famous for was gone.

The founder of Commodore getting a feel for the times ahead started working on a Unix workstation, a line of business computers and started the Amiga buyout.

However the financial backer was getting nervous. He wanted the founder to explain everything. So he sued for and got control of the company. From then on the founder had to run everything past the financial backer. He didn't appear to understand what the founder was doing and started to interfear. So the founder bolted and took over Atari (who was in even worse shape than Commodore).

The Unix box was cancled, The business line was cancled, The Amiga was marketed as an overpriced Commodore 64.

In the years that folowed Microsoft Windows became domonent with the low cost PCs running Windows. With Amiga style upgrades the PC became what the Amiga was intended to be and a low cost business machine.

Sun Microsystems dominated the market with it's "affordable" Unix workstations for ISPs.

Apple survived offering a supperor (to the PC) desktop.

NeXT considered by most to be a market failure remained in business untill Apple bought them out in the very late 1990s.

However Commodore selling the Amiga to a defuct market went chaper 11
jark Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2005
indeed, i remember all of that!
felinoid Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2005   Writer
I forgot to include the moral of the story,
Don't screw the man with the vision.
GnKit Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2005
very nice!
AzizrianDaoXrak Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2005  Hobbyist Writer
I admire your patience and composure. Thank you for that message about the violence. It needs to end.
Hopefully the administrators will listen to us.
Rock on, Jark!
jonfoxart Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2005
couldnt u have just went into the mysql database and changed it so ur an admin again if they locked u out of whatever control panels you have on the site. After all, you own the site, dont you?
wickedsick Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2005
*EDIT* So very sorry for posting twice, but I needed to correct my extremist's tone, as it was completely unintentional.

“You and I will both agree that there are wrenches here and there, but I don’t think they’re yet powerful enough to bring down something as large as this site.” -$liquisoft

I don’t know about the rest of the community, but I am THOUROGHLY pissed at the arrogance of this statement. We’re more than just a handful, or “wrenches here and there.” We’re in the thousands. We, as a community, are more than capable of making a profound statement on a grand scale.

(This is not a cry to take down DA, but a demonstration meant to empower the people.)
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