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I've been wondering, when you comment on someone's piece, do you like it when they reply?  I try to acknowledge every message I get, but sometimes all I can say in reply is 'thank you'  Doesn't it get irritating when you get a message box full of thank yous?  

On a different note, I still owe few 'freebie' sketches that I promised, so if you get a note from me in the near future with a link to the drawing that's why :D  (I think I have two left at this point, but I'll have to double check) This ties back to long ago when I asked for cooking recipes.

Also I've been reconsidering livestreaming recently, since it's generally rather stressful for me to do.  Would you guys be really disappointed if I stopped?

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ImInUrDreams222 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
I personally think that if someone were to just say "Thank you" especially if I had only said something like, "You have a great gallery~!" then I take that as them being kind enough to respond and let me know that they appreciate my words and took the time to acknowledge them. The only time I am slightly frustrated with just a "Thank you" is if I had taken the time to write why I liked that particular piece so much that I had went into to detail to let them know that their effort and time has been noticed and awed me enough to think, "Now here is a spectacular piece of work." I can understand if artists are busy, and if it takes them a really long time to reply, but if it has been more than a year and I see that they only reply to people they find interesting, then I don't even bother with commenting any longer. But what frustrates me even more (and this has only happened once to me) is if an artists asks for opinions and suggestions, and you go in depth and take a lot of time to comment, and they don't even bother saying anything. Hell, a response such as, "Thanks but no thanks" or "You have too much time on your hands" would be nice because they did get what they asked for.

If you were to just say "Thank you" at the end of your journal to all the small comment's, then that works fine as well, especially if you are busy. Honestly, what ever you choose to do will be fine, because all people want to know is that they are not being ignored, and by you asking, "...when you comment on someone's piece, do you like it when they reply?" shows you care and already take others into consideration, which should be more than enough for anyone.

On the live-stream matter, I pop in and out to see how your work is coming along if I can because it is always great to see your process. But if you are ever too swamped, think of yourself and either post on you-tube or stop all together. What matters is what you want and if doing these things benefit you, because if they don't then what is the point?

I hope this helps~!
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AniaMohrbacher Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010   Digital Artist
Wow now that's a long and insightful reply :O, thanks for taking your time to do so! Now on livestream matter, I think I'm going to let Pete take over today, so if you are interested he'll be streaming in an hour. I'll still be there in the background as per usual :D
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ImInUrDreams222 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
Drat, I missed it~! Well, I'll catch the both you of you next time, haha ^^
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LucieOn Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think that people (well, judging by myself) usually don't comment that much, and that not all of artists respond back, so you don't get message box full of "thank yous" (and if you do, it's not problem to delete them altogether :)). I think it's nice when people respond, even with something simple like thanks. It shows that they actually read the messages they get. I understand that they can read them without responding, but I have no way of knowing that.
Personally, I usually don't comment of people who don't answer back, because... well, because I perceive it like they are indifferent to the messages they get, and commenting takes time, so there. In cases like this I just usually hit fav and run :) Artist see I like it, he doesn't have to respond and I have a nice picture in my faves, everybody is happy :D
I do understand that it's impossible to respond to everyone if you get hundreds and hundreds of comments - then you wouldn't ever actually paint anything :D
I also react to every comment I get :)
Well, that's my opinion.
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AniaMohrbacher Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010   Digital Artist
Well, thank you for responding to my journal, because it helped me find your gallery :D You have an amazing work, I want to see more!
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LucieOn Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad then! :hug: And thank you for your kind words :)
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PaperSpiders Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I enjoy it when I get a "thank you" but I can understand that for the more popular artists that simply is not practical.

What I HATE on the other hand, is when you have a technical question or a truly well thought out reply and people don't seem to want to take the time out to read and/or answer.
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AniaMohrbacher Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010   Digital Artist
I don't mind taking time to say thanks, but sometimes it just feels to mechanical, and therefore may feel insincere to the reader. As for technical questions: I try to answer all the questions people ask me, but sometimes, especially when I'm busy for a period of time, it takes me a while to get back to them :)
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PaperSpiders Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I know what you mean. I always wonder too, if when I'm saying "Thank You" I'm just spamming people's inbox.
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kisira Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Student General Artist
I don't mind if people reply with a thank you. It feels good. :)

If you stopped livestreaming, I would be sad. Very sad. :noes:
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AniaMohrbacher Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010   Digital Artist
I'll try to stick around with it a bit longer and see how it goes then :)
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kisira Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Student General Artist
I like watching your process more than watching Pete's process because your style reminds me more of my own, therefore motivating me to try to do more digital work. :)
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AniaMohrbacher Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010   Digital Artist
I think I started out like you :) (using a lot of watercolors and colored pencils) I still love traditional media, and I miss it a bit when I go too long working digitally. I have found though that transitioning between the two helps me get better in both, so don't give up on traditional, but see if you can do a bit of each :)
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FeelingVeryLucky Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
I like it when people reply to my comments, though I understand if they don't (especially when it comes to the popular artists). Most of the thanks I receive aren't "generic," probably because I comment on a lot of undiscovered pictures. The artists are very, very happy to get feedback... XD

I would be sad if you stopped livestreaming. :( I like watching you paint, experiment, and make decisions; it's interesting to see the process behind the art. But if it's stressful, then maybe you should. Just let us know when you feel up to doing it again. :)
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AniaMohrbacher Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010   Digital Artist
I'll try to stick with livestreaming a bit longer since some people expressed that they'd be disappointed if I stopped. One of the upsides is that since I try not to spend too much time detailing an image during the stream, I end up working on a new piece most of the time.
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FeelingVeryLucky Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
Nice, thank you! :D
Cool, it's somewhat beneficial, then. :)
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Wolkenfels Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
I think you can save the "thank you" comments.

As for your livestream - i am kind of sad if you stop it, because you are the only one of the WIP-Team that streams at a time that i can watch. The others are too late to watch in europe. But of course you should do what is good for you.
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AniaMohrbacher Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010   Digital Artist
Is it the time of the day? Because if so I just realized that the information on the WIP website about our livestreams is wrong. Pete moved his to Sunday 12:00EST (so it's same time as me except for next day) We updated the info everywhere except for there, woops :D
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Wolkenfels Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
That are really great news - thanks for the info! :hug:
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AniaMohrbacher Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010   Digital Artist
No worries, I'll try to get that changed on the website :)
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Segundus Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
I always check if the deviant replies to the comments they get before I bother to comment myself. But of course, if what I write it nothing more than "This is awesome!" I don't expect to get an answer at all.
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AniaMohrbacher Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010   Digital Artist
Yeah, the 'that's awesome' comments are hardest to reply to :)
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Segundus Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
A simple "thanks" is enought for me, but I can understand that some deviants have inboxes filled to the brim with this kind of comments and sitting down to answer every single one of them can get very boring and time consuming.:P
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AniaMohrbacher Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010   Digital Artist
Aww but I always think that comments are nice :D
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Segundus Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010
Yes they are:aww:
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grenaten Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
I dun mind when people just "thank you". If I write more, like some sort of critique, whats good, whats wrong and so on, then a longer answer would be better obviously;)
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AniaMohrbacher Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010   Digital Artist
Yeah, I guess it'd be disheartening if you write a thoughtful comment to someone's art and wouldn't know in the end if they've even read it :)
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grenaten Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
yup
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cvalphen Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
I don't expect (or often give) replies to comments unless it's answering a question. I'm happy if you spend the time painting so there's more for me to look at!
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AniaMohrbacher Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010   Digital Artist
And yet here I am trying to respond to everyone :D (I have been painting a lot too though, so no worries- though then again a lot of it is sketches and studies that won't end up getting posted...)
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Sucka-Fish Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Unless I asked a question, I'm not disappointed when I don't get a reply back. It's nice but it's not required. Though sometimes after watching artists for years and realizing they never say anything at all to me, then I rethink whether or not I want to continue talking to a wall. But that has to build up for a long long period of time.
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AniaMohrbacher Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010   Digital Artist
I see what you mean :) When the artist never replies I sometimes wonder whether they read comments at all. (or whether they even speak English, since there are people from all over the world here, and I found that sometimes while they upload art they have hard time communicating)
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Sucka-Fish Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yeah, I always check and see whey they are from! I would never hold it against someone who doesn't speak English well. :b
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sbslink Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
I really don't mind getting 'just' a thank you back.. You still know they read your comment. Some people are just really busy and still took the time to reply.
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AniaMohrbacher Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010   Digital Artist
I can see what you mean :)
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sterlingy Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
on the other hand I agree with D-NA's comment but yet again I do like my comment being acknowledged and I always reply to a comment, even with just a thank you, because I truly appreciate the comment and want to show my appreciation somehow. I just don't really know another way to do it, and sometimes I have nothing else to say but thank you. I like showing my appreciation but I'm not the best at forcefully coming up with another way to show gratefulness, so I just say thank you.

I, myself don't expect replies to my comments - I've gotten used to not getting much of a reaction to my comments on dA, but I'm always happy if I do get a reply. 'Thank you's I just delete in a fraction of a second and don't care for them really. Sometimes I don't even remember what they are thanking me for. So yeah, it does feel a bit meh to get them.

I'm rather torn about this xD
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AniaMohrbacher Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010   Digital Artist
Haha yeah I was wondering about that. I can't always keep up with things so sometimes I reply to comments weeks or even months later. Then it crosses my mind that the person probably doesn't remember anymore what am I replying to.
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sterlingy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahaha yeah, I wouldn't necessarily remember even if I got a reply after ten minutes!

I dunno, my suggestion is: Thank people when you feel like thanking them. And to avoid feeling weird about mere thank you replies, change your way of writing it every now and then. Sometimes I just write it in a different way (like "thankkee!"), sometimes I add different emoticons, and sometimes, when I feel especially grateful, I add superlatives and the words very/very much/so much. :D Occasionally I add some additional ramblings if I'm feeling creative in a wordy way.
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AniaMohrbacher Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010   Digital Artist
I do that already :D Perhaps not exactly same way you do, but something along the lines.
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sterlingy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol darn it, then I have no useful advice xD
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Ludjia Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I don't expect thankyous or i rarely say thankyou, but since i get so few comments i can often reply with more indepth conversation or something. If the artist is very pular or just had a feature i'll sometimes just not comment and fav and +watch instead.
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AniaMohrbacher Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010   Digital Artist
That makes sense :)
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D-NA Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
I don't like thankyou replies, to be honest, it feels somewhat generic and forced to me, since so many people do it for the sake of doing it. But I know how hard it is when someone says something super nice and all you can come up with is a simple "thank you" :/

I tend to reply if people have questions, or if I feel I have something to add - maybe a 'fun fact' about the piece or whatever. So people know I'm not copypasting thankyous into infinity :)
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AniaMohrbacher Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010   Digital Artist
Yeah I know what you mean. I try to do that too, but it doesn't always work :D
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Cetriya Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
I dont expect a reply unless I asked a question.
As for your livestream, I've stopped mines cause I cant really do it on my pc but if you find it stressful then no worries. I just record my stuff and post on youtube. I hope you still join up on vox's streams =)
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AniaMohrbacher Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010   Digital Artist
I probably will since we live together and my desk is next to his :) I might not give up on mine just yet, and see what happens.
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LudicGraphix Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
I think its nice when people reply with a thank you, You feel appriciated :)
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AniaMohrbacher Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010   Digital Artist
Oh good :)
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