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Memory Book: GM by Synfull Memory Book: GM by Synfull
Back in February I celebrated my 10th anniversary of joining dA and wanted to undertake a project to highlight some of my favourite memories from the years gone by. I came up with the idea for a memory book, with a range of 'Polaroids' capturing special moments, friendships and events. As the project is taking far longer than expected I decided to release the images one by one, and assemble them into the scrapbook when the project is ready.

Read below to find out more about the memory, and check out my gallery for more in the series.




Memory


In early 2009, the previous Gallery Moderator (now called Community Volunteer) for the Emote Community stepped down, opening up the position for someone new. After a bit of encouragement, I applied and was accepted. I held the position for a period of 9 months, helping out in a range of ways from awarding DDs, to running contests and helping to remove miscats from the gallery.

Whilst I know there are a lot of positive memories from that time, I still feel a bit guilty about some of my behaviour, as I could be a little too arrogant and opinionated. It was certainly an interesting and rewarding experience, and it's just a shame that there's no longer enough of a community to warrant a CV specifically for emotes.
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Krissi001 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016
I still think you were an absolutely awesome GM!  :huggle:
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Synfull Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2016
:tighthug: Thank you
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a-kid-at-heart Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016
How things change. Now, the miscats you removed dominate the category. Whether people agree with those changes or not, you can't deny it had a negative impact on the community. I wish I had been around in these years. I only caught the tail end of what was a very large and active community and can only imagine the challenge it would have been to GM then. At 51 I can look back at most of the managerial positions I've had and tell you I would have changed a few things. That's how we know we've grown. =)

I'm thoroughly enjoying these. A wonderful idea!
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Synfull Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016
The emote gallery is just so demoralising now. I try and avoid it at all costs because it really just winds me up and puts me in a bad mood. It certainly makes me feel like dA doesn't care any more about miscats/stolen gifs and we will never ever get it back to its former glory :(.

I wish I had had more time with the generation of emoticonists that came before me, as that always feels like the golden age of our art form. Though living through the full lifetime of the silver age of emoticons was also very special, and I'm equally gutted that you missed most of it as I think you would have thrived both as an artist and community member.

Overall I was fairly lucky as GM. It was before the community grew too large (and too full of drama), so it was still easy for everyone to get along and there was a very tightknit feel about it all. As I was already doing a lot of GM-type tasks (new articles, contest etc) the main difference was the ability to give DDs (of which there were plenty to choose from) and run official contests (which would receive plenty of entries). I certainly feel sorry for the people to became GM much later as they had the much harder task of trying to pull a broken community together.

I once read an article titled 'I have died many times' which talks about the concept that whilst technically you are the person you were 5 years ago, you aren't that person. By growing and maturing the old you dies and a new personality forms. I definitely feel that is the case here, and whilst I often cringe at how I was, I don't hold it against myself as I no longer feel I am that person.

I'm glad to hear that. I very much feel like I'm posting into nothingness and with the exception of one other person, no one seems to care. The people who these feature are no longer around to see them, and the community (both emoticon and wider) which would have once responded, seem to glance over them without a second thought. So it's reassuring to hear that the time and effort put into these brings enjoyment to people.
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a-kid-at-heart Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2016
It's kind of odd to me, that my emotes get used about 7 to 10 times an hour (and I'm by far not one of the most used emoticonist), but there seems to be little interest in new submissions.
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SafeGaming89 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Hobbyist
Ooh nice, it's usually good to feel some form of regret but still find it rewarding to take part in what you love doing too. UvU
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Synfull Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016
:nod: It certainly was rewarding
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SafeGaming89 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Hobbyist
Heheh, yay! :iconimhappyplz:
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