(Inspired by a song of the same name by The Underachievers)
When I started dACipher
, I had this sort of childlike imagination about the possibilities. The enraged sort of activist spirit that wanted nothing more than to help improve the community. I was once told by someone that if you found a problem with something, then it was your “ministry” to improve. I started dACipher because I saw a problem within a place that I loved. So I got down to it and I created an ethos inspired by fragments of an idea system that I felt was in line with my thinking… and created something that was easy for people to get into. In the course of a year + we managed to amass amazing talents who just wanted to share what made themselves as artists. It was beautiful… it IS beautiful.
It’s been 4
years since our inception and here we are. 497
After all this I’d like to thank everyone that stuck with us for ages. Without any of you, members, watchers, heads, contributors, moderators of past and present, dACipher would just be some complete failure with absolutely nothing to show for it. I also want to apologise for the drought of content and updates. For about a year+ I was struggling with some personal issues that left me in shambles. (Won't go into detail, really.) There are some things that I still fight with, but I definitely feel ready to help take the idea further. I WANT to take it further… With help... I believe we can.
So here’s The Proclamation
: dACipher is going full steam once again… and there won’t be any rest as we help share knowledge and put ourselves in the position to be a positive element in the dA community. We can do this… we will do this.
To start off:We’re going to get back into releasing exclusive content.
That will DEFINITELY happen, the matter is just HOW we’re going to deliver it to you guys. We may set up a scheduling system where Heads/Contributors announce their release dates… or we could have a monthly (or quarterly) release schedule where everything is released at once. (Let us know what you think.)We’ll have openings for Heads & Contributors:
We’re going to need the willing and skilled to help us and provide lessons/tutorials. There will definitely be announcements further detailing what we’ll be needing in the near future. We’re also going to be looking for translators again:
When we started having translator,s it was wonderful. A nice way to reach out to our non-english speaking deviants and to reach the community on a deeper level. There will be further announcements as to what we will be looking for really soon, so keep on the lookout.Chat Events Will Be Going in a Different Direction:
For one, chat events will be on hiatus for a while. Focusing on the #dACipher chat through events will be too much of a distraction for the time being, however this will change in due time.Non-Tutorial Purge:
For the time being we’ll be removing all non-tutorial/lesson work from our galleries. For a while I’ve been seeing a lot of people’s works go in and there was no way of telling if anyone was USING any of the tutorials we’ve released to create what they’ve create… So until further notice, there won’t be anything put into the Member Submissions folder, nor will we be accepting submissions. (Updates will be soon on the matter.)New Affiliations/Support
We’re going to be linking up with ShareZone
for a few things, a few trial events and such. They will support our efforts and we’ll support/promote them as well. We’ll still be separate entities of course, but we’ll be actually making use of our affiliation with one another. This opens up the possibility of holding events with ShareZone and could introduce more people to what we’re about and will help us to establish some traffic towards #dACipher’s chat when the time comes. As a result, I may be contributing some time as a volunteer in #sharezone.
At the same time, we’ll be making efforts to better connect with the affiliates we DO have. (After all, what’s the point of getting new mates if you can’t work with the ones you’ve got, right?)Overall:
Everything will be kind of slow, and steady. Not one detail will be over-rushed and if things need to change, they will. All I need is for everyone to keep us in your thoughts… and if you’ve got any cool ideas or people that you think would be interested in joining this movement. Have them swing by! Donations for these super-expensive Super Group subscriptions will also reopen… but I’m not really in a rush to get that back. The only reason I seriously want that is so we can expand our staff openings, as the normal limited group membership has limits on things.
With love, graciousness and a breath of fresh air, I wish you all the best as we enter a new chapter.
Oslo Redgrave/Reaper-X (Founder & Student of #dACipher)