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UPDATE 03.06.2017: We're very sorry for the delay, but several of the admins had some IRL trouble and the effort got delayed due to our limited capacities. We hope we will finish soon, but please bear with us a little longer. We're doing our best. Thank you for your patience!

UPDATE 01.05.2017: we're almost there! We would like to bring you the best possible experience, so a few little things still remain to be polished. Expect us to open the doors again very soon.  Thank you once more for your understanding and patience!

UPDATE: Dazzl3d will remain closed for renovations through the end of April.  All of our admin have real-life jobs that have been particularly demanding of late, and as a result we need some additional time to devote to the Dazzl3d reorganization.  We look forward to bringing you a whole new Dazzl3d experience, and thank you for your patience during this transition!

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Hello everyone! Thank you for your kind welcome of the new admin team.

We have been hard at work coming up with ways to make Dazzl3d the best it can be. We have settled on a couple of big changes that we believe will reinforce our mission as a place to learn from one another and enjoy 3D art.

Gallery changes
We will be renovating our gallery folder structure by refining the categories that you can submit your work to.  This includes splitting the People and Creatures folder into more specific folders, among others.  Because of the scope of changes, we will be closing the group to submissions for a period of 2 months.  Thank you for your patience during this time!

Policy changes

We are also instituting a number of new policies, summarized below with the full document available at lisemily.deviantart.com/art/Da…  Please be assured that these new policies are not intended as quality control, but rather as control of the content (i.e., subject matter) that is displayed on the group.  We believe these policies will promote a learning-focused, professional environment.

As we reorganize the galleries, we will be moving submissions that do not comply with the new policies to a gallery specifically for featuring these works, entitled "Danger Zone".

Inappropriate content policy summary
  • Submissions must comply with dA's TOS
  • Mature content must be flagged
  • Outfits must obey the laws of gravity and physics
    • I.e. Clothing should not rely on tape, magic, etc. to stay in place
  • No unreasonably skimpy outfits
    • I.e. if it is usually covered by 'reasonable' swimwear, it should be covered
  • No thongs, mini/micro/paste-on bikinis, etc.
  • No obscene or offensive content
  • No offensive or derogatory stereotypes (e.g. tough chick, sexy nurse)
  • No nudity AT ALL
  • No sexual innuendo
  • No pornographic material
  • No fetish artwork
  • No graphic violence

Copyright, Licensing, and Fanart Policy Summary
  • All Creative Works are automatically copyrighted.
  • Content (models, poses, textures, etc.) is also protected by copyright.
  • You must acquire permission from the creator before using Creative Works or Content in your work. Failure to do so is copyright infringement.
  • You may use any Content which you have a license (e.g. End User License Agreement, Creative Commons, Public Domain Dedication) to use.
  • You must follow the terms of the licenses of the Content you use. Failure to do so is copyright infringement.
  • Use of illegally acquired content is copyright infringement and will result in an image's removal or being declined.
  • When using free Content, you must follow any applicable terms of use. Public domain =/= no strings attached.


If you have any questions about the new policies/rules, feel free to comment on this journal so that we can address any concerns you may have.

Thank you,
The Dazzl3d team



learning is the key

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:iconaelinnamarie:
AelinNamarie Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Life is life! Hoping all is ok for everybody.
Thank you to keep us regularly updated like you done Nod Love 
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mustakettu85 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017
Thank you for your patience =)
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:icon3doutlaw:
3doutlaw Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2017
So do you guys look "on track" for a Monday opener? :)
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:iconmustakettu85:
mustakettu85 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2017
We're aiming to =) Though circumstances are against us, as usual.
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AllTheBrightColors Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the update and all of the effort you're putting into this renovation!
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mustakettu85 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2017
And thank you for your patience =)
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Leabasan Featured By Owner Edited Jan 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm, I don't quite see, in how far a 'tough chick' is derogatory (I tend to interpret such usually as strong and capable). Neither do I get why all mature content has to be banned (Nudity after all has been a major part of art since the stone age).
But those decisions are - obviously - yours, so please don't read this as a complaint. I'm just wondering^^...

I know how much work a project like this can be, so I wish you the best of luck and much success with the 'reboot' :)
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mustakettu85 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017
Hi! Thank you for your feedback and your kind words! We'll try to find a clearer way of expressing the "no offensive stereotypes" rule. If you're wondering what we meant... think of all the "warrior maidens" in chainmail bikinis and similar outfits that strong and capable people would hardly wear into battle =)

And we decided against all nudity because we felt it would be less discriminating than trying to gauge whether it's "artistic" nudity or something with a "less noble" purpose. It wasn't an easy decision because there certainly exists a great number of beautiful and truly artistic works with nudity... and yet.
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Leabasan Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, thank you very much for taking the time to clear that up for me :)

I understand much better now, what you are getting at. While thare is a lot of beautiful artwork with women in the infamous "bikini mail" (I'm thinking of Luis Royo here first of all), the garment doesn't exactly say "competent fighter", does ist^^?
As for the nudity, I have to agree (unfortunately) that there is a lot of rubbish out there :-\. It's a tough decision, whether to take the bad with the good or to block it all completely. Luckily, I'm not the one who has to make it :D
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mustakettu85 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017
You're welcome, and thanks again =)
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:iconleabasan:
Leabasan Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
my pleasure :)
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vwrangler Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As difficult as it might be for people who have submitted works to the group over time, I do think it might be easier on you and on everyone for you to simply clean out all the folders, restructure, and start with an empty group. It's awful to sort of sweep away that much history, I know, but as it stands, right now you're setting yourselves up for a festival of post-acceptance declines -- items that were allowed under previous rules but wouldn't work now. If you simply say, "OK, we're resetting and starting from scratch," then nobody is going to feel specifically picked on the way they might if they suddenly get this wave of "We're sorry, but almost all of your images aren't allowed under the new rules" rejections.

Speaking of the new rules: given the combination of no nudity/no skimpy clothing/no fetish/no graphic violence ... I think you might make things easier on both yourselves and users if you just said, "If it is flagged 'mature" under current dA guidelines, your submission will automatically be declined." Given the way you've got things stated above, the only things that might survive both being flagged "mature" and the listed rules would be text submissions. (... do you even take text submissions?) You should still keep the explicit prohibitions against nudity/skimpy/fetish/graphic violence, for clarity's sake, but I can't see anything visual with a Mature tag surviving those standards.

If you absolutely don't want to clear out the group, is there a way you can put all of the existing items into an archive folder -- current structure intact underneath the archive -- and simply say, "These were submitted under older guidelines which no longer apply. No items may be submitted to the archive folder," and let it go at that? Otherwise, you're setting yourselves up for a massive amount of work and a massive member relations headache, and by the time it's over, you and the other moderators won't want anything to do with the group ever again, and that seems like not at all what you're aiming for on any part.

There will be people who object to the changes and depart, understandably. But in any case, it's easier for you and for everyone else to find a way to rip that bandage off all at once, get the pain over with, and then move on.
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lisemily Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
First of all, thank you for the detailed feedback.  It is very helpful and we will be taking it into consideration for possibly adjusting the process outlined in the journal post.  In answer to some of your points as things currently stand:

Post-acceptance declines: no works are going to be removed from the group, simply moved to an archival folder instead of being re-sorted into one of the new galleries.

Mature content tag:  your point is well taken on this point.  It would certainly be much simpler and clearer than the detailed rules outlined in the journal post, and we (the admin team) will discuss it as an option.  I will say that personally I favor the detailed rules because in the event a member should challenge a decision to decline a submission, it is easy to refer to the specific factor that disqualifies the submission.

Moving everything (with current folder structure intact) into the Archives folder is absolutely an option, as it is quite easily done and would, as you point out, allow us to "start fresh".  The main logistical issue with this is not actually moving the folders, but the fact that all individual folders are included in the admin panel for managing submission permissions (i.e. number allowed per week, submissions accepted or not, etc.), which can get in the way of managing the active gallery folders.  That being said, we will definitely consider this option as an time and effort-saving alternative to the current process.

I hope this answers some of the issues and suggestions you offered, and thank you again for the feedback!  Sometimes it takes a pair of fresh eyes to identify a more effective approach. :)
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vwrangler Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to be of service. I didn't realize that the admins would see all of the active folders even if they were moved to archive; that seems like it could be a difficult way to work, yes.

Also, I wasn't suggesting that the detailed rules be removed. They give context to why you would be refusing Mature-rated items. I was just suggesting that Mature rated items automatically be declined, rather than simply being required to be properly labeled, because I can't see any way a Mature rated item would survive any of the other reasons why it might be declined.
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lisemily Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
Our main issue with a blanket Mature-rated ban is that there are some types of content that fall under that designation but are still ok with our group's rules in particular.  In particular, we don't want to ban what dA labels as "ideologically sensitive" material in FAQ #554: Is my deviation Mature Content?  We want to offer a place where people who use their art to express their political, religious, and other views are free to submit work and have it accepted and featured, provided it follows our other rules.  I suppose it could be argued that we could phrase it as "all mature-rated deviations, with the exception of deviations containing ideologically sensitive (or some other more understandable phrase) material", but I feel like that could possibly cause some confusion.  What do you think?
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vwrangler Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do think that phrasing would cause more confusion, yes. And I do understand why you would want to allow ideologically sensitive material.
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:iconmustakettu85:
mustakettu85 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017
It's certainly unlikely, but there are still cases that might be tagged as "mature" by the artist and yet be acceptable under our new rules: if the artist uses the "ideologically sensitive" flag.
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3doutlaw Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017
It would be nice if they gave us an option to auto-decline flagged "mature" items...it would definitely save time!
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SiliconAya Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wouldn't it be better just to remove all the old submissions and start fresh? Most of the stuff in folders currently wouldn't pass the new submissions rules and you wont have to be shut for 2 months then.

Either way, good luck with the group, but I'll be leaving.
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lisemily Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you for the feedback, and we wish you the best in your future endeavors!
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lisemily Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you everyone for the well-wishes and support! :)
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3doutlaw Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017
These sound good!  :)
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:iconaelinnamarie:
AelinNamarie Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good luck with all the changes, specially in folders! :)
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SimonJM Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017
I generally agree and approve, however ...
Nurses cannot be sexy?  I think I know what you mean, but ... ;)
Chicks cannot be tough?  Again, I think I know what you mean, but ...!  This is worse than nurses not able to be sexy, and implies that 'chicks' (I really do not like that term) have to be weak, implying victims. I am pretty sure you don't mean that, but I'd prefer you developed a different phrasing
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lisemily Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you for expressing your concern, even if you do think you know what we mean. ;)  The emphasis of this rule is intended to be on the issue of these figures/situations as stereotypes that are offensive or derogatory to the groups portrayed by them.  So we don't necessarily have an issue with images that, for example, portray nurses who are also attractive or "sexy" or women who are strong or "tough".  The content we take issue with is content which use these combinations of groups and attributes as a trope or motif for the purpose of getting a reaction from the viewer.

A practical example in the case of the "sexy nurse" trope can be found in the Google Image search results for that phrase: img09.deviantart.net/6c78/i/20…
You can see from the results that these portrayals of nurses rely on details like revealing "uniforms", seductive poses, etc. to create an image of a character whose sole purpose is to be provocative (in the sexual sense).  These are the types of images that will be prohibited under the new rules--not images that, for example, depict an attractive nurse engaged in a realistic setting (e.g. a hospital, doctor's office, places where one would expect to see nurses working).  In the case of the "touch chick" stereotype, this rule would translate to considering as "unacceptable" depictions of scantily-clad women depicted with exaggerated muscles or in combat situations (whether realistic or fantasy) where emphasis on the sexuality of the model is inappropriate.

I hope that makes things a little clearer, and we would be happy to hear any ideas you have as to what would be a better phrasing. :)
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SimonJM Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017
It does chime with my basic understanding of your new rules.  I still think that the wording could/should be better, perhaps combining them into a single bullet point such as "no figure to be shown in deliberately provocative clothing or pose; example being a 'sexy nurse' or scantily clad 'warrior'".  Hard to do in brief, and to be clear, I know!
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lisemily Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks for your feedback--we'll incorporate such a phrase into the "version 2.0" of the new rules along with some other things members have brought up. :)
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SimonJM Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017
Thanks for listeni ... reading :)
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Linwelly Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish you strength to make that work, I like the direction this is going to!
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mustakettu85 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017
Thank you! We'll do our best =)
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EngelsSchwert Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know if I like all of the changes but I really like the policy about nudity and fetish art
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lisemily Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks for the feedback! :)  Feel free to contact us via note if there is a particular concern you have with the new rules, but don't want to post about it publicly--we are always appreciative of feedback from our members!
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