Browsing the site, it's not that uncommon to find out people expressing their thoughts and beliefs about Seniority related topics. Do you need to be popular in order to become Senior? Can Seniors ban people? Do they have influence on staff decisions? ...and so much on.
Unfortunately (or luckily, depends on the point of view
), most of these opinions are just urban legends
, meaning they're totally not true. With this journal, I'd like to clarify some of the most popular common beliefs and explain you why they're wrong.
Before we start, I'd like you to read FAQ #29: How do I become a Senior Member?
. I will be covering this matter several times, but I think it can help to understand the whole thing better.
You need to be famous in order to be choosen as Senior member
. Fame might help in order to get you suggested, but it's not a crucial requirement. The number of watchers or pageviews on your profile doesn't really influence the choice, since there are members with over 100,000 watchers that aren't Seniors yet. And also, we're only considering the Seniors elected by suggestions. Admins get Seniority after their working term expires, and some of them are not famous around the site (maybe because they aren't doing a job that involves them with the community specifically). So, don't get surprised if you see a Senior with few watchers.
You can become Senior only for artistic skills.
You can become Seniors for your artistic endeavours
, which I think is completely different from "artistic skills". It's the result of putting your artistic skills available to help other people to get better (for example, giving good advices or sharing resources). But as the FAQ says, this is only one among the many possibilities.
You need to have at least one Daily Deviation in your gallery to get a chance to become Senior.
. The Daily Deviation is just a feature (indeed a special one, but still a feature!) and it's in no way bound to Seniority. In fact, there are more Seniors without DDs than you can imagine (just think that many Seniors have no pieces in their galleries).
So, if you're wishing to become Senior and don't have DDs in your gallery, don't worry!
Being famous and having a filled gallery is a requirement in order to be able to suggest somebody for Seniority.
I honestly think it's about the person you're suggesting and not really about the suggester.
Surely every suggestion is read and considered valuable, regardless of the current status of the suggesters.
As a Senior, you have responsibilities and you always need to keep a great attitude/never be rude.
. Being kind is not a requirement, also they are human beings like you, so it's normal that they can have "bad days" and don't reply with the nicest tone ever.
Seniors don't have any kind of imposed responsibility regarding to the community. If they do features and many other useful things, it's all about their will and not about some sort of "weight" on their shoulder.
You're a Senior, so you have the privilege to ban people
This is so wrong. Becoming Senior doesn't mean becoming a member of the staff!!! We don't have such powers!!!
Seniors have influence on staff's and CVs' decisions.
. Seniors don't have any kind of influence whatsoever on staff and/or CVs team. Never had, never will have.
You can become Senior only after spending time as Volunteer/Staff member.
. It's indeed a way to become Senior, but not the only one. You can gain Seniority in many ways, all summarized in the related FAQ.
Senior members have a lifetime Premium Membership.
Wrong. Senior members without Premium Membership can use widgets and some features available to subscribed users. However, not every feature is available to unsubscribed Seniors (for example, Google Analytics and Beta Testing).
You gain Seniority only if you're a Premium Member.
You can become Senior even if you're not subscribed, this is totally irrelevant!!!
"Socializing" with admins and CVs raises the chances to gain Seniority.
To use a "synonym".
Anyway, quite not really
. I suggest you that instead of "socializing", you could start doing something useful for the community. It's a better spent time.
Seniors get along only with other Seniors, or Seniors are unapproachable/snob people.
My heart cries.
For a moment, please forget about the fancy symbol and go and greet a Senior deviant. You won't be disappointed!
Seniority doesn't make people snob or unapproachable.
Seniors are not an elite and they're really glad to get along with everybody.
Seniority is a gift/prize you can get for special events.
"His pet is sick, he's really sad.", "She just broke up with her boyfriend.", "He got his bachelor degree last week.", all ending with "can you make them Seniors?".It doesn't work like this
. First, let's learn the difference between prize
. A prize is something you win after a challenge, while an accolade is an acknowledgement of your efforts and selfless actions within a community. Seniority is an accolade
. Second, Seniority is something related to deviantART only
. Nobody doubts your good deeds in real life, but the Senior status is given to those people that contributed to the benefit of the deviantART community. If you really deserve to be Senior on this site, sooner or later you will be.
The more you get suggested, the higher is the chance to become Senior.
I saw some comments saying "I know I got suggested by many deviants, I wonder when I'll become senior too!".
The fact is that you can't just make people suggest yourself and expect to automatically become Senior
. Shortly before the next announcement is made, fourteenthstar
reviews the suggested deviants and decides who truly deserves the accolade. It can happen that a user with few suggestions is more deserving than another who got loads of suggestions (maybe with a not-so-smart note "flashmob").
You can't suggest yourself for Seniority.
Since it's not written anywhere in the FAQ, I guess you can as much as you can suggest your works for Daily Deviations (although it's not really the same).
Senior membership is related to the age of your account.
. I've been a member for 7 years indeed, but been active for 2 years and a half, so I can say I became Senior after 2 years and a half of activity. Other Seniors have been selected after a year of activity. And please, pay attention of the word I'm using: activity
. It's not about how long you've been here, it's about how you spent your time. Although it's very unlikely to become Seniors after only three months of being on deviantART.
You can't become Senior if you're underage/too young.
Seniority has nothing to do with your actual age!
Either you're 13 or 87, if you deserve to be Senior, you'll be Senior!
Currently, there are some underage Seniors, as well as there were in the past...though they grew up and they're not underage anymore.
Seniority is somehow related to the nationality of the deviant.
. As deviantART is a worldwide community, so Senior members belong to every part of the world. Whether you're American, Asian, European, black, white, blue, a cat or you come from Mars, you will be Senior if you deserve so.
Seniors don't tell you why they became Seniors because they want to keep it secret.
. Most of the time, it's a mystery to themselves too.
The reasons why somebody got Seniority is never disclosed publicly because people would tend to follow those "guidelines" to get Seniority (unless they're becoming Senior via Deviousness Award, then you will find a widget with a brief explanation in their pages). We can only guess some of the reasons, according to what it's written in FAQ #29: How do I become a Senior Member?
Llama badges given by Seniors worth as a double badge (you receive two llamas instead of one).
Of course not!
And the same thing applies to Staff members and Community Volunteers!
We can only give one llama badge per deviant, and one llama is one llama!
Special thanks to the deviantART community for the support and help given to gather all these misconceptions, that I hope they have been clarified as much as possible.
If you have a question that is not covered in this journal, don't hesitate to ask to a Senior or a Staff member. I'm sure they will be available for further explanations.