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TLDR; The entirety of DA was physically moved from one place to another over the past 3 weeks. WHA??! Insanity. Here's a video of us shutting down the old colocation facility and feeling pretty good about it.

LONG VERSION; On August 26, 2015, Chris Bolt (chris)  and I went to downtown LA where DeviantArt was hosted to dismantle the last of the colocation facility we inhabited for 13 years. DeviantArt has completed its transition to AWS after a long, long process that has taken chris and his team probably the better part of this year to complete. THANKS PAUL! banks, and JESSICA! petralfireIt's amazing to me how insanely complicated such a transition is, and how little the site was affected by it. We did have a glitch or two, here or there, especially the past 3 weeks, so if you experienced such a thing it was due to this wide scale transition. But on the whole? So smooth. 

This is of course due to the brilliance of my brother from another mother, chris Bolt, Co-Founder of DA, our Chief Architect, and the name sake of The Bolt Award (highest honor given to a team member at DA!). He's perhaps the most important single piece in the proverbial puzzle. Truly the backbone of DA. And so quiet about it, too. You've probably never seen a video of him, this might be the first time. Every single person on Team DeviantArt feels the same about chris Bolt, he's the most lovable person there is. Perhaps on Earth, even. He's just that amazing. 

In the spirit of how things got started, we decided to dismantle the colocation facility together (yesterday) like the old days when we were first building DeviantArt and he and I worked tirelessly on this part of DA for many, many long days and nights. This video probably illustrates the bittersweet vibe about it. I went to the conference room there yesterday and drew my last giant smiley face on the whiteboard, it was a ritual I'd always perform as a way of coping. Ironically the whiteboard markers were pretty much spent! Fitting. I could tell you war stories about this place all day, but I don't want to depress anyone. Ask anyone I've told war stories about this to and they'll tell ya, you don't wanna hear it. LOL 

Here are some photos from wayyyyy back dealing with this ghastly place:

DA Hosting Facility - 4 by spyedDA Hosting Facility - 8 by spyedThe REAL deviantART by Heidi


And a couple from yesterday with Chris:

Untitled by spyedUntitled by spyedUntitled by spyed

Anyway, DeviantArt is now fully transitioned to AWS and ... we have no regrets about it. Check out the video for one more day in the history books!

-- A


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I have the privilege of making the ultimate day-to-day decisions on deviantART in my acting position as Chief Executive Officer. I Co-Founded deviantART in April of 2000 with jark along with a founding team of individuals including matteo most of whom joined around launch in August. Honorary founding team members include: mccann, chris and spot.

PERSON

I've had a passion for building online communities since my addiction to game BBS's (doom, doom 2, heretic, hexen, etc.) when I was 12. I co-sysop'd the Netherworld BBS in Northern Virginia at that time (till I was 15) and fell in love with the possibilities; especially as they applied to a global community. deviantART mirrors many aspects of BBS's and as time progresses you will find even closer comparisons to the quality of community MajorBBS and other platforms were able to support. Of course, most of you have no idea what I'm talking about when I say BBS's. Ugh.

I've now spent more than half my life building online communities. Seeking to deliver a mainstream application that captures the depth and passion that I felt for BBS's in my youth youth, rather than my now youth. :D

I'm very proud of the success of deviantART. Especially the fact that we took the road less traveled and arrived a little later, but on our own pure and untainted terms. We're doing it our way.

And that ladies and gentlemen ... feels like a milli-millillion dollars.

FUTURE

Before you read about the future, read about the past. And I think with a past like that and a team like this, it is a bright future indeed.

It is our intention to create the most powerful outlet in the world for known and unknown artists alike.

Most importantly we intend to take our time to do it right. For the first time in history there is connection and communication between artists and fans on a massive scale. deviantART represents a breakthrough for the promotion and exposure of otherwise stranded artists in all corners of the globe. Our job is to make sense of the possibility, and craft it in a responsible manner.

And that's what I'm here to do along with the strong team we've assembled here at deviantART; until the job is done.

(If you have something real and tangible to propose that may help deviantART in one way or another; Feel free to send me a note. I read every note even if I don't respond. Forgive me on the responses, there are thousands of notes!)

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Archfiend-dux Featured By Owner 1 day ago
i personally dont care the core....i just wish a staff who do their job, the answer " just ignore those who trolling the people " that will not fix the problem, simple has that, i want to report some one and feel some one listened and help me.... but nop, just ignore the problem, because it will solve eventually 
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Cepillo16 Featured By Owner Edited 23 hours ago  Professional General Artist
If they are getting paid by absolutely doing nothing, where can I sign?
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Archfiend-dux Featured By Owner 18 hours ago
si como dijo vanulfitrator merton malo merton malo, como te atreves a  molestar a los moderadores de deviant art ? , que quieres ? que te baneen ? XDDD
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Cepillo16 Featured By Owner Edited 17 hours ago  Professional General Artist
Pues ya se tardaron, no?, digo, de seguro el super DJ asiático ese ya me debió de haber reportado, no?  =XDDDDD
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skytire Featured By Owner 19 hours ago  Student Interface Designer
:iconthisplz:

May I use that fine piece of commentary art as my signature, sir?
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Artsyemo Featured By Owner 20 hours ago  New Deviant Hobbyist
HAHAHAHAHAHA
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BlindAndBeautiful Featured By Owner 22 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Go own to careers and apply, but I warn you that if you don't agree with anything they want they won't want you to be a part of the staff
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Archfiend-dux Featured By Owner 23 hours ago
fuck yeah, that is the american dream, i mean i cant belive 5 moderators and NO ONE CAN SOLVE A PROBLEM!!, 6 months a go in 24 hours they solved this kind of problems and i was deeply satisfy, now we been figthing with this loser of mr puti julius and the moderators
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winterhoodies Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
can you not
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