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Do's and Don't for Point Accounts



Within this journal will be effective tips on how to run a points account, and what not to do. These are the things that points account shouldn't be seen doing/acting, as well as some handy pointers to help those that are doing the right thing.

Do's


:bulletgreen: Make your rules nice and simple, and make sure they're put all over the place, you'll always get people who skim the page and don't see them. Also keep in mind these people are after quick, easy points, most don't want to sit there for 10 mins reading your rules.

:bulletgreen: Make your activity visible, that way donors and costumers can see what your doing and when your on.

:bulletgreen: Try to protect your donors so that they don't get spammed by beggers. One way is to write "Don't ask my donors for points." somewhere on your page. This wont guaranty they wont get spammers but it lets them know you're looking out for them.

:bulletgreen: If you want to be seen there are a LOT of ways to do so. But before you do evaluate your income, to many points accounts are run to the ground because they advertised to much and then don't have enough to give out in the end. Remember there are more askers then donors.

:bulletgreen: If you want to be seen here are some ways to advertise WITHOUT getting in trouble:
:bulletpurple:Feature for Feature. Most Points Accounts now do this, but make sure you hold up your end.
:bulletpurple: Search for listing accounts/groups.
:bulletpurple: Giveaways and contests are good ways to get attention.
:bulletpurple: Be active in the dA community, on your MAIN. People always think when your on your points account the reason why your talking to them or commenting on things its because you want attention and they'll tell you to leave or not believe you. So when your on your account just put your points account in your signature, or on your main near the top of your page.

Don'ts


:bulletred: Spamming. FAQ #263: What is "spamming"? Spamming is advertising through notes or comments with the same message sent repeatedly to different people. You can advertise yourself on groups that allow it, but please keep in mind even though the group allows it, doesn't mean dA does.

:bulletred: Flooding FAQ #54: What is "flooding"? Posting repetitively on one person's page to get attention is annoying, AND against dA rules.

:bulletred: Raffles FAQ #894: Can I run a lottery for Points on deviantART? Raffles/Lottery's or games where a person must give points or cash for a chance to gain more is against dA rules. These do not include Giveaways which are allowed because you are not asking for any payment in the process.

:bulletred: Being rude. As a Point Donor you will come across a range of people, some you like, some you don't, even when you don't you should treat them with respect.
These people are "costumers" or perhaps donors to your account, you limit yourself by treating them like crap, so treat them all the same. Even if they don't read your rules they are still people, and deserve respect.

:bulletred: Lie. It's pointless most of the time, especially if you plan on doing it for awhile, you will eventually slip up. Also it's not that hard to figure out when people do.

:bulletred: Donate to your main account. This is seen as stealing. People are donating to you so you give points out to others, and be generous. You should be creating/running one of these accounts for the same reason, generosity. You want to give, not get.

:bulletred: Leave without a word. If your leaving permanently, deactivate it's very quick and easy to do. If your leaving for a short period of time, alert someone, for your own good. Too many times we've had people reported for scamming when they've just disappeared for awhile.

:bulletred: Don't let this account run your time on dA. Make time that you go online, like once a week, or every second day. And make sure you put it on your page.
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lizziecat1279 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Student General Artist
I would add the tip to not do raffles where you have to/can donate in order to get an entry (or extra entries) as that is banned by deviantart under the premise of gambling.

Points are regarded by deviantart as real currency, and since they allow users as young as 13 as well as being in the US, gambling is illegal to anyone under the age of 18. Therefore deviantart does not allow gambling. If you hold a points raffle (or any kind of raffle) where you have to donate to get an entry, that is considered gambling and could be grounds for the giveaway to be taken down or worse, have your account banned.
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ZoroKingofSwords Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
Thank you, I'll add this.
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xX-Aki-Xx Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know you have a lot of comments saying 'thanks!' but I have to be one of them X3 So, Thanks for the advice!
I want to make a points account. Do you have another tips I should go by?
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ZoroKingofSwords Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
Just this. Point accounts seem fun at first but they are a lot of work to maintain. And if you don't have many points to put into one already but are going to have to reply on asking people for help, I would reconsider.  
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PointPoodle Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Thanks for the advise!
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ChronicleDollie Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
People keep asking me for points because I once donated to dAhub, so I was thinking of making a point account so people would stop asking me on my adoptable account. But now I feel conflicted, because I'm greedy and I do want to save up points for myself, too. ;n; what do i do, oh great and wise ones?
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Shinihime964 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Student General Artist
What I'd recommend to try to keep beggars down a bit is being anonymous on the widget, even though they put you up in the feature.  Also, you can just say no begging on your profile, I have not seen begging when people do that.
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Sweet-Assassin Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Keep your points. If you really, really want to make a point-account that's fine. Marked the comments as spam, because that is begging.
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easypoints-4-you Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Thank you for your advice, I'll follow these
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PointSanta Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
This is good advice for me starting off as a new point donator; I'll use these words of advice!
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Sweet-Assassin Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
|D
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AgonizingSwordfish Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
"To many times we've had people reported for scamming when..."

The first word is spelled "too"* :)
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La--Volpe Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The first thing is "I am dyslexic" I'm surprised there is not more mistakes there :XD:
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AgonizingSwordfish Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
No worries, I actually only felt like correcting you because I take this group very seriously because it is such a great idea and group. :)
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La--Volpe Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I had time to edit it this morning so it is editted. :iconlikeasirplz:

And thanks :hug:

This group goes off and on seriousness with the way the Admins act. I usually do stupid stuff until something comes up then I go all serious. Helps to make the job less stressful ^^; Also helps make people smile. =D
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AgonizingSwordfish Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, I think this is a wonderful group! :)
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La--Volpe Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank-you, it means a lot to us when people who us their appreciate. Its what makes the job worth it. =)
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AgonizingSwordfish Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem :)
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Petya14 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll be on a summer break for 1 month.Is that inactivity?(sorry for asking a lot,but i want to know what's right and what's not right.)
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Petya14 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are main accounts supposed to putt "do not beg for points"?
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La--Volpe Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No it's just a tip, unless you want people begging.
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Petya14 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok then.
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Petya14 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I donated to my point account 8 points.
one day i hadded to pay my commission and really quickly,i rushed so i went to my point account and then donated to my main for only 2 points.Is that too much and my point account can get blacklisted?
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xXJustForFunXx Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
You said "dont donate to your Main account"
What If you have a lot of points, have enough points to give. Really really enough points! Can you at least send 5-10 points to your Main account?
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La--Volpe Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
As I said you're really there to be generous, evem if you had spare points there would be other ways of doing it; contests, giveaways, up the amount of points you hand out, fund other's contest, etc. You shouldn't be donating to yourself it is seen as stealing in the majorities eyes.
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xXJustForFunXx Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Okay ^^"
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La--Volpe Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm guessing you've donated to your own account, and you won't do it again because you now know that it is wrong.... ?
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xXJustForFunXx Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
No, I have no points-account, not yet..
I am really not friendly: I whould do anything to get points, If its legal
But I shouldn't do this...
Thank you ^^"
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La--Volpe Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's good then :XD:

Can I suggest you something if you're looking for points? :XD:

You probably are nice, people say I'm not nice, but then others tell me I'm really nice.
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xXJustForFunXx Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
No youre very nice ^^
I think I saw you once when I was on dAhub or something. when you convince a point-account that he does spamms or something like that
You speak with him friendly and you keep calm when he is unfriendly (uff,sorry for my bad english)
You have a tip for me to get points?
I join contests and giveaways and I do commissions, even though I get not many requests....
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La--Volpe Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I find it so ironic. You just said I'm nice then I get someone calling a "bitch". Don't worry though, when people insult me or resort to it, I feel like I've actually won the argument because they have nothing better to say to prove themselves right. That's how I deal with most people like that.

My tip is Don't use the commission widget. It takes ten percent or so of the profit and you can't submit them to groups. dA is actually trying to lessen the amount of points in the system. Soon points will be worth more the 80p:1$ like most are saying, because the amount of points are lessening.
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