Hello everyone! Mr. Robotov here. It's been already a long time since the group was established and during that time we have managed to collect some immense amount of robot art. And that's something to be proud of! During its beginnings the group also got so many submissions in a very short amount of time that for a few days it was even featured as the most popular group on dA. Which only added to its popularity and made it more recognizable.
Time has passed, new members joined, new deviations submitted and because of that I believe that the group needs some upgrade that you should expect to be done in the upcoming days. These are not necessary going to be big changes – only to improve what can be simply improved. This will include rearranging the widgets on the group's tabs, cleaning journal submissions, sorting the group's favorites and dividing them into collections, but also the most important update and the main reason to write this journal – the group's gallery.
It seems like the folders I originally assumed work out pretty well, making it a clear division between original artwork and fan-art, as well as highlighting the best pieces in the Featured folder. However I believe there are still few glitches. First of all, I should have put the folders featuring original artwork as first, not after a long list of fan-art ones, which I have a feeling may be repelling to people who want to share their original ideas. More such categories will be added. Secondly, people are astonishing with their imagination and there were some few deviations submitted that didn't really fit into any of the group's categories and thus putting them into one was a bit of far-fetched – this won't happen ever again. Ultimately, all folders are going to be deleted (of course the deviations themselves will remain untouched) and then again re-created and filled. I have also seen some deviations in storage when browsing the folders and they don't really look neat, so I will remove them. So don't you worry when you see the gallery empty, it will only mean the work is in progress.
I've seen many groups here on dA, each of them somehow trying to sort things out in more or less convenient way. As robots are generally a giant topic, when creating the Robot Stars' gallery I assumed that the categories need to be clear and simple, even for those who don't share their interest in robots and are just passing by. Another reason was the ability to let me browse through the folders with ease and possibly correcting any mistakes with assigning deviations to wrong folders by an accident or so (which already happened a few times). Also people tend to understand the local categories in their very own way, which may sometimes lead to submitting two very similar deviations to two very different folders, which would only create more chaos. I have never enabled member's the ability to choose the submission folder and this most likely will never happen. I prefer to assign each deviation to its place personally, just to make sure everything is fine.
If you got any questions or suggestions, please leave a comment – I will appreciate any advice.