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Paul Banks
United Kingdom
I'm a web developer. I help make deviantART work. I occasionally break it (see badges).

I would love to be able to draw but so far no attempts have proved that to be a reasonable expectation. I'd say I have a good enough eye for aesthetics, layout and design, (I've designed a bunch of websites and simple print stuff) but I've never considered myself a designer or artist.

These days I stay pretty firmly in code land and love the creativity of solving complex problems. Alas, it is hard to express this creativity in a gallery!


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sallen623 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Attention, attention! This is a very important message. Read thoroughly!

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement has just been published, and it is going to substantially threaten DeviantArt's life and future. This deal is dangerous for DeviantArt because of its intellectual property enforcement chapter, whose provisions could destroy this site's mission, which is to "[create] the cultural context for how [art] is created, discovered, and shared," and "to exhibit, promote, and share their works with an enthusiastic, art-centric community." On a larger scale, the TPP would also destroy the careers of nearly every artist who posts works on this site.
The TPP's intellectual property chapter includes provisions that could censor the Internet, endanger online privacy, impose draconian copyright standards, abolish freedom of expression, criminalize whistleblowing, and rob the public domain. Internet service providers could be held liable for hosting copyright infringement, and they could also be forced to become private copyright enforcers, forced to take down, filter, and block content with only a private notice from the copyright holder. So, under the TPP's provisions, DeviantArt could be shut down and its users and staff could be treated like criminals.
The TPP would push for the widespread use of Digital Rights Management software, or DRM, to prevent consumers from tinkering with devices or content for purposes that corporations fear will infringe their copyrights and patents. Consumers could be prevented from unlocking their mobile phones to change telecom carriers, and prevent documentary filmmakers and other artists from breaking encryption on DVDs or sampling online streaming videos, where legal threats could be faced even if the video is created legally. People with visual or reading disabilities could be prevented from changing the formats of books and movies to make them more accessible. Not only unauthorized content, but also unauthorized software, could be blocked under the TPP's digital locks provisions. There is NO EVIDENCE that DRM does much to combat copyright infringement or protect consumers from viruses. All DRM does is suppress companies that promote innovation, criminalize sharing, and hinder and break the Internet and new technologies.

This is an emergency. You need to take action before this extreme pact can be implemented. And if the TPP is implemented, our right to share, modify, and experiment with content and technology could be faced with overly severe restrictions. As such, this site could be brought to its end, once and for all.

You can help stop the TPP by signing the below petition:…
BaileyBushes Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi there random deviantartist! I just want to offer you something... a hug. Glomp! Hug Huggle! Tight Hug
You deserve it! Forget all those pansy chains that say you need (insert
number) of hugs to be truly loved, all you need is ONE person to show 
their appreciation for you to know that you are beautiful and of amazing
worth! I just want you to know that no matter what, you are important 
to me, you deserve a smile on your face, and happiness in your heart. 
Have a very, very splendid day/night wherever you are!
love emote by snorasaurus :allyouneedislove: by stuck-in-suburbia :thatssocute: by stuck-in-suburbia :lovesquee: by stuck-in-suburbia Hug a heart by Colorcatcher ~Bailey, just a random friend!
Ehsartem Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Birthday '15th fella (Badges)

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Tanner28 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
Dearest DA staff member,

I only have one question.

Why doesn't Deviantart let the site users know what changes you'll make BEFORE they are made? Why no site-wide news release about it to inform us?
RhynWilliams Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015   Traditional Artist
TheBamas Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
I nned help
TheBamas Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
oh well I had found another admin  I wo start wondering how many I know already xD
melito2010 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014………

you better tell the others too it's not a joke it's serious or will be the end of deviantart.

But better start to tell the others too
2snails1shell Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:squee: You've just been Llamafied and dAwatched! :squee:

P.S. Feel free to enter our 2014 Creepy Spring/Summer Art Contest @ - anyone, any style, any medium!

:D (Big Grin) Kirk & Kiki Rezeki-Fields :D (Big Grin)
DreamON-Mpak Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
With this message I want to thank you for the great work you apply each year to keep this wonderful site.. Over the past 2013 years there were many changes .. some changes were not well received by users (such as changing the symbols to our names) .. some of the changes were sad (closure of DeviantGEAR) .. But we know that you do in order to keep the website up and there giving us the opportunity to present our work in the most - the best way.. We're grateful for every minute of your time that you spend on this site..I hope you will spend with your family and friends some amazing holidays and  new year be wonderful for you.. Filled with personal and professional success.. Much love, health, happiness and luck.. Thank you again .. Your work moves forward this site.. We appreciate your work..

This message it send to each member of DA Team  .. Always remember that you are an amazing team .. As individuals you are amazing people .. as a team you create miracles.. Together you can do much more, and you prove it every year.. Be always Deviants..
Happy Holidays DeaviantART Team .. We users ot this site  love you and always will support you .. :aww:
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