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The New Direction for Literature!


The volunteer literature gallery moderators have been sitting on this announcement for several months, and we finally have the green light from the dA administration to shine the spotlight on the future direction of the Literature Gallery!

May I present dAlta, "deviant Alternate literature & text arena", which will be an external site created solely for text-based deviations. No longer will our writers submit their poetry and prose to deviantART.com. Instead, everything will be posted to an external, affiliated sister-site called dAlta.

(Of course, we're hoping to shorten the acronym before the final launch that will appear with dA version 8. All suggestions are welcome in comments below.)

What is dAlta?


This new site will contain much-longed-for literature elements such as gallery-like pages called "portfolios" for sharing writing with parents and friends, an integrated text processor instead of muro, and blocked emotes in our single writing chatroom.

We are especially excited about the text processor, Turo, as it offers an integrated, automatic "help" function that offers synonym suggestions and the option to change nouns and verbs into more emotionally effective ones, using an algorithm to scan the poetry from the "most popular" section on the site for ideas. We are still testing this feature, but the results so far have been very promising. It'll be a great way for beginning writers to find their way as they craft marketable poetry and prose.

On Publishing and Authors:


The dA administration has offered to partner dAlta with large name publishers such as Random Room, Harlequeen, and Barber Collins. After long consideration, however, we realized that with the advent of e-publishing and the decline of the publishing industry, we would be wasting the time of our dAlters. Instead of contacts in the publishing industry, we will offer you the unique opportunity to "publish" your poetry and stories on the site in your very own personal profile portfolios.

What we have done, however, is contacted several published authors and invited them to participate in events in our new site. Because the talks are still under way, we are not allowed to mention them by name, but I will say that one of the authors we've been lucky enough to convince to join the site in the role of an administrator has been a recent phenomena in the teen paranormal romance section.

We are thrilled to have her, and I know we can all learn so much from her experience.

So how does this work? The Migration to dAlta:


The biggest concern for all writers, of course, will be the migration to dAlta. We have been busy discussing the issue with the other alpha testers and with the dA administration. The dA staff have kindly offered to wait for writers to request that their galleries be moved, or to duplicate accounts (so writers would have one on dA and one on dAlta), but we feel this will only create confusion. Instead, we have pressed for a simpler solution. All members whose accounts have ever contained even a single text-based deviation will have their dA accounts deactivated and will be directed to create one at dAlta for a small subscription fee of 10$ per month.

We realize there may be some who are uncertain about such a clean cut, but we know that it will simply serve as a wonderful impetus for dAlta writers to create more to fill their now empty galleries. Your llama badge stats will, of course, be migrated with your account, though they will appear in a slightly altered form: ie, "super pencil" and "wizard pen".

A New Focus On Community


In an attempt to encourage community involvement in maintaining the new site's policies, we will also be implementing an innovative system of bans and suspensions. Each registered member will be able to vote any other member a thumbs up or thumbs down. Twenty such thumbs down will suspend the account for a week. Fifty will result in a permanent ban. A similar system will be used in the new dAlta forums.

A word from an Alpha tester:


"I was one of the lucky few selected to alpha test dAlta, and I have to say, I'm excited! I've often thought that a literature community entirely segregated from the art portion of this website would really let us writers hone our craft in peace. I'm especially excited by the Turo feature; my poetry too often relies on obscure allusion and imagery, and this will really help me move past that and start creating accessible literature for a mass market--which, after all, is every poet's goal. I hope you will join me in congratulating our three wonderful GMs who, by making this possible, have ushered in a new dawn for writers in association with deviantART!" - zebrazebrazebra, dAlta Alpha Tester


A Sneak Peek:


dAlta by nycterent


In Conclusion:



We're working tirelessly behind the scenes to create a better Literature community, and we are honored to be among the three Literature Gallery Moderators who have the chance to see this long-awaited change take place and offer our input in the creation of the brand new site every step of the way.

I would like to invite you to ask questions, but because of the nature of the project and the desire of the administration to iron out all the kinks before the unveiling, please understand we simply may not be able to offer concrete answers -- at least not at this time. We'll do our best, of course.

However, if you too want to be part of this project as an Alpha tester (aka "Literature April Literary Alpha Legion Admin"), please send a note with the subject line of LALALA and your community credentials to CRLiterature as soon as possible. We are always looking for more input, and you too can be a Featured Officer of Literature on the new site!

"Alpha testing this has been more exciting than a game of quidditch without broomsticks. I think I will pity anyone who passes up this chance to be a Featured Officer of Literature!" - BeccaJS, dAlta Alpha Tester


:new: [04/02/2011] More information about the change can be found here. Please read this journal before commenting!
:new: [04/05/2011] This was a joke for April Fools, 2011.
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:iconabrste30:
AbrSte30 Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yus! I'll be the LALALA! >:]
but no, seriously. i'll be an Alpha Tester if you need one ^^
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notepadgirl Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
I want to be a LALALA.:la:

Turo. Yeah.

:worship:Best April's fool ever.

But forget everything - how dare you slander the name of prophet Pratchett?:iconohnoudidntplz:
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aBlondMoment Featured By Owner May 7, 2011   Writer
I wonder if the banks plays an april fools joke saying all your money has just been transferred to a secondary bank holding company (with link) where you need to register all your private information again to create a new account in order to access all the money you worked in saving.......personally i think April Fool's jokes things can be fun, if people knows to keep them out of professional environments. That's my thoughts anyway.. :hug:
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:iconnycterent:
nycterent Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Professional Writer
*blinks*

There was never an option--or even a request--for monetary transfer or for any kind of private information. If you were asked for any of that last month, whether as an alleged part of this article of otherwise, please let the helpdesk know immediately!
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Greek-Omega Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
This is amazing! This is what all the writers need!
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:iconiheartslashers:
iheartslashers Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO and NO. Its DeviantART not DeviantPICTURES! C'mon people, get it together and let us writers BE! WRITING IS ART TOO!
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:icongisapizzatto:
GisaPizzatto Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Featured: [link]
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shadow-rabbit09 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Random Room....? One way to see the April Fool's part of this.
Great ability and job to write this very believable article. Love it, love it, love it.
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:iconpurplemelons:
PurpleMelons Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011   Digital Artist
I'm so glad this was fake.
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:iconsilver-bluewind:
silver-bluewind Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Student General Artist
I'm disappointed at this joke. I really thought it was real, and I kinda got happy about it, until I saw the deactivation part. I actually thought I'd be losing friends when I read this. :|

I'm not one to troll someone on an April Fool's prank (I love April Fool's Day!!! :dalove:), but I got really worried over this one. :hmm: I don't know whether I should be happy or mad about this, but I can say you guys really caught me there. :D Especially when I read that a "recent phenomena in the teen paranormal romance section" was joining. :XD:
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Chris-B-Chikin Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I wasn't on DA over the weekend so this is the first I've seen of this. I couldn't imagine the amount of butthurt here. So much so fast! It's gorious!
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:iconeunjeespazandpeace:
eunjeespazandpeace Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
you upset a LOT of people and i mean a LOT
just check out this piece of action: [link]
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:icongrey-skies-industry:
grey-skies-industry Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
That "piece of action" appears to be a satirical piece. :D
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:iconnycterent:
nycterent Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Writer
Isn't it glorious?
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:iconeunjeespazandpeace:
eunjeespazandpeace Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
lol
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:iconapple-dark:
apple-dark Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Writer
if this IS some sort of april fools hoax, it's not a smart one.
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:iconapple-dark:
apple-dark Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Writer
what the HELL are you talking about?

fee-based site?

remove our accounts?

scan galleries of possibly original poetry to suggest to less-experienced writers words they might not even know the meaning off?

this is incredibly disrespectful if you ask me. I don't understand this at all.
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:iconnycterent:
nycterent Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Writer
It's an April fools joke.
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:iconapple-dark:
apple-dark Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Writer
Yes, and it also caught me in a tired and grouchy mood.

And reading the article three days after the fact thinking it was new didn't clue me in to anything...eh. Got me.
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:iconnycterent:
nycterent Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Writer
No stress. It caused quite a bit of an uproar, so you weren't the only one. :)
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:iconapple-dark:
apple-dark Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Writer
Yeah lol. If I weren't so tired I would surely hope that I would have picked up on the fact that the sheer outlandishness of it was too much for it to be real.

All day April 1st I had my eyes peeled for jokes...seeing this after the fact, my innate gullibility took over. :roll: :stupidme:
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:iconnycterent:
nycterent Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Writer
Haha, yes. I overlooked the fact that this would still be up when April Fools was over. :paranoid:
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:iconapple-dark:
apple-dark Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Writer
*lmao* Duck n' cover time.
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:iconavallynh:
Avallynh Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Sheer genius, ^nycterent.

You've been deliciously in-your-face subtle, thar. Personal favourites: that paranormal-teen-romance-phenom you've contrived, and LALALA.

WINWINWIN.
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:iconnycterent:
nycterent Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Writer
Haha, thank you! :heart:
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:iconavallynh:
Avallynh Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Truth, though: what actually clued me in was the subscription fee and the forced deactivation. The...er, hidden gems were only obvious in posterity. I think that says something in my faith in dA's philosophy that I went 'oh, bull; they'd never' right off the bat at that.

Also truth, then: TEH RAEG in the comments made me lol harder than your prank.

:heart:
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:iconavallynh:
Avallynh Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
*about. Not 'in'. You know where. :doh:
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:iconnycterent:
nycterent Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Writer
I think I was blindsighted by the RAEG because I truly though that no one could take the forced deactivation and fees seriously either. And the Turo? Hah. But there are a lot of cynics out there! This is a summation of all the features that we discussed in the comment section. Good times. :)
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Avallynh Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Aye. I do think they'd make for a thoroughly fulfilling experience over at dAlta. :nod:

[I think =StarBoyDeath deserves special (fond) mention. Bless him and that seizing-with-delight, adulatory blog update at :iconthewrittenrevolution: he spewed hot on the heels of your flash of genius...can't seem to find it there anymore, though.:giggle:]
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:iconnycterent:
nycterent Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Writer
Have you had a chance to see his article post about it? It makes me happy.
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:iconavallynh:
Avallynh Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Hahaaaaah, yes I have. That's the spirit, really. :nod:
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rockgem Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
lolz!
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tinayan Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Student General Artist
NICE! :highfive:
i don't understand how people can get so butthurt over such absurb things /shakes head
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IAmPhoenixMoth Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
This is an April Fool's joke, right?
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:iconnycterent:
nycterent Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Writer
Yes.
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:iconiamphoenixmoth:
IAmPhoenixMoth Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
looooool. every so often you guys actually make me smile.
also hiii nycterent.
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:iconnycterent:
nycterent Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Writer
Hello hello!
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:iconiamphoenixmoth:
IAmPhoenixMoth Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
<3
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Daking9 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Way better than the trollfaces. I love your enthusiasm! xD
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:iconclearsound:
ClearSound Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
First April Fools Day prank to scare the living hell out of me. Brilliantly done.
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RandyPandy Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
A huge part of my dA experience is writing, and when I read this, I could think only one thing...:

:icontrollfaceplz:

XD Freakin' hilarious.
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DrMackFoxx Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I hope this change-over is optional... I'm not going to pay a monthly fee for something that is currently free and has been for quite some time or get my account deactivated over my text Deviations.
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nycterent Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Professional Writer
Have you had a chance to read the link posted at the bottom of the article?
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:icondrmackfoxx:
DrMackFoxx Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I see. 'Twas just a joke.
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:iconnycterent:
nycterent Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Professional Writer
Yep. :)
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:icondrmackfoxx:
DrMackFoxx Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Very good. :nod: Heck of a joke, indeed. :laughing: Granted, I still find Trollface to be more amusing. Especially since you can put that thing just about anywhere for comedic effect. [link]
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:iconnycterent:
nycterent Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Professional Writer
That's fair. :nod:
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:icondrmackfoxx:
DrMackFoxx Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Well executed, nonetheless. :nod: Certainly had me in a panic! :laughing:
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:iconnycterent:
nycterent Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Professional Writer
:hug:
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StarFreeheart Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Student General Artist
This is an April Fool's joke, right? -_-' it had better be because this sounds incredibly stupid...
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