A common request from deviants is to post collaborative deviations, where more than one deviant has worked to create the end product. In our recent Top Community Feature Requests and Our Responses journal, we briefly addressed why we haven’t yet undertaken collaborative deviations. However, we want to open a discussion around how collaborations could theoretically work, so that we can better understand the community’s desires for such a feature.
Simple vs. Complex
We've already put a fair amount of thought into collaborations, but don't want to make assumptions about around how deviants would use the feature to best serve their needs. From simple to complex, there are a number of ways we could implement collaborations and we’re interested to hear the community’s expectations.
If we wanted to go a simple route, a deviation could list multiple deviants as contributors to the final deviation, and that would be it. The problem with such an approach is that the deviation would only appear in one deviant’s gallery, and only that deviant would receive comments and favorites.
This likely isn’t an ideal solution, so if we pursue collaborative deviations, then we’re faced with more complex options. From a technical standpoint, these complex options pose a number of issues:
If we assume that the deviation appears in all of the deviants’ galleries, who receives notifications for action on that deviation?
All deviants would need to confirm that they worked on the deviation, in order for them to be cited. What would the process be for adding collaborators to a deviation?
Who can edit the deviation title, description, and other details? What happens if one collaborator makes a change the others don’t like?
How does a deviant remove oneself from a deviation at a later date? Can one deviant delete the deviation, or do they have to get approval from the others?
If the collaboration is sold as a print, who sets print prices? How are profits dealt with?
These are the challenges our Product and Devious Technology teams will need to address, and your feedback will help us determine whether these questions have straightforward answers or if they will require us to investigate more complex problem solving solutions. We look forward to your feedback and expectations of this potential feature so that we have a better idea of where, and if, this proposed project should fit into our current priorities and build schedule.
Do you collaborate with other artists? If so, how often? Please share example deviations.
What type of roles do other artists have in the creation of your deviation?
Which features do you feel are required to make collaborative deviations useful to you?