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The Help Desk: A Year in Review

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 13, 2012, 2:37 PM
DeviantART's Community Operations department aims to foster an environment where deviants can come together and be empowered within,and by, the community. By providing an organized, motivated, accountable, and effective department, we are leading the way for deviants to participate in a manner where they feel listened to, valued,and inspired. 2011 was an amazing year for Community Operations and we wanted to share a few of the highlights!


Fiona : :iconfourteenthstar: Director of Community Operations fourteenthstar

Pete : :icontachy-on: dAmn & Forums Project Manager Tachy-on

Copyright & Etiquette Administration

This team takes care of Abuse Reports, Account Ban Appeals, COPPA Reports, DMCA Notice Reports, Policy Inquiry/Violations@, and Spammer Reports.

Help Desk

  • Evanita :  :iconewm: Team Leader ewm

This team takes care of General Help/Help@ and Bug Reports.

Quick Stats Overview

Over the course of 2011 Community Operations solved 34,249 General Help Inquiries, 17,981 Bug Reports, 2,931 Chat/Forum Inquires, and 46,399 CEA tickets. That's 101,560 tickets over the whole year. WoWZA!!!

For comparison, in 2010 we solved 33,787 General Help Inquiries, 19,083 Bug Reports, 1,730 Chat/Forum Inquiries, and 40,281 CEA tickets for a grand total of only 94,881.

Our Help Desk

The deviantART Help Desk is home to three teams:

  1. The main Help Desk team, in charge of answering tickets related to General Help, Bug Reports, and Chat/Forum Inquiries;
  2. The Copyright and Etiquette Administration, responsible for Abuse Reports, Account Ban Appeals, Policy Inquiries, COPPA Reports, DMCA Reports, and Spammer Reports;
  3. The Retail Customer Care department, which handles all retail-oriented inquiries. The Help Desk is open Monday through Friday. Most issues, aside from CEA matters, are able to be resolved within four days -- and often, much quicker.  Due to their nature, CEA-related tickets require more time for investigation, and as such, the response time is greater.

Recent Improvements

We have been using Zendesk to run the Help Desk since September 2009 and it has greatly improved our ability to provide the best assistance possible. Over the course of 2011, we were able to add several new features to the Help Desk, including:

  1. Two CEA ticket sections -- COPPA Reports and Spammer Reports -- that allow us to better monitor these types of situations.
  2. Additionalrequirements for filing Abuse Reports: name of offender and direct links to the abuse. These requirements have greatly reduced the amount of time it takes to make sure these situations are handled as diligently as possible.
  3. Ban Appeals are now exclusive to only deviants who are banned and need to appeal their ban. An amazing 49% of all tickets submitted to this category prior to the change had nothing to do with appealing a ban. The change allowed us to make sure that all Ban Appeals are truly banned deviants seeking to appeal their ban.
  4. "Satisfaction,"a tool to help gain feedback on the satisfaction of the tickets we handle. When tickets are solved, deviants are able to vote either "Good Satisfaction" or "Bad Satisfaction" and can optionally leave a response stating why the satisfaction rating was given.

* Please note that the Help Desk only includes tickets submitted via the Help Desk Contact Form. This does not include all reports made using the report violation button on deviations which are submitted to the Moderation Desk.

Ticket Satisfaction

We began using the Satisfaction feature in April, and have maintained a positive rating of 84% across the entire Help Desk. This includes all departments within Community Operations, as well as our Retail department (which handles all tickets relating to deviantWEAR, Prints, Points, AdCast, and payment  support for Premium Memberships).  Each department also has its  own rating over the past 60 days.

General Help/Help@ 83%
Bug Reports 86%
Chat/Forum 83%
CEA 82%

For 2012 and Beyond. As 2012 marches on, it's the aim of all Community Operations to:

  1. Respond to deviants as soon as possible, given the current volume of deviants in need of assistance.
  2. Respond with a positive friendly attitude.
  1. Respect and treat you as we would want to be treated.
    • Guide you in the right direction.

It was a pleasure to help everyone last year! We look forward to serving you this coming year and hope to provide all deviants with the best  Help Desk experience possible.

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Animegirl3213 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I need to ban someone, but I don't know how to report them, could you please help me?
SorenTheHedgehog Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Student Artist
where do i get help to change something for my profile?
nicoleaubry Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
i,m upgrade premium but cannot get access to watermark
RetartedForever Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey I need to know how to post literature stuff on deviantart
Will you guys help me?
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student Interface Designer
RetartedForever Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much I reallly appreciate it!!!!:iconiloveyouplz:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student Interface Designer
No problem! :hug:
RetartedForever Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exillior Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope the Help Desk will never have to help me with a ban appeal again. :lol:
joannastar Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for all your hard work :#1:
tursiops33 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You guys and girls rock!
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Thanks for all the hard work you do guys! :)
Mathness Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
Great work everybody. One more reason that makes dA great and stand out. :#1:
SaTaNiA Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:worship: For all your devotion and motivation everyday !
:worship: For the awesomeness !
:worship: For your friendship !

:worship: For being you !

Abstract-Mindser Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
I know some of you might be hard of sight, but was it really needed to make the whole thing so honking big?
Elandria Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Really awesome work guys!!!! :la:
tleach0608 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I know I've said it before, but I will say it again--as a former Director of Support at an IT company, those figures you gave are simply OUSTANDING! :wow: Those would be facts I would have been extremely proud to share to our company if they were mine and it just goes to show how much work all of you do to not only make sure we're happy here at dA but to help keep things running smoothly.

Congratulations on such a fantastic achievement, I hope all of you went out and had some sushi and martinis (or whatever strikes your fancy, I'm just a sushi and martni gal LOL) to celebrate! :clap:
Andecaya Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I needed your help sometimes and you were very nice and friendly and over all very helpfull and fast answering. Thank you!
supersonic3225 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Don't be too sure of yourself, not yet.
Andecaya Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What do you mean?
supersonic3225 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
well you said the staff was friendly.
I tried talking to them and they never wanted to talk to me.
Andecaya Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I made a different expierience. I asked things I should have known by myself, and they answered fast and friendly. I hadn't expected that, so I said here a thank you. I'm sorry that you made other expieriences, I know how that feels like. Maybe you should post it directly to this "journal" to get a feedback?
ewm Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Always glad to be of help! :hug:
Andecaya Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
VitaMorior Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow $Ikue great job on the CSS it looks amazing.
Maybe publishing it out into further public use?
catluvr2 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Arichy Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG :iconwantplz:
ewm Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This Blog CSS brought to you by $Ikue :excited:
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