Yes and no. If everybody were suggesting themselves, which I'm sure a lot of deviants would, it would not go well. But if the current senior members picked a few deviants that they thought would qualify, and set up a pole, the public should be allowed to vote. (I don't know if this is like what the current system is or not.) ^^
Though it will be cool to suggest yourself to be a senior, I would say no. It feels like you are being too greedy in getting a high honor in deviantART; and, if you're new, someone who just draws badly, or doesn't participate in the community at all, then that's worse. Yep, I agree with all the others who said .
A seniority is somewhat more like a honor for being a role model rather than an award for "Most Helpful Deviant" or "Most Talented Artist". Remember, people have different ways of trying to help the community.
But, what if you have helped the community so much that even the community volunteers will feature you in an upcoming journal, and all the other deviants mention you as a helpful person?
I think it's a little absurd to suggest yourself. It's not a position to apply for and it's not like a DD feature. If there was some responsibility or activity that could only be performed by seniors such as with CVs, then it would make more sense to apply. An accolade that represents a form of peer recognition, and which is decided by the community and Fiona is not the sort of thing to request for yourself. What would you say? 'I feel I've done enough to be recognized and as such, I deserve to be suitably honored'? It just sounds weird.
People can suggest themselves if they want, but I think the question would be far more interesting if it was, "what would you think of someone who suggested themselves for Seniority?" considering it's an accolade, not a position...
I agree with most of those who said no. It feels kinda selfish to nominate yourself. Having another person nominate you means that someone believes that you've contributed to the community, which seniority is. And plus, having another person nominate you feels a lot more special since someone else believes that you're a great person!
No, because if they do elect themselves for seniority, then it would be like their asking for popularity or to get noticed or to get more watchers, etc. Just... NO. And, like others have said before me, it's a privilege that one gets - like one has to earn it and understand that there are certain 'duties' (*can't think of the right word at the moment*) to being a senior member.
In my opinion, I don't really care if people wish to self suggest for seniority or not. I think there are people in the community that do many valuable things for others, though may not necessarily hang in the community circles that know about nominating people for seniority (trufax!)...
I like to think that if someone did self suggest for seniority that such a suggestion would be looked at in the same way any other suggestion is (or at least I imagine is), and not just be handed out for the sake of handing it out. (I hope that makes sense D
But really, my only important point to this is that it does not affect me or the community if someone can self suggest for seniority, so more power to them in my eyes
As stated by others, I believe they shouldn't, because seniority is an indication that you are respected by the community, and nobody can make that kind of judgement about themselves without being biased.
I don't like the idea of self suggestions, it gives off a sort of "I deserve this because..." air, which comes across rather negatively as it's the equivalent of doing things only for rewards, not because you genuinely want to help.
You get some (not all) of the perks of a premium membership, a few extra things like access to the seniors forum, etc. But more than that, seniority is in itself a recognition, from the staff to a group of outstanding deviants, for various reasons, is the way of the site to say to you "hey! you're special!" so yeah, recognition is the main perk of... well, being a senior
No. There are no practical perks to being a senior, it's just a way to give thanks for "special services" on behalf of the community. I dislike the medal symbol they use for that now, but it does express the nature of it. The only reason to nominate oneself would be insufferable vanity, and I don't see why that should be rewarded.
Nahhh, it would take away the "special" part of the whole thing, IMO ... I can't even imagine how it must feel to wake up one morning and see your name on the list of "new seniors" ... If you nominate yourself, the whole magic would get lost ... I think we all feel "deserving" of that, just as we all think our artwork should get a DD ... but in reality, recognition should come from others, it's like a validation, a "confirmation" that what we think of ourselves is in touch with reality
So no, if y'all don't nominate me , I refuse to get seniority
... Yes, but you TOO are a senior Rie!!! And you REALLY are amazing!!! So I guess if there's anyone who will hopefully get a recognition of that magnitude, that should most definitely be YOU my dear!!!
I agree with cinyu. I received seniority because someone else (or plural even) thought I deserved it. That makes it feel so much better than even considering the idea I'd be the only one thinking I'd be deserving it. I still believe seniority is about what you give to the community. If the community notices that, I'm sure they'll suggest you because they think you deserve it.
I don't think it would feel right to be able to suggest yourself.
I don't see an issue with it. People usually suggest whoever they are friends with. If you're not the type of personality to have a lot of online friends, why not? After all the suggestions are reviewed by a member of the staff so they won't be given out if they are undeserved.