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The Art of Llama Trading

Fri Jan 6, 2012, 11:11 AM by 01309:icon01309:

Spreadin' the Llama Love since April 3rd, 2010


I had been pondering about doing this type of journal for a bit of time since we changed our comment rules recently, and the complaints about people not returning llamas has continued.  Sadly, we can't exactly keep track of over 20,000 members and keep our sanity.  We already have llamastats for our actual members, but people do not need to be members to comment on our comments section.

So, here are some tips to help you look for those who obviously do not return their llamas.  Keep in mind, these are tips and does not absolutely guarantee llama returns.
Before You Give a Llama:
  1. You can check out their actual given/received badge information.  Simply use this URL and replace 'username' with the person's deviantart profile name: http://username.deviantart.com/badges/

    This link will take you directly to their badge page and show you # sent, # received.  If you spot that they have received more than they have given by a large amount, be cautious if you wish to get a llama back from them.
  2. Use llamastats for a list of all our members and see which ones return their llamas.  There are over 20,000 members and we are sure there are quite a few good candidates to send a llama.
  3. If available, check the person's recent activity and look at their comments.  If you simply see them thanking others for llamas you may want to check their badge stats before giving them on.
While doing this does take some effort, if you are a real stickler for getting your llamas returned, these tips can help you.

So, what about returning llamas to those who sent them to you?  I have tips for that as well!
Returning Llama Tips:
  • Invest in the llama button script.  This will create a nifty button that you click to start the llama returning process rather than having to use the drop down menu (which can sometimes get stuck in loading).
  • Did you lose the notifications of people giving you llamas?  Replace 'username' in this link with your own; http://username.deviantart.com/badges/

    If you look at your badge activity, you can go back and look at who you sent and you gave you a llama.  But, if you feel that may take too much time, and you have given/received less than 10,000 llamas, you can visit parallellogic's llama stats and parallellogic can pull up that information.  

    *NOTE: parallellogic is not a bot, so please be patient for their reply.
    Happy Llama Giving!

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    :icontoniii:
    toniii Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
    my old computer just broke so I'm not used to giving llama on this one. I used to have it set so that if I clicked either Give\Give a Llama or the Llama button, that it would automatically give it to them rather than me having to do the additional confirmation. Can anyone tell me how to make it do that again? Is it a script or a setting here on DA?
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    :iconhectorhimeros:
    HectorHimeros Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    I ALWAYS return the llamas I got!!! :D So send me one, guys and girls. Thx :D
    And oh, check out my arts too ^_^
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    :iconparallellogic:
    parallellogic Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
    :p It works both ways btw. I can look up multiple pages for a single user or the same page for many users. For example by cross referencing all the users who are suddenly requesting llama stats today, I'm able to determine my program was publicized through your group

    Thank you for the feature :laughing: :aww:
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    Franko152 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    Good journal, and nice tips, my favourite being the Llama button! That's awesome! :D
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    :iconfeather-dragon:
    Feather-Dragon Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    I've always given back llamas, if I don't then could someone tell me? I like llama giving...
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    :iconpretty-angel:
    Pretty-Angel Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
    I'm also still giving back llamas! :la:
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    :iconempire539:
    empire539 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    Another possibly helpful tip for those links, using "me" instead of "username" will redirect to the current user's info, i.e. [link]
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    :icon01309:
    01309 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
    That works too, but I was being a bit lazy with copying and pasting. :p
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    :iconheartmelinda:
    heartMelinda Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012   Traditional Artist
    I :heart: to give llamas. I dont worry to much about returns. If you give me one back, great! If you dont then that is ok too. I have about a 2:1 return rate- for every 2 I give I get 1 back.
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    :iconbillndrsn:
    billndrsn Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
    I have gave 10,793 :llama: badges.
    Recieved back, 4,211.
    6,582 unreturned.
    still keep giving. enjoy the game..:)
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    :iconaish89:
    Aish89 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    Ha! I just upgraded your llama :iconfuckyeaplz:
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    :iconbillndrsn:
    billndrsn Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
    Note me Wednesday, Points!!
    Reply
    :icon3k-more:
    3K-more Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
    :icontightllamahug:
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    :iconikaax:
    Ikaax Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    Nice, is sad when people don't return llamas. It happened to me sometimes =(
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    :iconaquarior:
    Aquarior Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
    Awww, I know what you mean :pat: Here, have a :iconllamajumpplz: from me as well :eager:
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    :iconikaax:
    Ikaax Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    yaaaaaaay :ahoy:
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    :iconbrjaladur:
    brjaladur Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    Have a llama. ;-) It happens to me all the time, but I often use the "random deviant" function and give a llama to everybody I find that way, so that's not a big surprise. :XD: (Did you know there's a limit for giving llamas?^^)
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    :iconisnowfairy:
    iSnowFairy Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    Woah really?? That's what I do too xD
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    :iconbrjaladur:
    brjaladur Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    :D
    Once I came to somebody's page who had posted a journal about doing that, and some people commented on it saying that was how they had come there. :XD:
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    iSnowFairy Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    Lol. It once randomized someone's page twice xD Like, I had given that dude a llama the day before, and when it directed me to his page again, I was like "woah! what are the chances?" Yea.. lol
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    :iconbrjaladur:
    brjaladur Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    Funny. xD It brought me to someone I already knew and watched once ... didn't happen again.^^
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    :iconisnowfairy:
    iSnowFairy Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    Well, the chance of it happening is very rare xD
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    :iconbrjaladur:
    brjaladur Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    Yeah, I suppose it is. :XD:
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    :iconikaax:
    Ikaax Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    are you joking? a limit of llamas-giving?? LOL! Anyway llama returned, Thanks buddy, nice avatar tho.
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    :iconbrjaladur:
    brjaladur Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    It's just that when you give a lot of llamas in a short time, there's something like a block and you have to wait some time before you can continue.^^ (Don't even know why I mentioned it, just came into my mind. O.o)
    Thanks. :XD:
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    :iconikaax:
    Ikaax Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    LoL you kinda scared the shit outta me xDDD I was like: Wut????
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    :iconbrjaladur:
    brjaladur Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    Haha, sorry. :XD: Well, maybe there is one ... if it exists, I want to find out by reaching it! :XD:
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    :iconikaax:
    Ikaax Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    :ahoy:
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    :iconaltergromit:
    altergromit Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    ...So I hope you'll give me one! =P
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    :iconikaax:
    Ikaax Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    There ya go buddy
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    :iconaltergromit:
    altergromit Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    :iconty-llamaplz: :lol:
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    :iconikaax:
    Ikaax Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    Your Welcome *___*
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    :icondragonollie15:
    dragonOllie15 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    I always return llamas asap, but I'm not awake sometimes, but I do return every llama sent!
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    :iconaltergromit:
    altergromit Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    :iconllamala-plz: ;)
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    :iconddeactivatedd:
    ddeactivatedd Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
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    :iconteuktomyheart:
    teuktomyheart Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
    I been pretty much giving all of the llamas I get; back.
    I always save the names just in case, if I need to go back and give. (With school, it's so hetic I can't keep track)

    Nice update^^
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    :iconaltergromit:
    altergromit Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    :iconllamala-plz: :lol: ;)
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    :iconditistomzelf:
    ditistomzelf Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    thanks for the update
    I like this group much, It brings people together. :)
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    HalfInane-HalfMental Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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