So I finally spent pretty much the whole day here and went through over 100 stacks of art. Yep, that much... xD
The good news is not only I've seen all your art, but also now I get to make a feature with it.
On a different note, I wanted to speak up a bit on a topic I don't seem to be the only one worrying about.
What is going on in DA? I'm not talking specifically about our (manips) community... honestly I think we are tight here and we manage to run it well enough. We have some pillar members that put a lot of effort into keeping the community alive and they are doing a great job at doing so. To you goes all my love and appreciation.
Now, as time passes, the more obvious it seems that our little community is not representative of what is really going on in DeviantArt. I've decided to write this journal because I've seen several journals lately about this: how the favs numbers are going down, how there seems to be less exposure all over, how the website is in a state of decay. After reading one of these journals (or maybe it was a status update) I went and asked Google about DeviantArt... and... wow. Huh, so in any site where there are any sort of website reviews, DA's rating is down, more like six feet under. About 60% of people were complaining about bullying, which I haven't experienced personally, and have only heard very few stories in the years I've been here, so I can't really talk about it. The other 40% were complaining about the porn... and so I went and did some searching in the DA main page, where I hadn't been to in maybe a couple years... and... just... again... wow. I mean, I knew there is a lot of disturbing stuff around here but the level of crap I saw made me cringe. And that is coming from someone who doesn't have a problem with porn at all, I just don't want it here. This is an ART site dammit. -.- Kids are here, I read stories about predators messaging 13 year olds, people sending unasked for photos and whatnot. It was very disappointing...
So... I'm not surprised numbers are constantly going down here, but instead of just making a journal to whine about it, I want to take a positive turn now...
As I said, photomanipulators (I mean, real ones, not inflation pricks) are a close knit community here, and we stay together. So much that I got to forget what the website really is like.
And we rock it to be sure. Contests are happening all the time, tutorials are being made, features, groups and whatnot. But to be realistic about it, this is mostly what we do for ourselves, starts in the PM community, ends in the PM community. As artists, having the support of other artists is amazing and necessary, we treasure it. However we want to get further than that, we are making art for a wider audience, one which used to be here...
I've reported and got no results, and I heard the same story from other people... Seems like the DA staff (not talking about volunteers here) don't really mind what's going on.
So my question would be, is there something we can do to expand our (I believe) positive attitude to the site as a whole? If there is, what do you think we can do? How do we contribute to make this website better and hopefully bring some people back, or new (healthy) users and art lovers?
Any idea is good, so let me know your thoughts in the comments.
TL;DR : DA's downhill, what can we do to make it better outside of the PM community? Let me know.
And my latest work....
Also, my video on Creative Station (yay! )
Thanks to jose86tf for pushing me to submit it.