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are you satisfied with DA? 

138 deviants said yeah, i think it's an all-around great website. little to no complaints from me!
105 deviants said it would be great if it weren't for the popularity contest that it's become.
73 deviants said people here bitch too much about DA! just get over it and take a chill pill.
47 deviants said their attitude towards subscribing/subscribers bugs me, but i can deal with it given that they need the money.
35 deviants said i think the site is ok but most of the people on DA suck (bad comments, bad art, etc).
29 deviants said i like it but i hate the submission policy - too much censorship.
22 deviants said i can't stand their attitude towards subscribing/subscribers - i think it's totally wrong and they heighten the status of the subscribers excessively.
19 deviants said other (specify!)
7 deviants said i like it but i disagree with parts of their TOS (specify?)
5 deviants said no, for the most part i can't stand it. (specify?)

Devious Comments

soulrefrain Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2005
I think people complain a little bit too much here. Personally, I think this is a great site. I don't see why people complain so much about it. One example that comes to mind is when certain people (I'm talking about anime and anthro artists here) complain about art thievery and the admins not doing much about it. Don't get me wrong, I love anime. Not too big on anthro, but I wouldn't say that I hate it. Hell, I draw in a "anime style" and considered myself an anime artist once. Also, yes I know that art thievery sucks big time, and no one should be a victim to it. However, if your art looks like everything else out there, then why are you complaining? If your work looks like everything that's out there, you yourself copied someone else's work. I've seen people bitch over the fact that this person stole their character or something like that, but when you look at the art in question, it looks exactly like everything that's out there. I'm not saying that anime and anthro artists lack originality, and I'm also not saying that EVERY anime artist and anthro artist do this. In fact, I've seen some really original works in "anime style" or "anthro style". It's just so happens that anime and anthro can get recycled easily, and certain people (not all mind you) take advantage of it. Take this into consideration the next time you accuse someone of being an anime or anthro art thief. They might just be innocent after all.

The other thing to keep in mind is this: You're posting your art on the internet. No...wait...listen...THE INTERNET. If you really want to complain about art thieves and such, don't post online. There are too many freaks and thieves online. People don't make those indentity theft articles for fun you know. Having your work online might be asking for trouble if you don't copyright your stuff. Even copyrighting can't save you all time too.

Yes, art thieves suck, but if you're going to complain about it...take what's above into consideration. Also, what I'm saying is to be taken more as an general statement. I am in no way directing this towards any specific person, it's just some of the stuff I've seen on this site. Before I forget, if you're going to complain about the admins, try putting yourself in their shoes. They have to deal with a lot of crap, and having you complain so much doesn't help much either. They have a lot of resposibility here, and it's something a lot of people don't take into consideration. At least they do what they can, so at least appreciate that. I don't have more to say on the matter because I personally had no problems with admins.

I'm not here to make enemies, I'm merely expressing my thoughts. I really don't want a mob of people telling me how much I suck. If you disagree with what I have to say, then respond in an orderly and polite fashion. I don't think I lacked respect with this, so I expect respect in return. I'm saying this because I know I'm bound to piss someone off with this.

And those are my four cents (it seems more than two if you ask me).
GalacticDustBunnies Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hmmm well as a site a like it. It's decent of not bad for older computers (like mine) and the catagories are comprehensive.

As a community *shakes head* no way. I can't really get to know people here. It's, for me, not so much a community as a gallery.

Also, the few times I've seen discontent in the "community", I've been unimpressed with how it's been handled b the admins and by the members.
Here I feel like it's "Got a compliant? well F'you. Now give us money" by the admins and, as your poll indicates, a "popularity contest" for a lot of the members, and well, that doens't make a comfortable community for me. ^^

Liverjournal, for me, is always better as a one on one, artist community environment. Here, I am exposed to amazing artists left and right, but I don't feel connected to anyone unless I know them off DA as well -_-
Inukosama Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2005
a little bit of all! I really like DA, but everything's become too complicated. Like the layout, and stuff, and the STEPS needed to take to submit. May not seem like much, but my computer can be real crappy and slow, so it takes forever T^T I remember good old days when it took like two categories page, and a submission page, and when unsubscribers could use search. What a wonderful world that was, lol *__*

And I dunnu about the popularity contest. Like.. the most "popular" deviants are the ones who really deserve a lot of.. popularity I guess *_* Cuz it's all about skillz. Yo. *super-white* T^T
ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this site, period. It's really the largest art community website to go to where you can meet new deviants around the world. And as long as people adhere to the ettique policy that they agreed to when they first signed up, it will be that way.

I don't mind the advetisements for non-subscribers at all.
kaimana Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2005
I love it, except for the stupid ads that pop up all over for we non-subscribers. It's not totally disruptive, but it's still pretty annoying. :| And all of that popularity junk sucks too. I'm just happy with my small group of loyal friends sticking around me. :XD:
kelkun Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2005
I really think the anime artist get the most attention, not that I don't love to see their art on the site, but it gives the rest of us non anime artist a but of a struggle to keep people interested.........
vixelyn Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2005   Digital Artist
Everywhere that starts to grow obscenely big will have 'popularity contest' issues. Not even with art / digital art, but absolutely anything. It's just the way things go. I think it's great that this site does the 'daily deviations' and the 'featured artist of the day' to give some people a chance to shine through.

And I'm not saying this because I'm part of the popularity contest because I am by no means even close ... but it's something you just have to come to accept. People get popular when they're good -- power to them.

I really like this site. Out of all the art sites, I've tended to really stick to this one. Besides, it's easy to critisize ... if one doesn't like it -- there may be other places that fit their 'standards' a bit closer, yaknow?
Lusc-Fire Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
i came to this site becasause someone told me it a good place to get good critique on my work....i realize now, i only get critigued if people actually looked at my work...and my work isn't the most popular or the best. many of my works haven't even been looked at. Many pieces i've asked for advice on how to make it better....but no response. If you want better be REALLY good.
arshesnei Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2005
If you ever want a critique, feel free to let me know. I can't see a lot of people's works due to the vastness of DA so if you drop a note or something I'll know and be happy to help.
Lusc-Fire Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks. i'd really apprietiate that.
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