"This isn't worthy of a Daily Deviation!" "This user should be banned!" "OMG, moderators please remove this news article!!" "deviantART is going downhill... "
I can't even begin to count the times I have heard a complaint regarding deviantART. Gallery changes, changes to the overall layout, the introduction of llamas, a new moderator, a Daily Deviation, a new senior member... you name it, I've seen people complaining about it. No wait, not complaining but BITCHING.
Calling people names, making threats, rallying up friends/fans - it seems people would do anything to get their point across and have their say. And, sadly, in most cases these kinds of complaints turn into personal vendettas. All of a sudden EVERYTHING deviantART does is bad. EVERY SINGLE THING.
They don't cater to you specifically? They never asked what is your stance on llamas? They never even wanted to know what you thought of that oh-so-famous deviant green? NO?
Well in all honesty, let's be realistic here. With close to 15 million users, it is simply IMPOSSIBLE to cater to each and everyone's needs, ideas and expectations. It just won't happen, you may as well get used to it.
"BUT BUT BUT I'M A PREMIUM MEMBER! I PAY THEM TO DO STUFF FOR ME!
" - And guess what sweetie, they do indeed do stuff for you. Take a look here: [link]
Still you are just one person. One in 14.5 million. That makes you important, but it doesn't mean that everything is going to go your way.
deviantART will never be perfect, not for you, not for me, hell probably not even for +spyed
Because we're 14.5 million different people with 14.5 million different opinions.
And let's not forget, deviantART is 10 years old. Over the years it has seen an incredible amount of changes. And for it to grow, for us all to grow, we need just that: CHANGE. Before I came here, I had no idea what fractals were. Now I do... kinda.
A film gallery was added. After years of running clubs on regular accounts, we finally had groups. Gallery folders. Collections. Critiques. A better message center. Portfolios. I could go on.
But the simple fact is, people keep dwelling on the bad. "Yes all of this is great, but..." No. No BUT.
So how about we stop focusing on the negative and pay a little more attention on the positive? I'm not saying ignore everything you don't like about deviantART, but try shifting your energy and focus to what really matters.
Art. Your friends. Receiving feedback. Helping others.
This isn't about llamas. Don't like them? Remove the badge from your userpage.
This isn't about pageviews. Don't like them? Go to your settings ([link]
, select Browsing on the left and untick the "See Pageviews" box.
This isn't about other deviants giving you a hard time. Don't like them? Ban them from commenting or noting you.
This isn't about deviations that you don't consider to be art. Don't like them? Move on.
This isn't about YOU. It's about US.