dA is coming to a point, where I simply can't identify with it anymore. And that is sad, because I considered it as one of my virtual homes for years.
When I first joined dA about 8 years ago, I felt great here at once. It was a wonderful community all about art, complaints were heard and mostly helped and the staff was nice and quick to answer certain quuestions and problems. It was an art community, which I was happy to be a part of. And so I decided to become a premium member to actually support the staff to make it even greater, even bigger and even more different from any other art community I had seen before. I became a beta tester to get early access to changes and help to improve the experience by stating my opinion and I always had the feeling, that even if it didnt't change, the staff actually worked on the problems the community had with the new things and tried to change it for the better before releasing it to the public.
When I look at dA today, I see a shitty 2nd class social media website with a shitty news feed with status-posts, activity crap you have to scroll through and genitals and tits in the browse-area. I see a logo which looks crappy and doesn't explain itself and even with explanation isn't understandable at all. A logo, that has nothing to do with dA as I know it - just as the rest of the website. I see hashtags which can't be hidden, even though thousands of betas asked the staff to make this option possible just as it was with keywords (which were a lot better, but that's my opinion) and everything the betas - and later the other users - complained about wasn't even heard by the staff.
To me, dA used to be more than just a gallery. It indeed was a community with one great topic: Art. I liked to show my art to the world, get critiques and comments and faves and I liked to write journals about my artistic life. I liked to be part of art-role-plays and I liked to collect and show my artistic development, if it was for me or someone else to see.
What I use dA for today is simple: I use stash to show sketches and quick doodles to friends, because the upload is easy and quick. And I come to see (and answer) my messages. I come to browse the daily deviations and see what art my friends and watched artists produce. But I actually don't feel like posting new art. Sometimes I do so, to show I'm still alive and (somewhat) active. Not as active as I used to be, but active though. But all these changes really piss me off and tend to not make me feel good here anymore.
I've seen a lot of people becoming more and more inactive and I wonder if this is just because of time or because they experience just that uneasiness that I experience when I visit dA nowadays.
If I wanted to show my art on a social media website, I could have shared it on facebook or instagram. I wanted it to be part of an art community. But to me, dA is no such thing anymore. I feel unheard and uneasy and I will probably not be much more active than I am now because of that. I'm still around, but I guess if it wasn't for my left 19 months premium membership, I wouldn't have many reasons to actually come here that often at all.
Everything else is closed.
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