dA is NOT a job!
i can't tell you how often i run across someone's journal where they are saying that they're getting really down about dA because they are so behind with their inbox. i think this a product of a really mixed up sort of system that people think they have to follow.
most deviants think that they have to respond to every comment, thank for every fave or addition to a collection. for anyone who watches more than 2 people, that's a lot of work! lol! but really, dA gets to be a job for waaaay too many people. this may be controversial, but this is how i see it.
do whatever you feel like. period. if you want to answer shit, answer it. if someone faves something and it's someone you wanted to touch base with or that faved lots of stuff over time, or it's special that they faved it, then thank them. people fave stuff without even thinking. the custom of thanking each and every one of them strikes me as ridiculous and really, isn't it pointless and meaningless? do people really feel a rush of ha