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Something I have been aware of for the past few months: more and more deviant-art accounts seem to not have any deviations on their front pages.  My understanding is that you get to feature one by default, and also show your four most recent items as a group.  And if you have a core account, you can feature about ten specific items on your page (and the site doesn't think to remove them when your subscription expires.  I have not checked on this because I don't want the site to suddenly realize I am not supposed to be allowed to have that many anymore and I am certainly not buying a subscription!)

Another setup I see a increasingly is single front-page comments by the user, saying something to the effect of "reply HERE, and only here," usually with a bunch of hidden comments underneath.  The combined effect of these two is that the page loads quickly and in a small space, but conveys very little information.

Certainly I PREFER that to the myspace-style pages covered with flashy sparkly slow-loading trash, but I wonder why anyone would elect to not show at least one of their own art pieces.  Do you have any insight as to why that is or how it caught on?  When I saw that in the past, I always assumed that meant the user was no longer using the site, but had chosen not to delete anything.  Now I see it regularly on people who are here even more often than I am.
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:iconcapndeek373:
CapnDeek373 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Professional General Artist
I run into accounts all the time that have been here for years with absolutely no art in their gallery, and loads of faves.
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bimshwel Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017
Some people are just along for the ride!
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CapnDeek373 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2017  Professional General Artist
I suppose they are!  Caboose by CapnDeek373 Howie by CapnDeek373 saucerFlatbed by CapnDeek373 Pirate Lara Loco by CapnDeek373
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swanlizard Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017
I don't have any art at all at present. I registered my name so I may potentially upload things in the future. The primary reason was to prevent someone who's not me from pretending they're me and somehow encroaching upon my artist identity and wreaking havoc. Not that I have any conception of why anyone would bother, but my paranoia has a different view.

And once it comes to uploading, there's going to be very specific pieces that will be going up with very specific purposes. The devtart upload policy is simply too Stalinist for me to consider uploading anything casually. It's hostile and intimidating, and I am very uptight about the way my integrity as an artist ties into my own control over--and rights to--my output.
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bimshwel Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017
I know you have your own rules!  This journal only referred to people who were regularly uploading new stuff but choosing to have static profiles without their own already-uploaded art visible on the front.
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swanlizard Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017
I noticed that far too late!
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bimshwel Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017
That is alright!  I think I must have worded it quite poorly!  Most of my replies involved explaining what I meant!  Definitely, if you do not find deviantart crucial to your existence, then it need not be one of your priorities.
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Reptonic Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Student Filmographer
From what I can see, those people just to make their profile page all atheistic and pretty, and expect others to know how to click at the gallery tab. 

I learned from one of my poll that many people don't really look at your profile page. Majority of them tend to go straight to gallery via gallery tab.
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bimshwel Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017
In fact, very early in my usage of this site I learned to append /gallery to users' urls so I could skip the profiles, since I didn't like being tracked by the premium accounts.  I did not want it to be known what I was looking at, or attempts made to guess at why.  Also, I briefly had one, and I hated seeing all the names of people who obviously had no interest (the same reason I disabled "llama" notifications IMMEDIATELY).
Unfortunately I cannot compare reactions to my own profile pre- and post- my covering it in drawings since that also coincided with the person who had suggested I do so, Rikowski, featuring my page and sending more people my way than was normal.  But I had come to believe it anyway and was surprised to suddenly see so many people doing the complete opposite on their own pages.
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Framfus Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017
I wasn't confident enough to show my art until now since.. Well... 2015! And I still struggle, i dont like showing off my art on my front page.. I wanted to use dA as a social network of sorts when I didn't post at all though, I've been using this website for so long that it's easier for me to collect art that I like and use as inspiration bwahaha. I like using dA to post my art, both because the standards aren't so high here and because I can put 2009-esque stamps on my page. I guess other people may feel the same way!
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bimshwel Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017
I only noticed the trend in late 2016!  And I certainly understand why people who post no art would show none up front.  But those who are posting regularly, I presume want it to be evident that they are.  Or perhaps they only want especially curious people to notice.
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Framfus Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017
OHH Yeah!!! Sorry, I completely misunderstood what you meant!

I've been noticing this too, I guess its for a more clean and nice look? I think it's odd when people don't have any art in their featured section either so you HAVE to click all to see it. It looks much nicer when theres.. Well.. Actual art to see! 
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bimshwel Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017
I think almost everybody misunderstood!  I must have worded my initial remarks rather poorly!  This is not the first time.
Whatever the case it seems to be working for people, and I became concerned since I had been doing so much the opposite.
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UberMan5000 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
It's perhaps people that want to use DeviantArt as more of a social network than as a creative community, especially if their output has migrated over to another site, like Tumblr or FurAffinity. It may also be that they prefer to express themselves with stamps and sparkly nonsense than with anything they might create.
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bimshwel Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017
I am only referring to people who regularly upload their own art!  I could not think why they would have stuff in their public galleries but put across that they do not.  And I was saying I still understand those minimalist pages better than the ones with endless sparkly nonsense, not equating the two.
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UberMan5000 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
The thinking there is perhaps, even if they regularly contribute art, they'd rather their front page be like a MySpace profile than an exhibit. They want users to know what fandoms they're into and such before they see anything else.
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DJcroc2016 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Some people might not be confident enough to show their art on their pages.
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bimshwel Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017
But they ARE showing their art; just only in the gallery view.
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DJcroc2016 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Some people visiting their pages won't go the extra click to check it out.
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bimshwel Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017
That was what I thought!  So I was curious.
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DJcroc2016 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Best i can think of is low self esteem. I know i'd do that too if i had low self esteem.
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JubiIee Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
For me I actually don't have a lot of time to draw anymore
like severe lack of time, im balancing 6 8 hour work days and college at night
So instead to keep my page interesting, I put OTHER's art that I've commissioned
Not only do they get business, but I get some nice art for my pagee!
I don't care about hiding comments though, I've get them set up so that they make a neat uniform look next to my boxes!
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bimshwel Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017
That also makes sense!  Although I refer specifically to accounts that are regularly posting new art, a recent site update has made it difficult to determine the dates on uploads.
It seems silly to me that the site requires a subscription account to let you do something as courteous as feature somebody else!
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pengosolvent Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017   General Artist
i know that with "reply here" chains, the idea is generally to discourage an "ugly" look in comments or any unwanted comments, like "thanks for the fave!" etc. You can't delete comments on your front page, so I guess instead of having people comment whatever and having an occasional hidden comment that stands out, they just hide everything for a more "uniform" controlled look

I think that the same logic applies to not showing any art at all on the front page to them... it's more Minimal and thus less ugly
though that is what i have theorized from seeing those accounts. it's possible they just prefer not to have anything to tend to
A page with almost nothing on it is much less work to deal with than a page where you might arrange things around or change the featured art once in a while
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bimshwel Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017
That does make sense!  I figured having the four latest ones was indication enough that you had new stuff available, but I have seen expressed in the past a desire to change the featured pictures somewhat regularly.    My thinking has been that the featured art serves to draw catch the attention of those who have not been to the page before, who would not know what art I had featured previously.  But I might be wrong if this other way is working for people.  I wonder how they determine that it is.  Is curiosity a more effective motivator to get viewers to look more closely?

And I have never liked having pointless comments on my page, but I have experienced that people who leave such comments generally ignore any instructions on the page (such as where to leave comments).  But perhaps times have changed.
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pengosolvent Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017   General Artist
i think some people, even people who post their art, just see DA as a more "social" gathering
especially if they submit their art to groups

most of the people i see who post art but dont have anything on their profiles are in groups or have groups of friends they interact with. i guess they treat it more as a hobby than a breadwinner
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bimshwel Featured By Owner Edited Feb 8, 2017
This reminds me of one of the original dorky page stamps, which angrily declared "deviantART not deviantSPACE!"  I suppose in a sense they both won and lost, since myspace is mostly forgotten and deviantart has evolved its own substitute.  It surprises me how many persons who use the site casually are still buying premium accounts years after the price bloat.  I wonder what they are getting out of it that justifies the investment.
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