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Lord-Retsudo Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That's a really interesting way of looking at things. I've never thought of it from the point of view of DA's own creators before. I've seen the site de-evolve over the years with the removal of a lot of useful and simple functions ( e.g gallery edit options ), and the addition of pointless crap ( e.g llamas ) but it's the real people at the other end of a long-distance network connection that still make it what it is. I've learned, gained, and produced so much in the almost 4 years I've been here, I can't even start to quantify it all. While my own personal web gallery has brought me paid work in the last 3 years, this free showcase has given me an outlet for all the free-time nonsense I do, the experiments, the sketches, the failed WIPs and the precious personal projects that I care about far more than money.

Still enjoying the ride ;)
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Darkmir Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Me too, Chaz...:)

Not only dropped, but dropped with no apparent reason for them to have done so. The gallery edit functions were increased, then decreased, with little or no notice. Sort of illustrates my point, I think.

I dunno, bro. I guess my bottom line is the less I expect from DA, the more content I am with it. By limiting what I use it for, and what I expect from it, I get my expectations fulfilled pretty well.

I've mentioned some of the other people I correspond with here to you from time to time. Honestly, those relationships (all represented by my friends list) are 95% of the reason I am still a member of the site. I often wish I could tell all of my other friends here; "Hey, I know this crazy Scots artist/writer who's just the coolest dude...you have to meet him..." and likewise, although it may be hubris, I think damn everyone I am friends with is both an exceptional person and an exceptional artist. I often want to say to you to introduce yourself to them all, and review their galleries.

In my corner of the world, such enthusiasm is not encouraged. I'm not sure why, but I do have to admit to being affected by it at least to the extent that I usually squash that urge. That this is so saddens me. I have not thought of myself as either naive or overly enthusiastic for many years now, Chaz. Sometimes I wish I felt more free to follow such inclinations however.

The people I admire and care about here, crazy Scot's included, are worth getting excited over.
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Lord-Retsudo Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I know what you mean...man, I read your post 3 times already and it still makes me smile! Some people have trashed this site as just being another social networking joke, but at it's best, what's actually so bad about social networking? Sad people who think they have 10,000 online friends are obviously deluded and need to get a life, but at our level, it brings a whole new dimension to life, fuels creativity, enthusiasm, and opens the eyes to new ideas and the work of others. And in that respect, this site has paid me back in spades ;)
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