A request, please, good sir: since this is something that is being foisted upon those who create new accounts, please eliminate this from the requirements for account registration. New deviants are required to
a certain number of deviants in order to create an account. It's very frustrating to get several notices in my inbox that I've received new watches and when I go to look at those pages find that the deviant in question isn't watching my account and they "joined today" or "joined this week" (depending on when I check the message). Because then I know that the only reason they watched my account was because I was in the first group of four names that popped up on their screen, they watched all four, then unwatched as soon as their account was activated.
It's just a bit annoying. Though I admit it's a decent way to catch new spam accounts - or new troll accounts, as the case may be - it's a bit frustrating to go to someone's page to thank them for a watch (which I've stopped doing now) or welcome them to the site or what have you only to find that they unwatched as quickly as they watched.
It's also a bit frustrating to see my watch numbers effectively quadruple and have no more attention given to my postings. I appreciate the "you might enjoy" feature appeals to the administrative side of things - and yes, I know you ran a poll on this, and I know you specifically asked for people's comments and input in the forum thread you posted about this before the feature ever became an active thing. Still, while it's not something I want to turn off for being able to scroll through my own feed and find new people, it is something I would like to be eliminated from the required account registration process. I'm okay with opting into it by going to the watch page and seeing all the available accounts. But I really disliked being forced into adding channels on other sites, and I don't like people feeling forced to add in my "channel" on this site.
tl;dr So my request is just to not make it a required element of the registration process.
Then maybe I can go back to flipping through sections of the site to report the spammers instead of having to dig through more than 700 false watches now, most of which are just empty/placeholder accounts.
Edit: Another suggestion, that some others have also mentioned - the ability to choose what is shown in the feature.
That screen is hardly ideal for ikazon
. (Seems like a slap in the face, honestly.) All three of those, as memory serves, were actually just journals that linked to other staff members' journals because he was posting the weekly site updates. As memory serves, the one on the right was posted by spyed
. I'd have to check my favorites to be sure, but I'm fairly certain ikazon
was linking to the longer, more in-depth article. I get why you wouldn't want them deleted - there are comments there that are still useful.
My point here, though, is that his own work - his deviations - aren't showing. Add to that the fact that another staff member (much as I do like Moonbeam13
, it's the ironic example I've been provided) is shown directly above with their deviations and not their journals - personal or staff, and it doesn't seem to be ideally suited for actually demonstrating what people can find if they were to ikazon
. So heaven only knows what it's showing for others - I'd have to create a new account and cycle through to see what it's showing for me, and I admit to enough curiosity to seriously consider it. Is it showing my embarrassing Kirby art that was uploaded for TommyGK
's most recent brilliant charity collab? Or is it showing my journal features (which I'm fine with, honestly - a lot of people watched me just for my journals before this went into effect), or is it possibly showing my writing? And if it's showing my writing, is it popping out three haikus? Is it popping out three short stories? Is it showing a mix of poetry (which I don't think I'm good at) and prose (which I think I'm passable at)? Is it showing the piece that was featured as a DD (which I think it should be for anyone who's included in the list for that reason)?
Given what I'm seeing, I do think it's something I should have the ability to make a choice on what's put directly in front of tens of thousands. We've all wanted some control over "More Like This" since it first went live, whether that be an off-switch or simply being able to choose that on my short story "First Flight" no one's seeing nude pictures associated with it. (That story is about a young girl dreaming about going into outer space; not something you want anyone associating nudity with in any way.) We've also wanted control over "More from this deviant" so that it's not showing things uploaded long enough in the past that they are no longer a good example of our artistic abilities. I suppose I feel as though I have control over what's on my profile page - people see what I want them to see when they click on my user name, and I put the things they're most likely to want to look at (other projecteducate
articles if they came from one, links to various gallery folders, links to various favorites folders) as well as specific deviations I think they might like more than others (those that have won contests). So I think since this is a brief glimpse into my gallery (or journals section) that someone's getting, it would be nice to have some control over what's included in the examples of "what you can expect from this deviant".
tl;dr - Control over what's displayed in this feature would be ideal; see the screen example for a specific reason as to why.