Most of you who read this will not remember that, a long time ago, I set up my favorites folder to reflect the fact that dA has, for almost it's entire existence, maintained amorphous, fluctuating, uneven, and by fiat application, totally, completely unfair standards with regards to all thing adult, erotic, and sexual, and most especially where photographic images are concerned.
In the early years, the way this would manifest was that "this" photo, of questionable, clearly erotic content, would be allowed, while "that" photo, with nearly identical content, would be tagged for removal by the admins. So, in the first year of my membership, I started using my favorites folder to highlight the constant and ongoing presence of images that should have been, at least according to examples of images dA had already tagged for removal, facing deletion themselves.
I've even written to the admins about this inconsistency once or twice. Just to ad my voice to what I knew (back then), was a chorus of confusion and disappointment over the way the site refused to standardize it's handling of adult images and material.
Well, I quit. I give up.
Lately, on any day, by doing an extremely casual search, I can find dozens, if not hundreds of images that are not just highly erotic, or sexually explicit, but are actually, by any reasonable standard, outright pornographic. Lots of them, Whole portfolios of them. Tens of thousands of them. Some members have galleries so graphic in nature, you used to have to pay to see such images on the net.
Listen, it's not that I hate porn. I'm a healthy, horny, liberal minded libertarian. If it feels good, do it, is my motto, as long as you don't do it on my property. I promise; I'm not against porn.
But for THIS site, which was, at one point, and is supposedly still ALL ABOUT ART and all things ARTISTIC... to allow what loose standards there were to erode to the point where, clearly, anything now goes, is ridiculous, disgusting, and above all disappointing.
dA is now just another fully commercialized, bullshit, whatever for a dollar, exploitation site. They don't give a crap about content, as long as their membership base keeps buying into the lie, and the numbers stay healthy so that their advertising revenue streams stay steady.
Every single aspect of what made this site SPECIAL 6 years ago, and from there all the way back to when it was first placed online, is gone. dA was quirky, eclectic, completely artsy, and totally non-commercial in presentation and format. Then the membership numbers got high enough to attract the attention of some big time online advertising conglomerates, and things went straight to hell.
What a load of total crap.
PS: for those of you who favorited me ONLY because of the juicy content of my favorites folder, you might need to plan on dropping me soon. I'm not closing my page here because it warehouses my portfolio. But in the next week or so, I'll be deleting my entire favorites folder. So if there is some salacious image in there that you just have to have, get it now.