I've been away of deviantart lately - more like in the last almost 3 years now. There are many reasons for this, friends and people who I fallowed left and I lost track of them, or they moved to other platforms and I started fallowing them there, I haven't been in the perfect frame of mind/lacking time to art, the site itself is glithchy to me, making it hard to log in, reload and make cleanups, but most of all, I don't feel safe here anymore.
I guess this comes from being older now, from what I've learned from way too many years of surfing the Internet, being a user of this site for 13 years and the state the world is in these days. Many artists complained, when I was more active, that the site took a headfirst dive into a shithole and that it was starting to be overpopulated by less than savory individuals with shady accounts. Aka good ol' porn. There is a difference in tasteful nudes, even in drawing form, and fetish and porn-like images. Still, it wasn't a very pressing matter to me, I didn't see many of those entries in the most popular of the last 8 hours category, which is my entry page, although I did see some. Oooh I've seen things.
I started noting the change in a more personal level when I got into cosplay in 2013 and started to post my photos here, alongside the art I made. Cosplay for me is a hobby, I don't do it often, I don't take it serious as some people do. It's not my intention, still I did appreciate every favorite and comment I got on my efforts. I always check every single person who faved something of mine, to see who they are, and if I didn't leave a comment of thank you, I'd leave a Llama at least, as a token of appreciation.
That's when I started to notice the pattern. Most of my cosplay photos where being faved by what I call 'Ghost Accounts' (accounts that don't produce anything and just collect) or accounts who seemed to post or collect images of the fetishist type. Some of my most faved photos are the photos which involve injury with an arrow, which isn't even that explicit because I'm holding the damned stick with my hand, collected alongside photos or 3D renderings of scantly clad to naked women suffering torture or injury or in porn-like situations. I have no words to tell you how that irked the shit right out of me. Of course I don't want my photos in the same bucket with stuff like that! I just checked one of the latest pages who faved a photo and I was greeted with vaginas front and center in the front page and a woman, a real woman, tied up and gagged in a chair.
And yes, I know this is the internet, if you don't want your creations misused, don't post them. I am aware. But this is just to bring to light that the Deviantart wasn't like this in the past or I was too naive then. This used a great platform for exposure and growth, a few years back I wouldn't have qualms in posting things, now I think not to post at all. I don't feel safe here. This is why I've been quiet in the last years, what I've produced, my cosplay photos and now cosplay edits I'm doing for other people have been posted on my FB page and instagram and I don't think I'll be posting them here anymore. Other art stuff yes, like my comic, but not cosplay photos, mine or other peoples'. I know that doesn't mean freaky people can't be getting the photos from other places for shady reasons, but at least it won't be in my face like it is here.
Ghost accounts should be banned. I know this is a salty rant that will fall into the black vacuum of the internet, but this is my reason for not being around, and who knows, a variation of the reason that made many grand artists leave this place.