Boy, it's been a while since my last "BLEARGH DEVIANTART" post, but since they not only spammed my notifications about this new "DeviantArt Originals" thing, but decided to throw a full-fledged pop-over ad at me after I'd already nuked that, I figure they've earned it.
Memo to DA: Every random hosting site's attempt to become a curated media publisher instead of a hosting site ends in laughable failure. Yours will be no different. The reasons anybody pays money to "publisher" sites like e-Junkie or whatever are either A. it's an artist they already know and want to support, or B. their content is well-curated and their suggestions appropriate enough that people actually want to just browse and see what they find. You don't curate for shit and never have, which is why all the artists people know and want to support were already using other publishers for their pay content years ago. And you don't support the kind of small communities that build the artist/audience trust relationships necessary for people to start doing that, because A. 90% of them are too weird for your board of directors or stockholders or whatever to feel comfortable associating with them, and B. your "community" people are too busy trying to jump on last quarter's Shitty Meme Bandwagon and spamming people with "event" announcements for things they have zero interest in. That's why anybody who's going to pay money for YAOI WHATEVERTHEFUCK or TOTALLY NOT MLP EROTIC FANFIC ILLUSTRATED or any of the other laughable crap you're flaunting in your promo is already doing that someplace else.
Nobody is on DA because you have a worthwhile user culture. They're here because you're the lowest common denominator, always have been, and always will be.