Glad to hear you still find them useful I might give the etsy thing another shot one of these days when I have the time, I think it will just take a lot to get back out there since I've been out of the "scene" for a while heh.
Haha yeah I was a little surprised by no replies (but then again a lot of us have moved on from the site). I didn't really have luck at Etsy but I ended up not having a lot of time to push it and advertise either. In the high points of being active here I might have made a go at DA's system but I pretty much only keep my account active for nostalgia anymore
I know this comment is ages old but I've just seen it and feel compelled to explain.
Most stock artists that I've seen require some form of credit. Even software can have non commercial limitations especially if you're using freeware versions of it (since you used it as an example, I remember Terragen's first freeware didn't allow commercial use of your creations without paying for the full program) .
Part of my reasoning for requiring credit is that it helps others find the resources used. I have found amazing artists just by browsing credits on pieces. It's also really nice to be acknowledged for the hard work you put in; it takes a few seconds to add a note with resources used in most cases. I know this isn't feasible in all instances such as some print projects so I've made allowances in the past. I don't expect someone making a flyer to hang in the halls at school to have my name plastered all over ruining their design
As far as commercial use there are a few reasons why I amended my policies. I used to allow any and all use but it got a bit crazy with granting permissions (when I was active I would have hundreds of notes a day). There were also some instances of people thinking that commercial use meant they could "steal" the brushes and profit off of them without any creative input. Granted that happens anyway and is a fact of life when you put things on the internet but it was kind of the breaking point for me. Finally, some of my brushes were make in collaboration with other artists that didn't want their images used commercially but were fine with helping out people that wanted them for personal projects/practice etc. Some of my earlier projects used limited restriction stock to make them also; the original stock wasn't to be used commercially but could be used for anything else including your own resource making. Again it became overwhelming to say, yes you can use this but not that.
When I posted most of these resources I was in high school/beginning college and I had a ton of time to dedicate to the site and management of it. That just isn't the case anymore.
I absolutely adore unrestricted stock as a graphic designer. I've used many myself in projects especially since I can't afford a subscription to stock services at the moment. It just wasn't practical for me personally.
I appreciate the compliments in any case . It's awesome that you have unrestricted resources and I commend you for it.