I get really scared that they think I might be enjoying their pain even though when I favourite something I probably mean "hey this looks awesome, sorry to hear you're going through this,I care "but not everybody takes it that way sadly
Actually, I really like it when people acknowledge any vents [good or bad] that I post because it feels like the person is saying "hey, I care" even if they don't leave a comment, as I usually disable them after a day or two anyway.
However, I know a handful of people who get really upset and even pissed when people acknowledge vents via favoriting [or reblogging, in the case of Tumblr since this kind of stuff happens a lot over there] and I don't get it. If you don't want people to favorite or reblog or retweet something, then don't post it. Not wanting comments is understandable, that's why things like being able to disable comments are available. At the end of the day, it's the internet, and you can't place something on public domain and expect it not to get acknowledged.
Personally, I don't give people shit about it... but thanks to Tumblr, it has successfully become one of my pet peeves.
I get really uncomfortable when people become angry about such things, like really... Anyone should know those people mean no harm, and if you put your art online it will probably get acknowledged, what did you expect?
Not only do I appreciate art for art's sake, but to me I respect a person's ability to put their suffering into a piece of art and as a viewer, I like a piece to evoke emotion in me even if I don't understand the whole story behind it. And I can only hope that the art is helping the artist to cope with or work through their problems.
i honestly don't really like it when people favorite my vent art. it's a preference for others, but to me it does feel a bit disrespectful towards my feelings, it doesn't matter if you like the art or not. i'm not gonna give whoever favorites my vents shit about it, though. so i try not to favorite vents just in case, and instead try to leave an uplifting comment. it seems like i'm in the minority about that, though. :U
When favorite-ing vent art, I feel like it's more of a matter of you being able to relate with the person in question and/or understanding their suffering and feel bad for them. However, I believe that if you favorite a piece of vent art, it's also good to leave an uplifting comment, just to make sure the person understands how you feel.
I feel weird favouriting vent art since it's very personal (even if they are posting online) but I do it sometimes anyway. I don't think it's necessarily saying you like their pain; it's either like, you enjoy the art, or you can understand the place that they're coming from.
...I actually never thought of it that way (that they might be offended you favorited it), but it does put a new perspective of it. I usually favorite to show that I like it, and although I'm sorry they're in pain, I still support them, if that makes any sense? It never occurred to me that it does seem a bit like "liking" a sad status on Facebook ;w;
I once made vent art and had someone put it in a favorites folder called "You are loved". It made me change my perspective of people who favorite them, as before I thought it was because they enjoyed the person's suffering. Now I see them as people just letting the person know that they're there for them.
I do feel bad and when comments are disabled I won't fav it although I like the artwork on its own, if I can comment I try to make clear that I faved the art because of the art itself, not to give a message that I seem to like that the person isn't feeling well..