I don't normally post so often but hot on the heels of my Christmas Entry where I mentioned the other SteampunkArtists group (the one without the hyphen in the name) and suggested closer co-operation? I now see that our compatriot group has been deleted:steampunkartists.deviantart.co…
As of today the other group has been generating a 404 error and if I searched for the group on Deviantart I received no results. I would say that indicated that the admin for the group either deleted the group manually or left DeviantArt without handing over the founder role and as such the group, without a founder, was deleted by default.
As of today, I used DeviantArt's tools to create a group re-using the old group's name, so we now have a true compatriot group, unfortunately with no art entries as they have all been lost. I'll leave a big note on the main page directing visitors here.
I had recently made overtures to take over the other group but as the original founder was gone and the co-founders went inactive too (as far as the old group goes) it looks as if another fine group has bitten the dust.
However, I do suspect fishy business here. I still don't quite understand what happened with this old group, I am beginning to suspect that Arriannarere, the co-founder and the original founder fell out and so he/she deleted the group out of spite). Arriannarere clearly wants nothing more to do with it.
It is all rather sad. The old SteampunkArtists group had twice our membership and triple the pageviews having been active for quite a few more years, so potentially there are a lot of steampunk artists now without a group. If you know any of them please extend a friendly invitation.
P.S. Sadly, due to the death of the old group our group just grew from the fourth largest to the third largest steampunk group on DeviantArt...
P.P.S. Note to self - If I am ever asked to take over a group as co-founder then I always decline as I realised a long time ago a group with an inactive founder is always the impending death knell. You MUST have the founder role to take the group forward.