A word to let you know that the two groups I actively maintain are likely to be abandoned in the near future as I can see myself failing to maintain interest after the new 'Eclipse' UI is imposed upon us. I have steadfastly maintained the group but my experience with 'Eclipse' is so negative that I can't see myself using it.
If it remains an option for the foreseeable future then I will keep running the group but when it becomes mandatory then that will probably be a big hint that my time on Deviantart has come to an an end... Deviantart as a concept has been a shrinkingly successful one but I was hoping that Eclipse would be a shot in the arm, instead it is just another tablet-based interface on a site that (I would suggest) is built by users that primarily create their art on desktop systems. This seems such a disparity that I believe DeviantArt will suffer. I may be exaggerating but I might predict that this may even be the early signs of DA's death-knell.
My gripes? I use Windows on a laptop with a reasonably-sized screen but the cluttered and over-lapping interface with massive menus that go off-screen is not an interface I care to use, especially when it is coupled with low speed, increased memory usage and no improvement in functionality. I simply don't see the need.
I do see the need for an improved tablet-based interface, an overhaul of the group admin area, a drawing together of personal and group galleries, folders, favourites, specials and sTash to make them a more cohesive offering. I see the need to augment what 'Core' offers to make it attractive to DA users.
What I want is a first class gallery, a responsive interface for serious Desktop users and an attractive interface for tablet users that alienates neither user group. What I won't do is to put up with a sub-standard interface that makes it an impossible or unpleasant task to maintain my groups on my main machine.
So, there it is. A heads-up that the group will be closed or at the very best abandoned soon. It all depends upon what the DA management intend to do and how much improved Eclipse will be when it is rolled out compared to how it looks today.
I have a feeling though that my time on DA is to be short-lived. I fear Eclipse will be imposed and my time here will be at an end.
IF anyone feels that they might like to take on the challenge of running the group from that point I will take submissions to my private DA mail as long as you feel like running the group in the same manner, then feel free to contact me - but at the moment I promise nothing.