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I go by CandiedSnakes pretty much everywhere else, and when I get a premium account I'll be changing my name to that.

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I know most people probably won't read this, but I want to write it anyways, just to get my feelings and opinions out there. I feel like this is really important and explains a lot of the emptiness that I've been feeling from DeviantArt in the recent days.

So, to make this easier to read I guess I'll organize it by points.

1: Lack of Community

Something I really miss from when I first started here seven years ago was the massive community I felt. Maybe it was because I was a little more social then, but I just feel like this website has turned into a bunch of recluses. I don't see the comments containing banter between various artists. I don't see the comments supporting developing artists. I don't even see comments with thought put into them. I'll admit it, I'm guilty of it too, but I feel like the only comments I see anymore just say "cute!" or "I really like this!". It just doesn't feel genuine like it used to. This I feel is the main contributing factor to how empty this website feels.

2. Spam

This is a big one that I feel a lot of people are also aware of. The amount of spam that has begun to leak into this website is obnoxious. I feel like the telltale sign of a website that is really mismanaged and empty is spam. It was never like that before. Maybe every once in awhile there was spam but I feel like now there's a lot of things just ruined by spammy comments. A prime example is the forums. Have you looked at a lot of the comments in the forums? Yeah. I thought so. You either 1. have never even been there or 2. have and have seen the spam that pervades that place. It's awful and I really miss what it used to be like there.

3. Over-Saturation of Professional Art on the Front Page

This one I feel might be a little controversial just because it's kinda always been like this, just not as extreme. I feel like all I see now on the front page is the same artists getting featured for another amazing piece of art they've made. Now, I understand those pages are based off of favorites and comments, but I just feel like the exposure of those "famous" artists is so vastly different from all of the "normal" dA users. After searching for a while I regularly find art that is the same quality or better as the art on the front page and it has only a few favorites and no comments. This disgusts me because they deserve just as much recognition as those who are displayed up front. I know a lot of factors go into that, but besides the "Discover" section I wish there was just a better way to view art besides what's getting a lot of favorites.

4. Closing Thoughts

I really miss the old DeviantArt community. There's a reason why users stop coming back. I wish that someday DeviantArt will be back to the prospering, exciting, tight-knit community it once was; but I know that won't happen. I'm going to continue posting here, but the feeling won't really be there. I don't really know if there's a way to fix this, either. Obviously I'll continue trying to build up a community again but there's no way of knowing if others will hop on board.

Sorry for this crappy opinion rant. I just needed to get my feelings out. Thanks for reading.
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  • Playing: Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • Drinking: water


I know I haven't been posting, but I've been making plenty of art, I promise haha
Feelin' nostalgic - listening to Zelda music while I draw. It's making me miss being at home :c
Deku Link SAD. 
Lmao I've finished two years of college already this is nuts


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