Twenty four new watchers that joined "today" and have been watching people I know on dA in hoardes.
I need some more data to back this up, but I think that dA is orchestrating some watcher inflation to keep people on the site.
Once the data is compiled (I think I will need at least ten people for a sample size, just go through your 50 most recent watchers and tell me how many empty profiles there are. I know, not much of a sample size, but like we have time to do it properly)
Thanks to for pointing this out to me. Now I see it everywhere.