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Oh dA... Another year, another birthday... While everyone are partying and tongue-bathing you halfway to the point of orgasm, I have one of those killjoy moments where I just want to gag when I see the fake community hype.

You know what, let’s speak a little about those communities you guys are completely dragging though the dust for a moment. Normally, this would be a long, ranting post where I vomit a bucketful of bile at you, but honestly, you seem to start enjoying it, so I’ll keep it brief and to the point:

1: Stop with the feature creep.

Okay, nobody asked for Muro, nobody uses Muro, and yet you spent several thousand dollars too much on a piece of shit software that doesn’t play with my tablet, eats up more RAM than twenty tabs does on average, has less functions than any mainstream free program and is just hell to use. All the time you have spent on giving a sub-par tool, marketing the sub-par tool and using the bandwidth on the same sub-par tool has left a lot of the old “core” features of dA in the dust.

Then came the absolute piece of shit you guys call St.ash that in no way completely clashes with the dA UI and just clutters the user experience.

I could bitch about the rest of the minor changes, but ultimately, you guys have no fucking idea what to do and it shows. If you one moment go “let’s make a shit version of Aviary tools!!!” and then the next “Let’s make a shitty google drive!!!!!!” and forgetting about the core values of the site, you are failures.

Motion books? Apps???? Why are apps a thing on dA now? It’s not like we are being data-mined enough as it is.

(I will admit that the more interactive channels were a great thing! Pushing content properly in a non-obtrusive, useful way! Good job, dA. Now, do that again.)

2: Stop abandoning every good thing you made.

The Chats. They have never seen an official update since I joined dA. They are barely moderated. Crash all of the time. Deserted. What once was a nexus of communication between users and communities has now been decimated because you are too stupid to support it properly.

The same could be said about groups. I mean, sure, you made groups. Several years after deviants had to do make-shift “group accounts” that honestly wasn’t worth the effort. It was pretty cool when you made them. But have you updated them in any way since then? No? Why not? Because you feel like you are done with it and it therefore needs to rot like the chats do? The current model for groups is falling apart. Do you guys have a fetish for implementing great stuff to your site and then just... abandoning the awesome features?

Well, what about Portfolios? Oh, same story? Made once, never updated? Gee, I have seen checker boards with less consistent patterns at this point.

Print shop? AHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAAHAHAHA!!! What a joke you have here, dA. Your print shop does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to promote artists that haven’t already been promoted past the point of oversaturation. Not to say that you have been completely outdone in every single little field by RedBubble. Actually, take a look at redbubble. Take a good look at their tools. They are there to make your life easier. Using RedBubble is light, fun and a pleasure because it’s streamlined and uniform. dA is a horrible patchwork of code that’s been frankensteined together over 14 years with no sense of unity.

 

3: Stop butchering firmly-established concepts.

Journals. Are. Not. Art.

 

Stop showcasing them as art. Just because it’s easier for you doesn’t mean that it’s easier for anyone else.

And look what you did. Because you abolished news, 5/6 of the “popular journals” are point giveaways where deviants can beg for attention for tossing a dollar into the air. Think about it. Imagine ads priced at 100 points for 200k views. Doesn’t that undermine AdCast? Oh yeah, you don’t really care about that anymore here have a Final Fantasy XIII promotion contest.

 

4: Your monetization plan is 14 years old. It’s time to change it.

Sorry, but as you are right now, dA, I can’t support you in good faith. I used to buy premium memberships en masse, but over the past couple of years you have made some incredibly baffling choices that has rendered them useless. And the fact that you have less of a choice to pay for what you want than you did two years ago shows that you have no clear grasp on how to get money out of people besides preying on 12-year-olds and their parents wallets.

You know how you make money? You provide a solid, useful service that’s worth paying for. You sell convenience for a fair price.

 

 

Oh well, enough about this for today. I feel like I could do something more but fuck it. As long as realitysquared still has a job at dA I won’t bother. No change will come with that fool around. By the way, fire that asshole. And the rest of the fucking $taffies as well while we are at it. We need a change in leadership around here. Maybe it’ll breathe a little life into the echo chamber the CEO board has become.

 

  • Listening to: PON PON PON
  • Reading: Demon - The Descent Kickstarter Prewiev
  • Watching: Kyoukai no Kanata
  • Playing: Terraria 1.2.1.2
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Liquid Oxygen
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Animeloverkawaii Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'll be honest here, DeviantART has it's goods and bads. I personally don't like Journals being classed as Art, I only use them to post oc forms. But Muro has it's uses, like for creating back grounds, and I do find Sta.sh Completely baffleing to use
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OutsideFate Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
The problem about Muro is that there are bunchfucks of free software that does the job better and doesn't eat up your RAM like a hambeast in a chinese buffet. And, that it has a tendency to not even wanting to speak with my Wacom tablet, a much advertised feature.
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Shar-zul Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, if you don't like deviantArt's format or what not, then LEAVE deviantArt. Not my problem if you don't like it. But opinions are opinions -w-
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OutsideFate Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I think it's cute that some shit-twat that's been on dA for two whole weeks finds it a good idea to post a comment like this. You know, there aren't any alternatives to dA. It's just the sad truth.
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Shar-zul Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Um HELLO if you didn't read my profile page it clearly states I MOVED accounts due to hackers. Look before you speak.

Go ask my friends and they will tell you I've been here for at least a year -w-

And I was stating my opinion thank you very much -w- but I think you hate opinions. Oh well.
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OutsideFate Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
"Oh no an entire year".

God, this is why I hate kids.

Also, learn how to hold a pencil, please.
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Shar-zul Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
EXCUSE ME? Who the fuck say that you could say that.
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OutsideFate Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Noone did. That's the liberating part of being an adult. Now, go back to your playground.
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Shar-zul Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you just being a fucking troll right now? Because I'm living with a lot of stress right now and I do not need your fucking bullshit. All I stated was my freaking opinion and you go all out on me. Dumbass -w-

And if you keep doing that I WILL ISSUE A Harrasment file onto you. I'm not a 6 year old -w-

At least I draw to make me happy or vent, not for fame.
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OutsideFate Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Are you dealing with chronic pain, fatigue and schizophrenia right now? Because I am. That is "a lot of stress".

So you just kindly go fuck off and play with your dolls and watch that reboot of Care Bears because I am done wasting my time on you.
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MandyLandy62 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Muro actualy is pretty good.

The chats are moderated, the main dA chat is well moderated.

sta.sh is very useful
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OutsideFate Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Muro is shit. I have a bachelors degree in Multimadia design, and I can tell you that anything Muro can do any free photo-editing tool from ten years ago can do better.

The chats aren't moderated properly anymore, The staff doesn't give two shits about them anymore and has off-loaded the task of moderating them to community vollunteers rather than MN@'s as in the past.

Sta.sh is minorly useful, but the implementation of it is shit at best, it clashes with the UI of dA and really, it's not all that good compared to the dedicated tools. Also, you need a premium membership to be able to take properly advantage of it.
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LightsOnLuna Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm actually EXTREMELY fond of stash and use it regularly. Just saying.
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OutsideFate Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, I know. But it doesn't make it well-implemented. It took them two years to make it somewhat useful, and let's be honest, google drive does a much better job at most things. The main draw of Sta.sh is that people with premium memberships can qeue up stuff.
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davebold370 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stash is the best thing DA has done in a long time. I wish they would focus on the chats and forums a little more.
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InsanitysMechanics Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Casually tries to make some sort of effort to get this shit seen. Not that it matters, but I can try.
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MissDilemma Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
I love the artists on here but I loathe this site for all these reasons
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OutsideFate Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yeah. It's a shame that there are no real alternatives to dA.
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Shiazure Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This needs to be plastered on the front page and everywhere else on this site. And their office doors. And their computers or whatever they use.
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OutsideFate Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Like fuck dA staff has the balls to face these problems anyway.
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Shiazure Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
True that. But regardless of whether they got the balls or not, they need the skill and forward-thinking people to work it. Doesn't seem they've got that anymore.
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fanficbug Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amen. Normally I wouldn't chime in on a negative journal, but I agree with every point. 
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Ionosphere-Negate Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
I think y2jenn is cool. She could probably take over the rule enforcement division of the administration here, but IDK that much. She just doesn't shoot her mouth off like the others.

Also, having journals considered "art" by the system (enabling favs and categorization along with art and literature IN FAVS, not) is good, but yeah the way they've got it set up as far as featuring and shit is trash.
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OutsideFate Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
y2Jenn should learn the definition of the word "severe", though.
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Ionosphere-Negate Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
:U
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OutsideFate Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You know you need to re-think your life when you use the same word to describe block-avoidance and child porn.
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Ionosphere-Negate Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Ya.
Hmmm I just thought that maybe it's use is based on dA's rules and not her own vocabulary, but IDK other than just speculation.
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