Dear watcher or passerby,
I am glad you can read this message, or you still care to check out this page.
It saddens me how deviantART has become, it is dying slowly, people have abandoned it. If you are an old devinatART user then you can definitely tell what I'm talking about.
It used to be such a lively place, where everyone can share their art and enjoy interacting and learning from other artists. Beginner artists had a place, had support and encouragement, unlike what I see now, where they stand almost no chance of being discovered. Even popular artists, our idols, even those got affected. Yes, the feedback they get now is still great when compared to others, yet it is nothing to what it was few years ago.
With the rise of the social networks popularity, people have slowly drifted away from this place, or maybe check it on occasions, and -of course- they have nothing but piled-up inboxes that they wouldn't feel like checking.
I guess the changes of deviantART website and features have an effect as well, and more is coming with their plan on simplifying the website and removing many of the great features that were once there.
When I first joined deviantART, I was nothing but a beginner artists (I still consider myself one until now though). I had poor skills, yet people still cared to check my art out and encouraged me. I watched other artists and learned from them and worked on improving myself, it was such a motivating place.
I used to recommend every talented person I know to join this community, hoping they would rise up and improve like I did. Yet now, unfortunately, I cannot do that anymore.
So, to wrap this up, the message I am trying to deliver is, if you feel the same way like I do, then let us work on restoring this place.
Get rid of your piled-up inbox, edit your +watch preferences, keep only the kind of messages you want to see. Unwatch people that you don't want to see their works in your inbox (including me if I was). Leave the groups that fill your inbox with posts that you end up deleting without checking.You are here to watch the people that inspire you, you are here to improve and learn, or support.
Support the people that you like their works; favorite and comment on their works. Give them a reason to come back active on this place. Restore this website and make it lively like it once was.
deviantART is a one of a kind art community, there is no other place that matches how good it is. For me, it is the reason for how my skills are today, I am forever grateful to it and its people.
Work with me on restoring it and keeping it lively despite whatever changes they make. If you like this place, that is.
Thank you for reading the whole thing.
Feel free to share your thoughts here, whether you agree or disagree.Pluvias