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Since I've did major cleaning in my deviantART account which was dusted pretty badly, because I don't use this site as often as in the past anymore and I interact with artists from real life and other sites more often. But I thought to "return" to dA and be there more often a bit but however...
...in general I've noticed (well since longer time) a lot and a lot of artists has stopped activity online here.
Not only artists but a lot of very kind people also, since I noticed interacting on dA became more dull. I've noticed much less activity with comments especially- basically, in general there are much less comments received- and less... livey than in the past. I've noticed that also in many other known users on deviantART.
I remember a lot of fun with interacting with people from 2008 where I made a lot of close bonds with these people,... now devART became very dull, not counting loads of spam and scam comments. Also, fyi, it's not a rant, whining or anything just curious :]

edit: I'd like to slightly correct something: it's nothing with popularity but with interactive comments. Popularity hasn't changed imo, (what i mean is popularity= faves, pageviews, interest etc.) but the major change is with interactive comments, live-y, where you feel a part of this community, friendly, constructive and so on.

Do you feel the same? And how do you feel when an artist which you admire has left devART? What do you think is reason why the more artists leave this site?
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footinadream Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
I believe that artists think it reflects badly on them to be a part of it. they think that just because it is an uncensored art site it is somehow to be looked down upon. many of my art professors have expressed this, the one I had last semester forbade us from sourcing images from this site. I think this is the place to be though, I've gotten so much inspiration from this site.
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Dracohawk96 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe it's because people with nothing good to say say it anyway?
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Feanor-the-Dragon Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think people are giving less lively comments these days partially because they're worried about offending anyone... they want to be politically correct. :shrug:
...I've only been on the sight for about 5 or 6 months now, though, so I don't really know precisely what "lively" was...
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Dracohawk96 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess that could also be it. While you shouldn't say something meaningless, constructive critisism is welcome. I find political correctness to be the most insulting thing of all, even though some things would be better left unsaid.
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PikaCat13 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Tons of inspiring artists left ;A;
It has also gotten dull and boring, people don't talk as much a noticed, too.
People seem to be growing more isolated, at least with me, to take notice or talk anymore. I don't know why, but it now quiet and dull. I miss the old dA ó~ň
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EarthCookies Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lately I've just been really bored with DA. I feel less inclined to talk to people on here I guess? Its just not very exciting and feels rather dull. I've got nothing against the site of course, I just don't feel as excited about it anymore, if at all. I still lurk though, regardless

Tumblr, on the other hand, is much more fun to me! I've made a lot of great friends through tumblr and its more fun to share my art and ideas on there C: Talking to people on there is...easier I think? I'm not entirely sure what it is about it exactly but, yeah. Plus, participating in the fandoms on there is a total blast!
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xyly Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist
I haven't been here long enough to notice, nor have i interacted with anyone, but it does seem so.
It's such a positive place for artists!*v* That's why i check deviant art so often, but the lack of interaction and support is probably what intimidates some newer artists and scares them away.

I hope more people notice your journal ^~^
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Aura-Alora Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agreed. Before, a popular artist would get 1000s upon 1000s of comments in addition to favs and pageviews etc., nowadays, it's like 1000s of favs and almost no comments. And the comments that are there are very...bland. One-sided.
DeviantART just isn't what it used to be, darn those whipper snappers!! :lmao:
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scribblyblue Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh, yes. I noticed this in 2010 and I lost my touch with dA and actually became less active myself. But at the end of last year/beginning this year, I wanted to start using it more often because I find a lot of inspiration on here for my personal work. However, I'm still not as active as I used to be on here back in 2006-08, it's really depressing. Coming back has made me realise I don't have any friends on here anymore because they just became inactive or moved to other places, so I've had to completely start afresh with people, and it's quite a struggle. Over the last year I think I've only made about three proper friends on here, if that. It's sad.
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Toyger Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I've noticed this too. I've seen no indications to why, but sure have noticed the change. I'm not as active as I used to be myself either, though I log on every day I comment less on other people.
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