Hi guys, I've been getting a lot of notes recently asking me if I know what has happened to a few artists on my friends list on here that have deactivated there accounts/ or are inactive.
Sadly I have no idea, but I have also been noticing that a large number of people, some of whom have been personal friends with me on here since I started on here 5 years ago are suddenly shutting down there accounts without giving a journal why or a new account to go onto. Usually when a person on here shuts down an account they will message a few people to show there new account for several different reasons,
conflict, wanting to change there names etc. But this doesn't happen anymore, people are just leaving Deviant art. I have gotten one message with the reason that they just don't find the website fun anymore,
or don't get the feedback that they used to on here. This is pretty upsetting to hear, and I understand where they are coming from. As for inactive accounts, it was just this morning that I was about to wish someone a happy birthday when I found there account hadn't been updated at all and there galleries were emptied. I have a few thoughts on why this is happening, but at the same time everyone has there own reasons. From the message I got it seemed like they weren't happy with the new layout or filter system up here on Deviant art, but this has always been a problem. Fan art gets more comments, thats just how peoples interests work. My number one commented artwork is a LOZ fan art, from around 2-3 years ago and it looks cringy to me today but still gets comments on it. Which I think is cool, it also helped people find my page and comics. I think another thing to note is comments in general, they are a rarity for most people on here now. This is because people will just delete there inboxes instead of sorting through, because now there is such a massive influx of group submissions its crazy. There needs to be a separate feed in our inboxes for watchers and groups, because most groups aren't managed well anymore and allow art to come in every day instead of limiting how many art works you can post and the span of time you can post.
These are just my thoughts on the matter, if you guys have any other opinions please comment them below
Also if you are one of the artists that have deactivated an account or are inactive with a new account, please note me or comment your reasons why or just your new account if you are comfortable with doing so of course.
(I don't usually post journals like this about Deviant art itself, but I've been noticing this so much lately and have gotten a lot of messages on this so I felt I had to write something on it.)