I've been gone for about a month or so now, and I think it's time to explain why I left the most well known art site on the web. I am loving it here at Weasyl so far and know a few cool peeps here : D Let's get to it shall we?
Ok so this one's kinda self-explanatory but its true IMO. You can't do anything without paying for a 15 dollar membership, can't change your name, can't decorate your page, can't use journal skins. And that's basically all your paying for. Sure no ads are a bonus but in reality you just shelled out 20 bucks to have a pretty page. Yeah it takes money to to run a large site like that, but non-subscribers could be given a little more.
2 . Corrupt Admins
Just when you think DA hit the bottom of the barrel, they burst right through that wood and start digging to the center of the Earth. I still browse sometimes and recently DA has updated the block feature to be more like Facebook's. The community asked for it from what I've read yes, but the worst part about this? THEY DIDN'T TELL THEIR MEMBERS ABOUT THIS MAJOR UPDATE. Now, if youre running a massive site like DA with thousands of users, why wouldn't you tell them about something like this? This update also may encourage art thieves to keep stealing art since blocked users can no longer see your page, and DA doesnt listen to third-party reports but thats a separate issue.
Not gonna spend too much time on this one, but I've seen it all on this site. From shipping wars, closed species drama, wars over OCs, and general pettiness is abound. Not to mention the art thieves and trolls. DA users have the sort of mob mentality where they will rally their watchers to witch hunt and spread hate about others over the littlest things. I dont support witch hunting at all but when its over something stupid its 10x worse. Not all people I met on DA are like this, in fact I met a lot of decent people there. To sum it up, every bunch has the bad apples.
In conclusion, I dont hate DA, but I dont think I would go back either. Now I might if DA could ever be truly restored to the way it was in the early days around 2004-2007, then I may consider it but right now I think I'll just stay here and on Instagram.