It's basically muddling up the very reason I watch any certain artist, an artist nuking their entire gallery. I have a lot of reasons I really hate this, but before that I will deal with the obvious response people often give me.
"Why not just save art you favorite?" Because I fav artists work for more than just the eye candy. I want to be able to go back to their instance, read the description the artist felt, read comments, and enjoy the moment that was. I favorite art because I want the artist to know "I want to see more like this", but also because I want to keeping experiencing this one while also experiencing the more. Saving an image to some flashdrive isn't the answer for me. It can't save the experience that I watch people for.
Now onto the reason that I really really hate when artists nuke their whole gallery. The biggest thing that I think when this happens was "Why did I even Favorite any of this art then? Why am I watching you if you are going to keep removing everything I like?" Starting New? Who's to say you aren't just going to nuke everything again and again and again in the name of starting new? I've tried watching artists who've nuked their gallery, but they always.... constantly just nuked everything; every last one of them I tried to keep watching. It becomes tedious and unpleasent, and defeats the reason for me to watch someone on an art site. Send your old art into scraps instead please. I Hate New Years on art sites. It's the worst time for this.
"I want to have my gallery display my best work as a portfolio, so I'm deleting the stuff I don't feel is my best." But dear artist, you don't know why everyone has watched you up until now even though you posted sketches, doodles, or fun things? It's okay to have fun with art, and it makes it fun to interact with you, and we can enjoy it with you. If you want your gallery to display your best work send your scrappy art into scraps instead please. I still want to enjoy your experiences, the times you are learning, and the fun you had. Also, it is amazing to see how an artist has grown and changed over the years. It really really is amazing to see that sort of thing. And... the things that you might think isn't the best might seem like the world to another person.
"I'm moving accounts, so I deleted my gallery." Congratulations, now I have no frikking clue who you are and why I watched you in the first place. Not only that, but now you've removed some free advertising for yourself for new eyes to find your new account. Aaand, my favorites are gone. Lovely. Great. Leave your Gallery up, and put "Moved to ___ " in the descriptions instead, please. (Most account moves folks also change their icon/fursona and replace with 'moved' in their old acount icon, and like... never post any of their old art in the new gallery.) Don't waste the opprotunity to help yourself where you can. In most cases artists only retain about maximum 30% of their watchers from a move. A lot of times it is more like 20%. It's practically none for the people who remove everything or deactivate their old account an hour after they post up a "Moving" journal, because no one then knows what your new account is since they can't read your accouncement journal.
There's only two reasons I am ever okay with art deletion. One: Site rules changed, and now you gotta remove something to not get banned. It sucks, but can't help it. TWO: A Specific Art or handfulof arts has some very bad memories associated with it, and you don't want to see them again. Understandable.
If you can't tell, I'm starting to get a little pissy seeing every single day one or two artists I'm watching nuking their whole gallery this month. So frikken many. I want them to all stop it, but they already nuke everything at the moment of their announcements. It's already too late for me to express my opinion without sounding like a huge asshole and putting that artist down.