Lately I've received some "weird watchers". One of them even admited to be following everyone and simply being using and automatized metod to add everyone to their watch list. I dunno about you but this troubles me a lot.
So far, I've "gained" 3 watchers that are kind of unsettling. I tend to visit all of the people who gives me a watch and drop a "hi" at least, however when I went to check on these people's pages I found things that made me feel very unseasy, or better said, i found nothing at all.
Their pages are empty, they don't even have an icon uploaded and their statistics and favorites are hidden. Their shoutboxes are not accepting comments and their galleries are empty.... Honestly this disturbs me.
I have my gallery set so only Weasyl users can see it so i'm sure I'm only watched by people who is artistically interested in my work, but when things like this begin to happen it just gives me the creeps. There are a lot of accounts of these kind in DA and PIXIV and you know what are they used for?..... to steal art.
I understand that this is not always the case. Sometimes they just belong to outsiders who want to look at your work and don't have much astistic skill themselves, but if that was the case, they why hide their favorites? Why not accept comments that would allow them to interact with the arists that they like?
Maybe I'm being too paranoid, I don't know. However I like to have at least a minimal interaction with the people that watches my art, to know they are REAL people, even if we don't ever talk.
This just unsettles me a lot. I wish there was a way to hide my gallery from users that I don't want looking at my work. Maybe I'm an ass for thinking this way but, really, I mean it, I don't like having watchers like these one bit.