if you're serious about boycotting, read this.another edit, about the money stuff....Apparently deviantART is going broke.
here's spyed talking about issues with revenue and money stuff, and hinting at core.
and more discussion about lack of communication.
there was some discussion in the comments about how DA could possibly be broke, with getting $10million in 2013 to keep it the top art website. but after a discussion with a website dev, it's entirely possible for a website to cost millions of collars to host. Similar websites like tumblr and imgur have received 4x and even 100x money in funding.
(but there's also this if you want to read it too.)
any other insight on this topic would be helpfu
As much as I'd like to harp on bad business move after bad business move ("treating a website like 'their art project' instead of a community project belonging to everyone, and getting defensive as fuck when people shit on it", (just like most of us would if someone went on an "attack" about everything they don't like about the aesthetics of our artstyles -- except that some random asshole doesn't have to look at our art but the dA user interface IS shared by everyone so unless they start implementing "skins" for the DA, they will and SHOULD get shit for forcing interfaces that lose some of what worked about the previous UIs along the way
), the new site logo that means like nothing (and looks like a cactus -- thanks Nanouw
for pointing that out XD ), etc... ^_^;; )...
As much as I'd like to harp on all that, really, I have no idea why they are hemorrhaging money, because I see these announcements of them partnering with major projects for contests and you'd think they must be practically subsidized for what they're doing at this point.
I personally also always thought their prints system looked like a rip-off, where if I recall, you as the artist kept like 25% of the money or something, which I don't think any other site would pull so why WOULD people go to deviantART for prints?
But even noting that... I just have no idea why they are hemorrhaging money.
Apparently from that article I linked, there's a guy who's an ex-staff member who pretty much outright said he lost his job because they simply couldn't pay half the staff any more.
So... That's interesting to me.
For a hypothetical experiment... Let's say deviantART DOESN'T turn this around.If deviantART were to collapse, where would you go for art?
Would you go to another site? OR, would you just say "to hell with art sites, I can just follow artist blogs"?
OR, what would you do?