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June 10, 2012


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...the worst thing to happen to deviantart  community...ever. It used to be awesome to get them those faves, to get that pat on the back, but now it's become a real nuisance and I have really grown tired of it.  The worst thing is what I call drive by faving, where a user goes through your whole gallery and faves EVERY SINGLE PIECE of art.

I would rather have a single thoughtful/critical comment than a lots and lots of faves. Faves really are practically just "good job" message over and over again.  It's nice I guess, but I really get nothing from them.
From comments I can actually learn something. I can interact with people who check out my works.

So please, I'm begging you, if you really appreciate my art, if you like it or hate it, let me know.

Comment before you fave. That's what I'm going to do.

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ZEGH8578 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
This makes me feel better about not having "faved" anybody in my life :D Not out of some kind of statement or anything, I just never thought of it (I like to comment on art instead, point out what I like about it. If there is something I dislike, I shut up and move on). As time went by, I just figured it would look strange with a tiny handful of faves, versus many years a member, as if those faves were the cherry pick elite of my taste or something :D
I always liked your skeletals, and since I'm an internet troglodyte, I tend to bookmark, rather than "buddy" or "follow" or such.. stuffs..
Good gallery!
Raptor-Chick Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
I like comments, but lately I have gotten a whole bunch that consist of nothing but, "COOOOOOOLLL!!!!!1!!!!" which is just as bad as drive-by faves. I do favourite art a really like and want to be able to re-visit and I may or may not have anything to say about it. I generally only comment when I have something useful to say.
Whachamacallit1 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
For me, since I don't get that much activity on my channel, I don't really mind faves. I would prefer comments, but the faves still make me feel warm inside-probably speaks wonders about my (lack of) artistic expertise. But what I hate even more than drive by faves are comments like "Fine" or "Cool" and those muddafuckin lamas! Seriously, what the hell is with those stupid lamas, they're such a let down and are just a stupid gimmick.
Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
i like favorites for me personality because i can go back to pictures i liked at a little time, but yeah, those that fav a lot of my work and don't leave a single comment on any of them IS annoying. I mean i like having a lot of favs on my work, but it would much nicer to have comments on them. if your looking for more thoughtful and critical comments, then DA is really not the best place for that, there are other websites out there more like that.
Afrovenator Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Ow..I could! ;)
Dinomaniac Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
que the death stare
Afrovenator Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
I would fav this blog post if I could..
Nolo84 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The deviantART interface is primarily designed to facilitate fandom. I'm surprised they haven't added a "fave ALL the deviations!" button yet.
EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
I mostly agree with you and I also find it vaguely annoying when people "fave-bomb" my gallery without saying a word. However, I also understand that many (perhaps most) people just don't have anything useful to say, and a +fav is only slightly worse than a "cool!" or a "nice!" which I also find vaguely annoying. I feel like I need to be careful to not "require" people to say more than that, though, because once a person feels obligated to force themselves to comment in a more substantial way, it becomes a chore and they're less likely to say anything at all.

Being as talented as you are, you'll always have a core group of people who genuinely appreciate your art for all of its subtleties and who feel inspired to let you know in words. But to most of the general public, good artwork is always going to be "cool!" and "nice!" if anything at all.
ShadowKiwi Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012   Digital Artist
I'm not going to challenge your point, because I see it and felt it sometimes.

It's kind of useful to ignore them though. They are just kind of thumbs up, and they sort of tell you what your curb appeal is; the ones that always get picked from far away. I don't think a lot of people can express themselves in words, or otherwise they are just passing through and don't know you well but like your art.

Just saying I wouldn't take it so hard : ) It's normal to want verbal feedback though. Maybe in your artist's comments you can ask questions to initiate feedback. I do that a lot.
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