I have to be honest... it sucks major ass. Besides the fact that the design itself is absolutely horrific it takes FOREVER to load! My internet is already rather slow, but holy bloody hell, I waited four minutes for my freaking front page to load and it BARELY had a little over half of the featured deviations -.-' seriously, DA, if you're going to do a new design, do one that's compatible for people who don't have five million gigs download speed a second... I have like 200mb a second and that's on a good day, so yeah... thanks... now I have even more trouble with this page...
May I also point out they should spend more time fixing major issues rather than doing a 'New & Improved' design for their webpage? And I'm not talking about minor bugs like deviations not popping up in inboxes and so forth... I mean trolls, ridiculous waiting times for non-premium members and going back to the old submit system? Oh yes... and hashtags? Really? This is NOT Twitter... stop trying... just do your own thing and get rid of the hashtag nonsense....
On this point, I also wish to say that the old design was perfectly fine and a lot more user friendly. Who puts important things like messages on the very top right corner where they are easily overlooked yet the less important things like 'daily deviations', 'what's hot' and 'watch feed' is centered... I'm all for things getting more exposure seeing how most people on this site watch others in hopes of getting a watch and turn off all the notifications... it sucks and it's annoying, so it's nice to have a watchfeed -which again, one can just turn off single users and groups, so it's honestly a bit pointless...- but my suggestion would be that if you watch someone you HAVE to have at least one option turned on... so you could turn everything off except journals, or everything except deviations, but what do I know, hm? It's not like I know anything about running a site... whatever.
To get back to that 'watch feed'... what is the purpose of knowing what deviations the people I watch put into their favorites? That is one point I absolutely don't get... why would I care what some famous artist I may watch added to their favorites? Chances are they add things to their favorites from fandoms or whatever that I don't even like, just because I like their art, doesn't mean I like the same things they do... stop it... get rid of that nonsense and do something practical.
DA could really do with better customer support, while premium members get rather good support the non-paying members are almost completely ignored... I've been witness to more than one occasion where someone was being trolled on this page and they had to wait three to four weeks before getting a reply and they turned to a premium member and asked them to submit a complaint and they got a reply two days later. I also don't quite understand why trolls aren't being banned? I don't mean general trolls or harmless ones that people call trolls because their opinion is different or because they actually tell you what's wrong with your deviation or what you can do better, I mean those who go around calling women sluts, cunts, bitches, whores and whatnot for simply being a woman or because they draw nudity -or in this case, have nude pictures taken of them- or those who blatantly insult men as faggots, gays, losers and so forth for being different or for only drawing male characters or whatever reason they have... these are the people where 'blocking' them isn't enough, they'll find ways to continue harassing you until you can't take it anymore... 'I' have it easy, I actually can ignore and not care about these sort of things, so even if they make a dozen new accounts to 'troll' me, I will either just politely reply to piss them off or continue to ignore them, it doesn't affect me, but not everyone is like that.
A lot of people -especially artists of all ages, sizes and skill levels- are very sensitive to cyber bullying like this and basically DeviantArt does absolutely nothing about it... making them wait weeks if they don't pay for a membership and then giving them the piece of bollocks advice of 'just block the user'... obviously they have never been bullied before, it's not that easy if you truly are a victim of mass bullying or one massive jerk, but oh no, instead of trying to actually help the smaller members or the victims of bullying that is happening ON this site, they worry about new designs for the front page and the submit page... or new ways of showing daily deviations or top deviations by already famous artists who obviously don't need MORE exposure since they already get a thousand clicks every bloody minute.
I am highly disappointed in both the design and the DA staff for this massive insult that looks are more important than the general community, it's always about making popular artists more popular and finding ridiculous ways of getting more people to pay for prints and memberships... Shame on all of you.
Well, I'd probably have more to rant about if the damn pages would actually load now, but I haven't gotten past the front page, the watch feed and my messages... I haven't even been able to load a single deviation... so... yay....
PS: By the last comments, I do not mean to insult any artist that is on the front page or popular or anything, you DO deserve the attention and my point was not aimed at you, your works or anything else involving you, it was purely aimed at DA's terrible exposure system.
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