So I don't know about you guys, but there've been some issues I've been seeing with Deviantart's changes more and more lately and it's beginning to upset me...Comment count under thumbnails
I've never been comment-conscious before. I don't care if people "fave bomb" my work, or if they fave it without commenting (with exceptions on tutorials for feedback sake when necessary), but now that they have the comment count plastered under every thumbnail, I'm forced to focus on comments whether I want to or not. Now I see a piece that only has a comment or two and it makes me self conscious, when before I would just post my art and move on. I also feel like it might have an effect on others. For me, when I see that a piece has over 200 comments, I definitely feel less of an urge to comment on it before faving. I figure "everything that I would want to say about this piece has probably already been said, so I'll just fave it instead." Anyone else feel like that? Now that we have comment count plastered everywhere, I feel like pieces wont get more comments simply because they have comments on them. Such overthinking for a site that should be JUST ABOUT THE ART.Adding user info besides their names on comments
Now whenever you make a comment on someone's piece, everyone will see your information: 3 days ago 23, Female, United States Professional Digital Artist
Now I feel like people will judge my comments based on WHAT I am and where I'm from, and not based on the comment/critique's content! Gender identity plays a big role in this.
I don't care having on my DA ID saying that I'm female. It's basically there for anyone who wants to know, but isn't plastered around DA like it's my self-identity. I hate being defined by gender, age, and even nationality. But I don't mind putting the info out there for people to know. I'm not ashamed of it, I just don't want to advertise it. Now that DA has this feature, I feel like I can't avoid it. I also don't like judging others based on the same thing, but who can help it now!
If you're a digital artist, a 40 year old professional in your industry, and you see a comment that says:
"This is a really great piece, but I feel like the composition could use some repositioning."
You might think "Okay. Cool." But if you see:
"This is a really great piece, but I feel like the composition could use some repositioning." 15, FEMALE, UNITED STATES ANIME ARTIST.
Is it just me, or does that change the context of their comment entirely? I know, it shouldn't. But it's a subconscious thing whether you want to admit it or not. It will have affect on some people whether we want it to or not. The answer to this solution should not be "Oh then just hide that on your profile and it'll hide it on comments." There is a difference between letting people know, and advertising something everywhere.
For instance, I'm a very open person. I don't mind if people ask me about my fetish art. But I also don't put it in my signature on da "By the way, I draw inflation, and foot tickling and vore and crap!" That's not something I want to openly advertise to everyone, though I don't mind if people know it, cuz they'll find out if they look in my commissions. I'm not hiding it from people, but not promoting it. Same goes for my gender, my age, and my location.
So, yeah. It'd be nice if Deviantart stopped trying to advertise unnecessary information: comment counts, gender, age, location, and God-forbid one day fave-counts, and instead focus on art for art's sake. Less is more, Deviantart! Honestly, any artist should know that.