DeviantArt is an social networking/digital art museum website. It was originally launched on August 7, 2000 by Angelo Sotira, Scott Jarkoff, and Matt Stephens as part of a larger network of music-related websites called the Dmusic Network. It was later bought by Wix in 2017 for $36 million.
Why Their Business Is Rotten
- Art thieves are rampant, and the staff does nothing about them. It's worth mentioning that the staff user named "ProtectArt" does not care about its platform.
- Aside from that, there is a spambot problem as well that posts scams with horrible grammar, and other sorts of pointless trash.
- Also, the staff does nothing about abusive notes that have been marked as spam.
- In the past the "Report Deviation" system was unbalanced, the "Sexualized Minor" was often shrugged off by its fanbase, but trolls can use it to delete other people's deviations, and the "Permission Issues" NEVER had any closed cases. "Misplaced Deviation" wasn't something anyone would even care about, nor did it make any notable impact.
- One of the more infamous theories that DeviantArt has a bot/macro that is based on how many times a deviation is flagged, even if it were to be the same flagger. If a deviation were to be flagged enough times; automated action would be taken against it, whether it be false mature tags or even deletion. This made things a disaster because trolls could mass-flag deviations to take them down or falsely mature-tag them.
- This could explain some recent unfair bans on deviants who never broke the site's rules.
- Terrible community that revolves around kids/fanboys/fangirls that are wannabe pros that can't take opinions or problems right. These can also include pedophiles, trolls, perverts, hypocrites, etc.
- It is also full of various shippers which make cringe-worthy artwork.
- Some even go as far as to manipulate others into blocking innocent deviants.
- No quality control whatsoever. You can make something that's really bad and cruise to hundreds of views with it, while some underdogs with high-quality art go unnoticed. Often times, because "newest" is extremely fast it can be difficult for the average new user to get expectations.
- There are even trolls like the now hacked JeffyJeffy UHUHUH.
- Some artists cannot take any form of criticism and are very toxic.
- Inappropriate fetish art often appears on the site due to the lack of quality control. This type of art is usually not tagged as mature content.
- Speaking of fetish art, there are people who steal pictures of other people and use them to make fetish content. This includes people who steal pictures of pregnant women and put disgusting subtitles on the pictures just to make them look like vore. Other cases include people who steal pictures of women in general and put poorly written stories next to the pictures just to make them look like a gender swap, or use them for other fetishes.
- This community also has predators that manipulate younger users into drawing fetish art for them without knowing it's sexual.
- There are even pedophiles that make art or take/steal photographs of underaged children dressed in skimpy outfits and dresses used in "Candydoll" modeling, and DeviantART doesn't do anything and nobody is calling it out.
- When you search for any term, you will often find atleast 1 or questionable/explicit deviations, even if you chose the option to hide mature-tagged deviations.
- Regarding the points mentioned above, almost nobody calls out such things. This is because when they do, the people behind it and their supporters will insult the critic and tell them they can do whatever they want.
- Terrible blocking system. If someone blocks the other person they can't see each other's profiles, galleries, or posts. This can lead to potential harassment by one account without the other knowing. Also since one can usually log out to view the other's stuff, it can lead to art theft as well.
- Terrible reporting system that is easily abused to get people banned after the revamp. (Trolls can flag false reports/mature tags to get people banned).
- Commission scams are rampant.
- No security for spambots whatsoever. Spambots can take over forums and post scams that have often times malware and even horrible grammar as well. Even though volunteers/forum mods work a lot to take down the spambots, the staff refuses to do anything to stop the spambots.
- DeviantArt was once temporarily blocked in countries for false reasons, such as Syria, Egypt, China and Iran. Even worse, protests and complaints about it have been mature-tagged possibly by either immature staff or trolls. However, the Syria ban was successfully turned over after significant backlash.
- Usernames are still an acceptable form of logging in, which means a hacker just needs to obtain a password to break into someone's account. On top of that, there's no option to enable 2-step verification unlike many other social media websites.
- Still a lot of good and nice artists, and plenty of amazing art to counter the bad art.
- It started many good memes, such as the Llama song, etc.
- Many projects there are notable; such as Gen8's Chibi Maker and the Pony Creator by Generalzoi.
- While most social media sites are usually just brainless time-wasters where all you do is post messages and reblog stuff, at least DeviantArt encourages you create art and explore your artistic hobbies which is a lot more productive. You can find at lot more professional artists on this site than you do on places like Tumblr.
- It is still better than Tumblr at times.
- There are rarely any SJWs or anti-GG on DeviantArt.
- Most of the problems are caused by the users, not the site.
- There is a group at DeviantArt called "Deviant-Cemetry" that dedicates to paying respect to Deviants who passed away.
- The term "deviant" means to depart from usual or accepted standards.