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DeviantArt
DeviantArt Logo.jpg
"D'oh, why do I always see gross fetish stuff when I search on this website?!"
Type of site: Art display/Social networking service
Language: English
Created by: Scott Jarkoff, Matthew Stephens, Angelo Sotira, and others
Owner: Wix (2017-present)
Date of launch: August 7, 2000
Status: Active


DeviantArt (formerly stylized as deviantART, shortened into dA by users) is a social networking and digital art gallery display website, 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.

In 2015, more than 36 million users have registered on the site and more than 200 million deviations have been uploaded there. In February of 2017, Wix bought the website for $36 million.[1]

Bad Qualities

  1. The biggest problem with the site is the severe lack of quality control, resulting in very low-quality and inappropriate art (most notably fetish art) appearing very commonly on the site. This type of art is usually not tagged as mature content.
    • When you search for any term, you will often find at least one questionable/explicit deviation, even if you chose the option to hide mature-tagged deviations.
    • Many accounts are full with Screenshots that are authorized by their original makers. DeviantArt expects that animations studio’s have time to fill in DMCA reports for every screenshot.
    • Because of the lack of quality control, 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.
  2. Terrible community that revolves around kids/fanboys/fangirls that are wannabe pros and can't take criticism or problems right. These can also include pedophiles, trolls, perverts, dark furries, hypocrites, rabid fetishists, etc.
    • There are so many children on the website, explaining the fact that low-budget art is everywhere.
    • Some even go as far as to manipulate others into blocking innocent deviants.
    • The community also has predators that manipulate underage users into drawing sexual 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" and "Kisekae" modeling, and DeviantArt doesn't do anything. Few users called out about but it did not help.
    • Some artists cannot take any form of criticism and are very toxic. In addition, there are also talented artists but are too pig-headed that they treat their admirers badly.
    • Some users join the site only for requests and have no intention to actually post art, believing that they can't draw.
    • There are even coprophiles.
  3. 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. However a few users stand up for it. They get ignored by the staff however and not taken seriously.
    • What's worse is that you can even get your account banned for expressing your opinions on sexualized art without any censorship.
  4. Art thieves are rampant, and the staff does nothing about them. It's worth mentioning that the staff user named "ProtectArt" does not even care about its platform.
    • Aside from that, there is a spambot problem that posts scams with horrible grammar and other sorts of pointless trash as well.
    • Also, the staff does nothing about abusive notes that have been marked as spam.
    • The staff team themselves steal too. One admin was arrested twice for copyright infringement while another admin is known for stealing and claiming HBO images.
  5. 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. Similarly, once one user unblocks another, they can only block that other user again after two days, similar to Facebook's rule. They also limited the number of people you can block to a max number of 500 people.
  6. 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).
    • In the past, the "Report Deviation" system was even more unbalanced, the "Sexualized Minor" was often shrugged off by its community, but trolls could 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 is 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.
  7. Commission scams are rampant.
  8. 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/sex bots.
    • Starting in autumn of 2018, countless thousands of old and long-unused accounts have been taken over by spam bots who put suspicious links promising sexual services in their DeviantIDs, or widgets where users display their public profile information. The bots attack by randomly adding other people's work to their favorites to bait the innocent users into visiting the stolen account profiles. An ongoing investigation into this matter began in January of 2019 with a journal entry listing active compromised accounts and written by a California-based photographer and digital cartoonist known publicly as Colonel-Knight-Rider.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 is no option to enable 2-step verification unlike many other social media websites.
  11. There are some administrators who abused their power to steal arts and falsely blocking people who didn't break the rules, like the infamous Realitysquared. Realitysquared is also known for banning people that do not agree with him.
  12. The Eclipse layout, the "new" DeviantArt, is a blatant copy of the layout that ArtStation is using, which nobody asked for. The Eclipse layout became permanent on May 20th, 2020, which means they forced it on everyone. It is unintuitive and unnecessarily complicated; it contains lots of glitches, and users can no longer do stuff that the old layout could do like coding or varied filtering search results. Also, the UI is not entirely a complete layout since you may see a mixed up old layout and Eclipse on any Group page.
    • Editing a comment at the bottom of a thread is a nightmare. When you try to press the edit button, it takes you back up and you’ll have to scroll all the way down just to press the edit button again. Old DA did not behave this way. Sometimes it takes about four hits for it to finally respond. But this is one of the MANY things wrong with the layout that they would take up this whole page to include.
    • Due of this, there is a lot of backlash against it, including this change.org petition and a "#soundofsilence" movement in which thousands of users have vowed not to post any new content from May 1-May 3, 2020.
      • Even after all the backlash, the Eclipse layout became permanent while not willing to allow users to have the option to switch to the old site like Reddit does.
  13. As mentioned in pointers above, DeviantArt is infamous for ignoring their userbase. Asking for opinion but ignore them. Tickets are ignored and everything else as well.
  14. The mature content filter forces you to log into your account and in some cases, requires you to be the age of 18 or over to view the art rather than just warning you of how inappropriate it is and give you the option to continue viewing or not. There used to be a "enter your date of birth" option for anonymous users around from 2018-2019, but has since been removed.
  15. Also, each time a deviant uploads an art without any mature filter, previous arts that were marked as mature content will be hidden, which means viewers have to download the images to continue viewing them. This is only the case when the option to hide mature content posts is on, so minors will always run into this problem.
  16. The website requires you to use an account if you want to download a file. (However, this wasn’t the case before the Eclipse layout rolled out.)
  17. Nowadays, a Core membership is required to use DA points, which is just unlike old DA where all users can use points.
DeviantArt/ArtStation layout comparison. Is there something familiar?

Good Qualities

  1. Pretty neat concept overall.
  2. The stamps, which are images that you paste into the biography section of your profile, became a widely viral trend on the website.
  3. Still a lot of good and nice artists, and plenty of amazing art to counter the bad art. Unfortunately, many good artists are leaving DeviantArt one by one, either to social media platforms or better art sites such as ArtStation.
  4. It started many good memes, such as the Llama song, Trollface, etc.
  5. Many projects there are notably well-received; such as Gen8's Chibi Maker, The Impossible Quiz by Splapp-me-do and the Pony Creator by Generalzoi.
  6. 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.
  7. There is a group at DeviantArt called "Deviant-Cemetery" that dedicates to paying respect to Deviants who passed away.
  8. Some artists ACTUALLY mark their NSFW or fetish arts as mature content, in a way to prevent their arts from being indexed by search engines and hiding them to viewers who don't like seeing NSFW content.
  9. Before the Eclipse layout, it was visually appealing and very easy to use.

Trivia

  • The term "deviant" means to depart from usual or accepted standards.
  • Contrary to popular belief, DeviantArt wasn't the first art display site. Elfwood was the first, releasing in 1996[2] and shutting down in 2016.

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Comments


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Theresnoname

26 months ago
Score 8
A deviant called AquaGemPrincess made everyone blocks me just because I criticize a Dora fills in meme.
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JeagerEX12

21 months ago
Score 5
She used to, but not anymore since she changed her behavior in Nov 2018.
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Orangeyboi

26 months ago
Score 3
Deviantart has lots of cringe
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LoudHouseFan777

26 months ago
Score 2

I know some people who have DeviantArt: AnimationFan15 (Admin on The Loud House Wiki back on Fandom) mrathehedgehog (TTTE YouTuber) Thomas1Edward2Henry3 (TTTE YouTuber)

2 other YTers I shouldn't mention (One makes dreaded scorecards, the other hates everything in the world)
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Se

23 months ago
Score 4
You could at least send links instead of telling me their names.
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HummingbirdHDHDHDHD

26 months ago
Score 2

This site is super



Super Bad
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Orangeyboi

25 months ago
Score -7
Why does devinart have that werid fet art
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R3dP4ndaYes

25 months ago
Score -7
why the people like these fetish arts
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DNIguy64

2 months ago
Score 2
maybe they appriciate their kinks..i should know
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RaichuBoy1

2 months ago
Score 2
oh, hi past me
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LuigiMan050-5

16 days ago
Score 0
Well, they can like whatever they want. Unless... of course, that's unacceptable.
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LoudHouseFan777

24 months ago
Score 4
I now have DeviantArt.
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LoudHouseFan777

24 months ago
Score 2
My Username's FastFlame3549
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DeltaStorm

24 months ago
Score 2
You really should stay away from DeviantArt. It's a bullying site now.
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LoudHouseFan777

23 months ago
Score 2
Well, not many people bully me unlike on other websites especially Roblox.
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Gabeeli448

13 days ago
Score 0
ok
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DeltaStorm

24 months ago
Score 0

Actually the site itself is also bad, not just the users. For one example, they're thieves. They ripped off ArtStation's layout and the Platzkart logo. You can keep posting articles about how they're "not" selling your art, they are. It' no wonder they support art theft. Meanwhile, one of my accounts was banned for spam even though I didn't comment at all. They never banned all of those Indian spam bots or any of my attackers, just me and for no reason. I'm not the first person to be banned for nothing. Yes, I'm aware that I can just block evade and make another account being as they don't actually care about block evading, what with all of those spam bots. However, I'm not coming back. They are a greedy and corrupt corporation and they don't deserve a single penny.

So both the site and the users are a problem, not just the users alone.
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PeterPhantom

24 months ago
Score 6
Well, there's Artstation...
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NockeyNoo

23 months ago
Score 4
that Eclipse toggle won't leave us alone
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LoudHouseFan777

23 months ago
Score 5
DeviantArt will always beat Tumblr.
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Maxkatzur

23 months ago
Score 1
They can sometimes ban Shantae fan arts, but thank god it got stopped for good.
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LoudHouseFan777

21 months ago
Score 3
There's this one group called "SJW-Resistence", it is a group that is Anti-SJW.
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Anti-furries = SJWs

19 months ago
Score 2
It's a good group, right?
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Anti-furries = SJWs

19 months ago
Score 1
They banned me once because I don't like pride month, that's all I said, just an opinion. So they ban people for not celebrating pride month I guess.
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BardiX

11 months ago
Score 3
You don't need a month to say that you are gay and to show it off.
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Mickey Mouse

19 months ago
Score 0
Test
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SoboKim

16 months ago
Score 1
I used to use DeviantArt, now I no longer use this because so much people (I believe it that most of them are SJWs and trolls) called me a troll, and i decided to change my name into Sobo to avoid with my old name.
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Echidamu

16 months ago
Score 0
Unfortunately changing your username doesn't work since your old username will redirect to your new one. That's why I had to make a new account entirely.
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Echidamu

16 months ago
Score 1
Jeez! This site is so broken, it's not even funny! They supposedly took away the ability to view "spam" comments but I can still see them.
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Echidamu

16 months ago
Score 1
Also, bad news. The Syria ban has been reinstated.
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Maxkatzur

15 months ago
Score 0
What about Truth-Lely-Gaia? He stole ideas from Slugbox. What a shame! Slugbox is against art theft. Yeah, you can't steal or rip-off ideas from artist, especially on hentai artists.
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Omnistat

15 months ago
Score -2
What do you guys think about Deviantart's new design? To me, it suspiciously looks like Artstation...the black background and gallery etc. They think they are something professional and quality like Artstation and trying to copy Artstation lmao, but Devaiantart and its users are cancer and they will never be professional as Artstation. Fake wannabies.
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Echidamu

14 months ago
Score 2
Not all of their users are bad people. That would include victims of art theft, harassment, etc. who did nothing wrong themselves, which isn't fair.
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Jeva

14 months ago
Score 2
I think it is a slightly decrease from the original design.
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+never4ever+

13 months ago
Score 2
For every 1 good artist there, there are 100 people who either really suck at making artwork and then steal art from other people or create disgusting “edgy” art. Either way, people who value their sanity should stay away from that website.
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Skrumpo

12 months ago
Score 0
Haha XDD
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Urotsukidoji-Miraheze

12 months ago
Score -5
I think it would have a healthy hatedom.
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EliTheLooneyTunesFan2008

6 months ago
Score 1
It is possible that if can be healthy or toxic.
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MrAnonymous

3 months ago
Score 0

No it would not!


They hate the site because of it's community, it's management, or because of the fetish art, which is kink shaming
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SuperStreetKombat

2 months ago
Score 3
Fetish art isn't technically kink-shaming as long as no one ridicules you for drawing it.
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Urotsukidoji-Miraheze

12 months ago
Score -1
DeviantArt sucks.
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NintenDylan64

12 months ago
Score 0
Just last month, a user made a list titled "Why Reception Wikis Suck", on deviantART, and it wasn't good. The comments were far worse though, just bashing the wikis.
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Skyisgreyish

9 months ago
Score 0
Yeah I read that page, that was really bad.
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LoonaHelluva

4 months ago
Score 3
actually i think you should respect opinions... Btw it is true that the wikis can sometimes be biased
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Anonymy

4 months ago
Score 0
Lesser people gravedig.
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Emmybear328

12 months ago
Score 0
I’m glad I deactivated my accounts back in August. To me it seems that there are a lot of alt-righters on the site.
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Emmybear328

12 months ago
Score 1
Once I found a drawing of suicide that wasn’t marked as mature, so I reported it, and nothing happened.
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BardiX

11 months ago
Score 3

I hate DeviantArt. I get attacked by anti-furries, people who I am not sure if they are either serious or just trolls, men over the age of 30 with horrible MS Paint vore art, 90s kids and much more, for what? For utterly dumb reasons

Glad I left it for Weasyl. At least you don't see kids "insulting" you by saying "you love dora and caillou" and people stealing your OC for their horrible fetish art to tick you off.
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Skyisgreyish

9 months ago
Score 2
I'm sorry for you.
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Emmybear328

10 months ago
Score 1
Down with Eclipse! Why can’t they just add popular features (like hearting comments) to the old site?
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Man who turned Evil

9 months ago
Score 2

I was kinda dissappointed when Eclipse has been permanentized. Speaking of quality control. I used to post shovelwork, but now I wanted to take more heart of drawing.

I'm aware that the site has many mean-spirited deviants.
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SuperStreetKombat

3 months ago
Score 0
It'd be awesome if they dropped Eclipse due to so many people abandoning the site, but that's obviously wishful thinking.
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Urotsukidoji-Miraheze

9 months ago
Score 4
Is kink shaming cyber bullying.
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Inkster

7 months ago
Score 6
Yes, in a way.
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Urotsukidoji-Miraheze

7 months ago
Score 4
thanks for reminding me.
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Sedgwick2K

5 months ago
Score 5
What is kink shaming?
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KalloFox34

4 months ago
Score 3
It's when people make fun of/harass you simply for having a fetish.
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MineGuy13

one month ago
Score 2
I think kink shaming should have a page here.
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SuperStreetKombat

one month ago
Score 2
It did have a page here, but it was deleted by one of the admins here.
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LuigiMan050-5

16 days ago
Score 0
Who came up with that excuse? I've been told that "kink-shaming" actually doesn't exist.
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DmitriLeon2000

16 days ago
Score 2
Here's a better question: Who came up with the fact that "kink-shaming" does not exist?
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CircleyDoesExtracter

8 months ago
Score 3
Is this DeviantArt? This is not the old one. It's like..... NormalArt.
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Botbuster

8 months ago
Score 6
Unpopular opinion but I don't mind Eclipse.
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Perry The Chiweenie

8 months ago
Score 6
I honestly feel the same, since I'm used to it.
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UndertaleGamer1000

8 months ago
Score 1
Me three.
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JotaroAndDvaFangirl12

8 months ago
Score 2

i am well protected from mean deviants OwO

i have an account on there
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UndertaleGamer1000

8 months ago
Score 4
I actually like DeviantArt but I can respect people's viewpoints on it.
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Lucasrighthere

7 months ago
Score 1

I understand this page's point

I'm meaning, I'm sick of seeing porn arts of my feed everywhere and I hate eclipse
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UndertaleGamer1000

7 months ago
Score 1
I think they should use the original layout because the new one is a ripoff of ArtStation and also I would want to give the old layout a shot since I am a new user (since August 2019).
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UndertaleGamer1000

7 months ago
Score 0
I also agree.
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Duncan947

7 months ago
Score 1
I've seen a lot of weird and downright creepy stuff on this site.
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Masonicon

6 months ago
Score 0

I Has been Deviantart member for 12 years where at first, I join that site for finding the pictures of my favorite characters(on specific designs) where whatever I can't quite find these pics, I resort to request whoring(this make at least one user, primarily Lizalot blocked me for this reason).

in 2010, I proposed 2 big projects: one is now-scrapped Command and Conquer Generals: Zero Hour mod project and another one is ongoing Mega-crossover project with (So-called) RL Conspiracy Theories slapped onto likely to make it's Sci-fi/fantasy/science-fantasy elements authentic among others as well this mega-crossover is also to be fix-fic of at least some of franchises it crossovers. as an attempt to redeem myself over some of my past mistakes

during my journey, I encountered problems in DeviantArt like Cyberbullying by either someone from 4chan(for my views of the world) where this make me resorts to making online petition due to Deviantart's mods/admins letting cyberbullying like this happens

and lots of other problems, to the point my mom advised me to not visit Deviantart often
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Anonymy

6 months ago
Score 3
I remember making shitty art on this website and getting mad that I got barely any followers lol
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Salomon

6 months ago
Score 2
Not to mention half of people on DeviantArt are also mentally retarded... DeviantArt can be a great place for trolling if you target the right people.
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Grammer Guy

6 months ago
Score 0
Remember, if you want to get lots of followers, their definition of "art"'s different than a lot of people's.
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EliTheLooneyTunesFan2008

6 months ago
Score 0

Terrible types of art like.

  1. Poorly drawn art.
  2. Boring ones.
  3. Diaper related art.

Good types of art like.

  1. Memes.
  2. Flags.
  3. ?.

It's my opinion.

File:Mocking Spongebob.jpg
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Trashanimal

3 months ago
Score 0
WHY'D YOU HAVE TO TRY TO SHOEHORN THAT OVERUSED MEME?
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BlueSapphire200

6 months ago
Score 0
I wanted to join this website but after I discovered that it has a very community is very toxic, I don't wanna join it anymore.
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BlueSapphire200

6 months ago
Score 0
But I'll join Artstation instead.
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Jclem05

5 months ago
Score 2
They have Loudcest art! If you don't know what Loudcest is, It's Porn. Lincoln is in love and even married to his sisters!
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Space0720

5 months ago
Score -1
One thing I hate about this website is that you need an account to download stuff from there. So whenever I have to download some Windows wallpaper pack, I have to use an account from BugMeNot.
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ItMeansNothing

5 months ago
Score 0
Me and my homies rather use ProcreateFolio than DeviantArt.
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Epic-Wrecker

5 months ago
Score 3
I’m amazed these admins aren’t even sued or fired by their actions.
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Necropolis

4 months ago
Score 0
I don't use this website very often
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KalloFox34

4 months ago
Score 0
I have an account but I rarely post my art these days.
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KlumTheGreatHero

4 months ago
Score 0

The search engine is also terrible. Especially in tags. The keyword list sometimes disappeared when searching. So forced it to type manually.

Does it also the reason why this is rotten?
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Masonicon

one month ago
Score 0
Yes
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Ilovethesewikis

4 months ago
Score 1
Ugh I remember when this website used to be good and nice.
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SuperStreetKombat

2 months ago
Score 0
We still have ArtStation.
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BlackphoenixZero6666

4 months ago
Score 2

Well I request arts from artists sometimes, but by the way I waiting patiently unlike others who always being impatients. And ah yes, I'm now less active on DA after the eclipse became permanent, no wonder that I get attacked by some hateful peoples and my arts got stolen.

Good that I post my drawings on Newgrounds, at least you don't see toxic fools who bashing tsundere characters over hitting on the main protagonist for their stupidity (Looking at you, AmagiriJanerika) and treating them like they are evil beings and arrogant evil peoples who steal your arts and bully you.

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