...Yet no one seems to have a problem with the constant Hetalia, Pokemon, Naruto, Sonic, and other fanart -not to mention the blatant porn that violates the TOS, yet goes unnoticed- ? Pardon if I sound rude here, but y'all are being a wee bit hypocritical? We're a fandom just like anyone else with a right to express our interest in the show through art -do note that the majority of it ISN'T R34 or NSFW-. If MLP artists were to leave dA and "find their own website", the same concept would have to be excerised by nearly every fandom here. Tell me how that's fair to anyone? I respect your opinion as well as the fact that you and many others dislike MLP, but in all honesty, it's not going to go away for quite awhile. The best advice I can give you at this moment is to either change your settings to Popular All Time & use your messages as your source for viewing new art, or simply toughen up and deal with what's currently popular.
There are many websites for pony fans. And I can see where you come from. I don't like looking at the front page and seeing nude pics that are supposed to be very artsy. Naturally, if you don't like the subject, you won't see the beauty :3 The reasons you see so many drawings with mlp is because: 1) It is a pretty popular show 2) A good percentage of those who watch it are decent at drawing 3) Mlp ponies are easier to draw for some people 4) I put this one just because I like even numbers c: And btw some of the mlp drawings are extremely well drawn! So don't go around asking "where are the fantastic painters' paintings?"
I'm pretty sure almost every one of these negative comments has a twin here. They're all just a brief insult with no explanation or reasoning.
Ah, ponies. I do think it's a little bothersome that they are all over the front page, but only when I am reminded so, because I keep my dA on "Newest" -- and the "ponifications" of people and characters from anywhere the human brain can reach is a little irritating. However, just because an artist decides to draw fanart for a certain show or whatever, they are not less of an artist. Fanart may not seem as original as original art (and by what we call each type of art, you'd assume that), but a creative artist can do all sorts of amazing things with fanart, with the show/book/movie/etc. simply as a source of inspiration.
Another thing is that it's just a fandom. Not the fandom, a fandom. I'm sure you've heard of Homestuck, which has a largely increasing fanbase. I've heard not one complaint about the ample fanart for Homestuck. Sure, it may not be on the front page as often (I'm not sure since I don't look at the front page). But it's everywhere.
Another thing you'll realize is that fanart is more popular than original art most of the time, because it gives creator and viewer a common interest. A viewer will better like a piece of art they can see and instantly recognize than one with a strange character they do not know. Fanart is just largely more popular than original art, and the MLP:FiM fanbase is just very extensive and almost 2 years old.
Oh, and banning MLP:FiM from dA kind of ruins what dA is for -- exposing art so the artist can share their ideas without having to have it officially approved and published. It would be very unfair to ban pony fanart from the site.