God, this mentality pisses me off. There's one artist here that I know who left in a haze of butthurt a few years back and was all 'What happened dA? I though Deviantart was a community where artists come together...well, that's what it was when I joined 4 years ago. Now its home to trolls and people who hate' and I just laugh because the internet in general has never been without trolls or drama, and that includes DA. Anyone who thinks otherwise is as gullible as shit.
Also, I lol hard at people who assume that DA is a professional community. Yes, you look very mature to potential employers when your bitchin' art is up next to anime and porn. haha
I haven't been here long enough to say whether it was 'better' back then or whatever. But I saw this deviation of a collage of all of dA's previous formats and well... I gotta say they keep getting better.