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November 19, 2012
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No favorites through a block is a silly system.

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VacuityMechanica Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Artist
I've noticed recently that dA has an interesting mechanic in play, and it absolutely confounds me - dA won't let you favorite someones work if they've added you to their block list.

While I understand the reason they thought this would be a good idea, I cannot understand how not a one of them thought about how much a bad idea it was.

A few days back I was browsing some art, and I found one I liked a bit. So I added it to my favorites. Simple enough, but I noticed the artists blurb about it contain a historical mistake. Being a fan of history I thought it would be best if I corrected this.

So I made a little comment, non-offensive, non-uptight, and rather simply stated. Nothing to get upset over.

The artist might've thought I didn't know what I was on about seeing as he didn't pay much attention to what I said (and appeared not to be upset by the comment), so I informed him that, although that's the historical perception in popular culture, the actual history is far different.

He decided he didn't like 'my history' and I thought to myself fair enough. If he wants to be stubborn and not learn from a 'the more you know' moment, then he's free to, so I didn't bother to reply to him.

Que to a few days later I was browsing along the same keywords that lead me to the aforementioned piece of work, and I found another, new piece, that I liked. I added it to my favorites as well, but this time I got a message that popped up that said it couldn't be added to my favorites.

That's when I realized it was the same artist as before and he's added me to his block list after he replied that he as 'tired of my history'.

How is this a good system to have? Blocking someone is fine, but stopping people from favoring their works? His work was good, and I wanted to add it too my favorites (which I use as imagination fuel for when I write/world build), but no-dice - now there's a nice piece of work I'm going to lose in an endless sea of other works and he's down a favorite, an indicator that people like his drawings.

I understand doing this to someone who's harassing or insulting him through favorite folder names, but for every single off-the-bat block?

Am I the only one who sees the problems of this current system?
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Shidaku Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
The system doesn't make much sense to me either. I shouldn't have to like you, and you shouldn't have to like me, in order for me to like your art(or the reverse). I know some artists who are complete assholes, but do good work.

But this whole website makes it too easy for people to turn into uptight twats who think they're more spechul snowflakes.
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dorkface4 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
They blocked you. They don't want you to favour their artwork. How is that flawed?
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VacuityMechanica Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Artist
The block system is suppose to stop bullying. Adding someone's work to your favorites is hardly bullying.

And he blocked me because he didn't want to continue the conversation we were having.
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dorkface4 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Where does it say the block system is to prevent bullying? It doesn't matter why he blocked you, he wants no contact with you. The blocks system is for preventing people from contacting you. No contact includes favourites.
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CherylBlanche Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
It can be. People can make folders within favs called "shitty art" or etc, and add pieces to it. It's been done before.
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Sapphire-Ashesx Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
I find it annoying how I can't favorite art from people who have blocked me, if I like the art but I can understand how they'd think it would be a good idea. I would hate to be fav-bombed by somebody I had blocked, especially if it were an ex-friend.

Oh stop whining to the Help Desk about everything. Spamming them with your constant art theft reports and complaints about how you think what they're doing is wrong. Calm down. There will always be art thieves and the best thing to do is to ignore them. I only care if somebody steals a friends art. :v You should let people stand up for themselves.

((If anybody is wondering what I'm talking about with art thieves and reports, see here: [link] like what *prosaix thumb nailed.))
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VacuityMechanica Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Artist
>There will always be art thieves and the best thing to do is to ignore them.

And if they're profiting? And if the owner of the site doesn't frequent, or use, dA? I don't think ignoring a crime is the best was to solve it.

You're suppose to go to the help desk for help. What crazy world does a help desk not help?
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Sapphire-Ashesx Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
:facepalm: Spamming it isn't helping either.
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rockstar1009 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is probably why: [link] :B
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VacuityMechanica Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Artist
I understand that as a reason why, but I'm fairly certain that's suppose to be covered under reporting people for harassment. If dA handled it's reporting tickets with any form of competency then they wouldn't need to do this. This current system is a redundancy based on incompetence.
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