For me it's either because I can't think of an appropriate comment, don't feel there's anything to say regarding the piece, or mental fatigue from trying to provide useful commentary and crit for some other work. Simply commenting with "this is nice/cute/funny/cool" is just feeble. Always nice to hear, but...
Seems better to simply say nothing at all, if that's really the best I can manage.
I love how you responded. xD Well, stay active on deviant, get yourself out there. Fav, comment, reply to messages, go on forums, all that jazz. It's okay, I know the feel about being patient, but it's worth it.
"Favorites are DeviantArt's "Likes" or "Thumbs Ups" of social networking sites."
It's not entirely relevant, but I find that kind of annoying. This is an ART WEBSITE. Therefore, (almost) everything people post here has taken anywhere from a few minutes to WEEKS of their time to make. So, is it not reasonable to thank someone because they liked your piece enough to favorite it? You could say the same thing about social networking comments, but from what I've seen/heard of social networking, most of the comment there are just crap about people's miserable lives, who's dating who, who's cheating on who, and the occasional witty comment/good profile.
I probably shouldn't say this, but don't you think a piece of art is worth thanking for? It's a personal preference, of course, but I don't understand how fave'ing a piece of art with effort put into it is anywhere near clicking a button saying you like something that doesn't mean two shits in the real world.
But you still click a button. Get some snacks before reading this because it'll be long
Serious reply time: Perhaps not you but other people who haven't defended themselves, I can half-assedly assume fave for the sake of attention (and that doesn't mean two shits in the real world either, at least not for the artist who made the work and then goes out of his or her way to thank said fav-er only to end up a number in their pageviews or whatnot) and fave for the simple reason that they found something funny or witty at the moment and then forget about it later on, not realizing they have it bookmarked and added to their collection in their profile. That's not really worth thanking the faver for. Besides if you do like something here on dA, what is the only way for you to show it here if you want to avoid spamming an "omg kawaii" comment at the same time? The thing I did not foresee is that unlike a social network site, people here are more sensitive or equally full of themselves and under the guise of internet anonymity can get away with meaningful or meaningless comments.
Also, I don't thank people who have fav'ed my work. I tried but I found it too awkward on my part. It's like the sole interaction between me and that internet person is a thank you on their profile page because they liked my work. Not for me. -end-
Also, haha, let this thread die I've already learned my lesson to not expect too much of others.
Ah, true. I just ran on the assumption that people fave your work for a reason, not for profile page views, which I guess was a mistake. I don't mind if people thank or don't thank for my favorites. I just didn't understand what the big deal was with courtesy, you know?
I don't demand comments, and I do know that I'm guilty of "fave n' run" myself. I do agree that it's better for a few constructive comments than a ton of "So cool! " comments. My thing was/is that I just don't understand why people get so irritated because someone thanks them.
It's true for some percentage of the dA population more often than not, people who fave your works do like it or have some good reason to. But yeah, I too realized thanks to other complaint threads that there are still those others who do it for their own benefit. The irritation at people who thank other people for their faves may actually be thanking them for faving OR may actually be trying to bait the fav'er to look at his/her gallery/profile. But idunno it's best not to think too much about it, haha.
A really bad case that I read on the FAQ is that some people make multiple accounts just to be able to increase the number of their pageviews (but whoever does that is putting waaay too much effort in the wrong place, haha. I mean instead of improving their art that is).
In the end, you just do your own thing while not expecting too much of people