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What made you join dA and… what made you stay?

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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It’s a commonly asked question, I know, but sometimes I wonder…

What drove you to join this vast art community?

My reason was simple. I joined because I wanted to have the ability to comment on works. Easy as pie.
However, what made me stay on dA is a completely different story.

What made you stay and continue contributing to dA?

Well, I started producing art. Art first, I tried to be popular… (Oh sush! I’m sure we all tried at one time or another). Well...I soon realized being popular on dA wasn’t really possible, at least for one like me, so I set another goal for myself. I started producing things that I thought were missing in dA. Think I’m exaggerating? Never! I started drawing fan art of one of my favorite computer game characters. You’d be surprised how few drawings of Tomi Undergallows there are on this website! (If you guys haven’t played the original Neverwinter Nights …just never mind). ^^;
The point is, I feel as though I have purpose! I filled the void! I am a representative for Tomi Undergallows fans everywhere! (Yes, all 3 of us) Even if it’s a very very very small role.

So yes… What about you guys?
What made you join dA and… what made you stay?
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Varjokani Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Friends and awesome art. :love:
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:D
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Varjokani Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:-)
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Dylan40 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
What got me to stick around was all the awesome art I always got to see. Though I was absent on here for several months, when i got the chance I would check it out every now and then.

I was never a artistic person when it came to pen and paper. Something I always wanted to get into as a hobby was photography. So when I finally was able to get me a decent camera this past year, I finally was able to start posting my own stuff.

Also unlike other sites, DA has a great community. There maybe people who give people a hard time here and there but that is on any site you go on.
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
True that, there will always be trolls, but at least dA is better than some places. I shudder at the thought of YouTubers...
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Dylan40 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Lol. I have taken videos but never posted any videos on there. I know what you mean though.
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Interface Designer
The community :dummy:
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:D :D
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yobro11912 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Why I joined
I liked drawing and stuff and my friend told me I should join
Also I was on DA a lot before that - I loved playing dress up games

Why I stayed?
I became addicted, loved recieving feedback from other artists and I loved viewing other peoples art.
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I enjoy the dress up games as well. They are quite the spark to the imagination.
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yobro11912 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Agreed
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artofmaxielee Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
I was on Facebook, and only had about 50 friends at that time; none of them were ever on late at night so I Googled "social networking sites" and this one popped up as a place for artists. Cool! I stay because the way my art looks here and the people I have met. Even though I am on other sites now, when someone asks to see my art, I give them the DA link, because it is the easiest to use. ♥
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It is a very comfortable way to share art with relatives and friends. I've used it quite often just for that reason.
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Operia Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I came because my friend wouldn't stop pestering me about it.
I stayed because the community is awesome! There are so many amazing people on here, and I've made a number of awesome friends through art :aww:
Besides, I love art
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love art too, and yes, it is a very nice website.
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Monstrocker Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:damphyr: :bulletpink: I dunno, I have a lot of reasons why. Potential on my work and help get improvement and references.

Overall, I'm just here to have fun and join yall :D
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:nod: Yes indeed!
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zoo-relived Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
I originally joined to easier network with friends, but over time they gradually left the site. The forums are admittedly the reason why I've stayed this long.
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The forums are pretty fun yes.
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DawnsBreak Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Came for the TES IV: Oblivion fan art, stayed for Complaints.
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I see.
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DarkJazmin11 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A friend of mine give me the link to dA website. I joined just for the lulz.
What made me to stay? The chatrooms, my friends and some good art. :nod: :la:
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:D :D :D
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DarkJazmin11 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:
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Satanic-Kurloz Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The reason why I joined dA is because i wanted people to be able to look up my art online, and because I want to see what people think about my art. Of course people in real life would say it's great, but people online can say anything they want. Brutally honest or not.

I quit my account one day and came back about a few months later, because I was more mature and was ready to handle this better.

I also like the forums. :)
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
All some very good reasons. It's true, the internet can often be brutally honest, and sometimes flatteringly dishonest...
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Ami-Magane Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The reason why I joined is unknown for me, but I do remember that when I first acidentally found this site I wanted to collect some of the beautiful art and just for the heck of it created an account with literally shitty name, which was a reason why I created a new account.
As I was drawing before I knew what's Internet I started to submit some crappy drawings here for the heck of it. I didn't know much about this site, but soon I knew that I want to get noticed in some way, so I tried expanding my drawing skills, I stayed and from that day it's my number one site I visit every day
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I believe it's the number one sight I visit every day too. It makes me want to help people improve and feel better about themselves.
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PuzzledHeartBox Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
What drove you to join this vast art community?
I needed attention..

What made you stay and continue contributing to dA?
I found porn :bucktooth:
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hahahaha.
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PuzzledHeartBox Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
What's your excuse :O?
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
If you are asking of my excuse for being on dA? I mentioned it above.
If instead you where asking of my excuse for laughing...you were funny. :)
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PuzzledHeartBox Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
To be honest my real reason I'm here on dA has to do with my watchers and the people I watch, not to mention the complaints regulars.

It's like one big happy family from time to time :).
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Also a reasonable explanation to why people stay on dA. I've heard both from various deviants on this forum.
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PuzzledHeartBox Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
:nod:
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Grasschamp Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The day I joined Deviantart was when one of my friends decided to make an account on here during our computer class. I watched everything she did and this had perked my interest. Drawn by it, I also made an account during the class and uploaded a few pieces of mine into the gallery. When I had left for a few hours and came back, some of them had faves and a few even had kind comments.

However, do to some difficulties with the account because I had used an extremely bad password, it was unusable until I got the account's password fixed, which was weeks later. When I had gone back on, the account was filled to the brim with spam. No long able to cope with the screwed-up account of mine, I made a new one so that I was able to start fresh again and keep track.

What had kept me from leaving for good was the respect people gave me regarding with what I had made and that brought a tear to my eye. It was also through this support that I accustomed myself to practicing a little and develop a comic that had long been dead since my childhood.
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
What a touching story. Your account got hacked? I didn't even know that happened on dA. Luckily I believe I have a pretty safe password (Knock on wood) so I haven't had any such problems.
I'm glad dA makes you happy. There are many kind people on this side. Much more pleasant than YouTubers that's for sure...
Indeed, it is quite a creative outlet, and it's nice that you managed to bring back a childhood creation.
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Grasschamp Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Not hacked, but there was a ton of spam on my main page's comments, leaving me with having to delete them. But that was too much.
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ohhh, that's insane. I don't think I ever receive that many spam messages.
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Grasschamp Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't remember who did the spamming, but luckily that's all in the past. Now I am here regularly, so that mistake will hardly occur anymore.
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That's good :)
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psychogizmo Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I was 14, and I had some other friends on it. I just decided to join up so I could see their artwork, and I got hooked.

I stayed because I liked the idea and I liked the community. Nine years later it's definitely lost the "magic", and some things have changed that really get on my nerves (people not commenting on the art anymore), but hey. It's a vast community to share my photographs with, and I like looking at what other people have to offer, too.
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
People used to comment on art? Ah...that is quite sad that they don't anymore. I still do, in fact, I make it my mission.
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psychogizmo Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I comment as much as I can. Try to keep it alive. Like honestly, back then, that was what this community was for... Telling people what specifically you liked, or even ways you thought they could improve. Not just clicking "Favorite!" on every piece of art you thought was decent. Sad...
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That is quite sad.
I try doing that as well. I have my own personal rule: If I can't comment on it, then it's not worth faving.
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dark-promises Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What made me join was the sheer vast amount of other artists that I could learn from, seek inspiration from other's work, somewhere to browse forever and communicate across the world. I've been a lurker for many, many years but I feel I should come out of my shell and so I made an account and hope to really push some art out over the coming year.

Lots of things do seem to piss me off on here though, the evident lack of intelligence/maturity and even masculinity is quite rare. Some males here are bewildering in terms of their personal nature.. I have no quarrel with them, I just tend to stay clear and let them be whomever or whatever they want to be (E.g. Transvestites, MLP, memes, tooooo much anthro.. the sheer amount of sonic porn is astounding..).

I saw a comic a few years ago joking about what the staff members in charge of bad reports see on a day-to-day basis, I couldn't stop laughing.
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's true, sometimes maturity can be a bit lacking on dA, but that's because many people here are young. For the same reason, others like to express their love for things that they don't feel comfortable expressing anywhere else. The real world is cruel to them, so they find safety here. I know many males who like MLP for example, and there is nothing wrong with it. (You know, I've actually watched the show and it isn't half bad. It's creators make jokes that appeal to adults so fathers can watch it with their daughters).
Anyway, none of the things bother me. If I do happen to find something that I don't like, I simply avoid it. That's the beauty of dA. And, as you said, it's easy to find people who have similar thoughts as you. Things that made you laugh. :)
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dark-promises Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
True, it's really a safe-haven for the oddly attuned. I didn't realize that there were SO many, took me off-guard.

Oh well; "Do what thou wilt."
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
There is a vast verity of people here. I find it pretty healthy. You'll grow used to it, don't worry. It's pretty healthy.
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dark-promises Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed, but I'd debate against it being healthy though. A sexual affinity towards animals can never be a good thing. Unless there is a good rebuttal?
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