If you did not hear about it, let me explain it within a few lines: For about 4 months now deviantart launches a new frontpage system called "Fair Exposure". It is not only based on the count of favourites/comments/views anymore, but tries to feature deviations from different, especially underappreciated categories to have a variety of art on the frontpage. While this seems like a honorable and nice goal it seems to achieve the reverse effect. It is called "Fair", but if you look at the frontpage these days it wont be hard to notice, that "Fair" looks different. Masses of people submit their deviations to obscure categories just because it increases their chance to get to the frontpage. The frontpage is full of naked women presenting rather intimate parts of their bodies, photographs of lego-figures with 20 favs, MLP-fanart submitted to totally wrong categories and art that is submitted to resources and stock images, just because you can download a custom brush that was probably made within minutes... On the same time pictures with lots of favourites, even of unknown artists, who spendt hours and hours and WOULD or SHOULD HAVE been featured on the frontpage, don't get the chance to get some exposure, because they submitted their piece into the right category. The new frontpage system favours special categories (Photography>Interior/Exterior, Wallpaper>Photmanipulation, Digital Art>Vecor Art/Typography, Resources and Stock Images just to name a few of them), while more popular categories like Manga/Anime, Fanart, Digital Art>Paintings&Airbrushings and others are handicapped. So it is not rarely seen that a picture with 100 favs gets featured on the frontpage, while a picture out of the handicapped categories with, lets say, 500 favs remains unseen by the masses. I know that art shouldn't be all about popularity and that, but if you try to build up a fanbase and maybe want to work as an artist, then you are dependent on the exposure your art gets, so the frontpage indeed gets really important for you. And also the people, who just use deviantart to show the fruits of their hobby or passion, use the frontpage for their inspiration and to find rolemodels, which's skill-level they try to achieve. The frontpage is for me one of the most important features DA has, it shows (or should show), what moves and concerns the people. But now the frontpage doesn't show anymore, what really is "Popular" but more what is "put into a certain category, which the new system favours, because it is underappreciated".
Through the old frontpage I found most of the awesome people I am watching now. I found the people, who inspired me to get better, whose art I admired and whose skill level I wanted to achieve... But now I hardly find anything really awesome on the frontpage anymore. Surely many pictures on the frontpage were also made by people, who have passion and spendt many hours on their art... But a big part of the pictures only is there because of cheating or having luck, because they were chosen of the new algorhythm.
I know that there are people, who might disagree with my opinion. If you don't think the way I do, feel free to post your opinion in the comments. But for me a lot of the magic DA used to have was lost with this new system...
But this deviation shouldn't be just a complaining piece of a frustrated deviant, I wanna try to give you, DA, a suggestion, probably everyone would be happy about:
Fair Exposure is basically a nice thing, so why don't you just make THREE categories for the frontpage:
1. Popular (the old system, more based on the numbers of favs/comments/views)
2. Fair Exposure (The new system, featuring pieces of rather unknown and new artists)
If you agree with me and think that would be the best solution to overcome the problem, there are some things you can do, to make DA aware, that their users are dissatisfied with the current situation:
1. +FAV this deviation so more and more people can see it
2. Write a journal about the topic (providing a link to this deviation or just copy-pasting the text above)
3. Download this deviation and submit it to your gallery giving a link to the original deviation
4. Sharing this picture and the ideas everywhere to make the topic viral
Be a part of this revolution, which is not against DA, but is willing to make DA a better place!