Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login

Featured in Collections

writing by Zalices-army


Submitted on
April 17, 2012
Image Size
799 KB


9,686 (1 today)
675 (who?)
Help Spread the Word by oomizuao Help Spread the Word by oomizuao
copyed from: :iconsanguisgelidus:



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)
3. Newest

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!
Add a Comment:
Alagvaile Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Wow. I didn't knew this until now. You're right that IS unfair.
ellielza Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
explains why mlp "vectors" makes front page...
devilboy23 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ventures-of-Jojo Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist
A compromise that is fair to everyone on here seems to be alittle difficult for the dA staff...
but I don't have any better ideas ...
celestialsunberry Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
There are plenty of people on DA; that's for sure. Hey, I've been here for nine years and running.

I'm not a perfect artist. But I do try hard, and would like to see more newer, less known artists featured. Just because you aren't popular doesn't mean you aren't a good artist.

Everyone's style is different, and there are a lot of great artists and people on DA.
Fayth39 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Alas, neither system is all too fair, but I agree that little can be done about it and what has been done has only made it easier for people to take advantage of and abuse the system.
I switched to seeing only the newest deviations, rather than the most popular, a long time ago. I never really cared for the front page then, either. The most popular was really just that... a popularity vote... some things were deserving of their popularity, but unfortunately it made it so that many of the things that were shown on the front page were simply the silly trends and fads and quick works of people who could become complacent in their popularity, so that they didn't have to try anymore to be recognized--they could just make cheap little adoptables, simple-minded fan art and quick works with few details and get front-page recognition. Simply because they have become popular or rode the backs of the popularity of other's. Sure, some of those things could be appealing. Don't get me wrong--some of those adoptables are neat, I like some fan art, and those quick sketches that become popular are sometimes rather funny (though, often, only to the people who know the characters belonging to that artist). Some of those works definitely deserved the front page, and if you're popular it's typically because of the success of your past work. But that system had flaws, as well, and neither is perfect--neither system necessarily rewards effort or time spent on a project. It's based on how well you advertise, and, once an artist has found a comfortable little front-page niche, it only makes it easier for them to keep it, taking places that others will be hard pressed to attain.
I think they tried to randomize it a little, just a touch, which I respect, but... it doesn't help, either.
They should probably return to their former system, or find something better, still...
Good luck with figuring it out, though.
LovesYaoiPairings13 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
I completely agree!
xPerfugium Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And whose to say an artist who is good and does normal things is not noticed. I don't know if I'm amazing and I still have a lot of room to grow into but I spend a long time working on my artwork.
Dansekampkunst Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
ChumiiyaClayShop Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
Ah, exactly.
Add a Comment: