Lets bring up a subject that I've been kinda bias about.. And that is the Group-function here on deviantART.
When the groups first started showing up here I thought of them as a place where poeple with the same tastes could meet up and socialize. Or a group with fans of a certain franchise would share fan arts with each other!
But now I see them just as a way of getting more watchers and favs. But what's wrong about watchers and favs may you ask? Nothing! But as it is now people that submits their art in as many groups as possible will get the most attention on here. Which sounds pretty logical.
But I find it really unfair. It is basically set up like this:
Submitting pictures in groups is open for everyone, sure. But it is up to you to find all of them.
What I think is unfair about this is that the people who doesnt submit their pictures in groups will of course not get as much attention as the ones who does. It's basically like a race; The ones who finds the most groups wins. And I don't think that's what art is about.
Not only do you have to worry about your picture being up to par but you have to worry about not getting noticed because of the group-whores casting a giant shadow upon your work if you don't submit your picture to all groups.
Me for instance, I don't bother finding all of these groups and submitting my pictures to them because:
1: I am lazy
2: I don't have time
3: I think it is a sign of attention-whoring
4: I think that EVERYONE should get just as much attention.
It is almost like special treatment for the ones that for some reason find AAAALL of the groups that their picture is representing.
Sure, you can join all the groups or have them in your group-list or whatever so you can quickly put your picture on the groups directly when submitting your picture.
But again! Why should getting attention be an option?!
It just boggles my mind. It's just as pointless as paying money for outfits for your freaking deviantART Lama..
Sure, I would've love to get more watchers and favs and of course I don't think I will get more of those by not doing anything but seriously..
Maybe I'm being harsch about it, but I REALLY think it's pointless. Groups will become what you make of them I suppose.. But still.
And really, do you really need 30+ groups to satisfy your ego? : )
EDIT: I realized one or two things in the comments already.. xD And when I think about it this rant was rather unfair.. Oh well. That's what happens when I hate on stuff.
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