WHAT the FUCK am I seeing on my page right now...everything moved around on the entire site, several features simply removed, and now an ACTIVITY FEED??? ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME RIGHT NOW? I don't usually get upset by site changes but this...this is just awful. Why in the world would I need to see the same exact material that I get in my watch feed twice? This site is becoming nothing but a shitty social media playground like everything else. Its no wonder I can't find most of my friends who I talked with...they all left. And now I know why - because this site just gets WORSE with every update that comes along. The people who really cared about their art realized this site is going downhill and took their business elsewhere. I am THIS || CLOSE TO DOING THE SAME THING. One more bad update to the site and I'm closing my account, I SWEAR I WILL. I'll go find plenty of OTHER places to share art that aren't nothing but social media traps. I used to sincerely enjoy this site, its brilliant design, features, contests, and of course and all of the people and artwork displayed here. Well now I'm starting to hate it thanks to all of the godawful changes that have been made to it over the past few months. I already can't stand this new layout, I saw absolutely nothing wrong with the way the site was before. I seem to recall a choice phrase that really embodies this that goes, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." Apparently deviantart's interpretation of that is "If it works great, break the hell out of it." I mean really, I know you may be thinking I'm bitching about this for no reason, but really, think about it - DO YOU NEED A SECOND FACEBOOK? Is this SERIOUSLY what this site has come to? Its like the artwork doesn't even matter anymore! You are forgetting the original goal of this site - to share ARTWORK, NOT FUCKING ACTIVITY UPDATE SHIT. I don't know why anyone thinks this change is a good idea. If you want to use the site to chat with your friends, use the notes feature, or do it somewhere else. I don't need some nonsense popping up in my 'feed' that I would never choose to look at in the first place.
It is so sad, it really is just sad that the glory that this site once had is little by little disappearing. Not to mention all of the new members will never know how much better the site really was before all of these and other changes. Deviantart claims to listen to all of its members and make changes based on their feedback. If you take a look at some of the comment stacks on site update proposals, and then see what they do on the site update, its pretty obvious this is NOT what they have been doing. It isn't fair to just discount everyone who reacts negatively to an idea as just being butthurt or that their opinions don't matter. I have TRIED to be constructive and be as accepting of all of this change, but I am not just going to sit here and pretend that I don't see what has been happening right in front of my eyes. Deviantart has even taken ideas that, in essence, are very encouraging. Then the site update comes along and its like they just thew every good idea out the window and incorporated only the ideas that are marginally good at BEST. If you think I'm kidding, you might consider checking out the update threads sometime. What people criticize in the comments, EVEN IF the MAJORITY of the comments are saying something is a BAD IDEA, much of this is IGNORED. Its only the "OMFGGG THIS IS TEH BEST IDEA EVAR AHHH I CAN'T WAITTT I APPROVE EVERYTHING AND ALL THINGS SUGGESTED!!11! <3" comments that ever count for more than ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Show me one time that deviantart actually listened to the users' criticism wholeheartedly when much of the feedback was VERY negative. ONE TIME, and I'll shut my face. And no, I don't mean a time 5 years ago, I mean in the past few months. I see a pattern, and I don't like it one bit. It seems to me that the site founders care more about how to make the most profits and not about preserving the sites integrity and the opinions of the people who have used the site for a few years now. I'm just shocked that nobody ever steps up and says that so many of the changes that were just made could have been SO much better, and could have been done without wrecking the layout of the old site. I really wish I could go back to the old DA before it got changed so much. I seriously just want to cry right now. I just am in disbelief at what this entire site has become.
I applaud you if you have read this far through all of my venting, anyway I really needed to get that off my chest. I'm sorry if I offended anyone with this, if you really like the new site design, its your opinion and you have every right to enjoy the new design if it embodies your idea of what the site should be like. I have not been having a good day at all, I got frustrated with my research because I couldn't figure out how to properly download the files into the level two radar archiving software, even after my mentor sent me an email explaining how to do it, he was using a different browser setup than I was and so that ended up making me even MORE confused and frustrated. As if that isn't bad enough, I found out that the ABDL site I mentioned before is TOTALLY corrupt, forcing its users to PAY just to see messages that other users send them! To give you an idea of just how fucking terrible this is, let me lay this out for you; when you first go to the site, it looks promising and says that "using the site is FREE." Then you proceed to make your account and post info on your page. Doesn't sound like a bad thing, right? Wrong. First of all, the site rules PROHIBIT you from posting ANY LINKS TO OUTSIDE MEDIA SITES OR CONTENT THAT IS NOT RELEVANT TO THE SITE ITSELF. That means you can't let anyone know your facebook, phone number, deviantart, twitter, skype, reddit, 4chan, furaffinity, deviantart, facetime, snapchat, or any other number of social sites. They actually REMOVED information WITHOUT EVEN TELLING ME, where I was simply saying to contact me on facebook or deviantart if you want to chat with me because I CAN'T FUCKING SEE THE REPLIES. This is how much of a money extortion this site is: if you click on a message that somebody sends you with a free account, it links you to a page asking you to pay something like $15.00 to "upgrade" your account per month! Its so obvious this whole site is aimed at sucking the money out of its users for the site admins' own purposes it isn't even funny. How the fuck are you supposed to DATE someone with whom you can't do more than chat back and forth with on a fucking website because the site DOESN'T ALLOW you to disclose personal information about other sites and your phone number?! It's obvious they are trying to bullshit all of the users to buying a premium account just to see what people are typing to them. That is so fucking stupid. I honestly don't know if they are allowed to exploit people this way, and even if they can legally conduct this sort of extortion this way, then I still think that this kind of website shouldn't be allowed. You literally cannot communicate with people on the site unless you purchase their premium nonsense. I'm not throwing my money away just to see what some random girl is texting me! Even I'm not THAT desperate, for fuck's sake this is ridiculous!
Well, that pretty much wraps up my feelings from this day in a not-so-small nutshell. I just want this entire day to be over. The sad part is that this is supposed to be a GOOD day, this is Tail's official birthday by popular consensus, the day that Sonic 2 was released in Japan in 1992. Well I sure as hell don't feel like celebrating anything. I just want to go crawl under my blanket and make this day go away.
"Life is like Facebook; people will like your problems and comment, but no one will solve them because they are too busy updating theirs" -Unknown