Well. I guess I'm going to save time I'd otherwise spend uploading my art and writing to DeviantArt, since their last site update broke many of the useful functions, such as getting rid of categories (basically, site organization by topic/type, nothing is sorted into anything anymore) and then making it so when you try to use tags to sort/organize your work instead, it randomly drops bunches of them so they don't even all show up. Making any sort of organization or searching or finding an audience useless.
Plus infinite scroll on gallery pages now so it's almost impossible to easily find something, bad formatting/no more formatting in posts, no more journal portal, weird/dysfunctional comment sections that randomly add and delete text and emojis, being taken to somebody else's gallery when you try to click the "next" or "previous" arrows on your own deviations (what are those there for if not navigation?), lots of big blank spaces on profiles that make them difficult to view, near impossibility of posting journals on tablet, complete inability to post journal entries whatsoever in mobile view...this doesn't even take into account how clunky and buggy just browsing others' deviations or your messages is now...I know I'm missing a lot. (Oh yeah. They even BLOCKED a user's personal link on their page. It wasn't an offensive site, just some social media hub thing. I've never seen DA block a link before. I assume, like certain blocked links here on SAS, it was an admin decision to eliminate competition.) Seriously, I can't find one single
improvement. But I've already found LOTS of flaws and bugs that were implemented purposely
I just can't understand this.
They didn't improve anything
. They took away most of the functionality! It's like they wanted to drive people away, and it seems to be succeeding, I've already seen many of the users on my watch list sadly mention cutting back on submissions or quitting entirely. I thought maybe some of them were overreacting...now that I've tried it for myself, I can't blame them. I'm reluctantly joining them. I can't submit/edit my works to properly show up on the site even if I wanted to. I gave it a chance and it's literally broken for me.
I wouldn't mind so much, if I hadn't just returned after several years' absence and tried to get noticed again. I didn't succeed, but I did spend a LOT of time submitting stuff, and I hate that I wasted all that time just for them to break the site like this. No categories, no tags, no way to even find my work. Genius move.
I could wait for them to fix it, but this has been in the works for over a year, they would have fixed it by now if they planned to. I honestly can't wrap my head around what about the site is supposed to be an IMPROVEMENT, or even what anyone likes about it now. Maybe I'm just the wrong kind of user, the kind that DA doesn't want or need.
It's really too bad because it was at least a decent place to fullview larger works, and have unlimited submissions. No more of that.
One more abandoned site to add to my list, I guess. -_-