I suppose it could be worse, they could have teamed up with Zynga to fully integrate the site with FarmVille.
"Hey I really dig your art, here have some free turkeys for your farm!"
The way it's going, I wouldn't be surprised if that's what this site turned into in a couple of years. I am beyond disappointed, at this point. Nearly three months after the v7 launch I still can't navigate worth a damn. The layout and drop-down menus are still more confusing as listening to Peter Glass through a Yak-Bak.
Truth be told, I know I have a lot to thank dA for, as it has been invaluable in helping me get my work out there and meet new people. But a lot of that happened back in 2006 and 07, before it started going into overdrive with its "let's be a grey-and-green version of Facebook" initiative. As much as I can say dA played a role in me finding my passion, I can't recommend the same to others now that I look back on it. Now it just feels a place to throw up your artwork, like a Facebook album or a MySpace page. Everything else almost seems like a diversion, like this dA Muro feature they just came out with (amidst the whole "We're revolutionizing this site! Be prepared! Yes, you need to know! We'll flood your Message Centre with Hot Topics!" nonsense they do every time they come out with something new, be it truly revolutionary or not).
Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with a diversion or two. I just thought dA would put more of a priority on helping artists connect. Particularly in the sector of professionals and aspiring professionals. They make money on prints submitted by professionals and aspiring pros, I think it would only be fair for the site to offer something more in return than just "exposure".
And I'm not talking about the "Job Offers" forum.
So DeviantArt I challenge you to be deviant. It's in your name, for crying out loud. Be a little more daring than just. Try making this site more accessible for professionals and art students. Try being a bit less didactic and a bit more receptive. I know you're busy, but it might do some good in the long run. Because so far I have not been a big fan of what has been coming out of the woodwork.
Stay classy, folks.