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+[Un]Fair Exposure+ by Xephiria +[Un]Fair Exposure+ by Xephiria
I could write you a rant on dA's new front page, but I'm not going to bore you. :| It's nice to give under appreciated categories some exposure but gee, make it another front page setting or something and bring back the old system for those that miss it!

I used to be able to browse the front pages for a long time and not get bored or say, "How the heck did that get up there...?" Now, I can sometimes only get down a few rows before I see a crappy doodle on crinkled notebook paper or a blurry cellphone picture. Yet, there are artists that truly have skill and DESERVE a spot on the front page. And there, they sit in the bowels of their now "over appreciated" category because some people felt that the categories that not many people like needed some fame.

I swear, it's like the music business. :shakefish:



You can find the ORIGINAL of this here---> [link]


-This is a homage to the new frontpage system called "Fair Exposure".-

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If you agree with me, 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

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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.
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Madame-Rien Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Oh! thats why the art doesn't look like art anymore when I 1st came to DA I was blown away by the front page but now I am like why is that there? I thought it was me loosing interest in many pics on here, now I know.
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Xephiria Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know what you mean! I mean, I find the occasional good piece up there, but they've become few and far between at this point in time. I think it's nice to give everyone a chance at the spotlight, but I wish there was an option to turn that off if you don't want to view those deviations...

I just quit looking at the front pages. If nothing catches my eye in the first two or three rows, I go and abandon the hope of finding something.
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Madame-Rien Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
I agree I mean for premuim members like us their is an option to turn of the filters ( I did lol) why not that? When I 1st came to DA I was amazed by the art I was like this is what I have been missing I thought the art community was dead lol each DD I saw the front page filled with awe works of art, but slowly they went away and I never figured out why until I saw your deviation.

It is a good idea but I think we should have the option to not see it. Plus you know what I think it also may mean, if a deviant gets the front page for digital art for having popular works, And they keep submitting it could mean that like every time they submitted they will always be on the front page.
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Xephiria Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:nod:
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KazeTheCursedOne Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Student Writer
I like my old system of just viewing the newest deviations regardless of category. There would be some really good ones, some not so good ones some I just had to fav and it wasn't because any of them were in certain categories or were more popular (they didn't have time to be more popular) it was just simple luck.

Fight the power!
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Xephiria Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I click on the newest button if I'm searching for something that I regularly look for. (Like fan arts or something.) I just miss the old dA. I've not really been here THAT long and it's so different. Dx
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KazeTheCursedOne Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Student Writer
It was a stupid idea. True it isn't entirely fair that popular artists get all the attention but then again it means you have to learn how to get popular. Someone posted a journal (I can't really remember it) saying that even with the old system you had to work hard to be the best if you wanted the front page exposure.
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Haleykinzz Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
I agree.
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