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dA Is Not Facebook by RalfMaximus dA Is Not Facebook by RalfMaximus
Some people treat DeviantArt as a dump site for their snapshots of themselves, their family, their party times with zero attempt at creativity. The only watchers/watchees they have are people like them with similar photo dumps.

That's not art. That's attention whoring. Take it to Facebook, MySpace, Xanga, or any of the dozens of sites devoted to social networking if you don't respect this place.

dA was created by artists for artists as a mechanism for appreciation, networking, sharing, and education... using it as Flickr or Facebook is an abuse of this website and a waste of everyone's time.

My message is not "keep away unless you're an artist." Rather, GIVE ART A TRY. At least pretend you respect this wonderful free service and its unique existence.

Not an artist? Bullshit. Make an effort. Write your first poem. Take a picture of something other than your bewbs or drunken pals. Play with Photoshop filters. Go nuts and favorite a few gigabytes of awesomeness from the dA firehose of galleries.

Or go back to Facebook, if they'll have you.
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:iconkorwin-straden:
Korwin-Straden Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Amen. But now DA has added status updates..... Ugh.
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:icondrayuu:
Drayuu Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Oh god, I agree so much. Ran into some pictures of vacation, duck faces and boobs and I was like....what has DeviantArt become. I wish we could report such deviation and remove this shit. Otherwise it will grow like a tumor and DeviantArt will end up being a website for the first attention whore around.
Posting artworks, drawings, etc and then post a picture of yourself to say hi to your watchers, ok. But 1564586 pictures of you doing a duck face? Come on.
Sadness...
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LazyEyeCrazyI Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Joker Clap Clap 
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:iconmrlgreenthunder97:
MrLGreenThunder97 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
I AGREE! I love DeviantArt, but I really hate Facebook! XD
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:iconkunicvtc:
KunicVTC Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
I completely agree with you. I'm new on deviantart but follow him for a long time and I must say it annoys me the way people something called art. I do not understand why some people are open profile and do not have any deviation than just looking for friends. To do this, there are other sites. I have nothing against a having friends but here in the first place should be an art.
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OCPhantom Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I see selfies, I look for the deviant id label, Usually that's the case. Yet I have seen plenty of selfies and retarded duck faces labeled and tried to be past off as art. 
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:iconrelic-angel:
Relic-Angel Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have poetry, photos, prose, fanfiction and drawings on my DA page. :)
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:iconralfmaximus:
RalfMaximus Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You are doing it right. :)
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:iconrelic-angel:
Relic-Angel Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:w00t!:

AND I don't have FB.
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Xxnightwing826xX Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
Applause!!
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:icontotallydeviantlisa:
TotallyDeviantLisa Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I only have one photo of myself in real life to represent my OC in live action. Is that okay?
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:iconralfmaximus:
RalfMaximus Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well, sure. You're not abusing the system.

Besides, you don't need my permission. Post whatever you want. :)
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TotallyDeviantLisa Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :)
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:icontuuc:
Tuuc Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
I think uploading a million holiday photos per week is art simply because it is a deep and insightful statement about art itself.

I also think that uploading beautiful artwork onto Facebook is a deep and insightful statement about other people's holiday photos.
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:iconralfmaximus:
RalfMaximus Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
If you speak of performance art, some kind of meta-art, I agree.
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:icondrac0malf0y:
DRAC0MAlF0Y Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconclapplz: YES. YES. JUST. YES.
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:iconralfmaximus:
RalfMaximus Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
 
I approve of your approval. :)
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:icondrac0malf0y:
DRAC0MAlF0Y Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! :D
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Randompuppy123 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013   General Artist
EXACTlY dA is not Facebook :iconclapplz:
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:iconhetaliafreak41:
Hetaliafreak41 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Exactly! !
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:iconfirefox1e:
Firefox1e Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist
Thank you :iconclapplz: Just, thank you.
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:iconralfmaximus:
RalfMaximus Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:D
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Blue-Echoes Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i agree
I think cosplay is ok
not your face and your friends
true art is having effort in the photo/art
if your not an artist why are you here?
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bakagohome Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconclapplz:
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:iconecsplorer:
Ecsplorer Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yahh right!!
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:iconjoshi1404:
joshi1404 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*Like* ;)
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AsukiWolf Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're right. It's better than Facebook. d:
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:iconatzenarii:
Atzenarii Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Facebook is there for a reason, people: sharing pictures and whatever the hell else you do there (I do not have a Facebook - it's rather pointless in my opinion).

DeviantART is here for a reason too; for art sharers, lovers, and creators.
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Shinigamismile Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this stamp!
I'm the same opinion :iconthumbupplz:
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harperyo Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist
The thing I hate the most is that those attention seekers get more feedback on their shitty photos than a fellow deviant who put days of effort in his work.
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PhoenixSkywriter Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed ^_^
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AshleytheHedgehog23 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
YOU HAVE SPOKEN FOR ME AND MANY OF THE REAL ARTISTS OF DEVIANTART!!!!! You.... sir/ma'am, are amazing.
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spartanskills Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
lol amazing! totally true
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JJ12366 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
i only do it so my friends know how i look like
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:iconkurokurousagi:
Kurokurousagi Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
:iconiloveitplz:
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:iconfrenchtrotter:
FrenchTrotter Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
YEEEESSSS!!!
...finally...
couldn't agree more.
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InariDragon Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
AMEN
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:iconralfmaximus:
RalfMaximus Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
And it looks like you have some lovely photography in your gallery. :)
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Ketiszkusz Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with you so much!
Taking shitty photos about themselves with a phone in front of the mirror and upload them to dA is more like spam to me... I saw it too many times, and these users don't even have one picture which isn't about them. Like a bunch of pictures with the same faces taken by webcam. It's really doesn't artistic... I will use this stamp. u.u
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Vriiskah Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I also see many people who only take pictures of themselves and they upload here. One or two photos of you is a bit fine, as long as you upload art, but some people just have photos of him and his friends on a party and no submiting art! If they have come to dA to upload photos, best go to Facebook or Tuenti or Myspace or other, but not dA, dA is for art and photos, but not of yourself and friends drunkards :iconkiddingmeplz:
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Ushiwaka-Amaterasu Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconbravoplz: Couldn't have said it better myself.
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WaterPixie2015 Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Yes and between the two i prefer deviantart over facebook any day
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x-Starry-Eyed-x Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I do post random pics of me, but it does get annoying when there are too many
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BlueyPheonix Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Dear people who post Facebook style photos,

YOLO!
(You Obviously Lack Originality)
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:iconralfmaximus:
RalfMaximus Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
*highfive*
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LostFallenHero Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Student General Artist
I completely agree with you, facebook is just about keeping in touch with the people that you don't normally get to see every now and then. DA is more about sharing your creativity with the rest of the world. I can understand if someone took a photo of a person, if it was for an artistic purpose like someone standing under a street light, but not if it's just posing in front of a mirror!
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:iconralfmaximus:
RalfMaximus Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Exactly! The occasional phone self-shot is fine here; people wanna see what you look like!

But some galleries are filled with nothing but. :(
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TheBlackAngel07 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like this place because it's easy to use and has a decent purpose, unlike facebook. Facebook is mainly just chatting about all the random crap in your life that no one really cares about, like that you found a tiny prize in your cereal box or you just went to the bathroom.
Also, it seems like community here is a lot better than facebook's is, at least from my experiences. I really don't see the big deal about facebook. dA is waaaay better and people should treat it that way.
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RowlingFan12 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
it isn't! It is a place to share your artwork. Not blog about what you ate for breakfast!
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Depressinglyhappy Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
by definition photographs are art, but I don't like it either unless they edited their art in a funny or cool way.
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