I hope I raised your interest by the provocative headline.
DeviantArt certainly isn't dying in terms of numbers of deviations or technological innovations and upgrades. But here is what is worrying me: I've been active on dA for quite a long time (10 years already, with almost 300 Deviations submitted) and recently I took notice that feedback is becoming an increasingly rare resource. Where several years ago I ordinarily received up to ten comments to my artwork in the first day or two, nowadays there are often no more than two or three comments weeks after submission (and mostly by the same people).
I hope you don't misunderstand me: I don't want to sound ungrateful to the people who do comment on my pictures (I met so many wonderful people on dA and I enjoy debating with them on art and Tolkien's world and exchanging various comments).
I'm also ready to take the blame myself – perhaps it is only me doing a lousy job as an artist, so most people don't even find it worthy of commenting. Maybe that's the case, I'm ready to admit it. But I wonder, is my art really that much worse than, say, five years ago, as the amount of feedback would suggest? Or is there something different to it? I just wonder...
If I don't get any answer to it, that may count as an answer as well, but I would really like to hear from you. Have you noticed something similar, or is it just me? And if so, what do you think is the reason? And is there anything that could be done about it? What do you think?