Here's some journals explaining this situation way better than I ever could; thanks to Catosmosis for sharing them:
if you're serious about boycotting, read this.another edit, about the money stuff.
here's spyed talking about issues with revenue and money stuff, and hinting at core.
and more discussion about lack of communication.
there was some discussion in the comments about how DA could possibly be broke, with getting $10million in 2013 to keep it the top art website. but after a discussion with a website dev, it's entirely possible for a website to cost millions of collars to host. Similar websites like tumblr and imgur have received 4x and even 100x money in funding.
(but there's also this if you want to read it too.)
any other insight on this topic would be helpfu
IMPORTANTWhat DeviantART is doing with the Core Membership is honestly disgusting. At first I thought it was just a name change, but this is what they've done.
>They've made memberships more expensive
>They've removed some features from the PMs, making them less enjoyable
>Added 'new' features, that aren't actually features
>In a nutshell, they removed more stuff from the PMs, and made them move expensive.
On top of that, they also don't view art theft as a problem anymore. They claim "since it's not physical, it's not theft".
(THIS IS AN OFFICIAL DEVIANTART JOURNAL. THIS IS FROM THE WEBSITE, NOT A USER:
They used to have report buttons to report stolen art, but they've all been removed. But in this past year, this website has been becoming an art theft website itself.
-They stole their new logo from a different website
At its 'core' I never really liked the idea of memberships anyway. But this is a prime example of how dA can screw users over, like removing any effective way to report art theft earlier this year.
Because of this, I'm not going to be posting any future drawings (or journals or anything else for that matter). Not at least dA pulls its act together.
All drawings are going to be posted exclusively to my art blog and Instagram page from now on. But I will be checking up on my group and messages if need be.
If there's anything good about this whole thing, I'm glad users are calling out dA's horrible behavior. But who knows if dA themselves will respond at all and clear the air about these changes. I do truly want to see this site succeed; it helped me get my art out there in the first place, but who knows what'll happen.