Let me start with a little disclaimer to say that I know not everything on dA has to be Art. There are galleries stock, customization and design etc that are totally fine to be submitted to dA
I can somehow foresee me maybe even deleting this rant later, but I have to get this shit out
What I am talking about are submissions (I refuse the term deviation in this context) that are doing nothing else but voicing an opinion with no artistic background whatsoever. The first time it really annoyed me was as a SOPA protest, and now it's a Fair Exposure protest. I also refuse to post thumbs of those deviations here. There are also submissions that say things like "Have Self Esteem!" and everybody totally agrees with that message and faves that thing like crazy. WTF?! I've seen several dA users do that kinda thing just to gain attention. Everyone could do that, but most of us don't, cos we know that it is bullshit and fake.
those submissions end up in Digital Art > Typography, because… you know, they contain text, so it must be Typography. If you are confused as to what Typography is, please read this [link] !
Those submissions are not Typography and they are even less Art. They are doing nothing else but voicing an opinion. They do not belong into ANY of dA's galleries. There is no gallery that says "hey here you can submit something that is no Art but only an opinion". Oh you know what? There are journals for exactly that kind of thing!
I understand the point they are trying to make and that they want attention for their cause. But damn, they piss me off. Why not just write a god damn journal? Do they really need to spam whole galleries? You are hurting those galleries and showing complete ignorance and no respect to the artists who actually do submit Art to those galleries. You only care for your cause and kick everybody else in the face. I am all for fighting for things, but please, stay respectful and don't justify stupid moves with your cause. Because acting like that makes you look like an asshole and that reflects on your cause and hurts it. Grow the f**k up and think before you act like a d**k.
For me, that also counts for big organisations, who for example support animal rights, but treat human rights with their feet. If you act like an idiot, I am neither gonna respect you nor your cause. It's not only about what you say, but also about how you say it. Sometimes you can get away with it, but then your argument needs to be a real killer argument.
And it would even piss me off, if not maybe more so, if I was not a Community Volunteer taking care of that gallery.
Sorry if I offended anyone