It's more likely than you think.
This is my journal, so I can give my opinion. *laughs*
Okay, so I'm sure by now everyone has noticed the "Needs Premium Membership" nonsense on the user pages.
I would like to post a link to a very well written news article about this.[link]
I'm fairly disgusted. It's not even about the tactless phrasing anymore. It's about this being insult to injury in dA's money grubbing tactics. There is a growing and disturbing trend about this site being less about art and appreciation and more about squeezing as much as possible from the masses.
Don't even get me started on the prints system.....
I've always felt very fortunate here with the people I have encountered and the art I have seen. It's not hard for me to find something that is so amazing that my jaw drops on a DAILY basis. I love wandering around just to see what I can find. The people I have met here constantly suprise me with how kind, helpful, and talented they are.
The things I love most about Deviant Art have nothing to do with the administration. Of everything here that I find inspiring, the administration has NEVER been one of them. That is so sad. Generally a community follows the example of it's leaders. I'm so glad that the opposite is true here.
I give money on a regular basis to several sites. It's not a big deal to me to give to a place I frequent that treats me as someone they value (regardless of whatever my status may be there). I don't want to give money to a site that only sees me as a wallet.