Listening to: Tool - Lateralus
... its userbase definitely is, since the introduction of What's Hot. I remember two years ago when I first joined DA, as soon as I posted a (bad) picture I would always get one or two favourites and a dozen views on it, without even posting it on a single group. But things have changed. A lot. It's gotten insanely hard to get any exposition. People used to browse by Newest but now the vast majority of users browse by What's Hot. Now if you're, like me, a user without hundreds of watchers, there is almost no way to get exposure, since it's always the same artists who are on the front page of What's Hot day after day. Now, when I post a good picture (and the quality of my pictures has gotten much better), if I don't post it on a dozen groups I'm not even sure to get a single favourite on my work, and maybe two or three views. This is almost frustrating for me, as I see the quality of my works can sometimes be comparable to pictures taken by professionnal photographers, yet I am the only one who sees my own artwork even though it has been published here on DeviantART.