If you're like me, one of the first things you do every morning is turn on the computer to check the DDs for the day, if you make this a habit sooner or later you'll see something featured that you won't like at all, making you spill your morning coffee all over the screen.
Oh the crime! That poor coffee going to waste.
Always keep in mind FAQ #873: What do I do when I disapprove of a Daily Deviation feature? but if you still can't understand how that piece received a DD, you may fall under one of the following examples:
1. I don't like this DD because I don't like the style/theme/colors/technique
And you don't have to like it. We understand that it's impossible to please everyone, and you should understand that it's impossible for everything to please you. Humanity has developed so many styles and techniques because we don't like the same things... imagine how boring it would be if we all liked exactly the same, there would only be ONE style of art, ONE kind of dressing, ONE style of music, ONE of everything for the rest of our lives because there would be no need to develop anything else *shudders*.
I understand that you didn't like that specific DD, but please understand that there's other people that do and it deserves to be a DD for them, after all DDs are large-scale features to bring something to the attention of people that we know will like it. Oh and if you didn't like the theme, for example if you have a phobia for spiders, don't expect the CV to remove the DD just because you're afraid of them.
2. This is not art!
Please, define art. Even better, try to find two people that share the same definition of art. What is art to you may not be art to the next guy, and that's completely fine. Artists and linguists have been struggling for centuries trying to conjure an universal definition for art, and I honestly hope they'll never find it. I like the freedom of thinking that in the right hands, anything can be art.
I've discussed many times with people that don't believe that food is art, but no one will ever convince me it's not. Pixel art, icons, stock and other galleries receive similar criticism, a good example is the article Why did an icon get a DD? published earlier today. Please keep in mind that while it may not be art to you, it's ART to the person that made it, the person that suggested it, the person that gave it a DD and all the people that faved it and commented; if you can't accept it yet, take a deep breath and move along, it will save you a lot of time and stress.
3. I don't know why this got a DD, I saw someone else doing it better and it didn't receive a DD.
It probably wasn't suggested, so by all means please send us your suggestion! It's impossible for us to see everything, so we rely on suggestions to see those fantastic things that escaped us. But before you leave a comment like this, think about how rude it's for the artist that just received the DD, they didn't ask for the DD and you're pretty much saying that their work is worthless, so instead do something a bit more productive and send the CV your suggestion and leave the artist alone to enjoy their DD. There's good chances it will be accepted, you already saw that said CV likes that kind of art. If you don't know how to suggest a DD, you can find detailed instructions here.
"Fun" fact: When I ask people with this complain to send me their suggestions, they never do. Apparently some people are just there to rant and they don't have the intention to do anything productive for the community, so if you ever receive this kind of comment just disregard it as a troll and don't let it cloud your DD day.
4. I think there's not enough DDs about *insert kind of art here*
If that's how you think we're interested to know it, we're always looking for feedback and suggestions. Our goal is to represent our gallery in the best way we can, and that means that if any part of it is not being represented equally we will make our best to change that. For example in the case of the Artisan Crafts gallery I'm always looking for lesser-featured crafts like glass work or basketry and I have wonderful suggesters that always help me find them instead of complaining about their misrepresentation. Ideally, that's how I think it should be
5. Why is this a DD, someone is naked! It's porn!
First of all, shake off the idea that any nudity is porn. Nudity has been a part of art for a long while and I don't see that changing anytime soon, if you've ever visited a museum you probably noticed that a lot of the art displayed there contains nudity. If you have a problem with nudity you may want to activate the filter to hide mature content: FAQ #93: How does the Mature Content option work? . DA has a policy against pornographic material, you may find them here:
FAQ #23: What are deviantART's policies on nudity?
FAQ #565: You prohibit the submission of 'pornographic imagery'; what do you consider this to be?
6. I don't like this DD because it's not good enough, it lacks quality
That's your opinion, and I respect that. But in the opinion of someone else the DD has enough quality and it deserved the feature. I've read about the decline of the quality of DDs for years and people paint it as a horrible cataclysm, but I have yet to see any of it. As I said before we all have different opinions about what is art, even about what is GOOD art. Think that DD are features for art that deserves more attention, not awards to perfection. If you think that there's not enough quality DDs, please send us your suggestions with the art that you think deserves more recognition!
By this I don't mean to say that we should be happy about mediocrity, not at all. I'm all for constant improvement and always striving for the very best, but what I'm trying to say here is that what is perfect and flawless for one of us, can be horrible and pathetic to the other. Some of the DDs I chose and I thought were absolutely beautiful received very little attention, while some others I thought were less impressive got pages and pages of comments it's impossible to know.
Tolerance. That's what I'm trying to promote, tolerance to different opinions, tolerance to different styles of art, tolerance to different tastes. All the years I've been here I've seen quite a few DDs I didn't agree with, but if you focus on the bad aspects you'll never get to enjoy the good ones.
- Always try to understand why the CV chose that DD before you complain about it, is it creative? unique? inspiring? an un-conventional kind of beauty?
- Keep in mind that different galleries have different concepts of what is aesthetic, you can't expect to find the same things in Horror/Macabre than in Sculpture.
- Accept that it's impossible to like every single DD, move on to the next one and treasure the ones you really love, don't let your mind go crazy with the ones you didn't like.
- If you want to see something as a DD, the best way to do it is by suggesting it yourself! Don't wait for things to happen, make them happen.
- If you still can't live with that DD, know the right mediums to express your opinion FAQ #873: What do I do when I disapprove of a Daily Deviation feature?
I hope this helps someone and if you have anything else to add don't hesitate to leave a comment below suggest a DD today!