i’ll just link to a breakdown, uh trigger warning i guess: the dramz
that wiki kinda downplays things in the interest of a “neutral/objective” wiki tone but from what i’ve heard from users who i know in person who bailed: basically the site leadership outed themselves as major victim blamers and assault apologists.
take that on top of the site having hilariously outdated coding/security and the frequent service outages and it paints a pretty shit picture.
I just wanted to contribute to the last ask about whether or not dA is worthwhile anymore-- I've heard straight from recruiters of large companies (DC and Marvel specifically) that they often look at deviantART for potential artists. Just thought I'd put that out there!
yeah, i’ve heard, seen and experienced the same. if you’ve got an eye on landing work, it’s worth it to at least maintain an updated da gallery.
I mean, do you think it's even worth it having a dA anymore?
yeah, i mean it’s a better browsable archive for art than tumblr is, what with an actual gallery and folder sorting options, plus it’s got daportfolio and from what i’ve seen the print service is aight. whatever, so the sorting system is crap and the default grey-green sucks. whatever.
plus, personally, while i’ve gotten the most “we will pay you in exposure” dogfarts on that site vs tumblr, i’ve ALSO gotten more legit jobs thru there, and it still accounts for the bulk of my commissions when I’m doing those. even once the balance tips in tumblr’s favor (and it WILL) it’s still too big to write off.
minor annoyances do not an exodus justify for me. da’s gonna have to pull some tru furaffinity shit before i consider bailing.
not saying it ain’t, but i’ve seen plenty of grown-ass adults behave real badly on there. and just online in general.
i’m more inclined to set shit at the adults’ feet tbh, we (including myself here) have an obligation to set the tone. preteens ain’t gonna know better and they’re naturally gonna learn by observation and imitation. that poisonous shit on da and here on tumblr is partially a symptom of seniors failing the juniors.
we can’t keep leaving these kids without guidance only for us to turn around and rag on them when they inevitably get weird.
I think we’re both pretty much in agreement in that the major problem is misleading terminology - This has a good breakdown on what the classic alignments are intended to be read as, plus in-game applications.
sort of unrelated, but since you mentioned roleplay systems, I was introduced to a roleplaying system called Anima that I like tons better than DnD so far. It's a Spanish-based tabletop RPG that's set in a world spanning fantasy versions of all of Eurasia and some of the Americas (I think???) and takes some inspiration from anime stuff. The rulebook and character sheets were a little shoddily translated though. I thought it might interest you
Ask posted so people can learn a thing! Herman@s makin it happen~
The best thing about that word vomit is that even after all that, my Brainmeats Jury is still out on whether a nailed-down alignment system is even NECESSARY. Like, why can’t my character just be presented with the situation and act/react based on their own personal ethics/biases/beliefs without…
D&D settings have deities and planes that are completely composed of energy aligned with good, evil, law, and chaos. Moral relativism doesn’t apply there. If you are doing things good gods would approve of, for reasons good gods would approve of, you are good. Likewise for evil, law, and chaos. The character’s subjective moral compass does not factor in. If they think the gods of evil are in the right, they are evil, even if their reasoning is sound, because “evil” is an objective, measurable physical principal in that universe, like heat or acidity in ours.
Point! Although: If said deities exist in realms composed of [abstract concept] energy, why is it not tied to the abstract concept that the deity actually represents? Why is it uncomfortably crammed into the five-point rubric?
Ex: Why is Corellon on a “good” plane governed by “good energy” and not an “artsy-fartsy creative crap” plane? Why is Nerull “evil” and not just “Deathy Death McDeatherson”? Is beautiful art created as propaganda to exacerbate interracial tensions still governed by Corellon?
What if the soul Nerull is reaping today that of a scheming genocidal maniac, and their death both saves millions from untold suffering and brings peace to their surviving victims?
Creativity or death (or justice of vengeance or domination or whatever) can still be measurable physical principles in a universe without the lore and metatext building in a moral judgement by calling it “good” or “evil”.
Plus, imagine deities with concrete reasons to form into pantheons aside from “wow we’re all just so nice”. Corellon and Bahamut have reasons to align with Erathis: Art flourishes in civilization and justice is codified by laws. (Unless: Unjust patterns of enforcement emerge! Censorship begins to stifle expression! OH NO FISTICUFFS IN THE TEMPLE DISTRICT AGAIN)
I’m not delulu enough to actually want/need the canon changed to suit me, but hey. THINGS TO THINK ABOUT FOR YOUR HOMEBREWS, DEAR FOLLOWERS.
The best thing about that word vomit is that even after all that, my Brainmeats Jury is still out on whether a nailed-down alignment system is even NECESSARY. Like, why can’t my character just be presented with the situation and act/react based on their own personal ethics/biases/beliefs without me as the player being mechanically and metatextually pushed toward five or so poorly-defined courses of action?
Maybe you have a weird DM..? e.e I dunno. The alignment stuff mostly make sense to me.
I am not currently in a game because I, and everyone around me, knows full-well that I am the kind of person who would open a philosophical debate in the middle of combat. Probably with my mouth full of spicy cheetos.