This deviant's full pageview
graph is unavailable.
This is the place where you can personalize your profile!
By moving, adding and personalizing widgets.
You can drag and drop to rearrange.
You can edit widgets to customize them.
The bottom has widgets you can add!
Some widgets you can only access when you get a premium membership.
Some widgets have options that are only available when you get a premium membership.
We've split the page into zones!
Certain widgets can only be added to certain zones.
"Why," you ask? Because we want profile pages to have freedom of customization, but also to have some consistency. This way, when anyone visits a deviant, they know they can always find the art in the top left, and personal info in the top right.
Don't forget, restraints can bring out the creativity in you!
Now go forth and astound us all with your devious profiles!
I enjoy art. Good art, scribbles, the occasional goofy art. It's why I'm here on DA even though I'm not really an artist.
I was enjoying the art of someone who lives a very different lifestyle than mine. I am a straight married woman, and I'm not ashamed of that. But there were things cropping up that I disagreed with, and thought I did so in a conversational manner - I dislike it when people argue with my point of view with a simple "You're WRONG." I prefer the "Huh, I disagree, and here's where."
People learn, grow, expand and so on. And the best part of conversations like this is that you go away understanding them a little better - but you don't have to change your own philosophy! You can still go on believing what you believe. But you gain a better understanding of what others believe and why.
Apparently I had wandered to the dark part of DA or something, because as soon as I did this comment I got a very, very angry reply accusing me of being "obsessively Christian" and "contradicting myself in the same comments" and "not being able to understand my point of view". I had angered some people. I tried to reply (and ask them to note me if they wanted to discuss any more because I didn't want to have a lengthy conversation on the artist's piece and ruin the artwork, as I didn't feel it would have been fair) and to my surprise the artist themselves had banned me. I am no longer able to comment on his page.
Both of my parents were teachers in their careers and so I grew up valuing debate and discussion. So being shut down like that was difficult for me. My family dinners sound like huge arguments to those uninitiated.
I told my husband and his comment was "those who claim that people need to be more open-minded are often those that are the most close-minded." And it's often true. The times when I wanted others to be more open-minded was when I was not letting anything else in, and usually because I was afraid that I was wrong.
So if I actually comment on your stuff at all beyond the usual platitudes of good, great, or "I love your art", it means I trust that you're not a troll, or can actually stand to have someone disagree with you. Although I do often say "I love your art" when I feel that a piece of artwork shouldn't be ignored, but I can't think of something adequate to say.
But the risk being banned or blocked or whatever it's called is the price of commenting. But I'll pay it if it has to be paid.
For the rest of you - have a spectacular day. I can feel spring coming and I'm feeling the Hope of Spring. ^_^