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January 23, 2013


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Submitting Art Changes
I don't particularly enjoy the redesign of the submissions page, but overall I think it is an improvement. How about that, a DA update that didn't immediate piss me off and looks promising? Never thought I'd see the day!

What actually looks the most intriguing to me is the feature to allow digitally distributed content. That system actually makes the DA point feature look appealing. See, DA? That's how you get me interested in your points. Make a system that's fluid and works well and doesn't screw over the users using it (like your commission app does… ).

I'm interested in trying it out, but I don't know what I would offer, or how much I'd offer it for. Like, would people be interested in downloading step by step illustrations? Or the original sketches to an illustration if it was cheap enough? Or purchasing the full resolution version of my work? Would it be better to submit a whole comic book or offer the booklets I've talked about? Would anyone even buy them if they were offered through DA's cumbersome point system?

Goodness... the prospect of selling my content through DA is kinda a freaky concept... I dunno how I feel about that. How do you guys feel about it? What sorts of "premium content" would you like to see and what would you be willing to "pay" for it, if at all?
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OzzieScribbler Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'd like to rather pay for things through Paypal than some nonconvertible virtual currency, thank you very much. I never understood why so many people roll with this asinine point system in the first place.
Paladin343 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm afraid I'm bound to be singularly unhelpful:
I'd love premium content, but I have little money that's not going towards vital things (school, car, food, rent, utilities) and that little is being saved for the expensive emergencies that continually crop up (computer, car).
Mister-Sidd Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
i come to dA for free art viewing and discussion... money would really wreck my world
MouseDenton Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
I'm opposed to paying for access to a marketplace or other "exclusive" feature, unless it's a one-time payment. The word "premium" makes my blood boil and causes the proletariat gears of the war machine that is my mind begin grinding with anger at the........ yea, it's videogame related.

Fucking APB:R... Goddamnit...
mosobot64 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student General Artist
I've been trying to sell full pdf editions of my comics through DA. [link]

Not sure if the point system is helping, though...
JadtheDog Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Pin ups. :3
PaintedCricket Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's actually pretty good. It doesn't mix in your points and your earnings, giving you withdraw-to options. And you don't have to keep up with (and forget) to send people something. And the pages in the back don't look like a grand mess of beta.

I don't mind the 20% cut because the premium content I'd sell is only for small things, like linearts and PSD templates that I wouldn't be making a lot off of and am mostly offering for fun and for ease. But if I had a large commission, I'd request it directly to Paypal.

I can see where dA would use the money on. Companies are always trying to expand, yeah, but every weekly update either brings a new feature in beta or a plan for one. Plus, the 1k search limit people were complaining about endlessly was lifted when the endless scrolling came around. If the previous way to search was strenuous on the system, imaging how it's become with endless scrolling. Nobody's noticed but me, I'm sure.
TomPreston Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
I'm not saying DA doesn't deserve money... I'm simply saying there are ways they could compete and make their offerings attractive to new customers by being competitive and not being glutenous about it. 20% is mighty steep when a lot of stuff is being sold so low.

Like I keep saying, if they made it free for users who buy premium memberships, it would lead to more premium memberships being bought (which are more expensive than that 20% cut and thus earn them more money in the long run). Heck, even just reducing it down to 10% would make it more attractive and more people would be willing to use the system, thus earning them more income.

I think what bugs me about DA is how they try to gouge their customer base when there are other places that offer better more efficient services.
PaintedCricket Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It would help. They raised the price for Groups recently. I'd hoped they'd improve or add, but they didn't and they still raised the price. It was just introductory, but it's been there for years. You'd think they'd have time to make a groups-specific tool if they managed to change the whole site layout in that time.

Even people who spurge notice it's no deal.
GWoolley Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student Filmographer
When I first saw the premium content option, I thought it was a good idea. But unfortunately I don't have a use for points and it's a closed system so I would not proffit in any way.
If you could change your earned points into real cash, the type that I can buy real food with and shove down my throat. Then Yes. I'd totally be for the system.
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