I thought DA had exploded when it got to 10 Million photos but I just uploaded a photo and it's now in the 135m mark, it doesn't seem that long ago to me when DA was celebrating the 10 millionth photo although upon looking it would seem that that was about 5 years ago, so maybe I am thinking of some other mile stone. Anyway so you would think that in a wave of more deviations the added amount of users would counteract the drop in exposure your image gets, however that doesn't seem to be the case and as a mention in this thread forum.deviantart.com/galleries… .
Now I think it's probably because of a wave of point and shoot snappy happy photographers and emo poets flooding the server that makes getting attention on DA quite hard these days.
I'm not sure how anything gets into the daily top faves, I'm not saying I have anything good enough to do that but without photo pools like on Flickr I'm not sure how anything gets noticed after its disappeared off the main page, my theory is that if you get enough faves in those few seconds your image is on the main page you can get into the daily top faves list the rest disappears into obscurity like the image I just uploaded (at time of writing) ajuk.deviantart.com/art/Dead-W… it got two faves in a few seconds and then bam nothing gone.
I'm sure there are other ways to get attention, going around searching for pics on DA leaving endless amounts of comments hoping to get some back and building up a possy of dedicated subscribers by subscribing to every one and there pet. Well I search for pictures when I want to not to get attention and despite that I still have given way more comments that I have received, maybe it's because I'm rubbish, and I subscribe to people who's work I am really fond of.
Anyway I spend most of my time on Flickr these, that doesn't mean I'm leaving DA, I don't understand people who leave website I hate that it's not like you have to catch a f*cking plane to get back to it it's a f*cking website, I just don't spend the time here I used to, occasionally I will still submit a deviation only for the 5 seconds of glory when I get a few faves before the image falls deep into that abyss.
One more thing to mention I actually registered groups.deviantart.com and I had let it get a bit rusty but one time when I tried to log in I couldn't only to find DA wanted that URL and deleted that account, I thought DA never deleted account well that one went all I can say is you should have go to it before me in the first place rather than deciding you want it later on, and they could have at least have sent me an email.
I'm not sure if anybody reads this it's been so long since any of my journal entries has had a comment i'm not sure if anybody does, so please leave a comment even if it's just to say you have read it!