Although there are people that dislike this sort of place, more often then not, these are the same people who use the word "fag" in a degrading manner and who hate Dance Dance Revolution and those who play it.
Your drawing/photo/movie/poem may get viewed by some, but usually no more than 30 times. If you get a comment on it by someone, that's usually the last comment you'll ever get on it, unless you have some friends (AKA DeviantWatchers) that like your artwork. If you're lucky, it might even get a favorite.
On the other hand, if you submit a drawing of a character from, say, Full Metal Alchemist, or Inu Yasha, You may get as much as 100 views or more within the same hour that you submitted it. These usually get more comments and favorites, especially if you draw the male characters looking all bishie-like (The deviantart community is mostly girls, so it's natural that they'd like this kind of stuff).
Then there are the Deviants that are extremely popular and worshipped by thousands. I have no idea how they got this popular, but the case with these people is that, no matter WHAT they submit, no matter how stupid it looks, or how simple it is, it appears on the front page in the "Today's Favorites" section. Their artwork gets about 500 favorites per picture, as well as about 8 pages of comments by people saying how cute it is, how much they love Edward Elric, or how much they love the artist, despite the simplicity of the work. There ARE some photos/drawings/movies though which I agree deserve to be there, but most of them are just random new pictures submitted by "a popular artist"
There are some less-popular artists out there who submit more interesting things than what appears on the front page, but sadly, since their name is not "Rimfrost", or "bleed-man", nobody notices their work.
So, to sum it up, deviantart is a nice place. I just wish that others' original artwork would get noticed as well. I go there too, and submit drawings of my own characters, but the only ones who see it are my friends. It would be good if all art was appreciated, and I'm not simply talking about the original art of ONLY the popular artists, but EVERYONE's art.
A Fanart drawing on deviantart:
"LIEK OMG I LUVVV IT!! ITS THE BEST THING I EVR SAW!! OMG I <3 INUYASHA ^_^_^_^" (repeat this x100 and you have a popular artist's drawing)
Me: I was on SheezyART the other day too. After customizing my user-page, I submitted some art. It stayed on the front page for more than 8 minutes. Then I found pirate gold in my basement.
Guy: Sheezy art is for gay fags who are gay and like to be fags that are gay.
And the abundance of mediocre manga fanart isn't even that bad - at least they tried to put some sort of artistic effort into it. What's truly horrible are the countless adolescent girls who feel the need to pepper dA with cam-whoresque pictures under the guise of expressive portraiture. Please, do it somewhere else. It's extremely selfish and egocentric, and it ruins the experience for those of us who take dA seriously.
If you truly enjoy art and put thought and effort into your work, and are willing to offer insightful, intelligent comments, please, sign up. deviantArt needs more people like you.
If deviantArt turns into MySpace I swear I'm going to strangle something.
though deviantART has undergone numerous changes, the only people who believe it to be gay or homosexual are the people who failed to read the submission agreement and thus lost their submitted work
person2: did it have nudity in it?
Person2: then that's why it was removed, stupid fuck.
D00D. 1/\/\ T3H 3l337 h4x0r 4r7ist. CH3k 0UT /\/\Y l337 D3VI4NT4RT!!!!!!!!!1 1 H4V3 A P1Ct4RE OF A TR33 ON TH4R!
Perhaps I'll use Deviantart to showcase my last drawing, which I think is one of my best