I am surprised nobody speaks deeper about the community. Maybe because cartoon, videogame fans and furries are taboo outside the web. Then the serious art is closer to most people which is understandable, even though some prices are really over-the-top (400 dollars? You cannot be serious) since the art doesn't have specific purpose like design on cups or T-shirts. I'm trying to keep my eyes on this category and not accidentaly look at the other group. Of course among the fan communities there are lot of overfantasizing fanfictions and lot of sexual fanart in very provocative poses but people used to be more self-aware and joking around was on daily basis. Even though there were some unpleasant closed-minded elitist know-it-alls who could bring a "maturity" card out of the place. That was some 10 years ago and more. Now the fan communities are lot more reserved and serious about what they are doing, often anti-social, hiding strong SJW mindset behind their smiles and it's all filled with early teen request spammers. There are possibly sane people but are more reserved than similar bunch used to be. But then again the professionals don't really make up much of communities since there is as expected no time for that. They are usually polite and I respect them for what they are doing. Many make tutorials and some can be very helpful to motivate you to continue and get better in art (Hyanna-Natsu is an angel) if the time allows it. Still I've encountered enormous hypocrisy over NSFW stuff from the staff, like an innocent nudity of a 17 years old may be taken down if she isn't a Pokémon trainer or stuff like that but lot of questionable fetishes stay there. It's a strike. Then dA made a huge change to the layout which started out as promising but ended up with less of possibilities and the only way to switch to the original is to be online. They risked a lot but it's still there. If they remove it, they are damned. Also I saw some masterpieces with just 2 ciphers of favourites nowadays which is a huge shame, fanarts are much bigger magnet for users. But I don't really understand how people are saying there is no freedom of speech when you can say practically everything. Well, look at MugenArchive and compare it in this aspect. Don't get shocked.