February 5th, 2009 09:00 am (UTC)
I agree so much
When I left elfwood almost 3 years ago I too said that I prefered Deviantart more, which at that moment was true, as it is now. But I would have prefered Elfwood over Devi if it was the old woods.
There are rules and there will always be rules for submission, it is something that made elfwood nice and clean too. But that does not work if you feel treated unfair and if confronted their arguments are ridiculous. So I left. I even left with the sentence "I'm not staying on this sinking ship if these are the conditions. but thanks anyway". I watched how many other artist left for similar reasons and like you, hoped, HOPED they'd realize it. Instead it just seemed as if they were happy to have their playground back. I did visit elfwood here and there, noticed the new adds and odds, but most of all I noticed the silence around elfwood. And thats not just saying that artists moved from elfwood to deviantart, its also the feeling that there seemed no more activ, alive maintenance going on.
Eventually finding an elfwood link while browsing has become a rarity, and I dont know what they'd have to do, in my opinion its already to late.
If they do bring back the old woods, yes, I will go back and I'll even stand there and help pull elfwood out of the swamp.
Hope dies last after all