Uuh, so...somebody started a topic about dA Eclipse before, I believe, and I replied that I didn't care, but now that I've heard about the experience of an artist who beta-tested it, I'm starting to get nervous...
I'd like to quote some appropriate passages:
"The new UI feels like a really amateur first draft. Notifications are now displayed in a drop-down menu instead of having their own page, and there's currently no option to remove messages in bulk, which means you have to go through and delete them one by one."
Um (my Notifications are already in the 1000s)
Simple actions like deletion require multiple clicks because everything is nested within unnecessary drop-down menus.
Ummm (I don't need any extra help in getting carpal tunnel syndrome, thanks)
"profile customization is removed. All that fancy CSS you wrote or purchased? Worthless. Those cute pagedolls you commissioned? Won't work anymore. Those pretty custom boxes that express your unique aesthetic? Gone. Everything looks the same."
Long story short, WHAT ARE THEY DOING?!
I'd LOVE to believe that this is all just practice, and that Eclipse will get more polished before it rolls out...but I can't. If they're willing to let deviants actually USE it in this state, then they must think it's at least halfway decent...somehow...
I'd also LOVE to believe that they'll change it if the backlash is too strong. But seeing as the staff can't bring themselves to do anything about reasonable requests like "maybe get all the fetish art off the front page" and "maybe enforce actual consequences for art thieves", I don't have much hope for that either. I honestly think they'd sooner shut DeviantArt down than change it into something people will actually like.
...SO, it's really starting to look like all my random sketches will soon be needing a new home. But where will it be? I tried looking for alternatives just a few months ago, and what I found looked pretty lame, tbh.
But most people here seem to hate dA with a passion, and y'all must be putting your stuff somewhere. So what would you recommend?