IDK, DA always seemed a lot more business-like than FA, which is saying something since it seems like every artist on FA only takes commissions and never does art trades or requests. Actually, I was talking things over with one of the people who requested a story from me on FA and he said he stopped going to DA a lot because it's so much more impersonal than FA and it's hard to actually do anything there. But then, that's just one person's opinion, so don't let our resentment towards DA ruin it for you.
Also, heh, the one guy I was waiting for the request from finally got back to me. Turns out he wanted something like a crime story.
Yeah, I don't think dA pushes you to upload either. That's just me and my OCD talking. :P But yeah, making friends is a big appeal for registering to sites like these. Probably part of the reason I returned to dA and stayed around. :)
Actually, FA doesn't really push that too much. A lot of people use it more for chat than to actually upload things. I've seen people who've been on the site for years and literally only posted a few small things period, and some who haven't posted anything at all.
But, hey, it's up to you. Another difference I forgot to mention is that FA actually is setup to prevent flooding. You're only allowed to post so many pics in a day and can't keep uploading them in rapid succession (like one submission per minute). Sounds goofy, but it does help keep the site from crashing like it used to a few years ago. I mean, it still does from time to time, but even with the heavy traffic, it's not as bad as it was.
But then, FA's not for everyone either. I only brought it up because I've suddenly fallen in love with it again after making a new friend there. DA's okay if it's meeting your needs. I just have serious issues with trying to use it myself.
Yeah, I imagine that FA is pretty big. It's just more focused than dA in content. I went back to dA after a period of inactivity, just so I have a place to host my stuff and occasionally journal about what's been going on with me. If I joined FA, I'd definitely feel like I have an obligation to update over there too, and I'm not looking forward to uploading my 100+ deviations there plus descriptions.
Heh, maybe freeze is the wrong term. The issue I have is that I go to submit things after I fill out all the information and then it WON'T go through to the uploaded page... :/ DA is such a busy site that I'm not surprised by that, though. Also, that may work for you, but my works are very diversified so much that I can't just keep using the same submission categories all the time (though, I probably could've just been lazy and left things the same all the time).
Furaffinity is just as active as DA, but I rarely ever have an issue uploading things there. The only problem I've had in recent history is when I go to upload something, my browser will occasionally say the site froze on me, but it immediately corrects itself and continues to the submission page, so I just ignore it. I figured that may either be because the site itself is busy, my file is somewhat big, or it's probably my adblocker conflicting with the site momentarily (which is more than likely because I know it does that sometimes on sites that have a lot of ads). In any case, it hasn't really happened lately and it never really bothered me before. I would invite you to join, but I can't vouch for content. While the site does have a mature filter (which I keep on at almost all times), some of the stuff is a little questionable... *facepaws* Who am I kidding? It's almost all the same as DeviantArt, give or take the fact that it's all FURRY stuff.
Wow, I've never had dA freeze on me before. :O At least, not that I can remember. Yeah, the category thing's pretty annoying, though dA pretty much remembers the ones I use most often, which helps a lot. Still, many people find dA cumbersome to use.
I'm fine with using my irl name for games, since it's nothing distinct and not something people would think twice about. When it comes to fiction writing, that's an entirely different matter. I mean, the person wanted it as a gift, and I didn't want to turn him down, but had to when he started talking like that.
In my regular fiction, I have to come up with fictional characters. I literally can't write about things that are too close to my reality or reality in general. I have no problem doing casual things, but that's all.
I probably could post it on DA since I know the requester is on there too, but I always have such a hard time using their submission thing it drives me nuts. It freezes on me every time and I have to close out of the tab/browser and start all over again. It was even doing that on my old computer before too, and I hate DA because of it. I can never get anything to go through the first time! Also, all the things you have to fill out before posting are BS! At least FA only requires a rating, title, and a (one-character) description before you post. Anything else like categories for what your submission's about are strictly optional.
Wow, you're getting requests quickly. But yeah, I totally understand the not writing about real people thing. I even feel uncomfortable inserting myself into games; hence why I always go by "wave" (or some variation) in them. And even then, it felt weird putting my Mii into Tomodachi Life, so I used characters I created instead.
Nope... I guess the guy forgot. However, someone else asked me shortly after posting the one story if I'd hear his request. After he described it, though, I told him I couldn't do it. The concept was beautiful, but when he started describing having the real life versions of himself and his girlfriend in it as well shared some borderline artwork of what he wanted to have them turned into, I started to feel a bit uncomfortable. I have strict policy about not writing about REAL people. I'll do fictional adaptations of them no problem, but I can't write about real people. It just seems too personal and I don't want people to give out personal information like that to me online.