A few days ago, I noticed my 7 Day Premium Membership changed to 3 Month Premium Membership. Wow, a sub donation! I rushed to open my email to find out who the donor was
only to find:"Someone has given you the Joy of a deviantArt subscription
A deviant has bought you a 3 month Subscription to deviantART.
And it goes on. So who donated this subscription? I still have no idea. Why? Because apparently deviantArt now offers anonymous sub-donation as an alternative to the new non-anonymous sub-donation feature.
I believe that donors should be recognized for their donation. For those who have kindly donated a sub, I have offered in return my gratitude and a little note at the bottom of my journal; its the least I can do. But does that mean donors should be automatically guaranteed such recognition? Well, now with deviantArts non-anonymous sub-donating, donors are guaranteed a space under X Month Premium Member noting their donation.
At first glance, I really liked this change. They donated a sub. They deserve recognition. However, as I started reading some complaints on this matter, I realized the degree of social scrutiny that would surely ensue.
One deviant claimed that [w]hoever buys you the subscription [non-anonymously] is essentially buying ad-space on your page. Another complained how [s]omeone will eventually use this to get page views by donating to a very popular artist."
So is this really what people are going to think about non-anonymous sub-donors?
I suppose it does raise a little suspicion as to the motive of the donor: are they really donating out of humble generosity or for less noble motives such as self-promotion? And if they are donating anonymously, is it because they truly wish to remain anonymous from the recipient or because they fear potential criticism?
I find it sad that such suspicions would even arise.
Im still not sure what I think of this new non-anonymous sub-donation feature. But I do wonder: What has happened and whats going to happen to sub-donating? This once simple gesture, meant to do little more than bring a smile to someones day, everyday.
What do you think?
And to whoever donated me this subscription, if you are reading this: while I realize some may not want such public recognition as what I typically offer, I hope to be able to at least thank you in private. Copyright Statement
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