Oh boy! I have a lot to say. First off, I DO NOT LIKE this new core membership. Those icons are so gaudy looking they are an eye sore. Thankfully after reading some journals and doing some research, I was able to find scripts to make the old icons visible again. I will get to that later on how you can do the same. A few months ago, I made the decision to consider on renewing my membership after your birthday. I was waiting to see first if I could win subs at your birthday bash. That's what happened last year. I won two 6 months subs so I was purposely waiting to see if I could win more before buying.
If I didn't win any then I was going to buy a membership. But now with the price doubling for a 1 year sub, I can no longer afford it. I have never bought a sub to date because for years I was so use to my free account but now after having a membership for free for the past 2 years, I have really come to enjoy it. The first year, Moonbeam13 was kind enough to gift me with a 1 year sub so that my clubs could be converted into groups. I'm grateful to her and still running my groups to this very day and will continue to do so as long as I'm alive and dA exists. Last year I was able to extend my membership due to the contests I won during dA's birthday bash, someone donating the rest of their points to complete my first donation pool for a 1 month sub and getting another 1 month sub from the Holiday Card Project so I still have my membership until October 14, 2015. But now when my membership expires, I won't be renewing because I can't afford it. I only have a decent paying job and still have bills to pay. The price for a 1 year sub is now $63.75 CAD for me. My only hope now is to somehow get another sub for free again. Too bad as I have come to love my membership for the past 2 years and I will truly miss it once it expires. I will enjoy it whatever time I have left of my sub. This situation totally sucks.
Great timing deviantART! You had to do this on the eve of your birthday. Couldn't you have introduced this core membership at least after your birthday bash? This has added more grief on top of what I'm already going through that I'm no longer going to enjoy your 15th birthday now. Think this will also be the last birthday bash I participate in. I feel bad now for switching days at work and making my co-worker work 7 days straight so that I could have the day off for your birthday, which I was so looking forward to a year in advance and now I really don't feel like celebrating your birthday anymore. Plus, you did not announce this in advance. I hate that. That is now a black mark against you in my books. You were one of my fav websites but not anymore. I have enjoyed you for 11 years but now things are never going to be the same between us. A game I like play called School of Dragons pulled a similar stunt like this last year. I was considering on buying a membership and the price was affordable but the main reason I was joining for was to get Toothless permanently. Toothless is the main dragon in the film "How To Train Your Dragon". Glad I did my research first by going to their forums. They made no announcement and I only found out by what other people posted on the forum. I was shock to discover that they changed things and were fixing a glitch. Turns out you were never suppose to keep Toothless permanently. If you bought a membership before a certain date, you were grandfathered in and still got to keep Toothless permanently. You only get to keep him now if you keep renewing your membership. Once it expires, you lose him. I was 2 days too late in making the decision. So in the end, I never bought a membership and never will. The same will now go for dA unless they bring the price of a membership down to an affordable price. Something in the range of $40 to $45 CAD is the most I can afford. So if you ever do bring the price down and I still have a job, I will buy a sub in a heartbeat.
In the end, I will continue to enjoy you with a free account once my membership expires but I will not enjoy you as much as I had before because you have upset me greatly. Thank you for breaking my heart and crushing my dream. Shame on you dA!
On the positive side, at least now I can spend my money on something else. Haven't been able to renew my Backstreet Boys fanclub membership for 2 years because I couldn't afford it. Think I will renew my membership there instead of here. It's will only cost me $20 USD. Much more affordable than $63.75 CAD.
Plus, another reason why I can't afford your high price for a membership. My cat has cancer again, new different cancer than what he had 2 years ago, and is undergoing chemo treatment again. Good news is that at 17 years old, think the chemo is working. His energy level is through the roof, eats like a pig, has beautiful fur, still hunting mice, and acts like a kitten. But even if his treatment ever ends, still can't afford your membership.
Anyway, if you do wish to participate in dA's birthday bash, here are the journals, including the schedule for tomorrow:DA's 15th Birthday: Chat/Forum Events!DA's 15th Birthday Caption Contest!Birthday Baking Bash Competition!
I will still participate in them but won't enjoy them as much as I had in the past.
Next I would like to thank AdorkableINK
for finally getting me my first cake badge
for my birthday a month ago. Thank you so much. I had wanted that cake badge for years and finally glad to have another dream come true.
After dA had to dump this core membership business on me and cause me more grief, I had already spent the last 2 weeks dealing with another mess. Here is a summary of what happened. Around July 23, I left a review on a HYTTD fanfic that was being reported for posting script from the movie. I never paid attention to rules but apparently that, copyright song lyrics and plagerism are illegal on FanFiction.net. I get that now. Plagerism I'm totally against but the other 2 infractions I would ignore. I like to mind my own business and don't like to get people in trouble. Anyway, I posted a review on their fanfic trying to compare a similar situation I found myself in back in 2006. I didn't know I was breaking the rules by posting the copyrighted song lyrics along with lyrics that I wrote. I like to write filks so I take the existing tune but create new lyrics and it's perfectly legal. Filks are like parodies except they are not funny. You also don't need the artist's permission to write them. Perfect example is Weird Al Yankovic. Legally he doesn't have to ask permission from the artist's he parodies but he does it out of respect. Proof here on Wikipedia:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parody#R…
So anyway, this person called The Warty Hogg, who reported this fanfic, saw my review but she misread what I said. She followed me to my FF.net profile and reported me right away to the FF admins. She then sent me a few nasty messages saying I was stealing and I tried to prove to her that I was innocent. On July 27, FF deleted my fanfic illegally and believed her lies. This got me so upset that I started this petition against the Copyright Infringement Reports forum on FF.net.chn.ge/1LWaJFt
I only need 23 more signatures so I hope you will sign it. This situation caused me a lot of unnecessary grief but I am happy to report that I have been proven innocent and trying to get my fanfic reinstated on FF.net. Warty Hogg and HorisTheAvenger, who is the main admin of the forum, have apologized to me and are trying to help but I'm still mad at them and will continue this petition. Their forum and others like it should be shut down. You shouldn't go around reporting anyone without an investigation first. That's what happened with me. There was no investigation and right away I was found guilty, which wasn't fair when I was innocent all along. Anyway, doubt the petition will do anything but I will keep it going anyway.
Now I will tell you how you can get rid of those awful looking core icons. Here are some solutions:
To use these, you will have to first install the Stylish extension for whichever internet browser you use.
To use these, you will have to first install the Adblock extension. This will not work in the Adblock Plus extension but that extension can also be used to block both deviantART and Facebook ads.comments.deviantart.com/1/5510…How to Remove that GHASTLY Orange 'Core' Tag
I find the Stylish extension works best. I'm using the middle one so I'm back to having the star beside my username. Looks so much nicer than that gaudy awful core symbol. I also discovered these other nifty extensions of Stylish through a Google search. Enjoy! userstyles.org/styles/browse/d…
Finally, what do you think of this core membership business. Do you like, dislike it, love it or hate it? Feel free to leave your thoughts.