It has occurred to me that many of you ask the same question whenever we ask you to read the rules before joining.
That question is:
"Why do we have to link our work?"
Some of you even go into detail as to what would be better than just sending a few links, and a lot of you feel that it is completely unnecessary.
Here's a message I sent to a person who recently asked this question:
"Everyone has a different opinion on what is 'cute' as well as what is 'cool'.
The group can be very biased. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.
There are a lot of groups on dA that only accept specific artworks, and we're one of them.
Most things get accepted, even if I myself don't think it's cute or cool
(ie, certain fan arts, manga, anime, etc)
but if the majority of admins think it's cute and cool, it gets accepted.
Sure, I think it'd be better to link the person's entire gallery, but then people might be annoyed that we (the admins)
can't just click on their name and go to the gallery ourselves.
And considering the amount of join requests we get at a time (usually 10+ in a day) it would be a bit time consuming.
We just ask that for those who want to join, we'd like to see an idea of what they would submit if they were a member, so that we don't have to decline all of their work once they join.
There would be the problem of people going "Why are all of my works declined? I'm leaving."
Well, I'll tell you something:
We don't accept anything that's gory or violent. In some cases, we don't even allow swear words in the group (though that was someone else's choice, not mine).
Even as an admin, I watch what I put into the groups.
There are some artwork of mine that I don't even find appropriate for the group.
In the end, it's just a matter of what the group folders have and what would fit in with them.
It sounds kind of awful, but it's just a dA group! Nothing fancy. haha"
I apologize for the extremely long text.
Hopefully that clears things up. If not... Then I guess I failed.
If you have any comments, questions or advice, feel free to comment on this journal!
(If enough people ask the same question, I'd be happy to make another FAQ post.)