Personally I'm usually very reluctant to do anything that seems like shameless self promotion, so I don't remember if I've ever done this. That said, I appreciate comments from people who actually mean it, so it's not like I want to impose my behaviours (or non-behaviours) on others. Also, as of late I've been forced to participate in some shameless self promotion so I've been trying to loosen up a bit.
The reason I'm here is actually that I have a habit of lurking on people's pages if they appear in my notifications, to see if they're legitimately interested or just attention horsing (although ironically, that means giving them attention, heh). Idk, I'm a conflicted person.
Yeah, there are definitely those who only follow people to garner attention, or to ask for a follow back. And I don't like promoting myself either. But then I'm not trying to make a living as an artist. I'm keeping it strictly my hobby.
I used to, I thanked every one of my watchers up till about 160 or so. Some people get stupidly mad that you do, most generally don't care if you thank them, and a few appreciate that you do. I think that number that will hold that fact you didn't thank them are significantly lower then the ones that will treat your thanks like spam, so just statistically speaking your more likely to keep your new watcher happy by not saying anything at all. I've seen way more accounts saying to spicificly NOT thank them; if fact I've NEVER seen one that says you BETTER thank them or anything equivalent.
I always appreciate new watches, I just assume they know it and try and find other ways to communicate with those that wanna be involved.
(Also figure I should mention I always thanked via note, Don't thank people on their page, thats not what that space is for...)
Thanks for the input. For the last while I've been responding to new watchers by sending them a llama. It seems like a less spammy way to acknowledge their interest. So far I haven't had anyone tell me I'm an ungrateful butt for not thanking them in words, so hopefully that's a good sign.
I don't really have any feelings one way or the other on the issue. Do so, or don't. Whatever floats your boat. It doesn't particularly mean all that much to me whether someone does or doesn't thank me. Entirely their prerogative whether they wish to or not. At worst I have to click an extra "x", at best it's someone I respect or admire for whatever reason and I'm grateful they took the time to show that they noticed. In either event, it's nothing really more than a gracious platitude. Entirely unnecessary, and not particularly missed if absent, though nice from time to time.
I leave it up to the individual whether they wish to partake in such an exchange or not. Usually? I leave it out for the most part personally. If someone takes the time to comment thanking me, I return the favour and perhaps attempt at some mild discussion on other topics. Doesn't really bother me either way.
A very good question, but I vote for NEITHER! You should do what you feel. It's true that either extreme can have adverse reactions but anything in-between is good in my book. I personally thank my watchers since I don't get that many that it becomes an impossible feat to do so and it gives me a chance to check out their gallery as well.
I think it's a valid concern, but I can't say I had issues with it. If I notice a person doesn't reply to the many previous thanks messages that every dA profile has, or if they mention it on their profile I'll refrain from doing it.
I typically like to thank people for things by giving them llama badges. I know there are some folks who don't like their pages cluttered with "thank you" messages. (though I think that's crazy) But as of yet, I haven't had a single person object to a thank you llama.
Plus, thanking people with llamas instead of comments is literally on the way to their gallery. So you're killing two birds with one stone. You just stop a couple seconds to give them a llama and then head into their gallery for a quick glance. (or not so quick if you wind up really enjoying their stuff)
I personally think it's polite to thank someone for watching,but I wouldn't because,as you mentioned in the ballot,it's pretty spamy.The best thing to do would probably do would be to thank all your watchers for their support when your reach some sort of milestone so that it's less spam altogether,but you still show some gratitude.Hope that helps!
Basically, I check every single person who notifies me, and look for their deviations. If I enjoy some of them, I put it in this file >> quynzel.deviantart.com/favouri… otherwise, I give him a llama badge. If I get several notifications from the same personn, he gets a llama badge too ^^
Ew. No. I never do that on fimfic when someone favorites one of my stories or follows me. It's annoying, and I decided not to do that since I saw homepages generally being nothing but 'Thank you for favoriting my fic' or 'Thank you for following me'.
I don't thank people for watching, or for faves or llamas. I haven't chosen any of the above options though, because I am ambivalent. It's not a big deal to me either way.
If people thank me, it's nice to know they appreciate their watchers, so I don't mind it. That said, I prefer to give people feedback on their artwork instead, and I value feedback on mine much more thank "thanks for x".
I agree that if you choose to watch someone, then that is entirely your choice, and shouldn't be seen as a favour.
By the same token it feels a little odd when the people I watch ask their watchers what they want to see more of. I'm happy to give feedback, but I feel that it's important as an artist to have your own personal motivation for doing art.
Definitely agreed on that last point. Whenever an artist I watch asks what to draw next, or whether it's okay if they take a break from ponies and draw other things, I always say just draw what you enjoy drawing.
Personally, I feel uncomfortable when people thank me for watching them, like I did them a favour. If I watch someone, it's because I really want to see what else they produce. It's more for my benefit than theirs.