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On the subject of thanking people for watching: 

52%
53 deviants said Do so! Everyone likes knowing you noticed their interest.
22%
22 deviants said Don't. It makes the watch sound like a favour instead of interest in your art.
12%
12 deviants said Don't. It's basically spam.
6%
6 deviants said Do so! You look stuck up otherwise.
4%
4 deviants said Don't. (reason in comments)
3%
3 deviants said Don't. It's shameless self-promotion using their page.
2%
2 deviants said Do so! (reason in comments)

Devious Comments

:iconoddwarg:
Oddwarg Featured By Owner Edited Sep 30, 2016  Professional General Artist
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.
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Tineid Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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.
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LiraCrown Featured By Owner Edited May 10, 2016  Student General Artist
I'd like to say do, but I'm gonna say don't. 

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...)
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:icontineid:
Tineid Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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.
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:iconliracrown:
LiraCrown Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Student General Artist
Oh ya, llama might work. Never really considered them, I tend to forget about them altogether. 
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:icontineid:
Tineid Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Some people still get excited over them.
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poecillia-gracilis19 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Student General Artist
Thanking is one of the two tokens of appreciation here. The other one is a llama badge (though this one is arguable).

And thanks for watching! (Please notify before posting any of my things on MLB. That is, 'If')
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:icontineid:
Tineid Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Llamas are also good.
And I'll be sure to ask first before I feature anything of yours.
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Moxaji Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like it. It shows that they will spare a bit of their time on thanking the people who want to support them and watch them grow, you know? I always feel happy when they thank me. 
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:icontineid:
Tineid Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That seems to be the consensus. I'm one of the few odd ones who feels awkward getting thanked for watching.
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JaegerPony Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015
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.
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015
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. 
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Tineid Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just don't want to bother people. Or make people feel like I don't care.
So I think I'm bound to upset someone regardless.

I do check people's galleries though, regardless of the reason they show up in my notifications.
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:iconpirill-poveniy:
Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015
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.
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:iconwhimsy-floof:
Whimsy-Floof Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
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. :iconllamajumpplz:
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:icontineid:
Tineid Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been going the route of thank-you llamas lately too. =)
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:iconwhimsy-floof:
Whimsy-Floof Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
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)

Win-Win, I say.
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:icontineid:
Tineid Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's the other thing I do.
If someone took the time to notice me, I think the least I can do is glance at their gallery to see if their work also interests me. =)
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:iconwhimsy-floof:
Whimsy-Floof Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
*nods sagely in agreement*
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Brixtambot Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015
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!
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:icontineid:
Tineid Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I honestly hadn't considered doing a milestone for deviantart, but that's a good idea. Thanks. =)
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QuynzeL Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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 ^^
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:icontineid:
Tineid Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yes, I do the same with anyone that watches or favourites me. I figure the least I can do in return is glance at their gallery. And I've found quite a few artists to watch that way. =)
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TheTruePsychopath Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015
I'm indecisive on whether you shoudl or not. If by should, you mean do it when you reach a group of watchers, then yes. If you do it every time you get one follower, that becomes annoying.
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:icontineid:
Tineid Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I'm talking about individually thanking anyone who watches me, as many people do.
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:iconthetruepsychopath:
TheTruePsychopath Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015
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'.
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GothicPegasister23 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
All of the above for don't
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:icontineid:
Tineid Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Do so" seems to be winning, but I'm glad you agree with me =)
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GothicPegasister23 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's super annoying for me since I'm watching a bunch of people so my comments are just "thanks!" And UUUUUUGHHHH
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:icontineid:
Tineid Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, yeah, fair enough.
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:icongothicpegasister23:
GothicPegasister23 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Like your icon btw!
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:icontineid:
Tineid Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks muchly =)
A moth pony seemed appropriate, based on my username.
Ponysona by Tineid
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:icongothicpegasister23:
GothicPegasister23 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
DAWWWWWWW
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:icontineid:
Tineid Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, glad you like him.
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TheyCallMeSage Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I say do it because it's the polite thing to do.
Which is actually what brought me to your page in the first place.
Thank you for watching me :iconspazhugplz:
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:icontineid:
Tineid Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The poll does seem to be tipping toward "do so!"
I err on the side of politeness and thank people. =)
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JNinelives Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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.
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Tineid Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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.
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Dragunique Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I may give a llama though... If I remember.  :)
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Tineid Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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.
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