Journal Entry: Fri Sep 13, 2013, 4:12 PM
I'll be quite honest, I'm not sure where this group is going. When I took this group over I had a standard in mind from which to proceed to move the group forward to one of the best fan art groups on dA. I still want to keep this up, but this group has been besieged by artwork that is just not up to the standard I want to hold. In the past I've let this slide as I have said that I hate declining any artwork. So I created different folders for different levels of artistic expression and have let most any type of artwork in the group. And because I did this everyone thinks that now anything is allowed in the group. This is no longer going to continue.
Now, I hate being the "bad guy" who declines art because its not up to the group's standards. And up until now I have avoided it because I wanted to please everyone who joined the group. But in doing that I ended up compromising the group's standards and have even alienated our group members, to the point that some have left the group. I realize now that you just are not going to please everyone, no matter how hard you try. And when you do it ends up a disaster for everyone involved.
So, from now on I'm returning the group to the original standards I had in mind when taking it over. And I know some of our members are not going to like this, and I also know that some of you will leave the group because of this. For the latter I am sorry. I'm sorry that I allowed this to happen in the first place and I'm sorry that I will lose some of you because of it.
But be that as it may, I must do what I feel is right for the group. So, some of your submissions will be declined as I return to my original plan for the group. I am deleting the "Aspiring Artists" folder, as it has become too much to try to moderate anyway. I am truly sorry if this hurts any our current members, but I must do what is best for the group.
Note: I'm no longer at a loss, and I no longer feel like a bastard for declining work, which is either good or bad depending on how you look at it.