Just a quick journal entry, due to the person who commented on my page a little while ago:
I am very very thankful that most people I deal with on here are understanding and pleasant. I have declined plenty of people in the past, and deviations, and I barely get anyone attacking me because of it. I do sometimes though, and I can usually get them to understand after talking with them. The person who commented though was just so unnecessary, and I just had to say something about it.
I rarely comment saying why I declined something or someone. I do expect people to read the rules and understand themselves. But, most groups get a lot of things to go through so you can't expect anyone to be able to comment on everything. You could say to get more staff to help, but I can't trust people to follow my standards. I would feel the need to constantly go through my folders to make sure something that didn't belong went through. They could also have even higher standards than me and decline much more. I know exactly what I want for my group, and I feel much more comfortable being the one to accept or decline. Sometimes I do comment if I feel they really need a comment, but I can't comment on everything. I am never ever rude to anyone, and I never decline because I personally don't like the art. I try to keep everything as peaceful as possible. I really do believe that people don't really read the rules. If you haven't, please read them. If anyone ever wants to know why something was declined, you can ask and I will answer.
Anyways, the person who got upset and wrote the comment on the group page called the admin assholes. I almost wondered if any other admin messaged him. I am quite certain no one did, it wouldn't make any sense. All I did was decline his request to be a member, and a few of his deviations. I did accept one of them. I didn't give him a reason why, but he could have asked (and plenty of people do ask). Nothing else at all was said to him. But I couldn't even reply to him. He even blocked me! I don't understand why he would even block me. Did he block any other admins? Please don't message him or harass him, that's not why I wrote this. I just want people to understand that people aren't being mean when they decline. I at least hope most people aren't. We aren't being assholes, or rude. You can't expect every single group on deviantART to accept you, no matter how fantastic your art is. If you can't handle a decline, then you shouldn't be dealing with groups. You will only get hurt and take it on on the admins who have to decline many people. It is stressful to deal with, but I try to be calm about it. No one wants to be attacked because they decline.
I know I do well with this group. I can keep up with it because I'm home during the day, and accept most deviations. I never have arguments or problems, it's very rare. I am very happy that most of you are pleasant to deal with, and understand why you've been declined. And even if you don't understand, you don't harass me. I never enjoy declining, but I want to make sure I follow my own rules and keep up with the quality of the group. Thank you everyone who reads this, and I hope you all understand. Have a good day. :}