The community doesn’t own what the artist makes. The artist does. And too often if the community owns the artist’s work, then you end up with situations where the community owns the artist and has too much power to dictate the art. The Soviet Union or Maoist China are extreme examples, but you end up with art pleasing the community instead of pleasing the artist, and instead of the artist acting from their core you end up with the community forcing it’s desire on art.
I see what you’re getting at with an extreme example but that’s a big stretch here, honestly. Not deleting one’s opus when moving on doesn’t equate or lead to a dictatorship or regime that decides what is or isn’t acceptable in the community. It’s just less of a slap in the face of everyone who supported that artist along their way.
Actually, one distinction to make here: Did they delete everything without prior notice? <- Bad move
Or did they announce “hey, I’ll delete EVERYTHING in x days” so anyone could make backups of whatever they wanted? <- This is totally fine
Btw apropros a previous comment you made: So when they requested the full takedown, you (as in Derpibooru) probably offered them the “we can hide your art behind an anonymous tag” option? And then they still said “I don’t care, delete it all”? Really sad.
Still, as a practical matter of artistic freedom and individual liberty in a world where we live in a society, I think artists must be able to destroy what they create if they choose to do so.
That’s where I disagree. Sometimes the creation needs to be protected from the creator, heh. (Just look at what happened to the old Star Wars movies)
@Background Pony #3F22
Honestly I don’t even know what the artist drew in this case. I probably saw some of it and maybe even fapped to some but I didn’t really lose anything, personally.
I am more upset about the fact that this is happening at all. And has happened plenty of times before. And yes in some occasions this has affected my fap material. But whatever they drew, it’s ALWAYS sad when they decide to kill it all.
Btw, I’m begrudgingly accepting it, too. After all there’s nothing I can do about it. But that doesn’t mean that I cannot voice my displeasure with it, no?
@Background Pony #3F22
@Background Pony #45B4
It’s not that they’re being polite but secretly hate the artist or think they’re selfish.
I don’t hate the artist and I don’t call artists shitty, either. I call that MOVE shitty and hate it. Good people do shitty things all the time.
It IS a selfish move, too. The only point of contention is whether you are okay with that or not. I’m not :)