Joining a community is part of getting a sense of identity. You want to belong and be defined by the community you associate yourself with (even if you pretend you don't). You want to have a voice in the community and a sense of control too. When that doesn't go your way, sometimes the community you want to feel part of becomes jaded. You question it and wonder why you bother- why you even care?
There's been a few posts of late, some comments and grumbles of unhappiness in the literature community. As a CV, I feel very accountable for that. I've felt those frustrations too- and I think about what needs to be done to unravel those frustration, is maybe think about our own behaviours and motivations. Why are we doing what we actively think is the thing we need to do? Can you realistically change things? Do you have to re-invent the wheel to "make a difference"?
Accountability is a bit of a business buzz word, but it's one that I use frequently because of the sense of ownership it comes with. In my opinion, every individual is accountable for their experience on here and if things are not working, stop blaming others! We're all vastly different, over opinionated, sometimes hypersensitive artists who come from all different backgrounds, education, religions and cultures- not everything works in one neat ring fence- this is why 'community' is such a broad term.
However, it's what holds is together that makes the community- the common love we all feel passionate about in some form- that's Art. That's why you joined dA in the first place and that's why you haven't left.
And it's the small things that glue is together. It's comments, critique, chats, feedback, participation- getting "involved" to whatever level you feel necessary. Its not always about grand gestures or projects- worryingly it feels people seem to think it is. I think I have said these things before, they never change.
DeviantART is your experience how you make it. spyed and his devious team can build the vessels, but we create the art.
So we're getting close to christmas and all the holiday joy that even if you celebrate another winter festival can get a sense of warm fuzzy from- instead of grumpling about what isn't working (though feel free to ramble like I just did)- answer me this... what do you LOVE you the community? I don't just mean the literature community, but what gives you that sense of belonging on dA?