This is sort of odd, but this journal entry is more for people I don't know than it is for my watchers who will receive it in their watch. I ask that those of you who are my friends and watchers bare with me as I need to have this posted somewhere and the best place to do it is a journal entry. So please keep in mind I'm not addressing you, my lovely watchers, as this isn't an issue with any of you and I have a totally different feeling when it comes to requests from my friends and watchers who watch because of my art or our friendship and NOT as part of a scam *chuckles* ... I love you guys.
I had hoped it wouldn't come to this but it has. Thus far I've donated to strangers who have asked me for points because they noticed I'd donated to so and so's donation pool and have done so basically because I don't like to say no to anyone. But it's just gotten out of hand and to be honest, I'm truly surprised that people would have the nerve to do this to people they don't know in the first place.
So ... to anyone who drops in for sole purpose of asking me for points:
Take a look at my wish list people ... with a wish list that huge, do you think I'm going to donate to you so you can buy something from your wish list or something you want from dA when I've got THAT many things I want for myself?.
And to those of you who want me to donate points because you want to host private contests ... do as most deviants do: look to your watchers for donations; when you do the announcement of the contest in your journal ask for both contestants and people to help by donating for prizes, be it art, features, points, etc. Don't drop in on people you've seen on someones donation pool whom you don't know and ask them to donate to your project. I've gotten requests that sound like "since you donated to so and so, donate to my project too please" ... forfucksake.
Recently I've been donating anonymously just to avoid these ever increasing requests. But no longer. I donate to a particular kind of pool and I don't vary from it much and I'm going to continue to do so because it makes me happy and if I'm lucky, I get a big smile and hug cuz it made someone else happy too.
So here's the deal to those who don't know me but still ask for points:
Please do not ask me for points donations. I'm not going to donate them. I'm going to direct you to this journal entry instead.
I really hate being a dick about this but at the same time, I'm amazed that it's an issue at all ... and apparently, not just for me. I answered a poll a day or so ago regarding this issue and was surprised to see, according to the comments, it's an issue all over dA. [link]
Sorry to say there are no features this time ... this is an ugly issue for me and I hope to eventually delete it and for that reason, I don't want to feature on an entry I hope will disappear someday soon.
To my watchers and friends, thanks for enduring if you've gotten this far in this entry! And my apologies for having to have this pop up in your "watch" but I needed it to post someplace it would stay for a while. I love you guys! And you know if ya need some help for your little pet project, if I can help, I will. awesome emote thanks to my good friend EDIT: added the awesome button by