Someone faving my work is just as nice for me as someone leaving a comment! I am just happy they took the time to look at my work and liking what they see. And you know I always love all your space images!
While writing a comment is something that artists probably appreciate receiving, sometimes I just have nothing better to say than "Oh awesome" or "This is great". In that case, I tend to favorite without commenting because I feel comments like that are really lackluster.
Even though it's a completely different scenario, if you had to comment on a Facebook post in order to "like" it, the whole system would fall apart.
I agree with most of the comments here. I'm one of those people who OFTEN fav something without leaving a comment. Why? Most of the time I like the image, but yeah, nothing particular jumps out at me to say about it. I just like it. I see faving something as a way of saying 'I like it' without actually having to type the words. Sort of equivelant to the facebook 'like' button. If I didn't like it, if it didn't do 'something' for me, I wouldn't want it where I could find it again. It'd be like the masses of art I glance at and pass up.
But, no, faving is saying you like something, and you want to be able to look at it again at a later time.
And yes, I DO leave comments. . .if I have something particular to say. But not everything needs the words. So, yeah, if I was forced to comment I would end up leaving inane things just so I could have the pic. "Nice job." "Nicely done." "Nice pic" . . .I can't see how thats useful at all.
I am no art critic. I can't tell you why something is better than another thing. I can say I like it and favorite it. But really do you want "200" I like it or that's really awesome messages. People who want those are just looking to get their ego stroked.
Lot's of people just know what they like without actually knowing why and may feel they really have nothing to say of any value...whether that be the case or not is another story, but I suspect that's a big reason behind Faves without comments.
No! Plenty of people have suggested this before in their whines about getting more faves than comments. But if commenting was mandatory before faving - think of how many pointless comments one would get just because they had to. A simple "cool" could pass as a (lazy) comment, and everyone who faves without commenting would only have that to say at best, because if they had anything more to say they would often comment it anyway.
Also, when I got one of my "better" DD's I got over 200 comments in that day, which I was still catching up on 2 days after the DD. Imagine if all 3'000+ people who faved had to comment it too
Forcing people to comment takes away freedom really. I'm glad people who are too lazy to comment don't, since if they did I'd just be dumped with tons of lazy comments all the time. Also, people should be glad they get faves more than comments. Everytime I end up with something with more comments than faves, it clearly tells me "They liked it enough to look, but they didn't like it enough to fave"
I don't see favourites as a bad thing really, it's a nice way for people to show their support without you having to trawl through a lot of comments and responding to them and while it's nice that people make the effort to comment, I'd rather have lots of favs and a few insightful comments then lots of comments with no real point to them.