Addemdun: Of course there's several ways to what stats can be used. Do you want to see your own development in terms of popularity? Do you want to notice a trend? Do you want to know how popular someone is? Do you want to know how active someone is?
For any of these cases several of all the stats provided can give you an answer. Or at least an indicator. (Yeah, that's probably a better word.) But it's not always the same ones.
Anyway, my point from above is still valid: it's the combination of stats that is important, and the more stats there are the better. (Sidenote: That's why I think it's important to keep overall Pageview stats, and as prominently as they currently are. Regardless of how much hated they sometimes are.)
Any one of these but the Pageview count are pretty hard to keep track of. Except Comments – but you're pretty much responsible for those yourself (and not others). Even with helpful scripts like Deviant Statistics, it's your Pageview count that's the most easiest to follow, especially with all the graphs dA provides. But is it my favourite? Hard to say; it's definitely a combination of all the stats. And that applies to both myself and other people I visit.
Hard to say really, to many pageviews matter the most since that's the most "in your face" statistic and the first sign of determining someones popularity level. But it sometimes can not be an accurate measure of that artists true worth among the community - they might be a result of the artist submitting one deviation that got incredibly popular by pure luck, yet the rest of their gallery doesn't interest many at all and they could not have a great following even with high pageview counts, just because most of them are from people curious to see if the artist had anything more like that really popular one, but realized they didn't and moved on Or they could be the reult of a drama whore who causes a lot of trouble and gets views that way, or they could simply be getting an average amount of views and have just been here a really long time So pageviews matter a lot to many people, but they need to remember that high pageviews doesn't always equal a consistently popular artist
I guess they matter to me though since it says "This is how many people cared enough to actually visit your page and not just that one deviation" - pageviews can be from people who saw you do other stuff, not just art. I've had some tell me they visited because they liked something I said somewhere
I would probably pick forum posts though. Only a small portion of dA uses the forums regularly, and I'm one of e'm, it's the most common thing I do these days
Fair enough It's just that when I was in a hurry to fill out my # of deviations ages ago I later ended up deleting half of them because they looked rushed
Oh yes, my watchlist is full of people who haven't uploaded something, or something I like in ages, sometimes a year or more Some simply stopped showing any activity, others changed their type of art (it's always to something easier and more common too. You'd think artists would get more creative as they improve, not throw in the towel to do copycat work that exists in thousands of other galleries already ) I don't have the heart to remove some of them though since I've established mutual friendships. But it sucks how only a quarter of the stuff in my watchlist even compels me to click anymore