In reply to an unhelpful member of the deviant staff responding to my complaint that the 'more like this' thumbs for deviants with larger followings contain examples of their own work, while deviants with lower followings have to endure work they don't necessarily like and even hate and which bear no relation to their actual work in a prominent area of their deviation: -
You are not being helpful.
If what you say is true, the new system is discriminatory against deviants with fewer views and fewer favourites. Being less popular in this way is not the same as being less worthy of attention or better treatment. Thus deviants with already with larger followings and more popular deviations get large-ish thumbnails promoting their own work within their deviation others have to endure work frequently not to their taste (let alone bearing any relation to the deviation) presented in large thumbs in a prominent position within their deviations and are denied internal promotion they sorely need.
This seriously contravenes the democratic values of deviantart. The 'rich' get richer, the 'poor' get poorer.
Even if the basis this cannot be changed the means by which you can get your work promoted in this way should be transparent and not referred to as simply a 'complex array of factors'
Your last two replies have been non-answers. Please pass this up to someone who can perhaps appreciate the importance of this issue.
Listening to: Berg Violin Concerto
Watching: Enjoyed the Hobbit
Playing: Shostakovich Prelude from Pr&Fugue 4 on piano
Drinking: orange juice