As nice as it might be, I don't get paid to sit on DA and accept or decline group submissions. I find it sad that I must inform people of such and inform them that I have a life that doesn't revolve around this site. I'm a professional photographer, I own my own business, I don't have time to waste hours on end here. That said, I do visit every couple of days and I check in on my group (accept some, decline some, read notes etc) but I haven't been able to do so in the last 2 weeks and here is why...
Not that it's any of your business but...my uncle was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer 2 weeks ago and has been in the ICU ever since. Not only have I not been on DA, I've barely even been on the computer to do anything on the internet including things related to my own business. I even referred clients out because I wasn't sure I'd be in a position to shoot their sessions.
I shouldn't be harassed simply because I didn't answer a question quick enough to someone's liking. People need to learn to appreciate the volunteer members on this site, they need to learn to take critique if they're submitting to groups that have a voting process, they need to learn patience while staff members are deciding on their image, and they need to learn patience when they ask questions related to why an image was declined. Not all groups offer that last option yet I get no appreciation for my responses simply because they didn't get them fast enough. Really? I don't HAVE to offer that option, yet I do, be happy with that or stop submitting to groups that are more selective than others. There are plenty of groups out there that auto-accept or have a less strenuous voting process than we do and they'd be more than happy to accept your work.
And lastly, NONE of my staff members even have the option to view members let alone remove them from the group (myself included). Only the founder of the group ever had that option and her DA account was hacked 2+ years ago. After DA refused to acknowledge the issue and help her fix it, she left DA. The rest of us have limited options and haven't been able to fully function the group since her departure. We can't even journal in the group to let the members know that this is happening.
We're doing the best we can between the group limitations and having a life that doesn't revolve around this site. Forgive me if my life, family, friends, and money are more important than this.
Listening to: nothing
Reading: proof-reading my journal
Watching: the pc screen
Playing: with the keyboard and mouse