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I've only recently started "collecting" a piece to my Favorites.  I love how easy it is to do that when I have a large number of new pieces from the people I watch.  But I wonder if this is a benefit to me at the expense of their page count or number of "views".  I know I am typically less likely to leave a comment when I do that, but does it also rob them of a page view?  It seems to in a test I did.  If it really does, I am wondering if it is really a good thing for the DA community.  The thing that makes DA a community is the interaction.  We comment on each others work, ask each other questions, and can judge the popularity of a particular piece or artist based on their page view count.  At one time you could compare the number of views to the number of "faves" and tell how good people thought a piece was.  But if I drag a piece to my favorites without visiting the page, does it mess up the ability to do something like that?  Anyone know?  Could/Should DA be changed to allow for an increased "view" when a piece is "collected"?

BTW, I'm still a bit anxious over the whole disability thing.  As I mentioned last time. my LTD benefits were set to be canceled on 5/1 because they didn't have recent updates from my "treating physician".  It doesn't matter that what I have cannot be treated and I offered to see any doctor they wanted...even one of theirs.  To make a long story short, my general physician wrote a letter stating that I still have all the symptoms of autonomic dysfunction.  (Now you guys have *proof* that I'm dysfunctional!)  But that wasn't good enough for the insurance company.  They wanted something saying that I have POTS.  So, back on 4/26 I faxed them every medical record that I had with that diagnosis on it.  They were asked in the fax and confirmed on the phone that they would call me and let me know their decision.  It's been two weeks and NOTHING!  Time is my enemy here.  If my benefits get canceled and I don't have enough time to get that decision appealed before the end of the month, it's a financial disaster.  So, in the meantime, I spent $50 on a "specialist visit" to see my local neurologist.  I'm the only patient he has with this condition and he didn't diagnose it, so he would not write me a letter stating that I still have it.  He wants a letter from Vanderbilt up in Nashville stating that they diagnosed it back in 2005, and then he will write a letter stating that he is "seeing me" for that condition, but it probably won't go as far as stating that I still have it or that he is "treating" me for it.

So many things totally out of my control that could totally change my life.  But I have to remind myself that that is the nature of life.  Most of what happens is out of our control.  We just have to trust God and His plan for our lives.  It is our reaction to these things that happen to us that is more important than the event itself.  James 1 is quite clear.  It is the trials that grow our faith and draw us closer to Him.  So, to follow the old adage, I'll "do my best, and commit the rest".  My life is in His hands.  So, as a Christian, I have a choice to make.  I can choose to focus on the problem and stress over it, or I can recognize it as a growth opportunity as James says.  "My brothers and sisters, consider it nothing but joy when you fall into all sorts of trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect effect, so that you will be perfect and complete, not deficient in anything."  I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  It's time I trust the Owners Manual.  It really does produce joy.
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frdmlong Featured By Owner May 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
well if anyone has firefox you can actually get an add-on called cooliris which can actually do that for you without having to open a new page completely. Paired with Noscript, it totally shortens the time it takes to go through your watched artists. I am so taken with cooliris' brother add-on piclens too! Wow! what a beauty! If you have Firefox you should definately check these two out! :glomp: :heart:
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baba49 Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:fingerscrossed: I hope that you have the energy to bully the insurance people everyday by phone until the come to their senses. Good luck Daniel.
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Kabuchan Featured By Owner May 10, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had problems with an insurance company. But it was minor compared to yours. I called them practically every day until they finally consented. It was concerning the birth of my son. He was 3 when the insurance company finally paid the doctors and hospital ... :P
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narada Featured By Owner May 10, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This isn't intended to come off as condescending, but if they haven't called you back about this then you need to start badgering them. I've been treated the same way in at least three different situations in my life, each seemed to be plagued with either people full of incompetency or they simply didn't care, contrary to what their friggin' job was. In two of those cases the people I sent documents to happened to "lose" them and didn't bother to tell me. If you're getting the same BS pulled on you it would be important to find out ASAP so you can re-fax them and hound them to get it done before they cancel your benefits. Always make copies of all the paperwork too... things like this happen all too often.
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djeaton3162 Featured By Owner May 10, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've already drafted a letter to the boss of the boss of the person who was to call me. It will be CCed to the state insurance commissioner. One of the things I needed to document though was their lack of communication. For that, I needed to wait long enough that there would be no excuse for it. I was told that she had five days to respond. I gave her seven business days from the date I talked to her. No excuses now.
D.
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narada Featured By Owner May 10, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man... that is so wrong. :/ I can't even begin to understand how people develop such screwed up codes of ethics that makes them so casually blow off people who have issues like this, let alone keep their job. -.- I wish you the best of luck mate, surely there is someone there who is a decent human being and cares about following through.
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AndreiPavel Featured By Owner May 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
by faving it u bring more views in the future so u'd do a good thing. by dragging it u add a fav to the piece so i don't think anybody cares for the view. if i would have to choose between a view and a fav i'd go for a fav :)
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Pyritie Featured By Owner May 10, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ditto here on that last part.
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