The ShoutBox has been earmarked for execution. Something about the number of people using it not justifying the use of resources, because the ShoutBox uses so much.
Granted, there will be some new...messaging system...of some sort...comming at some point in the future, which I guess is sort of the intended replacement...or...not replacement, but...a communication thingie at any rate.
It is a shame that this place with its own culture and history will be lost.
Seems to be a bit of that going around, lately.
EDIT: Shoutbox saved.
This is secondary to the discontinuation of deviantWEAR, of course, but that's more solidly business stuff, and so there's no real wtf factor, there. I have a number of shirts and gear and one kickass gecko print, all of which have been gifts from various awesomes. The shirts are the most comfortable I own, as well as being my absolute favourites, and it's a painful fuck of a shame that side of things is getting shut down. I had this funny little fantasy probably back before I was an MN@ that it might be a cool idea to run some kind of deviantART regional outlet store, selling gear and prints and what have you. It makes sense to not open up the possibility of brand pollution not having things in house, though, I get that. I guess I'm just reaching for straws in much the same way spyed probably has been doing. He did say he's kept it going because he loves it too, even though it was losing money.
So, to deviantART for deciding to can the SB,
deviantWEAR, you will be sorely missed.