I have received some unusually forceful complaints this week from a few people who do not like how I operate my group.
First off, no one is being forced to stay. There are 299,824 other groups on dA if mine is disagreeable. People can also make their own. There is no need to get nasty or to send spam.
*I have stood up for people, because it is the right thing to do, even when that meant me having to leave other groups. Not all groups are for me either.
*What few rules I have in place for my group were made for careful reasons, to try to prevent discrimination or off-topic upset. It has nothing to do with age limits. I also allow much more art than many other groups, such as I do not hassle mixed media artists, photomanip artists, or people who make storyboards and memes. This has worked well for over 3 years, but still may not be for everyone.
*I have offered to help others to help start groups in the past, when others have expressed disagreement of my group's rules, as long as the groups did not express hatespeech. I understand they come from conservative parts of the world and don't want to view sensual artwork. A handful of people come and go and I do not bother them and we are still on speaking terms because they were cordial. That is the difference!
*I never told anyone to edit any works which do not fit the group's rules. In the rare times someone submits something contrary to group rules, I suggest that the person can create an alternative version for the group, that is a second version in the same way recording artists have different versions of songs for albums and the radio. I never, ever dare to tell anyone what they can have in their own personal galleries.
*Gallery submissions require approval before being added to the group, because, once deviations are added to the group, deviations get sent out to everyone. Unless dA has changed something, like emails, the deviations can't be taken back out of inboxes, even if the founder removes them from the group.
*Europeans are no better or worse at managing groups. Someone had brought up continents, saying she was "too European" for this. I am from North America. But, in the Wraith fandom, there have been fights and even friendships ended over 3D art being art or not, 3D art and photomanips allowed in contests or not, sensual art being allowed or not or allowed in contests or not, slash being allowed or not, and if art with lines (comics, chibis, and do forth) are serious art or not. Also minor disagreements on too many vs. too few spaceships being posted. None of these were my fights, happened with other groups or all groups, and people of all nationalities were involved, often within the same mother tongue. The recent art theft ring was mainly the same country on same country. So, these examples prove how forming a group of one nationality or language will not help.
The same types problems come up in other fandoms, too, such as a controversial Legolas pairing in a group managed by a European. So, again, nationality won't help or hurt and people can't be blamed on problems for being American. Frell nationalism! Only respecting group rules and boundaries will help.
Lastly, I received a complaint that I have disabled comments on my artwork and that a clique of people look down on me for it. It was done months ago to keep trolls out, the same way they did things like delete their entire accounts, delete artworks, put art in storage, and/or watermark it so much it can't be seen. We do what we have to do to balance sharing vs. art theft or trolls. So, I am shocked to hear that troll victims are criticizing me for doing what they did and insinuating I don't care about them or was disingenuous after I stuck up for them, encouraged them, and gave them positive comments. Just. Wow. Unreal! My comments are genuine, not superficial, and I put a lot of thought into appreciating the work artists do, not just drive-by comments. If anyone does not want me commenting on their artwork, please send me a note to ask me to stop commenting so that none of us wastes our valuable time. And, thank you for admitting your clique has had it out for me months ago over me disabling comments in my own gallery, which harms none, and anti-American comments, and so it doesn't have anything to do with group rules at all. These are just trumped-up excuses. If you don't like my art gallery or my group, then don't look at them.
If other people dislike me because of how I run my group, how I structure my own gallery, how I try to write positive comments on peoples' art, my nationality/ethnicity, or any other reason, I wish them the best in whatever other groups they join. But, I will also not hesitate to block anyone who sends me disrespectful notes or slanders me as a person. Do not mistake kindness for weakness-- I will not put up with spam or rudeness. I also keep screenshots of any and all threats, because they are real, and dA also generates logs for groups, of the submission requests. That said, I have also not asked anyone to block or ban anyone else and the only people I blocked were the ones who would not stop messaging me, posting slander, or posting filthy language. Thankfully, not many. One person, I think the roommate of one of these friends, left the group maturely and respectfully. I have the most respect for that person, who can come and go at will, and wish everyone could be that civil.