As much as we all enjoy submitting works and getting tips and constructive criticism and improving our skills, most of us love viewing others' art. Be it new deviations or a specific style/theme. It's becoming more and more hard to find what you look for though.
Lately I've been feeling like some artists either chose a category at random or what's even more annoying, submit to a category that is way less popular than the one their work really belongs to. Obviously it's easier to get pageviews if your work is visible at the top. And in some categories you can be close without getting 50k+ favs. This kind of practice is really unfair to other deviants who earned their spot. Many great pieces are unappreciated/unseen but that is not an excuse.
It's nice to get appreciation for your work, but since when is artistry a popularity contest? What happened to the art for the sake of art?
I've been looking for a proper category to put a blueprint in. There's no category for blueprints so I started searching through them. After some research I decided that Technical Drawings sounds appropriate. I browse the category and majority of what I've found in it have absolutely NOTHING to do with it. That's of course just an example, in every category there are mistakes - more or less.
Still I know that in many cases it is not deviant's intention to be unfair or reckless. I keep hearing that some deviants are pretty lost in all the naming, and don't really know what should the proper category be, what a certain type of art covers exactly. As far as I remember there used to be descriptions available after highlighting the category's name. Although that is no longer the case, you scan still find the descriptions on dA. Which I wasn't aware of at first as well. So for those who looked for them and couldn't find anything, the descriptions are available only during the submission process. After typing a name for the deviation there's category choosing box. After clicking on a specific category a little 'i' icon appears in the right lower corner of the window. Clicking on it shows the information about the particular category/subcategory. If you're still not sure try finding works that follow similar theme, are in similar style or made with corresponding tools and check which category are most of them in. Hope this helps.
And a quick reminder. Browsing categories is for learning, appreciating, commenting but not for stealing. There's been a lot of talk about art tracing, but there's more to art theft. Stealing the idea, concept is still plagiarism, just more difficult to prove. Works can be similar, follow the same theme but in some cases it's way beyond that.