Recently I commented on depingo
's poll and that even lead us to a small conversation. To sum it up, it seems that many people (myself included) doesn't use basic DA features like frontpage populars, undiscovered art and many others. And to my opinion the problem isn't about screwed layout or poor usability... it's the content itself and the community change.
First, we don't see new things. We see trends that people either successfully or unsuccessfully trying to follow. I'm not saying that's bad or something, it just means you have no new experience. Of course it highly depends on your personal mileage - if you just starting out there would be a lot to learn and see. But if you're painting for years you'd be slightly bored.
And second, the community isn't the same as it was 5 or 10 years ago. Too many options for a short amount of time. Instead of genuine feedback and communications we have likes, faves, +1's and other substitutes. When I leave a comment I don't expect you reply. You just have no time as you spread across countless social networks constantly trying to balance all events in your personal and professional life. And if you reply besides standard 'thanks' it looks like a miracle. Then some of you realize others making money with their works. So instead of chasing creativity and striving for perfection you focus on a business side first. Sure, we all have bills to pay, but do you really need money to draw what you really want to draw (hello Patreon)? You see... all these things slowly shifting your mindset either as a viewer or as creator.
And because of that I don't have an urge and excitement to explore all these features. After all it's just a place to put some stuff and answer occasional questions ('no, I don't do private commissions' and 'yes, you can use this artwork as long as it's non-commercial').