Are you referring to me or the first person who posted on this thread?
I do have a Deviant Art account. I have that because I enjoy the ART that is posted there and for no other reason. I do have some of my pictures posted, however, I never claimed they are great, I just like them. Hell, half of them were taken with a point and shoot or my iPhone.
I DO NOT, NOR HAVE I EVER called myself a professional. I am a student of photography, not just with The Art Institute, but any other classes or workshops I can find. The money I spend on the education whether you like it or not is my business and my cross to bear.
BTW.. Thank you for your directness.