I don't judge art by its pageviews, as tits always get more pageviews than a wonderful sunset, no matter how much technique was put in both photographs/drawings I do have experienced that in many of the photographs I've taken.
But I do like to look at the number of pageviews when I do find a work very good (so, I've already judged it...), to know it the piece/artist is known or not. Then I often go to the profile page and look for the time the artist has been on dA. That's more to get an idea of how people do get known than to judge art. And that may be a little because I must be some kind of psychopath ^^
I barely even look at it, unless the artist calls attention to it, or it's the work of a close friend. But it might be true that a lot of people actually do look at the favs and things, but they don't want to admit it on a poll.
Actually, though I may like something, I am usually turned off if something has a stupid amount of page views or favs. Usually the artists who made them don't bother interacting because they are just getting inundated by comments and such so there is no hope of interaction. I'm on DA for the community end of things and to grow... not for the popularity end of things. If I like or notice something and it inspires me, I want the artist to know why and what I like or dislike about it. That is what I hope to get on my own pieces. I feel bad when I am absent from here for whatever reason and don't get the chance to respond to something that someone has said, so I feel I have wasted my time if I go to the trouble of leaving a comment for someone who ultimately doesn't really care about what I have to say. Perhaps I am an exception, but I try to pick my thoughts carefully and comment on very few... and fav even less.
I think that deviants who have a lot of popular deviations, don't choose to not bother interacting with others. I ain't one of them, but I already know how hard it is to keep up thanking everyone for their favorites, and replying to everything, while trying to find a way to do everything else in life. That aside, mostly the people who has these crazy amount of views and favorites are professionals, meaning they probably already don't have so much spare time. Uploading photos to various sites is a part of being a professional photographer. Anyway, that's just my 2 cents. I might be one of a kind to think this but : )
well I admit I don't respond to things like "Cool" or "sweet" or just smiley faces too much, but if someone takes the time to really reflect on something or is visiting my page for the first time and has noticed some stuff... I do thank them for giving me a moment of their time. There are watchers that I have who fav a LOT of stuff, and I don't thank them for every single thing, but often times we do chat from about stuff in notes or meet up at conventions and such. Maybe it's silly, but I would still try to post journals to thank people and make some effort instead of just being dead about it. I have been published since 2003 in independent comics and have recently been in a couple more mainstream things that feature my personal work. I understand success and how it can be tiresome... but I guess I would rather shelter a growing artist like myself under my wing than find they secretly wished me evil or offed themselves because I was... just another dead end on a particularly bad day. I have rubbed elbows with those who think they are gods... they thought wrong. They are just men with pencils.