I've closed the group to new members. For existing members, the group will continue to operate as normal, and new people can still watch the group.
Won't that kill the group?
Eventually, without the usual steady flow of new members, this group will die. People leave and that's normal, it's just that new members joining tend to outpace old members leaving. I will continue to moderate this group while there is still a decent volume of submissions. When the submission flow gets really low, I will close the group completely. I expect that to be months from now, if not longer.
This group is the only reason I go on dA at all. That's been the case for years now, and I'm tired of having to deal with dA even though I'm not active on it as an artist. But it would be unfair to all of you if I just left suddenly! So, by closing off new membership, I hope that this group can die a slow, natural-but-premature death, similar to how many other groups tend to die.
Why not just get new mods?
I'm unable to pass my role/mod rights on to anyone else. I can add new mods who can screen submissions and answer questions, but I can't give them the ability to invite new mods or block members, or do many other things that are necessary to running a group. The reason I've stuck around this long at all is because someone has to do those things, and I'm the only one who can. The group's original founder left before dA added the ability to transfer group ownership, which is why this strange situation exists in the first place.
If you have an OC group of your own, tell me about it! I'd love to do a feature later on about OC groups that our members could join instead of OCArtists. There are many other OC groups out there and many are well-known, but I'd love to share some that are not as well-known. I'm especially interested in featuring groups with a similar focus to OCA's, that is, non-fandom characters drawn by their creators, but I'll consider all kinds of OC groups.
If you want your group in this feature, please send a Note OCArtists with a brief description of your group and what kind of OCs are allowed, and whether there are any limitations on membership. If you regularly run any kind of activities (contests, etc), you can mention those. Please only submit groups where you are a Founder or Co-Founder.