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In our continuous effort to improve the deviantART experience, we're publishing weekly Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.

What's New

Removal of the Outgoing Page

Please note: This change was a late addition to last week's Site Update.  We're including it again to ensure that people are aware.

We've removed the "Now Leaving deviantART.com" page that previously displayed when clicking a link that navigated to an external site. Outgoing links will still be signified with an outgoing symbol, and, to ensure a safe and enjoyable Internet experience, we encourage you to always be aware of the URL for any link you're clicking.



Change Log

  • When leaving a comment, typing lists as #1, #2, #3, etc. will no longer trigger a tag. We received a lot of community feedback about this and agreed that it was an important change to make. Changed by kemayo
  • Improvements have been made to the selection of what image displays, when sharing a Journal to a Facebook page. Changed by DEVlANT
  • For Chrome users, some default fonts were not displaying as intended. Fixed by inazar
  • A deviation's camera data would sometimes take up more than a single line of space. Fixed by szlosek
  • Display improvements have been made when viewing the FAQ on a mobile device. Fixed by baclap
  • Setting a Group as your main Group would not make it the main Group item in the Favourites drag and drop menu. Fixed by szlosek
  • Improvements have been made regarding what content displays (and how much of that content displays) when viewing the activity section of a tag page. Changed by szlosek
  • There were some visual issues, when commenting on Forum posts from the Watch Feed. Fixed by inazar

Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update!

  • Deviants were generally positive about the removal of the Outgoing page, though a few deviants voiced concern about its removal. To be clear, we still monitor outgoing links as best as we can to ensure that deviants aren't led to malicious websites, but as mentioned in the What's New section, we encourage you to always be aware of the URL for any link you're clicking.
  • Deviants offered a variety of good responses to the Discuss topic about Notes. Generally, deviants are interested in real-time conversation through Notes, though a few deviants mentioned that they prefer options that are not real-time, in instances where commissions may be involved.
  • SpiritedAura mentioned that Notes displaying from oldest to newest would make it easier to read through a conversation without confusion.
  • icytemporalist and tazsaints suggested a way for Group administrators to send Notes to individuals and have the individual receive that Note from the Group itself, rather than their individual account.
  • shelaghcully mentioned that they would like to be able to use rich-text formatting, when replying to Notes.
  • adamlhumphreys suggested that marking a Note as unread should make the notification re-display as part of one's message total.

Discuss!

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DeviantART needs your feedback! What smartphone operating system do you use?

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Header artwork: Human City by phanou36 

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Dimlight Forest by FerdinandLadera
In our continuous effort to improve the deviantART experience, we're publishing weekly Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.

What's New

Removal of the Outgoing Page

Update, October 24: We've removed the "Now Leaving deviantART.com" page that previously displayed when clicking a link that navigated to an external site. Outgoing links will still be signified with an outgoing symbol, and, to ensure a safe and enjoyable Internet experience, we encourage you to always be aware of the URL for any link you're clicking.

Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 4.16.19 PM by wreckling

Change Log

  • The "Give" modals displayed when giving Points and other things was not displaying correctly in iOS 8. Fixed by baclap
  • When in the Admin Area of a Group, editing the Announcements section would not save properly. Fixed by baclap
  • For new deviants, the Watch Feed would not display their activity. Fixed by helloandre
  • Status Updates would not visually retain their spacing around the edges immediately after editing, although they would displaypadding around the edges after editing. Fixed by inazar
  • In rare cases, deviations that required a viewer to be logged in to see could still display, when embedded at full size within a Journal. Fixed by trezoid

Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update!

  • We received a lot of feedback on last week's update due to the launch of all the new features, and we're continually appreciative of the passion which the community shows when new features are introduced and other features are updated. We're continuing to monitor performance and community feedback at this time.
  • We've been hearing a lot of community suggestions on how the new features could be improved — some deviants compiled extensive feedback and even created mockups. Please keep it coming! Some of the interesting mockups for suggested improvements include rotane's detailed Activity suggestion, and Kiwikku's Collections and Watch Feed suggestions.
  • In response to the Discuss topic, generally deviants enjoy seeing Status Updates and artwork from Collections most, when browsing their Watch Feed. 
  • Some deviants mentioned that the amount of Group deviation submissions they see in the Watch Feed can be too much, at times. To solve this, alltheoriginalnames suggested that deviations from Groups could display the same way Collections do.
  • A few deviants mentioned that when viewing Collections in the Watch Feed, they'd like to be able to click through to individual works, rather than clicking through to the Collection first.
  • NatahanKataka suggested a "Back to Top" button, when browsing the Watch Feed. 

Discuss!

Improving Notes

We've been having early discussions about Notes and what would make a better private messaging system on deviantART. We know Notes search is a common request, but we'd like to hear what additional features or upgrades you'd like to see to the Notes system.

Here are some ideas to get you started:
  • A chat/realtime-like experience?
  • Notes between a group of deviants?
  • Easier ways to send a deviation to a friend via Notes?
  • Something else?

Header artwork: Dimlight Forest by FerdinandLadera 

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Blue Embrace by Pixelfusionen
In our continuous effort to improve the DeviantArt experience, we're publishing weekly Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.

What's New

Bringing You Closer to the Community

As DeviantArt grows, we strive to find more ways to connect you with the things and people that matter to you most. After months of designing, testing, and engaging in community conversations around the shape of things to come, we're proud to announce a series of features that will bring you closer to the community. These new features include:
  • New Site Navigation: With better organization and improved structure, our new navigation creates a more streamlined site experience. Features like Today, Undiscovered, and What's Hot have been given more prominence, while the More menu is now easily accessible with its simplified, new look.
  • Today Page: The Today page is the place to start your day. It's the pulse of the DeviantArt community — the new human and dynamically powered newspaper for the community that reflects the stories inside of DeviantArt as they pertain to art, fandom, pop culture, and world culture.
  • Watch Feed & Status Updates: The Watch Feed creates a sequential stream of activity from your watchlist, including deviations, Journals, Collections, Status Updates, and more. Status Updates let people share quick updates about what they’re working on or what inspires them. Find an awesome deviation? Share it in your Status Update.
  • Improved Collections: You can now watch Collections, delivering you a custom stream of daily inspiration to your Watch Feed. Collections are now visible on deviation pages and tag pages, giving curators more exposure. Become a curator and create Collections of artwork around topics or genres you love.
    • Tags: Tags create landing pages around topics — making it easier to discover related artwork, bringing together artists and art appreciators, and forming communities around common interests. As DeviantArt grows and creates new ways to discover great content, we believe tags will play an important role in better surfacing artwork.

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Change Log

  • When navigating away from the Watch Feed, the page would not retain where one left off browsing. Fixed by inazar
  • Uploading an avatar would not always work, when uploading smaller images in the "Complete Your Profile" walkthrough. Fixed by trezoid
  • In Sta.sh Writer, pasting a Sta.sh URL into a document would not work as intended. Fixed by trezoid
  • For Chrome users, tabs on pages of Groups you admin were misaligned. Fixed by baclap
  • On the Submit page, the Add Media toolbar would sometimes overlap the submit button, if opened and closed repeatedly. Fixed by baclap
  • When resizing a Journal thumbnail in Sta.sh Writer, the handles for resizing the thumb would not be in their correct location. Fixed by trezoid
  • When including thumbnails in comments, unnecessary extra space would be added on all sides. Fixed by trezoid

Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update! Here's some of the feedback you left for us.
  • Responses to the Discuss topic varied, though in general deviants were positive about taking part in art challenges of most kinds.
  • Generally deviants value daily challenges for how they push you to create quickly without being intimidating as far as quality level goes. By the same token, deviants like weekly and monthly challenges because the challenges push them to improve at their craft while creating.
  • As part of the release of the new Today page, art challenges are now present on the DeviantArt homepage! You can get started by checking out the Horrorscope Challenges. What timeframe would you prefer to see, when taking part in these challenges and challenges in the future?
  • For deviants who responded saying that they don't take part in art challenges, the main reason given was lack of time to participate. 

Discuss!

Watch Feed

When browsing your Watch Feed, what types of content do you like to see most? What content do you see too much of? What other things would you like to see, when scrolling?

Header artwork: Blue Embrace by Pixelfusionen 

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Bringing You Closer to the Community

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As DeviantArt grows, we strive to find more ways to connect you with the things and people that matter to you most. After months of designing, testing, and engaging in community conversations around the shape of things to come, we're proud to announce a series of features that will bring you closer to the community.


Our guiding principles are to bring you a better, fresher, yet familiar site experience, giving you more power to do what you want and, more importantly, create deeper connections between your friends and favorite artists.











Today Page


Welcome to Today on DeviantArt.

The Today page is the place to start your day. It's the pulse of the DeviantArt community. When art-related news happens around the world, deviant artists are among the first to respond in the most evocative ways possible. We're proud to unveil the Today page — the new human and dynamically powered newspaper for the community that reflects the stories inside of DeviantArt as they pertain to art, fandom, pop culture, and world culture.


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WATCH FEED & STATUS UPDATES


Connecting you with your watchers.

The Watch Feed creates a sequential stream of activity from your watchlist, including deviations, Journals, Collections, Polls, Forums threads, and more. Status Updates let people share quick updates about what they're working on or what inspires them. Find an awesome deviation? Share it in your Status Update.


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COLLECTIONS


Giving curators the recognition they deserve.

You can now watch Collections, delivering you a custom stream of daily inspiration to your Watch Feed. Collections are now visible on deviation pages and tag pages, giving curators more exposure. Become a curator and create Collections of artwork around topics or genres you love.


Read More











TAGS







Discover more of your favorite topics.

Tags bring together different types of content around a common topic, allowing deviants to discover new art, meet new artists, and create conversations about shared interests. As an artist, tags can help you reach new audiences. Tags can be used basically everywhere — on deviations, Status Updates, Comments, Journals, deviation descriptions, private Notes, etc.


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Open up by moiret

Connecting you with your watchers.


The Watch Feed creates a sequential stream of activity from your watchlist, including deviations, Journals, Collections, Status Updates, Polls, Forum threads and Critiques. Status Updates let people share quick updates about what they’re working on or what inspires them. Find an awesome deviation? Share it in your Status Update.

As we designed our upcoming Mobile app, we understood the need to build something streamlined and direct to deliver what you want to watch. The Watch Feed was built for smartphones and tablets. While we love the robust tools available in the Message Center — and they’re not going away — the Message Center is not an environment that works well on mobile.

Connect With Your Watchers in New Ways

The Watch Feed and Status Updates let you connect with your watchers in ways not previously possible. In the Watch Feed, deviants can easily interact and comment on artwork and content shared by your watchers.



"With Status Updates, I am closer to the people I watch, which I feel adds a deeper sense of appreciation for their artwork. It's nice to know who is behind such incredible work!" —CrypticGrin

Status Updates

The Watch Feed also includes Status Updates — a new way to easily communicate with your watchers.  Status Updates are a great way to share quick updates. Give the world an insider’s peek at a work-in-progress or let your fans know you’ll be livestreaming a drawing soon. Share the work of an artist who inspires you, talk about current events, or start up a conversation that could reach new audiences!


“I've been wanting an easier way to notify my watchers of things. This makes it easier with the Status Updates, instead of having to make an entire Poll or a Journal for a small issue or update.” —TheWickedBeast


Resharing Content

Using the “share” button, you can easily redistribute interesting content or Status Updates to your watchers. Using Status Updates and the “share” feature, trends, news, and art will spread through the community like never before.




Controlling Your Watch Feed

If an item is removed from your Message Center, it will also be removed from your Watch Feed. You can customize what appears in your Watch Feed by editing your Manage Friends settings for specific deviants.  (These settings apply to both the Watch Feed and the Message Center.)


If you choose to unwatch a deviant's content (for example, Journals), existing Journals will remain in your Watch Feed; however, future Journals will not appear.

Artist credit: Open up by moiret

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DabZen Featured By Owner 9 hours ago  Student Digital Artist
Soooooooo..... What?
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ShifyInfinity Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do wonder why this awesome site keeps going down almost all the time! It's just annoying
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NS-Games Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
You know what. I'm getting tired of this. Why the deviantART staff hasn't spoken up about this given all the negative comments is beyond me, but all you people leaving them really need to get your facts straight.

First off, regardless of whether you pay for a premium subscription or just have a free account here, you're bound by deviantART's terms of service. You have to agree to them in order to even set up an account here. And the terms of service clearly state that...

"This Service is provided by deviantART on an "AS IS" and "AS AVAILABLE" basis and deviantART reserves the right to modify, suspend or discontinue the Service, in its sole discretion, at any time and without notice. You agree that deviantART is and will not be liable to you for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the Service."

In a nutshell, this one rule, which we've all agreed to by setting up accounts here, states that deviantART has the right to change their own website at any time, for whatever reason, without notice to their users. And given that you agree that they're not liable for any modifications to the service, you're not entitled to a refund just because you want to leave.
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PeafowlSanctuary Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fuck off with the new updates!! WE ALL DONT LIKE THEM!! LISTEN TO US!! It's seriously annoying that you're ignoring most of us and shoving your damn DA updates down our throats without trying to read our opinions!! I've considered leaving because I got on DA to get away from social media like FB. And now that people can see what I fave and comment on? That's lack of fucking privacy and I don't like it.

Seriously listen to us instead of fucking changing it... I'm getting sick of it.
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sapphire3690 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Why was the Report Spam/Hide Comment/Feature Comment feature removed from our user profiles?
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InfernoFury21 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was here before that the old version of liked there was any convenient setting and theme, and now look at all some new updated version of it is I did not like, say four message plan:

1. It is there which is good news Galerius.

2. Is there an icon binoculars can read it for important magazines and books.

3. This icon clouds over the notification that you can instantly see any answers.

4. New Notes generally personal message can be seen that sometimes it is necessary.

And last where (Notes) where are hidden, as will be read outside of my message I sent to them from each other, they also do not read the yellow message? Should to be seen immediately understandable, and not the left side.

Therefore, please restore the old version I hope to decide for themselves.
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Contrared Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm utterly disappointed in this confusing major update. Wasn't this website supposed to be different from any other social networking website?
I thought that deviantART was DEVIANT.
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AmyEmolga Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I wish there was a way to blacklist a user's deviations from showing up...

It would work like this:

When their deviation(s) is/are blacklisted, it doesnt show up in searches or "More From DeviantART", And if it's embeded on someone's profile, a box with a red X shows up instead.
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ZachandQuail Featured By Owner Edited Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Please, without sounding rude, you need to listen to us, we are giving you feedback which you so clearly 'love' but why do you ignore us? Unless we are telling you about a bug or a glitch, YOU WON'T LISTEN!!

This is.. or was a community for art but these admins never really took into consideration of what we wanted for this new update. It's about us too.
We all took the time to make an account and sign up, some of us pay for membership and if they don't like the new community, they ain't gonna pay.

They never took into consideration what would really benefit us in the update, only what they thought would be 'cool'

Why didn't they take a vote?

This may sound stupid but I wish they took.. Baby steps with this update.
Like they introduced one thing at a time cause grasping all of this in one go is hard.

So DeviantART, next time you want to update, ASK THE COMMUNITY FIRST

Something needs to change because there are clearly more people who dislike this than like it.

Consider a downgrade for those who prefer the older version, at least give us some options here!!

We are ALL part of the community and we should be treated FAIRLY not like trash, and this, this is not fair
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Silver-of-the-night Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The staff asked beta testers like me (before i went back to a normal member ship ) but the staff just ignored half of the beta testers that did not like it.



All the staff have done is split the community, they have not brought it any closer . the rate they carry on people will leave this site like it happend to Face book and sites like Bebo closed down it's site and Msn ended.
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Rugby-Tea Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  New member
I agree with you. I'm new but i was on before this stupid update. It makes a-lot of things weird and out of sorts. In my eyes it looks like Tumblr and Facebook had some retarded baby. They only did this update to make them selves happy,not the people on it. You should start a petion
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ZachandQuail Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Wow, ya think so?

But yeah it's so nuts
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TheGhostInHope Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks awful. Change it back.
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lag-roil Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Also, Why is the header moved all the way to the right??
I mean, WHY DID THEY EVEN TOUCH IT??!? It should be in the Centre for Awdy's sake.
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Shadowslide Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
We have Facebook, and we have Tumblr. This update makes DA look like Tumblook. This is stupid and we need to change it back.
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lag-roil Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
+10000
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Shadowslide Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Amen, my friend. Amen.
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Mnemothra Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
Btw, hashtags!?!?! Seriously dA, HASHTAGS?? I NEED someone to explain to me what "good" is there out of hashtags on deviantart?? Everything was fine the way they were before on a search bar without hashtags. At least for me they always were. That's even how I stumbled onto more and more known artists. That made it special and fun.

But with Hashtags- when you logically think about it... Doesn't that filter out almost everything you're looking for in this search engine to look up a certain art piece or title. Based on what's not written or trending so easily on a single tag? Cause lets face it there's infinite loads of art on this site with weird names and titles on them.

Please, change it back to the way it was before. Everything was fine the way it was.
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ShifyInfinity Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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lag-roil Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Who even needs ASSTAGS on Deviantart?!?

I Agree.
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Mnemothra Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
Ugh no!! -sighs-
Please dA. Listen to your people and community. Do the favor before it gets worse. Delete this new layout! It's unnecessary, no point to it and will only create confusion, frustration and eventually it will be owned by another social art network. I would hate to see that happen to this amazing site. Look what happened to Myspace. Now Facebook owns them. That's because I don't have a facebook. To me my FB is dA.

This is one of the reasons I loved DeviantArt, it was all about art itself to navigate through it was also simplistic. Don't trend. Don't be hipster style. Don't prove to be anything, but more than what this site already is. Stay leaders! Be true to the art community! :)
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lag-roil Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
I Agree 1000%.

This is easily the worst move in Deviantart history, and I don't even need to explain why, Just look what the other Deviants said WAYY before me!! 
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