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Cleaning-up Naming

Wed May 27, 2015, 2:31 PM



As mentioned in last week’s
Beginnings of Site Simplification journal and the new DeviantArt Timeline, we’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to make DeviantArt a simplified and unified experience — ultimately leading to increased participation from new and longtime deviants, adding more favourites, comments, and deviousness to the site as a whole.

Because DeviantArt has been around for nearly 15 years, we recognize that the site has accumulated a number of terms, words, and names for our various features and functions — some of which have multiple or similar meanings, and many of which increase confusion around how the site works.

We understand that DeviantArt is a community of artists from around the world who will use all kinds of creative expressions to describe numerous things and activities on DeviantArt.  We are not suggesting any uniformity in language used by the community, and are only dealing with navigation labels used on the website — not what deviants choose to call things on their own.


Getting Started

To kick off the site simplification process, we’ve updated a handful of naming conventions across DeviantArt — both the desktop site and mobile Web — with the goal of making the site cleaner and easier to use.  The truth is, many of these changes are small and likely not even noticeable to the average deviant!  These updates aren’t about adding or removing features, but are instead about cleaning up inconsistencies and having a clearer interface and navigation.


Watch

Before MySpace had "friends" and Twitter had "followers," DeviantArt had "watch" — a term that's been around since the early days of the site.  But as the site grew, we introduced several variations of the term, all essentially meaning the same thing, increasing confusion for deviants and inconsistencies on interfaces.  Today, we’re consolidating everything into “watch.”  The “+watch” button on profile pages now says “watch" and instances of “deviantWATCH” on profiles and in messages are now also labeled as “watch.”

As mentioned in our Beginnings of Site Simplification journal, we’ll soon be splitting watch and notifications — two distinct functions — into separate sections, but this change won’t be happening in the next few weeks.




Deviants

Deviants, the term for members of DeviantArt, is a strong term that we feel has a lot of meaning. On DeviantArt, you are a deviant. There are a few areas of the site that refer to deviants as “users” or “members,” and those have been cleaned up. The term “Premium Members” will be an exception for now.


Notifications

As features and functions were added to the site, the messages area on DeviantArt ballooned over time.  While we acknowledge that it needs a major overhaul, we’re taking a few small steps to begin that revamp. Over the next few days, we’ll be renaming the term “messages” and “inbox” to “notifications.”

Consuming art and other content submitted by the people you watch is a completely separate experience than when you’re replying to comments or checking how many people recently favourited your deviations. These two experiences need to be separated out and redesigned so that each of them is optimized for their distinct function. This change will be happening in the near future.

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Simpler, Still Devious :p (Lick)

Our mission as a website is clear: to entertain, inspire, and empower the artist in all of us.  From offering new tools for artists to developing more ways to discover each other, everything we work on is driven by this goal, and we've planned big things for 2015 and beyond.  But first, we need to turn down the noise and focus on simplicity — creating a DeviantArt that is clear and welcoming to all.





Untitled by xiongrong
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

Beginnings of Site Simplification

It’s no secret that DeviantArt is a complicated site. Have you ever invited a friend to DeviantArt, only to have them ask a bunch of questions about how to get started? It’s our aim to make a new deviant's first experience as inspiring and welcoming as those who have made this community their home. We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to make DeviantArt a simplified and unified experience and we are announcing the beginnings of a site simplification process.

Read more »

Change Log

  • There was an error when uploading deviations from newer versions of Adobe Lightroom that could cause EXIF data to be corrupted. Fixed by trezoid
  • Importing files to Sta.sh when using DeviantArt muro would not work properly in Internet Explorer. Fixed by inazar 
  • For a short period, it was impossible to use journal skins. Fixed by kemayo
  • The Critiqueable page did not work on the mobile website. Fixed by micahgoulart
  • There were display issues with the pencil edit buttons on deviations in your own Gallery. Fixed by trezoid

Your Feedback

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

In response to the Discuss topic, some deviants said that they don't send art in Notes, but for those who do, the primary response deviants gave for doing so was to deliver commissions or parts of art trades. Outside of that, deviants said they send art in Notes when they're sending something to a friend that they think the friend may like, or when sending a Daily Deviation suggestion to a Community Volunteer. 

Discuss!

Site Simplification

Please join the conversation ongoing in the Beginnings of Site Simplification journal!

Join the discussion »

Header artwork: untitled by xiongrong

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Beginnings of Site Simplification

Wed May 20, 2015, 2:41 PM
Img-01 by techgnotic


 

It’s no secret that DeviantArt is a complicated site.  Have you ever invited a friend to DeviantArt, only to have them ask a bunch of questions about how to get started?  Or have you ever spoken with a fellow deviant about a feature you use daily, only to learn they didn't know that feature existed?  It’s our aim to make a new deviant's first experience as inspiring and welcoming as those who have made this community their home.  We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to make DeviantArt a simplified and unified experience and, as mentioned in the DeviantArt Timeline, today we are announcing the beginnings of a site simplification process.

In the coming weeks and months, DeviantArt will begin to make changes to the way things are named and where they appear.  Each of these decisions is informed by analysis of real member behavior for both logged-in and logged-out deviants.  Our goal is to present experiences we all love at DeviantArt more clearly and reduce instances of confusion that contribute to complexity.  Ultimately, this should improve participation from everybody — adding more favourites, comments, and deviousness to the site as a whole.

Cleaning Up Naming

A while back, we asked the community about collections usage.  In response, we heard things like, “Collections?  Do you mean the folders in our galleries?” and “Do you mean the journals where people feature a collection of artwork?”  These are perfect examples around how the naming conventions on DeviantArt — the names we’ve given products and features — need work.

DeviantArt has been around for 15 years.  As mentioned, the site is admittedly complicated and there are many terms, often with multiple meanings, that deviants need to learn as a member.  When we designed the DeviantArt Mobile App, we were able to essentially start from scratch and focus on keeping things simple.  Now it’s time to bring that same mentality to the desktop site by removing complications and consolidating site terminology.

We’ll provide explicit details soon, but here are some examples of how we might change terms used on the site’s navigation:


  • Favourites, “Collections”, the “featured” folder in your favourites, and +fave could become: favourites
  • Gallery, deviations, art, and artwork could become: deviations
  • Watch, watchlist, deviantWATCH, and +watch could become: watch
  • Messages, notifications, notices, hot topics, and inbox could become: notifications

  • Members, deviants, users, and visitors could become: deviants


Navigation Design: Tier One

When looking at our existing navigation, emphasis is placed on search, shop, and DeviantArt’s home/browse.  However, we know that deviants prefer to visit their messages, profile, and so on. 

Let's take a look at the site's most used features and functions, and see how they can be translated into a new, easier to use navigation.

Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 8.04.02 PM by danlev
(Please note: This is just a representation for how the new site navigation could be structured. It is not meant to be a design nor does it use real colors. For now, we're only focusing on the placement of DeviantArt's core features.)
 
In the new header arrangement above, the logo would bring you to your watch, notifications (messages) are represented by the number “264” (not necessarily consolidated into one number), Notes are represented by “8”, search, and explore come afterwards, but are still at the top.

We plan on splitting Messages into three distinct components:

  • Watch, which is currently the “deviantWATCH” section of your messages, is content submitted by the people you watch. Since deviantWATCH is vital to community health and we want to optimize this experience for the consumption of deviations by deviants you +Watch.

  • Notifications will replace what is currently the “feedback” section of messages. In the future, this will be a more powerful experience than what it is today. Based on community feedback, using Messages can often feel like a chore.  We’ve also heard that deviants avoid checking their Messages because of how cluttered everything can become, so our aim is to make notifications smarter and easier to manage.

  • Notes. We have exciting plans for notes.  In the near future, we’ll be bringing them to our Mobile App and, a little further out, we’ll be transitioning them to a more chat-like system.


Search and explore also appear on the top navigation:

  • Search will function similar to how it works today, with an improved design.

  • Explore, which is currently known as browse (and the front-page), will include What’s Hot, Daily Deviations, Today, etc.


Navigation Design: Tier Two

Below is a potential second level navigation:

2nd Level Navigation by danlev

Our watch system is the center of the DeviantArt experience for every deviant and we want to bring it to the homepage of DeviantArt.

The beauty of this design option for our home experience is that these elements can be mirrored on profiles and have the same experiences. If profile “tabs” and home/watch “tabs” were organized in the same manner, DeviantArt would be a lot easier for new people to use. Symmetry would make DeviantArt intuitive. Today, we’re suffering under the load of features and naming conventions that create a giant cloud of confusion.

Feature Symmetry by danlev

We want to streamline DeviantArt’s naming conventions, so that we can present a profile featuring exactly what you are then able to watch: deviations, deviants, favourites, journals, and commissions.

Changes in naming and updates to the interface in this direction will not happen all at once, but will instead roll out over time. Small changes may begin happening as soon as next week.












Share Your Thoughts


As DeviantArt grows, we strive to find more ways to connect you with the things and people that matter to you most, but we're becoming more and more cognizant of wanting to simplify the process — so that we can bring you the best experience and do it well.

  • How will these types of changes impact your experience at DeviantArt?  

  • What other things can we unify or simplify?

  • Which site terms/names do you find confusing?  Which took you a while to understand? 
  • Post a status update about Timeline!










Heroes-of The Storm-500x300-v2 by madizzleeSharpen your weapons and prepare to fight for the Nexus in Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm Ultimate Fan Art Contest! Illustrate your favorite heroes engaged in battle for the chance to win cash prizes and a personalized sketch from Heroes of the Storm Senior Art Director Sam Didier. With many powerful heroes awaiting your call, who will you choose? Enter now!



















Official Rules


Enter Now







Engage Blizzard’s
Mightiest Heroes in Battle:


Assemble the mightiest heroes from across Warcraft™, Diablo™, Starcraft™, and more! Illustrate characters from two or more different Blizzard universes engaged in battle for the chance to win $6,000 USD, a framed print of your entry, and an original sketch by Sam Didier, Senior Art Director for Heroes of the Storm, and more. With powerful heroes including all of your favorites awaiting your call, who will you choose?


Sharpen your favorite weapons and prepare to fight, because now you and all of your friends can join the fight for the Nexus! Blizzard’s newest game, Heroes of the Storm, allows you to build and customize heroes from your favorite Blizzard games and face-off in fast-paced mayhem.



















About The Game






Heroes of the Storm is a new free-to-play team brawler of heroic proportions. Mobilize teams featuring your favorite heroes from more than 20 years of Blizzard games and face-off against opponents in one of seven dynamic Battlegrounds for your chance at glory!


Use the links below to learn more about Heroes of the Storm and to see a list of some of the many heroes you can choose to feature in your artwork. You can also dive into the fray and experience the game firsthand by logging in and playing the game for free!















How To Enter










STEP 1: VISUALIZE


Review the asset page to learn more about Heroes of the Storm. Select at least two characters from different Blizzard universes to feature in your artwork. You may use materials provided on the Asset Page and related pages as reference but you may not actually duplicate them as part of your submission. For more information on permitted characters, please see the Official Rules.









STEP 2: CREATE


Illustrate your chosen characters engaging in battle. You may use any visual medium excluding cosplay, photographs, or moving images. Photographs of an entry in another medium is acceptable.









STEP 3: ENTER


Your entry must be at least 2000 pixels in its shortest length and be either a single JPG or PNG file.









SHARE


Share your artwork on your social channels using the hashtag #PlayHeroes. Explore the hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, and DeviantArt to see other artists’ amazing works! This is not a required step to win or place in the contest.


















Prizing













The 1st Prize Winner Will Receive:


  • A framed sketch by Sam Didier, Senior Art Director for Heroes of the Storm, inspired by the winning entry
  • A framed print of the 1st place entry signed by the Heroes of the Storm Creative Team
  • $6,000 USD
  • $250 in Battle.net Balance (USD) and a signed boxed copy of Heroes of the Storm
  • 8,000 DeviantArt Points
  • 1-year Premium Membership to DeviantArt.com





The 2nd Prize Winner Will Receive:


  • A framed print of the 2nd place entry signed by the Heroes of the Storm Creative Team
  • $3,000 USD
  • $150 Battle.net Balance (USD) and a signed boxed copy of Heroes of the Storm
  • 4,000 DeviantArt Points
  • 6-month Premium Membership to DeviantArt.com





The 3rd Prize Winner Will Receive:


  • A framed print of the 3rd place entry signed by the Heroes of the Storm Creative Team
  • $1,000 USD
  • $100 Battle.net Balance (USD) and a signed boxed copy of Heroes of the Storm
  • 4,000 DeviantArt Points
  • 6-month Premium Membership to DeviantArt.com






22 Semi-Finalist Prize Winners Will Receive:




  • A signed boxed copy of Heroes of the Storm
  • $50 Battle.net Balance (USD)
  • 1,000 DeviantArt Points










Rules





The Blizzard Contest Begins at 12:00 am time (PDT) on May 19, 2015 and ends at 11:59:59 PM (PDT) on June 23, 2015.

  • Entrant must be at least 13 years old as of May 19, 2015.  Entrant may reside anywhere in the world.
  • Entries must be received by 11:59:59 PM (PDT) on June 23, 2015 and must be submitted through the contest gallery on DeviantArt.
  • Membership to www.deviantart.com is required to enter the Contest. Membership to www.deviantart.com is free.
  • The work may originate in any visual medium excluding cosplay, photographs, or moving images. Photographs of an entry made in another medium are acceptable. Licensed brushes and textures are permitted. Read the Official Rules for more details.
  • Your entry must be in the form of a single JPG or PNG file at least 2000 pixels in its shortest length.
  • Your entry must include at least two Blizzard Heroes currently featured in the Blizzard’s interactive games, or Heroes who have been in any game released by Blizzard engaged in battle. Please consult the Official Rules for Blizzard games that are excluded.
  • You may reference but not copy the images provided on the Asset Page and in the games.
  • Other requirements and restrictions apply, so please read the Official Rules carefully.








Judging





The three winners will be selected by Sam Didier, Blizzard’s Senior Art Director for Heroes of the Storm. The 25 semi-finalists will be chosen by a panel of Blizzard’s full-time art team and by the DeviantArt Staff. The judges will use the following criteria in whatever degree the judges believe appropriate:


  • Depiction of the Heroes in battle
  • Overall impact of the Work
  • Technical Skill
  • Originality

Please read the Official Rules for more details about judging.































Albergo BelSito by cahilus
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

Introducing the Timeline of DeviantArt

We’re proud to introduce the DeviantArt Timeline, which will highlight the work we’ve accomplished in the past while laying the groundwork for what’s to come. Everything beyond present day on our Timeline acts as a roadmap for the future, welcoming deviants to follow progression and development toward future goals and promises.

Read more »


Change Log

  • For developers trying to create an app through the Sta.sh API, an unclear error message could occur unrelated to the actual problem. Fixed by justgalym
  • Poetry thumbnails would sometimes not display properly. Fixed by inazar
  • The autocomplete menu when including a tag or username in text would sometimes be triggered in inappropriate times, and could cause other text in the field to be lost. Fixed by Alisey
  • When uploading an image to include in a comment via the "Add Media" tool, the thumbnail for the image would be broken. Fixed by inazar
  • Usernames would sometimes be misaligned, in headings on the Watch Feed. Fixed by Alisey

Your Feedback

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

There were a variety of responses to the Discuss topic last week, and deviants offered a lot of insight into exploring creativity outside of creating. Some of the common responses included finding inspiration in dreams or daydreams, exploring nature to find new concepts or ideas, reading books or watching films to take in their stories, listening to music, or browsing art online to see what inspires other artists to create.

nosugarjustanger gave an insightful reply, saying that she is always in a general state of exploring creativity, and that she is inspired by people, and how they behave. 

Discuss!

Sending Art in Notes

Do you send artwork to other people in Notes? If you do, what tends to be your primary reason for doing so? Do you send the Note to multiple people at once, when you do?

Header artwork: Albergo BelSito by cahilus 

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XxKawaiiCreationsxX Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This site is where I spend about 80% of my time online. I really like it. I love it. I have originally been a member since 2011. I made a new account in 2013 and it's going great. I really enjoy my time here. I have one wish though. I want to help people. I like advertising people's art, featuring random deviants, giving out random PMs, points, favs, watches and llamas. I want to make a difference in this community. I want to make people feel happy. I want everyone to love their art and to grow and improve. I want new people to be impressed when they see this site and want to join. I want to get rid of all bullies, trolls and art thieves. I'm not doing this for the fame and popularity. I'm doing it because I care about my favourite website, :deviantart: I really want to make a difference. I would like to become a CV. I have applied, and I have heard nothing yet. But until then, I will continue being kind, and helping people, and making a difference. Thanks for being an awesome website that gave me my happiest memories. Thank you for helping me grow as an artist and as a person. Keep up the good work. :)
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i-am-kinda-lost Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
I just recently saw we might be getting a new update. I was angry after I read what it was about. I've been on DA for 5 collective years. I've learned how to work it just through messing around, I've looked at the help guides, I've asked others when I didn't understand.For crying out loud, I'm 15. I was about 10 when I joined. I'm just a kid and I've figured out how to use this site and refigured out what to do when updates occur. Stuff might be "too confusing." Who do you think we are? It is a total insult that you're suggesting we might be confused. No one wants another useless update. Most of this website is dominated by mature, older people with their own businesses. I'm pretty sure we're ALL intelligent enough to figure out this website. I've reported how I feel on other updates. I was given a bullshit excuse why you changed some things. I demand to be heard as an active member of DeviantArt. Listen to your members or you might not have any at all.
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ParadiseFever Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not sure where to ask this, but I've been looking to upgrade my account and found out there were only two options. One month and a year. What happened to the other options?
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deadmouse64 Featured By Owner Edited May 17, 2015
please stop logging me out of my account it's get annoying.
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:iconrealitysquared:
realitysquared Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
If you appear to be getting randomly logged out of your account you're experiencing some sort of bug or other technical issue, it's not anyone on our staff doing it to you.

You should seek assistance from our customer service area located at help where someone can look into your issue.
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grykusu Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
has anyone else seen this journal around about some hacker? it goes like this:

"This hacker has been going around making a name for himself on the site. He'll hack into your account,but lay low for at least a week. You'll never know he is there until you start seeing pictures of Thomas the Tank Engine saved on your sta.sh This will continue for a while until a journal with title 'It's too late' is posted on your profile. The journal will be nothing but lyrics to the song 'Hungry like a wolf' by Duran Duran. Then he will change your password and begin sending notes to your watchers asking them for sexual favors in return for stock in Slim Jim's. He will post poorly drawn My Little Pony:Friendship is Magic fan art on your profile, most of which involve Pinkie Pie reciting passages from The Old Testament while wearing various outfits from 1970's Sears catalogs. After five days time,he will delete at least four of your watchers randomly and tag every single person that YOU watch in almost every single post. Then he will begin to write disturbing letters about Barack Obama with screen-caps from those really weird Rock-Auto.com commercials. Finally after enough time has passed,he will delete all of your contacts, hack into your bank account, force you to buy a 7-year premium membership, change your username to a variation of OHMYGODLOOKATTHOSESHOESTHEONESWITHELACE,and then post 37 pictures of his odd misshapen nipples on your account."

like if there really was a hacker i think deviantart should be more protective against hackers

if this is real does anyone know any accounts that got hacked

idk when i see journal aabout a hacker i get freaked out
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realitysquared Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a hoax. 
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Huntyrwolf Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
If i create a group, can i change the name later?
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Ikue Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm afraid not. The name change feature is only available for Premium Members at this time. :)
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Huntyrwolf Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh man.... ;A; how do I get premium? Is there a way i can do it with points only?
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Ikue Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There sure is, if you have collected enough you can pay for it with points. Check out the Premium Membership upgrade page for the different price points. :)  www.deviantart.com/premiummemb…
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Ah-Mold Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
As long as it is labled for filtering, will you accept anything?
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DisturbedDragon2000 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015   Artist
can I submit anything here?
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KashimusPrime Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You really need to work on fixing your Helpdesk. It's broke. And yes I've already sent a bug report. 
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milovanf Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I've had that same crap too. :lol:
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KashimusPrime Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's thankfully fixed! And it wasn't an extension malfunction. As I've clearly stated in my ticket yet somehow still had to explain myself. 
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milovanf Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Same here.
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systemcat Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Professional General Artist
Ok, I tried to file a complaint, and it turns out another tried to do so before me and failed at it. My most recent piece, on the side of the deviant's page where "related art" is shown. There is a porn-like anthro piece! That is sick. I know I've seen others say this, and I'll say it too. Let us have the ability to turn off this related art bit on our work! No one needs to see furry porn! This art in question doesn't event have a maturity tag, and that's what I attempted to report.
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ponyzilla Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
hello.
vaginasaporita has been bullying my friends and saying rude things involving somebody living in somebody's penis.
please ban hip asap.
thanks.
-ponyzilla
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Little-drawing-Girl Featured By Owner Edited Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
please help in this  Rude Art-Thief issue here, all informations you need are in this Journal
little-drawing-girl.deviantart…
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