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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.

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 

Lightbulb Have a suggestion, idea, or feedback? Leave a comment here!
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:bug: Find a bug? Report it to the Help Desk! (Be as detailed as possible!)

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 

Lightbulb Have a suggestion, idea, or feedback? Leave a comment here!
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:bug: Find a bug? Report it to the Help Desk! (Be as detailed as possible!)

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.


Read More











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

good will by zakkasaurus
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.


Designed to showcase a variety of content — including editorial pieces, Journals, contests, and even deviants new to the site, the Today page reflects the undercurrent of what's happening now — both online and off.



“The new Today page is impressive. It's certainly much more dynamic and engaging now than it ever was.” —thetaoofchaos


New Content Daily

Throughout each day, the Today page updates with new stories, giving you a fresh look at what’s happening. The page’s layout changes daily to give different types of content more prominence. This is an ever-evolving project that we’ll be adjusting as we learn what works best and what the community likes the most.


The Today page improves the accessibility of various areas on DeviantArt, creating new and easier ways for both our logged-in and logged-out audiences to enter the DeviantArt experience.


We know that many deviants have established a daily routine that likely doesn't include the Today page. It's a big ask from us, but remember to give the Today page a try over the next few weeks — it's a great way to spotlight new and established artists from the community.  

Read more from techgnotic and our Content team: About the Today page.


Share your thoughts on the new Today page by posting a Status Update using the #Today tag.


Artist credit: Good will by zakkasaurus



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akanesarumara Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Student Writer
I do agree the watchfeed was unnecessary and it makes deviantart to much like tumblr and facebook. It is essentially just a rehash of what I can already see in my watch notifications- that's where I usually check the deviations of the clubs and people I follow. The tags are a good idea though.
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Jajamola88 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A "watch feed" is complete bullshit for a site like deviantArt. 

deviantArt is not Tumblr. deviantArt is for showcasing art, Tumblr is for blogging. 

I want to see the hottest new art on the front page, not some random person's journal entry. 
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lag-roil Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, what's a "Watch Feed"??!

I agree. Deviant"ART" is Not a Blog or Forum or some bull like that.

Correct.
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Jajamola88 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
well at least they kept the hot art tag but seriously I want the hot art on my page first thing I shouldn't have to select it myself
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ChaosDemonXXXAngel Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What do you get when facebook makes a baby with tumblr, then ends up in a relationship with the non selfie version of instagram?

deviantArt.
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lag-roil Featured By Owner Edited Oct 17, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
2014 Deviantart, that is.

More like DevianTurd or DevianTard.
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Centurion1337 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
The new layout is awful...
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canttel Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
O lord.


this update....


deviantart....


just why...

WHYYYYYYYYY?!?!!!!
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Holycrap1992 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
Plus, and I don't know if anyone else has come across this issue, but when I turn on my computer and open Deviantart, it actually freezes my computer(yet my phone is just fine, for whatever reason)... Like, what the actual fuck!?!?
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fuegokid Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Student Filmographer
Not everyone follows HQ. And the ones that does will see the changes BEFORE the journals. You could at least have bothered with a news topic on this a week or so ahead of time so that people didn't wake up to cold water splashed in their face.
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Silver-of-the-night Featured By Owner Edited Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey DA do you bother listening to people?

I have seen some members going lately either because they leave or they get hacked. i am starting to think this site is not secure any more and that hackers may come here more.


seriously , hacking barely happens on Facebook or YouTube. 

I am loosing faith with this site any more, you asked people like me who are beta testers to give you feed back and yet you ignore half of us.

What away to waist our money :lo: keep it going DA you will just end up like Facebook , Google plus and my space.

stop having kids with other sites, it's not pretty.


DA is  a art site, you seem to forget that and this is not bringing  the community together all it is doing is breaking it apart because you guys would rather more waist the money we give to you on a useless update.

What is the point asking us for feed back? i give no shits if this is early stage. you might as well change your name to 'DAbook' or 'DAspace' 
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Rugby-Tea Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New member
:iconclappingplz:
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SonicTheCaptain Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
Previous one better but the new updates looks
complicated now & I hope that next updates would be the better one.
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ShadowGirl7 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hence what everyone else says, the update SUCKS! :rage: I stated this before: you guys never focus on the REAL issues of deviantART: the art theft, cyber-bullying, etc.

If you want to do something for your site's users, ACTUALLY TAKE WHAT THEY SAY INTO CONSIDERATION! :|
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Rugby-Tea Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New member
:iconclapplz:
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lag-roil Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
+1 
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ShadowGirl7 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
+9001

I've been dealing with a lot of rude people here on DA, including a certain user who's been calling people "copyright nazis" because we called him out on art theft, and is literally telling them (and me) to "Just go and jump off the Twin Towers". And it takes a lot of people to actually make DA admins aware of people doing that. :rage:

DeviantART needs to be aware that there are more important issues than fancy set-ups and designs that need to be fixed. Unless it's something that's affecting all deviantARTists' pages (like a glitch or something), apps and fancy features should be the least of their priorities. :|
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Forestarr Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"In early feedback we have heard concerns that DeviantArt will look like Facebook or Twitter or Tumblr. That’s not our shape to come."
So much for that, huh?
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Silver-of-the-night Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
DA must be trying to joke with us, as it is not funny nor the case .

The just popped a child with Facebook and my space is the uncle. 
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lag-roil Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
I guess they're sick of this community, and want to drive them away as fast as possible.
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ShadowGirl7 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconwhatatwistplz:

Seriously. They'll let DA users get away with art theft and cyber-bullying, but nope! The DESIGN of the site is of more importance! :icontrollfaceplz:
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Forestarr Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They want to "bring us together" and do "what's in our interest", but they never listen to us. EVER. Instead of being a popular website different from the rest, a DEVIANT website, if you will, now it is just a clone of all the others, like Facebook, Tumblr, etc.
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ShadowGirl7 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah. The only time when I was able to get an art theft (who was racist) removed was when I had evidence ON THE SITE, they won't even acknowledge stuff from other sites. :facepalm:

I have a Tumblr. One of it is enough. :no:
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Glaciliina Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I greatly dislike this update!
The old design was a lot better.

(and the Hashtags are stupid too.)
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