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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 Submit page did not specify that keywords had been changed to tags. Fixed by kemayo
  • Copying and pasting rich text into the tags entry box on the Submit page did not work. Fixed by szlosek
  • Pasting space-separated text into the tags entry box on the Submit page would not create a tag per word. Fixed by szlosek
  • Typing a @ in the middle of a word would erroneously load the username autocomplete menu. Fixed by trezoid
  • When in Chat, clicking on a link would open that link in the already open window, rather than opening it in a new window or tab. Fixed by trezoid
  • Comments left on a Group Journal by the author of that Journal would incorrectly display in the Group Messages area of the Message Center for admins of that Group. Fixed by trezoid
  • When browsing on the mobile website, scrolling wouldn't work properly when deviations were set to display in Full View. Fixed by trezoid
  • Moving deviations from one folder to another in a Group Gallery would not work as intended. Fixed by trezoid
  • On a deviant's Gallery page, clicking a page number to view a specific page of artwork would incorrectly redirect to that same deviant's Favourites instead. Fixed by trezoid
  • When selling one's work as digital content, files that were attached to the deviation previously would display more than once on the Edit page despite only being included once. Fixed by trezoid
  • When uploading transparent .psd files, the automatically generated preview image would sometimes end up having a black background. Fixed by lepidosteus

Your Feedback


Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update! Here's some of what you had to say:
  • A few deviants suggested that a "Recently Used Tags" menu for the tags input box on the Submit page would be helpful.
  • In response to the Discuss topic, several deviants mentioned that they create tributes to honor people who have passed, artists whose work they look up to, or specific events or locations.

Discuss!


Commenting on Collections

How often do you leave comments on a deviant's Collections? Do you often receive comments on your Collections? What do you typically have to say when you comment on a person's Collection?

Inner Sanctum by Ishutani
(Inner Sanctum by Ishutani, found in Pechan's Collection where i want to be)

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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


  • In some instances, time stamps around the site would display as being from 1969, rather than their correct date. Fixed by trezoid
  • Gallery Folders containing subfolders would not display in the Add Media tool on comments. Fixed by elhsmart
  • Clicking through pages of comments was broken for comment threads in Gallery Folders. Fixed by elhsmart
  • Some Correspondence messages in the message center had an extra non-functional button. Fixed outgoingcoyote
  • Items in information fields on deviation pages were difficult to select on touch devices. Fixed by trezoid
  • For Safari users, the built-in autocomplete would override some fields on the Settings page. Fixed by elhsmart
  • Some old Literature deviations would erroneously have a Download button that linked to an older draft of the deviation than the current version. Fixed by elhsmart
  • There were 500 errors affecting some deviants' ability to load the message center for a brief period. Fixed by ArtBIT
  • For a short period, Prints could not be shipped to Vermont. Fixed by trezoid
  • For Safari users, descriptions on stacks in Sta.sh could not be edited. Fixed by elhsmart
  • Navigating between items in a stack in Sta.sh using arrow keys stopped working. Fixed by elhsmart
  • Infinite Scrolling on Browse and Search did not work properly in full-size windows on exceptionally large screen resolutions. Fixed by elhsmart
  • Thumbnails were not generated for some image uploads that contained corrupted color profiles. Fixed by trezoid
  • A small number of deviants were briefly unable to submit to Groups from the deviation page. Fixed by randomduck
  • Password resetting was briefly unavailable. Fixed by DEVlANT
  • The Share via Note modal on deviation pages would sometimes fail to load. Fixed by elhsmart
  • When a .PDF deviation with downloading disabled could not be displayed due to lack of browser support, it would erroneously have a Download link. That link would correctly result in an error when clicked, however. Fixed by elhsmart
  • There were periods when delivery of new messages to Message Center was delayed, sometimes by several hours. Fixed by randomduck
  • Some apps that were accessed (but not authorized) would appear on the Apps & Uploads Settings page, even though the apps were not granted authorization. Fixed by justgalym
  • Some links to the Featured folder in a Group Gallery were not working as expected. Fixed by elhsmart
  • When updating one's Literature Author Tag, uploading a .png file would cause display issues in the upload modal. Fixed by trezoid 
  • Moving deviations from one Group Gallery Folder to another wouldn't work on first attempt, and would then copy to the other folder and remain in the first, rather than being moved. Fixed by trezoid 

Your Feedback


Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update! Here's some of the commentary you left for us.
  • Deviants had a lot of feedback about the introduction of tags. One concern several deviants mentioned was the difficulty of going through old deviations and editing tags. We understand the concerns and we're looking into some solutions to make editing tags easier.
  • In response to the Discuss topic, deviants mentioned that they find out about new creation tools from friends, or while in stores looking for other things. 
  • A few deviants mentioned that they try new tools based on what other artists they know use, and what artists they aspire to be like use.

Discuss!


Tribute Art

Have you ever created art in tribute to a person, place, event, or something else? What about the thing you created a tribute to inspired you? Do you feel inspired to create tributes often, or rarely?

Hayao Miyazaki by lerms
(Hayao Miyazaki by lerms)

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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.

Like last week's update, this week's Site Update is a little different from usual in that we don't have a publicly visible change log. However, it's for a good reason. Our Devious Technology team is currently at a staff retreat working on upcoming projects, such as...

Tags are the new Keywords


As deviantART grows and strives to create new ways to discover great content, we’ve found that keywords as we currently use them have become underutilized. We think we can do better -- and can make a better experience for the community -- by making some changes.

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Your Feedback


Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update! Here's some of the feedback you left for us:
  • In response to the Discuss topic, generally deviants said they don't use social login options when the option is available, though some deviants said that they find it convenient depending on the website.
  • Some deviants mentioned that they might use social login options on deviantART provided they could continue to log in with username and password, while other deviants said they would choose not to use them.
  • Some commenters noted that they would like to use deviantART to log in to other apps, similar to how one can access SketchBook Pro or the Madefire Motion Book Tool with a deviantART account.
  • CrypticGrin suggested that some deviants would like to be able to easily share their artwork to their other social pages from the Submit page as they submit it to deviantART.

Discuss!


Creating in New Media

How do you typically find out about or try out new tools or items to create with? Do you hear about them through friends, artists you aspire to, blogs, review sites, etc.? Are there certain things you look for before trying a new tool out?



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Keywords on deviations were built to be an important tool to help discover artwork. But as deviantART grows and strives to create new ways to discover great content, we’ve found that keywords as we currently use them have become underutilized.  We think we can do better -- and can make a better experience for the community -- by making some changes.


In the coming month, keywords will transition into tags, and we’ll be improving the way they work. Tags will better surface artwork, allow deviants to form communities around topics, make it easier to find other artists and art appreciators, and increase discoverability.  

For example, if you're a fan of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles it can be difficult to know what to search for: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ninja Turtles, TMNT, Donatello, etc.  Public tags provide visibility to see how others are tagging their deviations, which will allow you to align your behavior to the norm, or choose to be deviant!


Getting Started


You’ll hear more about tags in the coming month, but to prepare for the upcoming release now, we wanted to let you know that:


  1. Keywords are changing to tags.

  2. Tags will soon be publicly visible on deviation pages.

  3. Our system will automatically transition some of your keywords to the appropriate tags for better discoverability when tags fully launches (for example, common keyword phrases such as “lord of the rings” will become “#lordoftherings”).
    

As a reminder, tags on deviations can be edited at any time.  If you’d like to update your deviations before any changes are released, now’s the time to do so!  (Simply visit any of your deviations and click the "Edit" button.  You don't need to add a hashtag before a tag, but you can!)





Frequently Asked Questions


Question:
Some of my new deviation tags look weird.  What gives?

Answer:
The old keyword field was unstructured, while new tags are all single words.  In the keyword to tag conversion process, we had to do a bit of guesstimation regarding the translation.  A keyword field for "my little pony" might mean “#mylittlepony,” while "sunset australia watercolor" might intend "#sunset #australia #watercolor."  In the event you see a tag that doesn't apply to your deviation, simply remove anything not appropriate.

Question:
I can only enter 64 tags to describe my deviation, but I was previously able to enter as many keywords as I wanted.  What gives?

Answer:
Public tags provide visibility around seeing how others are tagging their deviations.  One of the problems with keywords was that everyone had to invent their own terms or guess what others were using.  There would be many keywords around the same topic -- my little pony, mlp, mplfim, mylittlepony, my_little_pony, fim, friendshipismagic, and so forth.  By making tags public, you'll be able to discover tags that the community is using in a more predictable way.  Having 10 or 20 relevant tags will enable more people to see your art than having 100 irrelevant ones.


Your Feedback


We’re excited to show you what we’re working on, and will be updating you more about the power of tags in the coming month.  
For now, we’d love to hear your feedback:

  • Do you add keywords to all of your deviations? Roughly how many do you typically add?

  • Do you base your keywords on medium, subject matter, or other things?

  • What keywords do you commonly search for?


Let us know how you’re currently using keywords, so we can make the new tags as powerful and as useful as possible.



A Tribute to Robin Williams

Fri Aug 22, 2014, 3:32 PM












Editor’s Note:


Why did we delay for more than a week the publishing of this remembrance? Because to properly reflect the impact of this loss on the millions of Robin Williams fans worldwide, we wanted to be sure to capture a true sense of the torrent of love for Robin pouring in from the community in the form of heartfelt portraits and other tribute art.






We chose the “best” pieces to accompany our own prose tribute, but the “best” kept being supplanted by “better bests.” There is no end to the river of love for Robin Williams and we expect no end to the fabulous tributes artists will pay to his work.













Why Robin Williams Was Important
(You already knew he was funny.)






The official obituaries are disappointing. Descriptions of his humor rely heavily on “you had to be there.” They are unable to use words to describe the manic madness that was a Robin Williams performance in full flight (improvisational probing of the uncaged and directionless zeitgeist of the youth of the times, 1978–80).





Robin Williams’ early work—zany stand–up comic then hitting big-time with prime time network sitcom—is followed by an appreciation of his skills as a comic actor in the Hollywood studio feature films that followed, the places where most of Robin Williams’ millions of fans worldwide came to know and love him: places like The World According to Garp (1982), Moscow-on-the-Hudson (1984), Good Morning Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), The Fisher King (1991), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) and Good Will Hunting (1997). Robin Williams’ good–natured optimism and genuine love for humanity shined brightly on the big screen.


But to achieve such success in the movies meant disappearing the demonic anarchic spirit that animated Robin Williams’ early comedy club days—the very thing that electrified a lost and “stagflated” post-punk generation. Robin Williams in the movies was all of his wild energy minus any danger. He might have been the next Lenny Bruce, or even at least the next George Carlin, had his be-all, end-all work ethic not dictated that he accept roles in one studio picture after another, regardless of quality. His need to always be on, always pleasing people, resulted in so many of his movie roles being so insultingly far beneath the potentials of his true talents. Edgier projects never had a chance of organically evolving to emerge from his febrile imagination. He had to be constantly working instead of nurturing. It defined him.


Tragically, the same intense drive to always be working plus a ton of sudden wealth resulted in a cocaine addiction that took a serious toll on his health. He suffered through decades of rough divorces, of being on and off the rehab wagon, and a major heart surgery.


For those familiar with his career from his earliest stand–up days, this once whirling dervish’s gradual loss of comedic velocity was as painful to watch as it no doubt must have been for him to endure.  His final HBO special shows him to be just as funny as other HBO star stand-ups, the sadness being he was once pure genius, light-years ahead of the usual stuff. To see him falling back on bits of decades-old improv when new jokes died was a bit of irony the young Robin Williams would have savored and savaged.



The official chroniclers of our society tend to focus on “success” (especially financial) and how a person attained that success as the core narrative of an individual’s life. But very often a performer’s importance in influencing society lies not in being a role model over the lifetime of a successful career (e.g., the emphasis on how much money Robin Williams’ decades of movies made) but in some spark they provided to the inchoate consciousnesses of their audiences in the early days. The no-limits comedic freedom and anarchy represented by Robin Williams in his first few years on the stand-up scene may have been his lasting legacy, the TV and movies that followed reflecting a mere single facet of his talent, rather than a laboratory for honing his improvisational magic.


The word comes in that it was a Parkinson’s diagnosis that finally made Robin Williams fall to Earth. After having lived through his college roommate Christopher “Superman” Reeves’ quadriplegia and his friend John Belushi’s drug overdose death, this final cruel joke on him—this physical comedian extremis gradually losing half his language with his audience—was one cosmic irony he could finally find no humor in.


What will live on forever will be the pure unadulterated, sheer joy the mere sight of Robin Williams’ smiling face brought and will always bring to his fans. This joy is reflected back in an inundation of the deviantART website with over 5000 portraits and other “Robin-pieces” made and shared by the worldwide deviantART community of artists just since his passing. An evening at the movies with this man, even in his most formulaic “dramedies,” will always mean a psychic cleansing for the millions who love him, a receiving of this holy man’s gift of healing through laughter and his talent at transporting us to where we can indulge a return to our most childlike happiness.




But, wow, just remembering Robin Williams burning down the clubs in 1979—and imagining what could have been... Well, I guess you had to be there.




































Questions for The Reader






  1. Do you think Robin Williams could have remained a vital comedian and comic actor even as he battled Parkinson’s disease? Have you battled disease while pursuing your art?

  2. Do you think that all great artists possess hidden “darkness” of the heart or mind that adds a powerful poignancy to their work? The funnier the comic, the more intense the suppressed dark side?

  3. Are highly intelligent or very talented people better able to hide their misery from loved ones, thus making it all the harder to “read” them and help them?

  4. Do you think it’s possible for successful artists to fight the allure of the more exotic dangerous diversions, deal with chronic depression, deal with serious diseases, yet still continue to create art successfully? Is a strong community a key to avoiding these hazards?

  5. Almost every comedic interaction from Robin Williams produced an immediate sense of well–being for the audience. Are there works of visual art or literature that have this effect on you?



Suicide Prevention & Support


If you or someone close to you needs additional emotional or psychological support, please contact your local suicide prevention hotline.


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FrostWolf8 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  New member Hobbyist Filmographer
So Deviantart, what's it about the rumors of this deleted rainbow llama hmm?
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lionking-adopts4you Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
Is this a scam?- fav.me/d7xmzfk
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gotawesome Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Llamas for Llamas? 
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FrostWolf8 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  New member Hobbyist Filmographer
 Llama for llama it is! I give u one right now
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GaiusHelenMohiam Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
I'll give you a Llama:)
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GaiusHelenMohiam Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
Please, please...can something be done about the adds with sound!!!? They come on suddenly, unexpectedly, and VERY loud. If you mute them they just come back 5 seconds later. It makes it nerve racking to check out others galleries and interact with them. Especially for those of us who wear headphones. I know adds are necessary, but these...really!!!!???
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KashimusPrime Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Get an ad blocker. If not save up :points: for a subscription. 
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GaiusHelenMohiam Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
Thanks, I may do both.
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Midnafan1127 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm getting art thief mail even though I'm not stealing anything so can please do somthing
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hans-sachs Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
there are a lot of things in your gallery, which are not your own work. you should consider removing them.
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Midnafan1127 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I have been getting permission though
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hans-sachs Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
no, you didn't. i contacted some of the rightful owners, and they said that they didn't give you permission. you are what is colloquially known as an "art-thief".
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Ask-Scourge122 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  New member Professional Artist
Dear DAHQ, please ban ''MLPFanBoy221'' because he banned My Sisters DA

sincerely,Ask-Scourge122






Thanks!
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KashimusPrime Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How old was your sister? 
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Ask-Scourge122 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  New member Professional Artist
14.. and im 16
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KashimusPrime Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She must have done something against the rules to warrant her getting banned then. 
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Ask-Scourge122 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  New member Professional Artist
*for no reason D=*
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x-Paradise015 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm having  a problem with mobile devices. 
Every time I try to view my message centre, it tells me I have messages, but I can't view them. All I get it a blank page, with no messages, no matter what I click on. I rely on my mobile devices to stay in touch with the site, and this is really pissing me off. I can't submit, I can't edit anything, and I can't open my messages.

If you guys could fix this, it'd be great.
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Midnafan1127 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
U have them flipped to your 1rst message there should be a button where you can change that
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qeva Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
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Firekitty8 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014   Digital Artist
Is it just me or is anyone else having trouble submitting journal everything else works.
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terrorisnear Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This group hasn't uploaded much art since like... 2009... You guys should do like a folder for people who deserve it! Like, random people who have really good art, but are never noticed! 
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OutsideFate Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Well, I am just going to post this here. Hopefully It'll maybe start some postetive changes in how dA works.

Or more likely, this comment will be hidden because it's easier.

outsidefate.deviantart.com/jou…
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KeirTanaka Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
How's about a search bar in group galleries and Sta.sh pages same as we have in our regular galleries?
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