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Home again home again by pjacubinas
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

  • We encountered and resolved an issue where deviants with certain ISPs were logged out of their accounts and unable to log back in.
  • Errors could occur when requesting a commission from a deviant through the Commissions widget, if your password had a forward slash or backslash. Fixed by baclap
  • For iPad users visiting the mobile website, the "Previous" button wouldn't work when browsing deviations. Fixed by baclap
  • Clicking on the "Add to Favourites" button before the deviation page finished loading would not trigger the deviation being added to your Favourites. Fixed by Alisey
  • Blocking a deviant would not consistently remove that deviant from your Watch List. Fixed by inazar
  • The Today page could take an excessive amount of time to load when opened. Fixed by yumeruby

Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update! While we asked about Status Updates last week, we're happy to announce that in the time since last week, the 1 millionth Status Update was posted!
  • In response to the Discuss topic, deviants said they use Status Updates for a variety of reasons, although primarily they use them for very short updates, or for sharing works in progress.
  • A few deviants noted using Status Updates to tell people about their commission status.
  • Some deviants made suggestions regarding the design of Status Updates, and said that Status Updates could stand to be more compact.

Discuss!     

Notifications on Mobile

The "Notifications" tab on the DeviantArt Mobile App (pictured below) includes messages related to your account, including favourites and comments on your content, mentions, and new watcher notifications. This section is similar to DeviantArt.com's Message Center, but notifications are presented differently and ordered sequentially.


How would you like to see the Mobile App's Notifications feature improved to be more useful for you to go about your daily DeviantArt routine on mobile?


Notifications on Mobile by danlev


Header artwork: Home again home again by pjacubinas

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Birds by Tohad
DeviantArt will be undergoing scheduled maintenance on Wednesday, April 22nd from approximately 11:00 PM to 11:30 PM Pacific.

You might recall that we previously held Scheduled Maintenance on April 8th. At that time, we discovered there was a bit more work to be done. After spending the last two weeks addressing those issues, we're ready for our second (and hopefully final) test run — which will ultimately result in a faster, better DeviantArt experience!

DeviantArt.com and the DeviantArt Mobile App will be in read-only mode during this maintenance period — you'll be unable to submit, comment, or +fav deviations (or take other actions that require being logged-in.) However, you'll still be able to browse and search the site, and, same as last time, we encourage you to find and share artwork that you enjoy, bringing attention to artists you love!

As we continue to test changes to our backend systems, we want to reassure you that none of your data will be affected or lost during this maintenance period.

Thank you for your understanding.

Thank you for your patience. DeviantArt's scheduled maintenance is now complete. Please commence DeviantArting!


Header artwork: Birds by Tohad



Landscape study #4 by O-l-i-v-i
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

  • We encountered issues with one of our ISPs that caused some deviants to become randomly logged out and prevented them from logging back in.
  • Under rare conditions, some deviants couldn't create Gallery Folders or Collections. Fixed by outgoingcoyote
  • Longer usernames would be cut off on the new watermark. Fixed by inazar
  • The "Statistics" section of the Help & FAQ wasn't up to date. Fixed by DEVlANT
  • For a while, it wasn't possible to log in to ftp.sta.sh in order to upload files. Fixed by chris
  • Hidden Forum posts would still show on the Activity widget on a deviant's Profile Page. Fixed by inazar
  • On the Activity widget of one's Profile Page, Forum posts would have alignment issues if the post had no line breaks. Fixed by baclap

Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update!
  • In general, deviants felt that the new watermark was an improvement over the old one, although some deviants said they still preferred to not use it. 
  • A few deviants said they felt the watermark was still too large, and a few other deviants said that it could stand to be less opaque.
  • In response to the Discuss topic, several deviants mentioned not using watermarks regularly, because they didn't want the watermark to distract from the artwork itself.
  • Deviants who do use watermarks said they tend to use a standard text or graphic watermark that is consistent from one work to another.
  • Some deviants suggested a tool to upload or create custom watermarks, and others suggested a tool to reposition or resize the already existing watermark.

Discuss!

Status Updates

What do you typically share in Status Updates? Do you post them regularly? Why or why not? Are there certain elements of Status Updates that you'd like to see improved on?

Header artwork: Landscape study #4 by O-l-i-v-i 

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C.O.T - we heard the heart beating by wang2dog
UPDATE: The issue has been resolved at this time. If you encounter any other issues, please file a bug report at the Help Desk!

We've received reports today involving some users being randomly logged out of the site, and subsequently not being able to log back in. At this time we're having issues with one of our ISPs, and are investigating.

Please bear with us as we work toward solving the problem. We're working to have the issue resolved as soon as possible, so that everyone can go about their daily DeviantArt experience with no additional trouble.

Header artwork: C.O.T - we heard the heart beating by wang2dog 


Drum Bridge by PaulWeber
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

DeviantArt's New Watermark

The DeviantArt watermark that can be added to image deviations has been redesigned! The new watermark is designed to protect your work without distracting viewers from enjoying it.

Previously submitted deviations with the watermark enabled will be transitioned to the new watermark automatically — however, with hundreds of millions of deviations to sort through, this process is going to take several weeks to complete. We'll report back in when the transition is finished.

To enable the watermark on your artwork, change the Display Options setting on the Submit page to something other than Original, and then select "Add watermark".

Moustache Kitty on Hay by SIG442

Change Log

  • If an image was resized while editing in DeviantArt muro, the redraw video would sometimes appear at an incorrect size. Fixed by Alisey
  • Special characters in the titles of Notes were incorrectly being converted to HTML. Fixed by baclap
  • In Sta.sh, some tooltips were not displaying where they were intended. Fixed by baclap
  • The Groups modal on Profile Pages wouldn't display longer Group names. Fixed by helloandre
  • Blocking deviants would not remove them from your Watch List, or vice versa. Fixed by inazar
  • Unwatching a deviant from the Message Center would not remove their messages, where unwatching a deviant from the Watch Feed would. Unwatching now consistently removes messages in both places. Fixed by inazar
  • On the Watch Feed, the "Show More" button for Journals would overlap the secondary navigation bar, when scrolling down the page. Fixed by outgoingcoyote
  • In the Message Center, the Miscellaneous section was incorrectly labeled "Misecellaneouss". Fixed by baclap

Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update
  • Deviants said they liked the Stylus IRL, with some saying that they'd like to actually buy one. We hope you enjoyed our April Fools' Day articles, and that you had a fun day!
  • In response to the Discuss topic, several deviants said that they enjoyed one of Google's many April Fools' Day pranks, be it com.google, Pac-man on Google Maps, or the "Add Music" button on YouTube.

Discuss!

Watermarks

Do you add watermarks to your images? Why/why not? If you do add a watermark, do you use a different digital signature for each work, or do you create one watermark that you use on most/all of your images?

Header artwork: Drum Bridge by PaulWeber 

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:iconepicsk8r13:
EpicSk8r13 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not giving out my real name. That is PERSONAL INFORMATION! I'm not giving out private information on the internet where people can find out your identity and try to harm you.
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Jirbytaylor Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
I am not giving you my real legal name, please do not ask again. Everyone knows me by my "real" name, or my username. Why the heck should I put my birth name in?
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:iconepicsk8r13:
EpicSk8r13 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree. There are people out there that can see your real name and find out who you are and try to harm you. I use a fake name because I don't want to be harmed by a creep.
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emberthetechwiz Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Everyone else is doing this, and I've contacted :icontechgnotic:, but you guys might want to see the note I sent him/her.

"I would send a normal report, but this kid is deactivating his accounts right after he insults another user and I feel it is redundant to send a report on a deactivated user. He's also gone onto a wikia related to a group the victim is in and edited her main OC's page to say she was a lesbian.

:iconthestrangelatios: and :iconstrange-jack: are the same person, and, judging from his grammar and harassment tactics, under 13. This person is insulting :iconmenacingnightmares: to the point where she's considering quitting deviantart. It's gotten to the point where someone has claimed he will make a third account and continue the harassment. It's gotten so bad I've began to resort to vigilante justice (if he comes back).

I won't demand that you immediately help. I'm not going to say this is a minor problem. It's gotten to the point where rules are being broken and it is reaching beyond deviantart. If you don't have the time, it's not a problem. If you do have time to spare, please see if you can do something about this kid (or maybe comfort :iconmenacingnightmares: if that's not too much to ask, she's a nervous wreck)
Thank you for your time."
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:iconepicsk8r13:
EpicSk8r13 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi I would like to report remusyoshi please

He's been making fun of people and being a huge bully.
He's been making fun of autism
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:iconshiftyinfinity:
ShiftyInfinity Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He belittles autistic people?

Why would someone do that?

I'm autistic.
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:iconepicsk8r13:
EpicSk8r13 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea I blocked him and he's still bullying me.
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:iconshiftyinfinity:
ShiftyInfinity Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know why he'd bully you.

You seem really nice and friendly.

Hi I'm Shifty.
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:icondauntlesskitties:
dauntlesskitties Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
Where can u buy\ get the stylist IRL pen?!? Please respond!!
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:iconkashimusprime:
KashimusPrime Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually they exist. They're called Gel pens. 
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:icondauntlesskitties:
dauntlesskitties Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015
Um.. R u talking to the wrong person?
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:iconkashimusprime:
KashimusPrime Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No. Because Gel Pens literally do what that Stylus IRL does. You can draw on yourself and on other surfaces and paper. Markers too have that capability. But gel pens are a prettier outcome. 
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:iconskyechirisu:
Skyechirisu Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
It was an April Fool's Prank.
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:icondauntlesskitties:
dauntlesskitties Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
ARE. YOU. FUCKING. WITH ME.
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:iconskyechirisu:
Skyechirisu Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I'm not. It would be awesome if Stylus IRL actualy existed.

Now if you are a Back to the Future fan, those Nike Mags (the self-tying shoes) are actualy coming out this year around the 30th aniversary of Back to the Future Part 2.
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pearwood Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I do like the stylus.  I suppose the analog version would be light painting with a film camera?

I suppose I could write a formal bug, but it seems odd that "deviation in storage" should appear on my home page random favorites.  It should be a simple matter to filter stored deviations from the display.

Keep up the good work.

Steve - been here for ten years and not about to leave
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:iconcraftymaelyss:
CraftyMaelyss Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hello staff members of DeviantArt, I have a suggestion and issue regarding the mature content rating system.
While I do like to view gore and violent imagery from battles/horror and such, I do not like to view nudity and/or
pornography, so here is my suggestion,

Have a 'defined' mature rating blocking system where I can select what I want to see, here is an example,
GORE: [Yes]
BLOOD: [Yes]
VIOLENCE/EXTREME LANGUAGE: [Yes]
NUDITY/FETISH/SEXUAL CONTENT: [No]

I believe this will avoid the banning of certain artists who continually draw pornographic material on this site that
for some reason hasn't been removed and will at least stop the mental scaring or at least reduce it for the members
of the community.
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pearwood Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
A helpful variant would be to apply the filter to the "more from dA" display or, better yet, to set it with a cookie instead of a database entry.  "If I am logged in from a browser instance you haven't seen before, try to keep things reasonably work-safe."
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:iconcraftymaelyss:
CraftyMaelyss Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I don't have that option but it would be easier if Deviants could pick specifics for
the mature content because for horror fans they would miss out because they put
the mature content on to block all the porn that certain artists draw or they become mentally 
scarred because they want to browse horror artwork but there's paintings of characters having
sex when there are website for porn.

Last I checked DeviantArt was just for art and sex has nothing to do with artwork, it's just insulting
it.
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:iconprincesshokuto:
princesshokuto Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
hello I have a problem, whenever I try to post a thumbnail in a comment or description, it doesn't work heres an example. 

:thumb518106930: 
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:iconrealitysquared:
realitysquared Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
If you believe that you are experiencing a bug or other problem you should bring the issue to our customer service area located at help

Comments left on profile pages  are easily missed and a poor way to obtain assistance.
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:iconprincesshokuto:
princesshokuto Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I did do that I gotten any feed back.
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:iconrealitysquared:
realitysquared Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Do not expect instantaneous responses; your bug report will enter a queue where it will wait for assistance and when you do receive a reply it will go to your email and not into your message center.
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:iconprincesshokuto:
princesshokuto Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
see the image thats suppose to show up, isn't there.
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