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DeviantArt Timeline Updates

Wed Jul 1, 2015, 6:03 PM by Heidi:iconheidi:


Weird Cloud Formation by GorosArt
Earlier this year, we introduced the DeviantArt Timeline, which highlights the work we’ve accomplished in the past, and lays the groundwork for the work that is to come. As we progress, we’ll update the Timeline with additions to show what’s in store for the near future on DeviantArt. This journal outlines items that have been added to the timeline today, and what you can expect to see soon.

Upcoming Events


July 8: View Your Own Poll Results Without Voting
A seemingly small and very specific change, but a huge community request.

July 13: Watch Recommendations
We’re kickstarting the experience of joining DeviantArt by suggesting deviants to watch.

July 22: Profile Discussion
DeviantArt’s User Experience and User Interface team leads a discussion about the future of profile pages.

August 3: New Thumbnails (Phase 1)
Our new thumbnail grid launches on browse and search pages.

August 7: DeviantArt’s 15th Birthday
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August 12: Notes and Improved Notifications in App
Notes come to the DeviantArt Mobile App, along with improved notifications.

Coming Soon: Notes Search
The ability to search Notes has been a long-standing community request.

View the DeviantArt Timeline.


Please note:  These projects and their scheduled launch dates may change.  If that occurs, the Timeline will be updated accordingly.






My poem of red by Piroshki-Photography
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

Collaborative Deviations: A Discussion

A common request from deviants is to post collaborative deviations, where more than one deviant has worked to create the end product. In a recent journal, we briefly addressed why we haven’t yet undertaken collaborative deviations. However, we want to open a discussion around how collaborations could theoretically work, so that we can better understand the community’s desires for such a feature.

Read more »

Change Log

  • Some tools in DeviantArt muro wouldn't work properly, when editing an already existing deviation. Fixed by outgoingcoyote
  • There were some display issues when viewing the artists section of More Like This results. Fixed by outgoingcoyote

Your Feedback

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

In response to the Discuss topic, deviants said that they found themselves watching more artists, particularly in instances where they thought they were watching deviants that they weren't. neurotype also noted that it has made the unwatching process easier, in incidents where they no longer wanted to get updates from deviants they were watching before.

Discuss!

Collaborative Deviations

Because we're already holding a discussion this week, we'd like you to join the conversation about collaborative deviations on the discussion journal! We'll be back with a new Discuss topic next week.

Join the discussion »

Header artwork: My poem of red by Piroshki-Photography

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Toshiba Seriously Japanese Contest

Wed Jun 24, 2015, 3:27 PM
880x440 by madizzleePut a modern twist on classic Japanese art in the new Toshiba Seriously Japanese Contest! We’re challenging you to illustrate how digital technology has changed our world by merging current Japanese graphic styles with one of three highly acclaimed and classic prints. Enter now for the chance to win a new Portégé Z20t Ultrabook and up to $5,000 AUD!
Enter Now

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Sudden Shower
Over Shin-Ōhashi Bridge & Atake
by Andō Hiroshigec. 1857

Modern Japan is known for its highly distinctive graphic styles such as manga, anime, cosplay, and the remixed artistry of Tomokazu Matsuyama (Matzu). Toshiba, founded in Japan, has made a name for itself by honoring its rich Japanese history and crafting cutting-edge technology—for example, the new Portégé Z20t complete with 17 hours of battery life. Use those 17 hours (or more) to illustrate how digital technology has changed our world by merging modern Japanese graphic styles with one of the classic images below. Whether you give the “Three Beauties” a selfie stick or reimagine a techno kid riding “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” while surfing the web, we want to see what you can do!

Three hand-selected winners will each receive the newly released Portégé Z20t Ultrabook® and a 6-month Premium Membership on DeviantArt, and the grand-prize-finalist will also receive $5,000 AUD!

We challenge you to celebrate Toshiba’s latest release in their Ultrabook series, the Portégé Z20t, that boasts amazing power and flexibility in design, and an incredible 17 hours of battery life.

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Select and download one of the three classic Japanese artworks provided.

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Illustrate how digital technology has changed our world by merging modern Japanese graphic styles with one of the three classic Japanese artworks.

Read Official Rules
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Submit your entry to the contest category using the button below.

Enter Now
The Great Wave off Kanagawaby Katsushika Hokusaic. 1829–32
Three Beauties of the Present Dayby Kitagawa Utamaroc. 1793

The Perfect Balance Of Productivity And Mobility

The power of an enterprise-class laptop. The freedom and convenience of a tablet. Why choose when you can get the best of both? The Toshiba Portégé Z20t Ultrabook® offers innovative 2-in-1 versatility in a supremely crafted chassis, along with outstanding battery life and an exceptional handwriting experience.

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  • Toshiba Portégé Z20T Ultrabook®
  • 6-month DeviantArt Premium Membership
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Collaborative Deviations: A Discussion

Wed Jun 24, 2015, 12:57 PM by danlev:icondanlev:


Old Paint Brushes by xSweetSlayerx

A common request from deviants is to post collaborative deviations, where more than one deviant has worked to create the end product. In our recent
Top Community Feature Requests and Our Responses journal, we briefly addressed why we haven’t yet undertaken collaborative deviations.  However, we want to open a discussion around how collaborations could theoretically work, so that we can better understand the community’s desires for such a feature.

Simple vs. Complex

We've already put a fair amount of thought into collaborations, but don't want to make assumptions about around how deviants would use the feature to best serve their needs.  From simple to complex, there are a number of ways we could implement collaborations and we’re interested to hear the community’s expectations.

If we wanted to go a simple route, a deviation could list multiple deviants as contributors to the final deviation, and that would be it. The problem with such an approach is that the deviation would only appear in one deviant’s gallery, and only that deviant would receive comments and favorites.

This likely isn’t an ideal solution, so if we pursue collaborative deviations, then we’re faced with more complex options. From a technical standpoint, these complex options pose a number of issues:

  • If we assume that the deviation appears in all of the deviants’ galleries, who receives notifications for action on that deviation?

  • All deviants would need to confirm that they worked on the deviation, in order for them to be cited.  What would the process be for adding collaborators to a deviation?  

  • Who can edit the deviation title, description, and other details? What happens if one collaborator makes a change the others don’t like?

  • How does a deviant remove oneself from a deviation at a later date? Can one deviant delete the deviation, or do they have to get approval from the others?

  • If the collaboration is sold as a print, who sets print prices? How are profits dealt with?

These are the challenges our Product and Devious Technology teams will need to address, and your feedback will help us determine whether these questions have straightforward answers or if they will require us to investigate more complex problem solving solutions.  We look forward to your feedback and expectations of this potential feature so that we have a better idea of where, and if, this proposed project should fit into our current priorities and build schedule.

Community Discussion

  1. Do you collaborate with other artists? If so, how often? Please share example deviations.

  2. What type of roles do other artists have in the creation of your deviation?

  3. Which features do you feel are required to make collaborative deviations useful to you?




Meteora cover 3 issue by arsenixc
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

The Deviousness Award 2.0

The Deviousness Award, bestowed in recognition of exemplary membership and an outstanding spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community, has recently undergone a reevaluation to provide a focus and a re-definition as to just what Deviousness truly represents.

Read more »



Change Log

  • Various bugs involving the mention autocomplete menu were taken care of. Fixed by Alisey 
  • Watch buttons would unintentionally appear on files in Sta.sh. Fixed by inazar
  • Clicking on a watch button while logged out would cause multiple modals to appear instead of just one. Fixed by inazar
  • Layer opacity stopped working properly in DeviantArt muro. Fixed by outgoingcoyote
  • For deviants who use the splinter menu, Group deviations were incorrectly being included in the total number of deviation items. Fixed by kemayo
  • On the Notifications page, Group deviations would display in list view by default, instead of in thumb view. Fixed by kemayo
  • In DeviantArt muro, importing an image from one's desktop would result in a broken image. Fixed by outgoingcoyote

Your Feedback

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

Deviants were positive about the addition of the Watch button to deviation pages, and we're happy to report that there has been a considerable increase in deviants clicking to watch one another. 

We received some great positive feedback on group deviations being split from individual deviations, and we also appreciate the concerns other deviants raised about the change. As we've mentioned in recent journals, we're exploring new ways to view content submitted by the people you watch, and the feedback regarding group deviations being split is helpful in further developing these ideas.


Discuss!

Watch on Deviations

With the addition of the Watch button on deviations, do you find yourself watching more deviants, or realizing that you aren't watching a deviant you thought you were? 

Header artwork: Meteora cover 3 issue by arsenixc 

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VanniV Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
um sorry to bother you... seeing that you get so many complaints and such... but i feel that some artist aren't getting the recognition they deserve, though this is just my sill opinion, i feel that your only focusing on art styles that suit you or you guys at deviant art hq. 
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Xemta1027 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello Deviant art, I have recently stumbled upon a suspicious group that may be up to something. I recently commented things that I found to be suspicious in their comments section and left. I did not get a reply nor defence from the admin of the group but instead my comment was hidden along with several others and I was blocked, pls check it out. I would appreciate it :)
shippuudenmangaanime.deviantar…
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VanniV Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sorry to be nosey. im obviously not a deviant art admin or anything and I understand if you think i'm an idiot but i looked at the group and i dont see anything wrong with them... is there a reason? you dont have to answer me...
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Xemta1027 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well what I found to be the problem was that they were several hidden comments and replies, then the random invites to the group and the constant auto accept of any deviation in any folder. But the thing that set me on edge about their suspicion was two things
1. The page views and watcher ratio at certain points are....in a word unstable
2. When I commented that they were up t something and I was leaving my comment was hidden and I was blocked immediately.
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VanniV Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
they must've thought you were a hater. are you familiar with the anime community? most anime haters are psycho!  If i owned a successful group like that and there was just a hint of negativity coming from a stranger, I'd block them too because that's how the harassment begins. but seeing that you do have a point as well i'd say to watch them silently until you see that there's something up and get that proof. :)
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bloodking30 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I got back my DA page on my hp and thanks for the note. Because I've not had it the whole weekend.
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yellowpikmin88 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm sure you're all aware of this, but a lot of people have been going on about another hacker story. And this time they've been mentioning accounts that have been deactivated. I know you woudl alert us if this was a serious problem, but I thought you ought to know just in case. the journal mainly looks like this fav.me/d7z8aep
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realitysquared Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
99% of the journals like that are based on hoaxes and don't have a single bit of truth to them. You can recognize them because they describe exactly what the "hacker" will do, provide time frames for them to do it in and otherwise give you super-specific details.

On the rare occasion that unauthorized access actually happens it's not a case of "hacking" in the way that these journals mean it- it's almost always a case of the account owner sharing their password. Whether they share it with friends who later decide that it would be "fun" to vandalize their account or they fall for some scam by someone who tricks them into revealing their password or changing it to a suggested "safe" password it's almost always bad security habits like that.

If you choose a smart password and never reveal it to anybody for any reason and follow common-sense online security habits the chances of anybody "hacking' your account are pretty slim to nil.
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yellowpikmin88 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That really helps, thanks a lot for that :D
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ZeroLeijonKitten Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Everytime i reset deviantART messes up and its not my computer cuz other people are having this problem too
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AnyDifference Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist
You're going to have to go into more detail about this, because saying deviantART 'messes up' is a pretty broad term; no one will be able to help you if they don't know what needs to be fixed.
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beemario64 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
i have a complaint



what the heck is up with the catagorys?


i mean why cant we just upload whatevs we want without having to fit into a catagory >:C
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AnyDifference Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist
It's to 'lump' similar kinds of art together, sort of like sorting it all so that you don't have to dig through hundreds of artwork pieces just to find what you're looking for, if that makes any sense.
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broniesunitedonline Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey DA I need to complain.
im fed up of the website asking me to update java when I don't want to my thing blocks it and then I cant go back to the page I was on so I lose my hard work of finding it! please correct this im fed up otherwise im gonna leave da and complaine a lot.
sort your sh!t out.
~buo
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AnyDifference Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist
You're just going to have to deal with it, then, because everything is going to have to have some kind of program/software/etc. update at some point whether you like it or not.
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broniesunitedonline Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yea I love downloading viruses! ^^
thanks for the help .-.
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AnyDifference Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist
Uh.... where did you get the idea that Java is a virus...?
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TheAnimatedCreeper Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Student Filmographer
i cant change my profile pic
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mechjunkey Featured By Owner Edited Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You guys sure are hypocritical about things you deem porn, half this site is girls taking nude pictures which is literally just porn and you do nothing case in point: www.deviantart.com/art/MX-girl… or www.deviantart.com/art/Pussy-2… but you block urls to tumblrs and delete users art (actual drawn artwork) because its 'lewd'. I'm thinking you guys just have a double standard and keep the stuff you like to fap to.
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hans-sachs Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
the pictures you linked to are well within deviantart's rules.

before making random accusations, you might weant to read: FAQ #565: You prohibit the submission of 'pornographic imagery'; what do you consider this to be?
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Enterran-Sago Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Student General Artist
if it's female nudity then it's fine 
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hans-sachs Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
also male nudity is fine, if it's within da's rules.
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KeirTanaka Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
What if yall made it so we go to tha homepage of tha group(s) we want to affiliate with and type in our group name(s) instead of having to go back to our own group(s) to type in tha name of any group(s) we may want to affiliate with which is especially MORE tedious when ya wanna make an affiliation between upwards of 3 groups you already admin with ONLY 1 GROUP that has a rather unorthodox structure to their title!
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tanta26 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
I can't send points or give llamas!
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adream0fsin Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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YOU GUYS SHOULD DO THIS TOO, its an effort to raise awareness of net neutrality, sites are putting widgets that make the site look like its taking longer to load on sept 10th, Etsy is doing it along with a few other sites :)
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