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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.


If you reside within the U.S., please click here.


If you reside Internationally, please click here.











This week's Site Update is a little different from usual in that we don't have any publicly visible changes. However, it's for a good reason. Our Devious Technology team is currently at a staff retreat! 

What's New


Devious Technology Staff Retreat


The members of our Devious Technology team are currently in Canada for a staff retreat! Because the team is remote-based, this is the first time some of our developers have met one another in person!

The team is currently hard at work on a variety of upcoming projects for the community, and being able to interact face to face makes for a new, creative environment for them to code in as a team. Stay tuned for updates about the projects they're working on! #ItsComing

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Your Feedback


Thanks for the feedback on last week's Site Update! Here's some of what you shared with us:
  • In response to the Discuss topic, some deviants mentioned using music as fodder for inspiration, while others mentioned using the internet to find lists of prompts or random prompt generators.
  • A commonly mentioned issue was that artists have inspiration to create at times when it's not possible to create, and then lack that inspiration when they are able to do so.
  • Some deviants mentioned in comments that they were encountering issues with the Message Center; these issues have been resolved at this time. If you encounter anything further, please file a bug report at the Help Desk.

Discuss!


Login Options

When creating an account or logging in on a website, do you use social login systems to do so (e.g Login with Facebook, Twitter, etc.)? Why or why not? Would you find it useful to use your deviantART account to easily sign in to other creative apps?

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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


  • Hiding comments on one's Profile Page would be delayed, when the Comments Widget was set to display comments in Flat View. Fixed by elhsmart 
  • Some error messages were not displaying correctly. Fixed by justgalym
  • When browsing one's Gallery by "All" or "Scraps", the "Copy To..." option was briefly missing from the pencil menu, when managing deviation locations. Fixed by randomduck
  • The Manage Chatroom page for already existing chatrooms was briefly unavailable. Fixed by DEVlANT
  • The image for the 14th Birthday Badge was too large. Fixed by elhsmart
  • An extra "Give" menu would appear when viewing a deviant's badges. Fixed by elhsmart
  • The "Contribute" modal would not open on Group Gallery pages after visiting a Group's Profile Page and clicking "Contribute Art". Fixed by elhsmart
  • Clicking "Featured" when viewing a Group Gallery would not correctly redirect to the Group's Featured folder. Fixed by elhsmart

Your Feedback


Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update! Here's some of the notes you left for us.
  • Deviants enjoyed the 14th Birthday celebrations, and many individuals took part in the events and discussion.
  • Conversation is still ongoing on spyed's Journal, so feel free to join in!

Discuss!


Inspiration and Creativity

Do you find that you are regularly inspired to create things, or do you have to push yourself to find inspiration, at times? What do you do when you feel you're lacking inspiration?

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:iconcatty-mintgum:
Catty-Mintgum Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so this is where all the magic happens eh?~...awesome!...:iconshaplz:
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Duongngoclinh Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Student General Artist

Hello to all admins in deviantART. i want to say something to all you about this person >> daughterofprime.deviantart.com… << she always tried to annoying me. She never ever leave me alone althought i said to her and blocked her but she till tries to do every things for one wish of her is make me leave "DeviantART" here. Please help me stay away from her. I tired about her very much. Thank you.

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DoctorVK Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
Hiya. I would like to ask: I have made mistakes or violated any DA rules? Do I assume, that my activities have been watched by DA staff?
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:iconambertheneko:
AmberTheNeko Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Student Filmographer
hey okay so the troll thing that has been going on here just won't stop even if we blocked them and report they just don't give up can you please do something about these trollers?
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N7-Spectre Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi,
I just want to say thank you for creating deviantART. I love art for as long as I can remember.
Now I can share my art, with people across the world. And it's all thanks to YOU.

So I just wanted to say thank you to the deviantART Staff for all the joy deviantART brings!
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wsache007 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013   General Artist
I need to know:

Does this artwork I've done for a while wsache007.deviantart.com/art/M… Does it violate any of the Rules of DA?
I just wanna be sure :pray:

Because this deviant here :icongruulbane: claims it to be animal abuse :P Now I know on what Animal abuse is, and on what bestiality is as well. But I've put a lot of hard work/effort on creating this piece U_U

I just wanna know if it's animal abuse or not

I'll be waiting :pray:
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hans-sachs Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
the use of the poem seems to be copyright infringement.
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wsache007 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013   General Artist
Okay, but what about the artwork itself? :O_o:

Don't worry about the poem, Cuz I always enjoy in giving full expressed Credits of the poems/artworks/etc to there original owners by providing the [links] in my descriptions for all to click on and see.
But, I'm guess these people just do not read before commenting these days :P

It's the artwork itself I want to know. Does it violate any rules of DA? Does it look like animal abuse or no? :pray:
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hans-sachs Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
FAQ #306: Does "Crediting" let me use whatever I want?

as for the picture - it seems to me that those people have reported you already. if da removes the picture, it was against their rules. if they don't remove it, it's okay by their standards.

your journal about the person might be considered harassment ...
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AmberTheNeko Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Student Filmographer
Hi :iconsanamy: has been going around my friends girl friend's profile and has been calling her names and curssing her and they did blocked :iconsanamy: but she wouldn't stop and she is the reson why my friends girl friend is leaving DA
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xxXPrince-AsuraXxx Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hello.

Something strange happend on reply box. Here is what happen: sta.sh/023rl4ffoxsm
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SaimGraphics Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Can Some one Help Me Please????

My 3 Months Premium Membership started on Nov 14, 2013.
But just after 17 Days it has reduced to 2 Months. Means 2 Weeks have Evaporated........ Why it is so???
Regards,
SaIM
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sunshine130491 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
is it possible to submit art to this group ?
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xXMurder-DashXx Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
~KinMari is stealing are from xXLossofHopeXx,and saying that xXLossofHopeXx is the art thief.
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xXMurder-DashXx Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
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BMT2126StudiosMK Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Student Interface Designer
You people should make more emoticons like these: :facebook: :twitter: :googleplus:
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BMT2126StudiosMK Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Student Interface Designer
make these of YouTube and Tumblr
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CMGfx Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
+1
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systemcat Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm finishing up a piece I've been working on for about a week, but I'm not quite sure what to do about submission which is a rather rare thing for me.

How do you categorize a piece of art that falls under<Artisan Crafts - Taxidermy>, <Digital Art - Drawings & Paintings - Fantasy>, and <Literature - Characters & Settings - Sci Fi & Fantasy - Profiles>?

I've taken flack from groups before for lack of Admins. understanding why I've submitted to a particular folder. This project is so outside the norm, I think there are going to be issues. Plus in reviewing submitted past deviants by other artists. My project appears to be a first in the site's history.
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the-account-whore Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Sorry to reiterate what other people might have already said but suddenly the journal tab won't display passed journals. I'm hearing multiple people if not everyone having this same problem. I'm afraid to post or edit a journal in fear of losing the ones I already have linked on my profile. Not sure why it's doing this but I wanted to make sure HQ was notified.
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wreckling Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013   Writer
Hi there! This has been fixed, and if you posted a Journal in the timeframe where the page was missing, it should display as normal. :)
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:iconthe-account-whore:
the-account-whore Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Thank you so much! That was quickly done actually very impressive. Didn't want to nag I know all the admins work hard to make the website work better especially with all these new updates. Thank you again <3
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Buri288 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Having issues with the journal tab all of a sudden.  It will not let me view my journals, only takes me to the 'Submit a Journal!' page as if I have no journals posted.
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:iconwreckling:
wreckling Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013   Writer
Hi there! This has been fixed. :)
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Buri288 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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