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Human City by phanou36
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

Removal of the Outgoing Page

Please note: This change was a late addition to last week's Site Update.  We're including it again to ensure that people are aware.

We've removed the "Now Leaving deviantART.com" page that previously displayed when clicking a link that navigated to an external site. Outgoing links will still be signified with an outgoing symbol, and, to ensure a safe and enjoyable Internet experience, we encourage you to always be aware of the URL for any link you're clicking.



Change Log

  • When leaving a comment, typing lists as #1, #2, #3, etc. will no longer trigger a tag. We received a lot of community feedback about this and agreed that it was an important change to make. Changed by kemayo
  • Improvements have been made to the selection of what image displays, when sharing a Journal to a Facebook page. Changed by DEVlANT
  • For Chrome users, some default fonts were not displaying as intended. Fixed by inazar
  • A deviation's camera data would sometimes take up more than a single line of space. Fixed by szlosek
  • Display improvements have been made when viewing the FAQ on a mobile device. Fixed by baclap
  • Setting a Group as your main Group would not make it the main Group item in the Favourites drag and drop menu. Fixed by szlosek
  • Improvements have been made regarding what content displays (and how much of that content displays) when viewing the activity section of a tag page. Changed by szlosek
  • There were some visual issues, when commenting on Forum posts from the Watch Feed. Fixed by inazar

Your Feedback

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

  • Deviants were generally positive about the removal of the Outgoing page, though a few deviants voiced concern about its removal. To be clear, we still monitor outgoing links as best as we can to ensure that deviants aren't led to malicious websites, but as mentioned in the What's New section, we encourage you to always be aware of the URL for any link you're clicking.
  • Deviants offered a variety of good responses to the Discuss topic about Notes. Generally, deviants are interested in real-time conversation through Notes, though a few deviants mentioned that they prefer options that are not real-time, in instances where commissions may be involved.
  • SpiritedAura mentioned that Notes displaying from oldest to newest would make it easier to read through a conversation without confusion.
  • icytemporalist and tazsaints suggested a way for Group administrators to send Notes to individuals and have the individual receive that Note from the Group itself, rather than their individual account.
  • shelaghcully mentioned that they would like to be able to use rich-text formatting, when replying to Notes.
  • adamlhumphreys suggested that marking a Note as unread should make the notification re-display as part of one's message total.

Discuss!

What smartphone OS do you use?

DeviantART needs your feedback! What smartphone operating system do you use?

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Header artwork: Human City by phanou36 

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Dimlight Forest by FerdinandLadera
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

Removal of the Outgoing Page

Update, October 24: We've removed the "Now Leaving deviantART.com" page that previously displayed when clicking a link that navigated to an external site. Outgoing links will still be signified with an outgoing symbol, and, to ensure a safe and enjoyable Internet experience, we encourage you to always be aware of the URL for any link you're clicking.

Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 4.16.19 PM by wreckling

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 

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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.

Read more »



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 

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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.


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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

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:iconlag-roil:
lag-roil Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. Who needs Asstags??
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Glaciliina Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep.
These so-called "Hashtags" absolutely suck!
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:iconcanttel:
canttel Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Wat?! So if we do a raw cursing, we get HASTAGS?!?!!!
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Glaciliina Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep.
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lugia61617 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely hideous! Change it back or give us the option to use the previous. It's clunky, not user friendly, and ugly as FUCK.
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:iconlag-roil:
lag-roil Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
That's Right. 

I don't even need to state why it's so appalling, You've all done it for me!
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heavenly-roads Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I think this change is interesting, it's just getting used to how things are ordered from today, I think it will help us to meet more artists and more art, for me, it will be useful.
Thank you all for the effort to improve deviantART .Handshake 
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Moonlitpetal Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
This new format, honestly I do not like. I understand that there was a message for those beta testing, but there was no fair warning that it would be changing for non beta testers.

There needs to be an option between the two, for those who want to keep the new layout and for those who want to switch back, I think that would make a lot of people happier.
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lag-roil Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, Count me In, I want to switch!
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Bapt1 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
I don't really like the new style.. You should check the add-on named Classic theme restorer ! Because O.K it's fine to have uppgrade but the new skin etc could be considered as dowgrade for some people. And it could be very cool to be able to choose your theme !!!!
On some forum you can do that's choose the skin of the forum !!! And those are not simply littles forums they are bigbig forums ! Like the OGame forum for example !!!

You COULD DO that !! But you don't.. And you should have to... Because that's pretty basic....
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Bapt1 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
I don't really like the new style.. You should check the add-on named Classic theme restorer ! Because O.K it's fine to have uppgrade but the new skin etc could be considered as dowgrade for some people. And it could be very cool to be able to choose your theme !!!!
On some forum you can do that's choose the skin of the forum !!! And those are not simply littles forums they are bigbig forums ! Like the OGame forum for example !!!

You COULD DO that !! But you don't.. And you should have to... Because that's pretty basic....
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:iconbobinfinity:
Bobinfinity Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You guys fucking suck. You NEVER listen to us ever! We DIDN'T want this update to happen.
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TheMagical88 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is there any way to unwatch certain collections in the new update? Any help would be appreciated! c:
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:iconcanttel:
canttel Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
What do you mean? Unwatch groups/people or certain parts of the gallaries of the people/groups...?
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TheMagical88 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
People who add things to their collections that show up on my watch feed. I still want to watch the people but I don't want their collections to show up on my watch feed...
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canttel Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Click watch and click the check in the collections box
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Chaosclaw-Kitty Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How do I change the format back to the old one? I'm getting really confused, like I accidentally clicked 'shop' where my profile was
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AwesumPossumSauce Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
how can i nominate someone for a DD please?
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:iconwreckling:
wreckling Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014   Writer
Hi there! To suggest an artist's work for a Daily Deviation, you'll want to go to communityrelations, find the appropriate Community Volunteer to send your suggestion to, and then note them from there. :)
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AwesumPossumSauce Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
Ty!
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yellowpikmin88 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
a lot of people can't access their sta.sh accounts. I know this and the 'log out' problems are likely bugs, but I thought I should tell you for the sake of the tohers
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pigiama Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi HQ! I wanted to ask you if are planning another murder mystery contest like last year for Halloween? Neko Emoji-37 (Yay) [V2] Hamtaro Mouse Emoji-02 (Kawaii) [V1] Broken Fighting Dome (Kawaii Please) 
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systemcat Featured By Owner Edited Oct 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
Same complaint :grump:.
(edit: As posters below.)
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Lady-Rosetta Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
And it just happened again. Apparently, when it happens, I get a pop-up window that says "Verify Your E-mail" and shows the 'Log-In' menu.
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ThexW-I-T-C-HxMaster Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes I keep getting loged out I changed my password and it still happens! Help me :(!
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