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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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snowdog30 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Student Artist
Disable browser re-directs in your browser preferences (Option).
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Mochi-and-2P-Rose Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hello. i'm having a problem sending comments in my messages. please, if you can, can you fix it?
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Little-Miss-Stalker Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, I purchased a premium membership, and I filled everything out correctly, it says there is an error in your submission. Autobill was not created. Help?
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EeveeFennekinFan Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey DA, I know you staff members are busy but superlinky got a gallery full of pornographic content that breaks several of your rules, could you PLEASE remove his account? PLEASE.
He's also rude and immature toward everyone around him, and the content he uploads isn't his own (you can track it to several other websites), so please delete his account?
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EeveeFennekinFan Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know how to do that, I've already reported his gallery.
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hans-sachs Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
good. you have to wait, until da-staff takes action.
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Karantheartist Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Student Artist
I need help please vote for me here:

 Can I ask a favor? May I ask you to please vote for me at 

nikhero.deviantart.com/journal…

for no.16 I will give you a llama!
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KeirTanaka Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
How about an app or something that allows us to name tha link we leave to our other websites within our homepages?
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RyanTheWolf240 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
fuck everybody
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Comicfreek123 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Ok Brah. 
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RyanTheWolf240 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
fuck you
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RyanTheWolf240 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
fuck me
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deviant-garde Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
I saw the new deviantART logo ;)
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kirbykirby56 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the new Undiscovered feature! ^-^
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chibi-suicune Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014   Digital Artist
HOW DO I CREATE A GROUPPPPP
IM SO CONFUZZLED!
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SonicKMN Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Hit the arrow on DeviantART, hit crate a group
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chibi-suicune Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you very much
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SonicKMN Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Np
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Devils-DownPour Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is the problem with deviants not showing up ever going to get fixed???
I'm really getting tired of my watchers not receiving my deviant notifications for HOURS after it was posted. :/
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dragon-diary Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
hey they say there is a hacker going around and doing wrong stuff and with your account is it true? if so can you guys do some thing about it? 
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pixelthefox Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I was wondering... Is chat available for mobile users?
every time I try to use it it ends up not working ._____.
Is it saposed to do that?.. XD
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SailorSeiyaDigiJem Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
When premium membership day are going to start?
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MinaBra123 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist
Good Evening, I would like to know if there is any way to protect accounts from DeviantArt, there is a hacker who breaks into our accounts and I want to prevent this. Thank you.
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killerdragon12 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student Artist
Can I report this please because it's very serious Somehow, there's a hacker lurking around here who not only changes the name of users around here, but he also posts a journal entry claiming that you'll commit suicide, and he'll troll with the same journal entry by adding inappropriate comments! He'll even add insult to injury by writing naughty comments on your page, and add a crude drawing of a male's private parts! If he reads this, he'll probably think twice before hacking! Spread the word, and stop this evil hacker before you become his next victim!

Apparently, he's targeted a user formerly named kronosfactor52, renamed him TruePhazonianForce posted a similar journal entry on his dA page, and added harsh comments to it! Please do something about because I'm scared that my page will get hacked by the same hacker
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