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Deep Dive on deviantART - 12 Years

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 29, 2012, 1:42 PM


Hey guys, 

I did a deep dive interview last week with Jason Calacanis from "This Week in Startups", it's posted to youtube so I figure I'd share it with you all:


Should give you an insight in to some of the things we're up to. :ninja:

Let me know what you think! 

Cheers,
:meditate: 


spyed sense:


i really need to change my signature.
it's been simmering in lame for way too long.

:meditate:
Ninja image created by AndyFairhurst

Odyssey Update 1

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 2:37 PM
This first weekend of reading and re-reading Odyssey selections was just as intensely rewarding as last year. I am incredibly grateful to once again be able to share this process with all of you. Having Clive Barker on board for Odyssey II is truly an enlightening and educative experience. There is nothing more thrilling than reading through each of the entries and then re-reading the chapters that truly resonate and carry with them immense writing skill. This story could have gone in so many worthy directions and genres, and there was no end to the creativity and storytelling skill on so many of the submissions.

The people in my life were adequately warned, but there were still those that questioned my sanity and work methods as I stayed up for the duration of the weekend meticulously poring over eachof the entries... then starting over and reading them again.

Literature Winner: A Shower and a Change by markmywords85


Because so many of them moved me, I felt compelled to write a few words about a few of the entries that almost made the cut.


1st Runner-Up:

Odyssey II Submission: Chapter One  by RobertWGetz
So obliquely connected to Prologue, yet it works so incredibly well. This Chapter 1 of the story transporting readers to a unique other world was wonderfully stylistic and beautifully written.

2nd Runner-Up:

Odyssey II Submission: Chapter One by Kill-Natalie
Particularly effective horror writing. Possessing the power of sudden terror unleashed.

3rd Runner-Up:

Chapter 1 again AlNiCo-ism
An incredible amount of plot information that was very artfully revealed with speed-of-light pacing. Creativity + propulsion = ace storytelling.  Absolutely wonderful work.


ArtworkWinner: HansNomad


The Underground by HansNomad

What's wrong with him? by holaso

1st Runner Up:





Prologue - Watched by littlecrow

2nd Runner Up:





Barker Odyssey II Prologue by Bartoneiros

3rd Runner Up:





Odyssey illustration no. 3 for prologue by MajoPavlovic

4th Runner Up:






A note to participants:


A number of participants in Odyssey II have brought up the issue of mature and erotic content in chapter submissions and illustrations. The intention of this project is to release a book that young readers (over 13) and of course older readers could enjoy. This does not mean at all that the content or themes should be targeted to young readers. But it does mean that the content should not be patently offensive to them sexually. The general guide is to submit material that would not require a “mature” designation and of course anything pornographic or involving an actual description of a sexual act would be out of the question. If you do want to submit mature content as a way of participating without the likelihood of the work being selected, you can do so by indicating that it contains mature content when you submit it. Please keep in mind that the published work will likely include material created by a deviant under the age of 18. It would be very odd to place their work in a publication they themselves could not purchase and enjoy. DeviantART has an article about its policies concerning mature and erotic literary content here [CEA Update: Defining pornography in Literature] and a related FAQ here.



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


Updates to Literature Appearance

We've made some changes to the way literature and Journals display on deviantART. In order to provide a more unified experience, we've updated the format of literature deviations and Journals to better display your text, as well as to optimize the reading experience for your readers!

In addition to the updated background, we've made sure that familiar tools for readers have been retained with the new layout. Readers can change the background from light to dark, enlarge the text, and more, using the buttons presented at the top of each literature deviation.

Screen Shot 2012-10-12 at 10.27.14 AM by wreckling

Additions to Sta.sh Writer

An Emoticons tab has been added to the "Add Items" section of the Sta.sh Writer sidebar, allowing you to add deviantART emoticons directly from the sidebar. This gives you the ability to click and add emoticons to your text instead of requiring you to manually type them out. 


In addition, an "Open Draft" option has been added to the File menu in Sta.sh Writer, so that you can easily pull your recent drafts from the Sta.sh Writer without having to load extra pages!

Screen Shot 2012-10-24 at 5.36.59 PM by wreckling

Group Journal Editing in Sta.sh Writer

Group Admins who have Journal editing privileges can now edit Journals posted by others through Sta.sh Writer, which makes it easier to edit, maintain and collaborate within your Group. An "Edit with Sta.sh Writer" button is now available on Journals submitted through Sta.sh Writer in Groups where you have editing privileges.

Previously, this functionality partially existed using the original Journal editor, but the Edit button was only available when browsing through that Group's Journals using the Journals tab. This method still exists for Journals created using the original Journal editor; Group Journals posted from Sta.sh Writer will now open in Sta.sh Writer when using this method.


Updates to the New Submit Art Page (Beta Testing)

Several updates were made to the new Submit Art page, which is currently being tested by a select group of members. These changes include the integration of Prints submission, a function to remember your settings from one submission to the next, and an easier means of changing your main file!


Art Thumbnails in Journal Thumbnails (Beta Testing)

When encountering Journal thumbnails on site, the scrolling thumbnail will now also display thumbnails of the artwork included in those journals, so you can see the included artwork before viewing the Journal!



Change Log

  • The Community Relations Newsletter for September and October has been posted. Added by Moonbeam13
  • For a short period of time, the top of the Message Center would display "No Messages" regardless of how many messages were actually present. Fixed by allixsenos
  • Journals briefly could not be posted from the Journal section of a Group page. Fixed by kemayo
  • Various changes were made to the category structure. Some older deviations were moved from invisible closed categories into active ones. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Some ANSI deviation files were not recognized as a playable format when submitted. Fixed by randomduck
  • The Edit Journal button was hidden when Beta Testing was enabled. Fixed by kemayo
  • Some literature thumbnails showed no text preview when browsing. Fixed by kemayo
  • Publishing Journals was very briefly not available. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Deviations published in some literature categories did not have controls for toggling text and paragraph formatting. Fixed by kemayo

More Like This


  • Clicking the "Show More" button when browsing would sometimes cause IE 8 to jump to the top of the page. Fixed by banks
  • Users with the deviation preference 'zoomed in' would occasionally see a zoomed out image when reloading a deviation page. Fixed by banks
  • Browse and More Like This styles were tweaked for better use on mobile devices. Fixed by banks

Sta.sh


  • Publishing options were being cut off in Linux. Fixed by drommk
  • Published Sta.sh Writer items would have an incorrect grey background color for people testing the new Submit Art page. Fixed by kouiskas
  • On a published deviation, switching to Sta.sh comments would always be empty. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Updating a published deviation via API or changing the main file of a deviation would reset the size preference for that deviation. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Comment counts were not being displayed properly in Sta.sh. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Drag and drop didn't work in the Opera browser. Fixed by kouiskas

Sta.sh Writer


  • A very small number of deviations submitted with Sta.sh Writer had encoding issues. Fixed by kemayo, inazar and jekor
  • Raw indent characters were not preserved. They will now be turned into spaces. Fixed by kemayo
  • Pressing the tab key did not indent paragraphs. Fixed by kemayo
  • Unknown HTML tags in text pasted into Sta.sh Writer were not being removed. Fixed by kemayo

Your Feedback


Thanks very much for the feedback left on last week's update! Here's some of the feedback you left for us.
  • Feedback regarding site navigation was mixed. Many users mentioned that they liked navigation as it is currently, while some mentioned that they would like for it to be more simple. 
  • Aren-Elsa suggested that the site navigation should scroll with the page, so that site navigation can be reached from anywhere on the page without having to scroll.
  • arcelian suggested that a "log out of just this session" button could be added to the site navigation, for deviants who frequently log in from multiple locations.
  • Several users liked the suggestion regarding email notifications when a Note is received, though others mentioned that they would like to be able to turn them off, if implemented.
  • Some deviants would like to be able to watch another deviant's Favourites. Suggested by BojanPapic
  • When leaving a Group, some deviants would like an easy way to have their work removed from the Group at the same time. Suggested by LilaeaBluecoat

Deviants Stop By HQ To Chat!

A group of deviants came to visit us here at headquarters last week for a small pizza party, and to chat about More Like This, the Premium Content Platform, and some other new features. They also shared their thoughts about how they use deviantART and features they would like to see. How would you feel if we had a get-together like this in your area?

Here's a photo we decided to take last minute, after a few people had already left:


Discuss!

Critiques
The Critique feature allows artists to receive critical feedback on their work. All deviants can give Critique on deviations with Critique enabled, and Premium Members can request Critique on their artwork. Do you give Critique regularly? What do you find useful about the Critique feature? What ways do you feel the Critique feature could be improved?


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Site Update: More Like This Updates

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 6:37 PM


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


More Like This Updates

Last week, More Like This was launched to Premium Members, with a limited preview open to all deviants. This week, we're pleased to inform you that the limited preview open to all members has been expanded beyond just Popular deviations, allowing you to try More Like This on even more deviations. 

We've also been working on some changes to the Browse enhancements that were made last week. We are currently fixing a bug that is affecting some users which causes the browser to jump to the top of the page when "Show More" was clicked. In addition, several users mentioned that the menu for switching between endless scrolling and page browsing was difficult to find, and as such we are in the process of making that more visible. 

The More Like This team would specifically like to thank you for the feedback that we've been receiving. Your comments are helping to make More Like This an even better feature, and it is greatly appreciated!

Change Log

  • Prepared a header change for Spirit Day. Added by starvingartist and KnightAR
  • You can now use the CSS3 function linear-gradient in the background and background-image rules of your custom Journal Skin! Added by kemayo
  • The Twitter widget on a deviant's profile would fail to load tweets for that deviant. Fixed by kemayo
  • The Send Invitation modal layout for Groups was messy when errors displayed. Fixed by shahyarg
  • The "Watch Redraw" button on deviations made with deviantART muro did not match the width of other buttons. Fixed by shadowhand
  • If a deviant was given a Premium Membership by another user, the message in their Message Center would be blank. Fixed by KnightAR
  • Links on plain-text versions of verification and lost password emails were not working properly. Fixed by KnightAR
  • The Notes page would display strangely after sending a note. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Changing item quantity in the Shop cart would cause a reordering. Fixed by randomduck
  • Members were unable to drag and drop Notes into folders. Fixed by shadowhand
  • Wide deviations did not show the entire image when scrolled to the right, and then reduced from full view. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Users with expired Premium Memberships were unable to see a preview of some Premium Member profile widgets. Fixed by randomduck
  • The preview arrow on Notes would erroneously open the whole note instead of showing a preview. Fixed by shadowhand
  • The preview images of some newly submitted deviations were not loading. All files have since been restored. Fixed by shahyarg
  • The "Close" button for the Buy This Print widget on deviation pages would occasionally not work. Fixed by shadowhand
  • Many small improvements were made to the mobile site, such as properly scaled modals, message alignment in the Message Center, and thumbnail display. Fixed by shadowhand and aMoniker

deviantART muro


  • When semi-transparent layers were merged, the resulting layer would have incorrect opacity. Reported by daPatches and fixed by mudimba
  • An error could occur when attempting to give another deviant a brush pack from their Profile. Fixed by mudimba
  • In Firefox, all of the tool buttons could end up with the paintbrush graphic instead of their actual graphic. Reported by Krissi001 and fixed by mudimba

Sta.sh


  • The icon that would appear when viewing someone else's stack was the viewer's, not the author's. Fixed by kouiskas
  • For a short period, stacks would display with a green background instead of the usual white. Fixed by shadowhand

Sta.sh Writer


  • The icons of embedded Journal thumbnails were offset. Fixed by kemayo
  • Performance improvements have been made for when Writer is initially loaded. Fixed by kemayo
  • Removed excessive spacing before titles on unskinned Journals. Fixed by kemayo
  • The Google Webfonts list has been updated. Fixed by kemayo
  • Linear gradients are now allowed in background and background-image, for Journal Skins. Fixed by kemayo
  • The alignment for icons on the toolbar was off. Fixed by inazar

Your Feedback


Thank you for the feedback left on last week's update! Here's some of what you had to say.
  • Feedback regarding what settings deviants prefer to use when browsing varied greatly. Several deviants mentioned that the method they use depends on whether they are browsing just to see what they find or if they are searching for something specific.
  • Many members liked the suggestion regarding allowing thumbnails in comments, though some members suggested that artists should be able to decide whether or not they want to allow thumbnails in comments on their deviations, if such a tool were implemented.
  • Some deviants would like a line tool in deviantART muro. Suggested by missingkitsune
  • Members would like to have the option to receive email alerts when they receive Notes. Suggested by Fantasical
  • When browsing using Endless Scrolling, some deviants would like a "scroll to top" button to be present at all times. Suggested by Alyssa-Rice

Discuss!

Site Navigation
There are several menus that can be accessed from the top of any page on deviantART, which give you access to a wide variety of what deviantART has to offer. What changes to the menus or the items that are offered under each menu would make your browsing experience easier?



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