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Giving curators the recognition they deserve.


With the launch of the Watch Feed, you can also now watch Collections made by other deviants. Collections are surfaced through the Watch Feed, creating a new way to discover and expose artwork on DeviantArt. Collections have been given additional exposure by appearing on deviation pages as well as tag pages.


Watchcollection by danlev


“I am loving Collections as well. I am proud of my Collections and am glad they will finally be getting notice. And it also gives more exposure to the artists as this is more viral in nature than simply faving something then making an art feature journal to share it with others.”  —GillianIvy

Managing Collections

When you watch someone, you’ll automatically be watching all of their Collections — but you can also choose to enable or disable watching Collections on a deviant-by-deviant basis.


To watch only specific Collections from a deviant, uncheck “Collections” on their watch settings (now you’re watching none of their Collections), and then visit one of their Collections and then click “+Watch Collection.”



If you’d prefer not to have one of your Collections displayed on other deviants' Activity Feeds, you can visit the Collection Options area of your Collection and check "Disable watching".

Collections on Deviation Pages

Art curators are among the unsung heroes of DeviantArt, and with these new changes, we’re now surfacing Collections on deviation pages, allowing you to discover curations of artwork that include that specific deviation.

Tagging Collections

Using the new Tags feature, you can now tag your Collections with relevant topics. Tags will display on your Collections. Relevant Collections will be displayed on tag pages, giving more exposure to curators’ work.


Share your thoughts on the new Collections features by posting a Status Update using the #Collections tag.

Artist credit: Wall of Art by Roky320

My Postit Notes by Dr-Koesters
Discover more of your favorite topics.


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.

Tag Deviations, Collections, and Status Updates

You now have the ability to tag your deviations and Collections. Tags added to your deviations will be publicly viewable — this is a change from the previous use of keywords, which were private. Visitors can learn about your work by viewing how you tagged it, and can find more works by you and other deviants based on tags. Tags can also be used in comments, Status Updates, Journals, and Collections.


Tagging your deviations and Collections will improve their visibility across the DeviantArt network. Tags are the glue for surfacing and creating context around different types of content. Tagging is a crucial part of discoverability and will help your work find the audience that will appreciate it most! The goal of tags is to help you find art and topics that resonate with you, real-time community activity, and new ways to participate in the community.


“Tags will make it much easier to categorise and find deviations!” —Baka-Inu-Ninja


Tags Pages

Tag pages display artwork, Journals, Collections, Status Updates, and a stream of activity around a shared theme. You can also find a list of deviants who are frequently using that tag, to connect with other people who share your interests.



Tags Transitioned From Keywords Must be Approved

Important: Keywords added to existing deviations before tags launched will not display publicly unless you approve them using our new Tag Editor, which can also be used to add and edit tags on your existing deviations in bulk.

Editing Tags with the Tag Editor

Using the tag editor, you can add, edit, and approve tags on your deviations in bulk. The Tag Editor allows you to manage tags, up to 20 deviations at a time — making it a more seamless process for you to tag your content. The Tag Editor can be accessed next to the “tags” field while editing any existing deviation.



Start Tagging

Get started now! Read our tagging guide and use the Tag Editor to approve tags on your deviations.


Share your thoughts on the new tags feature by posting a Status Update using #Tags.

Artist credit: My Postit Notes by Dr-Koesters

Friends by mainbearing
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

  • A "Select All 20" option and "Select None" option have been added to the Tag Editor page. Added by kemayo
  • The Tag Editor page would occasionally display tags twice. Fixed by kemayo
  • When the Active Members widget on a Group page was placed into a sidebar, the text would not display properly. Fixed by baclap
  • The tag input box on Submit/Edit pages would behave unusually when reached via the tab button. Fixed by szlosek
  • Clicking thumbnails in shared Status Updates did nothing. Fixed by inazar
  • Mentions made in comments on Status Updates were not sending mention notifications. Fixed by inazar
  • The search box on the Forum wasn't searching for forum threads. Fixed by trezoid
  • Some Deviousness awards were marked as having been awarded in 1969. Fixed by baclap
  • When in Sta.sh on the mobile website, there would be an unintentional horizontal scrollbar. Fixed by trezoid
  • In Sta.sh Writer embedded thumbs would have resize handles even when the thumbnail was not resizeable. Fixed by trezoid
  • Images dragged into Sta.sh Writer would incorrectly retain some CSS classes and other attributes.  Fixed by trezoid
  • Deactivated and banned deviants were not rendering correctly in the user page watcher modals. Fixed by baclap
  • Deviations in the Motion Books category had rendering issues on the mobile website. Fixed by trezoid
  • When hovering over a deviation thumbnail included in a Journal or comment, the button to switch the thumbnail to a standard link was missing. Fixed by inazar 
  • A small number of Journals were not displaying properly, because they contained an embedded item from Sta.sh that was deleted after the Journal's publishing. Fixed by trezoid
  • When viewing one's Sta.sh from the Sta.sh Writer sidebar, if a stack contained only sub-stacks without any individual files, those sub-stacks would display multiple times. Fixed by trezoid

Your Feedback

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

  • We continue to monitor performance of our recently launched features, now available to Beta Testers and a small portion of the overall deviantART audience. Thank you for your continued feedback as we work to tweak and refine these features before they're released site-wide.
  • In response to the Discuss topic, deviants generally said that they do not use the Random buttons, though a few mentioned occasionally doing so when giving deviants llama badges or when looking for new art or artists.
  • Degard's suggestion about community-aided tagging with artist approval was well-received.
  • TheEmerald suggested a Random DD button, to view a random Daily Deviation from the past.

Discuss!

Art Challenges

Do you take part in any regular art challenges, be it daily, weekly, or monthly? What are some of your favorite art challenges, and what is your motivation for participating?

Header artwork: Friends by mainbearing 

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:bug: Find a bug? Report it to the Help Desk! (Be as detailed as possible!)

the sprouts by DSMeskalito
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 and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.

New Features Being Tested

A series of new features are currently being tested within the community! These features are currently available to many of our Beta Testers, as well as small handful of the general deviantART audience. 
  • Today Page: The new Today Page is a human and dynamically powered newspaper for the community that reflects the stories inside of deviantART as they pertain to art, fandom, pop- and world culture.
  • Site Navigation: The site navigation has been given a redesign for organization and ease of use, condensing the main menu and giving emphasis to important aspects of the site, such as What's Hot, Undiscovered, and Daily Deviations.
  • Activity Feeds: In addition to the familiar Message Center, the new Activity Feed gives you the opportunity to explore deviations, Polls, and other items posted by artists you follow, as well as the artwork that they curate in their Collections. 
    • Status Updates: As part of the Activity Feeds, you can now post quick Status Updates! Post quick personal updates, share a work in progress or your commission status, share the work of an artist you like, talk about current events, ask your watchers for advice, share what inspires you, or talk about how you’re feeling.
    • Tags: Tags create landing pages around topics, making it easier to discover related artwork, and bring together artists and art appreciators around common interests. Tag pages display artwork, Journals, Collections, Status Updates, and a stream of activity around a shared theme, so you can connect with other people who share your interests.
    • Collections: You can now watch Collections made by other deviants. When you watch someone, you’ll automatically be watching their Collections, but you can also choose to enable or disable watching Collections on a deviant-by-deviant basis.


Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update! Here's some of the feedback you left for us.
  • Deviants were positive about the release of the Tag Editor.
  • A few deviants voiced concern with a few search issues relating to tags. These issues have since been dealt with by our developers.
  • Degard suggested a way for the community to add relevant tags to another user's deviations (with approval from that deviant), to help bring their artwork to the right audience.

Discuss!

Random Buttons

Do you use the Random Deviant, Deviation, or Group buttons, and if so, how frequently? When you do use them, is it just a matter of browsing, or are you using these buttons with a specific intent in mind?

Header artwork: the sprouts by DSMeskalito 

Lightbulb Have a suggestion, idea, or feedback? Leave a comment here!
Lightbulb Check out a list of common suggestions!
Lightbulb Want to keep track of known issues? Check out our Status Forum!
:bug: Find a bug? Report it to the Help Desk! (Be as detailed as possible!)

Lotus Lake by fractist

Starting today, we’re testing a series of new features on the site.  These features are currently available to many of our Beta Testers, as well as small handful of the general deviantART audience. #deviantartupdate 


Today

When art 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.

Designed to showcase a variety of content — including editorial pieces, Journals, contests, and even deviants new to the site, the Today page will reflect the undercurrent of what's happening now — both online and off.

The Today page will improve the accessibility of various areas on deviantART, creating new and easier ways for both our logged-in and logged-out audiences to enter the deviantART experience.


Read more from techgnotic and our Content team: About the Today page


We’d like your feedback: The purpose of the Today page is to inform you what’s happening, today, on deviantART!  We’ll be updating its content daily, and want to know if it’s enhancing your deviantART experience.  If so, how?  Tell us what’s working!  If not, what would you like to see on the Today page?  How can we make it better?


Navigation

The new navigation will make it easier to jump in and explore the full range of deviantART. Everything related to Your Account will be grouped together on the right side of the page. Undiscovered and What’s Hot will be separated from Browse and Search to highlight and more clearly reflect their functions. The Browse bar will scroll down the page with you.


The more menu, which was previously available next to the deviantART logo on any page, has been cleaned up and moved to a more prominent location. We’ve often received feedback that the previous placement of the menu was too hard to find, and its contents overwhelming. We’ve removed items from this menu that are duplicated in other menus of the navigation, or easily accessible from one of them.


For users who prefer the Stick Menu option, it remains available, but has been relocated to your Settings page.


When viewing deviations on the Browse page, the secondary navigation and left sidebar will travel as you scroll, so that other pages can easily be accessed regardless of where the viewer is on the page. With endless scrolling on Browse pages, having the navigation readily available can be handy if you’re deep into a browse experience.


Daily Deviations, which now have infinite scroll, have been added to this secondary header as well.

Newnav by danlev


Activity Feed (Beta)

As we designed our upcoming Mobile app, we understood we needed something more streamlined and direct to carry the flow of what you want to watch. The Activity Feed aggregates activity from deviants you watch, including Journals, deviations, Collections, Status Updates, Polls, Forum threads and Critiques.


The Activity Feed lets you easily interact and comment on artwork and content shared by your watchers. Keep in mind, we love the robust tools in the Message Center and it's not going away.


If an item is removed from your Message Center, it will also be removed from your Activity Feed. You can customize what appears in your Activity Feed by editing your Manage Friends settings for specific deviants.  (These settings apply to both the Activity Feed and the Message Center.)

Status Updates

The Activity Feed comes with a new way to easily communicate with your watchers: Status Updates! You can use Status Updates to post quick personal updates, share a work in progress or your commission status, share the work of an artist you like, talk about current events, ask your watchers for advice, share what inspires you, or just talk about how you’re feeling.  Whatever you’d like!

Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 11.47.31 AM by danlev

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.


You now have the ability to tag your deviations and Collections. Tags added to your deviations will be publicly viewable -- this is a change from the previous use of keywords, which were private. Visitors can learn about your work by viewing how you tagged it, and can find more works by you and other deviants based on tags. Tags can also be used in comments, Status Updates, Journals, and Collections.


Important: Keywords added to existing deviations before tags launched will not display publicly unless you approve them using the new Tag Editor, which can also be used to add and edit tags on your existing deviations in bulk. Tagging your deviations and collections will improve their visibility across the deviantART network. Tagging is a crucial part of discoverability and will help your work find the audience that will appreciate it most!


Tag pages display artwork, Journals, Collections, Status Updates, and a stream of activity around a shared theme. You can also find a list of deviants who are frequently using that tag, to connect with other people who share your interests.


Get started now! Read our tagging guide and use the Tag Editor to approve tags on your deviations.

Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 2.10.20 PM by danlev


Collections

You can also now watch Collections made by other deviants. When you watch someone, you’ll automatically be watching all of their Collections -- but you can also choose to enable or disable watching Collections on a deviant-by-deviant basis. Collections are surfaced through the Activity Feed, creating a new way to discover and expose artwork on deviantART.  


Art curators are among the unsung heroes of deviantART, and with these new changes, we’re now surfacing Collections on deviation pages, allowing you to discover curations of artwork that include a specific deviation.

Watchcollection by danlev

Test it out!

We encourage you to test these features over the next week, and let us know your thoughts once you've had a chance to integrate the new experience into your deviantART routine.  We're confident these changes will improve your deviantART experience!

Header artwork: Lotus Lake by fractist 

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