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With over 1.5 million comments posted per day, deviantART's commenting system provides the backbone for fostering relationships across the globe. Whether mentoring one another, providing artistic support, or checking in with a friend, commenting is one of the site's most used and loved features.

To highlight this vital aspect of community interaction and provide more control around conversations, we’re proud to release the first in a series of improvements to comments.


The Featured comments option allows deviants to showcase the most meaningful or interesting feedback they’ve received — helping those comments stand out from the rest. When someone leaves a feature-worthy reply on one of your deviations, you can now highlight that comment from the pencil menu.

Featured comments on deviations are highlighted and denoted with a special label.


Whether it’s a flubbed letter or simple misspelling, embarrassing typos happen to us all. With the ability to edit comments, you can now avoid awkward follow-up explanations. Located in the pencil menu, the “Edit Comment” feature allows you to update a reply you’ve posted in the last 24 hours.

Edited comments are denoted by an “Edited” label next to the timestamp. Clicking the timestamp will display a log of changes made.


To withdraw a comment you’ve previously posted, use the pencil menu’s “Hide Comment” option. This will remove your comment from view, remove it from the Message Center, and prevent it from getting replies, effectively erasing the comment from conversation.

Comments can be hidden by their owner at any time — there is no time restriction on this feature.

Looking Ahead

The Featured, Edit, and Hide improvements are the first in a larger comments revamp still to come.  This update could include anything from up-voted comments to comment sorting, and much more. You tell us what you've always wanted out of a comment box! Revitalizing our comments system is the first step of many to elevate conversations and foster meaningful connections.

Get started!

Have you received a noteworthy comment on a deviation or Journal? Mark it as Featured and share the comment link here. We want to see the comments you value most, and what you feel is worthy of attention!

With over 1.5 million comments posted per day, deviantART's commenting system provides the backbone for fostering relationships across the globe. To highlight this vital aspect of community interaction and provide more control around conversations, we’re proud to introduce the ability to Feature, edit, and hide comments.
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StarWarriorRobby Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Digital Artist
i cant find the button to hide people's comments anymore. :(
statistix-13 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 10, 2014

I would like to add to the comments below that when a user that posted the comment 'hides' it, it should disappear completely (get deleted), but when the owner of the page hides the comment, it should say 'Hidden by Owner' as it does now, to prevent complete censorship by... oooh, idk, let's saaay... art thieves?

Gotta love it when you run into users who's comment section is full of 'Hidden by Owner' and you recognize some of the artwork on their page that was made by other artists. Evil grin 
They know what they did and they are trying to hide it instead of fixing the issue.

One more thing, could You make featured comments stay on top of the comment list? Or make a separate setting for that sort of thing? Having certain comments always on top would be helpful.


P.S. Edited just for the fun of it :D
iFanFics Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
I'm happy about this but I never liked the fact that it never fully deleted the comment. I don't want some thing that says "Hidden by owner/commenter", I want it fully gone.


When I delete comment's on my profile it's looks like a big ugly mess. I hate it. :I 
danlev Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Agreed! This has bothered me for a while. I will bring this up with the team. :)
operaghost Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
Hide button should remove the comment from sight fully instead "Hidden by Commenter" to mimic delete feature better. 
Rhylem Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a bit of a problem with the "hidden  comment" part. I'm unable to see the comments when users decide to hide comments on my page. It's not in my inbox so I can't see it. I find that a problem because people may decide to spam and harass others and will have no idea who it is because they're unable to see the commenter.

On my account, I have the right to see who comments on my page despite them hiding it. Could you please look into that, because I really can't stand a bunch of hidden comments on my page.
SilentSheWolf Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Student General Artist
SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I notice that we still can't see "Hidden by Commenter" comments whether they are on our own page, art, journals, polls, or not. You don't even get them in your inbox once they are hidden. To be honest I'm really not glad about that... I wish the feature was either changed so we could either see it OR so it was undone. It has caused me more annoyance than bliss so far.
hopelessromantic721 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014   Traditional Artist
Um, question! The edit feature seems to be gone this officially over?
lynucs Featured By Owner Edited Aug 3, 2014
Being able to edit a comment after nearly 14 years of the site existing, took way too long.

Edit: It seems to work. :rofl:
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