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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.


Featured



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.


Edit



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.


Hide



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.



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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. 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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776865656e Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago  New Deviant
I'd like to be able to edit my comments after 24 hours, please; could this be implemented? I also think the ability to erase comments, completely, with no traces, would be a step in the right direction.
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transparent-soul Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
Is there a way to see all of the comments that you made?
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776865656e Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago  New Deviant
Click your username on the top-right corner of the page, then head to Recent Activity, More Activity. Each of the boxes under the Comments heading has a link to what you wrote on that date, sorted by Newest First.
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Iittlehorn Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015
someone keeps spamming my page, and then hiding their comment, making me unable to block them. So i say we shouldnt be able to hide our comments anymore. or at least we have the option to see who wrote said comment.
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TheLaicka Featured By Owner Edited Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
The option to delete comment would actually be really cool...
Some people complain that it would feed the trolls but what if a comment was effectively hidden and only visible to the commenter and deviation owner upon demand?
Because as it is right now, it's like a hide and seek game where you have a flag wherever anyone hide, it just doesn't make sense.
It's not hidden, it's completely censored, it's different.

Edit:Ok as I checked, an hidden comment can only be be seen by the deviation owner. Still I don't understand why we can't freely and simply remove them. I don't necessarly need reminder about the spam...

And also, I cannot count the amount of times I had to recreate a new gallery because of privacy concerns/spam comments.
And I've seen so many people doing the same or simply leaving the site, because in the end, there's so little ways to monitor your own page.
If this is so complicated to change the comment's code then why not putting this as an option for premium members?
I mean it's not completely impossible, is it?

Because to this day now, I'm honestly thinking about looking for another site with better features...
If any other deviant have some site suggestion by the way, I'd gladly take a look!
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G3oM Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Implement "delete comment" please.
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HotDogeBuns Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015  Student General Artist
Could you please let us peek at hidden comments as the deviation or page owner? People hide their comments on auctions and it's infuriating, it makes the rules I set up pointless and I have no way of punishing those who break the rules if I can't see who it is
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Zinka17 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's really frustrating that there's a limit on how many times you can edit a comment, and that it only let's you edit ones made within the last 24 hours. I make a lot of typos and often don't notice until much later, and having to read the mistakes without being able to fix it is really irritating. Please update this feature.

And instead of hiding comments, why not just allow us to delete them altogether? It's annoying to have a blank message that says "Comment hidden" on my pages.
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776865656e Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant
Seconded.
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Warhorse26 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016   Filmographer
I COMPLETELY agree with all that. This comment feature really needs to be updated...
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JenklinBullTerrier Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015
Please Add peek on hidden comment so the owner of page can see it. Btw please remove the hidden one why because it a troll weapon can hidden without evidence...
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scyther500 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Uh, I can't edit some of my comments for some reason; is there a explanation for this?

Like, I just edited this, but it's not available for some of my older ones; is there a time limit until comments can't be edited or something?

EDIT:...cause I'm SO smart, I somehow missed the part of the fact editing only allowed for 24 hours...honestly, why though? Or, why NOT, I guess..
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FeatherFoxNinja Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Isn't there a way to show a comment in a journal (kinda like the examples above; except not animated)? I think I remember being able to once upon a time but I can't remember now for the life of me....
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YTSC Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
oooh the edit QuQ .... at last. too bad i cant change my older comments with misspelled words or name X'D 
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mute-owl Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015
please let us peek at hidden comments as the deviation or page owner. people hide their comments on auctions and it's infuriating.
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JenklinBullTerrier Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015
True, it frustrating and it not fair.
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The-Great-Detective Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015
I'm not trying to be a troll or hater when i say this because i know how much work DA admins have and things aren't as simple as they seem , but in all honesty if you want to improve comments you should/could give us the option to delete them.

Imagine someone repeatedly commented the same thing maybe by accident, you can hide the comments, but let's be real, what you want to do is delete that, not a pile of "Hidden by Owner" on your page :/

I know people have been suggesting comment deletion since at least 2012... so i mean like ain't a bad idea is it?
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nickel-bug Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't have the option to feature a comment...
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revengex360 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Seems I cannot remove a link after I make one in the comment editor! I tried to click on the link button and then delete the URL, but nothing happens!
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Widyadk Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Student Artist
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Zorua101 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree with some of the comments down there, sometimes you just want to edit a comment that's over 24 hours old, and it's awfully annoying when you can't and have to post an entirely new comment. It makes the whole "edit" thing almost pointless in some cases.
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Lordkirn Featured By Owner Edited Feb 19, 2015
CAN'T SEE PAST COMMENTS???? Wtf.. i'm learning programming & code.. and I'm going to tell you guys how to fix that simple shit... holy hell this website lacks simple basic features.. it's lime premium membership and ads only pay for hosting and your rent...
I'm going to fix your broken shit once I learn how to, for free, because this is pathetic.

Get your shit together Deviantart
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Lolli-Palooza Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
only 24 hours to edit a comment?

You guys should fix that........
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SWC-arpg Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know this is an old post but I would like to make a small suggestion that maybe should be implemented.

I think that we should be able to see comments, even if the commenter hid them, when it is on our work or our profile page. There is too much of an ability to hide previous comments made that are maybe needed to settle disputes. I for one am in a group where it is incredibly important to keep track of sales and other dealings with people and having someone hide their comment would leave me high and dry for the proof I would need to provide.
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TheBlazedriver Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
Was it REALLY necessary to put a timer on editing comments? Like really, what was the point of that?
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:iconanonymousrabbitlover:
Is it possible to recover a comment if I hide it by accident?
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Manga-Volt Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Student General Artist
(If you hadn't worked it out yet).

When you hover over a hidden comment, a 'Undo Hidden' (or something similar) button should appear, click that and the comment should be visible again. It'd only work if they haven't changed the method.
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:iconanonymousrabbitlover:
Thank you.
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Manga-Volt Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Student General Artist
No problem :iconthumbsup-plz:
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NoName-sami Featured By Owner Edited Dec 14, 2014
I can't edit my older comments for some reason.  Is there a way to edit older comments?  How long does it take for a comment to be read-only?  
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Noiu Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Is there any way to edit a comment after 24 hours?
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:iconrhylem:
Rhylem Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can we still edit comments? It won't let me for some reason? D:,
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Camilia-Chan Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am unable to hide any comments on my older deviations. Will it be resolved anytime soon?
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danlev Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
I think this was a temporary issue that was fixed. Are you still running into the problem?
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Camilia-Chan Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think so. That's why I had to disable comments on one of my deviations after receiving a comment I didn't want to show.
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A-chan-The-Great Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Umm... something's up... it seems like this particular feature has... disappeared... I can't hide, feature or edit any of my comments or hide/feature anyone else's comments either... what does that mean?
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danlev Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
I think this was a temporary issue that was fixed. Are you still running into the problem?
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A-chan-The-Great Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh no, it's working for me now, thank you for your time to read my comment though, I apologize for the bother. :3
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StarWarriorRobby Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i cant find the button to hide people's comments anymore. :(
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statistix-13 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 10, 2014
Progress!

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.

Thanks!

P.S. Edited just for the fun of it :D
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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.

G.O.N.E. 

When I delete comment's on my profile it's looks like a big ugly mess. I hate it. :I 
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danlev Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Agreed! This has bothered me for a while. I will bring this up with the team. :)
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operaghost Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Professional
Hide button should remove the comment from sight fully instead "Hidden by Commenter" to mimic delete feature better. 
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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.
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SilentSheWolf Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Student General Artist
EDIT NEEDS TO BE AVAILABLE FOR LONGER!!!
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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.
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hopelessromantic721 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014   Traditional Artist
Um, question! The edit feature seems to be gone now...is this officially over?
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lynucs Featured By Owner Edited Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
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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