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Site Update: April 20, 2012

Fri Apr 20, 2012, 3:19 PM

In our continuous effort to improve the deviantART experience, we're publishing 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 Updates to the New Thumbnails Preview
Several weeks ago, we released a sneak peek of deviantART's new thumbnails. We've been making changes based on community responses, and today we've implemented a few more. In this updated version, the font, spacing, and colors of the text under the thumbs have been adjusted. Also, several members had concerns about the "frames" that were put around thumbs that were either extra tall, extra wide, or small images (such as emoticons and avatars). We've adjusted the visual display of these frames to make them less distracting.

Update: Fair Exposure and Popular Browse
Since the release of Fair Exposure, deviantART's algorithm for Popular browse results, we've noticed a concerted, dedicated effort made by deviants, or groups of deviants, to specifically beat (or "game") the system. This has, rightfully so, resulted in complaints from deviants who submit to deviantART in a fair and honest manner. In an article published earlier this week, we've addressed some of the community concerns, clarified our intentions of Fair Exposure, and explained how we are enhancing it.

Bug Fixes

  • The Journal header in "extras" of the Journal submission was not retaining the data when posted. Fixed by shadowhand
  • Film deviation pages had a non-functional share menu item. Fixed by mpsb
  • The Critiques profile page widget not available to everybody. Fixed by drommk
  • Various long standing and complex issues and edge cases with browsing between deviations using the "next" and "previous" buttons. Fixed by muteor
  • A very rare condition was fixed where it was possible to submit an application for a group using the same name as another group. Fixed by muteor
  • File type restrictions for some types in the customization gallery were incorrect. Fixed by mpsb
  • Spacing issues on deviation pages were fixed. Fixed by drommk
  • Photoshop file deviations were not displaying the correct preview image. Fixed by ZombieCoder
  • Some Opera-specific code was not run due to changes in browser detection for newest version of Opera. Fixed by lendrick
  • Birthday menus in Message Center would not close. Fixed by shadowhand
  • In, you can navigate through items using the left and right keyboard keys and then press "enter" to view the stack or item. You can now press "esc" key to exit it. Fixed by samshull
  • When viewing one's own public shared stack, the hovercards weren't read-only as they should have been. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Superbrowse key navigation stopped working when viewing someone else's stack through their private URL. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Public view of a stack didn't display the owner's avatar. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Fixed some issues with Command/Ctrl/Shift-clicking in Fixed by kouiskas
  • Public item links didn't have a correct page title. Fixed by kouiskas
  • When switching between and Writer, the wrong background would flash for a brief moment. Fixed by adahacker
  • When narrowing the browser to display a single column of items, hovering an item would cause the item below to disappear. Fixed by samshull
  • Newly merged stacks using the file menu didn't remain selected. Fixed by samshull
  • On a narrow browser window, the avatar would get cut off. Fixed by samshull
  • Clicking into a stack and exiting quickly would sometimes cause the stack items to appear on the root page. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Hovercards were sometimes staying on the screen once you've opened an item using the "enter" keyboard shortcut. Fixed by samshull
The following bugs apply to features that are only available to Beta Testers:
  • On Writer deviations, GIFs and PNGs were missing the preview button. Fixed by adahacker
  • Option menus could overlap each other. Fixed by adahacker
  • The literature thumb shown on the new editor could be dragged to the collect bar. Fixed by samshull
  • The share buttons were missing when looking at your own deviations. Fixed by samshull
  • Visiting the sidebar section would break clicking on thumbs in all other sidebar sections thereafter. Fixed by kemayo
  • Beta testers should no longer have issues with skins overlapping the Writer toolbar. Fixed by inazar
  • Clicking links inside your skins (e.g. the username in the default) will no longer follow those links. Fixed by kemayo
  • Fixed issues where the toolbar buttons did not display properly when moving through the document using the arrow keys. Fixed by inazar
  • Link titles in IE8 were broken. Fixed by inazar
Your Feedback

  • When browsing through Journals in your Message Center using the "next" and "previous" buttons, it's sometimes not clear whose Journal you're reading since some Journal skins have hidden the author's name. From ^pica-ae
  • Add the ability to put friends into multiple friends lists. ~LegionaireB in the Suggestions Forum
  • Using suggestions from the past few weeks' Site Updates, =katara-alchemist put together a mockup of a new deviation page that includes a list of collections that a deviation is in and shows artwork you might be interested in after favouriting the deviation.

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When writing Journals for a Group, how many of you use the collaboration tools available so that multiple admins can work together on a Journal? What collaborative features are missing? What collaborative features would you like to see added to

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AlphaPower Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012   General Artist
Hinata2Sasukex Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Student Writer
the is epic :3
lenchen-191 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beaudeeley Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It would be nice if "The server encountered an internal error. Please consult our help library if you need any assistance." errors weren't appearing more often than successful page loads.
mya123452 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
thank you
deviantART muro drawing Comment Drawing
Beavisjr Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
WHY THE 500 ERRORS? Mobile and normal version 500ERROR GLITCH.
Friend: Hey look at this nice art :D *links*
Me: Oooh *watches it load wich is normally with in 15seconds*
Computer: *takes a minute or two* *page half loads-shows glimps* *glitches out and 500*
Me: -.- seriously? THIS EVERY DAY? THIS EVERY WEEK SAME DAY? WHYYY? *tells dA*
dA: Sorry its not us its your computer.
Me: No....
dA: Report to help desk
Me: No. More likely they'll say the same thing "Its your settings/computer*
Get this fixed. I am really really about to explode. Fine-I'lll deal with the glitches on mobile as dA redoes mobile (I just hope its not all android/ipod format cause if so :facepalm:); I'll deal with no more searching. BUT THIS. this has to go. this 500error goes on for 12seconds TOO 5HRS. Y U NO FIX?
Yamitora1 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Mock up :pointr: [link]

I'm often flooded with deviantWATCH message alerts from Deviants and Groups I WATCH.

While there is no problem with this, it can and does become annoying when I get alerts for the SAME Deviations over and over again.

If you are watching an artist, chances are you'll get a deviantWATCH message alert when they submit a new Deviation, which is totally cool. However, if they submit their Deviation to a group you are a member of or are simply watching, then you'll get yet another message for the SAME deviation.

This will happen each time a Deviant submits the same deviation(s) to any and every group you belong to or WATCH. This floods your deviantWATCH messages with repeat and monotonous alerts.

Sometimes I receive alerts from 5 different groups because the same artist submitted the same Deviation(s) to them all. Sometimes it is one Deviation, sometimes its a page (24) or more worth. The fact of the matter is that because we are alerted to the same deviation multiple time, and it does accumulate and add onto the number of deviantWATCH messages it is an inconvenience to use and it slows us down in the process of checking our deviantWATCH messages.

With that said, we should be able to remove all instances of a Deviation from our deviantWATCH messages in one go, as well as being given the option to ignore future alerts generated by the Deviation.

When I took the screen for this mock up, I really did have 945 deviantWATCH messages and many of them were repeat alerts for the same Deviation(s.)

If you belong to multiple Pokémon/Fakemon Group and someone submits a Emo Pikachu Deviation entitled Cutachu, chances are you'll likely get alert upon alert for that same Emo Pikachu over and over as the artist submits or is asked to feature their art in the groups you belong to. I don't know about you, but I only need to see a weepy, heavy mascara wearing Pikachu with bloody wrist once in my life. Currently I belong to 30 groups that are devoted to Pokémon/Fakemon or that receives a heavy traffic of Pokémon/Fakemon art submissions and they are very popular lively groups too. What is submitted to one usually gets submitted to another all in a matter of time.

I'm not asking much of DA, but please give us some options to weed out and go through our messages quicker.
Adder-SnakeBite Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have noticed that the 'deviation counter' on user pages, well mine anyway, keep swapping from counting everything I've ever submitted, to just what is in my main gallery. It's a bit annoying.

I also have a couple of little suggestions.

1. I believe this is a very common suggestion, but I'll mention it anyway. I'd like to see an option to disable favs like we can with comments on our deviations. Everyone, well most people anyway, have things like works in progress and old work in their galleries/scraps they don't want people adding to their favs, or at least give us the option to choose weather or not we want to receive fav notifications in our inboxes.

2. The option to delete comments from our pages/deviations instead of just hiding them.

3. The ability to transfer your subscription to another account if you no longer want it or are moving to a new account, so that it doesn't get wasted .

4. The ability to lock our own forum threads when we no longer want/need them and also block users from forum threads. I don't think blocking unwelcome users from your account stops them from also commenting on your forum posts.

5. Admins of groups around DA don't get notifications of comments left on group pages or journals in their main inbox. Please change this so that we do because we have to manually go to the group pages/journals and check.

Damn... there was more I wanted to put here, but I can't for the life of me remember what it was.
ntim007 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Why don't you add tabs ? and why don't u replace submit by an upload icon and replace shop with a bag?
Here's a concept I made with some other changes : [link]
I also replaced the "All" button with something like win explorer.
Anyway, could u include this in the feedback section of the next update ?
Beavisjr Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
What could be a upload Icon? :u
ntim007 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
an arrow
eclectic-fusion Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
I think we should be able to pick 3-5 categories for each deviation. I never feel happy having to choose just one. :)
YamatoIshizawa Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
like a mix art?? :D
Fatekey4 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
does the update screw up your friends list, and only present a black box with no names on it? cause thats whats going on with me. can someone help me?
danlev Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Fatekey4 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
got it.
Aren-Elsa Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional Writer
Editing journal bug is back, when attempting ot edit any of my journal entries I get redirected to a DeviantART 404 Not Found page. Cannot edit any of my journal entries because of this weird bug.
danlev Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Aren-Elsa Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Professional Writer
All set now :D
Mahersal Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The number of deviations that someone has has been fluxing. One day it will include the pictures in Scraps and other days it won't. I'd prefer the pictures in Scraps don't count since they are more of a "sketchbook" type thing. Could you fix the glitch please?
CATSr2 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
I've noticed that not all deviations in the message center show-up. I have to click to view it, then go back to the message center. (Sometimes after that it'll show up, but usually it doesn't)
Lobomon199 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The "Friends Online"button in the upper right cornor isn't showing anything but green.
Just figured you should know.
i-am-who-iam Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
What rare condition? The only thing that sets us back from adding yourself to a group when submitting art is that u automatically get sent to other groups totally similar, which is unwanted.
Zuneperry22 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
fan4battle Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
Would be nice to have a favorite list of emoticons. I use 6-8 at most, and since I don't remember the codes for half of them, I spent 5-10 minutes every time, searching for them...
Katy-L-Wood Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Student General Artist
:nod: I agree, and I've suggested the idea before. It was talked about a bit in one of the previous site updates, so hopefully they're still looking into it!
fan4battle Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
Yup, hopefully it's on their worklist. :)
CureStar Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Student General Artist
I have 2 problems. For some reason, most of the time when I clicked somewhere, I keep getting a "500 Internal Error" this usually happens once in awhile but now it's happening frequently.

Also, I think my visitors widget isn't working because someone posted a comment on my profile and they weren't shown on my visitors widget.
Katy-L-Wood Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Student General Artist
As for the first issue, I would ask about that in the help chat or send a ticket to the help desk.

The second one, I believe is because people who don't show their online status don't show up on the visitors widget. I may be wrong on that one though.
Meibatsu Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Not sure if this was addressed yet, but what happened to the EDIT options in
I want to replace different file versions like I used to be able to, but now it only has the "SUBMIT ART" button.
And there's no confirmation popup to delete in What if you click the delete by accident? :l
diemwing Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It would be immensely helpful if I could get emails about notes and/or comments, either live or as a daily digest. I don't often check this account, and sometimes when I do I find I've missed a commission opportunity.
Lizzichu Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
How come we can't delete comments? I don't like the looks of hiding them because the comment is still there and leaves a list. I think its time to where we can be able to delete comments that we don't want to see.

Can I ask the reason as to why we can't delete comments?

I can explain myself more with this I would like to have a response please
Aren-Elsa Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional Writer
I support this, there are some comments I'd personally like to have removed from some of my deviations, I just have them hidden at the moment instead. deleting them outright is helpful.
Lizzichu Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Deleting comments would be helpful. Not only are there comments where I want to delete in Deviations but also my profile page. I just don't like how hiding comments leaves a list that says hidden. Also there are times when I make a mistake and once I send the message I can't delete but rather just hide it or write another.
So I'm glad that you support this as well.
DeathOfFallenOnes Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think that I may have a good suggestion. [link]
Crazy-Sparkles Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Why are Group messages disappearing now when they expire if you don't delete them? It never used to do that before this site update, and it's incredibly frustrating. If you have multiple pages of stuff you've requested to add and you don't check it every couple of hours, things expire and disappear forever without giving the admins a chance to re-request it or at least add it to the group favorites.
bitchonfire Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Gambit-El Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
When can we expect a decent free Android App? The mobile version is very limited and it's not working properly on message answers… Keep me updated plz!
joannastar Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Apologies if this has been suggested before.

I used to submit my latest deviation/print, [link] I uploaded the full size version, and then let dA automatically set the width and what print sizes to have. I then went back because I felt that the fullview size was a bit too big, and I settled on 900px wide.

Then I thought it would be nice to have a large version on my profile, but I can't, because the fullview image is too big. Paradoxically, it now shows up smaller than smaller images do in my actual gallery. I think it would be good if there was deviation sizing code in the widget so it could scale down large images to fit on profile pages, rather than making them be a really small preview.

Oh and also did submit my print okay but when I went to adjust the sizes I had to upload the image again.

StarshineBeast Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'd like the idea of sending out notifications from a deviant and you can subscribe/unsubscribe from them. They would be short announcements, announcing that they're uploading a new drawing soon, going on their livestream, uploaded a speedpaint to youtube, etc. This way you can keep your journal on your profile the same and keep this stuff out of journals. You can have a widget that is called "Recent Announcements" or something. They would be short and probably 150 characters or something.

I'd also like something where you could send out features of other artists to your watchers, and you can subscribe or unsubscribe to these. For instance, not everyone visits my profile, so if I feature someone in a journal entry then they might not get the attention that I want to give them through sharing, BUT if I was able to send a small notification featuring a select artist and something like 5 of their best pieces of art... I think that would be excellent.
Ligavox Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
I've a SUGGESTION for :devart: . Please read this [link]

I hope you to answer me and other groups' admins it will be possible soon. :peace:
Bumblebeerock Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
ok thanks
Durza11 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
c'mon gys; A five star rating system!
C7colours Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I'm not sure that would be necessary. It would just be a redundant popularity rating tool. Art is not meant to be rated, but critiqued. What use is a rating? They have a 5 star rating in the critique feature already, but each rating must be explained reasonably. The site already takes comments and favorites to determine how popular a deviation is. People won't use the star rating to determine how good something is, but how much they like it, equivalent to the favourite button. A 5 star rating system is redundant and unneeded.
Durza11 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I suppose that's true, but if the artist had control of whether he/she wanted it on the art they made, then it would resolve most of the problems thus presented.
C7colours Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
They can with the critique option. The artist can state whether or not they would like their art critiqued upon submission and the critique system already has the 5 star option. Not much point to just have a "rate me" function that doesn't help the user.
Durza11 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
true. But it would at least add a tad more diversity to the way we do things here.
AERO-HDT Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree with C7colours... if everyone gets a 5-star rating system, it essentialy takes something quite considerable away from the Premium subscriber's Critique option. Let's not cheapen the experience or the art.
SallysFunnyKiss Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm not quite sure about anyone else, but the first (and last) time I tried to use the Writer and uploaded what I wrote, it formatted oddly and added random coding to my story.
danlev Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
If you can find and recreate specific issues, please report them to the Help Desk. :)
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