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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 that have been made, including new features and bug fixes. In the "Your Feedback" section, you'll find suggestions and known issues that were brought up by members in the last Site Update.

What's New

More Characters in Deviation Titles
By popular demand, the following characters are now allowed in titles of deviations: =~`@#%^*[]()/{}\|

Screen shot 2012-02-15 at 3.48.54 PM by danlev

Sleek, New Prints Pages
We've heard feedback that some members wanted a simpler and clearer interface when ordering prints. This week, we enhanced the modules on the Prints pages to simplify the process of configuring a Print and made the options more clear. These changes have been rolled out to a number of users and will soon be rolled out to everyone.

Shop by danlev

Fair Exposure Applied to "Popular All Time" 
We recently published a Journal about Fair Exposure, deviantART's algorithm for determining Popular results. As we mentioned before, changes to Fair Exposure and Popular browse are in the interest of highlighting the best from a wide range of deviants and showcasing an array of styles and genres. Today, we're continuing our rollout of the new algorithm and applying it to the "Popular All Time" Browse mode.

Whereas the previous "Popular All Time" Browse favored digital art and fan art, Fair Exposure allows the most popular deviations in a variety of categories, such as literature, sculpture, fractal, jewelry, architecture, and artistic nudes, to take a more prominent spot. This is to highlight the best from our diverse community.


:bulletblue: What's New
:bug: Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue that made the browser scroll to the top of the page when previewing a note and then switching back to editing mode. Fixed by $Nodren
  • On a mobile device, Writer deviations -- which are too large to fit on the screen -- are now always rendered in desktop mode. Fixed by $lendrick
  • Pressing "tab" while writing comments now behaves consistently in all browsers. Fixed by $helloandre
  • Fixed various display issues on Group galleries that displayed for logged out users. Fixed by $helloandre
  • Fixed the search box's display in Chat.  Fixed by $ZombieCoder
  • Improved the display and performance optimization of the Llama Trading Game page. Fixed by $knightar
  • Improved the display of the username entry on Premium Member gift page.  Fixed by  $ZombieCoder

:bug: Bug Fixes
  • Updating a title on a item from the inline editor could break auto-saving under some conditions. Fixed by $kouiskas
  • When updating the title of a Writer item in, the title inside the scrolling part of the thumb now updates immediately. Fixed by $kouiskas
  • Fixed a bug that disabled uploading from Opera. Fixed by $adahacker
  • Improved responsiveness of thumbs going back to their original position during drag & drop. Fixed by $adahacker
  • Selection was overwriting the displayed title inside stacks. Fixed by $adahacker
  • Fixed several bugs with selection, including displaying the item's title rather than "Selected (1)" when a single item is selected. Fixed by $adahacker and $aMoniker
  • Fixed several bugs related to the "Move to" button. Fixed by $aMoniker
  • The "Save and exit to" button would redirect even when validation errors occured. Fixed by $aMoniker
  • In IE9, the dark grey bottom of hovercards were 2 pixels too narrow. Fixed by $aMoniker
  • Fixed a long-standing issue where some deviations would be marked as being Group-exclusive when they weren't. Fixed by $kouiskas
  • Fixed an issue in the API with a replace file operation. Fixed by $samshull
  • The delete button was not working on the item page (Trivia: we call this the "Stashiation" page). Fixed by $kouiskas Writer

:bug: Bug Fixes
    • Embedding a video was often causing Writer to stop working correctly. Fixed by $Alisey
    • Non-literature category thumbs from Writer deviations had incorrectly sized shadows. Fixed by $inazar
    • Fixed several small bugs in Internet Explorer. Fixed by $Alisey
    • Clicking the Writer margin would change the selection that the toolbar acts upon. Fixed by $Alisey
    • $kemayo briefly broke and then fixed deviation thumbs all disappearing when opening a document to edit. Fixed by $Alisey
    • Many times the ">" selector didn't work in CSS. Fixed by $kemayo
    • Keyboard shortcuts for the WYSIWYG toolbar actions weren't working. Fixed by $Alisey
    • Improved click-to-add images across browsers. Fixed by $Alisey
    • Dragging a thumb from the sidebar will now have the editing cursor follow the mouse much more accurately to indicate drop position. Fixed by $Alisey

    Your Feedback
    • When visiting a member's profile, display whether or not the member is watching you. From =shardwind, =deshardiii, and many others in the Suggestions Forum.
    • Add shortcut keys to remove deviations from Message Center or add the deviation to your Favourites. From =fenyxdesign
    • When browsing, add a star icon next to deviations to show that you've favourited them. From ~UnsealedSpiral
    • Add the ability to drag and drop Journals into Collections from the Message Center. From ^pica-ae 
    • Increase the max character limit of literature deviations from 64k. This feature surprisingly poses some technical challenges, so we'd like to get an idea of who wants this and what the limit should be. From *BellicoseBreakfast and ~balarious
    • Allow members to continue writing comments while the emoticon modal is still open. From *Dizzyatdizumnl
    • Add the ability to Watch a forum thread and be notified of any replies. From ~NeonSilks in the Suggestions Forum
    • On Group blogs, all admins should be able to hide comments, rather than just the admin who submitted the Journal. From *Drache-Lehre
    • Remove Journals from "Random Deviation" button. From =chaoskomori and several others in the Suggestion Forum
    • When you start to have many Collections, the Collections dropdown on the header becomes harder to use since it requires scrolling. From =Luna--Rose  
    • Add a "hovercard" that displays more information when you rollover someone's avatar and/or username. ~Cenit-v provided a mockup:
    DA suggestion: pop-up information by Cenit-v

    Last Week's Discussion

    Last week, we asked for input about the new deviantID widgets. Members gave feedback about the specific artist types listed, asked for the ability to select multiple types, and made some suggestions about the visual style of the widget.

    Some members have expressed that they missed the old "member type" dropdown list, and that the new types are too serious. The old list of member types become too long with way too many "types" to pick from -- many were comical, random, and inside jokes. The original intent of this dropdown became lost. Our intention with this new dropdown is for members to use the "Artist Type" feature as a serious description of themselves as an artist. Everything else that you'd like to express about yourself, your skills, and and your personality can be described in your bio or tagline.

    We received some suggestions on different artist types that should be added, but we'd like to pose the question to everyone: Which specific artist types would you add?

     Lightbulb Have a suggestion, idea, or feedback? Leave a comment on this article!
    :bug: Find a bug? Report it to the Help Desk(Be as detailed as possible!)

    Add a Comment:
    AlphaPower Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012   General Artist
    ThalishEukrona Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    I´ve been waiting for this long, long time ago.
    Since I had my first account here at 16 years old.
    I agree if you put the option to not download the pics.
    ARTist05 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    YES ABOUT TIME!!! W00T W00T!!!
    LadyCarnal Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012   Photographer
    Could you do any against the constant photo theft from DA???
    Could DA help us to procet our photos and our rights???
    Maybe could you forbit the right click download option???

    i always choose the "dont allow to download" option, but anybody can download and use my works, because this option isnt working. I dont share prints here. I use la personal logo, the size of my work must be sooo small, but i regularly find my works on different sites, sometimes with my DA logo, so all my resubmitted work comes from DA - unfortunately!

    On some years ago we can find again and again our works en mass, downloaded from DA, and reloaded without our permission on that Bulgarian site, sometimes with DA logo!
    see the details in my previous journals: [link] and [link]
    Kaprizen (against the contstant theft of its members) can protect its"artists" with this way? DA why cant???

    and here is with "39 Wallpapers from deviantART. com" all used without our permission, in logo removed version! see it: [link]

    and the line is soo long, there are some more example and it would be great to do something against these theft!
    kinno-nabi Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012   Digital Artist
    Even if they prevent the right click option, people can still take screenshots, so unfortunately even that option still won't work. :c
    LadyCarnal Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012   Photographer
    and? this is your cause not to do anything???
    say something better!
    kinno-nabi Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012   Digital Artist
    Wow, chill out. I was just pointing out that it's very hard to do anything when there are easy ways to circumvent things like disabling right click, as well as people shamelessly taking images that have a very obvious copyright on them anyway. Not that I'm happy with it or that I won't try and do anything about it- it concerns the copyright of my work too after all. But unless you have a revolutionary idea that will stop people from making screen captures, I suggest you say something better, without the unneccessary exclamations, as I was only only initiating discussion. <:
    kensterbros Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Professional Artist
    gee i hate to admited but thats a great idea
    deviantART muro drawing Comment Drawing
    Arkenidae Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    Enable unicode on titles ;v;
    lizziecat1279 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Student General Artist
    Also submitting this to the help desk ^^
    lizziecat1279 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Student General Artist :bug:!!!
    So I was trying to submit a journal, or rather, edit a journal that I had edited many times before, and when I opened it up to edit it there were a bunch of random spaces where I hadn't put them before. It was very frustrating since this particular journal has a lot of "empty space" since I'm using it to differentiate different pieces of the journal from each other and spent a good 5-10 minutes deleting all of them.
    Then, when I had finished, I tried to submit it....and nothing had changed. The whole journal was still the same, which was incredibly frustrating.

    And that's happened before! I've attempted to edit a journal and it initially hasn't updated. Even when I go right back into editor mode it doesn't work. Then, sometimes, it'll twig out and work but (for example) if I tried adding in a thumbnail, it'll add two of them. It is very weird and very frustrating and I would appreciate a look into it ^^
    It might be because I am a beta tester, but this seems slightly unnecessary

    Also, I would greatly love to see our html tags preserved when going back in to edit a journal. Since I use them fairly regularly, and sometimes it glitches out.

    Thank you!
    Leaubellon Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
    I've got one suggestion:

    The possiblity to delete spams that have been reported and sanctionned as such by the Help Desk. I don't mind a few "flagged as spam" boxes here and there but when such messages clog up a whole gallery, it's pretty annoying and at the moment, there's nothing one can do about it.
    MissPinks Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    "Add a "hovercard" that displays more information when you rollover someone's avatar and/or username."
    that might be nice. just like, the artist type, location..
    anything else, and I think that would drastically limit the number of pageviews a user gets (the traffic) and in turn can be responsible for reducing commissions, favorites.. just general things a member might do when they come across another users profile page. it feels a bit too much like a facebook sort of thing.

    Removing journals from the random deviation button? YES. i get they are able to be browsed like submissions. its very handy. but i'd really just like to look at artwork when i use that button. it helps me find artists better than journals do :O_o: (since journals arent put into sub categories, browsing them is random enough i think)

    Someone suggested being able to fit more stamps in a custom box. this is a great idea. i think more than three can easily fit along one line, which will free up so much page space. (it would be cool if custom boxes had some kind of interior frame we could drag in or out to set a boundary for text and stamps etc.. so we dont need to tab heaps of crap and keep previewing or use complicating coding just to get everything centered nicely. and choose our own padding (though i dont know how difficult that would be to set up)

    collections- make the preview images smaller. if the collections have titles we dont really need to see whats in them when faving something. (at least the "drop art here" for groups. thats taking up more space that necessary)

    id like to be able to change my age in settings. i know its not allowed because users who are too young shouldnt be seeing mature content but whats stopping them from entering the wrong age when they join?
    okay honestly, thats what i did a few years ago. i was under the impression you had to be 18 to join. im 18 now and i cant change it from saying its older than i am. but i really want to display my age :cries:

    i hope you guys consider some of these points :la:
    PrinceBunny Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
    Contratulationes!! excelent work!! I hope some day you aprove the "ס" letter

    spiritualcrafts Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
    Thanks to you all ... our sales have been amazing... WOW ! ....

    so we will be adding lots more images to our collection soon ...

    best wishes from ....

    ... and of course from all @ Planet Monkey ! Jai Hanuman !
    AuraGemi Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student General Artist
    I think that it would be nice to be able to edit the canvas size on DA muro. You know, kind of like in MS Paint? That would come in handy if you wanted to make comic strips with DA muro. :)
    Omio9999 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
    Mentionned here - Make dA more friendly to the people that don't like their mice too much?
    Designdivala Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
    would love to see a search for deviant by name. I often need to find the Stock provider and have the name in the image. Spend too much time sometimes looking. Actually wish I could search for the entire name of the image as the file name when downloaded but that's probably too much to ask? : (
    MissPinks Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    it actually took me a surprising amount of time to figure out how to search names when i first joined. so i think in a way this is a good idea. especially if you dont know the exact spelling or full username of someone.
    Designdivala Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
    thanks for understanding and the reply.... from your lips to the powers (or programmers) that be!
    In-Dreams-We-Lie Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
    if you know the username, just throw it into the url bar...
    like if I was looking for you, I would type in and it would take me to your page :shrug:
    Designdivala Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
    really? gotta try that one THX
    In-Dreams-We-Lie Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
    Yeah, no problem :D
    Orima-Kazooie Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    I think there's a function for that.
    Type "by:username" in dA's search thingy, and it'll turn up deviations by anyone or anything with the closest matching name.
    Designdivala Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
    I am taking notes : )
    anahi-ediciones Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
    Schplitzkriegs Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    Put ! in titles too.
    In-Dreams-We-Lie Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
    it is
    sjham61 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    The ability to pass on founder to a co-founder or something, if you get banned or something
    pikorar Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
    Dang it, you just made me lose the game.
    DTKinetic Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    I'm going to suggest again:

    Giving Deviants the option of whether or not a forum post gets sent to their watchers. I am serious, that would do many other users a favor as it will help them enforce privacy--especially with touchy subjects in the forums.
    alphabetsoup314 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    I have a question.

    While the addition of some of those symbols is actually quite convenient (ie: Deviation [WIP]), I am worried that the new symbols will be abused as decoration rather than as punctuation, such as titles like *~*{DREAMS}*~* or /#/@/AWESOME ADVENTURE/@/#/ or even something like ^-^ Anime pic ^-^

    While (hopefully) most people will have enough brain cells to avoid this, it is inevitable that someone will do it because they think it looks cool. Will there be, or is there already, some sort of system in place to report and prevent title abuse?
    MissPinks Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    i know what you mean. sadly the minority ruin a lot of things :noes:
    theRealJohnnyCanuck Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
    wow I like the dreams one. Thanks for the ideas. I wouldn't have thought of them.
    fritchie Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
    You guys are awesome, thank you!!
    StarshineBeast Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
    I'd like it so that more stamps could fit per row in the Custom widget. The boxes are a pain to scroll through if you have even a small number of stamps if only three can fit per row! You could actually fit six per row, reducing the need for scrolling through all of them. Also, maybe just widen the Custom widget altogether because I use it for my FAQ's and that also creates unnecessary scrolling when there's a good inch indentation on either side of the widget box.
    MissPinks Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    SenZzo-art Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    Ad a button on printshop pages to see who bought your prints, just as the "favorites (who)" button on the deviation page. It would be nice if you could thank buyers.
    Flyffel Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student
    When you start to have many Collections, the Collections dropdown on the header becomes harder to use since it requires scrolling. From =Luna--Rose

    This. Please make them smaller. Enable displayinf the puctures and display only 30 pixel boxes or so. THANK YOU.
    Flyffel Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student
    *Enable the ability to "disable displaying the pictures" and "display only 30 pixel boxes" or so.
    KiraHokuten Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
    Still suggesting to allow embed our deviation in different sizes when we're putting it on our journal or custom widget.
    copin221 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
    Satsuki98 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    Thank You dA! :tighthug:
    mobilohm Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
    cool... accented letters (יטאש...) still not authorized? one day you'll have to remember some of your customers are not american...
    MissPinks Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    haha thats such a good point. why would things like #$%^&* be needed more than different alphabets :s
    KeithEKimball Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional Writer
    Any further thought on the ability to change your DA name? :D
    Fuhrer-Glasses Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
    Fucked up my link below:
    Fuhrer-Glasses Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
    Originally suggested in Suggestions: [link]

    TL;DR: Allow more user customization of the comment section. This would allow people to use the "List" function that's already in place to allow or disallow people commenting on the user's profile.

    Also: A CAPATCHA system for making a new account. It may seem like a hinder to some, but it'd really help stop the scam bots from making accounts.
    Fuhrer-Glasses Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
    Fucked up the link: [link]
    DragonShadow524 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
    I posted this idea on the last update but I wanted to rephrase it:

    Make it able where you can select a group or a multiples of deviation from either your messages or searches and just drag them into a collections folder.
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