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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.

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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!
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    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  Student 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  Student 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 ^^
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