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Site Update: January 27, 2012

Fri Jan 27, 2012, 5:44 PM

In this update, you'll find all the feedback from our last site update gathered into the Your Feedback section below, just after the Change Log, which will tell you about some brand new updates we just launched, as well as all the bugs fixed since the last update.

Change Log


:bulletblue: What's New
    • You can now share journals in chat by using :thumb: codes. - Added by $knightar
    • Some changes were made to deviantART's algorithm for Popular browse results (known as "Fair Exposure"). Details about Fair Exposure have been explained in this #hq blog post
    :bug: Bug Fixes
      • Fixed a bug in chat that caused horizontal scrollbars. - Fixed by $knightar
      • Improved the layout and appearance of our "Order Shipped" emails. - Fixed by $knightar
      • Improved the validation of the character length of deviation descriptions. - Fixed by $helloandre
      • Chased ghost feedback message that has been haunting some users and unveiled it. The message turned out to be a "critique accepted" one in feedback section. - Fixed by randomduck
      • Removed invalid payment methods from Premium Membership checkout page. - Fixed by $knightar
      • Restored an accidentally-removed box on the Premium Membership page. - Fixed by #ArtBIT
      • Fixed a display bug with the "Friends" and "Favourites" menu when deviantART Muro comments drawings are loaded. - Fixed by $allixsenos
      • Removed a barely visible white line from the default journal skin. We had to take out a magnifying glass to confirm that it was there. - Fixed by $Alisey
      • Fixed a header display issue on one of the Shop pages. - Fixed by $helloandre
      • On Groups, the pencil buttons now use the non-clashing semi-transparent style on all widgets. - Fixed by $allixsenos 
      • Fixed some issues that made Writer appear as if the document was empty even when you've added art to the document. - Fixed by $inazar
      • Reinstated the "Report Deviation" button on literature deviations submitted via Writer. - Fixed by $samshull

      :bulletblue: What's New
        • You can now access old comments after you publish a deviation. To do this, visit a deviation that you've published using and select " Comments" from the dropdown located above the comments section of the deviation. - Added by $kouiskas
        :bug: Bug Fixes
          • Improved the error display when logging out on another browser during a stack upload. - Fixed by $kouiskas

          :bulletblue: What's New
            • Pasted embed codes from other sites now get turned into our own accepted markup (e.g. YouTube's provided code now works). - Added by $inazar
            • For consistency and accessibility, titles of journal will always be links. Some journal skins will be affected by this change. Skin designers: you may have to adjust your CSS to override any unexpected changes to the title of your journal skin. - Added by $kemayo
            :bug: Bug Fixes
            • Journals on the deviation page no longer have a max width. - Fixed by $kemayo
            • The "Add Image" menu item no longer causes errors. - Fixed by $kemayo
            • The undo and redo shortcuts were triggering together, which cancelled each other out. Awkward. - Fixed by $Alisey
            • Opening the "Add" menu would save a draft containing solely an empty link. - Fixed by $Alisey
            • The classic journal submission page had two of the same error messages. - Fixed by $Alisey
            • The "continue" button no longer lies about saving when it's not. - Fixed by $inazar
            Your Feedback

            Suggestions, feedback and bug reports from our last site update.
            • Many people requested additional symbols being allowed in deviation titles. Hold tight, this is coming soon!
            • Collaborative deviations that would allow two people to be credited to one deviation. - From `Jules1983, ~dat-Fips, =KrazyHero, =fan4battle, ~GrabYourShovelAndDig, =jai-miyazaki, *Teq-Uila
            • A background shadow is still appearing on some transparent PNGs, causing some of them to look strange. Upon investigation, it appears to only be affecting smaller images. We're looking into this further. - From *Topachi, =Perrytheplatypus12, ~alphatroll, =PeekyChew, =wildrune11, `stuck-in-suburbia
            • When a Group affiliation request has been sent, the activity page for that request displays the date as December 30th, 1969. We are working on this issue. - From =virgino0owhore
            • As well as Favorites and Notes search, the ability to search Group galleries has been suggested as well. Before we can add some of these features, our search requires upgrading, but we are looking into all requests. – From `Crazysparkles06, *whitestarflower 
            • Some members were reporting some bugs when copy and pasting content from Microsoft Word. We're always trying to improve compatibility with other applications, but it's just a matter of fine tuning. If you have a Word document that is creating some errors, please send a note to $Dan14Lev if you are willing to share your document for bug testing. - From *Kneeling-Glory 
            • List Groups separately from friends lists, or have a "Groups" section on your friends list. Great suggestion. There should be an easier way to see all the Groups you're in. One option to fix this might be to put Groups at the bottom of the friends list. - From =Gex78, =Siegetank241, and others
            • On members' journal pages, collapse longer journals so you can browse more easily. Great idea! - From ~ThatBlueManiac
            • Bring back the ability to browse Favourites by category. - From ~Tai-shan
            • Automatically update your Message Center count on your navigation bar while browsing deviantART. - From *Knickolaus, ~cheydinhal=Tophthetomboy 
            • Add a "Remove from Message Center" button to Journal deviations like Art deviations have. - From =fan4battle ~Draghorn, *Immortalium, =BloodMoonEquinox, and others
            • When you submit a Journal with Writer, sometimes the Journal entry can be incorrectly ordered on your Journal page. We identified the cause of this and will have a fix released soon. - From *Cayca

            :lightbulb:  Discuss These Ideas!

            In the last site update, we asked for your feedback on several ideas brought up by the community. We were overwhelmed with the response! Changing usernames was by far the most popular request. Other popular requests were: gallery folders within gallery folders, a "report deviant" button, and the ability through search through your Favourites and Notes. Editing and deleting comments was a bit more controversial, but we gather some great feedback from the discussion.

            Here are some ideas that were brought up in the last site update that require a bit more discussion, planning, and debate. We want to hear your thoughts!
            • A "Featured Artist" widget. - From =katara-alchemist who provided a great mockup.
            • Adjust external links. Some people suggested having external links opening in new windows. It has also been suggested that the intermediary warning page be either removed or modified to function more smoothly.  From *RipperRoo-255, ~Rocketgirl97, ~Yojiro-sage
            • Thumbnail images in comments. Assuming there were limitations, would you like to be able to post thumbnail images of deviations in comments? Example usage might include: Your friend loves cats and you found a beautiful cat photo, so you post it as a comment on their profile; sharing art in forums around a topic; posting a journal asking for the best landscape paintings where people can reply with thumbnails in the comments. -From =Y-Phil, *ObscureFlower

            Add a Comment:
            AxelCat9 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
            I really love ideas of
            A "Featured Artist" widget
            Thumbnail images in comments <3
            That would be awesome ^^
            AlphaPower Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012   General Artist
            RainbowIcePop Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
            I have a suggestion, how about the ability to upload "Private Deviations", which only your friends/selected people are allowed to have acess to see.
            (Becuase I don't feel comfortable about the whole world having acess to my dumb fanfics Dx LOL)
            100millionme Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
            thats aactually a good idea! But doeant sta.she provide that?
            ALTUNYUVA Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Professional Photographer
            I'm sorry, but I do not speak English. I followed with the Google Translate site.
            pica-ae Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
            I have a suggestion for writer :la:

            It would be sweet to have a button that enables the html view of what you just wrote. At the moment there is the work around of using ctrl+e, but most users don't know about it and a button would increase usability :)
            Most blogging sites offer that option, with wordpress and tumblr being the first that come to mind.

            It would be especially handy for users that make use of blockquotes, lists or links.

            Some feedback on the ctrl+e thing: at the moment it does only work when you have no skin selected. By implying a button, I'm hoping for a better function of that, working when using a skin as well :B
            danlev Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
            That feature is coming! :aww:
            pica-ae Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
            awesome :la:
            RvB-Caboose Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
            Just a suggestion, but something that would be nice (since I have a hard time submitting journal entries from my phone) would be an SMS feature to text in a journal entry so that you don't have to so through so much trouble with a journal entry. If this feature gets added, it would be much appreciated. Thank you. :D
            Slippery-Stan Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
            > Collaborative deviations that would allow two people to be credited to one deviation.

            I think this is a great idea, but why limit this to two credits? There are lots of examples of art created (or contributed to) by many people: comic art may have a penciller, an inker and a colourist; fashion photography will have a photographer and model, and often a makeup artist and/or clothes designer as well.
            lulipoppins Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
            Oh My God this is so sweet! I really appreciate that some issues have been adressed here, like:

            "Many people requested additional symbols being allowed in deviation titles. Hold tight, this is coming soon!"

            "As well as Favorites and Notes search, the ability to search Group galleries has been suggested as well. Before we can add some of these features, our search requires upgrading, but we are looking into all requests."

            It's so nice to hear some feedback on community ideas and needs! I mean, there's a whole group for that first request, :iconallcultures: !

            And changing names is a wonderful implementation, thanks for thinking about that, but really, thanks for the feedback. All I really wanted was to feel heard, to feel the community is heard, and I think this piece of news here make the $taff look much more simpathetic.=)

            I am one happy deviant. :dummy:
            I'll spread the DA love, now.
            -->You people be nice to those admins!!!:empllama:
            LittleAylia Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
            For the problem when coping text from word. I noticed that the paragraph editing you applied on word remain on the text when transfered to stashWriter but there is no way to change it once it is in. You can often end up with some text line having line spacing and other not having any.

            [link] Actually, I had the problem with this journal but now I can't edit it with stash again and it's full of "<span" and other tags I just know nothing about.
            MattTheCat93 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
            I do not know if this is a problem only I have, but it seems that the quality of the larger images is considerably decreased if displayed in their original size.
            Raadius Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Student Interface Designer
            When you block someone make it so that cant see your page at all, just like facebook. Whats the point of block them from commenting? Block them completely!

            Also add a delete comment, not hide, but DELETE a comment entirely, it looks stupid when you hide a comment and it turns into a pryramid, smh.

            Also edit your comment after you post it. Sucks to make a comment, see a mistake and cant edit it.

            Cmon make dA user friendly, those 3 request above should be mandatory for a site like this.
            Mr-bananasham Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
            my profile logs me out withing seconds without me having touched anything.
            TransientArt Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
            Thumbnails in the comments is something I've always thought would be fantastic! It's great to see a preview instead of the standard [link] that's always seen when we copy and paste a deviation really quickly. You can never have enough art, right?
            Branchewski Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
            I have a question and an issue. It has come to my attention that there are people on dA using some sort of scripts to automagically put random deviations to their :+fav:s. I was told that there have been reports to the helpdesk but that the claims were dismissed.
            But it is really happening and it violates FAQ #295: What exactly is an "Abuse or Exploit of the System"?

            Can something be done to fix that hole or whatever it is?
            Ocultist Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012

            Kuriosarts Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
            Can't open some full size pictures..?
            zen-3 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
            I still cant find my Icon on this piece, [link] it will be nice to get that bug fixed
            Koto-wari Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
            I commented here before, but I'd like the ability to see poll's results without having to vote, specially if you're the one who created them. In order to do this now, you'd have to create an extra option, vote for that one and delete it again.
            ChristopherinMexico Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
            I'd love longer Image titles. Mine often get cut short.
            curse-hunter Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
            hey, love the site, used to be a regular user, i stopped for a while and i wanna get back into it, but i cant do certain things cause it says i need to upgrade my browser to work this site, but my computer is too old to do that. is there not a way i can view a less advanced version of the site? id be happy with a mobile version even on a computer if i can do posts, comments and searches like i used to.
            HoneyHana Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
            Zeamay Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
            I love the thumbnail images in comments, but probably not as big as the thumbnail that we cna put o journal, probably only as big as our avatar, to prevent thumb spam, and too long comment boxes full of thumbs, but it certainly would look great :)
            Omxman Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
            More better!
            triplexbekas Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
            deviantART muro drawing Comment Drawing
            Sheep-in-the-moon Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
            Cool !!! =D
            nilmaj66 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
            kephahoaibo Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
            kieraflet Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
            Very nice Like it
            violetstory Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
            :star: Bugs:

            :happybounce: Often times when in the ~ when re sizing art ~ after pressing the update button, art comes out often times as its largest size instead of the size it is set to. This also happens suddenly
            sometimes when working in writer

            :ohnoes: Re sizing sometimes becomes unresponsive

            :star: Ideas:

            :happybounce: Also when placing files from groups into Writer, it would be nice to be able to choose from the group gallery folders instead of just the group journals

            :ohnoes: An option to turn of auto saving would be nice

            :happybounce: The ability to edit journal css in
            pica-ae Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
            You can edit journal css in Under the skins tab on the right, it says "Current Skin"; to its right you can find a link "edit skin". :)

            Hope that helps :aww:
            violetstory Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
            Oh! Awesome, thank you so much for this :D
            pica-ae Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
            No problem :hug:
            violetstory Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
            YanoKun Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
            could you make it work for PSP/PS3?
            DeathInTheReaper Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
            I would LOVE to see a featured Artist widget. Currently when I do features I have to make my own widget which is fine. My only issue with an official featured artist widget would be I don't want to be restricted in which pieces of art I have to choose from. Meaning, I don't want to be given limited options like "show recent x amount of art". I want to be able to pick which deviations I like from a person's gallery to feature regardless of what folders they might be in or when they were posted.

            Regarding external links I don't much mind having the intermediary message show up. I do think, however, clicking an external link should open the link in a new tab and display the intermediary message there. I don't think it's that difficult to quickly click through the warning message that you are leaving DA so I don't think the intermediary message is a problem. What I don't like is clicking a link and having it open on a page I wasn't ready to leave yet.

            And lastly with thumbnails I think it would be GREAT to be able to use thumbnails in comments. It would be such a useful feature to have.

            One other thing I want to add is about editing posts here on DA (which I know was brought up in previous updates). I don't much care about editing comments. What I would like is that if you make a new thread it would be so much more useful to be able to edit the post. Most websites that have forums have a line of text that shows if a user has edited their posts. So if I make a new thread and then edit my original post then a little line of text could show up in one of the corners that would say "edited on" and then include the date. I think comments should be left alone though as they aren't really crucial to go editing, only main forum posts.
            renatehcat5 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
            Make the regular site work with iPhone/iPod
            RMXTrailMix Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
            Really, the site works well on Barnes and Nobles' nook
            renatehcat5 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
            it just happend to me befor replying you

            FYI it is a pain if you have this issue on the iPhone test it and reply back
            RMXTrailMix Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
            Enjoy your I phone.
            sa4720k Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
            I realize that it's better to have the latest version of IE to view this site, but do you really have to place the yellow bar telling us to upgrade our browsers right on top of the page, covering all the buttons, if we're viewing the site with IE7? Some of us have no choice in the browser we're using.
            ranokart Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Student Photographer
            Avatar is NOT mine~
            deviantART muro drawing Comment Drawing
            phoenixleo Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
            Another bug
            When I type by:username in the writer, and deviations show up, and include say a deviation/thumb in the journal, after clicking the back button and typing another username by:username2 doesn't show the new user's deviations and keeps showing the previous deviations. Then I have to click update several times to and then edit again to include the search feature of the new user to get the thumbs.
            Jenny2-point-0 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
            Guys, please dont make it where the only way we can edit our deviations or journals is through st.ash, there's a reason why no one/ not many uses it, so dont force us to....
            Kurama-chan Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
            I'm having problems to edit my journal. It goes to a blank page and I can't edit it properly.
            It just works when I try to edit with stash. But it didn't please me, since it's confusing and I can't find to option to show my wacthers the update.
            This is bothering me because I want to edit a comission journal.
            randombrowser8513 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
            How do get rid of the little red x???????????????????
            UnMaullidoEnLaNoche Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
            For when in other languages? deviant would be perfect!
            LiLkawaiibunny Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
            One thing I've always wanted to be to do in dA is to be able to "search" in a group's gallery. Like how we can "Search" through keywords and all in member's Galleries. (:

            And I think "Collaborative deviations that would allow two people to be credited to one deviation" would be really cool, but I know it's pretty complex, the concept sounds easy to make but in a long term run, it seems a lot more complicated than it seems...
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