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Site Update: March 1, 2012

Thu Mar 1, 2012, 7:03 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

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Sometimes when we send Notes on deviantART, we want to reread what we just sent or confirm that it was formatted properly. Now, after sending a Note, you'll be able to view the message that was just sent.

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:bulletblue: What's New
:bug: Bug Fixes
  • Various modal boxes have been uplifted with new styles. Fixed by $muteor
  • When browsing through deviations using the "Next" and "Previous" buttons, a bug caused the bottons to stop working when Writer deviations were encountered. Fixed by $ZombieCoder
  • Paging was broken in the group admin list of blocked users. Reported by *Fuhrer-Glasses and ~xHavick-Doptables. Fixed by $mpsb
  • When uploading to by email, it now properly ignores attachments that are automatically included with some emails. Fixed by $samshull
  • Members were sometimes accidentally getting redirected to the homepage when logging out. Fixed by $allixsenos
  • The FedEx shipping option was briefly unavailable for deviantWEAR purchases. Fixed by $knightar
  • Some literature deviation thumbs in the deviation picker had text escaping the box. Fixed by $shadowhand
  • When configuring a Group, the pencil menu would lose positioning when previewing the widget and scrolling down the page. Fixed by $mpsb
  • Replying to comments in the Message Center did not have proper rounded corners on the box. Fixed by $muteor
  • The "Don't forget to add a comment!" bubble no longer appears on Flash deviations, as it used to cause a lot of flickering. Fixed by $mpsb
  • Installable Journal Skins did not show as installed until the page refreshed. Fixed by $shadowhand
  • Made the Help Desk contact form categories linkable. Fixed by $muteor
  • The Help Desk form was briefly broken and displayed error if message was over 500 characters long. Fixed by $lendrick
  • Comment counts were missing on Message Center stacks that had only one deviation in them. Fixed by $allixsenos
  • Stored deviations no longer show a comment count underneath. Fixed by $allixsenos

:bug: Bug Fixes
  • Uploading inside stacks wasn't working properly in IE. Fixed by $kouiskas
  • Uploads in IE8 would often get stuck on the "stashing" image. Fixed by $adahacker
  • Browsing through items using keyboard navigation wasn't functional when viewing someone else's stack through their non-public URL. Fixed by $adahacker
  • In Safari and Chrome, the click area of the file upload button was too small after the first upload. Fixed by $adahacker
  • The styling of the "file" and "edit" menus was slightly broken when holding the mouse button pressed. Fixed by $adahacker
  • appeared empty to users who were using "flat" view. Fixed by $kouiskas
  • Added smoother scrolling when the cursor is above thumbs. Fixed by $kouiskas
  • Sped up the time it takes to load pages. Fixed by $kouiskas
  • Very small images now have a clickable and hoverable area equal to the visual padding added to them. Fixed by $adahacker Writer

:bug: Bug Fixes
    • If a deviation by another artist was included in a Writer deviation, editing it would reset the selected category to Journals/Personal. Fixed by $kemayo
    • Pressing backspace with an image selected would navigate back in IE. Fixed by $Alisey
    • Deleting images in IE8 using backspace (without the image selected) would fail. Fixed by $Alisey
    • In IE8 and IE9, small thumbs were inserted as invisible images. Fixed by $Alisey
    • In Firefox, it was impossible to select the contents of input fields in the toolbar and sidebar. Fixed by $Alisey
    • In Firefox, selected text in the writer was being completely removed when a link was added via the toolbar. Fixed by $Alisey
    Your Feedback
    • The ability to create a custom "favourites" list of emoticons. From =katara-alchemist
    • The ability to have private Collections. From =DaemonicFae 
    • Currently, when submitting prints, you have to click "more sizes" and choose the other sizes individually. It should be easier to simply choose all other sizes. From =XxFreakOfNaturexX 
    • When browsing an artist's gallery, deviations that are in quite a few folders have a large list of those folders under the thumbnail image, which can be distracting. From `Arete-Eirene-Phile
    • Add a smudge tool in deviantART muro. From ~bloominglove and *BertieBert 
    • In deviantART muro, add the ability to change the size of the Canvas without having to create a new Canvas. From ^krissi001
    • If you start with a small canvas in deviantART muro, it zooms in. Shouldn't it start at 100%? From ^krissi001
    • An icon that shows if a member is new. "It would show that a new user might need help to navigate the site and all of its features. More experienced deviants could spot them easier and help them." From ~JosephAngelo
    Bugs, issues, and feedback from previous Site Updates

    :lightbulb:  Discuss These Ideas!

    We'd like your feedback on some proposed changes to a few categories on deviantART. Please leave feedback on the following Journals: Stock and Resources gallery changes and Community Project gallery changes 
    Last Week's Discussion

    There were mixed reactions to changing the username format from Some people had opinions about the aesthetics of either. Some members said the current format being more "personal" and some said that felt like they "had their own site." Others argued that it was worth switching to slightly speed up browsing and make it easier to implement HTTPS Everywhere. Don't forget: your "old" address will work forever -- anyone visiting "" would automatically be moved to "" without them even noticing.

    Username changes were a very hot topic and were strongly favored. Some members had concerns about username changes being confusing and made suggestions about how they think the process should work. We are continuing conversations about this internally.

     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
    Marijke-Rose Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    Say, how's it looking on username changes? Any progress on the topic? I am absolutely for this, as you probably know.
    frivgazo Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
    i like it! you can visit site [link] it's free and online,safe for your computer
    deviantART muro drawing Comment Drawing
    GCOLIVERA Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student General Artist
    oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo THAT'S A BINGO !!!!
    BondoFox Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    I just saw the selection for this "" thing. What it does do?
    icepaw99 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    I have an idea. What about, in the Gifts menu, you could have an option to give art as a gift? That way they would get a message telling them someone's drawn them a gift, and there could be somewhere it got put on their profile... I don't know, a gifts tab or something.
    sonicthemeatball Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
    - Make it possible to opt out of seeing contest notices. Most people I know never enter contests at all and probably just find those notices annoying.
    - Change it so the "Random Deviation" button only takes us to deviations (no journals). Journals aren't art.
    - Allow premium members to turn ads back on if they like. Some people like ads.
    - Give the option to downgrade to the old deviantID. I, for one, prefer it, and I imagine there are others who do too.
    - Make it possible to invite to Founder. What if you're the founder of the group, but want to leave it?
    zio-san Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
    you know when you are in your inbox...


    can you developers add a:

    "select all approved", "select all unapproved", "select all waiting"

    or something similiar? in order to make fast -> select all approved -> remove

    thank u ^^

    and so on
    Vuro Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
    Oh god, please don't establish a feature that would point out new users. Yeah, we'd hope people would want to help out the new guy, but people can be dicks. I can see many newbies getting harassed due to their "marked" status. Plus, what about people who deactivate their accounts and come back later with a new account? That'd be annoying as hell, what with all those people assuming you're new because dA has marked you as such.
    taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
    I know this is wayyyy late, and probably won't be seen, but I'd like to post this anyways :3

    One thing that has been bugging me is the 1-year search implementation. First, I cannot emphasize enough that I am all for it, except for things like tutorials. Whenever I am trying to find a specific tutorial that I know I've seen before, I come up against that road block. Also, as someone who makes tutorials, it's really rather annoying to have people ask "how do I make -insert something here- I tried searching but no one cares to write a tutorial about it!" and only to point them to one's I've done on the topic already.

    I know this is a pain, but I'm wondering if its at all possible for conditional limitations, leaving the tutorials section open (maybe resources like stock, too?) for all past submissions to show up?
    AceXtreme Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
    Alrighty Then, do as you wish. :)
    sonicthemeatball Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
    Here are some more suggestions that the suggestion forum won't allow. (I don't understand why - isn't demand all there is to it?)
    - Allow people to search through their favourites, and those of other people
    - Allow the option to downgrade to the old deviantID
    - Make it possible to see poll results without voting (What if you can't vote because the poll doesn't have your option?)
    - Ban tag journals and chain comments
    - Allow premium members the option to turn ads back on (Some people happen to like ads.)
    - The option to disable the "Give" button (We shouldn't be forced to take gifts. We deserve the option to say no.)
    - Ban anyone who blocks someone without a good reason (We need rules around this.)
    - Ban people who give favourites collections bad names (such as "Crappy art"). That way, favourites will always be welcome.
    Reffeik Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    What about being able to attach images or text documents in notes? Say 'I' had a picture saved on my computer that a 'friend' of mine wanted to see, but 'I' didn't have the link to the place 'I'd' saved it from any more, and 'I' didn't have my 'friend's' email because they aren't the type to give it out on the internet. And say 'we' had the ability to attach the file as if 'we' were using Gmail or Yahoo, or whatever other email programs are out there to use. Then 'my friend' could see it without the hassle of 'me' searching and searching to find 'them' the link.
    Cayca Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
    Is it possible to make comments to groups' blogs show up in message center the way comments on groups' main page do?
    gilotyna815 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
    I'd like to point out an issue with Its keyboard shortcuts are troubling, as they make it impossible to type some of the national letters. Namely, I noticed that with polish ż and ę, alt+z and alt+e respectively, but I'm sure the issue applies to other letters in other languages as well. Ability to personalize shortcuts, or maybe just an option to turn them off, anything to make it possible to type those letters without the inconvenience of copy'n'pasting them from other writing programs would be great, especially since alt+z deletes the entire text in given line. Cheers from Poland :peace:.
    Beavisjr Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
    Okay well I might make this a rant (i'ma hope not/suppose to do work/shot/dies)
    I think its messed that we can't place things of our profile in different areas, I would like my 'shout-box' on top of my journal, my comments on the left side (by left-via seeing computer screen). Its kinda annoying when it says: 'customize the way you want and find different styles' well i really can't customize other then adding and moving things around (and in the Personal/Art zone you are limited to what you can put there and move things from it) I mean its cool but there should be some way to 're-categorize' into separate things. like how the Super groups get to change the group's profile to like 4 different 'areas' i dunno but its a bit unfair if you think about it hard.
    I would also like a option to add a preview or to take it off, I really don't know what to use for previews because even if i do save a 'screen capture' or have a part of it for the preview, i can save it as many things but it will not accept. and many of my items say that their not able to go into a certain category even though its the right one but different file save, if i save some thing as a '.bmp' and want to put it in a nice area it will say:
    "Sorry this file can not be in the category only; ZIP, PNG, TXT, (ect of examples)" and then i have to edit the file all over and then save it as some thing different to put it there.
    Yes this is filled with misspells and weird grammar errors but :shrug: long day and my arms hurt.
    Sorry for that rant.
    Leichenengel Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    Amen - this rant includes a suggestion I have made numerous times lol

    I want more freedom on user page design as well as I have a global Thank You message in a custom box nobody really sees because it drowns within the rest ^^
    Beavisjr Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
    I know ^^ thanks for agreeing
    but i'm having problems uploading .pmm....
    Leichenengel Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    wtf is *.pmm?
    Beavisjr Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
    .pmm is a file for MMD (otherwise known as MikuMikuDance, VPVP) its where people can 'make' models do things with items kinda like you can control a vocaloid.butsince i'm limited to where 'items' go, i cannot upload it and now i have to make it in a flash, do all the motions AGAIN. and save it as flash and more likely computer will crash before it tries to save. and reason why i cannot upload it is because 'UNKOWN File Type' -.-"
    but an how a .pmm is just a save name as .bmp .png. .jpg .sai just for a program its self.
    Leichenengel Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    I actually only understood the part that you have to redo it to be able to convert it to flash ^^ the rest is something I don't have any idea of and I guess they won't make the file type known since I guess only very few people use it ^^
    Beavisjr Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
    oh D:
    I made a motion one and its actually popular.
    -.- i just have to find a area for it.
    Leichenengel Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    might be that vocaloid or that prog itself is popular but well I guess most people just screencapture it or elsewhat...:shrug:
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    AtlasVulpes Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012   Artist
    I'd like a star rating system, kind of like old YouTube before they switched to the like/dislike system.
    Beavisjr Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
    haha thats actually used in critiques.
    AtlasVulpes Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012   Artist
    Well that makes me feel like a complete noob ._.
    Beavisjr Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
    lol nah your not a noob
    icefire8521 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    The 2 muro ideas from Krissi are needed, as well as the smudge tool.
    Have a notification in the notices inbox to inform us of the name change.
    Have a Give Llama button when notified that you got a llama for give a llama get a llama people.
    sladekyon Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Student Writer
    One username change per user.
    kayandjay100 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    It would be great if under each image, the Statistics drop-down Favorites list was in date order, with the most recent at the top. Many years ago when I joined, it was like that and now the dates are all jumbled up ~ surely this would be easy to fix and helpful in seeing who last faved the image. :D Coco

    xKaseix Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
    Loving this open forum thing--keep it up admins, you're rockin' it! :headbang:
    Caosbrasil Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
    Ok Rigth
    RipaMoramee Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
    Please don't give up on the username changes!
    Got onto it ASAP. :D
    blithebird Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
    I was wondering why if a user turns off the download feature for deviations, when an imagine is right-click saved, it no longer contains the title and deviantartist in the URL?
    Severflame Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
    Hmm? Well, I have an idea. I wonder will it be possible in the future to search through your notes by typing someone's username in a search field... for people who have a ton of notes to go through.
    jessicalharris Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Student Filmographer
    I really like the new deviant idea! :heart:
    Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
    As a group contributor, it would be great if I could see my group activity in the splinter menu rather then having to view it in the drop down list. I always forget to check my group activity because the icon is out of sight and thus out of mind!
    shoily Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Student
    username changes FTW I say =u=b
    scholarwarrior-lad Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    furnituretrader Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
    how can i update my social site network in deviant art.. plz tell me
    LKani Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012   General Artist
    I love the changing usernames idea. As for the URLs, I don't mind as long as the links don't break.

    Anyway, what I think would be awesome is if you had the option to make your profile/frontpage private.
    AKA hiding all activity from people looking without actually having to deactivate, giving up your published works and contacts just for some privacy.

    I think it'd be useful for a lot of people who want to withdraw from dA without actually wanting to have to lose access to their works. Or other applications, like if someone wants to make changes to their profile but doesn't want anyone seeing until a certain time point. Dunno, just a thought
    Rubycored Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
    whoops, link borked, sorry bout that
    Imperius-Rex Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    Username changes should be limited to prevent abuse, such as only being allowed once or twice every several years. Also, previous usernames should be locked from future use in order to prevent mistaken identity and confusion. Only the original user who took that name should be allowed to reuse it, given that they follow the same limitations that come with any username change. A list of previous usernames should also appear on a person's page if they chose to make such a change. URLs using old usernames should be redirected to the users' new URLs to prevent confusion.

    Finally, the URL format should remain the same.. if it isn't broken, why fix it? :)
    MissMackenzi Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    I like the idea of changing usernames, perhaps for a certain number of DA points?

    But I like the URLs how they are, having makes it feel very personal, and it's useful when people are using DA as a portfolio or sorts.
    bikpelabokis Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
    I would most definitely like to change my username. However I understand how it could be confusing if people change their usernames all the time.
    It would be nice if when you signed up and made up your username if there was a warning to let you know that you couldn't change it after you created it.
    As to changing it later, perhaps the person would have to submit a request to change, and those with good reasons would be allowed.
    Or, if someone you're following changes their username, a message would be sent out, notifying you of their name change.
    dque Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
    DragonCuali Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    I would like to suggest a button on a Deviants front page that is a report gallery/user button. I find too many people that have their whole gallery either against copyright or down right stolen artworks.

    I feel that the single button will eliminate the spam you guys get from people having to submit each artwork individually for copyright/thievery, as well as cut down the time it takes for us to report them.

    I just found someones gallery where everyone of their pictures (72 of them) were copyrighted. I don't have time to submit 72 copyright reports!

    I really hope this makes it in or at least get looked at. I want to keep DA free of Art thieves and Photobucketers. Thanks!
    vanrenheit Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    great updates!
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