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Site Update: Message Center Journals

Fri Mar 30, 2012, 1:14 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

Browse Through Journals in Your Message Center
When browsing through deviations in your Message Center, you can use the "Next" and "Previous" buttons to flip through artwork and use the "Remove From Messages" button to remove each of those deviations. Many people have been requesting that this feature be extended to Journals as well. We're happy to tell you that we just added this functionality!

Journalsuperbrowse by danlev

Pages on the "Journal History" Widget
Many members have requested that "Next" and "Previous" buttons be added to the "Journal History" widget to allow you to browse through more than just the most recent Journals. This feature is now available to all members and Groups. To install this widget on your Profile, Journal, or Group, click the "Edit Page" button on one of those pages and install the "Journal History" widget.

Screen Shot 2012-03-29 at 6.47.44 PM by danlev

Age, Sex, and Location Removed From Comment Business Cards
Last week, we launched Comment Business Cards -- which display a deviant's age, sex, location, artist type, and new member status next to comments.  After reviewing your helpful feedback and going through thousands of comments, journals, and forum posts, we've collected your responses.

Even though we were only displaying information that members had made public on their profiles, some people had concerns about displaying it next to all of their comments. Some had issues with privacy while others had concerns about being stereotyped or prejudged based on their age, sex, and location. We understand your concerns and in response, we've removed age, sex, and location from the Comment Business Cards. We believe that these changes will make the feature more useful to everyone.

Updates to the Preview of New Thumbnails
Last week, we shared a preview of deviantART's new thumbnails. We appreciate the feedback everyone gave about the way the artwork was presented. To make the new browsing experience more tidy, we're testing left alignment of the thumbnails. We believe that the new thumbnails are a better way to present the artwork within the browsing experience.


Coming Soon

New Ways to Receive Prints Profits!
For years, deviantART has been helping artists sell their art through our Prints program. Because the process of receiving payments from your art sales has been less than ideal, we've worked hard on a new earnings system. We've heard your feedback and suggestions, and want to give you a preview of three ways you will be able to receive profits from the Prints that you've sold.


Withdraw as Points by $Ayame-Kenoshi

Bug Fixes


General
  • Thanks to community reports, we were able to hone in on a few advertisers that were running auto-play audio ads on deviantART. We're confident we've addressed the immediate issue, but we're taking additional actions with all of our advertising partners to make sure the culprits don't sneak onto our pages via different channels or partners. If you use Firefox and would like to help report bad ads, try installing our Bad Ad Report Tool.
  • The "drag and collect" notice briefly stopped showing above the thumbs on the front page. Fixed by shadowhand
  • Changed file type restrictions in the X11 mouse cursors category and other appropriate Linux/UNIX categories to accept .tar.gz and .tar.bz2 files. Fixed by drommk
  • The confirmation message for the "remove all comments" message in the Message Center was unintuitive and confusing. Fixed by muteor
  • When a member used the "Way Back" search for the first time, it defaulted to 1969, the year when dA had no submissions. Fixed by drommk
  • When using the "Next" and "Previous" buttons to browse deviations, there were some bugs when a deleted deviation was encountered. Fixed by muteor
  • Emails that end with "+something" or periods placed in the address were not treated as duplicates allowing deviants (and mostly spammers) to create a large number accounts with what is the same email address. Those are aliases, and should be stripped for dupe detection. Fixed by muteor
  • For a brief time, removing a group favorite actually added the deviation to your personal favorites. Fixed by shadowhand
  • Some thumbnails were slightly clipped by the right side browser border in browse mode. Fixed by drommk
  • The "full view" size menu disappeared from Sta.sh for a period of time. Fixed by adahacker
  • Hovercards could stay stuck while renaming a stack. Fixed by samshull
  • The hovercard at the very bottom of the page could get cut off. Fixed by samshull
  • Hid the "http://" from the Sta.sh share links for more compact display. Implemented by samshull
  • Older skins no longer interfere with the new version of Writer. Fixed by inazar
  • After clicking the Writer toolbar, you would have to click back in the Writer document before continuing to type. Fixed by inazar
  • No more empty space on the bottom of the Writer page. Fixed by Alisey

Your Feedback
  • List the date the deviation was last edited on deviation pages. *TheSaltyMonster in the Suggestions Forum
  • You receive a notification when someone comments on your artwork or journals, but when people reply to that comment, you do not receive an additional notification. All comments should send notifications. From *DestinyBlue in the Suggestions Forum
  • =BlissfullySarcastic put together a list of suggestions, which includes customizations to the "custom" widget, several browsing suggestions, and a "watching" widget.
  •  =katara-alchemist, who has been a huge help in contributing to the Site Update articles, suggested Sta.sh Writer improvements for literature including the ability to add chapters and modify the visual design of your workspace. She put together this awesome mockup:
A Muro for Writers by Katara-Alchemist


Last Week's Discussion
    Last week, we received some valuable feedback from the community about the idea of showing related artwork on deviation pages. People were excited about the idea of artwork discovery and the exposure it could give artists. Some members brought up concerns about their artwork being the focus of the page. Artists agreed that if this feature was added, it should be presented in a way that does not clutter the page. There were also some concerns with the actual artwork that would be shown, including artwork that was "too popular," unrefined, or contained mature content.

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    :iconalphapower:
    AlphaPower Jul 4, 2012   General Artist
    :icondragontailfaster:
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    :iconmamama3345:
    mamama3345 Jun 5, 2012  Student Artist
    i cant really pay im only 11 yrs old i just like art!
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    :iconrebel-rider:
    Rebel-Rider Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    I'd like it if people could check something so they could decide if they wanted their comments to display location, age, and sex or have it not display them. I have a name that can easily mean I'll be mistaken for a guy so it would make it less awkward for people if they knew my gender right away.
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    :iconaiaix:
    Aiaix Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    This has probably been suggested a million times or not at all, so I hope my idea will put into consideration like others. :) I was hoping for us to be able to transfer our current premiums we have on old accounts to new accounts we create. Or is that possible already? :?
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    :iconswingdancer23:
    swingdancer23 Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
    I would love folders within folders in your gallery and favorites, like many have said previously.

    For example, I have a favorites folder called Photography. That's great, but I would love to separate them by portraits, landscapes, macro, etc without having to have tons of folders on the main favorites and gallery pages. That way, people could jump straight to what they want to see rather than having to sort through tons of different kinds of pictures.
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    :iconsonicthemeatball:
    Here are some more.
    - The right to change your birthdate (in case someone makes a mistake when inputting it upon joining DA).
    - Make it possible to transfer a premium membership without going through the help desk.
    - We should be allowed to transfer cake badges.
    - Ban gift art. Most people would rather have requests, because then they can choose what they get.
    - Disclose the reasons for people being banned, if the banned person approves of it.
    - Make it against the rules to feature someone without their permission.
    - Abolish the 100 word limit on critiques. Some people like short critiques.
    - Abolish the search limit. We should have the right to see as many deviations as there are by searching.
    - Why isn't there a search box in Favorites? We deserve the right to search other people's favorites.
    - There should be gallery subfolders.
    - And I am sick of seeing journals in Random Deviations. Journals are not art. There should be a separate Random Journal button.
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    :iconladykinadai:
    LadyKinadai Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    - Premium mem transfer = what if your account gets hacked? Then they could easily transfer the mem'ship with no problems.

    - Ban gift art? I think gift art > requests because then it's a surprise and shows that the artist actually wants to draw something for you instead of you asking them what you want. Besides, if it's gift art and you know about it you can also ask what you'd prefer.

    - 100 word limit on critiques. Well, critiques aren't compliments and critiques can easily go over the 100 character limit, which isn't that much in the first place. Most good critiques are well over 100 chars.

    - Search box for favorites = :nod:
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    :iconsonicthemeatball:
    Thanks for the opinions, but no, you can't transfer a premium membership without submitting a Help Desk ticket, and that takes at least two days. By the way, I've started some support groups for my suggestions. (I can't post them on the forum or they would be ridiculed.)
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    :iconladykinadai:
    LadyKinadai Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    No, I mean with what you want; an easier way to transfer without the Help Desk.

    Well, if they're going to be ridiculed perhaps it would be difficult to garner support for your suggestions; the gift art thing isn't something I see that could be supported by other people. Like, I understand groups against racist art or child porn, but gift art doesn't seem like too big of a deal.

    If a person doesn't like gift art, then they should put it on their profile. It takes a second. And what if people actually LIKE gift art, which a majority of them do, banning it would explode the site with complaints. =P
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    :iconsonicthemeatball:
    Thanks for being clear, and about gift art: maybe there's a solution to please everyone. Maybe they could allow a "Notice" widget that says "this artist doesn't like gifts" or something.
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