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
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!
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- 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:
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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