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In this week's Site Update, we don't have any publicly visible changes, as our Devious Technology (dT), Product, and Product Marketing teams are all still at a staff retreat!

At the beginning of the week, the dT team worked on improving our internal development tools to increase efficiency.  Then, on Wednesday, we let any staff members at the retreat pitch fun and exciting ideas for deviantART features that could be built in two days. After each feature idea was pitched, everyone from dT chose which projects they'd like to work on. Throughout the year, engineers primarily work on projects that are assigned to them, so sometimes it's important to turn the tables and let them choose projects in which they're most passionate and excited about.

The purpose of these two-day "hackathons" is to build and demonstrate a proofs of concept — they're not meant to be fully finished features that are ready to be launched. These are meant to be an exploration and a starting point for possible future features. The work we do in exploring and building proofs of concepts can be used in the future.

The projects that were selected by dT include exploration in topics about:

DT Discussions by micahgoulart
Discussion during last week's technology presentations. Pictured: kemayo, xraystyle randomduck, banks, chris, KnightAR, helloandre, DEVlANT kouiskasshadowhand, Nodren. Photo by micahgoulart

After losing Internet connection, the dT team went outside to divide up into groups to work on projects that improved our internal tools. Photo by danlev.

Hackathon Presentations by micahgoulart
$kouiskas and $aMoniker presenting their work on PhantomJS and QUnit tests. Photo by micahgoulart.

Da Breadlands 2012 By Knightar-web by micahgoulart
Photo by KnightAR, editing by micahgoulart.

Offsite location France by DoubleXposure Planet Breadlands by ArtBIT Breadlands 2012 by micahgoulart 

Untitled by loopstart Untitled by loopstart Offsite Brainstorming by DoubleXposure Untitled by KnightAR

What's New

Paris deviantMEET Recap, London Coming Soon!

This past weekend, deviantART teamed up with DeviantMEET-Paris to host a deviantMEET that ultimately yielded over 250 deviant attendees!

Paris Official devMEET 2012 by Yousry-Aref

London deviantMEET: June 30
On June 30, 2012, we'll be having another deviantMEET in London, England! We're headed to Hyde Park to meet and mingle with local deviants, and we want to see you!

DeviantART is applying to manage a new Top Level Domain called .art

Top Level Domain (TLD) is the technical name for ".com," ".net," ".org," or ".fr" and the worldwide organization that controls the issuance of TLDs is called ICANN, short for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.  Some time ago, ICANN announced that it would accept applications for new TLDs and deviantART quickly realized that someone would try to nab .art.

DeviantART is committed to have the .art TLD in the hands of representatives of the arts; people who know something about the Internet and the way art is presented and enabled by the Internet.  Nobody has more experience with this than the deviantART community that we are all building, participating in, and sharing with each other every day.

Your Feedback

Thanks for the feedback you left for us last week! It was nice to hear about how you discover art. Here's what many of you had to say:

  • Group galleries were the most popularly mentioned means of discovering new art, though browsing friends' favorites and search were also highly mentioned among those who commented.
  • Some users would like an updated/more detailed stats system. From TarynNefdt
:lightbulb: Discuss!

We'd love to hear your thoughts about the .art Top Level Domain that we mentioned above. Please join in the discussion on the article!

 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!)

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    Chiko-Miyuka Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016  Student
    delibal Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
    am i too late :?
    danlev Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015
    You are 3 and a half years too late. :(
    delibal Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
    No prob :) (Smile)  Thanks for reply.
    SandyMahesa Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Student Interface Designer
    so cool 
    Arisssssss Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    AditRafi Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
    Nice deviantMeet :D :D
    Krazzulimaii Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    I'm just thinking, is it at all possible to have mature tags inside of the print section of deviantart as well? It makes no sense to have an inconsistent system, and some may not want mature items displayed with no tag
    akumahunter111 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    coolest thing ive seen all day
    tobiroxall Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
    rely coolToo Cool! Wolf by the Ears Grey Kit-Bye -friendly #006: Charizard Problem?
    tobiroxall Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
    Utsukushii-Kirei Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    HINATAGOTHIQUE Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
    YanixDraw Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    boxeggsfish Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    need you me so Looks like you need will low in go some now everything.
    supersonic3225 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
    Looks like you need money. Maybe I can help just tell me how much you need.
    Yamuii Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    I was thinking of an app for deviantart?
    And maybe, since this is an art site, being able to change your page more, like..
    To make it personal and express yourself ^^
    I find it a bit odd that we can't really change our page even tought this is an art site c:
    Would be awesome if we could! ♥
    Dragon-Dudette Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    I'd like to see a tagging feature like there is on Facebook--i.e. if someone "tags" you (:tagdragon-dudette:)you in a journal or comment of some kind, you get a little notification saying so.
    BornLegandary Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    Is it possible for stash to have a mobile interface, or even app? Not everyone can access stash on a computer and we may have stories on the go
    KarolHofman Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    Can we get a message archive? I really would like to have access to messages that appeared in my message box. Sometimes you accidentally click on something and you can't get back to see what it was :( I think that it wouldn't be a problem to create such database.

    Sometimes connection breaks and when it returns, the clicked "x" goes mad and deletes everything below without us having chance to see what was deleted. Can you do something like that? The database could be at least 7 days back.
    KaizokuShojo Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012   Traditional Artist
    I have a bug, but when I submitted it, it showed no ticket, and I've gotten no replies concerning it. So I'm posting it here so I KNOW someone at least sees it...

    On my page here: [link] there is a journal. It's called "Status Journal." You can see it clearly, but don't click on it. Look at it instead just on my main page. See the buttons near the top of it? They say, "Commissions My Gallery About Me Prints Fanfiction.Net YouTube."
    There's a problem with them, and the problem only seems to have come about since the last journal update (you know, the one that gives journals a pencil menu. I don't know why that would affect this, but it seems to have done such.)
    If I click my Commissions button, instead of going to my commission stamp with information on such, it takes me to.............the journal. :| DESPITE the fact that if you hover your mouse over the button, it lists the correct URL that it is SUPPOSED to take you to. But it doesn't. The next button, my gallery, takes you gallery. As it should. I do not know why this one works when the others don't. Clicking "about me" takes me to...the journal. Again. :| Here lies two quite annoying and potentially 'damaging' problems so far. If people are directed away from my commission info instead of to it, I may lose that job. If people are directed away from my actual "about me" page and to the status journal, they may think that's what was supposed to happen, when in fact it certainly isn't.

    Moving on...
    The Prints button works. The link works. The Youtube link works. And I'll have it noted that IF you visit the journal, instead of clicking from the main page (where, you'll notice, the pencil menu addition is located) the 'broken buttons' will direct you to the right location. So this very annoying and disruptive bug may very well be caused by the update. But I'd like it looked into, please? The buttons are very useful to me...
    haldron Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
    Hello. :)

    I have checked with the customer service department regarding your ticket, it was responded to and marked as resolved.

    You can find your resolved requests at [link]

    Hopefully that will help clear things up. :)
    KaizokuShojo Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012   Traditional Artist
    Thanks for the reply. :)
    Whatever happened to having tickets in our inbox regarding our help desk reports? :?
    haldron Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
    You should have received a notice via email and in your message center about an update to your Help Desk ticket. :)

    I'll check on that independently to make sure that it's functioning properly.
    KaizokuShojo Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012   Traditional Artist
    I didn't, for the past two. :/ Hence my confusion.

    Thank you. :)
    bcbdrums Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
    slightly relevant comment here... i haven't gotten replies on my recent messages to the help desk or bug reports either. perhaps there is some glitch with those and the bug reports aren't even going through? it's always possible. just thought i'd add that in... y'all might check that out as well.
    haldron Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
    Hello. :) Do you know about when you submitted your last Help Desk ticket? I can check with the customer service department to see if that was received properly.

    Thank you!
    bcbdrums Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
    thanks for replying! actually i just figured out the new "support" system (i've been busy for a few weeks, hadn't caught up ^^;) and i found a reply there i was looking for. :) and i'm off to re-report a bug to #devBUG now that was from some months back that i didn't get a reply for. :( and report a couple of new ones...
    DianaGrigore Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
    Wonderful plans going on. Keep up the good work!^^
    twistedwinds Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
    Thanks for the updates guys. And good luck with all your plans.. that are in motion.
    ValaPocho Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
    Im from Mexico too u_u
    Ill go some day :o
    BeMyLiberty Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
    Something I'd like to suggest would be the option to enable the favorite option on the deviations and journals. Sometimes people don't want to get favs on a certain picture or journal entry.
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