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:
- Personalized browse & search. mccann, raincoastchris, helloandre, spyed
- Geotagging. allixsenos, drigh, samshull, haldron
- Improved commenting and notifications when you or your work has been mentioned. Ayame-Kenoshi, kemayo, KnightAR, jekor
- Rating and sorting popular comments and forum threads. danlev, chris, micahgoulart, inazar
- Crowdsourced cleanup of deviation miscategorizations. Heidi, randomduck, rdonaldson, muteor
- Replying to deviations with another deviations. mattdanna, yury-n, banks, loopstart
- A redesign of the mobile version of the site. shadowhand, Nodren, aMoniker, pachunka
- A deviantMEET and a "nearby deviants" app. kouiskas, drommk, DoubleXposure, wreckling, DEVlANT
- Improving deviantART's slideshow feature. OnlyTheGoodNotes, adahacker, fartprincess, ArtBIT
Discussion during last week's technology presentations. Pictured: kemayo, xraystyle randomduck, banks, chris, KnightAR, helloandre, DEVlANT kouiskas, shadowhand, 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.
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!
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.
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
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!
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