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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 Nile-Paparazzi

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!

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    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
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    supersonic3225 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional 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! ♥
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