This week's Site Update is a little different in that we don't have any publicly visible changes. However, it's for a good reason... our Devious Technology, Product, and Product Marketing teams are all at staff retreat! During this retreat, we're discussing every major feature on deviantART, conducting hackathons to clean up and optimize deviantART's code, and working to improve internal tools that will increase developer and staff productivity.
Throughout the week, staff members have been giving talks about various topics. Here's are some of the topics we've been covering.
- DeviantART's search and its future — $mccann, $raincoastchris, $rdonaldson, and drigh
- DeviantART's payment system — $yury-n
- Optimizing databases — $randomduck
- DeviantART's beta testing program — $DEVlANT
- An exciting new secret project we've been working on — $CitizenAim
- XHP and alternatives — $banks
- Using Git effectively — $shadowhand and $Nodren
- PHP unit testing — $muteor and samshull
- Tech ops — $jekor
- Datamining — $allixsenos
deviantART: Online Trust Alliance 2012 Award Receipient
At deviantART, we always strive to keep your user experience safe so you’re provided with an environment in which you’re comfortable to create and grow. As part of our ongoing effort to keep your user experience protected, we’ve been documenting ways to encourage awareness and ensure a safer deviantART — first in April and August of 2011, and again in January of this year.
Now, we're pleased to announce that deviantART has been nominated to the Online Trust Honor Roll for working to make your Internet experience free of malicious activity.
Last week we had a discussion about Profile Page customization. Thanks for all your feedback!
- The additional share buttons were appreciated by most deviants. Some deviants did not like sharing options, but were not aware of the "Discourage Sharing" option, which disables the share buttons.
- Deviants were passionate about customization options on deviantART Profile Pages, many enjoying the current customization options we provide. Some deviants were concerned about pages with a large number of images or other resources.
- Some users would like support the ability to upload .doc, .odt, and similar documents when uploading literature deviations. From Mauser712
What is your favourite way of exploring new art on deviantART? Do you usually browse art by category, or searching for specific topics? Are you inclined to wander through your friends' favourites, or through Group galleries? What ways do you prefer to come across art you like?
Have a suggestion, idea, or feedback? Leave a comment on this article!
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