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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.

What's New

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.

Your Feedback

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

Discuss!  Lightbulb

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?

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Distance-Diz Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey I've noticed something strange with the deviation submission process :(, it posts up that date you first uploaded the artwork but then you can change file with the edit option and put a completely different image there.

The thought occurred to me since it does not seem to keep track of edits can't people use that to steal artwork from original artists? The reason why I ask is I have seen this twice now on this site and I am afraid of this becoming a popular fad among thieves.
notepadgirl Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
Love for DA = restored.
Maple-Historian-Avi Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Student Writer
Same..... :squee: i am so proud of them.... for once.
CarmenVeloso Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, I also check out every Daily Deviation.
CarmenVeloso Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Group galleries all the way! Whenever I see a group is not surprising me, I search for another, whether in that group's affiliates or at homepage.
I also watch people who do features I adore.
frappuu Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
i used to browse the front page, but fair exposure has kind of turned me away.... why wasn't it added as an option like the standard popular and newest categories?

somedays i'm in the mood to see a variety, some days i want to see raw popularity, and others i want to see what's new.
Alexandros-Derveron Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's been ages since I really /browsed/ dA, ever since the 1k limit was implemented. Stopped caring about the frontpage since fair exposure and set my profile to my homepage. Sometimes, I check out great artists' favourites to see more awesome stuff without some random limit, but that's rare. I just check the deviations of the artists I'm watching and that's it.
misaki-x Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
I browse art by category, the front page, group galleries and sometimes friends favorites.
AnaNaszynska Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Student Filmographer
I usually browse through Channels, that I set for Architecture Photography, as well as a couple other categories. I also like to lurk through my favorite artists' favorites — I trust they have a good taste in art. I have to think about adding their Favorites or Collection pages to my channels in order to have them all in one place. I don't have the reflex yet. :facepalm:
Miyarin Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What about a :bulletbrown: ?
catluvr2 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like checking out group galleries, and also groups that include in their gallery a DD I really like that is in a gallery I don't generally browse.

Hope that didn't confuse you. In short, I like browsing groups that have a DD in it that I like.
luckynesu Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
We haz share button on profile page? Gotta look for them now...
Mm I usually like to see art from latest front page. I found many unique and talented artists that way (mostly new to DA and haven't discovered groups, haven't got many PV and watchers)
rileylaurent Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Since dA's my homepage, I typically have it set to display most popular art within 24 hours. That usually gives me enough to browse through. =) If I'm looking for something specific, I might go to group galleries or just do a search. But I like not knowing what I'll find, so the front page is still my preferred method.
projectsonic Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012   Writer
I still say that we need an intro sequence for new members lining out easily missed FAQs and how to use the site properly, ESPECIALLY since the namechange system has been made. So new accounts will be much less.
Vanghira Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have only one issue with After you upload the deviation, when you want to edit it, you have to edit it via Is there any way you guys could change it to where only deviations had an option to edit via dA if you wanted? I know it wouldn't work for just "submitted" deviations, but if it opens in, could there be a button for "edit in dA"? I hope that made somewhat some sense. :shrug:
Itti Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I browse the front page and groups. If I'm looking for something specific, I use the search bar (even if that "specific" is only "blue" or something).

Sometimes I use the Discover thing but I don't often think of it.
bokayeh Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Student Photographer
In terms of feedback, I've been meaning to comment for a while. I dislike the new interface, as it:

1) Won't let me edit the title or the description content unless I first click on the category box, even though the little pencil icon in the top-right hand corner activates, and

2) Requires looking for hidden menus to change the image size and disable downloads, which are part of my main workflow when submitting via This really irked me at first, but now I'm getting used to it. It's just a lot easier to forget to change those settings in the new interface.

As for how I find new art, I usually type random keywords and search via category. If I see an amazing :+fav: in someone's gallery I'll follow up; likewise, I adore the front page and often switch between popular within 3 days and a week. Occasionally I do month as well, but that's much more static.

I hope that's of some help, not just annoying. ;) Paris is a great city, hope the retreat goes well and yields amazing results! :D
RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional Photographer
Fav-surfing is a fantastic way to find new art to love. Pick one of your own favourites. Go to the artist who created it and look at their favourites. Choose one, comment on it, then go to the artist who created it and look at their favourites...etc :aww:
catluvr2 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's an awesome way to browse! I suggested something like that a while back, I called it "Collection Connection", and it had a pop-up that would link you to other art that people favorited who also faved that art. Kind of like the "People who bought this also bought" box on store pages.
RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Photographer
I love that idea!
JJmyster22 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
I like to just go on the homepage with settings Newest and pick out my favorites :/ also I like groups
Shiryou666 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yeah, DA front page. Seen one too many nudes, explicit, unnecessary nudes, to use it anymore.
Shiryou666 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I usually take a look at anyone who's favourited work I've done, as it stands to reason they have collected other images I'd like to see, bearing in mind that we have the same interests.
poiru Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Hello there,

As you might know, several galleries in deviantART are plagued with malware packaged in .ZIP and .RAR files. To combat this situation, $Moonbeam13 told us that .ZIP and .RAR extensions will be banned from the Rainmeter gallery (leaving .RMSKIN the only valid format) a few weeks ago. So far, you have done NOTHING. How hard can it be to exclude a few extensions?

A few weeks ago, $chris told me that you use ClamAV to scan uploads. Was he lying? Because it seems that even malware detected by ClamAV is accepted. Even the EICAR test file packaged into a .ZIP is accepted. Seriously guys...

Then there is the MIME sniffing issue with Internet Explorer, which I've reported several times. When downloading .ZIP files with a different extension (e.g. popular formats such as .DOCX used by Microsoft Office or the aforementioned .RMSKIN files such as this) with Internet Explorer, the download is renamed to .ZIP. This is because Internet Explorer uses MIME sniffing. If you look at any other decent host, you will see that they send the X-Content-Type-Options: nosniff HTTP header to avoid this issue. Why can't you do this?
ridekasama Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
through notable groups and friends' watchlists and faves , sorry to say but I don't trust DA frontpage anymore
MagicBunni Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg, how can you tuck "An exciting new secret project we've been working on" in the middle and walk away? :laughing:
haldron Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
MagicBunni Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And walk away... with sunglasses on!
Canvasian Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aside from various groups, I find new art mainly through the browse feature. Which brings me to a feature suggestion: Add Muro search categories! I would love to be able to find good Muro art to watch redraws of more easily. As it is, about the best I can do is enter "Muro" into the search field, which isn't nearly as flexible as it might be if I could search for "dragons" in a Muro > Animals category.
Eclipsica Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012   Traditional Artist
I hope soon my debit card will be accepted at DA so I can finally buy a premium account.

I tend to search for art by genre. However to a certain point, I enjoy stumbling on other art that I wouldn't have been searching for.
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