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Thu Feb 23, 2012, 6:16 PM

In our continuous effort to improve the deviantART experience, we're publishing Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes that have been made, including new features and bug fixes. In the "Your Feedback" section, you'll find suggestions and known issues that were brought up by members in the last Site Update.

What's New

Comment Counts Under Thumbnail Images
Two weeks ago, we released comment counts under thumbnail images to Beta Testers. Today, the feature has been rolled out to everyone. We believe that this feature adds more context to the experience of viewing artwork on deviantART.  You'll now find comment counts underneath the thumbnails of deviations -- they can be seen when browsing or searching art, and also display in your Message Center.  We hope this feature will help bring to light the fact that there is a whole world of activity that takes place behind thumbnails.  In some cases, when a thumbnail displays many comments, it can be a trigger to join the discussion.  While in other cases, if a deviation is in need of comments, it can be a call to action for a viewer to provide feedback or encouragement.

Comment Counts Under Thumbnail Images by danlev

Gallery Folders Under Thumbnail Images
When browsing an artist's gallery, the folders that their deviations are categorized under are now listed under the thumbnails, giving viewers more context to their artwork.

Comment Counts Under Thumbnail Images by danlev

"Flip Canvas" Tools in deviantART muro
In deviantART muro, we've added the ability to flip your canvas horizontally or vertically. These two options are located in the "Edit" menu.

Flip Canvas Tools in deviantART muro by danlev
Requested by ^alicexz , added by $mudimba

File and Edit Menus in (Beta Testers Only)
To make managing your easier we've added File and Edit menus into the header of This feature is currently available to Beta Testers. If you have feedback on the feature, please leave it on the #devbug blog.

Premium Members, if you'd like to test this new feature, you can enable Beta Testing in your Settings.

File and Edit Menus in by danlev

Stack Descriptions
In, all members now have the ability to add descriptions to stacks. Write some notes for yourself or write an introductory description before you share a stack with your friends.

Stack Descriptions by danlev


:bulletblue: What's New
  • With its new home right in the top-level Customizations category, the Emoticons category has a brand new structure!
:bug: Bug Fixes
  • Non-Premium Members can now comment on Critiques. Thanks for pointing that out, *WraithldrFixed by $mpsb
  • When you preview comments, Notes, or deviation descriptions, links were not underlined, which made it difficult to distinguish from regular text. Fixed by $mpsb
  • A few members pointed out that the "Recent Activity" dropdown on profiles was not displaying properly in the newest version of Chrome. This has been fixed. Fixed by $mpsb
  • Dates were wrong on some affiliation messages in the group message log, which was pointed out by a few members in recent Site Updates. Fixed by $lendrick
  • Gifting prints through Wishlists was broken for short period. Fixed by $ZombieCoder
  • Changes were made to category structure of emoticons. Fixed by $lendrick
  • The Poll widget had layout issues when configuring it. Fixed by $ZombieCoder
  • The "give" menu button on profile page was not responding to clicks in the newest versions of Chrome. Fixed by $lendrick
  • The highlight feature went awol from the Shoutbox, but now it's back! Fixed by $mpsb
  • Over a period of several hours, some deviations' full views were not always loading. Fixed by $allixsenos
  • Fixed a Fair Exposure bug with the order of results for all-time popular browse results when viewing a single category. Based on a comment by ^pica-ae and Joe-Roberts, fixed by raincoastchris

:bug: Bug Fixes
  • When selecting items with the keyboard, the browser wouldn't scroll to follow the selection. Fixed by $kouiskas
  • When selecting items with using the keyboard, pressing enter now allows you to open the stack or the item. Fixed by $kouiskas
  • The page could break when clicking "Back to" quickly before the stack had enough time to load. Fixed by $adahacker
  • Improved the behavior of the Files tab in Fixed by $adahacker
  • The top menu used to flicker in IE8. Fixed by $adahacker
  • An image in the top menu was causing a mixed HTTP/HTTPS warning when the page was loaded in IE. Fixed by $adahacker
  • Under some circumstances, cancelling the renaming of a stack would have caused an false error message. Fixed by $adahacker
  • The login form was unexpectedly switching background colors throughout the login process. Fixed by $adahacker
  • The short URL fields displayed on thumbs for copy and pasting purposes no longer allow you to accidentally type text into them. Fixed by $adahacker
  • Fixed some display issues when uploading a stack in Chrome and Safari. Fixed by $kouiskas Writer

:bug: Bug Fixes
    • Fixed an IE8 bug that occurred when hovering over the header. Fixed by $Alisey
    • Safari and IE weren't stripping out hidden data when copy and pasting from Microsoft Word. Fixed by $Alisey
    • When pasting markup, it will no longer wrap every single line in a div tag (hopefully!). Fixed by $Alisey
    • Undo didn't work after adding an image. Fixed by $Alisey
    • The Pencil menu on draft thumbs will now give an "edit draft" option. Fixed by $inazar
    • There was a brief Firefox bug when editing old documents. Fixed by $kemayo
    Your Feedback
    • Add pagination to the Journal History widget. From ~Mauser712 
    • Ability to search artwork by color. From *Nightphoenix2
    • Thumbs of tall or wide deviations do not display the artwork well. (We have a surprise coming that should make this a lot better!) From *Talty
    • An analytics tool that can give you more detailed information such as traffic to your deviations and profile, daily stats, and tools to analyze your audience. From =Mary-Jane-Stokely and TimberClipse
    • Journals in Writer can be labeled as "mature content." Some deviants would like to do the same with Journals submitted outside of Writer. From `vsconcepts
    • Publicly display keywords on deviations. This could encourage artist to be smarter with the keywords they add. It would also allow members to click the keywords and explore similar deviations. From ~EnlightenU in the Suggestions Forum
    • Add page numbers to Scraps and Galleries. From ~Mauser712 and ~panictowel
    • When using Writer to compose a Journal, your work is automatically saved to Deviants would like this functionality on Journals submitted outside of, since sometimes it's easy to accidentally leave the page and possibly lose your progress. From `TimberClipse

    :lightbulb:  Discuss These Ideas!
    • Profile URLs becoming We're discussing the possibility of changing profile URLs from the format to Of course the old addresses would automatically send you to the new addresses. There are several technical advantages to making this switch which would speed up browsing and make the site more stable. This would also make it easier for us to offer a "HTTPS Everywhere" security mode. How do you feel about this change?
    • Username changes. We've discussed username changes in our past Site Updates and if you're someone who is interested in the username changes topic, then don't forget to vote on the current deviantART poll: If given the opportunity, would you change your deviantART username?
    Last Week's Discussion

    Last week, we asked for people's feedback on the new Artist Types listed in the new deviantID widget. We'd like to thank you all for providing your feedback and contributing to the conversation. We are taking all the information into account and we are still discussing this matter internally. Thanks!

     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!)

    Add a Comment:
    AlphaPower Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012   General Artist
    kekoaiskandar Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Student Artist
    thanks :)
    David07060 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
    ok i would like that but don't change the name.
    CanineCanvas Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student General Artist
    I discussed about the username change already (I'm all for it!) but I would prefer to keep
    ..Makes me feel special.
    NekoMarik Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    I prefer, as it makes your profile seem more like it belongs to you, like an email address, whereas seems more "borrowed" and temporary, like YouTube accounts.
    Shiazure Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    It'd be useful if you implemented a mass-delete function for deviations, so we wouldn't have to go and delete them one by one.
    AllyneAllyne Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
    I say NO to visible keywords. there are so many distracting buttons, categories, copyrights, "details", statistics, critiques, comments, titles, share links, mood counters(animated and distracting, even!), and more ALL over my deviation pages as is, I really don't want more added to it. If implemented, make visible keywords an optional feature, please.

    My ideal deviation page would be nothing more than image, title, artist, copyright, and comment box.

    That reminds me, I'd love if the mood menu in the comment box could be hidden or optionally disabled completely, because I never ever use it, and it takes up space I could use to compose comments.
    Spielodia Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional
    The thumb updates are awesome! Helps a lot when moving things around the gallery and gives more info without having to click :) Before I wouldn't know if a deviation was already in this or that folder, so I had to check back and forth. And for people who want to give attention t deviations with less comments it's quite useful.
    I think I would like to change usernames. Lots of people make new accounts just because of this, seems such a waste, they end up with 3, 4 accounts. I like my username a lot, but I'm not recognized by it because
    a.I'm not popular and
    b.I tend to use a different nickname everywhere, which confuses people, and I want to to fix that. This account is already my third, and I also have a fourth.
    I'm not saying I would change for sure, still don't know, but I'd certainly consider.
    zzdevi Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
    The username should be different from the login name and email. This will help to guard against breaking in to someone's account by simply guessing the password. The attacker doesn't know the login name either.
    A deviant would have a publicly known name and a login name only he or she knows.
    There should also be strong-password standards, automatically enforced at password selection time.
    teamhooliganfangirl Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    I think that, for an idea, ypu should allow a button for all deviants to veiw all of the Journal Entries they've made--I visit my old Journal Entires fairly often, (to look at old RP's and conversations and such) and it's a task to have to flip thru the pages of Journal Entries I've made. I think that it would just be easier for everyone if we could click a button and get all of our Journal Entries within one page.

    Just a suggestion, and I would be very grateful if you went through with it! Thank you for listening.
    AnansiOneiros Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
    Pretty good changes.

    I too am in favor of the change, it not only helps one to integrate into this art community but it also makes an artist seem more professional, in a way.
    steffne Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Artist
    I also forgot to mention the feature that shows on a deviation's page "show more from this artist" pulls images from any part of your gallery regardless of whether it's hidden from your featured section. I don't particularly want to scrap all my older works, so I think it'd be nicer to at least have some options to choose what images it can select from :)
    In-Dreams-We-Lie Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
    I second this opinion
    ShadedMask Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012

    Posting thumbnail images in comments don't seem to be working.
    KiyaLina1 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012   General Artist
    :D :) [link]
    deviantART muro drawing Comment Drawing
    KiyaLina1 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012   General Artist
    :) good lads!
    deviantART muro drawing Comment Drawing
    L1701E Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
    As for suggestions, I myself happen to have a couple.

    One, I would like a modification for the way to submit writing. I would like it if it was possible to submit written works in the form of Microsoft Word documents (.doc), OpenOffice documents (.odt), or even in the form of Rich Text format (.rtf). Last time I tried to submit something in writing, it told me I had to do as a webpage or a plain text piece, and it was very inconvenient. I had to submit my writing as a regular text piece, and re-do all the bold and italics in it.

    A second suggestion I have is for the folders in galleries and favorites. I would like the ability to, in essence, create folders within folders. For example, in my favorites area, I have a lot of comic book fan art, and it's in its own folder, "Comics". I wished I had the ability to create sub-folders within that folder for various companies and crossovers.

    I would be very happy if you could do those things.
    Musou-Enrai Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist
    Hey, I've noticed the comments counter today. Wasn't sure if it was new. ^^; Nice! :thumbsup:
    Please please please let us have option to disable comment count! It's discouraging to see that most of my works have less than 20 comment and half of it is mine

    And after it's been going on for a while i don't think it's effective in actually increasing the comments!
    Getaro Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    Just wanted to tell you how much I love!!
    I have a bad internet connection most of the time. When I don' I can upload anything to the And then I can put it up in my gallery and take my time and everything and I can even do it when my internet has a bad connection!
    So thanks!
    danlev Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
    Glad to hear! :D
    mene Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012   Traditional Artist
    I prefer the current url format , but https everywhere sounds good too! So if that would happen I'd vote for the new format.
    phamhuudu Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
    Iceveyns Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    If the new url,, idea is going to make deviantART safer and faster, and the old links redirecting to the new ones, then why not! Go for it~

    I voted ''yes'' on the deviantART poll on being able to change our username. This is a feature, like I said somewhere in the many comments of the poll, that I have been hoping to see for a long time. I would finally be able to change my username to something more professional without having to restart to zero! It would make most people here happy! And I would love deviantART forever. :dalove:
    Crazy-Sparkles Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    I have another suggestion:
    :bulletpurple: Have Group favorites work like deviant favorites
    Meaning that groups can add deviations to their favorites without needing permission from the deviant owner

    As the owner of a group that showcases stock images, nothing is more frustrating than wanting to add a deviation to the gallery from a user that is inactive or has left the site (but has left their stock up for people to use). I thought I could get around this problem by adding the deviations that had their permissions expired to the group favorites instead. WRONG. You still need permission to add deviations to a Groups's favorites.

    That really doesn't make sense to me. I understand why there are permissions in the first place, so that people can control what groups their deviations are displayed in, but favorites too? What exactly is the point of a group having favorites then? If a group likes something, they're going to add it to their gallery, not favorite it. The only reason for favorites to exist for Groups is the reason, or something of the like, that I have pointed out above. Correct me if I wrong.

    But, nonetheless, it would really be nice if you didn't need permission to add stuff to a group's favorites. If you're still worried about permissions, maybe instead of needing permission before the deviation is displayed, it could notify the deviant that their image was favorited by a group and have them "agree" or "disagree" with it. If they agree with it, it would stay in the group favorites. If they disagreed, it would be removed from the group favorites. :shrug:
    danlev Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
    Favourites are automatically approved into Groups, unless your privilege level requires voting by other members of the grou. This is configurable through Group settings. The artist, however, does not need to accept anything.
    Crazy-Sparkles Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    Huh. That's very interesting. It must have been a glitch because it's working now! :eager: Thanks so much for replying! Otherwise I wouldn't have tried it again! :w00t:
    ngangabu Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Artist
    its good....nice upgrade
    madmandan1000 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    I think it might work but it's already good I don't think anyone really hates the old design.
    steffne Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Artist
    I've noticed that extra stats have been added on the pageview counter on your page, such as watchers has been added- I think deviation views should be added too. I see deviation views as a higher importance than pageviews because it shows how much exposure your artworks received :)
    Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
    I have an idea about the splinter menu at the top of the browser window!

    I'm a group contributor but I'm hardly active in my groups because I never see what activity is going on in the splinter menu. The Group Messages button should be up there with the messages, notes, deviations, etc. so that I can see what other activity is going on. Or at least have the option of having it up there or not

    I'm rather surprised it's separated from the rest of my notifications.
    aelthwyn Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
    I would reeeeeeeally like this as well. A lot of times I log in and get distracted checking my personal notes and comments while forgetting I need to check my group messages. If they were displayed at the top with the other notifications I wouldn't be so likely to forget, and I know my group members would be very greatful!
    BatmanWithBunnyEars Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012   General Artist
    I don't like the comment counts. When I post something, I don't want anyone's choice to click on it to be swayed by seeing that nobody else has commented yet, or that a bunch of people have already commented.
    kf19 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
    dude, the comments count under deviations is soo gaaayy
    danlev Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
    Gay? What do you mean?
    kf19 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
    just some disagree word from gag site :P
    the comments count under deviation is not cool man. Some people might cancelling the click to our deviation just because it lack of comments
    ilikedrawingstuffs Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
    I'm not sure if this has happened to anyone else,but when I tried to edit the description of a deviation,at times it tend to scroll back up when I click on the Submit button,and it never does upload with the edited description.Could it be a possible bug?
    danlev Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
    Oh, you're right! That is strange. I'll look into it.
    ilikedrawingstuffs Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
    Thank you very much!
    danlev Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
    Our team is currently fixing this issue. Thanks for bringing it up! :)
    ilikedrawingstuffs Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
    Sure thing. :>
    Nall608 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
    Well that's cool I guess.
    Tae1234 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
    Something I honestly think would be a great addition to DeviantArt, would to allow us to place small illustrations inside of a story while we write.
    For Example:
    " word, word word word word "
    next paragraph: picture
    *continues to write*

    Oh, and one more thing. What if instead of having a really long page for a story on a deviation, how about you add a feature where we can a cover page, and the ability change pages when it gets to a certain length.
    rlw427 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional Artist
    allow premeium memberships to be free
    Fabulous-Marth Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
    how would this site make money then? :|
    icytemporalist Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    I'd just like to mention that since starting at Uni, I've found that the computers here have neither the latest version of Firefox or MIE, and I'm now seeing the banner asking me to update the browser. I understand it's effect, but since I have no controll over what software the Uni uses, how likely would it be that (in cases such as these) the banners -could- be removed?
    doaler4 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Student Artist
    :iconpreyplz::iconpreyplz::iconpreyplz::iconpreyplz::iconpreyplz::iconpreyplz::iconpreyplz: BRING BACK THE OLD DEVINT ART!
    awesome8x Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    I think you meant "pray"... Prey is an animal hunted by a predator.
    doaler4 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Student Artist
    Rage-o-rama Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
    I know I'd already commented before on this, but I implore the DA staff to add a typing ability in DA muro because it would make life SO much easier for people who write comics (aka me and probably a lot of other people)
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