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Table of Contents


1. Miscellaneous vs Other
2. Attacking the Artist
3. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations
4. Community Projects
5. Official Contests
6  Project Educate 2011/2012
7. Art History Project
8. News from the Chats and Forums
9. News from the Galleries



1. Miscellaneous vs Other


Over the past few months, we've been diligently working on cleaning up the category tree of old and unused categories.  While most of this will go unnoticed by the community, what you will notice is the change from "Miscellaneous" galleries to "Other".  The reason for this change is simple.  The concept of Miscellaneous leads one to believe that it's a junk drawer category for everything under the sun when the intention was to be an "Other" category for deviations that don't fit well in other sub-categories of the tree.  We're also working on updating the categories with better and more concise descriptions.

2. Attacking the Artist


I seem to go over this particular point in various ways many times over and it's very likely the people needing to be reading this response, aren't the ones reading this newsletter regularly. However, let it not be said that I don't respond.  Daily deviation selections are done by a group of people I have selected. Some are volunteers and some are paid staff and they were selected by me because I trust their opinions and value their eye and I regard them as community leaders. However, they are human and sometimes mistakes are made. We routinely use image comparison tools to avoid copyright issues but even that isn't fool proof and when a stolen image is discovered it's dealt with almost immediately. The truth of the matter is, you will not love every Daily Deviation selected. However, instantly flaming the artist or the selector has got to be one of the most confusing and frustrating practices I'm witness to on deviantART.

A similar situation seems to occur with contest & challenge semi-finalist and winners announcements. A grave misconception is that all contests are judged by the same people.  Allow me to clear up that myth.  Each contest is assigned a panel of judges whose expertise fit with the nature of the contest or challenge.

While, I appreciate your passion in communicating your disagreement with anything to do with the site, flaming an artist on their deviation is both rude and misplaced anger. In both situations, the artist has no control over their image being selected and it's demoralizing to have your piece ripped to shreds because a third-party decided to put you in the spotlight. Receiving a Daily Deviation or winning a contest can be both a blessing and a curse for the artist and that's unfortunate.

Should you feel the need to share your discontent in regards to DD selections or Contest/Challenge winners, please feel free to communicate it with me.  On occasion, the community has alerted me to non-qualifying selections and we've rectified the situation and I've also had great conversations with people.  I am not inviting you to swear profusely in my general direction, however, if you're choosing to spew venom at the artist or at me, please email it to me moonbeam13@deviantart.com and leave the artist alone.

I love the community at deviantART and I've been a part of it for many years. I've felt the outpouring of support and encouragement over those years and I don't believe that the "bullies" speak for the majority.  Unfortunately, they do mar the general awesomeness that is our community and it's time to really sit and think about how we communicate and interact with each other in our virtual world.  It's very easy to forget there are people at the end of the screen and it's super easy to unleash the beast within, without immediately feeling or seeing the ramifications of hurt feelings or anger you've incited in someone else, as a result.

Last Friday we celebrated Spirit Day and we dressed up in purple and roared against bullying but now we have to put that into practice and it starts with every single one of us.  Bullying starts and ends with us.  So, let's try and treat people kinder, let's take a minute before responding with vile words and attacks because our feelings are hurt and try to break this cycle.  If you are a victim of bullying at deviantART or see someone who seems to be bullying someone else, feel free to note or email me about it. I'm happy to help you use the tools available to stop the cycle and enjoy deviantART the way it should be enjoyed.

Pass it along.

3. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations


If you're interested in learning more about being a volunteer on deviantART please read FAQ #85: Can I be a volunteer on DeviantArt?

To see current openings on the Community Relations volunteer team please check this journal. If there isn't a spot open please consider helping out from within the community.  Read How to be a guiding light and shining example by RockstarVanity and So you Want to be a CV by Thiefoworld

4. Community Projects


:community:
:omg: Want to show your devious pride and get involved in ongoing Community Projects? Check out some of these!


5. Official Contests



All "official" contests will begin at midnight PST on the start date and end at 11:59 PST on the end date. This applies to all Community Relations run contests and all deviantART sponsored contests.

The ":flagus:" icon marks US Only contests

:bulletpink: Upgrade Your Space Contest - Deadline October 25, 2012
:bulletpink: Anthro Challenge - Wrong Potion - Deadline October 31, 2012
:bulletpink: Merrell Diorama Contest - Deadline October 31, 2012
:bulletpink: devID Spooky Make-up Contest - Deadline October 31, 2012
:bulletpink: Capture Your Pumpkin Contest - Deadline November 5, 2012
:bulletpink: Creatures of the Night Stock and Resources Contest - Deadline November 6, 2012
:bulletpink: Seasonal Portraiture - Deadline November 30, 2012

:wizardhat: Halloween Contests :wizardhat:

:pumpkin: Anthro Challenge - Wrong Potion
:pumpkin: Capture YOUR Pumpkin
:pumpkin: Creatures of the Night Stock & Resources Contest
:pumpkin: Halloween Contests: Find One Here!
:pumpkin: devID Spooky Make-up Contest
:pumpkin: Halloweenie Contest
:pumpkin: Dante's Inferno
:pumpkin: Photomanip Tutorial Challenge
:pumpkin: dAMonsters

6. Project Educate 2011/2012


Current: Photomanipulation Workshop Month (ends October 29th)
Next Week Horror and Macabre Photography

The Project Educate Schedule.

7. Art History Project


:bulletpurple: Art History - Digital Art Features
:bulletpurple: Digital Art - Why It's so important
:bulletpurple: Digital Art Critique Night Events
:bulletpurple: Digital Art vs Traditional Art




8. News from the Chats and Forums


:bulletgreen: Forum Events Calendar
:bulletgreen: Chat Events Calendar
:bulletgreen: September's Forum Feature : Difference
:bulletgreen: October's Forum Feature : Contrast - Submit your piece now!
:bulletgreen: Muro Challenge #4 - Winner!
:bulletgreen: Chat Tutorial #5 - Joining Chatrooms
:bulletgreen: Chat Tutorial #6 - All the small commands
:bulletgreen: Chat Tutorial #7 - Tabbing - What is that and how?
:bulletgreen: Forum Tutorial #1 - Posting a thread
:bulletgreen: Forum Tutorial #2 - Promoting your Chatroom!
:bulletgreen: Monthly Photography Critique Forum



9.  News from the Galleries


:bulletblue: Anthro

:bulletblue: Artisan Crafts

:bulletblue: Body Art & Modification

:bulletblue: Comics & Cartoons

:bulletblue: Community Projects

:bulletblue: Customization
:bulletgreen: Digital Dolls
:bulletgreen: Emoticons

:bulletblue: Designs & Interfaces
:bulletgreen: Game Development Art

:bulletblue: deviantART Related

:bulletblue: Digital Art
:bulletgreen: 3-Dimensional
:bulletgreen: Fractal
:bulletgreen: Photomanipulation
:bulletgreen: Pixel Art
:bulletgreen: Vector
:bulletgreen: Vexel- September DDs

:bulletblue: Fan Art

:bulletblue: Literature

:bulletblue: Photography
:bulletgreen: Abstract & Surreal
:bulletgreen: Conceptual
:bulletgreen: Animals, Plants & Nature
:bulletgreen: Artistic Nude
:bulletgreen: Darkroom
:bulletgreen: Fashion Photography
:bulletgreen: Fetish Photography
:bulletgreen: Horror & Macabre
:bulletgreen: Photojournalism
:bulletgreen: Pin-Up & Glamour
:bulletgreen: People & Portraits
:bulletgreen: Still Life Photography
:bulletgreen: Street Photography

:bulletblue: Resources & Stock Images

:bulletblue: Street Art & Graffiti

:bulletblue: Text Art & Typography

:bulletblue: Traditional Art




The Community Relations department exists to encourage, facilitate and develop the relationship with our deviantART community.  Our goal is to nurture our community by encouraging, stimulating artists to create, collaborate, and participate in a friendly, safe, and supportive artistic environment.  Watch communityrelations for up to date news and to learn how you can get involved in projects and events!

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Bi-Monthly Newsletter from the Community Relations team.
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Daily Deviations Update

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 13, 2012, 7:55 AM


Happy Monday Morning  :dance:

I started this morning by signing something "Moonbam13" so either this typo means I need more coffee, or this week is going to be BAMTASTIC!

I'm rooting for the latter ;)

I wanted to post a quick update on changes to Daily Deviations.  It is important to note that these changes have not been hard-coded so my team is manually following these new guidelines.  This means that errors can and likely will occur until the coding is complete, your patience and understanding is appreciated :)  

The following guideline changes are in effect:

:bulletred: The 3-month rule is now the 6-month rule, meaning that it must be at least 6-months since the last time an artist received a daily deviation. (This was an overwhelmingly popular suggestion from the community and I agree, it's a good one!)

:bulletred:  Daily deviation selectors may only select one daily deviation per day maximum. This has been put in place to focus on Quality vs Quantity.  

 It is the hope that these changes, along with internal changes, will help to ensure that the selections will better reflect the variety and talent that can be found in our community.

Your feedback and suggestions are always welcome, so feel free in the comments below or shoot me a note :)

Thank you!
:heart:



CSS Design and coding by Ikue; Avatar by snowmask ;devID by fourteenthstar
Information about updates to Daily Deviation guidelines.
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deviantART muro Brushes Are Now Free!

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 1:05 PM


deviantART muro, our cutting edge in-browser drawing tool, offers a variety of different brushes for use in creating digital paintings. In the past, we've offered some brushes for free, and others as part of premium brush packs. We're happy to announce that all current brushes are now available for free!


We want to make deviantART muro a powerful artistic application for you to use, and part of that is giving you the tools to create powerful, dynamic pieces of art with the application. With access to more brushes, you'll have even more opportunity to further express yourself artistically. And best of all, it continues to be a completely free experience, powered by your Sta.sh. This builds on our initial introduction of Redraw functionality, giving you the ability to watch recordings of artistic progress and unlock and learn from artist's individual processes.

Deviations created with deviantART muro

Muro  4-My Grandpa by johnpaulthornton OctoPractice for MTV Geek by draweverywhere Sancho and Spyed by mudimba It's wonderful it's coming (Muro) by nuevemonos bettas and flowers in muro by loish Muro test by orenjikao

Thank you for your support
 

We greatly appreciate all deviants who supported deviantART muro in its early days by purchasing our premium brush packs.  Without that support, we wouldn't have been able to continue improving deviantART muro for the benefit of the deviantART community as a whole. As a thank you, we've awarded all previous brush pack purchasers with an exclusive "Brush Lover" Profile Page badge.  Again, thank you for your support.

Unlock your artistic talent today
 




deviantART muro, our cutting edge in-browser drawing tool, offers a variety of different brushes for use in creating digital paintings. In the past, we've offered some brushes for free, and others as part of premium brush packs. We're happy to announce that all current brushes are now available for free!
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Holding a 3,000 point give-away!

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 1, 2012, 12:26 AM
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Eeyrie
New member | Hobbyist Digital Artist






Comment Skin


That's right guys! I'm holding a 3,000:points: give-away!! :'D

Prize list:

1. 2,000 + 2 customs
2. 500 + 1 custom
3. 500 + 1 custom

I will be choosing the winners using Random.org to generate random numbers ;v;

How to enter:

To get one number:
:bulletblack: Make a journal about this give-away and post a link to it in the comments~

To get two numbers: (This does not mean you get three numbers overall, you can only get 2 numbers max)
:bulletblack: Also be a watcher of mine!!

To get five numbers:
:bulletblack: Become a member of my group :iconnautical-adopts: :'D
/edit/ This group quality controlled and for adoptables, please do not be offended if you are declined!!

I'm taking this off for getting extra numbers as none of you seem to be reading the rules of the group at all :I

I will be keeping track of all the numbers on a word document ;v;

This will close on the 23rd of November, the day after my last exam, please enter! ;v;


This is now closed, I will be choosing the winners later today. Please do not leave any more comments with links to your journals as I will not be taking them down




(づ。◕‿‿◕。)づ I'm gonna fuck you up with my kawaii

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Publish a Journal to Multiple Places!

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 3:10 PM


New! Post to multiple places!


Since the release of Sta.sh and Sta.sh Writer, there's been one feature in particular that we've been itching to release, and we're happy to announce that it's ready!  Sta.sh Writer now allows for publication to multiple outlets, including your Gallery, Journal, or Group Journals.

How does it work?


1. Head to Sta.sh Writer and begin writing your entry.

2. Choose a skin for your Group from the right hand panel.

Screen shot 2011-12-05 at 8.28.50 PM by Ayame-Kenoshi


3. When you're ready to publish, choose any combination of your Journal, the Journal Portal (browseable by all deviants), and your Groups of which you are in an administrative class.




These options are perfect for those who may want to post the same message to their personal Journal and one or more of their Groups.

:megaphone: Keep in mind!

Submitters, be sure that you have the appropriate privileges to post Journals and/or deviations to the Group.

Group leaders, be sure to check the Group messages of your message center to approve any pending entries.

If your entry is submitted to more than one Group, only you will be able to edit it.

When submitting to a Group, you must also submit to your personal Journal.


And this isn't just for Journals. You can submit a literature piece or image to your personal Gallery and Group Gallery simultaneously!

What about skins?


For the first time ever, a skinned entry can be added to a Group without having Super Group status. How, you ask? Read on! :eager:

Whereas before you needed a Super Group to utilize skinning options, this ability has now been granted to Premium Members

So, when a Premium Member submits a Journal to a Group using Sta.sh Writer, they'll be able to publish with a skin, even if they are posting to a basic Group. Please note that this option is only available by using Sta.sh Writer.

Group administrators, we encourage you to fire up your recruiting engines, and be on the lookout for new members, especially Premium Members. :la:

Try it out!


These features, previously not possible, we hope will make life easier for deviants.  As always, we want your feedback!  Try it out, and let us know what you think.  As you saw in our #hq Journal, we're reading, listening, and taking all bugs and suggestions to our Product team.  With your feedback, we can make this product even better!
 

Funnyornot by Ayame-Kenoshi


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Welcome



Please take a minute and consider faving this journal as well as commenting on it with any suggestions you might have! This will help us improve and be found by more deviants!



During posting, we found that we exceeded the maximum length for the Journals. Because of that we have been forced to split the blog into 5 parts (yes really). In order for us to become noticed, please ONLY fave and comment on this journal. Navigation for the next article is on the bottom of this page.

Hello Everyone!
I would like to welcome you all to the first edition of the devNEWS Bi-Monthly Article! We are happy to release this amazing new skin created for us by GillianIvy Please consider commissioning GillianIvy, she has an ad below for an etsy shop that includes a discount! (Everyone should go and send her lots of love!)

In addition, we wanted to kick this month off with a bang! So, we have a deviant of the month, a contest, lots of news, as well as room for improvement based on your suggestions! So here we go!


Orientation


We know this article may look a little confusing at first, so we wanted to orient you. In all honesty this is the simplest it has EVER been for our readers, and our contributors! We made it much more like a news article.

Here's a few steps to get you started!
1. Articles are categorized below. Find a category you are interested in!
2. You will see a number of thumbs and icons. The icons are the devNEWS writers who collected the news item!
3. Select one of the thumbs or the "Read More" button to go to the article!
4. Then keep searching for more! That's It!


Contest January 15 - January 31



We want to open this to as many deviants as possible. Therefore, the contest is open to every submission, every category, every theme. We will pick three winners in three categories:

    Best Overall | Best Idea | Funniest


The contributors of devNEWS will select these three winners!

Rules


- One submission per member
- Deviations must mention the contest or devNEWS in their artist comments
- Must be a member of deviantART and devNEWS. Membership to both is free.
- You must own the rights to all your work. Stock must be given proper credit.
- To submit, upload to deviantART and submit to this category: devnews.deviantart.com/favouri…
- You must be 13 or older
- Your submission must abide by deviantART Submission Policies
- Your submission may be in any theme, format, or idea that deviantART allows
- devNEWS Contributors will be judges
- devNEWS Contributors will vote for which deviation goes into which category
- devNEWS Contributors may enter, but may not win
- Deadline January 31, 11:59:59 PM PDT
- Rules subject to change For most up to date rules, please see: devnews.deviantart.com/blog/22…

Prizes


All Three Places will be featured in an article by devNEWS (written by GillianIvy)

Best Overall will receive: 6 Month Premium Membership

Best Idea and Funniest will receive: 3 Month Premium Membership
Points will come from DevNews-Points Please Consider Donating to help support future contests :ahoy:


Deviant of the Month



We at DevNews choose 1 deviant from the community. This deviant just has to be an outstanding deviant in the community, someone who cares about others and the community! Someone we identify as a leader in the community. This deviant can be anyone, anywhere on dA.

This month, we would like to award it to someone we believe is an outstanding deviant in the community!



iLantiis is well known around the community for her hard work in deviantHEART and her most recent project, the dAWishingWell, which aims at granting wishes of deviants around the world. Congratulations!


2 Amazing Community Projects



We wanted to take a moment and support two amazing community projects. All the details are in the news articles!
100 Premium Memberships; 63,600 points!I am looking to collect 63,600 points by 25 December 2012!
I am raising 63,600 points to give 100 3-month premium memberships on Christmas Day of 2012, to give a little something back to deviants who give a lot to the community. I cannot do this alone.
How do you donate?
To donate to this cause, go to winehaus's page and click "Donate" on the donation pool, or go to the "Give" drop-down menu at the top-right of the page and select "Give Points." No matter which way you give, I still get them! :happybounce:
How else can you help besides donating?
To further help the cause, please favourite this news article and feature it in your next journal, poll, and send it to your friends! It will really mean a lot to the future recipients and myself. It doesn't matter how many watchers you have, but I need your help for this to be known to everyone site-wide!
You can also show your support with this stamp!

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UPDATES CONT. - Warm Winter Project: 2012UPDATE 9 - As of Sunday, November 25, 2012, I WAS ABLE TO MEET AND PURCHASE MY DONATION GOAL OF 50 HOODIES thanks to deviantART's 30% off Black Friday sale as well as my 10% Premium Member Discount. Congratulations to us and thank you to everyone who helped out!
UPDATE 8 - As of Saturday, November 17, 2012, we are at 125,125 points, with only 34,875 points left to go! I was able to purchase 2,000 points a moment ago to put directly into the pool myself. My original intent was to get 8,000, but I ended up working less than I expected this week and was unable to, but as of my next paycheck (in two weeks), I will be able to purchase 8,000! That will leave us with 26,875. And after TimberClipse's AWESOME point doubler, like the one that helped out and did so amazingly earlier in the year, that will be another 8,000, leaving us with only 18,875! And his doubler is already halfway full with much thanks to rainylake for immediately putting 2,000 points in


Both winehaus and ToxicAlice92 are amazing deviants doing amazing projects. Please take a look!


deviantART HQ News












Read on in the next page listed in the Artist Comments!







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In our continuous effort to improve the deviantART experience, we're publishing weekly Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.

What's New


Thumbnail Size Testing, Part 2 (Beta Testers)

In addition to the feedback we gathered from Beta Testers on the size testing tool, this week we're continuing our research by implementing a test that randomly assigns Beta Testers a different size for viewing thumbnails. 


The New Sta.sh Comments

We've upgraded Sta.sh comments, allowing you to easily add formatting and media to comments. You can now pull in images to your comments and then draw on those images using deviantART muro! This new feature, powered by Sta.sh Writer, makes collaboration in Sta.sh even better!


Screen Shot 2012-11-16 at 10.23.26 AM by $danlev

Change Log

  • The "Add Comment" button would disappear when replying to comments on a deviation. Fixed by shadowhand
  • The Group Info button on some Groups pages was briefly not prompting the info to appear. Fixed by Nodren
  • When creating a new forum thread, the preview button was not working. Fixed by shadowhand
  • On Group blogs, the pencil menu for moderating comments was not available to Group administrators. Fixed by kemayo and yury-n
  • The Message Center would appear blank for a short period of time on mobile devices. Fixed by shadowhand
  • Several modals were not opening or would display as broken. Fixed by Nodren, aMoniker and kemayo
  • Messaging was inconsistent on the error pages of deactivated and banned accounts. Fixed by yury-n
  • On the mobile site, the top header would cause overflow on some sections of the site. Fixed by shadowhand
  • For Opera web browsers, the "Send a Note" modal did not acknowledge that a note was sent. Fixed by shahyarg
  • The "blocked users" form on the settings page had unnecessary extra space. Fixed by aMoniker
  • Some Groups with a very high number of Gallery folders were unable to change settings on the Manage Members page. Fixed by randomduck
  • The Prints Submission page had some cosmetic issues. Fixed by yury-n
  • Notes folders were slow to load in Chrome. Fixed by shadowhand
  • Filetype restrictions were changed on some categories in the Contests and Resources galleries. Fixed by aMoniker
  • In some instances, the "To:" field was not automatically filled when sending a Note via profile. Fixed by shadowhand
  • The shadows on literature thumbnails were misaligned on Group gallery pages. Fixed by shahyarg

More Like This


  • The More Like This thumbnail hover button's behavior has been improved for tablet devices. Fixed by helloandre

deviantART muro


  • Errors would sometimes occur when a new drawing was started and the first autosave was attempted. Fixed by mudimba
  • Using muro in comments sometimes caused a benign javascript error. Fixed by mudimba

Sta.sh


  • Stacks with a large amount of items in them would sometimes not delete properly. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Broken-looking contest banners would appear on Sta.sh items that were saved with a contest category set. Fixed by kouiskas

Sta.sh Writer


  • Group journal RSS feeds contained unapproved entries instead of entries submitted through Writer. Fixed by kemayo
  • Group journals had a hard-to-trigger case where approving an entry to appear in one Group would also approve it for other Groups it had been submitted to. Fixed by kemayo
  • Dragging and dropping from the Writer sidebar would cause scrolling issues. Fixed by Alisey
  • For Windows users on Chrome, blocks of text followed by
    could not be deleted using backspace. Fixed by Alisey
  • Image tags would display for artwork in thumbnails. Fixed by Alisey

Your Feedback


Thanks very much for the feedback left on last week's Site Update! Here's some of what you had to say.
  • Several members mentioned that they don't change their page settings particularly often, though some mentioned that their deviantID or avatar may change based on mood or changes in the style of art they create.
  • Members would like to be able to sort stacks in their message center based on how many messages are in each stack. Suggested by GospodinP
  • Some deviants would like to be able to mark messages in their Message Center as read. Suggested by Jjaystar94
  • Deviants would like animation frame support for deviantART muro. Suggested by Krissi001
  • Some members would like to have an "Invite to Group" button on profiles, to make inviting deviants an easier process. Suggested by Sarah-BK

Discuss!

Commissions
Commissions are a common activity on deviantART where a client will pay an artist in exchange for creating a unique piece of artwork for them. We're curious about how you use or take commissions on deviantART. If you accept or purchase commissions, we'd love to hear from you.
  • For artists, what type of prices do you normally charge? 
  • How do you prefer to pay or receive payments? 
  • How many commission "slots" do you typically have open at a time?
  • How do you prefer to communicate between artist and client? Via deviantART Notes? Email? IM?


Lightbulb Have a suggestion, idea, or feedback? Leave a comment on this article!
Lightbulb Want to keep track of known issues? Check out our Status Forum!
:bug: Find a bug? Report it to the Help Desk(Be as detailed as possible!)

This week's Site Update includes a thumbnail test for Beta Testers and a new way to comment on files in Sta.sh!
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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 to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.

What's New


Coming Soon: New Sta.sh Submit
Beta testers are currently trying out the new submission process for Sta.sh, deviantART's upload and publishing platform. This new version includes a simplified and tidier interface that makes it easier to understand and use. The feedback on this new process has been very positive, so we will be rolling it out to all members early next week. If you'd like to try it out early, upgrade to a Premium Membership and enable Beta Testing in your Account Settings.

UPDATED (APRIL 30): The new Sta.sh submission process is now live for all members! To try it out, visit your Sta.sh!


Screen Shot 2012-04-12 at 1.21.13 PM by danlev


New Thumbnails (Beta Testers Only)
Just over a month ago, we released a preview of deviantART's new thumbnails. Since then, we've been tweaking the display of the thumbnails based on community feedback. Beta testers are now testing the new thumbnails throughout the site, including browse, search, galleries, and favourites.


New deviantART Thumbnails by danlev

Want to try this feature? Upgrade to a Premium Membership and enable Beta Testing in your Account Settings.

Bug Fixes


General
  • At some browser sizes, print page images were being overlapped by the menu. Fixed by muteor
  • Scraps category had incorrect file type restrictions. Fixed by shadowhand
  • Deviations from the Scraps category were showing up when browsing by newest without selecting a category. Fixed by shadowhand and allixsenos
  • A default font color was missing, which made the site look odd to people who have adjusted their settings to override browser fonts. Fixed by shadowhand
  • The Points modal had display issues when opened while another menu was opened. Fixed by mpsb
  • Sharing tools disappeared. Fixed by samshull
  • Literature thumbnails on stacks don't animate. Fixed by kouiskas
  • When visiting a Sta.sh link while logged out, it would sometimes not redirect to the correct link after logging in. Fixed by kouiskas
  • The "next" button broke for public stacks. Fixed by kouiskas
  • The "delete" button on Sta.sh item pages was not working. Fixed by aMoniker
The following Sta.sh bugs apply to features that are only available to beta testers:
  • Fixed display issues with Film thumbs on the submission page. Fixed by aMoniker
  • Dimmed watermark text when checkbox is disabled. Fixed by aMoniker
  • The page no longer flickers when switching to edit mode. Fixed by aMoniker
  • Sta.sh item pages now have a new submit button. Fixed by aMoniker
  • Inline editing for title/description on Sta.sh item pages. Fixed by aMoniker
  • Fixed some issues with copy and pasting into titles and descriptions. Fixed by adahacker
  • The footer was broken on published deviations. Fixed by adahacker
  • Fixed category picker issues for Internet Explorer. Fixed by adahacker
  • If you edited a skin and then carefully didn't touch your Writer thereafter it wouldn't save the item. Fixed by inazar
  • Opening the 'link' menu scrolls to the top of the document in IE. Fixed by Alisey
  • Regression: adding a link erases selected text in Firefox. Fixed by Alisey
Your Feedback

Discuss!  Lightbulb


Group Messages
As a group admin, how do you feel about the Group messages you receive? What do you like about the Groups section of the Message Center and how do you feel it could be improved?

 Lightbulb Have a suggestion, idea, or feedback? Leave a comment on this article!
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Win 1500 Points #3

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 5, 2012, 4:56 PM


Hello guys,

this is a new 1500 Points Giveaway for you. But before we start I want to announce - SURPRISE, SURPRISE - the winner of the last 1500 Points Giveaway from March (3 months ago, OMG!). I was away for quite some time so that's why I am belated big time! So here we go:

And the winner of 1500 DeviantPOINTS is

:iconhjlyn: HJLyn
Congratulations!

For runner ups read the :bulletred::bulletpurple: previous journal.


In order to participate you have to do this:

  1. FAV this journal
  2. FAV this deviation:
    ZODIAC - Sticker
    Zodiac - Sticker by Lilyas
    Buy the sticker here
  3. VISIT HJLyn's page and check her lovely gallery full of fancy fashion designs! She is my winner of the last 1500 points giveaway and she deserves much more feedback and recognition. Be sure to leave a few comments on her art!
  4. Make a quick Visit at my personal website and Like my Playing Cards (but only if you actually like them and have a FB account of course):
    Lilyas.com
    Alternative:
    If you already visited my website and liked my cards FAV the Playing Cards deviation instead:
    The Chromatic Deck - Order NOW by Lilyas

Use the triple chance

Write a journal yourself saying this:

Want to win 1500 Points? (title)
Visit :devlilyas:'s journal - http://lilyas.deviantart.com/journal/Win-1500-Points-3-306597124 - and join her Giveaway worth of 1500 points.

Leave a comment with a link to your journal.


I will use the random list generator to find the winner. If you wrote a journal your name will be added three times. This game will run for 1 week until June 13, 2012. Good luck!

For all who love points please check :icon100millionpoints: 100millionPOINTS. She is helping out with points for people who need them and she is currently running a lovely contest where you can win subscriptions and points.

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Site Update: Message Center Journals

Fri Mar 30, 2012, 1:14 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 to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.

What's New

Browse Through Journals in Your Message Center
When browsing through deviations in your Message Center, you can use the "Next" and "Previous" buttons to flip through artwork and use the "Remove From Messages" button to remove each of those deviations. Many people have been requesting that this feature be extended to Journals as well. We're happy to tell you that we just added this functionality!

Journalsuperbrowse by danlev

Pages on the "Journal History" Widget
Many members have requested that "Next" and "Previous" buttons be added to the "Journal History" widget to allow you to browse through more than just the most recent Journals. This feature is now available to all members and Groups. To install this widget on your Profile, Journal, or Group, click the "Edit Page" button on one of those pages and install the "Journal History" widget.

Screen Shot 2012-03-29 at 6.47.44 PM by danlev

Age, Sex, and Location Removed From Comment Business Cards
Last week, we launched Comment Business Cards -- which display a deviant's age, sex, location, artist type, and new member status next to comments.  After reviewing your helpful feedback and going through thousands of comments, journals, and forum posts, we've collected your responses.

Even though we were only displaying information that members had made public on their profiles, some people had concerns about displaying it next to all of their comments. Some had issues with privacy while others had concerns about being stereotyped or prejudged based on their age, sex, and location. We understand your concerns and in response, we've removed age, sex, and location from the Comment Business Cards. We believe that these changes will make the feature more useful to everyone.

Updates to the Preview of New Thumbnails
Last week, we shared a preview of deviantART's new thumbnails. We appreciate the feedback everyone gave about the way the artwork was presented. To make the new browsing experience more tidy, we're testing left alignment of the thumbnails. We believe that the new thumbnails are a better way to present the artwork within the browsing experience.


Coming Soon

New Ways to Receive Prints Profits!
For years, deviantART has been helping artists sell their art through our Prints program. Because the process of receiving payments from your art sales has been less than ideal, we've worked hard on a new earnings system. We've heard your feedback and suggestions, and want to give you a preview of three ways you will be able to receive profits from the Prints that you've sold.


Withdraw as Points by $Ayame-Kenoshi

Bug Fixes


General
  • Thanks to community reports, we were able to hone in on a few advertisers that were running auto-play audio ads on deviantART. We're confident we've addressed the immediate issue, but we're taking additional actions with all of our advertising partners to make sure the culprits don't sneak onto our pages via different channels or partners. If you use Firefox and would like to help report bad ads, try installing our Bad Ad Report Tool.
  • The "drag and collect" notice briefly stopped showing above the thumbs on the front page. Fixed by shadowhand
  • Changed file type restrictions in the X11 mouse cursors category and other appropriate Linux/UNIX categories to accept .tar.gz and .tar.bz2 files. Fixed by drommk
  • The confirmation message for the "remove all comments" message in the Message Center was unintuitive and confusing. Fixed by muteor
  • When a member used the "Way Back" search for the first time, it defaulted to 1969, the year when dA had no submissions. Fixed by drommk
  • When using the "Next" and "Previous" buttons to browse deviations, there were some bugs when a deleted deviation was encountered. Fixed by muteor
  • Emails that end with "+something" or periods placed in the address were not treated as duplicates allowing deviants (and mostly spammers) to create a large number accounts with what is the same email address. Those are aliases, and should be stripped for dupe detection. Fixed by muteor
  • For a brief time, removing a group favorite actually added the deviation to your personal favorites. Fixed by shadowhand
  • Some thumbnails were slightly clipped by the right side browser border in browse mode. Fixed by drommk
  • The "full view" size menu disappeared from Sta.sh for a period of time. Fixed by adahacker
  • Hovercards could stay stuck while renaming a stack. Fixed by samshull
  • The hovercard at the very bottom of the page could get cut off. Fixed by samshull
  • Hid the "http://" from the Sta.sh share links for more compact display. Implemented by samshull
  • Older skins no longer interfere with the new version of Writer. Fixed by inazar
  • After clicking the Writer toolbar, you would have to click back in the Writer document before continuing to type. Fixed by inazar
  • No more empty space on the bottom of the Writer page. Fixed by Alisey

Your Feedback
  • List the date the deviation was last edited on deviation pages. *TheSaltyMonster in the Suggestions Forum
  • You receive a notification when someone comments on your artwork or journals, but when people reply to that comment, you do not receive an additional notification. All comments should send notifications. From *DestinyBlue in the Suggestions Forum
  • =BlissfullySarcastic put together a list of suggestions, which includes customizations to the "custom" widget, several browsing suggestions, and a "watching" widget.
  •  =katara-alchemist, who has been a huge help in contributing to the Site Update articles, suggested Sta.sh Writer improvements for literature including the ability to add chapters and modify the visual design of your workspace. She put together this awesome mockup:
A Muro for Writers by Katara-Alchemist


Last Week's Discussion
    Last week, we received some valuable feedback from the community about the idea of showing related artwork on deviation pages. People were excited about the idea of artwork discovery and the exposure it could give artists. Some members brought up concerns about their artwork being the focus of the page. Artists agreed that if this feature was added, it should be presented in a way that does not clutter the page. There were also some concerns with the actual artwork that would be shown, including artwork that was "too popular," unrefined, or contained mature content.

     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!)



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