dAmn It To Be Phased OutThe deviantART community is always growing and changing. To keep the site fresh and relevant, we need to focus on what's important, otherwise we'll spread ourselves too thin.
Recently, we've been going through all of the site's features and settings to assess usage, traffic, community reception, and how the feature helps contribute to deviantART's goals.
dAmn It, the system where deviants can submit and vote on funny quotes from Chat (originally called "dAmn" or deviantART Messaging Network), is a feature that gets extremely low usage and traffic.
On November 30, 2013 dAmn It will be officially phased out. Until then, the feature has been removed from the main site navigation but will still be available via the Chat page for those who want to archive any quotes.
Phasing out unused and outdated features allows us to focus our resources on improving existing features and building new ones to hel
Community Operations Newsletter - June 2014In this, the first of a new, regular newsletter, I'd like to take a moment to give you an overview of the Community Operations department.Community Operations Newsletter - June 20148 months ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
DeviantART's Community Operations Department encompasses the Help Desk and the Copyright and Etiquette Administration (CEA) teams. These teams are dedicated to providing a high level of support within the community via our help desk portal as well as what we call the "Moderation Desk", which is where all of the deviations that have been reported as being unsuitable or in violation of our policies, await review from a member of staff.
Community Operations Staff are spread out across the globe on a mix of many time zones. Some work from a physical office in deviantART HQ in Los Angeles, some work from their homes in America, Canada, Bahamas, Germany and the UK. This may not sound like a real job, but like any employment, there are clearly laid out roles and responsibilities as well as continuous supervision to ensure that people are meeting expectati
Site Update: Add File to My Sta.shIn 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.Site Update: Add File to My Sta.sh1 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Add File To My Sta.sh
Sharing your image files with friends just got easier! When you link a friend to a file in your Sta.sh, they will see an "Add file to my Sta.sh" button in the right column, so you and your friends can easily collaborate at any time, from anywhere, with the security and privacy provided by Sta.sh.
The mobile website did not display in Firefox for mobile devices. Fixed by iconocrash
When viewing a Print preview, Wrapped Canvas Prints would not display the correct frame. Fixed by yury-n
Site Update: Deviation Page UpdateIn 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.Site Update: Deviation Page Update1 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Update to the Deviation Page
During the past month, we've been testing a number of changes to deviation pages. As the tests were ongoing, we monitored performance and community feedback, allowing us to make adjustments and improvements along the way. Thanks to such feedback, we've further improved the deviation page and have just released the latest updates sitewide.
Changes include making More From This Artist more prominent, renaming More Like This to More From
New Username Symbols: The JourneyA New Road to TravelNew Username Symbols: The Journey1 year ago in Personal More Like This
When I was first approached with the project to redesign and replace our user symbols I was naturally quite shocked. For those of us who've been part of deviantART for a long while, changing the username symbols seemed like changing the colour of the sky, or asking everyone to suddenly start walking backwards, right? It seemed like such a fundamental part of what deviantART is that it was hard to take on board. But then really, when you think about it, the old symbols were meaningless at face value. And that, my dear friends, is exactly why we set about looking at rethinking them.
Think about when you first found and joined deviantART. Did any of the symbols make sense? Did you stop and think "what is this ~ before my name and why is it there?" Maybe, but possibly you're probably like me and just kinda accepted it because that's the reality presented to you. After a while, though, you'd have seen the * and maybe even a ` or ^ an
CR Newsletter Sept/Oct 2013 Director of Community Relations :iconmoonbeam13:CR Newsletter Sept/Oct 20131 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Table of Contents
2. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations
3. Community Projects
4. Official Contests
5. News from the Chats and Forums
6. News from the Galleries
Once upon a time, I was a volunteer, and speaking from experience, it can be a both blessing and a curse.
I believe that many current and former volunteers will agree with that sentiment and I feel it's important to explain a bit about why I believe this to be true.
Maybe you're not aware of the variety of ways people join the volunteer team. As per FAQ #85: Can I be a volunteer on deviantART? many people send in an application to express their interest in joining the team and I go through those applications and s
Site Update: Happy New Year!What's NewSite Update: Happy New Year!1 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
As with the previous Site Update, this week's Site Update is a little different than usual in that we don't have any publicly visible changes due to our holiday closure. However, stay tuned because we'll be back in full force next week! In the meanwhile, check out...
You're Not Alone
Throughout the holiday season and looking forward to the New Year, it can be easy to feel an ineffable disconnect for any multitude of reasons. But if the thriving and ever-growing community of deviantART can give you one gift now and in the year to come, it's the knowledge that you are not alone. Let art and community into your soul for an inspirational dose of healing whenever you may need it.
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Thank you for the feedback on the
Site Update: Gallery Frames, Description WriterWhat's NewSite Update: Gallery Frames, Description Writer1 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Introducing the New Gallery Framed Print
We are proud to announce the Gallery Frame, our newest addition to an already stellar line of Prints Shop products.
DeviantART's new Gallery Frames are an alluring yet durable option for collectors looking to preserve the art they love. In addition to its elegant design and protective qualities, Gallery Frames are also our least expensive framing option, ranging from about $25 to $75!
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Writing Descriptions with Sta.sh Writer (Beta Testers)
As part of our initiative to make formatting and conversation easier and more dynamic, you can now use the Add Media tool to add content and formatting to deviation d
Undiscovered (Beta): Unearthing Quality ArtArt Under The RadarUndiscovered (Beta): Unearthing Quality Art2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Each day, hundreds of thousands of pieces of art are submitted to deviantART. As more and more artists join, create, and share their work, it becomes easy for high quality art to miss its chance to stand out and be seen.
Our new browse mode, Undiscovered, aims to bring new, high quality artwork to the foreground.
Finding Hidden Gems
Undiscovered focuses on recently submitted artwork that has not yet drawn attention or recognition at the levels of Popular or What's Hot browse modes. Using an algorithm that identifies patterns in community behavior when curating content, Undiscovered generates a browsing experience that draws attention to creative art and talented artists that may not receive the same level of attention from other browse modes.
Please keep in mind that the algorithm that powers Undiscovered is still new and we may make changes as it grows in use.
Discover New Art Daily
Because Undiscovered focuses on recently submitted artwork, the artwork displayed m
The New Way to Write JournalsWriting a Journal is easier than ever with the new Write a Journal Entry page. Add formatting, artwork, files, Journal Skins, and emoticons to your Journal for a more dynamic journal creation experience!The New Way to Write Journals2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Rich-text formatting is supported! You can use familiar keyboard shortcuts or Sta.sh Writer's rich-text toolbar for a simple, straightforward experience when formatting your text.For deviants who prefer to use HTML, you can still type your HTML as usual, or you can turn off the rich-text by switching to HTML Mode from the Edit menu!Make your Journal more engaging without having to work harder! Use Sta.sh Writer's sidebar to easily add deviations and files from your Sta.sh into your Journal!Premium Members can also improve their
Site Update: Autocomplete to Beta TestersWhat's NewSite Update: Autocomplete to Beta Testers1 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Autocomplete for Mentions (Beta Testing)
We've just launched an addition to the Mentions feature that makes it easier than ever to interact with your friends! Now, when you begin typing a username after the "@" symbol, you'll see a list of deviants you +Watch and other deviants.
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dAmn It To Be Phased Out
The deviantART community is always growing and changing. To keep the site fresh and relevant, we need to focus on what's important. Recently, we've been going through site features and settings to assess usage, traffic, community reception, and how the feature helps contribute to deviantART's goals.
dAmn It, the system where deviants can submit and vote on funny quotes from
New Username Symbols: Extended ThoughtsTwo weeks ago, we released two new products – deviant and art Mentions and new username symbols. Gratefully, and as we'd hoped, many deviants are embracing these changes in exactly the ways we'd anticipated, and the ways we ourselves did over the past several months of testing. While some deviants embraced the changes, it's fair to say that others have felt surprise, curiosity, and maybe even shock. These feelings are totally normal, but for the large part, there's a hope present. A positive outlook. The first steps in a new era that makes the way for our goals in the future, and, at the same time, removes clutter and confusion that new deviants often experience.New Username Symbols: Extended Thoughts1 year ago in Personal More Like This
As with any change, there are a handful of deviants that don't understand why we made the choices we did
Improved DMCA Reporting SystemImproved DMCA Reporting System2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Hello, deviants! In an effort to keep the community informed and to provide the best possible experience for our members, we wanted to inform you of changes to our reporting system.
DeviantART is dedicated to protecting our artists, and in an effort to be able to more quickly handle complaints by deviants who have had their rights infringed on, we have changed the way we receive complaints from the artist or the copyright holder.
In the past, we took reports by the copyright holder in two different ways: An informal report via the Report Violation tool and a formal complaint via contacting the Help Desk. While both of these methods were effective, they presented many setbacks.
The informal report did not gather all the necessary information for a formal copyright complaint and was prone to misuse by well-meaning deviants who would attempt to report images they did not own the copyright to
The New Sta.sh CommentsToday, 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!The New Sta.sh Comments2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Easier Collaboration and Communication
We're happy to announce the new Sta.sh comments. As you're aware, Sta.sh Writer allows rich text editing of literature and journal deviations on deviantART, and we're happy to expand this functionality to more areas of the site.
The new Sta.sh comments allows multiple features and rich text editing to be employed on these comments. Not only does it improve on functionality that already exists in comments, it also pulls in the full power of the Sta.sh Writer application into your comments, completely revolutionizing creative communication on Sta.sh.
Add Formatting and Media to Sta.sh Comments!
Add formatting to com
Site Update: Autocomplete for MentionsWhat's NewSite Update: Autocomplete for Mentions1 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Autocomplete for Mentions
We've just launched an addition to the Mentions feature that makes interaction easier than ever!
When using @ to Mention a deviant or Group, a list will now appear in a menu while you type that includes deviants and Groups you +Watch, deviants who have already commented in the conversation, as well as deviants who have the exact username that you have already typed in, if applicable. This addition makes conversation more dynamic than ever, as communication becomes even easier.
Please note that this feature is only available on places where the "Add Media" button is available (comments, deviation descriptions, Journals, etc.).
The Message Center counter would consistently show one extra message. Fixed by shadowhand
Submitting text files to Scraps would not trigger Message Center notifications for watchers. Fixed by DEVlANT
Browse page settings were broken on the mobile website. F
DeviantArt, deviantART and Lots of Things TooWe're going to be DeviantArt, officially. But you can always call us deviantART. You'll get to be retro, and that's always... well, retro! This goes for DA and dA, too.DeviantArt, deviantART and Lots of Things Too7 months ago in Personal More Like This
It was nice to see Moonbeam13 and starvingartist today in Toronto. We got some lunch. Then 'Beam was nice enough to drive me to the airport with Rob. Rob! Happy Birthday Moonbeam!
I'm in the sky eating a banana at the moment. I wonder what monkeys would make of me eating a banana at 30,000 feet. Let alone journaling on DA from here.
I was in Toronto visiting Autodesk, and the teams behind Sketchbook and Pixlr and other awesome apps they have. What wonderful people. I really enjoyed seeing what they're up to, it's all very exciting.
I've been hanging out on #devart on dAmn today, and I asked Pickley to pull together all the best scripts and projects out there that improve dAmn. This way DA can consider buying the code, interfaces, etc. and
Welcome! To the 2013 Holiday Headquarters!Welcome! To the 2013 Holiday Headquarters!1 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Update to the Deviation PageDuring the past month, we've been testing a number of changes to deviation pages. As the tests were ongoing, we monitored performance and community feedback, allowing us to make adjustments and improvements along the way. Thanks to such feedback, we've further improved the deviation page and have just released the latest updates sitewide.Update to the Deviation Page1 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
More From This Artist has been made more prominent! Thumbnails in the More From This Artist section have been made larger and are now based on an advanced algorithm that will surface work that is more relevant to the art currently being viewed, helping to bring more attention to you and your art. More from deviantART results (formerly titled More Like This) appear beneath More From This Artist. The right sidebar of the deviation page has been visually uplifted, with each section of the sidebar being given a clearer heading and given a cleaner overall appearance. In addition, the backg
Seniority Announcements - August 2013Seniority Announcements - August 20131 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
This article marks the latest additions to the dizzy height of Senior members in our community. With just over 1000 deviants holding the highly saught after ` -- it's clearly a moment that deserves recognition.
So what does it take to become a Senior? That's a question many have asked and have never really been able to get a straight answer on. Some have gained Seniority as a thank you for their time spent as a Volunteer, or to recognise their contribution to a particular project or collaborative action. Some have gained Seniority because of their community spirit, providing help and assistance to many other deviants and taking time out to promote the work of others in the community.
Some people have received Seniority because of their artistic endevours, having a positive influence on their peers by sharing resources, providing constructive criticism and by being a voice that stands out above the many other
CR Newsletter - March/April 2014 Director of Community Relations :iconmoonbeam13: :CR Newsletter - March/April 20149 months ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Table of Contents
1. Miscats, Miscats, Miscats
2. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations
3. Community Projects
4. Official Contests
5. Project Educate 2014
6. Art History Project
7. News from the Chats and Forums
8. News from the Galleries
1. Miscats, Miscats, Miscats
Misplaced deviations (miscats) appear to be the bane of our existence. There's nothing more annoying then browsing your favourite photography gallery and coming across a flashing gif, or perusing through your favourite traditional art gallery and finding a blatant digital art piece. I know this, because the number of "misplaced deviation" reports are staggering. It's obvious that some people have made it their sole purpose at deviantART to scour through the galleries and while I appreciate that dedication to organization - I have to tell you the problem is b
Good NewsI'm excited to let you know that Autodesk, Inc. has made an investment in deviantART and that one of Autodesk's top executives, Samir Hanna, Vice President of the Autodesk Consumer Group, will become an observer on the deviantART Board of Directors.Good News1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Autodesk has over 30 years of history in helping designers create amazing things. You may know Autodesk for apps like SketchBook and Pixlr for drawing, illustration, and image editing, or for software like 3ds Max and Maya, which are used by the top film and game studios around the world to create fantastically realistic 3D characters, environments, and effects. Amazing fact: the last 17 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects use Autodesk software. Autodesk is also known for engineering software like AutoCAD, Inventor, and Revit, which has been used to design some of the world’s tallest buildings, longest bridges, and most incredible machines.
With the investment we plan to improve deviantART at a faster pace than we coul
Site Update: Bug Fixes and FeedbackIn 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.Site Update: Bug Fixes and Feedback1 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
All thumbnails on deviantART now use CSS shadows instead of images. Fixed by kouiskas
Pagination for the Watchers widget on one's Profile Page did not work properly. Fixed by szlosek
In rare cases, deleted Gallery Folders would continue to display. Fixed by DEVlANT
Print submission was not available when using the desktop site on a mobile device. Fixed by yury-n
The Admins widget on Group Profiles would always display the default way, even if that Group had set a custom order for the widget. Fixed by DEVlANT
Site Update: Suggestions Forum, Bug FixesIn 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.Site Update: Suggestions Forum, Bug Fixes1 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
The New Suggestions Forum
We started running a trial of a new Suggestions Forum in May, and after monitoring its usage and the benefits it provides, we have replaced the old Suggestions Forum with a new Suggestions Forum located in our Customer Service system, Zendesk. A link to the new Suggestions Forum can be easily reached from the Forums page.
This new Suggestions Forum allows for a great deal of flexibility in how we approach suggestions, including giving staff the ability to mark suggestions as complete, planned,
Site Update: More Like This on DeviationsIn 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.Site Update: More Like This on Deviations2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
More Like This on Deviation Pages
Please note: This feature is available to a limited number of members and will be rolled out to everyone over time.
We've brought More Like This results to deviation pages, to make the experience of exploring art on deviantART even easier than before! Featuring a mix of art from the artist whose deviation you are viewing and related artwork created by other artists, More Like This lets you delve even deeper i
PE: Site Updates and How to Welcome ThemSite Updates and How to Welcome ThemPE: Site Updates and How to Welcome Them1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
This article was written due to the recent uproar from some groups of the community because of the new username symbols.
Change is something handled differently by everyone. Some people accustom to change very quickly, others may take a long time or may not adjust to change at all. In regards to deviantART Site Updates, it's important to know ways to welcome change and embrace it. You are not expected to love every feature that is released, but giving it a chance before bashing it is a right step forward.
Before reading on, please note that this article is not directed at any one individual, but as a community as a whole. All views expressed in this article are mine and mine alone and do not reflect the views of deviantART.com.
When a new feature is released, most deviants give their first impressions of said feature. Some may even react like this:
This is compl