please read this entire journal entry before you comment!
So, you want to participate. Great! What can you do? Well, you can drop your thoughts in this journal's comments! This is where you can submit any and all feature requests.
What do you...
...love about dA and really want to keep?
...hate about dA and want to be rid of?
...want to keep, but with some modifications?
And, even more fun, what brand-new features do you wish to see incorporated for the first time?
You do not have to follow any particular form or format for your response, although organization is deeply appreciated!
Please note, we are not taking anything from Eclipse. We are looking at the "old" version of dA when it comes to replicating features.
We are not referencing Eclipse, ever.
We are here to listen. But, some very important notes
before you begin:
Do not nag the staff. Do not send direct notes to the staff. Do not comment your feature requests elsewhere. If you are found spamming, pestering, harassing, or otherwise acting uncivil, you will be banned from this group. Remember, we are regular people, not a faceless company for you to be rude to. We have feelings! Tender, tender feelings!
You will not get an immediate response. It may be days, even weeks. No matter how much time passes, we promise your comment will be read, and your vote will be considered. We aren't ignoring you, we just haven't gotten to you yet. You matter! You are not small, insignificant, or just a number in the crowd. You're one of us.
When you do get a reply, it will probably not be personalized (with some exceptions). It will usually be a generic response used to indicate we have seen and cataloged your comment. This does not mean you are unimportant, it is simply part of the process of compiling so many feature requests for our own reference. This journal isn't a place for conversations, it is for us to pull data from.
If we have already responded to your comment, that means we will not look at it again. So, if you have more feature requests to make, then please post a new comment so we actually see it. You aren't restricted to only one! Also, please keep everything in the main comments on the journal itself, not as replies to the comments, because the group does not receive notifications to comment replies and you may be overlooked.
We cannot steal from dA and we will not encroach on any copyrights. While we will make every effort to preserve the features you love, requests to keep everything 100% identical to dA are simply not feasible.
Please understand we are not a giant corporation with endless resources. We aren't a company at all! We are a handful of coders and artists who want to make a new artistic home. When making your requests, we beseech you to be reasonable. We are exactly like you, and so are our capabilities. This site is being developed by genuine professionals with significant experience, it certainly will not be remotely amateur, but nor will it be capable of helping you automatically create and ship Prints, or other things that need a rather large source of revenue and a hefty, hired team to manage. If it is something you could not afford, we probably can't, either. Perhaps down the road!
some frequently asked questions
Can I transfer my dA information over?
A. We are so, so sorry, but no, we can't do that. There is no way for us to transfer your content, views, watchers, account age, or other details over. This is not our choice, it is literally not possible for us to offer it. All we can do is give you the most positive, helpful atmosphere we can for you to create a fresh start with us. We understand. We are losing our stuff, too. It is painful and honestly heartbreaking to start over. It's... scary. You probably feel very anxious and stressed right now, with everything going on, and the idea of starting over is hardly comforting for most of us. But this place will be healthier than dA ever was. It will have more opportunities than you've ever had. It will listen, adapt, and grow with our community. Truly, we want this to be a creative haven. And, don't forget, you can still keep your dA account! It is not necessary to delete it or be exclusive to ArtSpacious. Lastly, you will be able to include your dA name to display on your profile, so that people know who you are!Q.
Is this affiliated with ArtRise in any way?
A. No, it isn't. We are completely separate sites. Q.
When will the site open?
A. Unfortunately, we do not have a timeline for you yet. Please do not ask. We will update the public whenever possible, and we are moving as quickly as we can, too. We are very dedicated! Our poor noses are on the grindstone!Q.
Can I help somehow?
A. We really appreciate your interest! It helps boost us and keeps us pushing hard to develop, develop, develop. Supporting us is the absolute best thing you can do to help this site come to fruition. Let us know you are there and you are going to join! Spread us around, share us with your watchers! The larger our audience, the more motivated we feel, so bring your friends. Also, a lot of people plan to abandon ship once Eclipse is officially forced on us. We need to help inform these folks that ArtSpacious will be an option for them and ask if they are willing to stick around dA a little longer to get our updates and join ArtSpacious once it launches. Catch them before they're gone! Lastly, submitting feature requests and community feedback in this journal is also quite helpful.Q.
Can I apply to be a beta tester?
A. We are not accepting applications at this time, but we hope to open some sort of beta testing application process in the future so all of you lovely folk can help us hunt down every pesky bug!Q.
Is there a discord server for this site?
A. Yes! You can join us here!Q.
Can I donate?
A. Not yet, but once we have more in place, we will be setting up a patreon for those who are so graciously offering to help support this project and its costs. Q.
Will I be able to change the theme?
A. Yes! There will be a dark, neutral, and light theme for you to choose from, and the color scheme will be muted and pleasant. No magenta, no pure white--we aren't going to burn your eyes! We cannot yet share what the exact color scheme will be.Q.
Will this be colorblind-friendly?
A. Yep. In fact, our lead developer is actually colorblind, so it will be very inclusive to our color-challenged friends.Q.
Will there still be points?
A. Of course! You can still donate, commission, and even buy premium with points! Everything you love and rely on for points will exist. And yes, we are going to use logic and have the ratio be $1=100 points. Simple and straightforward. Q.
Are there going to be premium memberships?
A. Absolutely, but not like dA has it. It is so unfair and restricted on dA, don't you think? There will be varying tiers for some awesome perks, but never fear! You won't need premium to access things like polls, subfolders, or to make your profile pretty! This site will be more friendly toward those who don't have premium memberships and the premium perks will not be things that are essential to a good experience. Plus, our prices will be very affordable, for those who choose to help support us. Every dollar you spend will keep this site running!Q.
What functionality and features can I expect to keep from dA?
A. If it's on "old" dA, chances are it'll be on ArtSpacious. We aren't talking about Eclipse, features will not be replicated from that version of dA. Again, we will not infringe on any copyrights nor directly copy any materials or code. This site is built from scratch and it is very distinct to itself. You should not go into this expecting a mirror of dA. But you can still expect to enjoy the overall things you are used to! Watching people, commenting, statuses, polls, journals, uploading, commissions, messaging, favoriting, creating and joining groups, hosting events, thumbnails, birthdays, blocking, folders, notifications, searching, browsing, 50x50 icons, account statistics, visitor logs, changing your username, customizing your profile... we'll have it all! There should not be any significant removals.Q.
Will there be brand-new features that dA does not already have?
A. Ohhhhh, you bet! We're running like kids in the candy store. Features we've always dreamed of are becoming a reality here. We can't name specifics at this time, but it is going to be incredible, particularly in customization methods. Things like groups, events, and commissions are going to have so many more opportunities, too. There will be far more options and settings in general across the entire site. Q.
How customizable will the profiles be?
A. Hella. Hella customizable. The whole page is yours, my friends. Q.
Will customizing my profile be beginner-friendly?
A. Yes, you don't have to be a coding whiz to make a pretty profile. There will be premade options and buttons to help you create your vision! But for those who are advanced, you can enjoy things like CSS sheets and HTML control!Q.
Will this be mobile-friendly?
A. For sure, this design is going to be very responsive to any screen size, whether it's a small phone, a medium tablet, or a big desktop. It will also be compatible with any browser (except the ancient versions of Internet Explorer, that ol' dinosaur). Q.
Is it going to be easier to be "seen"?
A. We are going to do our best to optimize everyone's chance of being seen. This site won't cater to the "stars" only. We know obscure artists can be just as talented! A low watcher count doesn't make you any less worthy of awards or attention. We can't promise you a high watcher count--it is a member's choice if they watch you or not, and popularity cannot be guaranteed to anyone. But, rest assured, we are brainstorming the best possible way to give everyone their time in the spotlight.Q.
Are literature authors going to be more supported?
A. Oh yeah! Literature authors are just as valid as painters. We are all artists, because they are all a form of expression. The written word is still art. We plan to support all forms of creativity, from traditional art to digital, from unorthodox mediums like statues to overlooked corners like multimedia... we are here for you. Q.
Will there be a maturity filter?
A. Yes, and it will be more extensive. It is going to be easier to avoid your triggers, for one thing. You will also be able to toggle explicit content based on type, not just a blanket maturity filter. For example, you may be okay with violence but not nudity, or you may be okay with basic sexual content but not fetish works. You will also be able to block by keyword! Q.
Will there be groups?
A. Groups upon groups upon groups! Yes, yes, and more yes! And they will be far, far better. So many options. So much customization. Q.
Can I change my username?
A. Yes, we will let you switch names. At the moment, you will be allowed to once per 6 months, although that is not 100% cemented yet. It will show what your previous name was on your profile to avoid confusion, too. Q.
Can I still make polls?
A. Certainly, and you don't need to have a premium membership to do it, either. Polls for everyone! Q.
What is your mascot?
A. A KOI FISH! Isn't that so cute?Q.
Will there be forums?
A. Darn-tootin! We'll have dedicated, fully-integrated forums that aren't hidden under a rock like dA's are, and a staff team focused on monitoring it all.Q.
Will you blindside us with some horrible new version like Eclipse after so many years, totally ruining the site for everyone?
A. Heck. To. The. No. Any changes we make will be improvements desired by the majority of our memberbase. We are artists, too! We will be participating with you all and care just as much about the experience as you do.Q.
Will you abandon this project and leave us all hanging?
A. We could never abandon you, boo. We got you.
the following are all new questions, taken from our discord server's "website discussion" channel!
Q. Do you know when the site will be available for beta testing or when you hope to open?
A. We are not yet ready to declare any particular timeline, but will keep the public updated as we progress. There will be a closed beta test, an open beta test, and, of course, the final opening.
Q. Will we be able to set statuses?
A. Yes, there will be an option for publishing statuses. You can keep everyone updated on your latest whims and fancies!
Q. Will ArtSpacious be accommodating to ARPGs and text roleplaying?
A. We do want to be inclusive to both visual and text forms of roleplaying! If you have any suggestions for features that would promote the best possible roleplaying experience, then please comment all of your suggestions and ideas in this journal. We need to further understand the exact options and features needed to allow a proper roleplaying group, so we are relying on your feedback.
Q. What about allowing specific types of groups, such as a DnD-focused group?
A. While we cannot realistically provide a specialized version for every potential genre of group, we hope to create a globalized system that can adapt to almost any type of group you need. This includes art showcasing, art critique/feedback/support, ARPGs, and text roleplaying! It should also reasonably accommodate more abstract or niche subjects. The best thing you can do is let us know which group features you need.
Q. Will the comment structure be more compatible with text roleplaying?
A. There will be different preference settings for the format of comments, as well as groups and forums for further roleplaying options. Now you can play the way you want!
Q. Is ArtSpacious going to have ads?
A. It is unrealistic to hope we could avoid all ads. We will unfortunately need some form of advertisement to help us with upkeep, at least to start. Regardless of what we choose in the end, ads won't be intrusive. We don't plan to shove anything in your face.
Q. Can artists purchase advertisements to help promote themselves on ArtSpacious?
A. We love the idea of a partnership program to allow our members to feature their artwork in targeted ads. These ads would then focus on users who may appreciate your artwork based on their average views. Prior to taking any money, we will perform significant testing during a trial period to verify that your promotions have a high chance of being seen by interested viewers.
Q. Will the site require an invitation to register an account?
A. No. Our beta test will be relatively restricted, but once the site officially launches, it will be open to everyone!
Q. Am I going to be ignored like I am on DeviantArt, while the "big" artists get all the attention?
A. Members will always view what they wish. We cannot guarantee anyone will follow your account, because we cannot control what our users do. Free will for all, right? However, we will do our best to construct algorithims using all available resources to help interested users find you! We do not wish to focus purely on "big" artists, as we do not believe ArtSpacious should be a popularity contest.
Q. When someone posts a comment on my page, will I be able to delete it without a remaining "comment hidden by owner" notation?
A. Yes! You will finally be able to keep your profile's comment area clean! If it is on your private account, such as your gallery, you will be able to delete it. You will not be able to delete another member's comments outside of your page, like in the forums, although you always have the ability to delete your own.
Q. In addition to blocking certain content, will I be able to block actual users?
A. Yes, we will promote a healthy and safe environment! You can block any user that you do not wish to see around the site.
Q. Will I be able to report a user for breaking the rules, such as posting pedophiliac content, or for art theft?
A. Yes. We want to protect you and uphold both our own rules and all legal laws. We are not ready to release any public information regarding reporting or banning, but we can at least say that you will have more control over what you report. For example, you might need to report an entire user or group, or you may only need to report a specific submission, comment, forum post, or journal.
Q. Can I restrict who sees my activity?
A. Just like DeviantArt, we will let you decide on your own privacy settings to keep your activity from prying eyes. Taking a step even further than DeviantArt, though, we will allow you to make even more sections private, such as your favorites! Sometimes we like to keep things to ourselves.
Q. Do I own the copyright to my artwork?
A. Yes, anything that is yours is yours.
Q. Will there be an equivalent to our stash?
A. Yes, there will be some type of cloud storage for our users. We are still exploring what is realistic for our budget, but hope to continue expanding as the site grows and revenue becomes more steady and predictable.
Q. Will there be an equivalent to stash writer?
A. We are interested in creating something like stash writer, but we need members to comment on this journal and explain exactly what they need for an improved stash writer!
Q. Is this site going to be beginner-friendly?
A. With every choice we make, we keep both the beginner and the advanced user in mind. We are more than happy to hold your hand if you need us to, who doesn't love a little hand-holding sometimes? We also don't want advanced users to be held back! Did you enjoy my bad pun?
Q. How will you protect underage viewers?
A. First, all explicit content will be blocked for any users who are not logged in, as we cannot verify their age. When registering an account, you will be able to verify if you are at least 18 years old. Further details are not yet available. We don't want to push any age verifiers that feel lke a breach of privacy, but nor do we want it to be easy for minors to click "Yes, I am 18, now show me some skin!"
Q. Will I have to provide a phone number?
A. No, providing a phone number is always optional, and we won't write it on any bathroom stall doors!
Q. Can we still upload and use resources?
A. Indeed! We will support stock photography, tutorials, textures, PSD packs, brushes, codes, and all the wonderful resources some truly generous providers have blessed the community with. They will also enjoy the same safety and privacy options that we are familiar with, such as usage rules and copyright protection.
Q. Is photography accepted as a medium of art?
A. It is a form of art, so of course it will be equally accepted and loved as any other!
Q. If a username is claimed by an inactive account, will it ever free up for us to use again?
A. We are still working on the exact details, but our current plan is to free up usernames that have not been used for a very long time (the period is not yet determined, but it will be lengthy) The inactive account will still exist and will not lose anything! The next time the inactive account tries to log in, even years later, the site will simply prompt them to select a new username.
Q. Can we still show and celebrate birthdays?
A. We know that wishing members a happy birthday has been a big part of DeviantArt culture! Whether or not you are privvy to another member's birthday is at their discretion. They may choose to show their full birthday including the year, solely the month and day without the year, or perhaps keep it entirely private. Birthdays also have a customizable privacy setting that allows members to fine-tune who can see it. For example, permitting watchers to see their birthday but preventing anonymous logged-out guests from creeping!
Q. Can I choose between MM/DD/YYYY and DD/MM/YYYY formats?
A. Dates will automatically format to the culture setting in your browser or can be manually overrided in your settings.
let's build this together!