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The following journal applies to deviants who have access to our new tags feature that was launched to a small test audience last week.  If you received the following Hot Topic in your Message Center, you likely have access to tags.  If you didn’t receive the following Hot Topic, you likely don’t have access at this time.  Sit tight, as we’ll be rolling out the release to a wider audience soon!




Tags are our new way to label and create conversations around a topic. Tags can be used everywhere — in Status Updates, Collections, comments, deviation descriptions, or Journals. When clicked, you’ll discover a tag page full of content and activity around the topic.

As someone in the test audience for tags, you’re among the first to see the beginnings of our tag system and we’d appreciate your feedback -- both in terms of what you think so far, and where’d you’d like to see things go in the future.

Anatomy of a Tag Page

Let’s take a look at tag pages in their current form.


Tagpagenew by danlev

Tags bring together different types of content around a common topic, allowing deviants to discover new art, meet new artists, and create conversations about shared interests.  You can tag lots of different things, in many different places -- deviations, Journals, Collections, Status Updates, and comments. Tag pages surface the activity for you and allow the whole community to be part of the conversation.


The goal of tags is to help you find art and topics that you resonate with, and help you find new ways to participate in the community.


Tell Us What Your Ideal Tag Page Looks Like

We’re currently exploring the functional and visual presentations of tag pages, and our roadmap for what’s to come includes a robust tagging system.  Here are some ideas related to tags that we’ve been thinking about. We’d like to hear what you think of our ideas, and invite you to share your own!


  • More ways to filter deviations, such as by most recent
  • Filtering tag pages to show only specific types of content (Status Updates, Collections...)

  • Tagging Groups

  • Watching Tags, which could send new deviations in your activity feed

  • Favouriting or “saving” tags

  • Trending tags

  • Tagging Forum threads

  • Your friends’ activity on this tag


Daily Tag Challenges

Throughout the next week, try out these daily tags by posting a Status Update using the tag of the day. If you create artwork for one of these days, be sure to tag your deviation with the appropriate tag. To see what others are saying or creating around a daily tag, visit the tag pages.


  • October 7 (Tuesday): #FoundOnNewest: Share an interesting deviation you found in the Newest browse mode.

  • October 8 (Wednesday): #WatercolorWednesday: Share (or create!) a captivating watercolor deviation.

  • October 9 (Thursday): #Haiku: Write a haiku as a Status Update.

  • October 10 (Friday): #FanArtFriday: Share or create fan art of your favourite video games, TV shows, movies, etc.

  • October 11 (Saturday): #15MinuteSketch: Create a sketch in 15 minutes and share your results!

  • October 12 (Sunday): #Undiscovered: Share a status featuring a deviation that deserves attention.

  • October 13 (Monday):  #NoComments: Share a deviation that deserves its very first comment!

  • October 14 (Tuesday): #TraditionalTuesday: Share (or create!) an awesome traditional art deviation!




Tags are our new way to label and create conversations around a topic. Learn about the details of tag pages and participate in our upcoming daily tag challenges!
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:iconkiritosenpai120:
KiritoSenpai120 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Save the net!
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raichuleaf64 Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Student Digital Artist
If you could search for pictures that share 2 or more tags, that would be very helpful. If you could search for stuff WITHOUT specific tags, that would be a godsend.
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Lurker60031 Featured By Owner May 13, 2016
Yes, I was about to suggest "boolean" tag seraches (e.g. #orion AND #pirate, or #klingon OR #romulan, or #twilek NOT #slave)

The other thing I'd want to see are options for the order of tag search results - newest, most popular, etc.
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raichuleaf64 Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Student Digital Artist
You can sort search results already.
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:iconlurker60031:
Lurker60031 Featured By Owner May 13, 2016
Yes, you can sort search results. But unless I'm overlooking something, you can't sort the results on a tag page ("Exploring #whatever")
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daanton Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Would it be possible to search DeviantART using multiple tags instead of just a single tag??
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1iv Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
Hey, I was wondering what the numbers next to the usernames mean
(these gyazo.com/d2b33093707590ce5576… )
sorry, I'm just curious what they do and why they're there
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closeyoureyes0329 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
Is there any way to tag your favorites instead of using folders? Hopefully there is a way so that I don't have to move each and every favorited art to a folder as the tags will sort itself out according to what I've inputted specifically for the tagged art! :P 

If there's a way, please let me know! Thank you! :)
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animisiewaz Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Give me one good reason why I cannot change one tag ex. X (in all of my deviation) to another ex. Y. I would like to change tags not only on one page but on all of them. Simple, fast and effective. Now I am spending to much time change it to the new tag format in tag editor :/
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pidgeotto129 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
It doesn't work on ipad fix it
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PerryWhite Featured By Owner Edited Oct 15, 2014
Is there an option to hide the tags on all of my Deviations? All of my Deviations before August 26th have their tags hidden, I would like an option to keep them hidden on all of them, I don't want them visible.
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PreistessIsis Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
((Is there some flipping reason I have a watcher's page every time I click the dA icon? The bloody thing is slowing down chrome! I also don't want it! Grr!!!! dA is no longer dA! It has been offically killed!))
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BrotherlyFluff Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
Are you referring to the Watch Feed on deviantART's main page?  You can choose to see something else by clicking on one of the other options on the top of the page such as Today, Browse, What's Hot, Undiscovered, and Daily Deviations.  It normally stays to whatever one you choose. :)
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PreistessIsis Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
((Yes I was, but it still goofs up my browser. Now I just skip the area and head straight to messages, that way rarely if ever do I land on browse. Honestly it still doesn't look good.))
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TheFellDragon Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
i don't particularly enjoy the forced specificity of these tags. having to retag something a million different times because there are so many specific tags with different levels of detail and variation is pretty annoying. and the fact that they have to be all one word is a bit off-putting as well. i don't really like the fact that tags are displayed beneath the deviation title, either. personally it's actually a bit embarrassing, and discourages me from tagging, and where does that leave my art? 

that being said, i'm not necessarily against tags. they can weed out works you otherwise wouldn't care to see when just searching keywords. but i also don't think keyword searches are inherently inferior, either. i suppose the ultimate issue is that tags force you into a somewhat restrictive nomenclature, which could probably be countered by being able to search for multiple tags at once. 

perhaps i'm not completely understanding how the new system will be implemented, but those are my feelings on the matter. 
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Nameda Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
I don't like that everyone can see what tags I used, plus it takes attention from the artwork, and possibly less seen deviants will copy tags from popular works to get their artwork more seen plus I don't like everyone seeing what tags I use, though I don't mind them being searchable


other wise I agree with landiddy Wordeea HeyAbbyAnne and others. but as I said repeatedly I guess you do what you want anyway :p

and due to your steady unneeded changes, dA pages load extremely slow and often I have to hit submit comment a couple of times before it submits instead of giving me the annoying bla bla try again another time :p
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Bjornieman Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
Can tags be automatically derived from those keywordy things you have to put in when you post a deviation? Since those were called either tags or keywords, one or the other. That'll make things simpler for starters...
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racheru-tan Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
please, don't make the tags a thing in dA. it's too facebook for us. it isn't cool, admins. it isn't cool at all.
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Bjornieman Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
You serious? Tags were on DA since I joined and some time before then, and how Facebook treats tags can be considered neglect. The trick is, tags were hidden until now.
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landiddy Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is there going to be a way to hide/disable tags at all if they are implemented? I'm noticing that sort of a trend is starting where there's not much of an option as far as use and customizability in the recent installments. It's sort of moving to an "either everyone has it, or no one does" feel. I'm all for having tags be searchable or connected to each other, but maybe hiding them on the actual view of the deviations could be a choice?
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:iconnameda:
Nameda Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
thats a good idea
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:iconvalitel:
Valitel Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hmmmmm.....what are you doing? Stop, I like the way it is, this new tag pages are just confusing.
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:iconvutava:
Vutava Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
Are DeviantIDs searchable tags? If not, why not?
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:iconlauraseabrook:
LauraSeabrook Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
sorry, but how do you tag other pages, exactly?
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:iconwordeea:
wordeea Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
i would prefer if tags would not be granddaddied over, so to speak. meaning : for existing devs, just leave the tags blank and people can then retag their work. reason : i have tags that were personal and not meant for other people's eyes and now i have 250 devs to clean... i'd much rather go back in and add then going and deleting one by one. alternatively, why not allow for a mass delete of tags ? we can do it (only one page at a time) for the tags created by dA based on our previous tags, but again it is time consuming and cannot be done for original tags. since that information was never meant to be publicly seen, i am pretty sure i am not the only one in this situation.
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JimmyDArtist Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, any Deviations made before they switched to the tags system don't have visible tags, and they won't be visible unless you go into the tag editor, and choose to allow them to be visible.

That being said, any deviations made AFTER they switched to tags have to be visible, and automatically are.

Hope this helps.
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wordeea Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
umm. now i can't check for sure because i removed everything last night but i was sure i saw tags in all my older devs. that said, if that is the case, that's great and perfect :)
thanks
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JimmyDArtist Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you were on the "edit deviation" page, then they're visible to you, but from what I can tell, any of the older deviations don't have visible tags.
You're welcome:D
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Immerot Featured By Owner Edited Oct 12, 2014
Some tags could be there, if during the transformation from keywords they became something prevalent ("common" words like "cats" etc.). I've seen some examples of this too.
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:iconwordeea:
wordeea Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
yes, that is what i saw. the tags created by dA, based on common tags used
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abigaia Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I agree whole-heartedly on this issue. This new tag system created the same struggle for me with my previously personal tags, which others did and do not need to see, now becoming visible. It's annoying as heck, the new system. Deviantart doesn't need to be any more like social media. The original tagging was just fine!

However, if this is a thing that won't go away, I'll make another suggestion: give us the option to HIDE our tags from right below the title of the deviation, or even just specific tags. Really, just give us more options on this in general if you're going to throw it at us. Don't be the obnoxious social media site, please.
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wordeea Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
yes. i would like the option to hide/share tags as well
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Kiwikku Featured By Owner Edited Oct 11, 2014
A suggestion from SilvercrossXAbsol69 but modified a little bit:
Replace the # with a + sign- and allow multitag search. Now, when you are searching and DONT want to see a result, just use a -sign. So it's easy!

Here's an example of the new tags, for a photo of a race.

+racing +cars +fast +zoom

When you search for these tags and DONT want to see pics with a certain tag, add the minus tag into the search bar.

Search:
+racing , -horse 

All photos that are tagged with horse will disappear from search when you search the racing tag.
People really do dislike the # sign for some reason, but that's okay- just change it to a + and keep the rest the same, if not similar. Follow me for more suggestions and ideas to improve deviantart here. 
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Stahlherz-Succubus Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Would you keep the Suggest A Tag box? And of course multi-tag search would be possible. How else would you be able to look for a picture with one tag and not another? If you could only put one tag, it would result in a ton of results that aren't exactly what you're looking for.
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Kiwikku Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
Yes, yes and yes.
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Stahlherz-Succubus Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you agree :)
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traveling-Bard Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this idea quite a bit (I don't have anything against #). The ability to get that specific in a search would be wonderful.
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Kiwikku Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
Glad you agree :)
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JimmyDArtist Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the sound of a system like that. I myself have nothing against hashtags, but adding a why to search multitags, and choose tags not to include in a search would be cool. That, and people who don't like hashtags would probably like the + and - symbols.
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Kiwikku Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
Yep. They do seem more positive anyway.
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ChesyreFrog Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I'm digging the tag system. It helps create a common search language that can easily be implimented when sharing links to hosted  images from other sites.
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EbolaSparkleBear Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
keywords exist
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Mopeyface Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
I would love to see a way to customise your frontpage by being able to blacklist and whitelist specific tags, wherein categories themselves are read as tags as well. So for instance you could blacklist c:photography, c:literature, c:stock photos, MLP, stamps, that game/movie that just came out, etc, and then whitelist exceptions.
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RyoGagaga Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
In the end no matter how loud we will shout, you'll pretend to be deaf, huh?  

Oh well, assuming this will be for "us" and we will "get used to it", what about non-fanart artists? I mean the people who draw original characters/stories? I'm not one of them but tagging "original" won't really work. This word will be used for a style, fanart, adoptables...etc. since the word "original" can also be used to describe their idea. 
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ChesyreFrog Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
But you can tag based on content, and theme (eg. #superhero, #gothic, #bunny, #ghoststory )

The tag system can be refined by the words you choose to describe what you post.
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RyoGagaga Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
This doesn't really solve the problem. You see, if people drew Superman they'd still tag "superhero", if they drew a gothic character from a show they'd still tag it "gothic". 
 
Even with these "refinements" I think it's impossible to find them.
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sebyZart Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014   Writer
Oh sorry I don't use this. Useless for me. I hope the other users will find it usefull.
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lullmetosleep Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
I really don't see the purpose of tagging since it's kind of been in the system for a while. :0 I just think it's silly that their making something they all ready have built into the site. 
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feurae Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think the tagging system's a great idea! It still needs a few improvements, and I'm not sure about the no-space or no-hyphen in the tags, but here's my two cents about the tag page:

1) There should be an option to sort newest/oldest/popular artworks, like in browsing.
2) There should also be an option to allow more deviations to be seen, or a next button, so that if anyone wishes to further search through the tags, they can! (:
3) This is something I was thinking about when I reached the bottom of the tag page. What if there was a highlight footer for the daily tag challenge? You could show deviations at the bottom featuring works with that tag, or something similar? The bottom looks a little empty is all.
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Stahlherz-Succubus Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
At least 70% of the Deviantart community disagrees with tags, and I've come to the conclusion that 65% of those disagree because of the presence of that little "#", or the hashtag, which makes Deviantart at least 30% more alike to Instagram or Twitter. I was talking with another Deviant and we both agreed that we could use a system where you can search and tag by what's in the submission and what's not, and it wouldn't use what was once a pound sign at all. You could say +flowers, -tulips in the search bar on the homepage to find pictures involving any flower besides tulips. You could also click in any of the categories we have now, so you could go to Photography and then type in +flowers, -tulips so that you see photographs of any flowers but tulips, not drawings. Or you could go for +flowers +photography -tulips, but I like the first one better.

Submitters could say that what they're uploading contains flowers but doesn't contain tulips by putting +flowers, -tulips in the tags box. Or there could be one box for what it does have and one box for what it doesn't have, like if your picture is an assortment of roses, daisies, and pansies, you could put +flowers +roses +daises +pansies in the first tag box and put -tulips in the other.

There could also be a tag suggestion area for the picture's viewers, so someone could say, "hey, you should tag this with +garden", and then the artist could accept the tag or not, resulting in anyone who searches +garden to find it too, therefore more faves and comments and stuff for the uploader. And then, in the same suggestion box, someone could say, "Hey, why is this tagged with +daisies when there's barely any daisies in the picture" and then the uploader could think, "Good point. I think I'll remove this tag." or "Nope, it stays." depending on how they feel about it. 

I feel like this would be a nice way to introduce a more productive tagging system. And some say that Deviants will tag their stuff with popular tags like +mlp and +attackontitan, regardless of whether or not their work has anything to do with MLP or Attack On Titan, but then what if somebody wants to see work that's tagged like it should be, so they put +rose -mlp? Then all the rose submissions that were tagged with +mlp just to get views would be filtered out of the search. And that happens with the hashtags too, and even the old keyword system did that, I believe.

(It's also pointless to put #mlp on work that has nothing to do with MLP, since all those extra comments will just be stuff like, "Why is this tagged with MLP? It has nothing to do with it!" and not actual feedback on the work.)

I'm certain I'm not the only Deviant who agrees that this idea would be a fun, specific, and easy to use tagging system that provides a way for more and more work to be discovered without the hashtags. Heck, it might even bring about more promotion of undiscovered artists and art than this hashtag system.

Or, we could go back to tagging things like we always did, by putting something like "rose, daises, pansies" in the tag box. 

Who's with me on this?
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