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Thu Oct 1, 2015, 1:54 PM by danlev:icondanlev:

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A few months ago, we released Watch Recommendations to new deviants -- a feature that suggests deviants to watch for those who have just joined DeviantArt.  The aim being to match new deviants with active deviants -- ones who represent the depth and breadth of all has to offer.

Starting today, we’re adding deviant recommendations to your watch.

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The new Watch Recommendations will display occasionally in your watch, suggesting deviants you might be interested in following. Deviants who appear as recommendations include people who have proven to be friendly and engaging in the community, as well as deviants who have reached a standard of artistic excellence.

If you find a deviant that you’re not interested in, simply click the “x” button and you won’t see that deviant again.

The Watch Recommendations feature is experimental, and we’ll be continuously improving the way it displays and how it selects deviants. Eventually, we’ll make recommendations more personalized to you, so you can discover new artists that are relevant to your interests. Until then, we’d love to hear your feedback on how we can improve this feature.

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Starting today, we've added Watch Recommendations (aka suggested deviants to watch) to your Watch feed.  The new recommendations will suggest deviants you might be interested in following. Deviants who appear as recommendations include people who have proven to be friendly and engaging in the community, as well as deviants who have reached a standard of artistic excellence.
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NeonBoneyard Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
how the FUCK do you make it go away
Tyranitar885 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
This feature doesn't work all for me. My main interest is pokemon, yet my recommendations only show me stuff involving photography and porn, neither of which i have an interest in. Are the recommendations I get determined by what is currently in my Watch? Because I always remove stuff from my watch after I've seen it so that I can have 0 notifications.
MilanaMill Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Honestly speaking though. Cannot you recommend us stuff we actually care about? Suggest us artists that we may find interesting such as people who use similar tags, post similar category and so one. You got your ways so why recommending me cute moe anime artists or some dark heavy gory artists when those are the things I care for least? Suggest something actually interesting to people not just some random deviants.
Theobald93 Featured By Owner May 10, 2016
"we released Watch Recommendations to new deviants"
Haha only for new deviants?, i use this feature to find new great deviants i have not seen and watched yet (:
(Possible when you disable all the checkboxes ;) )

This feature knows my art taste really good.
I love this feature, i do not use the "Watch-Tab" for anything else.
fairyking5 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Hope you like whatever you've looked at in the past and still like whatever is buried deep in your favorites, cause that's how it works for people already watching others. Oh wait, I forgot something, it also seems that whatever you've looked at period will affect it, and anything related to those tangentially. I've only ever clicked on one thing for 5 Night's at Freddy's and I have seen 83 artists catering to that. And that whole thing about not seeing an artist again? That's a lie.
Chaotic-Spectrum Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the only thing I see are watch recommendations!! UGH! I want to see what the people I watch post thank you very much
artistmyx Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Professional General Artist
wow. this is interesting.
RogueMudblood Featured By Owner Edited Nov 24, 2015   Writer
A request, please, good sir: since this is something that is being foisted upon those who create new accounts, please eliminate this from the requirements for account registration. New deviants are required to :+devwatch: a certain number of deviants in order to create an account. It's very frustrating to get several notices in my inbox that I've received new watches and when I go to look at those pages find that the deviant in question isn't watching my account and they "joined today" or "joined this week" (depending on when I check the message). Because then I know that the only reason they watched my account was because I was in the first group of four names that popped up on their screen, they watched all four, then unwatched as soon as their account was activated.

It's just a bit annoying. Though I admit it's a decent way to catch new spam accounts - or new troll accounts, as the case may be - it's a bit frustrating to go to someone's page to thank them for a watch (which I've stopped doing now) or welcome them to the site or what have you only to find that they unwatched as quickly as they watched.

It's also a bit frustrating to see my watch numbers effectively quadruple and have no more attention given to my postings. I appreciate the "you might enjoy" feature appeals to the administrative side of things - and yes, I know you ran a poll on this, and I know you specifically asked for people's comments and input in the forum thread you posted about this before the feature ever became an active thing. Still, while it's not something I want to turn off for being able to scroll through my own feed and find new people, it is something I would like to be eliminated from the required account registration process. I'm okay with opting into it by going to the watch page and seeing all the available accounts. But I really disliked being forced into adding channels on other sites, and I don't like people feeling forced to add in my "channel" on this site.

tl;dr So my request is just to not make it a required element of the registration process. Then maybe I can go back to flipping through sections of the site to report the spammers instead of having to dig through more than 700 false watches now, most of which are just empty/placeholder accounts.

Edit: Another suggestion, that some others have also mentioned - the ability to choose what is shown in the feature.

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That screen is hardly ideal for ikazon. (Seems like a slap in the face, honestly.) All three of those, as memory serves, were actually just journals that linked to other staff members' journals because he was posting the weekly site updates. As memory serves, the one on the right was posted by spyed. I'd have to check my favorites to be sure, but I'm fairly certain ikazon was linking to the longer, more in-depth article. I get why you wouldn't want them deleted - there are comments there that are still useful.

My point here, though, is that his own work - his deviations - aren't showing. Add to that the fact that another staff member (much as I do like Moonbeam13, it's the ironic example I've been provided) is shown directly above with their deviations and not their journals - personal or staff, and it doesn't seem to be ideally suited for actually demonstrating what people can find if they were to :+devwatch: ikazon. So heaven only knows what it's showing for others - I'd have to create a new account and cycle through to see what it's showing for me, and I admit to enough curiosity to seriously consider it. Is it showing my embarrassing Kirby art that was uploaded for TommyGK's most recent brilliant charity collab? Or is it showing my journal features (which I'm fine with, honestly - a lot of people watched me just for my journals before this went into effect), or is it possibly showing my writing? And if it's showing my writing, is it popping out three haikus? Is it popping out three short stories? Is it showing a mix of poetry (which I don't think I'm good at) and prose (which I think I'm passable at)? Is it showing the piece that was featured as a DD (which I think it should be for anyone who's included in the list for that reason)?

Given what I'm seeing, I do think it's something I should have the ability to make a choice on what's put directly in front of tens of thousands. We've all wanted some control over "More Like This" since it first went live, whether that be an off-switch or simply being able to choose that on my short story "First Flight" no one's seeing nude pictures associated with it. (That story is about a young girl dreaming about going into outer space; not something you want anyone associating nudity with in any way.) We've also wanted control over "More from this deviant" so that it's not showing things uploaded long enough in the past that they are no longer a good example of our artistic abilities. I suppose I feel as though I have control over what's on my profile page - people see what I want them to see when they click on my user name, and I put the things they're most likely to want to look at (other projecteducate articles if they came from one, links to various gallery folders, links to various favorites folders) as well as specific deviations I think they might like more than others (those that have won contests). So I think since this is a brief glimpse into my gallery (or journals section) that someone's getting, it would be nice to have some control over what's included in the examples of "what you can expect from this deviant".

tl;dr - Control over what's displayed in this feature would be ideal; see the screen example for a specific reason as to why. 
canttel Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fucking spot on. wish there were like buttons in DA.
RogueMudblood Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015   Writer
Thanks. :thumbsup:
spoems Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015   Writer
I just encountered my first watch recommendations in my feed.  I got a recommended deviant who's account was deactivated. I think it goes without saying that the list should automatically be pared down to activated accounts.
spoems Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015   Writer
It looks like I've been added to the recommended watch list. Is the list cycled through, or are you just steadily increasing it?  Is there now or will there be a way to manually summon one's recommended deviants to watch, or will we always have to wait for it to periodically show up?
ThakYuki Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
"The new Watch Recommendations will display occasionally in your watch"
No, it displays CONSTANTLY in my watch.
Please, please, PLEASE give the option to "opt out" of this feature. I find it very annoying and cumbersome.
namxlxss Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Student Writer
Wow! This is a great feature~ I've noticed that, before this feature was introduced, gallery views and watches drastically declined once the new layout and system of the "infinite-scroll watch system" was introduced. But with this new system, things are [hopefully] back to the way they were! People are getting the recognition and acknowledgement they deserve.

I'm especialy liking how it's the deviants who've made a positive impact on the community, whether it be their "personality"over the internet or their art/literature in general. They get the attention they deserve, like a reward/a "thank you gift" for their positivity and also the hard work and effort poured into their own work.

I'm really liking this new feature; very impressive, Deviantart!! Good job!
Looking forward to any changes to this feature!
canttel Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
actually no. there is no acknowledgement. people fucking hate this dumbass update. getting watchers who only want to join DA sucks balls.
david-dent-jedai Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting venture. I hope it helps people find one another! ^_^
Zestytail Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yah great way to get new deviants started on DA . They should also have linked accounts so that I we don't have to log in and out all of the time .
LordDonovan Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Either I'm not getting recommendations or am looking in the wrong place. It should show up in my Notifications where I see stuff from the artists I currently watch, right?
DiamonEyes Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015
VERY cool! :D
Kim-Hoyer Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoo, I got my first watch recommendations today and what a waste of space and time that is, we have a CGI artist, five photographers and one single artist with a style I don't like, that is two out of seven suggestions that is actually an artist. Plus the tiny x doesn't make the watch recommendation go away but just causes it to load another even more unwanted suggestion.

And with that, I am assigning another DA feature to the useless shit pile. 
carrehz Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Hobbyist
this is cool and all, but pleeeeease add a way to turn it off... I have never been a fan of things like this, ugh.
gajus-tempus Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015
let me guess - I have to PAY for CORE membership to DISABLE this fuckload of "feature", right?
I like the new update but there are few things I do not agree with.

The showcase of POPULAR artists who are already popular enough. It is really unfair for unknown artists to be left alone and I've seen talented people who are not much known.

Popular artist =/= Good art
Unpopular artist =/= Bad art

Frankly, it is unfair to judge artists by their popularity and art quality. Unpopular artists deserves a chance.
canttel Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey may i ask how the hell do peopl get the 'till hell freezes over' thinge?
The option to get Premium 'till hell freezes over, is no longer available unfortunately...

I got mine a long time ago before Core membership change.
JadeGordon Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
If you've been using the site for several years and already watch hundreds of people, you should be allowed to opt out. I barely have time to keep up with all the artists I've already discovered, I do not need more clutter.
Divides Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You should be able to opt out no matter what.  In addition to what you mentioned, there's also just the simple fact that a feature like this isn't going to be for everyone. 
Nocturnal-Link Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
PORS24 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015
this is great, a big help for those artist whom just starting their true path, just like me. thank you deviant art for the support and encouragement. 
friendshipisfiction Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015
is this gonna be like the "more from deviantart" announcements where only well-known artists/friends of staff are promoted while the rest of us shitty little sketchers get no recognition whatsoever? where's the opt-out button? i can't click it fast or hard enough.
anotherwanderer Featured By Owner Edited Oct 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
That sounds like a great idea! But, as other people said, it would be nice if users could choose the works to be displayed if they are being recommended, to make sure they are representative and up to date with the artist's current skills.
LordDonovan Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I'm probably nowhere near at "risk" of this problem, but it'd be a good option to have nonetheless.

In fact, it'd overall be nice to have more options for indicating you're no longer proud of something, but not wanting to get rid of it entirely. I dislike it when artists remove stuff of theirs I still like, so it's only fair not to do that to others. So... I'd like some way to stick the old stuff in a forgotten room in the back, as it were. Still there for those who already know to look for it, but not out front for all to see.
anotherwanderer Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I think the "scraps" category is something like that, you can explore it from the gallery menu but the stuff in it doesn't show up in the main gallery or in the 'more from [user]' thumbnails.
LordDonovan Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I guess that's a solution, at least, the best currently available. I always took Scraps as being more for unfinished bits and pieces than stuff that is finished but you just aren't proud of anymore. And it's still not quite as hidden as I was hoping for, since the Scraps section is just a click away from the Gallery.
anotherwanderer Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
There's also the option to place a deviation in storage (from the submit>manage deviations menu), it's not visible to the public anymore, but it's still there in case you want to edit it or make it visible again later.
LordDonovan Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, but nobody likes looking through their Favorites and seeing the Storage/Removed placeholders where something you wanted to see again is. I know I sure don't, and since I still get occasional Faves on my stuff I don't like anymore, some people out there must think they're worth seeing. So I'm trying to avoid that. Looks like Scraps is the best option until there's a way to make a Deviation show up nowhere but already existing Favorites.

Oh, and thanks for the suggestions, by the way.
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Stahp et!  :ohnoes:
AngelCrusher Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Finally recommended some artists to me today. I always favourite comic book and animated style drawings, I love seeing diversity and how others tackle popular characters in different ways.

...they recommended a bunch of location and animal photographers, a pencil portrait artist and someone who draws MLP. Nothing against all that, but I have never shown interest in those areas in comments, faves or watch. 

Looks like a broken feature to me.
gillianivyart Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, very cool.  I  have an idea for a suggestion for this feature.  That we might be able (as a recommended person to watch, rather than as those receiving the recommendation) to star one of our own collections to be featured.  Say, I have a favorite collection of mine and I would want it to represent my tastes.  Rather than a collection I am still sharing (like my article and contest collections, that might be boring to watch for the visual art inclined) but would not want to show up in a watch recommendation.  It wouldn't really represent my taste in art.  

Also, if top picks of that collection could also be chosen as the preview.  So we can choose the visual appeal of the entire collection.  A lot of the time, when I scroll through my Watch, I am looking at the mosaic of the collection as a whole and how well it goes together.
lexmar Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree with this idea of yours. Some of my submissions are from a long time ago and do not represent my actual art style and current direction. I hope your idea gets the attention of DA admins.
gillianivyart Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
inknalcohol Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015   Writer
So happy this finally came out to everyone.  You guys are awesome.
hosagu Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
A damm fine proposal and way of highlighting Deviants :heart:
A great way of supporting the Community Mr danlev :)
CSKazaam Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015
What determines the standard of artistic excellence?  Popularity?  Arbitrary preferences of the admins?

If so, tell me about the option that lets me opt out.  Because I don't CARE.  I can go to the front page/Daily Deviations and see all I want of the "popular" and "most artistic" deviations, and most of it is content I have no interest in seeing.  I also have no interest in seeing content that the admins think is better than everyone else's, because it's just more of the already-existing "let's promote the top 1% of the users and ignore everyone else."

Now if the content is shown based on similarities to artists/groups/styles/artwork/topics I already watch and/or favorite, then I'm all for it.  But we already have the "More like this" feature, so this just seems to be more clutter overall.
Kanimir Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly this. They are constantly helping already popular artists to get even more popular, leaving the rest even more behind. 
ShadowRx Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Until you have more relevant matches, most of us don't want to see this. Maybe if you used a system similar to the More Like This or made suggestions based on Groups, Friends/Watches and Friends of Friends (who those we watch watch) it would be useful. For now its just a mechanism to spam a few overly popular artists who's work is likely to be of little interest to most of us, not unlike your "More From DeviantArt" feature for deviations that don't have enough information to switch to the "More Like This" widget. (The same artists and same art pieces stay in that widget for MONTHS as an example of the category, the lack of rotation overexposes some artists while ignoring most. If I could turn that widget off I would.)

Done right this has potential, but as a means to recommend your picks of crem de la crem... aw hell no.
dcurtis Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015
I fully agree
Green-Roc Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to opt out. How do I do that?

I have zero interest in using this feature.
shelaghcully Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Student General Artist
Would also like to know if the recommended watch list will include talented but less followed artists or only super popular ones. 
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