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Published: October 1, 2015


what friends are for by auroille

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 DeviantArt.com 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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NeonBoneyard|Hobbyist General Artist
how the FUCK do you make it go away
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Tyranitar885|Hobbyist Digital Artist
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.
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MilanaMill|Hobbyist 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.
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Theobald93's avatar
"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.
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fairyking5|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.
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Chaotic-Spectrum|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
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artistmyx|Professional General Artist
wow. this is interesting.
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RogueMudblood's avatar
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.

Why?
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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. 
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canttel's avatar
canttel|Hobbyist Digital Artist
fucking spot on. wish there were like buttons in DA.
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RogueMudblood's avatar
Thanks. :thumbsup:
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spoems's avatar
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.
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spoems's avatar
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?
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ThakYuki|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.
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namxlxss|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!
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canttel's avatar
canttel|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.
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david-dent-jedai|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting venture. I hope it helps people find one another! ^_^
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Zestytail|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 .
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LordDonovan's avatar
LordDonovan|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?
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DiamonEyes's avatar
VERY cool! :D
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Kim-Hoyer|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. 
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carrehz's avatar
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.
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gajus-tempus's avatar
let me guess - I have to PAY for CORE membership to DISABLE this fuckload of "feature", right?
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MiniSakuraSushi's avatar
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.
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