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With 13,000 new deviants joining deviantART each day, we want to ensure everyone's user experience is seamless. A common question from new and old deviants alike is: "What do username symbols mean?" Over the years, as we’ve surveyed deviants, we’ve found that very few understand symbols.


As part of our ongoing process to make the user experience cleaner and more intuitive, we've launched a new set of username symbols designed to help easily identify deviant-types.



Easily Identifiable


At a glance, the new symbols are quickly recognizable. When hovering over a username symbol, a tooltip appears, providing a brief explanation of that user's deviant-type. If clicked, a modal appears, giving a brief explanation for each username symbol, with "Learn more" links that lead to more detailed explanations.



A word from Heidi:


Over the years, a few things have come to seem like deviantART mainstays. Deviant green, intricate art categorization, colorful avatars, symbols next to usernames. In our constant re-evaluation of what's best for longtime deviants and new users alike, we do sometimes need to stop and ask ourselves if a makeover for some aspect isn't overdue. Changing username symbols was one of the harder things we evaluated.

I've been testing the new symbols for a few months now, and while I love its sleekness, its clear message, I do occasionally find myself missing my old symbol. Symbols have permeated into deviants’ minds, made their way into works of art, and sometimes defined how deviants thought of their front-facing persona on the site. But I can honestly say in good faith, I think this new design will permeate the community just as the original system did. It beautifully aligns with the design direction we’ll be traveling moving forward, and, perhaps best of all, it doesn't require insider knowledge for understanding.

I invite you all to memorialize the old symbols and commemorate their meaning from ages past in any expression that inspires you. But I know these new symbols will usher in a new era with just as much meaning and visual attachment as ever.

Heidi, VP of Marketing


Looking Ahead


We appreciate that the previous username symbols have a long history and have become ingrained in the deviantART community, and we want to assure the community that this change was not one that was made lightly. Many factors were taken into consideration, most notably that removal of the old symbols allows us to implement more technological advancements in the future, including Mentions. Given time, it’s our hope that the new username symbols will become an emblem of deviantART culture.


As part of our ongoing process to make the user experience cleaner and more intuitive, we've launched a new set of username symbols designed to help easily identify deviant-types.
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:iconmossspike:
Mossspike Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
How do you become a senior member??
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:iconmynameitscopied:
MyNameItsCopied Featured By Owner May 5, 2018
I think you got confused, no offense, but i think the "Beta tester" and "Premium Member till heck freezes over" are flipped, or i am confused, anyways, thanks for the symbols!
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:iconlunarwolfmin:
LunarWolfmin Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Question: What does the "100K" mean at the end of someones name?
Unknown[1] by LunarWolfmin
I don't understand!
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:iconjirvey:
Jirvey Featured By Owner Edited Dec 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's only for people with the 'One Click Llama Button' and all it means is that they have 100,000 llamas and can no longer receive any more.
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:iconlunarwolfmin:
LunarWolfmin Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohhh thank you!
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:iconjirvey:
Jirvey Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem at all
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:iconihamby:
IHamby Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can we get the original symbols back, now? I want my ~ again.
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:iconxtamitea:
xTamiTea Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Anyone have a link to see the old symbols? (I actually have little clue) Are the old symbols... for instance:
*[username]
`[username]
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:iconmelmuff:
MelMuff Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Here you can personally change the Core symbol to the old Premium symbols if you wish to do do. However, this will only be viewable on your own personal computer and not site wide.

[Stylish] Against CORE Stars - Old User Symbols by racheru-tan
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:iconthatwaslefthanded:
ThatWasLeftHanded Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
~ for normal members
* for premium members
= for beta testers
` for senior members
^ for Community Volunteers
$ for staff members
# for groups
! for banned/deactivated accounts

There were more beforehand, and some were changed:
@ for MNAdmins
^ for gallery moderators
: for... I can't remember this one
(C) (Copyright symbol) for the Copyright Enforcement Team
- for Yay-I-Broke-It
& for something that I can't remember ether...

I think there was even more too, over the years.
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:iconsilentxtime:
SilentxTime Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016   Digital Artist
*[username] was used for premium memberships
=[username] were for beta testers
~[username] was just a regular member
But that's all I can remember.
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:iconxtamitea:
xTamiTea Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, okay. Thank you! (I kind of wished they stayed, too. I used to aspire to have the ` symbol, lol.)
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:iconstarryu:
starryu Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2016
i miss these
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:iconmelmuff:
MelMuff Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
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:iconedmondrad:
EdmondRad Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
there should be a symbol for deviants who've been members for 10 or more years. mainly bc we been long time members and i think thats important 
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:icondigitalcubist:
DigitalCubist Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great idea!
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:iconedmondrad:
EdmondRad Featured By Owner May 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
hey thanks man x)
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:icondigitalcubist:
DigitalCubist Featured By Owner May 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem at all, I really agree with you. It'd be a nice little idea to add for dedicated users.
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:iconwhitebonedemon:
WhiteBoneDemon Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016   Traditional Artist
Over two years now, and the new symbols and logo are still as much of an eyesore as when they came out. They look out of place and childish, the orange colour clashes horribly. Fuck this place. :dead:
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:iconmelmuff:
MelMuff Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
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:iconfoxiibles:
Foxiibles Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015
I enjoy having a membership, but the orange kills. Why is it orange anyway? Isn't deviantart GREEN?
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:iconbepise:
bepise Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
oh maan.

when these were a thing.

good times man.

good times.
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:iconmelmuff:
MelMuff Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
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:iconfoxiibles:
Foxiibles Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015
Good times.
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:iconmegaener:
megaener Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Things change so fast
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:iconthe-seeker-of-troves:
The-Seeker-Of-Troves Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The new 'thing' though
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:iconiumberjacks:
Iumberjacks Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
remember when these were a thing
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:iconpantherpl:
PantherPL Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
:manhug:
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:iconiumberjacks:
Iumberjacks Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
i miss these
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:iconpantherpl:
PantherPL Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
:huggle:
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:iconswanbreeze:
Swanbreeze Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015
I miss the days when this was legit.

Now: hello, ugly Core logo! :/
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:iconpantherpl:
PantherPL Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
:manhug:
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:iconswanbreeze:
Swanbreeze Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015
ikr. *sob* :hug:
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:iconpantherpl:
PantherPL Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
:huggle:
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:iconswanbreeze:
Swanbreeze Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015
Let us hugglez togezzur
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:iconpantherpl:
PantherPL Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
yuzz :tighthugL=:
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:iconjakeukalane:
Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And now gets even worse...
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:iconm-e-o-w-b:
M-E-O-W-B Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehehe orange hurts my eyes
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:iconjakeukalane:
Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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:iconore0s:
ORE0S Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015
Thank you so much for linking this.
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:iconjakeukalane:
Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem
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:iconcleanclear777:
CleanClear777 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Professional Artist
what's the f right by the deviantart username means
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:iconmiki-sunshine:
miki-sunshine Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Student General Artist
I still can't quite get used to these. They just look really big, and clumsy.
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:iconmelmuff:
MelMuff Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
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:icongeneralflare:
GeneralFlare Featured By Owner Edited Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I wanted to let this out when I started to get to know deviantart.

I HATE the symbols, it feels like the ones with the star logos next to their name are the coolest to dA and the staff loves them, but non premium members? They get NOTHING until they pay money for their premium membership, but until then, regular members aren't anything to dA because some people think "you get fancy logos for being a good artist, people who don't have a symbol are terrible artists!!!!!!". To be honest, these symbols divide the equality in our members to superiors and low rankers. Can't you get a symbol for being a non premium member?

Because of this, I feel unimportant and that the star badged people are more special than the ones who aren't awarded with these symbols.
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:iconswanbreeze:
Swanbreeze Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
I know exactly what you're saying. When I first joined I saw lots of deviants with symbols, so I was like what's the deal with that? I tried to make another account with a username with a symbol in it, but dA wouldn't allow it. I then realised that only 'special' members get symbols. This pissed me off, because the symbols seemed to be screaming "Hey, i'm special, all you suckers without me are losers!" Maybe nonPremium member should get a symbol too, or nobody has them. That would be fair. (i sound kinda whiney, but your rant set me off because I totally agree).
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:iconwidyadk:
Widyadk Featured By Owner Edited May 20, 2015  Student Artist
ugh. can u plees reed FAQ #106: What are the symbol next to each deviant's username?
if u wanna u can also contact the help desk.
or u can also upgrade to a premium membership.
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:iconwidyadk:
Widyadk Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Student Artist
whoops i mean contact the help desk
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:iconisspecialist:
isspecialist Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i know what you mean
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:iconistarian:
Istarian Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
As is so often the case, it really seems like top down change for the sake of change.

Except for the staff symbol, they look very unoriginal and meaningless without the chart.
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