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What's New

More Like This on Deviation Pages

Please note: This feature is available to a limited number of members and will be rolled out to everyone over time.

We've brought More Like This results to deviation pages, to make the experience of exploring art on deviantART even easier than before! Featuring a mix of art from the artist whose deviation you are viewing and related artwork created by other artists, More Like This lets you delve even deeper into a world of artwork you love.

Change Log

  • In the Message Center, deviation titles and authors displayed incorrectly in Critique stacks. Fixed by yury-n
  • When using Firefox on Android devices, the keyboard would automatically open on the home page in some cases, due to the search field being auto-focused. Fixed by banks
  • The Customization > Icons > Misc category briefly did not accept .jpg files. Fixed by shahyarg
  • In the Journal Portal section of the site footer, the "comments" labels were misplaced. Fixed by helloandre
  • When changing the category of a Group Journal from "Personal Journal" to anything else, the new category was not saved. Fixed by helloandre
  • Paging was briefly broken on some pages and modals. Fixed by shahyarg / New Submit

  • Dragging the mouse to select was very slow when a large amount of items were present. Fixed by adahacker
  • The title of the browser tab did not update when the file was renamed. Fixed by drommk
  • The "Submit Prints" step would consistently generate an "invalid value" error. Fixed by adahacker
  • Unchecking the "Submit Prints" checkbox when editing did nothing. Fixed by drommk
  • Editing a Journal's category could cause it to show up in one's Gallery. Fixed by adahacker Writer

  • Pressing "Done" in Writer would sometimes remove Writer documents from stacks other than the "Drafts" stack. Fixed by kemayo
  • Pressing tab when in lists will now indent the list item, if appropriate. Fixed by Alisey
  • Pressing tab three times would cause the cursor to jump past the current word. Fixed by Alisey
  • Submitting multiple comments on items without reloading the page would cause problems. Fixed by inazar
  • For mobile devices, the Writer sidebar covered things up when trying to comment. Fixed by inazar

Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback left on last week's Site Update! Quite a bit of feedback was left, and we wanted to address a few concerns that were raised in the comments.
  • Questions were raised regarding the royalty structure of 80% for artists and 20% for deviantART.
    • To put things simply, it costs money to run deviantART. This feature alone required building a new interface for the widget, a My Earnings accounting system, integrations to allow conversion of Points to U.S. Dollars, constructing a range of new backend functions for the Submit process, a new Message Center feature organizing all correspondence about commissions using the widget, and the integration of the deviantART Points platform that permits micro-payments without the buyers using credit cards. The fee helps us build these things, and there is more to come and more to be built.
    • We are considering tiered fees in the future for people who reach monthly sales levels, and for Premium Members, but we’d like to see this spread out onto the site before making those changes, so we can accurately project where the breaks for the different levels should be placed.
    • Anyone who chooses to use the widget will be providing us valuable insight and data that we will use to mold the future of the widget and the forthcoming Portal/search ability that will allow people to browse and discover artists who are offering commissions.
  • There was a concern voiced by some deviants that we would try to make the Commissions widget mandatory. 
    • This is not the case. The Commissions widget is and will be an optional tool that deviants can use, but no one is obligated to use it if they prefer not to.
  • Many deviants were pleased with the updates to deviantART muro.
  • The suggestion regarding a word count in Writer was well received.
  • Some deviants would like a way to sort through deviations in their Message Center based on whether or not the deviations have critique requested. Suggested by tisinrei

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This week's Site Update includes an easier way to explore art on the site!
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nurul23495 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016
i cant use this feature at all!!
ikazon Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016   Writer
Hi there! I'm afraid I don't work here anymore, you'll want to go to hq to leave feedback in the future~
Alaganasaur Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016
I wonder why. 
Alaganasaur Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015
What was wrong with the button!? Now we need this!?
AZURA-FANG Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Sounds pretty Nice=)
NotaNameWaster Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
The icons under "More from deviantART" are usually random stuff. But then I click on "Browse More Like This" and it's suddenly a bunch of random stuff, again, but it isn't like the thumbnails at all. Why? Why are the thumbnails not the kinds of art that appear when you click on "Browse More Like This"? Shouldn't they be? I'd assume you'd browse for more art that is LIKE the thumbnails. Regardless though, whatever shows up as being like my deviation is hardly ever like my deviation.
So, I use the "Help Us Improve These Results" function on my deviations (and on other's deviations) every now and then to try to help fix this. For me, the "related deviations" are almost always my own art... which isn't good. See, I have photoshopped Nicolas Cage, and also I drew Vocaloid fan art. These are both made by me, yes, but they are NOT like each other. Yet they're labelled as being like each other.
The other deviations I usually get that are apparently like my own are a bunch of anthropomorphic wolves. I suspect this is because a frequent commenter of mine is into that kind of art. I'm not though, so it's incorrect to label it as "like" my art.

No matter what I try, I get a bunch of wolf-things and my own random shit being labeled as "like this" for my deviations. I constantly say neither group is like the deviation to help "improve these results", but it didn't seem to change anything. I finally gave up with that and started collecting similar art. And then the collected art is "like" a deviation of mine... that WASN'T added to the collection. What sense does that make? This just screwed it all up... pretty badly. Now I'm probably going to delete these small collections I started because they're not helpful, but detrimental in getting relevant art under "More Like This".

What the hell does it take to get this thing to work? Also, like I said, the thumbnails on the deviation page under "More from deviantART" are nothing like what's under "Browse More Like This". When I "Help Improve These Results", assuming it even does anything of course, am I influencing the thumbnails, the "Browse More Like This" art, or both? It seems to affect nothing, but I do wonder what it's /supposed/ to affect.
From what I see, the stuff under "Browse More Like This" seems to be related to the uploader's favorites, deviations, and watchers. Why? I think tags should be used as a basis for finding similar deviations instead. Tags are going to yield more relevant results because they're made to be relevant to /that/ deviation. That's why I put tags on it in the first place! My random favorites and uploads, which is what "More Like This" seems to care about, /aren't/ meant to be relevant to a specific deviation of mine. Yes, "More Like This" is not image recognition, it's supposed to show similar artists and yadda yadda. The artists associated with my account though upload radically different things! Their work is not like mine and vice versa!
I wish this "More Like This" only used tags, because trying to force this thing to work otherwise is just a pain in the ass.

... Yeeep. Kind of an out-dated article to rant on but I felt like whining after all my pointless efforts to get it to work. It's been nine months or so and this thing still doesn't work.
crazystory Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2016
3 years later and I have the same issue... u.u
Yep e_o 
I stopped getting anthro wolves recommended with my art at least xD But now I get Undertale and FNaF art suggested from several of my random drawings that have nothing to do with either game. I've found though, that the more popular my drawing is, the more relevant the results become...
At least, sometimes. I have a somewhat popular Gravity Falls MLP drawing... and the suggested pictures are all cats. So there's that _

EDIT: Thinking twice, it's not so much popularity as in views, but as in the fave count and amount of groups the picture is in that seems to make the suggested pictures more relevant.
Lewleworange Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Another reason for me NOT to pay you people my money.

If I were to get one, I would be paying for a membership. BUT, I WOULD BE PROMOTING OTHER PEOPLE'S ARTWORK. PEOPLE I DO NOT KNOW. Haha, no. 
faeorain Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I was sort of indifferent about this feature, until I saw this one here today...

Here you have a girl, who looks to be maybe 14 or 15 years old at best, innocent looking and just trying to show the coloring she added to her hair, and to the right of the page are a bunch of thumbnails of ass shots and boobs. I don't know exactly how the system works, but there are obvious flaws. Those other images are most definitely not anything like the picture of the young girl.
Ninteine Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i like the new feature, but why it doesn't related? :o
Poprock-Poppy Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly! Sometimes the stuff in there doesn't even relate to the image your viewing.
Ninteine Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah... ^^;
But I think it's still a great idea, If only the things is related.
El3ctro-Mess Featured By Owner May 5, 2013   Traditional Artist
I don't like it.
It shows totally urealated deviations to mine. Mostly what I have favorited.
DeadRoseWorks Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
I would rather have "more like this" taken down or give people either the option of what to put on it or to disable it. It just end up putting artworks of people totally unrelated to mine and I really hated.
BlackFireOtter Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really don't like the More Like This feature at all. It shows art that has nothing at all to do with my deviations and honestly I find it distressing. Also, I liked it a lot better when the "More From *whateverartist" was right next to deviations instead of this.
bpisek Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I want the "more like this" window off my Deviations.

This diverts people away from my artwork images: not what I want as a Premium Member, as I use this site as a reference to my artwork.
Not only is it a diversion - it is a BIG, diversion; with more focus on other's work, and not focused on mine.

I see there are many people who are disgruntled with this. I would suggest people "Contact the Help Desk", and let your/our voices be heard Loud and Clear.
Coloured-World Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Student Photographer
so I can't use the "More like this" section on my own deviations? If otherwise, how can I have really similar deviations on my own ones? Because I make crafts, every photograph I have has on the "More Like This" section only artisan crafts.
LimLam Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The "More Like This" thumbnails should be a drop-down menu. It's just plain wrong that i should advertise other people's work, without even agreeing to it.
carolkayla Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I think now it should be organized like this:
deviantART muro drawing Comment Drawing
Rutana Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student Writer
I personally like the "More like this" feature, but I agree with people who state that it's confusing and takes away the spotlight of the deviation you're currently watching.
I for example prefer to have the "more from this artists gallery" feature up at the top of the page, instead of the "more like this" feature.
Couldn't it be made possible that the "More like this" feature is put into a drop-down menu? Or an option that can be turned on and off at any given time? I guess that would make everyone happy ^^
rukiaprincess Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm going to have to agree with most comments..."More Like This" is just confusing. I was gone from dA for years, and when I come back, I'm clueless to the new addition and I got lost on peoples pages. It made me mad to leave the artist I THOUGHT I was on just to look at someone else. So now that I know what it does, it is distracting. Keep it at the bottom of the page or something.
271FKQ Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love more like this, i was so annoyed by the normal search results. You try to find this and what do you get? P*rn, anime-fanarts, movie-fanarts, pc-games-fanarts for something that has the same word in it, but nearly nothing i was really looking for. So thank you soooooooooooooo very much dA for this lovely feature i want more like this!
JimField Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Why am I promoting other users work? did I pay subscription for that IT'S FUCKING BULLSHIT!!!!!
Sionann Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Hey, sorry but is there a way to disable more like this?
abeamofsunlight Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes there is!

If you use Firefox, Chrome, or Opera, someone's made a nice little code to get rid of the stupid little More Like This.
Mind you, anyone else who visits your pages will still get stuck with that distracting eyesore, but at least YOU won't see it.
Phostructor Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
You are a HERO! Works like a charm - Thank you so much.

In principle it shouldn't be needed - dA should respond to the complaints, but, as long as they ignore us, people like you who can find such options and spread them around will always be appreciated. I'll post a journal entry promoting this option, and give credit to you.

You have indeed brought a beam of sunlight into a dark and dreary place!
abeamofsunlight Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome, but all I did was start to spread around what the lovely ParallelLogic worked so hard to create. (Be sure to send him some love and thanks! He deserves it for this!! )

Nah, feel free to keep my name out of this. Just make a direct link to ParallelLogic's page :heart: 100% credit goes to him. He made it and needs a good promoter like you to help spread the word. Besides, how does that old saying go? Awesomeness begets awesomeness, right?

Yeah really. *IF* dA would actually pay attention to the community and how much of it gets so displeased about stuff like this... if only... if only.

Aaaww :heart:
Nature4all Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I dunno, the "More Like This" is an AMAZING tool for someone like me, who has to search through thousands and even millions of images to find the proper pictures for reference and whatnot. There's hundreds of different possible keywords I'd have to search to find the images I need, and normally there was no way to search using "Images that are like this one". At least, until now. I can see how it's annoying for some, but at the same time, why they chose to add it. It's a feature that appeals to only a small group, that's true, but hey, I'm a part of that small group, so I like it! XP

That being said, I'm glad there's a way to disable it for those who DON'T like it. I've NEVER supported folk having to deal with annoying features just because they help a few people. Handy little script, and props for sharing it! :)
Phostructor Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
I've just come back from parallelllogic's page. . .I admit, at first I thought YOU wrote this little script. . . We will continue to laud and disseminate this wonderful innovation.
abeamofsunlight Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol Nooo not me. The excent of my coding skills is knowing how to write basic html codes (you know, how to post pictures, post links, make text bold or italic) and that's it lol everything else is drag and drop intelligence ^_^U
Sorry I didn't think of making that clear to begin with.

~*nods*~ Indeed, indeed.
LoveRobin Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Here's an idea.

Roll MLT into the Footer area as one of the options along with Daily Deviations, Newest, and Popular
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't usually send critiques on features, but the "More like this" feature needs to change. It is large, obtrusive and bumps down information that I think is more important than related work. I see it this way - why take a deviant off of something you are trying to have them view and interact with? And even more so, why take them to another deviant's page without the choice to do so? I suggest using the algorithm for this feature in the "More from ~deviantname" so that those deviations are similar to the one presented (mine always seems to show my really old, unrelated deviations??) and change this back into a button that is not so intrusive.
chris-heavens Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Horrible, obtrusive, AND unnecessary. This isn't a superstore so why advertise other products on the main 'product's' page???? Insult to the artist is what it is.
Sacrinoxia Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No! :C
MKBrony Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
I am jealous of those who recieved the update last, you know why? Because they still had deviantART when it didn't SUCK!!! I Enjoyed deviantART as it was, but THEN you went and ruined everything without our consent! From More Like This to dA submissions, I'm suprised you haven't done a thing after hearing all of our rants, and I'm pretty sure that the other 110 or so people who gave this journal a "Mad" or a "Sad" Will agree with me. But what's this I see at the top of the journal?

"keep members informed and to gather feedback"? Likely story. And in the words of JonTron: [link]
CindyWorks Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I don't like more like this! It was better as a button!!
Jsaren Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Urg, I just want the entire thing gone. Yeah, this would be a wonderful idea if a) it worked properly (which is doesn't) and b) it wasn't bigger than my own art (in the More from this Artist section). I'm sick of unrelated crap showing up beside my art and journals! The other day, I posted a writing prompt journal in my lit group, and got journals about "Pokemon pairings" in the More Like This...and that pales in comparison to all the unrelated Sonic, tracings, and other crap that comes up beside my own art at an obscene size (why is it bigger than the More from this Artist section?!?!). Its fine and dandy when it shows my own art, but it's only doing that 2 times out of 10 (and the reason that I added art to my Scraps is because I don't want them featured, so why would I want something that drags them back out?!) and even then they are completely unrelated to the deviation. Also, it's inconsistent: on some of my art, it shows up as just a "More Like This" button to click, which I'm perfectly okay with as long as it stays that way, but on others, it shows thumbnails. If the staff of deviantART feel absolutely compelled to keep this option, at least make it removable for those who don't wish to have it intruding on their art.
abeamofsunlight Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you use Firefox, Chrome, or Opera, someone's made a nice little code to get rid of the stupid little More Like This.
Mind you, anyone else who visits your pages will still get stuck with that distracting eyesore, but at least YOU won't see it.
Photopathica Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013   General Artist
i think the "more like this" feature takes up too much space. or it should be moved further down the page.
i think "More from this artist" should be the first focus, from other artists should be moved down the page.
it only seems logical that the artist should have it's own art promoted before someone elses work, i dont like the "more like this" stealing focus from my own other art.
Gingerfur123 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
I don't like the More Like This. First of all, only one of my deviations is on there on My profile, veiwing one of my deveiations. If someone comes and looks at it, the atteintion from the 1st persons art will be taken from a better porrait from another artist. I sugest you get rid of it, or make it so you can decide if you want to see it or not.
abeamofsunlight Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you use Firefox, Chrome, or Opera, someone's made a nice little code to get rid of the stupid little More Like This.
Mind you, anyone else who visits your pages will still get stuck with that distracting eyesore, but at least YOU won't see it.
Gingerfur123 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
Ok, good thing I got Chrome yesterday ^-^.
abeamofsunlight Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, talk about good timing on your part!
Gingerfur123 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Phostructor Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Come on ! - 10 days and the VAST majority of the comments are negative. The deafening silence from official dA is disappointing, too. I wrote direct notes to $wreckling and a couple other "Core Administrators" - no answer.

Why is there no actual dialog with the community, and especially with the paying customers?

One begins to suspect HQ don't care - they'll play the numbers and assume customers will take this passively. The most relevant emoticon? :analprobe: I really feel like I'm getting it stuck to me. At this point, even if they concede the mistake and reverse this change I will remain pissed off at the way change is forced on us.
RaidingBladesInc Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I do not like this update. I cannot edit any of my already submitted work before the update and after the update, and my last piece [link] was submitted using new submit update but after that I have been unable to edit it. The edit page wont load at all or rarely. I could leave up the page for several minutes to almost an hour and it will still just show a page with only the top and bottom bar of DA while the body is just the original color with nothing there. Can you tell me if it could be my computer or the browser I am using. My computer is a HP Envy Dv6 Notebook and I am using Google Chrome.
blueflyfish Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
"More like this" would be nice if the images it is showing were actually LIKE the image being viewed. In both my galleries on my main account and this one unrelated things are showing up (and they don't even change from one image to the next, it's the same suggestions for everything in my gallery, does more like this know that artists make more than one kind of art?)

Work from another artist (on this account) or work of my own that isn't at all related visually, or even in medium are showing up as "like" the main image. It gets better in that case because while DA sometimes lets you go to that "help mlt learn" page, it won't let me in that case, apparently a piece of non-objective industrial art is just LIKE a piece of colorful digital art.

It's also very distracting, I liked it better when it was a little semi transparent thing over thumbnails or a button to be clicked on, nice unobtrusive, and I have used it on occasion. But now I just feel annoyed by it cause it's in my face so much.
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