Site Update: New Beta Features, Collections
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In our continuous effort to improve the deviantART experience, we're publishing weekly Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.

What's New


New Beta Tester Features: Site Navigation, Activity Feeds & Status Updates


Three major changes to the way the deviantART works have just been launched to some of our Beta Testers! We’re pleased to announce the beta release of a redesigned site navigation and two entirely new features — Activity Feeds and Status Updates — bringing exciting new options to deviantART’s browsing and sharing experience.

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Watchable Collections are Coming


As part of the new Activity Feed feature that's been released to our Beta Testers, Collections can now be watched, and will display on the Activity Feed when deviations are added to them. Watching deviants' Favourites has been a long-requested feature, and we're happy to offer a new way to discover art!

If you’d prefer not to have a Collection displayed in other deviants' Activity Feeds, simply visit that Collection, click the "Collection Options" button in the top right, and select the "Disable watching" checkbox (unwatchable Collections are still displayed on your Favourites page).


Site Outages


Over the past weekend, some users' access to the site was inconsistent. Our team of developers were aware and working on this situation as it was ongoing, and we apologize for any inconvenience during the outages.

Please keep an eye on our Status Forum for updates about happenings like these. Our Help Desk team posts regularly about outstanding issues, so you can easily see if an issue you're encountering is one that we're already aware of. Thank you!

Change Log


  • When adding or editing tags, the input box would not always recognize keyboard controls. It now recognizes these controls, and will also react to highlighting text via mouse click, making everything selected editable. Fixed by szlosek
  • The autocomplete menu for tags on the Submit page would sometimes stall on "Searching...". Fixed by kemayo
  • Literature deviations created more than a year ago and edited with a new version could still contain an older draft of the work instead of the current version, when selecting "Download". Fixed by trezoid

Your Feedback


Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update! Here's some of the commentary you left for us:
  • In response to the Discuss topic, generally deviants mentioned that they don't comment on Collections made by other deviants.
  • Deviants who have commented on Collections said it was usually to thank the person for adding their art to their Collection, moreso than to comment about the Collection itself.
  • Deviants liked the suggestion that the tag input field could have a "Recently Used Tags" menu.

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DraserkerX's avatar
DraserkerXStudent Traditional Artist
Honestly, I think the majority of updates are unnecessary and actually making the navigation worse for people. First of all, I was never really a fan of the "more like this" feature and I know I'm not the only one with this opinion given that there are many journals that explain how to "disable" it, at least through the browser. I came across this journal after looking for an explanation about the "featured in collections" tab. I believe that a feature like this is redundant because there is already an option to look at the list of favorites in the deviation info. The problem primarily with "more like this is" is that often the art suggested has little to no connection to an image, and to be frank, tends to offer links from generally acceptable art to "borderline pornography." If these are to be features, the least that could be done is allow the option for users to disable and/or hide the tabs.
SoNiC4000's avatar
SoNiC4000Hobbyist Interface Designer
What is this ****? How do you disable "watch feed" and make "browse" my main homepage again -_- ?
ikazon's avatar
ikazon Writer
Hi there! If you click on Browse when on the homepage, it should retain that when you visit the homepage in the future. :)
SoNiC4000's avatar
SoNiC4000Hobbyist Interface Designer
Ok, so there is a way, thanks.
TheDraconicBard's avatar
TheDraconicBardStudent General Artist
I can't help but feel the new version from the screenshot posted makes deviantART look far less professional. It seems pretty much like any old social networking site now, when it used to be much more elegant.
I'd really like a way to be able to toggle which browsing method I'd like to use, since I don't really like the cheesy look of the whole thing, and I prefer the simpler and easier to navigate front page
audaciousAffection's avatar
audaciousAffectionHobbyist Artist
Will there be a way to revert the browsing to the previous version?
For some reason I can see this updated version even though I'm not a beta tester, and I would prefer to have the original.

It seems this update is far better suited to the mobile deviantART and not desktop. The original was far easier for me to navigate and I (and probably many others) would probably like to have the option to revert it to the original
fwyrl's avatar
fwyrlHobbyist Writer
I agree
yoichi-masaki's avatar
so far.... it looks really bad...

sorry
TheAngeldove's avatar
TheAngeldoveProfessional Interface Designer
Will they allow us to customize this feature,
I've put it to the back and am just looking
at it often, but wouldn't put it on the profile
as of now. A like button would be awesome!

ty,
dove :butterfly:
ScottaHemi's avatar
ScottaHemiHobbyist Digital Artist
found a new bug i think...

I put the http adress for the last page of my comic in the current page and it turned itno a thumbnail :| and as i don't have a premium i can't post thumbnails...
SherryVeramuto's avatar
SherryVeramutoHobbyist General Artist
I noticed that too, but I've managed to find a way around that. Just copy the URL and copy it onto a note or something, any empty document that won't upload the thumb will do, and then just copy in everything except the "http://"-part. Then you add the "http://" part on your own. It's a bit "messy"(?), but it works.

And until it's fixed, I guess we'll have to make do with whatever works.
Immerot's avatar
ImmerotHobbyist Digital Artist
There is an easier one. Just copy and paste the link in HTML-mode (available by pressing Crtl+E).
SherryVeramuto's avatar
SherryVeramutoHobbyist General Artist
Eh...?
Immerot's avatar
ImmerotHobbyist Digital Artist
Copy the URL, then activate the text-field (in your journal, comments etc) and press Ctrl+E - the editor will change to HTML-mode. Paste the URL there and press the Ctrl+E again.
SherryVeramuto's avatar
SherryVeramutoHobbyist General Artist
ok..
UltraTheHedgetoaster's avatar
UltraTheHedgetoasterHobbyist Artist
Thanks, that fixed it. :)

Didn't intend to spam people by oversaturating my comments with images. :roll:
SherryVeramuto's avatar
SherryVeramutoHobbyist General Artist
Glad I could be of help~ :)
ScottaHemi's avatar
ScottaHemiHobbyist Digital Artist
well sounds a bit easier then the method
SherryVeramuto's avatar
SherryVeramutoHobbyist General Artist
glad i could help
TheSkull31's avatar
TheSkull31Professional General Artist
I think these site updates are really making everyone's experience on dA a lot better, save for maybe a handful. I say keep those updates coming. :)
sheorun's avatar
sheorunProfessional General Artist
Generally I really like the changes made so far. Bit confusing first, but I got used to it and have to say it keeps stuff organized better than before. But I still have my problems with the activity feed. I like the feature itself, but it gets pretty crowed, since every submission of every group I'm part of as well as anything else I already have in my inbox gets huddled there as well, so I fear to miss the real important things people I watch might post. So I would wish to either have my inbox on the one hand and the activity feed on the other with all those possibilities my inbox doesn't have (like being updated on the fave collections and such, as well as the posts), or to have an option that would allow me to personalize the content that is shown in the feed (like to be able to turn off certain contents I already have better oganized in my inbox so I can have a more focused overview). For me at the moment it is annoying to scroll through hundreds of group submissions I might already have cleared in my inbox just to know whether there was something important I wouldn't want to have missed like livestreams, etc.... I really don't want to unwatch group submissions just to keep the activity feed organized.
But other than that thanks for your continous effort to improve this site! I like it :)
DanteSmilodon's avatar
I wish the "Why I'm here" tab in profiles returned. I didn't notice when it was taken off, but I don't think it was a bad feature.
meep102's avatar
meep102Professional Artisan Crafter
what was it exactly?
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