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DeviantART is a massive community, with 1.5 million comments contributing to inspirational and stimulating conversations each day. With the sheer amount of interaction taking place at any given time, we want to ensure you can make the most of your conversations, drawing friends in and bringing people together.

Mentions: Connecting People

Mentions are a new, highly requested feature that makes engaging friends and artists in conversation more dynamic than ever before.

What is a Mention?

A Mention is when a deviant’s username, icon, or artwork is included in a comment or Journal. Mentions create links to the deviants or artwork you include, allowing you to highlight artists and engage deviants with ease.

Links to pages on deviantART can quickly be distinguished by their bold, dark-blue color, while external links are darker and have an arrow indicating you are leaving deviantART.

Deviants you mention are notified in the new Mentions section of the Message Center, making engaging and involving others in conversation a simple, hassle-free experience.

How to Mention

There are four ways to mention a deviant.

Displays as
:thumbdeviation id:

(Found on the deviation page.)

Using Mentions Effectively

Mentions can be used to quickly and easily feature artists or help organize events:
  • When submitting artwork in which you’ve used resources to create, you can credit the resource provider in your Artist’s Comments. The deviant will be notified once the artwork is submitted to deviantART.
  • When in the middle of a conversation, you can bring people into a discussion, or reference comments made by another deviant in the midst of that discussion, to get that deviant's perspective as well.
  • When featuring artwork, the featured artists will be notified right when your feature is posted.

Important Notes

  • Mentions notifications are not sent for items located in private areas, such as in or the Admin Areas of Groups.
  • Mentions notifications can be enabled or disabled from the Settings page.
  • Mentions notifications can be disabled for individual deviations. To do so, click the arrow button that appears on the top right corner of a Mentions notification for the deviation you want disabled. From there, select "Ignore future mentions of...", and Mentions will be disabled for that deviation.

Try it now! Share a few kind words about your favorite deviants in the comments below, using @username to mention them!

We're proud to announce the launch of Mentions, a new, highly requested feature that notifies you when your username or deviations are featured by other deviants! Additionally, you can now link to deviants using the @ symbol!
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Sdonic Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks so much for this ^_^
Lilith-the-5th Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I have a question! :O Assuming I've mentioned someone in my journal, but they don't watch me, do they receive the notification every time I update the journal? >_>
iDJPanda Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Student General Artist
It won't notify them with updates. :')
Lilith-the-5th Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for letting me know! :D I think I will make an update on a new journal to send them the new mentions:meow:
ShadowDash389 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks bro!
Tsuki-Taiyo Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I did write a journal and mentioned lots of deviants (per :dev username: ), but nobody did get a mention.
I tried it mutiple times, but it never works. Is there a limit of mentions, or is it a bug?
Please help me. :(
iDJPanda Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Student General Artist
There is a limit to how many people you can mention but they haven't specified how many. 
Tsuki-Taiyo Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, okay, thank you!!
Stettafire Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
when trying to use :thumb462452388: it dosn't seem to work properly, any ideas anyone?
04StartyOnlineBC88 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow, i didn't new that, but then yes.
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