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Site Update: Bug Fixes and Feedback

Thu Sep 26, 2013, 6:38 PM


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.

Change Log

  • All thumbnails on deviantART now use CSS shadows instead of images. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Pagination for the Watchers widget on one's Profile Page did not work properly. Fixed by szlosek
  • In rare cases, deleted Gallery Folders would continue to display. Fixed by DEVlANT
  • Print submission was not available when using the desktop site on a mobile device. Fixed by yury-n
  • The Admins widget on Group Profiles would always display the default way, even if that Group had set a custom order for the widget. Fixed by DEVlANT
  • The Countdown widget for Groups had some overlap problems. Fixed by szlosek
  • When editing one's Commissions Widget, it would automatically focus on the description when opened. Fixed by helloandre
  • The Download button on Literature deviations would erroneously display a resolution size. Fixed by szlosek
  • In Internet Explorer 9, the tabs on the top of the Profile Page would have a black background. Fixed by DEVlANT
  • Print descriptions were formatted differently from deviation descriptions. Fixed by iconocrash
  • A small number of newly registered deviants were unable to comment. Fixed by muteor
  • When no more apps were available to install on a Group page, the icon for adding apps would still appear. Fixed by DEVlANT
  • The Friends menu in the top right corner of the site would sometimes duplicate usernames if double-clicked to open. Fixed by fartprincess
  • When trying to navigate past the total number of pages for some sections of the site (such as Comments), the error message would be unclear. Fixed by DEVlANT
  • A user's Browse preference settings could be changed by performing a keyword search. Fixed by helloandre
  • Some critiques containing emoticons were incorrectly formatted and not displayed properly in the Message Center. Fixed by szlosek
  • The "Authorize" button on the Apps & Uploads section of the Settings page did not work. Fixed by muteor
  • Newly submitted PNG images were erroneously detected as transparent for a short period. Fixed by muteor and shadowhand
  • Some areas on one's Gallery Stats page would consistently display usernames as lowercase. Fixed by fartprincess

Sta.sh / Submit


  • When dragging an item and scrolling at the same time, the content that would show up when scrolled to would appear to be added to the dragged item. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Under some circumstances, some items would unintentionally end up in more than one Gallery Folder when submitted. Fixed by kouiskas

Sta.sh Writer


  • The left and right arrow keys would not always navigate from one Sta.sh item to another when browsing in another deviant's stack, because Sta.sh Writer would take its focus. Fixed by inazar
  • There were some page jumping issues in Mobile Safari. Fixed by inazar
  • There were some markup issues when in HTML mode. Fixed by kemayo
  • Dragging styled page elements into Writer in browsers other than Google Chrome would result in unallowed styles being included in the Writer document. Fixed by kemayo

Your Feedback


Thank you for the feedback left on last week's update! Here's some of what you had to say:
  • Feedback regarding the "Add file to my Sta.sh" button was mixed. Some deviants voiced concern file security, while others mentioned that files in Sta.sh are private until you share the link to begin with.
  • Responses to the Discuss topic varied. Some of the use cases mentioned include using Sta.sh as a means of sharing works in progress or delivering completed work for commissioners, as an area to prepare Journals and events for Groups, or as a place to share their art with friends prior to submitting to deviantART.
  • Some deviants would like Share buttons to be available for Blogger and WordPress. Suggested by sira

Discuss!

Group Gallery Settings
For those of you who help administrate Groups, have you ever changed the Group's Gallery Submission settings from the default options? If so, what have you changed, and why? Did you find the process of changing it easy to navigate?


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This week's Site Update includes bug fixes, feedback, and a discussion topic regarding Groups!
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FantasyLost Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013   Digital Artist
I agree with the members who very much dislike dA's new link formatting. Like the majority of computer users, I can tell where the link leads just by pointing to the link and checking the link content readout on my computer's display. And if I choose to skip that quick look and just go ahead and click on the link, I still get dA's warning about the offsite link. What more waving-of-arms do we all need from the dA site to keep us from venturing onto questionable sites? 

I also think the new link formatting ruins the appearance of any page they appear on. We often go to great lengths to format our pages so they look nicely organized, and then the extended links offset all our efforts.
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GnarlyRockerchick Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The new way links are displayed with the arrow pointing out is really distracting and I think frankly unnecessary. I liked it better when outgoing links just said [link]. It saved a lot of space. As well as now in journals when you have buttons with outgoing links the buttons become larger and change the aesthetic flow of the journal. It really just doesn't look good.
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The-music-of-hands Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Student Photographer
I've been a member of this site for a number of years now and have never had a problem uploading, but for the past couple of months, I can't seem to upload ANYTHING on this site, either the normal way or via STASH. It's a very irritating issue that has obviously not been fixed and if it won't, I'll take myself off of the site.
I just don't see a point in continuing a subscription if deviantart.com won't even let my upload my art.

And I know it's not my computer, because I can upload my files to any other hosting site available...

It's just been very frustrating for me, and I'm not quite certain who I should direct this problem to.

Thanks-

a very frustrated member
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photodeus Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013   General Artist
Wow, they still haven't fixed that? It happened with Firefox version 23.
Here is the solution
photodeus.deviantart.com/art/C…
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johnnyharadrim Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
I can't upload to either my Stash or normally.
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:iconthe-music-of-hands:
The-music-of-hands Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Student Photographer
I have been having the same difficulty now, and it is a very irritating issue that should be resolved.
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:iconphotodeus:
photodeus Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013   General Artist
If you are using Firefox, here is the solution.
photodeus.deviantart.com/art/C…
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:icondezzeyland:
DEZZEYLAND Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Two things... I've been getting a lot of unrelated stuff in the suggested area next to my work. What ANNOYS ME is I have suggestions posted by people on my BLOCKED list. This really needs to be addressed. I am sure it is something the good people who code this site probably did not consider. But there it is. Please make that change so we are not displaying the work of those we choose to not associate with on this site.

Also, for related work from our own accounts... Many of us have discussed this and feel it would benefit many users to be able to select what is featured. An option of "Randomly Select" or "Member Preferred" would be greatly appreciated. Even if it has to be for premium only. Some feel what is selected does not represent the account owner quite the way they prefer. The feature is great, but adding control of the account owner would really help.

Thank You
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fuzzyviking Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
I am no longer able to use the time filters. No matter what I choose of "popular last 3 days", "last week" or whatever, I always get everything. This really limits usability for me as I cannot see what is new.
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:iconwreckling:
wreckling Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013   Writer
Hi there! You'll want to file a bug report at the Help Desk. :)
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spagnt00nuthin Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
I can't find a lot of the stuff that I used to before by using search. It's like the missing art was never there because the number found by search got lower than what it used to be as well. I think it started on 9/19/13
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GUDRUN355 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
My watched deviations is not displaying. :(
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CLMac Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The LINK SYMBOL by every flippin' outgoing link is aesthetically UGLY and I am pretty sure everyone understands when something is linked and can use their context clues to decide whether its an outgoing link or one that stays in dA when they see it since that is exactly what we encounter everywhere else on the internet. We are not bombarded with those stupid symbols that ruin formatting and the design aspect of the site. Even if someone makes the mistake of "leaving the deviantart site" we do get a warning. Those link symbols are driving me crazy and completely unnecessary. Given all of the changes, I am not sure if it was on purpose or just a coding mistake. Well, either way, it is a mistake.
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:iconsonictailsbros:
Sonictailsbros Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Professional Writer
The issue with new deviants not being able to comment has not been fixed. I have a friend who is still unable to comment.
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:iconcinderkittyz:
Cinderkittyz Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have another glitch, Older comments on DA are disappearing  from the deviantation and your messages.  
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Aqua-Melody101 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
  • The Friends menu in the top right corner of the site would sometimes duplicate usernames if double-clicked to open. Fixed by $fartprincess
Um, no, I'm sorry to say, but it's not fixed at all. I just checked. The friends list in the top right is still completely screwed up and you have to scroll all the way through it just to get it to display who's online and to display all the names. It's been like that for months and it's ridiculously annoying and I can't rely on it anymore to see EVERYONE who's online, since it only shows a select few people. I used to use it to see who was online, now it will only display certain people unless you scroll all the way down, in which case it often duplicates the names... *sigh*
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2DXMurdocfan Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
I Can't look at My Oldest Comments on my Deviation "Alpphonce Looking at himself" I can't look at the verys first comment that was on it! What's going on!
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:iconbedroom-inc:
bedroom-inc Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Student General Artist
I really wish I could administrate for more than only three groups...:stare:
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:iconmisslunarose:
MissLunaRose Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013   General Artist
Premium members can be admins for up to 10 groups. :) Only non-paying members have the 3-group limit.
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:iconbedroom-inc:
bedroom-inc Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah I know but I'm not really liking that. Fortunately I just got a premium.:D
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MissLunaRose Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013   General Artist
Good for you! :glomp:

(I saw the asterisk in front of your name and didn't think that you might have gotten a premium after you commented. Silly me! :stupidme:
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:iconbedroom-inc:
bedroom-inc Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Student General Artist
:woohoo:!
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shyfoxling Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
Group Gallery Settings
For those of you who help administrate Groups, have you ever changed the Group's Gallery Submission settings from the default options? If so, what have you changed, and why? Did you find the process of changing it easy to navigate?

Yes. We set it so that our adminstrators can submit an unlimited number of pieces to the Gallery folders, and members can submit a maximum of 3 per day, and not directly to the Featured folder. (Similarly, we've changed the Favorites submission permissions so that no members can submit and admins can only submit to certain ones - just to keep the drop-down menu clean for us, more than "not allowed" in the usual sense.)

I find it rather complicated to do, having to change the permissions on each folder individually, especially since we have hierarchical nesting but it's displayed in flat alphabetical order in the management area. Also, I've long been annoyed that the default setting for any newly created folder is that the Founder can automatically submit to it, so when creating e.g. favorites folders or new folders for each of our group's successive challenges, I have to go and explicitly turn that off.

It's also quite annoying that if I wish to change settings for a particular member, they are listed apparently in order of joining, and not in alphabetical order, in the member list, and Previous/Next links are only at the bottom of each page, not also at the top. When you have hundreds of members it's a pain to locate one. The memberlist should be alphabetical and there should be numbered page links between Previous and Next.
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Buri288 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Would love it if groups had a higher gallery folder limit.  I also still haven't gotten a straight answer as to what the limit actually is but I know we've hit it before at #Pokedex.
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H-A-CookeStock Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
For those of you who help administrate Groups, have you ever changed the Group's Gallery Submission settings from the default options?

Yes.  If so, what have you changed, and why?

The number of deviations allowed, time period for deviations to sit in the inbox. And various other Contributor, Co-Founder and Member permissions.

Did you find the process of changing it easy to navigate?

For the most part yes.
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KittieShaufer Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
Still have this bug where everything about DA tells me to upgrade my browser. I'm using the latest version of my browser!
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subliminal-violence Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013

Nice update, keep this awesome site goin'!


But you missed one (kind of) bug:

Please consider to support Opera 12.16+ a bit longer. I know there's a newer version of the Opera browser but this is a complete rewrite where many essential features are not implemented, yet. (Not even bookmarks!) It's just like a beta or alpha release of the Blink version of Opera.

The Opera 12 branch is still supported with security fixes. Have a look at this: my.opera.com/desktopteam/blog/…

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dsguy411 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
There's a bug with the search engine that's not showing new results.  The latest ones were submitted on the 27th and nothing else shows after that.  I sent a ticket days ago and got nothing back.  I am worried that this bug may stick around for a really long time now. :(
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Sonictailsbros Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Professional Writer
It's better now. This is the 2nd time this month that it happened!
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jawazcript Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've encountered this thing that whenever I reply to a comment on a deviation page and try to scroll back up, it jumps at the end of the page.
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faeorain Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Just when I think it can't get any worse...it does. This weekend there has been an insane amount of new spammer accounts created, and they are flooding the journals section right now. I'm not sure what, but something needs to be done to prevent, stop, curb, whatever...the amount of spam that is getting through. Also, please add a report spam feature directly on the journal page ( under the report deviation area...there wasn't an option to report it as spam).
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puchiko01 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lately when I go to DA, i'm getting all these ads and keeps on directing me to unknown websites >___>
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:iconsuperpower-pnut:
superpower-pnut Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
Speaking of prints, I've noticed you got rid of the 'enable print' option after you upload a piece.  I wish you'd bring it back.  
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:iconitsnotfilia:
ItsNotFilia Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's present in the Edit page, though.
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:icontherony:
Therony Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
How about an easier way to adjust your friends and watchers into groups without having to actually delete then reenter them in the correct area. Maybe A Drag down system?
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NadiaMartinez Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
y, is this automatic or that?
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Greygreenwolf Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, site updates get delivered to all deviants. :) I'd recommend keeping an eye on them if you want to know what's happening to the site in general.
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NadiaMartinez Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
<font><font>ok, yo lo entiendo. </font><font>pero que podía hacer para evitar eso?</font></font>
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Greygreenwolf Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lo siento, no hablo español asi que mi amiga esta escribiendo eso para mi (y su teclado no tiene accentos). ^^;

 Los actualizaciones son automaticos y no creo que puedas evitarlos. 

(tambien lo siento si este espanol es incorrecto, mi amiga es ingles
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NadiaMartinez Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
DON'T WORRY!!
no te preocupes, yo tampoco hablo ingles XD jaja
aun asi gracias entendí bien el mensaje (es una lastima, eso de las actualizaciones comienzan a ser una molestia ¬¬)
perdon por no responder antes, no me sirve el internet n_nu
PDS:de donde eres? =)
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Greygreenwolf Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Jaja, sí, los cambios son cada vez extraño en este momento. ^ ^;
Ah, no te preocupes! Conozco la sensación! Mi escuela decidió darme un montón de tareas, lo siento es tarde.
PD: Inglaterra. Cerca de Escocia. Usted? :)
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NadiaMartinez Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Argentina    
es Increíble. No Creo Que se Pueda HACER this contacto Fácil, Esto Es genial =)
y si. la escuela es una molestia. No veo el momento de concluir pronto
forgive if you don't understand me (I don't speak English). but even so, thank you for their comment  (it's funny XD)  
many greetings  
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Siiinking Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
On some mobile devices, the 'upload a file' button doesn't respond. Its will go a little bit darker, but it won't do anything.
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undeadflyingsheep Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

there is a virus going around here atm.

 

It pops up, you click the 'x' and it takes you to a virused page.

 

please get rid of this. I cant afford to uy a new laptop or get this one serviced. Just ause I have protection doesn't make it  entirely safe

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:iconitsnotfilia:
ItsNotFilia Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You should go through the steps of properly reporting the ad.
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:iconundeadflyingsheep:
undeadflyingsheep Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:/ the last time i tried to report anything on here i couldnt reply for 3 days and it declared it solved.

So no i dont like to report things cause dev cant actually fix them. 
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TheDuckofPower Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Discuss! Having administrated groups, I've found the Manage Members screen to be very slow to navigate. Although necessary for full control, the many dozens of options as they are currently arranged, sorted, and named is a mess to wade through. I might be in favor of a redesign to make the interface more fluid. It seems the options column on the right should at least be immediately next to the member roles column on the left, instead of being visually separated by the central Invites column.

Also, why are there options sets for Founder/Co-Founders/Contributors, AND Any Administrator? Isn't that redundant? Won't the settings in Any Administrator override the others and render their individual settings pointless? Or am I missing something?
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Miss-A-sketches Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I too would love an edit comment function as well as a way to delete comments permanently rather than just hiding them when they are foul or irate.   
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TerranianTranceGod Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013   Digital Artist
I second this. This may not be facebook, but having those options would be lovely. :)
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:iconmiss-a-sketches:
Miss-A-sketches Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really.  I mean, not only would it please a lot of members by letting us be able to do our own clean up, but, wouldn't it also free up more server space in the long run?  That's my thinking anyway.
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