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Site Update: Deviation Page Update

Thu Sep 12, 2013, 6:05 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.

What's New


Update to the Deviation Page

During the past month, we've been testing a number of changes to deviation pages. As the tests were ongoing, we monitored performance and community feedback, allowing us to make adjustments and improvements along the way. Thanks to such feedback, we've further improved the deviation page and have just released the latest updates sitewide.

Changes include making More From This Artist more prominent, renaming More Like This to More From deviantART and moving it beneath More From This Artist, as well as a visual uplift to the sidebar as a whole.



Share Bigger Artwork on Facebook

When you share deviations, journals, galleries, or Collections on Facebook, the preview images are now bigger than before, to help draw more attention to the art!


Before:
Fb2 by danlev

After:
Screen Shot 2013-09-11 at 3.45.17 PM by danlev

(Art featured is Wastwater by newcastlemale)

Please note: This change is gradually being rolled out by Facebook, so it may not be immediately available.

Change Log

  • Gallery Folder icons were not properly aligned for deviants viewing their own gallery, making it difficult to edit one's folders. Fixed by helloandre
  • Some messages in the Group Activity section of the Message Center displayed an "Unable to display membership status" error. Fixed by DEVlANT
  • The "New Folder" button appeared in Gallery subfolders, even though it could not be be used there. Fixed by DEVlANT
  • The arrow menu on messages in the Message Center would sometimes extend off of the page. Fixed by muteor
  • If a deviant created a folder and named it "Featured", that folder would not display. Fixed by DEVlANT

Sta.sh / Submit


  • Deleting the last item in a stack wouldn't delete the stack. Fixed by kouiskas
  • On the Submit page, Sta.sh hovercards would display inside the "Select File from Sta.sh" modal. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Long titles would break the layout of Sta.sh when displayed inside modals (such as the "Select File from Sta.sh" modal). Fixed by kouiskas
  • "No Preview" thumbnails would not display properly when displayed inside modals. Fixed by kouiskas
  • When editing a Sta.sh item's title, it was possible to drag and drop images into the edit box, leading to broken-looking titles until the mouse was moved away from that file's thumbnail. Fixed by kouiskas
  • When merging one stack into another stack through Sta.sh's delta API, it was unclear which stack was merged and which stack was kept. Fixed by kouiskas

Sta.sh Writer


  • Sta.sh Writer would appear when adding or editing descriptions in Sta.sh, and on the Submit page. Fixed by inazar

Your Feedback


Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update! Here's some of what you had to say:
  • Feedback regarding the new Suggestions Forum was generally positive, though some deviants mentioned wanting replies to appear nested.
  • Deviants also mentioned wanting replies on the Suggestions Forum to appear in their Message Center rather than being notified by email.
  • Some deviants would like their online status to only be visible to deviants they have added to their Friends List. Suggested by Whetsit-Tuya

Discuss!

Update to the Deviation Page
What are your thoughts on the updates made to the deviation page? Are there changes in particular that you like best? As we continue to evaluate future options, what ideas would you want to see incorporated on the deviation page?


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This week's Site Update includes an update to the deviation page, improved image linking on Facebook, and more!
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:iconlordofstamps:
LordOfstamps Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
I think that the Sta.sh failed to autosave my work,after I clicked back by accident.
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:iconmandylandy62:
MandyLandy62 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Hey, can the Visitors Widget be free for all users? I love knowing who's visiting my page...
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:iconankewehner:
ankewehner Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like that the "more from this artist" block got more weight.

I have a problem, though: When I look at deviations from my watchlist, I keep accidentally faving things. It's because when sharing is enabled, the fields below the bit with the sharing icons is displayed higher, so the Fav button is where in the (previous, sharing enabled) deviations the "Remove from messages" button was.
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:iconartrefugium:
ArTRefugiuM Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013   Traditional Artist
I just lately discovered - you now can also arrange your deviations in the gallery (except in the "all" - overview) however you like by drag & drop :D Thanks dA. I've been waiting for this. Now all we need is an option to delete several deviations at once and a customizable "featured" - page =)
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:icondreamwarrior:
DreamWarrior Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013   General Artist
Love the updates. Thank you!
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:iconsu5anlee:
Su5anLee Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like my deviation page just the way it is, although the Watchers and Friends widgets names should be changed so people can tell who's following me and which people I'm following.
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:iconinknalcohol:
inknalcohol Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013   Writer
You have no idea how much I miss the Favourites button under the deviation.  Or the stats slider thingy.  Can we choose to have the other layout instead of this one? 

:iconbegplz:
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:icono7mizu:
o7Mizu Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Something what I don't like is...
... when you have 10 month premium membership and someone gives you 1 month PM it looks at the profile like this person gives you 11 month PM :/
Like "11 Month Premium Membership: Given by [Member]"
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:iconcoplins:
Coplins Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
One thing has bothered me lately on the deviation page. When you click to remove from stacks on the deviation page the next deviation comes up which is great. But if you don't move your cursor you will accidentally fav stuff if you are not careful as the remove button will jump up if the user hasn't enabled share.
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:iconsepticskeptik:
SepticSkeptik Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the new look - especially how the group of deviations by the same artist are now above the group of recommended deviations on the right side bar.

One thing I think would still be benificial is the option to delete or at least edit your own comments. There are times when I wish I could reword or just delete a comment because its irrelevant or later seems stupid.

... Or maybe some people regret what they wrote and wish they could take back something they wrote.

...or sometimes your in the middle of a comment
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:iconsepticskeptik:
SepticSkeptik Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And you have to reply to continue what you were saying
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:iconsepticskeptik:
SepticSkeptik Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Because you accidentally hit the "submit comment" button
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:iconjoyfulljunebug:
JoyfullJuneBug Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
I Still LOVE More Like This / More From DeviantART Clap 
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:iconmoley-fox:
Moley-Fox Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist
The updates look cool... but I think Sta.sh got affected, because when I used to write the description ready to submit, you could see the description well, without the html labels and if you wanted to edit it, it wouldn't have any problem, now as you write it is how it displays showing the labels too and not working the html, and if you click it to edit the descriptions, it gets deleted!
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:iconmarkdennavida:
markdennavida Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
wow, this is my first time to join Deviantart and I think this is awesome job. 

this is great guys. keep it up
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:iconmikathebluekitty:
MikaTheBlueKitty Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Student Artist
awesome:thumbsup:
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:iconastercrow:
astercrow Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013   General Artist
Really excellent updates this time to both deviation pages and facebook link promotion.

Still waiting on the feature that will allow deviants to select their own "More From This Artist" images for the thumbnails the viewer will see.

But otherwise, awesome job. Keep it up.

Been here for 10 years and I still welcome new and wonderful changes as I watch our site adapt and grow. :hug:
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:iconstarshinebeast:
StarshineBeast Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
We really need a way to update an entire chapter's worth of comic work, rather than a page at a time where everything is scattered around. You could have one page with 50 faves and another with 100 but it doesn't add up to 150 for the entire project.

We also need a way of adding collaborations.
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:iconmulsivaas:
Mulsivaas Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I liked it when the details and buttons were underneath the deviation and the "More works" tables were on the right! :(

Otherwise, updates are looking fantastic :)
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:iconquoththeraven2010:
Quoththeraven2010 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student Writer
The remove from messages bar seems too big; the favorite button seems hidden by the size of the remove button

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:iconvirus-ac:
Virus-AC Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This looks good for horizontal work, not for vertical work where it shows the center of the deviation. Bad for portrait where it cut the head!
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:iconmandylandy62:
MandyLandy62 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Can you get the Chatrooms to work on Mobile devices and tablets?
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:iconmonicahedgie:
monicahedgie Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

it does work, you need a app for it though

 

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:iconmandylandy62:
MandyLandy62 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Oh, good, cause some of my friends use the mobile version of dA and they can't access the Chatroom...
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:iconxsasukerebornx:
xsasukerebornx Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I still think that there should be one free username change per user if they have been on the site for over 5 years.  I can't afford to pay for a subscription.
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:iconsu5anlee:
Su5anLee Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amen.
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:iconuchihamonstermaker:
Uchihamonstermaker Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student General Artist
mmmm That's really fine...I like it...
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:iconimaninja2:
imaNINJA2 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
For some reason, the remove from messages button is bigger than the Add to faves button, this is just silly. It is now easier to remove than fave in your messages.
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:iconcarolynadebnam:
CarolynADebnam Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Once you are in your Portfolio  there is no link back to the Artists Main page.. why is that?
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:iconnekojindesigns:
nekojindesigns Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
I really appreciate the changes--making the artist more of the focus AND promoting DA in more of a partnership and less of a sponsorship capacity.  People see more of me on DA.  Thanks for that. :heart:
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:iconflowerfreak:
FlowerFreak Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer

Question: I guess I missed something while I was on vacay. Why is the portion of my profile page that lists the comments, deviations, pageviews, etc. BLACK?  The text is a dark grey so I can't read it. This is using IE 9. Looks normal on FireFox. This was NOT how it was when I left a week ago. In fact, DA was giving me problems. (wouldn't load, lost connection, etc. My Net service is FINE.)

I wasn't the only one that had problems with DA. Any thoughts?  I wanna be able to read my statistics thing again on my Page. :confused:

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:icondanlev:
danlev Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Are you still having this issue? I can't seem to recreate it.
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:iconflowerfreak:
FlowerFreak Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Nope. Seems it was a DA glitch but only with IE. Appears to be normal again. ^^ Though at times I still get "kicked off" the site no matter the browser. It has its moments.
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:iconhannahml:
hannahml Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have this problem as well...The page status bar on the top of my profile page is black, and when I mouse over the text, it pops up in grey like it used to. I used every brower and it was the same. What's up with that?
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:iconflowerfreak:
FlowerFreak Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer

Dunno what's going on. At least it's there but in my case it only does this on Internet Explorer (a browser that is known to butt heads with dA most of the time). Seems normal with FireFox.

When I move the cursor over the text it stays black and gray. The text doesn't contrast. It IS readable, I just was wondering if anyone else had this on their page. It's probably not something DA did on purpose. :blushes:

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:iconhannahml:
hannahml Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
True! It looks a bit odd, and since DA is all about that graphic design, I agree, it's probably not intentional.
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:iconflowerfreak:
FlowerFreak Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Well it seems to have cleared up, whatever it was. The profile looks normal again. :)
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:iconmiyuuchii:
MiyuuChii Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really dont like the black on the profile pages, it's too distracting
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:iconkrissi001:
Krissi001 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Can we do something against the Point giveaways?  Those where you have to watch the deviant and add the Journal to the Favourites? They don't do it because they are generous, they do it because they want attention.  Interesting and more important Journals can't get into the journal footer because of those giveaways.

And what about the accounts where deviants can "buy" watchers and favs? Such as =dAhub or =dATrade (technically it isn't buying, deviants donate points and hope that desperate deviants want to earn some points, so they add them to their watchlist. ) 

:grump:
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:iconapc227:
APC227 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Cool!
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:iconclarrize0596:
clarrize0596 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I share and like the facebook.....
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:iconameoname:
ameoname Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student General Artist
The Facebook-Thumbs of linked images are cutting most non-widescreen paintings off pretty drastically!!! Sometimes you have to guess what's on the painting... Perhaps you can make the thumbs higher (aka not so much widescreen) or fit the images somehow better inside?
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:iconjoannamoory:
JoannaMoory Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
"What are your thoughts on the updates made to the deviation page?"
It's definitely better now. Especially with the 'fav this' button back on the right.
I would prefer to have only 'more from this artist' and instead of all the 'more from DA' thumbs maybe just a button 'more from DA', but that doesn't really matter.

"Deviants also mentioned wanting replies on the Suggestions Forum to appear in their Message Center rather than being notified by email."
Yes, I would also prefer this.
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:iconjphyper:
Jphyper Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013

One thing I'd like to see is the removal of those annoying automatically-playing advertisements. I remember reading once that the policy is that this place is not supposed to have them, yet of all the sites I go to, DA is the worst offender. In fact, it's the only site I've ever visited that has this problem.

 

There needs to be some sort of button to report these "noisy ads".

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:iconmuteor:
muteor Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah audio ads should never appear on da, if you find one note what it was for and send it to help desk and we will block that advertiser.
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:iconjoannamoory:
JoannaMoory Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
I have blocked all advertisement from my computer, so I had completely forgotten DA had adds.
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:icondr-pen:
Dr-Pen Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought I was the only one hearing things. Yeah, it's annoying as anything out there, especially if you have your favorite song playing in WMP or iTunes and some Esurance commercial plays somewhere on the dA webpage and there's no stop button for the advertisement in sight.
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:iconrcmero:
rcmero Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student Writer
When I'm on GmeBanana, I sometimes get this really annoying ad about something about a stroke. I refreshed the page before I was able to see the ad so I dunno.
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:iconcindyaa:
CindyAA Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I like it!
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:iconterraniantrancegod:
TerranianTranceGod Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013   Digital Artist
Would love it if you guys considered at least putting back that "way back" option while searching
specific subjects. You had it looooong time ago. So it's not impossible. Tired of sifting through what's
titled as "popular" while browsing. Where's the "oldies but goodies" option? .n. Really miss them days. e.e
I remember browsing everyday back then. Nowadays it's once in a blue moon.
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