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Site Update, March 7

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 5:46 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 a discussion topic for the community.

What's New

The Forum Sidebar

A sidebar has been added to Forum pages! On the main forum page, the sidebar displays recently popular threads, and on specific forum pages, the sidebar collects and displays recently popular forum threads from that forum. 

On individual threads, the sidebar includes Share buttons, so you can easily share a Forum thread that interests you. In addition, it includes a button that lets the creator of a thread close that thread on their own, which has been a frequently requested feature.

Change Log

  • In an effort to consolidate features, the Shoutbox has been removed from the Chat page after over ten years on deviantART.
  • The "Give" modal on Profile pages was sometimes cut off at the bottom. Fixed by aMoniker
  • Some special characters would break the Help Desk contact form. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Clicking on drop down menus on a Profile page and then clicking on a deviation on that Profile would still show the opened menu on the deviation page. Fixed by muteor
  • Deviation pages would not display if opened in a new tab from the Daily Deviations page. Fixed by allixsenos
  • Some thumbnails in the deviantART Shop were missing category info display. Fixed by muteor
  • The Poll widget would get stuck in edit mode if editing was canceled. Fixed by shadowhand
  • dAmn was not working for Windows 8 and IE 10 users. Fixed by shahyarg
  • The link to the My Correspondence page was misplaced in the menu on the mobile site. Fixed by aMoniker
  • Navigating from one deviation to another using the arrow keys would scroll the screen in addition to navigating to another deviation. Fixed by shadowhand
  • The button on deviation pages to see comments left when it was in was broken. Fixed by muteor
  • When previewing the Commissions widget, you could not rearrange the list order. Fixed by aMoniker
  • The Photoshop Actions sub-category in the Resources & Stock Images gallery did not allow .ATN files. Fixed by shahyarg
  • In the Message Center, there were issues browsing through deviations when starting on a single item and moving to deviations in a stack. Fixed by shadowhand
  • Character countdown displays used in some text entry fields around the site were broken. Fixed by shadowhand
  • The +Watch button disappeared from the Artists view for More Like This results. Fixed by yury-n
  • When browsing deviations from the Message Center, the "Remove from messages" button would carry over to an unrelated deviation if it was opened in a new tab. Fixed by muteor
  • The API's update call would erroneously require a file upload. Fixed by randomduck
  • When purchasing a Print, the finish would be incorrectly labeled as Glossy by default, even though the default option is Lustre. Fixed by shadowhand / Submit

  • Uploading items were incorrectly labeled as "processing". Fixed by kouiskas
  • When submitting a Journal to a Group and "My Journal", the Message Center notification would only show up for the Group. Fixed by kouiskas
  • A "Deviations that are exclusively submitted to groups don't allow prints" alert would appear under certain conditions when publishing journals. Fixed by kouiskas
  • The "You have selected" section of the category selector would appear as empty when nothing was selected, instead of being hidden. Fixed by kouiskas
  • The download button on deviation pages briefly went missing. Fixed by helloandre and samshull
  • Errors in the submission form no longer display as browser alerts and are now more user-friendly. Fixed by kouiskas Writer

  • Writer documents would briefly display at max width in Fixed by kemayo
  • Embedding a deleted deviation would make the embed disappear. It now shows a placeholder if the deviation is deleted. Fixed by Alisey


Giving on deviantART
You can give gifts (Prints, deviantARTGear, Premium Memberships, and Badges) to other deviants by going to their Profile and clicking on the "Give" menu in the top right of their page. Have you given a gift to a deviant? If so, how often do you do so? How do you feel about the process? Do you find it straightforward? What ways do you feel the process could be improved on?

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This week's Site Update includes a change to the forums, as well as bug fixes and a discussion topic!
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Stariva Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I recieve llamas without knowing why. Not that I'm complaining - it's nice. But I would like to know why? Did the person like my pictures? Are they nice persons giving llamas to everybody? Do they like people thanking them for it on their profil?
So maybe you could add an option like a note on a present. Then deviants could add to gifts "Happy Birthday" "Great pictures" "Thanks for the helpful critique"
daanton Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, :devart: guys, don't think I'm always complaining about what goes wrong or not-quite-right here on this site. I myself feel a bit frustrated whenever I try to improve on something only to find out my improvements started making it worse. So.... you're not alone!

And may I say: a big thank-you to the small improvements you've made as of late. And they actually work! After a little re-tweaking, of course, but nevertheless....

Thank you. :clap:
RainingTeddyBears Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Okay, I'm having some problems..
I don't know if this is just my laptop, but I'm unable to drag a deviation up into the favorites bar? I go to draw it but nothing happens. Even if I open up my collections prior to dragging the picture, it won't work. My brother told me I can just up to the little arrow next the the "add to favorites" button and click which folder I'd like to put it in, but I thought I'd share this problem because it should be fixed anyways.

Also, this is REALLY annoying. I've been trying to put my journal widget on my front page because it has art trade & commission info. Okay, so I put it there, no trouble, it's there. And then I refresh the page or go from somewhere else back to my profile, and it's gone. I don't know if it's only my account that can't see it, but I find it really annoying...
daanton Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tell you what.

If you insist upon it, then just let the Featured folder of any given Group be the one folder (and the only one) which you have to go into and move pics around inside. 8-) I'll accept it.

But Featured only! Not the first folder after Featured, okay???
daanton Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alright! Who removed the ability for Group admins to rearrange pics inside folders ("Featured" and created folders)?!?
SilentSnyper Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It would be really awesome if we could organize our favorites tab by the name of the artwork, by the category the art is in, and by the name of the artist who uploaded it. This would be a great organizational update!
PaulWeber Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Is it just me, or did the detailed Gallery Stats function stop working a few days ago. Doesn't work with my profile or those of others, not in Firefox or Safari.
PaulWeber Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Now appears to be fixed.
mubda Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student Interface Designer
LucarioSunderland Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
ša serait aussi pas mal si il pouvait rajouter d'autres langues dans les nouveautÚs...
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