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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


More Like This on Deviation Pages


Please note: This feature is available to a limited number of members and will be rolled out to everyone over time.

We've brought More Like This results to deviation pages, to make the experience of exploring art on deviantART even easier than before! Featuring a mix of art from the artist whose deviation you are viewing and related artwork created by other artists, More Like This lets you delve even deeper into a world of artwork you love.


Change Log

  • In the Message Center, deviation titles and authors displayed incorrectly in Critique stacks. Fixed by yury-n
  • When using Firefox on Android devices, the keyboard would automatically open on the home page in some cases, due to the search field being auto-focused. Fixed by banks
  • The Customization > Icons > Misc category briefly did not accept .jpg files. Fixed by shahyarg
  • In the Journal Portal section of the site footer, the "comments" labels were misplaced. Fixed by helloandre
  • When changing the category of a Group Journal from "Personal Journal" to anything else, the new category was not saved. Fixed by helloandre
  • Paging was briefly broken on some pages and modals. Fixed by shahyarg

Sta.sh / New Submit

  • Dragging the mouse to select was very slow when a large amount of Sta.sh items were present. Fixed by adahacker
  • The title of the browser tab did not update when the file was renamed. Fixed by drommk
  • The "Submit Prints" step would consistently generate an "invalid value" error. Fixed by adahacker
  • Unchecking the "Submit Prints" checkbox when editing did nothing. Fixed by drommk
  • Editing a Journal's category could cause it to show up in one's Gallery. Fixed by adahacker

Sta.sh Writer


  • Pressing "Done" in Writer would sometimes remove Sta.sh Writer documents from stacks other than the "Drafts" stack. Fixed by kemayo
  • Pressing tab when in lists will now indent the list item, if appropriate. Fixed by Alisey
  • Pressing tab three times would cause the cursor to jump past the current word. Fixed by Alisey
  • Submitting multiple comments on Sta.sh items without reloading the page would cause problems. Fixed by inazar
  • For mobile devices, the Sta.sh Writer sidebar covered things up when trying to comment. Fixed by inazar

Your Feedback


Thank you for the feedback left on last week's Site Update! Quite a bit of feedback was left, and we wanted to address a few concerns that were raised in the comments.
  • Questions were raised regarding the royalty structure of 80% for artists and 20% for deviantART.
    • To put things simply, it costs money to run deviantART. This feature alone required building a new interface for the widget, a My Earnings accounting system, integrations to allow conversion of Points to U.S. Dollars, constructing a range of new backend functions for the Submit process, a new Message Center feature organizing all correspondence about commissions using the widget, and the integration of the deviantART Points platform that permits micro-payments without the buyers using credit cards. The fee helps us build these things, and there is more to come and more to be built.
    • We are considering tiered fees in the future for people who reach monthly sales levels, and for Premium Members, but we’d like to see this spread out onto the site before making those changes, so we can accurately project where the breaks for the different levels should be placed.
    • Anyone who chooses to use the widget will be providing us valuable insight and data that we will use to mold the future of the widget and the forthcoming Portal/search ability that will allow people to browse and discover artists who are offering commissions.
  • There was a concern voiced by some deviants that we would try to make the Commissions widget mandatory. 
    • This is not the case. The Commissions widget is and will be an optional tool that deviants can use, but no one is obligated to use it if they prefer not to.
  • Many deviants were pleased with the updates to deviantART muro.
  • The suggestion regarding a word count in Sta.sh Writer was well received.
  • Some deviants would like a way to sort through deviations in their Message Center based on whether or not the deviations have critique requested. Suggested by tisinrei


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AZURA-FANG Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Sounds pretty Nice=)
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NotaNameWaster Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
The icons under "More from deviantART" are usually random stuff. But then I click on "Browse More Like This" and it's suddenly a bunch of random stuff, again, but it isn't like the thumbnails at all. Why? Why are the thumbnails not the kinds of art that appear when you click on "Browse More Like This"? Shouldn't they be? I'd assume you'd browse for more art that is LIKE the thumbnails. Regardless though, whatever shows up as being like my deviation is hardly ever like my deviation.
So, I use the "Help Us Improve These Results" function on my deviations (and on other's deviations) every now and then to try to help fix this. For me, the "related deviations" are almost always my own art... which isn't good. See, I have photoshopped Nicolas Cage, and also I drew Vocaloid fan art. These are both made by me, yes, but they are NOT like each other. Yet they're labelled as being like each other.
The other deviations I usually get that are apparently like my own are a bunch of anthropomorphic wolves. I suspect this is because a frequent commenter of mine is into that kind of art. I'm not though, so it's incorrect to label it as "like" my art.

No matter what I try, I get a bunch of wolf-things and my own random shit being labeled as "like this" for my deviations. I constantly say neither group is like the deviation to help "improve these results", but it didn't seem to change anything. I finally gave up with that and started collecting similar art. And then the collected art is "like" a deviation of mine... that WASN'T added to the collection. What sense does that make? This just screwed it all up... pretty badly. Now I'm probably going to delete these small collections I started because they're not helpful, but detrimental in getting relevant art under "More Like This".

What the hell does it take to get this thing to work? Also, like I said, the thumbnails on the deviation page under "More from deviantART" are nothing like what's under "Browse More Like This". When I "Help Improve These Results", assuming it even does anything of course, am I influencing the thumbnails, the "Browse More Like This" art, or both? It seems to affect nothing, but I do wonder what it's /supposed/ to affect.
From what I see, the stuff under "Browse More Like This" seems to be related to the uploader's favorites, deviations, and watchers. Why? I think tags should be used as a basis for finding similar deviations instead. Tags are going to yield more relevant results because they're made to be relevant to /that/ deviation. That's why I put tags on it in the first place! My random favorites and uploads, which is what "More Like This" seems to care about, /aren't/ meant to be relevant to a specific deviation of mine. Yes, "More Like This" is not image recognition, it's supposed to show similar artists and yadda yadda. The artists associated with my account though upload radically different things! Their work is not like mine and vice versa!
I wish this "More Like This" only used tags, because trying to force this thing to work otherwise is just a pain in the ass.


... Yeeep. Kind of an out-dated article to rant on but I felt like whining after all my pointless efforts to get it to work. It's been nine months or so and this thing still doesn't work.
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Lewleworange Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Another reason for me NOT to pay you people my money.

If I were to get one, I would be paying for a membership. BUT, I WOULD BE PROMOTING OTHER PEOPLE'S ARTWORK. PEOPLE I DO NOT KNOW. Haha, no. 
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faeorain Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I was sort of indifferent about this feature, until I saw this one here today...

wolfluver0801.deviantart.com/#...


Here you have a girl, who looks to be maybe 14 or 15 years old at best, innocent looking and just trying to show the coloring she added to her hair, and to the right of the page are a bunch of thumbnails of ass shots and boobs. I don't know exactly how the system works, but there are obvious flaws. Those other images are most definitely not anything like the picture of the young girl.
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NindaKarinsa Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i like the new feature, but why it doesn't related? :o
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Poprock-Poppy Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly! Sometimes the stuff in there doesn't even relate to the image your viewing.
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NindaKarinsa Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah... ^^;
But I think it's still a great idea, If only the things is related.
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El3ctro-Mess Featured By Owner May 5, 2013   Traditional Artist
I don't like it.
It shows totally urealated deviations to mine. Mostly what I have favorited.
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