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This week's Site Update is a little different from usual in that we don't have any publicly visible changes. However, it's for a good reason. Our Devious Technology team is currently at a staff retreat! 

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Devious Technology Staff Retreat


The members of our Devious Technology team are currently in Canada for a staff retreat! Because the team is remote-based, this is the first time some of our developers have met one another in person!

The team is currently hard at work on a variety of upcoming projects for the community, and being able to interact face to face makes for a new, creative environment for them to code in as a team. Stay tuned for updates about the projects they're working on! #ItsComing

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Your Feedback


Thanks for the feedback on last week's Site Update! Here's some of what you shared with us:
  • In response to the Discuss topic, some deviants mentioned using music as fodder for inspiration, while others mentioned using the internet to find lists of prompts or random prompt generators.
  • A commonly mentioned issue was that artists have inspiration to create at times when it's not possible to create, and then lack that inspiration when they are able to do so.
  • Some deviants mentioned in comments that they were encountering issues with the Message Center; these issues have been resolved at this time. If you encounter anything further, please file a bug report at the Help Desk.

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When creating an account or logging in on a website, do you use social login systems to do so (e.g Login with Facebook, Twitter, etc.)? Why or why not? Would you find it useful to use your deviantART account to easily sign in to other creative apps?

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This week's Site Update includes a developer staff retreat, your feedback from last week, and more!
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VioletRosePetals Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
People really need to quit griping about the hashtags. Honestly, saying that DA using hashtags turns it into Facebook is completely ignorant, and you people need to wake up and take a good long look at what DA truly is. You don't seem to realize that when the internet shifts, you either have to shift with it, or end up with a horribly glitchy hunk of garbage that no one in their right mind will want to use. Yes the hashtags are visible, which I actually like because it helps keep people from using irrelevant tags (which ruin searches). But they're small, and not in the way or obnoxious. They're nicely folded into one line underneath the title in an unobtrusive size. Relax already. All of you who are threatening to to leave because of the hashtags? Go right ahead, and take your whining with you. DA will be much nicer and more enjoyable without your complaining.

I've been here for a loooong time under one account or another (more than 8 years). EVERY time DA adjusts itself to move with the times, a ton of people (usually non-subscribing members and/or members who've been here for less than 2 years, but not always) jump up and down throwing temper tantrums going 'Put it back!' Then when DA doesn't do so within 24 hours or less they accuse it of not listening to it's members. Funny that. DA actually DOES listen to it's members. It does NOT, however, blindly conform itself to the whims of it's users. And when it realizes that it's users have a point? It is adjusted accordingly. Not immediately, they try to take the time to do a good job, but once everything is decently in order things shift towards what the members want in a way that is still workable with what DA needs.

Remember when More Like This first came out? Perfect example. EVERYONE, me included, was outraged that such large thumbnails of other people's work (often work that had nothing to do with the main deviation being viewed) were plastered right next to their own, at the top of the page. The thumbnails were huge and extraordinarily detracting from the original deviation. But now look at it. It's name has changed to More From DeviantART, and yes it's still there, but it's much smaller, and it's further down the page so you actually have to scroll to see it. Plus, it's a lot more accurate as far as choosing similar works. Maybe not 100% perfect, but it's hugely better than it was.

Point is, the internet is continuously updating, and DA has to keep up somehow. They may not do it perfectly to you the first, or even the fifth time, but DA DOES take into consideration the millions of member voices squawking when they see something they don't like. Then they analyze the information that's being rudely shoved in their faces and try to come up with the best solution possible as quickly as they can. But it takes time.

So, either learn to deal with it and enjoy DA, or go gripe somewhere else. *End rant*:grump:

No I probably won't respond to your response, but feel free to vilify me all you want because I think being upset over something like hashtags is idiotic.
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:iconstillphototheater:
stillphototheater Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
How come no staff will respond to our feedback ?
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stillphototheater Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
New hash tags require more key strokes and the memory which was useful for similar postings is now gone.
I hate it.
Please no more improvements.
Reduce your staff, dA doesn't need improvements, go back to what was.
Start the staff reductions with those who implemented the new hash tag system and didn't throughly test it.
Save money, reduce your staff, go back to what was, it was better.
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:iconinvisiblewar:
InvisibleWar Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
I like creating own account.. That's specific !
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:iconcastleunderthemoon:
CastleUnderTheMoon Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
Please get rid of the hash tags.
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:iconlablayers:
LabLayers Featured By Owner Edited Aug 27, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Adding social media sign-in to dA would definitely attract more users - Tumblr, Reddit, and Twitter specifically have a lot of talented artists not yet on deviantART.

I currently use deviantART as a sign in option for a few of my apps (including the artist alley application for an upcoming convention that would allow users to select deviations from their gallery) and I would love to see it in use elsewhere!

If you happen to be a nodejs developer, check out my passport-deviantart library as well: github.com/LabLayers/passport-…
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:icontheskull31:
TheSkull31 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Student General Artist
Whatever happened to not having hashtags in the keywords box of the submission page?
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SnowWolf10 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Ok who in the hell changed the input tags to social medal bullshit.
This is a huge disaster.
Put Deviantart back the way it was from this new shit came.
Where is that feekback...Huh?
I thought People was first then Change not Change so people won't notice. 
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daanton Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Who the heck changed how we enter deviation submission tags?!? :confused: Shouldn't we still be allowed to enter them how we feel they should be formatted, like we've always done?!?
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