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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.

Like last week's update, this week's Site Update is a little different from usual in that we don't have a publicly visible change log. However, it's for a good reason. Our Devious Technology team is currently at a staff retreat working on upcoming projects, such as...

Tags are the new Keywords

As deviantART grows and strives to create new ways to discover great content, we’ve found that keywords as we currently use them have become underutilized. We think we can do better -- and can make a better experience for the community -- by making some changes.

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  • Some deviants mentioned that they might use social login options on deviantART provided they could continue to log in with username and password, while other deviants said they would choose not to use them.
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  • CrypticGrin suggested that some deviants would like to be able to easily share their artwork to their other social pages from the Submit page as they submit it to deviantART.


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VoreQ Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Your Feedback" *totally ignore the mass uproar about the awful change to keywords.* Problem? 
Lolinondoda Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The new tagging system sucks! Not because you care, huh?
pica-ae Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Not sure if this is the right spot to leave feedback on the "Manage Deviation Tags" page, but here goes anyway ;) 

It would be fantastic if we were either able to search for deviations on the page or sort by category. With over 800 deviations (including journals, obviously) it is pretty much impossible to do this in any way time effective. 
demontroll Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
Tags are not working for me.  The only thing that works is to add the keywords to the description.
seangregory Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi, I have searched my art using my keywords/tags and my images don't come up. So not much chance of sales there. eg. "seascape" traditional art/paintings/landscape and scenery and my image does not appear. I edited my prints and made sure the keywords were there and spaced, all looks fine but not working. Am I missing something when setting up for selling prints? Thanks
KissSh0t Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello..  a question about tagging images with search criteria.

When I tag images it breaks up names / series name / related tags into separated words.. so say I have a character name "Motoko Kusanagi", I write it and it splits the tag into 2 search criteria instead of one word.. so it becomes one tag of "Motoko" and another of "Kusanagi".. when I save the post, then go back into edit all the tags I've entered are jumbled up and not in order of what I entered them as.. the Name I entered becomes disconnected from itself with other search criteria in between the name.

How are we meant to tag on deviantart? do we need to tag something like this Motoko_Kusanagi ?

On tumblr for instance.. or pixiv, it does not function like this.. but on dA a space makes it split the word.

What is the correct method for tagging on deviantArt?
ShawnLee-STC Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
I can't even upload a picture anymore
1900FCB Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
This new system is confusing, the tags are arranged randomly. And much worse: My latest deviation cannot be found using the tags. It is simply not showing up. I really hope this is not permanent.
Babclayman Featured By Owner Edited Sep 18, 2014
This Tagging System is only making Searching for Art more complicated on DA.
As some note about, you may need to search for various ways to phrase something, and there are some who like to place various keywords for various reasons.
Like hidden meanings or items similar to that.

It is also making Search difficult, as the only way I can find what I am looking for is by someone mentioning it in the Description!

Who was complaining about the Keyword System?
This Tag system only makes things more complicated than they need to be.

Can it please be possible to at least give us the option of using Keywords and not force us to use Hashtags?
Hearts-n-Scalpels Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
Are the tags working? They don't seem to show up in the search. 
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