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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


Update to deviantART Mobile

In October, we launched the new mobile site to everyone, and while we stand by its design and functionality, we received valid statements regarding older devices not being compatible with the new layout. With this in mind, we've brought back the old mobile site for older devices, with the option to switch to one or the other depending on your preference. 

For said devices, a banner will appear on the main deviantART page that says, "Touch here to switch to deviantART's legacy mobile site," which will reload the page with the old mobile layout if tapped. If you would like to return to the new mobile layout, you can do so by tapping the Menu button and selecting "Switch to New Mobile Layout" from there.

Please note: while we are bringing the old mobile site back for these devices, it is a legacy version of the mobile site, meaning that we will not provide updates to this layout, and technical support will be limited. 

Proposed Changes to the Anthro Gallery 

KovoWolf is heading up potential changes to the category structure of the Anthro gallery, and your feedback would help shape changes made in the future. 


Change Log

  • A horizontal scrollbar was present in Firefox for some users at a narrow browser resolution. Fixed by yury-n
  • There were some errors encountered when purchasing discounted items with deviantART Points, if the buyer didn't have enough Points before the discount was applied to the total. Fixed by yury-n
  • There were some delays in processing thumbnails for newly submitted deviations, as well as sending deviantWATCH messages. The backlog was quickly processed. Fixed by chris
  • More Like This was briefly unavailable. Fixed by chris

Sta.sh / New Submit

  • Some deviations stated they were submitted from Sta.sh when they weren't. Fixed by samshull
  • Items in Sta.sh now display which app they were submitted from. Fixed by adahacker
  • Logging into Sta.sh in Safari would sometimes fail and display an incorrect error message. Fixed by adahacker
  • Pressing escape would exit both the deviation and the stack, for fast browsers. Fixed by kouiskas
  • The description box wouldn't expand when content was pasted in. Fixed by samshull
  • When submitting a deviation to both Scraps and Groups, the deviation would go to the Groups but not to Scraps. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Deviants were unable to set preview images for ZIP files. Fixed by adahacker
  • When submitting text, the page would always trigger a "Mature Content not selected" error, even if it was selected. Fixed by adahacker
  • When adding text, the text preview wouldn't reflect the text's actual spacing. Fixed by kouiskas
  • When changing files, the new image would take the place of the category examples. Fixed by kouiskas
  • There was a javascript error when categorizing items written in Sta.sh Writer as Journals. Fixed by adahacker
  • Some deviation types were displaying an incorrect image preview during upload. Fixed by samshull
  • New deviants were being asked to agree to the Terms of Service with no way to actually do so. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Category errors wouldn't display properly when updating an already published deviation. Fixed by adahacker

Sta.sh Writer


  • Some Literature categories were displaying entries as Journals. Fixed by kemayo
  • The Google Webfonts list was out of date. Fixed by kemayo
  • Using "Edit with deviantART muro" would sometimes save slowly, and could get stuck on the "saving..." overlay. Fixed by kemayo
  • Sta.sh comments showed raw HTML when you restored a page after restarting your browser. Fixed by inazar
  • When leaving comments in Sta.sh, the comment field would not be blank after posting. Fixed by inazar
  • The "Show More" button in the sidebar was misaligned in IE8/9. Fixed by Alisey
  • Long titles in the sidebar would overlap. Fixed by Alisey
  • Thumbnails were not evenly spaced in the sidebar in Firefox. Fixed by Alisey
  • In Firefox, when copy and pasting content from a web page, hidden HTML code would sometimes become visible. Fixed by Alisey

Your Feedback


Thanks for the feedback left on last week's update! Here's some of what you had to say.
  • Deviants were pleased with the new tool to improve More Like This results. Nippey suggested that it would be helpful for the original deviation to scroll, so that members can have an easier time comparing the results to the starting deviation.
  • SougonNaTakumi mentioned that it would also be useful to mark particular deviations as good or bad matches for the source deviation.
  • Some deviants would like to be able to go directly to their Profile from Sta.sh. Suggested by Aren-Elsa
  • Deviants would like the option for endless scrolling on deviations in their Message Centers. Suggested by Yamitora1
  • Members would like to be able to change permissions for a Group Gallery Folder from that folder's page, rather than having to go to the Manage Members section of that Group's admin area. Suggested by IceWolf762
  • Some deviants would like to be notified if they are logged in for two or more sessions at once. Suggested by Bemari

Discuss!

deviantART muro for Critique
Some deviants have suggested using deviantART muro as a tool for critique. When giving critique, do you find it helpful to be able to leave a visual representation of what you mean, such as by redlining the work? (Redlining is when an artist draws a sketch over another artist's work to help find flaws in the original art.) As an artist, would you find it helpful if other artists could leave redlines as part of a critique on your art by using deviantART muro?

deviantART muro critique as mocked up by RobynRose


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This week's Site Update includes an update to deviantART's mobile site, bug fixes, and more!
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:iconcracross:
cracross Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
not bafd not baD
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:iconliving-egg-rolls:
Living-Egg-Rolls Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Student General Artist
I can't edit my page on a mobile device, like my kindle! Help!
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:iconbonbonthefox:
BonBontheFox Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
there's this little bug on dA mobile that cuts off my journals, and it's really annoying. help!
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:iconwreckling:
wreckling Featured By Owner May 4, 2015   Writer
Hi there! If you're still running into this, you'll want to file a bug report at the Help Desk. :)
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:iconsp00ksku11:
Sp00kSku11 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I'm having a bit of a problem with deviantART on my phone... is this a new update or is it just my phone?
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:iconwreckling:
wreckling Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015   Writer
Hi there! What are you running into?
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:iconsp00ksku11:
Sp00kSku11 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Well it's gone now so I'm guessing it was just my phone, but there was just a white page with a black deviantart logo. The options were there too. However, they wouldn't work. But as I said before, it was a glitch on my phone's browsers.

Sorry for wasting your time. ^^;
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:iconwreckling:
wreckling Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015   Writer
Not a waste of time at all, glad to hear everything's working for you now :D
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:iconrinnealexbg666:
RinneAlexBG666 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Could we FINALLY add Chat to the mobile site?
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:icon1hedgiefan:
1HedgieFan Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Umm how can i change my avatar?
Im so dumb.
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:iconduchessaradhel:
DuchessAradhel Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I accidentally clicked on the huge yellow Legacy Mobile site reference at the top of the page (btw, very annoying, just saying hehe), and now I have clicked on "Menu", but I can't seem to find the "Switch to New Mobile Layout", all I see is "Switch to Desktop Site".

I have a Nokia Lumia 521 with Win8 and the "New Mobile Layout" was working just fine.

How do I go back to the "New Mobile Layout"???
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:iconduchessaradhel:
DuchessAradhel Featured By Owner Edited Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Okay, I think I may have figured it out... I went to my IE settings and deleted history & all previously stored info... now it looks like it may have sent me to the "New Mobile Layout"... Will update you if anything changes...

(P.S. How do I get rid of the HUGE YELLOW Legacy Mobile banner up at the top that I accidentally clicked on with my big fingers?? LOL... I have clicked on the X but it keeps coming back!! Ahhhhh!! LOL)
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:iconpehotiger:
PehoTiger Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
There appears to be a bug (for example): When I go on the normal website (on mobile) it says I have three mails in my inbox. Yet when I click on it, it only shows that I had received only TWO pieces of mail. Can you guys fix this please?
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xMEDZx Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh a late question: Is the new mobile site compatible with android version 4.0? because if not then that would explain some things.
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:iconwreckling:
wreckling Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014   Writer
It should be, yes. If you're encountering an issue on the mobile site, please do file a bug report about it at the Help Desk! :)
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:iconsouthrobin:
Southrobin Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
Can we get rid of the yellow banner at the top? It's very annoying and I have no intention of using the legacy mobile site. I've tried using m.deviantart.com and that doesn't work. I've constantly cleared my cache, too. No luck with that, either.

Seconded problem. Accidentally switched to the old site once and now its forever here.
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:iconnekowindmage:
NekoWindMage Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I cant see my feedback at all using my phone mobile or desktop site...How do I fix this? I have to keep going to my laptop to check my notifications...
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:iconwreckling:
wreckling Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014   Writer
Hi there! What make and model are your phone?
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:iconnekowindmage:
NekoWindMage Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a samsung galaxy S 3?
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:iconwreckling:
wreckling Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014   Writer
Can you check to see which version of Android you're on? You can find out by going to Settings, then selecting "About device".
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:iconnekowindmage:
NekoWindMage Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its 4.3
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:iconwreckling:
wreckling Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014   Writer
Alrighty, then you'll want to file a bug report at the Help Desk about that. I just wanted to make sure we offer support for your device before sending you there mistakenly. :)
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NekoWindMage Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok thanks! :)
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:iconallstuffcombustable:
AllstuffCombustable Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Student General Artist
I would very much like if we could go into a chat room? I don't know if its just me, but whenever I try to go to a group with a chat room on it, the page is blank. I like to use mobile to go into chat rooms for role playing groups, but I can't physically visit the group at all.
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:iconwreckling:
wreckling Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014   Writer
Hi there! We don't actually offer support for chat on mobile devices at this time. Sorry about that!
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:icontytoquetra:
Tytoquetra Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013   Digital Artist
Can we get rid of the yellow banner at the top? It's very annoying and I have no intention of using the legacy mobile site. I've tried using m.deviantart.com and that doesn't work. I've constantly cleared my cache, too. No luck with that, either.
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SapphireReverie Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*sigh*
It doesn't work when I tap it
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:iconriku-of-darkness:
Riku-of-Darkness Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm having the same problem as ~TheAshFlash. The banner keeps showing up every time I refresh my browser. I don't want to use the old version, so this is a bit annoying. Is there anyway to turn the banner off?
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YarksieYax Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I cannot switch back to the legacy mobile site on my Motorola Defy,  I am using the 2.3.6 android version and Opera Mini 7.5.3. The new mobile site does not work very well, I have to click on links multiple times before it will move from the page I am on and the search option does show results. No matter how times I click on the option to switch back to the legacy mobile site it never switches back.
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TheAshFlash Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i really love this new mobile site. But the thing is the banner for the legacy mobile site. Whats weird is that it stopped appearing on my old iPod, which i was happy about. But on my new iPod it wont stop appearing everytime. I really dunno if its meant to do that or what?
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:iconiisjah:
iisjah Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I know it's an old topic but I accidentally clicked legacy on my mobile (samsung galaxy mini 2) and can't get back to normal site - the menu gets me to the main da page and thats it 8c
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:iconwreckling:
wreckling Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013   Writer
Mobile website, even. :slow:
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:iconwreckling:
wreckling Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013   Writer
Hey there! Try visiting m.deviantart.com and see if that gets you back to the mobile device.
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:iconiisjah:
iisjah Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nope - stays the same :c Should I write to the help desk with it?
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:iconwreckling:
wreckling Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013   Writer
Can you try clearing your cache on your phone?
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:iconiisjah:
iisjah Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's generally a fresh out of the box phone si I don't think it's the problem *cleans anyway*
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:iconwreckling:
wreckling Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013   Writer
It happens sometimes that it gets stuck in the cache, is why I mentioned it. If you're still running into it after that, then you'll want to file a bug report about it at the Help Desk, ok?
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SayuriChou Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Is there any way to disable the legacy website? I keep accidentally clicking the banner and have to close it out whenever I reload the page. The newer mobile interface works much better, so I want the banner to stop popping up. Is this possible?
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Hesperie Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I accidentally hit the link to switch back to the legacy site. Opera Mobile won't let me press the Menu button there (the page just reloads), so I'm unable to switch back.

Is anyone else having this problem and did you find a way to fix it?
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LemonTea-sama Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
same
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:iconhesperie:
Hesperie Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Someone from the Help Desk got back to me on this one. You have to clear your browsing data and it will reset itself to the newer version.
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alexblue0 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
custom background for deviantart page or custom color
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Ashes-and-Snowflakes Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It'd be great if people could submit art with their smartphones. It's really convenient. I actually wrecked my laptop screen, and though it still works, half is out and I usually use my phone. This leads to months without updates or journal entries, and it's disappointing to me and my watchers. I'm not the only one with this problem either, so I'm just making a suggestion. I'd greatly appreciate it if you took it into consideration :)
Thank you!<3
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:iconwreckling:
wreckling Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013   Writer
Hey there! If your phone has the most recent Android or iOS release, you should be able to submit from it :)
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Ashes-and-Snowflakes Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have the new iOS release, and I can submit from it, it just takes a long time and crashes a lot. I have the patience though. ^^
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:iconcutipie411:
cutipie411 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I have a Nokia lumia 710
accidentally pressed legacy mobile banner and I can't access the menu in legacy site
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:iconrotoxys:
Rotoxys Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
I have the same problem, it sucks.
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:iconcutipie411:
cutipie411 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Well its fixed now
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:iconrotoxys:
Rotoxys Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
It's still like that for me, I can't search for art at all >>;
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:iconbluefeatherarchangel:
BlueFeatherArchangel Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't like the new mobile format, I can't see or use anything on my account anymore
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