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Thumbnail Size Test, Part 2

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 4:47 PM
Thank you! This test has now concluded and been updated. You can read more about the test in the Thumbnail Size Testing Tool article.

Please note: This change applies only to the Beta Testers who were not included in the first thumbnail size test. Also, this is a temporary change that will be happening later today, and the test will last for one week or less

We'd like to thank the Beta Testers who helped us test the thumbnail size changing tool! These tests help shape deviantART and we sincerly appreciate your participation and feedback!

In addition to the feedback we gathered from your comments on the size testing tool, this week we're going to continue our research by implementing a test that randomly assigns Beta Testers a different size for viewing thumbnails. 

During this time, the Beta Testers in this group will not have the ability to change the size at which thumbnails are viewed. The purpose of this test is so that we can monitor the browsing habits for each thumbnail size, to get a sense of how effective each size is; however, you are more than welcome to leave feedback here on the article.

If you would prefer not to take part in this test, feel free to turn beta testing off for the next week. Thumbnails will return to their standard size if you turn off beta testing during this test period.

Thanks for helping us in improving the deviantART experience!

In addition to the feedback we gathered from your comments on the size testing tool, this week we're continuing our research regarding thumbnail sizes by implementing another test for Beta Testers.
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ansimeone Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually LOVED the 50% option- it appealed to my organizational side and I was able to view more at a time. I appreciate that we have the choice to zoom in/out as we please, now. I hope that stays, because I am a huge fan of viewing smaller thumbnails!
Veroom Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I was expecting the test to last the full week, I feel a bit silly for not reading in greater detail.

Assuming this test included Firefox this time, my thumbnails must've been assigned to "100%" i.e. 300px width / 200px height.

So I can't really give feedback on that beyond what I've given in the past:

- Wide images get bigger thumbnails than thin images which is unfair.

- Galleries with thin images get *huge* gaps in grid mode, but also inexplicably in wall mode.

- Scrolling is now required and in large quantity. On a 1024x768 display galleries showing subfolders on the side get just one thumbnail per "row" which is pathetic.

- Unrelated to size, the addition of semi-transparent white backgrounds does nothing to help browsing and ruins images that are meant to have a transparent background.

- I suspect the 50% option in part 1 and assigned to people in part 2 uses a 100px limit, which is not comparable to the old thumbnails where it was 150px matching the width. I hope this test is not being used to suggest people who dislike 50% disliked the old thumbnails.

- If given the choice on a permanent basis I would absolutely take 75% as a preference from the options provided (or beyond that; a balanced setting of 200px width and height, which I currently resort to gallery CSS to provide).
KittyMrowMrow Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It gave me the option for the sizes and I really don't mind either one, but the size I prefer is the 75% one.
MidNightsCastedAngel Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student General Artist
WHEN is this going away I'm dying TOO SMALL...
farahat25 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Very small, and large are the best
Zipper-1 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Well, I'm not even sure if I was included in the test, due to the fact that I just very recently opted to beta test, but it appears to me to be the same as always. I'm not getting much of a difference between the old thumbnail sizes and the test size, so it suits me. Then again, I'm quite easy to please, so perhaps this isn't the right test for me to provide feedback on. :p
NoNamePaper Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So this is why my browsing thumbs got so small...

Hate it, by the way.
Kessima Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012   Digital Artist
I'm not sure what percent size I got, but whatever it is, it's tiny.
And I hate it.

The amount of graphic information on the first page of the site is overwhelming, and it's too small to see any of it.
Really, I can't focus on one thumbnail at a time because it's too tiny to really see what it is, and there's too much going on around it that swallows it up. I'm definitely browsing a lot less on the front page.

I really can't wait for this test to be over... :c
wreckling Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012   Writer
Hey there! This test will be ending by Friday, so if you want to turn off beta testing until the test period is over, you're more than welcome to. :)
Kessima Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012   Digital Artist
Okay, thank you! =P
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