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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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:iconkaty-l-wood:
Katy-L-Wood Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Student General Artist
I love the basic idea of the new tag system, but it destroyed my current keywording in the transfer and I'm going to have to go fix every single one of my deviations now which is going to be a pain and will take forever.

I'm also not even slightly alright with not having spaces in tags. It looks horrid and it can lead to confusion when there's more than one way to split it apart into two or more words.

As for discovering new mediums I generally pick things up when my school supply store has a sale. They were once selling Prisma Color Markers for $0.75 each (for those who don't know, you're LUCKY to find the things for less than $4 each, and most of the time they're around $6 each.) I bought over 100 even though I'd never used them before. They're now one of my favorite things to work with.
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:iconlady-buffy:
Lady-Buffy Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
it destroyed every keywording I did in my old works T_T
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:iconkaty-l-wood:
Katy-L-Wood Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Same here.
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:iconlady-buffy:
Lady-Buffy Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
do you think they'll fix it or will we have to fix it alone?? =D
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:iconkaty-l-wood:
Katy-L-Wood Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm hoping they'll either fix it or give us a better way to fix it ourselves than going through and editing each deviation individually.
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:iconlady-buffy:
Lady-Buffy Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
I agree with you!! Let's see what they'll do :P
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:iconblackgalaxyally:
BlackGalaxyAlly Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Student General Artist
I usually find out new tools through friends or famous artists that I adore..
But the whole tags thing, I think its a cool different approach, actually.  
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:iconhighlynx:
Highlynx Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Can you guys also be more active on reading help contact tickets. I have a few unread tickets that are probably 4 months old.
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:iconikazon:
ikazon Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014   Writer
Hi there! It looks to me like the only tickets of yours that haven't been addressed are the ones you filed this week. Would you mind sending me a note with any outstanding ticket numbers you have? :)
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:iconhighlynx:
Highlynx Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I don't understand, I hate multipul tickets about a person that was bullied off of DA. I submitted about 6 tickets when I saw that the bullying was getting out of hand. All of which where 4 months ago.
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:iconikazon:
ikazon Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014   Writer
It looks like the tickets you filed prior to this week were waiting on a response from you, and were closed because you didn't reply to them for multiple weeks. If you're still encountering issues, then feel free to file a new report, but please be sure to respond to them when staff replies! :)
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:iconhighlynx:
Highlynx Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
There bust be a few bugs in the system because I dident get any reply notifications from them
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:iconburnsplayguitar:
burnsplayguitar Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
It was great, and simplest the way most common tags are loaded
Approved 
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:iconinsomniadoodles:
InsomniaDoodles Featured By Owner Edited Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, thanks for considering my idea! I hope others like it as well. 

When end it comes to trying out new things, it's more of a whim for me. I was, however, inspired to get a drawing tablet when I saw the amazing digital art others submitted to deviantART. 
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:iconwayman:
Wayman Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
was hashtagging your idea???
what a crap installation and mess it has created
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:iconinsomniadoodles:
InsomniaDoodles Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
HELL NO.
I did not come up with that.
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:iconwayman:
Wayman Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Phewwww!
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:iconinsomniadoodles:
InsomniaDoodles Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty sure it was the dA staff that came up with it.
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:iconwayman:
Wayman Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What was your idea?
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:iconinsomniadoodles:
InsomniaDoodles Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I suggested that it would be nice to have the option to submit our artwork to other websites while submitting it to dA at the same time. (You would be able to choose whether or not you want to do that, of course.) I also post my art to tumblr and Facebook, so it would be nice to just submit my art to all of my sites all at once. I hope it's implemented. ^^
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:iconwayman:
Wayman Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thats a great suggestion. :)
(better thank hashgate)
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