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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

Celebrate deviantART's 13th Birthday!

Yesterday was deviantART's 13th Birthday, and while the day itself has passed, there are still several events going on for you to enjoy! You can earn the 13th Birthday Badge by taking part in the "What is your favorite deviantART memory?" prompt on the birthday article, Journal Skins are free for all deviants to use for 13 days, and more! 

Coming Soon: Public Deviation Keywords

Coming soon, deviation keywords will be publicly displayed on deviation pages. Until now, keywords have had no functionality other than to serve deviantART's Search.

Making keywords public will give deviants more accountability when submitting a deviation by encouraging them to add accurate keywords to describe the artwork -- ultimately improving the quality of search results. Displaying keywords will also allow members to create common terms around a specific topic or event (for example SharkWeek or ComicCon2013). We also want to give viewers a way to discover more artwork around a common topic.

An added benefit of this change is that it will make search engines (such as Google and Bing) aware of the keywords on deviantART, bringing more traffic to your artwork.

Change Log

  • Various tools were implemented for the 13th Birthday events. Added by fartprincess, kemayo, and DEVlANT
  • When on a deviant's Profile Page, their real name will now display in the browser's page title if they have provided it. Added by adahacker
  • Several visual and functional improvements were made to the uplift to the Profile Tabs currently in beta testing. Fixed by shadowhand
  • Critiques could not be left on Film deviations. Fixed by DEVlANT
  • Editing individual Profile Page widgets did not work when editing the full Profile Page. Fixed by fartprincess
  • Some links to the Forum were briefly broken. Fixed by helloandre
  • There was no "Processing" notification for embedded Film deviations. Fixed by yury-n
  • The Critique modal did not give a warning before closing if the Escape key was pressed while text was entered. Fixed by fartprincess
  • Hitting "Reply" in the Forums did not open a text box on the mobile website. Fixed by fartprincess
  • Browsing deviations by using the "Next" and "Previous" buttons would not work properly if a user logged in or out from another browser tab while doing so. Fixed by yury-n
  • Critiques would not break up super long words, leading to display issues. Fixed by fartprincess
  • Errors would occur when trying to name or change the title of a Gallery subfolder. Fixed by yury-n
  • Small layout and wording changes were made to the deviantID and User Info widgets. Fixed by adahacker
  • When an error page was reached from a URL, the site header would not appear. Fixed by fartprincess
  • There would be no spacing between links included in one's Poll widget. Fixed by shadowhand
  • When viewing a Print being sold in Calendar format, the preview images for individual months were missing. Fixed by helloandre / Submit

  • In Safari 5.1.7 for Windows, nothing would happen when trying to select an option from the pencil menu on the Edit page. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Scheduled submissions that failed to submit properly would become active again after refreshing the page. Fixed by drommk
  • Unnecessary ellipses would appear within titles of files. Fixed by drommk
  • Long titles could not be correctly edited after having been truncated. Fixed by drommk
  • Ending a item's title with a space would cause an error. Fixed by kouiskas Writer

  • The Write a Journal Entry page will now retain your Rich-Text or HTML Mode setting. Fixed by kemayo
  • Writer would not always load properly, when editing Journals submitted with the old Journal editor. Fixed by inazar
  • Some issues with loading speed were fixed. Fixed by inazar
  • Putting specific search queries into the emoticon sidebar search (such as "favby:username") would produce broken results. Fixed by kemayo

Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback left on last week's Site Update! Here's some of what you had to say:
  • Feedback regarding the Profile Tab uplift currently in beta testing was mixed. Several deviants mentioned a dislike for the "Submit" buttons on the Gallery and Journal tabs.
  • Deviants generally liked the idea of being able to add skins to their Portfolio.
  • Some deviants mentioned wanting to add Film deviations to their Portfolio.


Drawing in the Forum
One of the areas offered in our Forums is the DrawPLZ Forum, where you can take part in art challenges and collaborations! What do you think of the DrawPLZ Forum? Have you taken part in it? Do you find it easy to take part in? How could it be improved? Are there specific threads that you've enjoyed in particular?

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This week's Site Update includes deviantART's 13th Birthday events, information about deviation keywords, and more!
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Bit-sinna Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really looking forward to the public keywords. Did a university project with a fellow student this spring about keywords on deviantART and one of the aspects we discussed was the benefits of making the keywords public. So I'm really looking forward to see it in practice. :)
Antleraptor Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
I highly dislike not having thumbnails in my deviantWATCH messages.

It is irritating to not have a preview to see if something is worth viewing.
PawelMatys Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I had this idea for quite a long time now... Namely, I don't particularly like how the deviantWATCH notification center works. When I try to look at all those new works of people I watch I have to click and change between the tabs until the cows come home to actually see what these people uploaded. When I'm off on deviantart for like few days I have to change between plenty of tabs to see some older works. I don't think many people do that... Quite often it happens that I simply delete all those notifications when they are hundreds or thousands. Another thing is that if one uploads more than one work then all of them appear in a folder so if I want to see those works I have to go in to that folder, and then go back to see something else. It's just a waste of time in my opinion.

Why not to bring more exposure to those recently uploaded works and create some kind of a new tab on frontpage, where all those "what's hot", "undiscovered", "popular" and "new" are found... A tab with collection of works that belongs only to people one watches. That would be totally awesome... No need to delete thousands of messages, to change between the tabs, to go in to the different folders and of course no need to look at the only first few notifications. Instead a beautiful wall with works of people I watch. If I had this kind of wall I would definitely scroll down and view all of these works instead of only recent few.

I hope that you will consider this idea. It would totally change the existing watcher concept.

Btw, I really liked new deviation-interface I met few weeks ago, but don't know why it was only visible while I logged out.
KittyloverAmethyst Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey! since this update I have been unable to display stamps on my ID profile? for example -:thumb62530307::thumb312100774::thumb277997038::thumb327647708: whats going on deviantART?!
12monthsOFwinter Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
Something else: the following warning when clicking on a link is stupid and insulting

"Now Leaving
You are now leaving Be warned! Out there be monsters.

If this is what you intended, then follow the link below. "
12monthsOFwinter Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
Putting the real name kind of defeats the purpose of having an avatar in the first place. It also ruins the persona an artist may have created...I think that should have been optional.

The 'submit' button all over the place is ugly and stupidly placed- it already exists in the dropdown!
Comraxe Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The new update fucking sucks. No offense here, I know you guys are makin an effort to maintain the site for the better but I feel like the changes were kinda unnecessary. 
I also hate how everything in custom boxes appear 2x smaller. The fuck was that supposed to do? 
Sonicstar101 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Read my jouranl and go here
scarmask99 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Woo! Comment number 2000!!!!
HappyAggro Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
Late on this but:

 :bulletblue: Suggestion: Give people the ability to filter artwork based on the tags, so they don't have to see it showing up on front page, searchs or their inbox (possibly in other people's journals/comments). People with triggers/an adversion to blood/gore/what have you can avoid artwork based on the tags when the mature deviation option hasn't been clicked because the deviant didn't think it necessary/didn't want to. Watch the butthurt comments about *POPULAR SHOW/MOVIE/VIDEO GAME/COMIC/ETC* or *HIGHLY IMPLAUSIBLE FETISH* just melt away! Of course, this working would probably be dependent on...

:bulletblue: Suggestion: When the new Keyword revamp comes out PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE give the FAQ on keywords a comprehensive update and make a comprehensive journal about it so that people are not REALLY CONFUSED about how keywords now work. It'd save a lot of headaches that way. Heck, I think that people are still fairly confused even without the changes, I came across a deviation from some person who put hashtags (much like one would do for Instagram) in the artist's comments, as if it would actually...impact things. :? I don't think that making keywords public is going to do enough to encourage proper keyword usage on its own.

Are the way that the keywords are set up (separate each keyword with spaces) gonna change? I think that it'd be a bit more intuitive to have stuff separated by commas rather than spaces. For example, with the current system, Sonic the Hedgehog is currently...three separate keywords. (sonic the hedgehog video games sega genesis) Somebody might be looking up Genesis in the biblical sense only to find a bunch of unrelated Sonic fanart If it was commas, just putting in a keyword then a comma then going onto the next keyword could help with getting more specific results. (sonic the hedgehog,video games,sega genesis) No biblical mishaps!
SorbetBerry Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist
WHY did you change the format D: it's so cluttered and i hate iiit
don't fix things that aren't broken, please!
EbolaBearSoda Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013

Will there be the option to hide keywords on a person's Deviations?

FrankBencosme Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Lushain Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey DA I hate the new layout. Why? Why would you do that? -.- 
NerezaFire Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Interesting choice of changes I'm not sure how I fell about it yet but I'm sure I get used to it eventually.

One change I acualy do love is the more like this option that separates the artist own work and other similar works  rather then having them all bunched together. It looks good and works well as far as I seen.

I dont know if I palatially like the new placemnt of the number of views and ratings ect expesaly since you have it twice with the same information in the detail section, I think it might look cleaner just to have the information assessable in the details but hidden otherwise.

the placement of the favorites is not particularly a necessary chage but it docent look bad per say it defiantly will take a lot of getting used to.

None the less thank you for all the years of art and happy site birthday.

Devildart Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I dont understand the decision of placing the favourite to the bottom of the image as opposed to the side. it has done nothing but make it more frustrating since most of the time we have to scroll down and the image takes up the exact same amount of space as before the change due to the sidebar not having a single change in width. 

most of the time i dont mind these changes but this one is very frustrating to deal with and is also much less visually appeasing.
Devildart Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Did i mention how less convenient that placement is now? this change was pointless, as for the drag and drops. oh hey look outdated computers. they dont allow that to function very well.

(replying to my own comment as to not flood the page)
EbolaBearSoda Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
DA and updates isn't always a good or smart combination
Devildart Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah i noticed. this one is by far the worst one....for now.
EbolaBearSoda Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Don't worry, they're hard at work making a worse one:P
Devildart Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
and thus the reason ill be moving to either weasyl or wysp
EbolaBearSoda Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Weasyl looks more organized while Wysp has the video tutorial section. If they could merge...:mwahaha:
Devildart Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Someone needs to make that a thing now.
although i wish weasyl didnt have a seperate submit for character pages and let the images posted there appear in the main gallery...
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jagged-eye Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional Photographer
Happy b-day! Keep going!

I too noted the change to the layout. Not certain I am a fan. I will keep using it and see.
OMG-ImSoAwesome Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
I found the layout's changed.. 
cyan777 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Happy Bday!!!Tard Jig 
Ren-Akamatsu Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
ebrayan Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday Dev'Art !!
AwanAbiyasa Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Happy Birthday Dev'Art !!
bramanabimantara Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Student Filmographer
happy birthday DevianART :D
adinxz Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
happy birthday DA :D
arey1217 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
HAPPY bIRHTDAYbe doo be doo be doo 
haysam13 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Happy birthday DeviantART! =)
KatieR66 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DA GiveGetCenter-party happy hug Pikachus nuzzles cheeks GiveGetCenter-party GiveGetCenter-party GiveGetCenter-party be doo be doo be doo 
Yumi-Chan-Chu Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday,DA! Giggle Giggle GiveGetCenter-party GiveGetCenter-party GiveGetCenter-party Party Party :hypnola: :hypnola: 
Adamowy Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wszystkiego Najlepszego z okazji 13 urodzin!!! :)
uzumaki-san98 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
happy birthdaybe doo be doo be doo Twin highfive balloons 
piccusia Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
painkiller! XD
13MarisaAdopts Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
HB <33
ipank4 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Happy Birthday DA :)
ferdiyan Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
happy birthday........ ^_^
ho-ohgia Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday DA!:party::D:iconcakeplz:

monarte Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Happy birthday! :party:
Shiiyo-chan Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Happy Birthdaaay! ^-^ Tanjoubi Omedetou, DA-chan! c:
Oljum Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist
Happy birthday!!!I am a dummy! Love CURSE YOU!
be doo be doo be doo
Singing Airborne Wish you only happy 13th!
I love deviantART!
Midnighter-9505 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: HAPPY BIRTHDAY DA!!!!!!!!!:happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: 

:tardclap:  Free Birthday Icon:bird::shuffelin:
Button Tard One of my favorite moments was the moment I figured out how to used emoticons.
 I :love: them!
High-Horizon Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday! :D (Big Grin) 
ddhmiumfg Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
<font><font>HPBD </font></font>
Afanasi-Wolf Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy BIRTHDAY!!!!!!
LunaAurora20014 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
 Woah, it'll be my 13th birthday too. On Friday 13th. .0.
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