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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


Improved DMCA Reporting System

DeviantART is dedicated to protecting our artists, and in an effort to be able to more quickly handle complaints by deviants who have had their rights infringed on, we have changed the way we receive complaints from the artist or the copyright holder.

We have now enabled artists and copyright holders to file DMCA takedown requests through an easy to use form. The DMCA is a formal notice and takedown system for copyright owners. It is not an arbitrary set of rules created by deviantART; it is a legal process which is respected the world over. You can find more information on the DMCA, how it works and what it does here.

We have also revised our Copyright Policy. For more information on these changes, please read this journal.

Update to the Submit Page: Multiple Uploads

In response to community feedback, we have added a method to upload multiple files at once from the Submit page. When on the Submit page, you can click "Choose Files from Sta.sh", at which point you will be prompted with a modal where you can upload several files at once to your Sta.sh, and then select which one you would like to submit.

This functionality takes the place of the File Deck of the old submit page, while also adding a layer of security for your files by keeping them saved in your Sta.sh until you're ready to submit them. As mentioned last week, we are working on a seperate feature that will allow you to easily prepare multiple files for submission all within one page.


Change Log

  • Optimizations were made to browsing using the "Next" and "Previous" buttons. With this, the structure of deviantART's URLs have been updated to more efficiently direct you to specific artworks, and deviation pages will load more consistently when browsing from one to another. Added by shadowhand, muteor, and banks
  • A +Watch button and View Gallery link were added to the More Like This results page when browsing in Artists view. Added by yury-n
  • In Firefox, some modals would redirect to a previously visited page when clicking "Done". Fixed by aMoniker
  • Text beneath thumbnails did not display properly in Group galleries. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Some narrow image thumbnails did not display clearly in the Message Center. Fixed by aMoniker
  • Non-Latin character encoding prevented some Notes from displaying properly. Fixed by aMoniker
  • Punctuation affected the character limit allowed for a Profile page tagline. Fixed by randomduck
  • Some domains would fail validation when used as email addresses for joining or changing one's email address. Fixed by helloandre
  • When editing the Commissions widget, canceling the edits would make the pencil icon button vanish. Fixed by aMoniker
  • In the "Submit to a Group" modal, scrolling was broken in cases where several matching group names were found. Fixed by aMoniker
  • The "Arrange" tool in Gallery folders would sort deviations based on the date of its creation, rather than based on the date it was published. Fixed by randomduck
  • Some updates were made to the Sta.sh API based on developer requests, such as additional metadata and the addition of a "delete folder" call. Fixed by aMoniker
  • The Sta.sh API was not properly including the contents of Sta.sh Writer deviations. Fixed by aMoniker

deviantART muro


  • There was a display issue for Safari for Windows users, if they also had the Wacom plugin installed. Fixed by mudimba
  • Redraws would not play properly if the deviation was reached by using the "Next" and "Previous" buttons. Fixed by mudimba

Sta.sh / Submit


  • Clicking "Delete" on a Sta.sh item did not prompt a warning before deletion. Fixed by adahacker
  • Pressing escape when editing a file's description would make the browser leave the page. Fixed by drommk
  • Pressing escape when editing a stack's description would delete its description. Fixed by drommk
  • Dragging to select did not start when clicking certain places. Fixed by drommk
  • The selection box would appear when dragging an item into a stack. Fixed by drommk
  • On the Edit page, the description box did not resize for text with no spaces. Fixed by drommk
  • When editing text, there were occasional error messages, and the progress indicator would go missing. Fixed by adahacker
  • No warning was given when trying to submit Prints on Group-exclusive deviations. Fixed by drommk
  • Dropping files into the "Select File from Sta.sh" modal would break the Submit page. Fixed by adahacker
  • In some circumstances, the category selector would not load. Fixed by adahacker
  • The Submit header was blank in Mobile Safari. Fixed by samshull
  • The "Upload" button did not display in Mobile Safari. Fixed by drommk

Sta.sh Writer


  • When using the integration of deviantART muro in Sta.sh Writer, the drawn-on version of an image could still be embedded in Journals and Sta.sh comments after the original was deleted. Fixed by kemayo
  • Deviations marked as mature content did not display properly in Sta.sh Writer. Fixed by kemayo
  • Images smaller than 50x50px would be hidden behind a "show images" box, when embedded in Sta.sh comments. Fixed by inazar
  • Some deviants would occasionally encounter a "someone else has edited this draft" error message. Fixed by Alisey
  • In Firefox, pasting text into Sta.sh Writer would cause the cursor to jump to the top of the document. Fixed by Alisey
  • Pasting text into Sta.sh Writer when using Firefox would often trigger incorrect indentation. Fixed by Alisey

Your Feedback


Thank you for the feedback left on last week's Site Update!
  • Deviants were positive regarding the improved Twitter and Facebook integrations, as well as the preview for multiple submissions.
  • Several deviants were excited about scheduled submissions, and some deviants asked if scheduled submissions would include Journals. Journals written in Sta.sh Writer (and thereby submitted through the Submit page) would be able to be scheduled.
  • Some deviants would like to have a countdown widget for their Profile page. Suggested by Krissi001 and icefire8521


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Blue-Koi Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
What sorts of things do you see that make you uncomfortable? It is the artist's responsibility to check "mature content", but sometimes they neglect to do so, or sometimes they may genuinely feel that it is not needed. People have different comfort levels based on their own ages, values, or upbringing, so while DA does have rules about what is and isn't mature content, there are also gray areas.

A few weeks ago, I posted a suggestion similar to yours. Mine was to be able to block artwork produced by a member who's work you find offensive from appearing on your search pages when you're logged on.
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haldron Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
If you find a deviation that requires a mature content tag you can report it as such. Check out FAQ #155: How do I report a deviation which I think breaks the rules?
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CSuk-1T Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013   Digital Artist
:icontplz:wo points i would like to suggest...

1) I agree with SerenityFey who asked, quote "Is there any chance you'll be adding the ability to edit one's comments?", unquote.
2) Could we be given the opportunity to just delete a 'Spam' or 'Rude' comments from our pages; rather than just having the hide button?

:iconthankyouscript1::iconthankyouscript2::iconthankyouscript3: :iconblakelord:
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Yamitora1 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it would be nice if we could submit two or more files that show up next to eachother. This could help with before and afters, and comparison between files in general.

I know sometimes artist who do commissions will do alternate things to one picture and ask the customer which one they like better, and this would make their job easier instead of uploading two files and posting two links.
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Drunkenwhaler0313 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's 'bout time i see this
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Jinzo-Advance Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Take down notices may have a good intent, but I think they need to be reviewed before taken down. The problem is people could abuse the system just to get rid of stuff they don't like or just to be a jerk to someone. Any idea on how to handle that part of the problem?
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haldron Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Takedown requests are always reviewed by our staff before execution. :) Abuse of the system is not tolerated and may result in not only termination of one's deviantART account, but may also result in legal liabilities for misuse of the DMCA process.
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Jinzo-Advance Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Well if that's the case, I guess it's nice to hear that liars will get what they deserve. I mean, no one should be able to abuse the system and get away with it.
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darkknightbatfan Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"[The DMCA]...is a legal process which is respected the world over."

:rofl: Thank you; that just made my day.
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MitzumiKare Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
One thing would be really cool is if DA pulled a thing like Pixiv does and have you submit a stack of pictures as a rar or zip file and either have them displayed in the order you zipped the file or have it as a bulk upload in stash. I rather do that than wait for each file to upload as it does now [if I am really speedy I used FTP but even that is slow on some days. My internet issues never end]
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kurisutin Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Are we ever going to be able to see more than 24 images in message center? Or am I missing it? Its frustrating trying to go through thousands of messages 24 images at a time.
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pushyreeder Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
How about unlimited scrolling like on tumblr!?
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ForeverTeaTime Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait, I don't get the concept of scheduled submissions.
I checked back in last week's siteupdate but couldn't find an explanation there either.
Could somebody explain it to me?
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ikazon Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013   Writer
Hi there! Scheduled submissions will allow you to upload files, and then have them be submitted to deviantART on a specific date that you could set in advance. An example where that could be useful is if you're uploading a birthday gift for a friend. You could upload it several days beforehand, and then have it submit on their birthday, without having to worry about getting to a computer in order to do so. For people who submit a lot of work at once, it is also helpful in spacing submissions out, so that watchers aren't flooded with a bunch of submissions all at once. :)
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ForeverTeaTime Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, thank you. That sounds somewhat useful. :P
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Trezykx Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd like to see third party reports honored if adequate information is provided VIA link to the original on or off site. I find a metric ton of stolen art daily, and so far have seen nothing done to any effect. I comment on the artists stolen work and they hide the comment then block me. Surly you must be able to do something. this is a business, you reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. so if a third party report is reasonable, you should take action. Currently the "do nothing policy" is killing dA, as some of the most poplar images of certain categories are stolen from other media, and currently inhabit top spots that working artist should have available to them. How long before we're over run with that garbage?
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ForeverTeaTime Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I agree so much!
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Repcomfandalorian Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
I often choose not to copywrite anything, but that is a personal preference that is not often respected anywhere. Is there some way to not copywrite an original poem, etc, or is the site automatically going to do it by default?

Also, some people on this site like fan work (pics, fics, etc). Is that all of a sudden going to get us in trouble in the proper deviation folders, or is that policy unchanged? :worry:

My personal take on both is that "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."-absolutely no idea who originally said it, but it's been going around my home country at least for a long time
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hans-sachs Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
according to copyright law "Copyright protection subsists ... in original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression". under the berne convention copyright must be automatic. so, the process of copyrighting a work has nothing to do with uploading it to deviantart.

if you want to forfeit some of your right, you can release your work under a cc-license. if you want to forfeit all of your rights, you can release your work to the public domain. i'm not quite sure about the process, but i suspect that it is enough, if you declare in the description that the work is public domain. if in doubt, contact the help desk.
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baronbeandip Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
I can't wait to see the new API documents. :D
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Soujaurl Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish we still had the loading dock from the old submit page. Even though I like the idea of uploading multiple pages, I don't use stash nor do I know how it works :/

I still wish that the 'more like this' was below the more important things. Possibly even in the space between the artist comments and the regular comments even...
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ikazon Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013   Writer
Hi there! Sta.sh functions much the same way the old file deck did, but this also ensures that your files will be protected without potentially going missing. People would sometimes lose files uploaded to the old file deck if they ran into errors on the old submit page, and there was no form of protection for those files, whereas files uploaded to Sta.sh are saved to your Sta.sh, and will be there regardless of any unexpected issues. :)
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ToAtoneArt Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Writer
Same--and I knowe how to use sta.sh. I hate it, and rarely use it.
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JuliaGraceArts Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
I still cannot believe we do not have the option to set up email notifications! Do you know how annoying it is not to be able to be notified if someone sends you a note? What if they are asking you about commissions, but you don't have time to get on dA for a couple days? By the time you get back on and someone has noted you, the opportunity to get that commission could very well be gone! Without email notifications we have no way of knowing if anyone has noted us (or anything else). It boggles my mind that dA is missing this feature when every other single service I use offers it.
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haldron Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Heya. :) Email notifications are actually something we've been discussing internally.

Could I ask what type of email notifications you'd like to receive, other than for notes? :)
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JuliaGraceArts Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
I would like the option to receive emails for comments, replies, notes, and favs. Perhaps submission acceptance to groups? Or if something has been featured as a DD?

However, I would also appreciate the ability to pick and choose (such as checking a list of boxes for each thing) what I get an email about and also the ability to set the frequency. For example, I'd like to be notified of notes immediately, however I would prefer the option to get a daily or weekly summary of favs etc. That way the emails are not too frequent, but I am still being notified.
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ForeverTeaTime Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Frankly I can't relate to your problem at all.
I check my dA account more often than my e-mail inbox.
However, I still think you and others like you should be able to have the option if you want to. Actually I thought it existed already (but that I had it turned off because I don't like it), because I agree with you that it is such a basic feature.
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JuliaGraceArts Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well, it's not much of a problem currently, and I get to check dA more frequently now, but I know of other artists who have trouble with not having notifications more than I do. And it is just such a basic feature, it should be an option. I can't think of one other thing I've signed up for that doesn't have emails. Usually it's that they have too many!
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ForeverTeaTime Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I agree with that it is a basic feature and that is should be available to those that want it.
I just I have a hard time figuring out why people would want it, because I've always not wanted it for reasons that seem so, logical to me. For example the one you mention about often getting a ton of mails when you allow a website to send you mails (therefore turning your inbox into a chaotic place).

Still, like I said I do think the option should be there. Me not getting why people would want it, is not a reason to say it shouldn't be there as long as I can still turn it off. :P
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JuliaGraceArts Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
I agree! Not everyone will want it, so it definitely should be able to be turned off. The more flexible a feature the happier people will be.
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ItsNotFilia Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I assume that some people have several accounts on multiple sites and email notification is an effective way of getting updates from all of them in one place.
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ForeverTeaTime Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I get that.
I feel a bit irritated by this comment, because for it to be even remotely helpful to me I would have needed to be functioning on a much lower level of intelligence and have far less of a clue of how things work than I seem to do.
You probably didn't mean anything by it, but it's still irritative.

Anyway, the thing was, I am completely unfamiliar of the feeling of wanting notifications of all the websites you care about in your e-mail inbox.
First of because I check the websites that matter to me more often than my e-mail.
Secondly because it would totally flood your inbox with messages, especially when you are engaging in a conversation on website A or B, and that is annoying.
Thirdly because I want to keep my interactions from different websites mostly seperated, because they are different. They are with different people, about different content and of different importance. If I'd get all of it in my mailbox that would annoy me.
And finally I take a certain joy in checking out different websites instead of being done after going to one place.
I don't think this will ever change for me, and that's why I said I couldn't relate to the problem at all.

However, as I already said in my original comment, I do think the option should be there for people who do find it preferable.
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ItsNotFilia Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Though I fully support the email notification suggestion, I have to admit that, if you can check your email, you can check your dA account just as easily.
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JuliaGraceArts Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
It isn't so much that when I have the time to sit down at my computer and check my email I can't check dA too, it's that I get alerts on my phone when I get an email, therefore if something important comes I can make the time to respond to it. It's much harder to check dA on a phone. Then of course, there's the danger of getting sucked into all the pretty art when I should be doing something other than browsing! ^_^
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ItsNotFilia Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I see; I hadn't given a thought to phone alerts. :o
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faomu Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I can see where you are coming from, but I can also see where Julia is coming from. She may have time to check her notes, but dA is kind of addicting when you come on :) She might just be trying to save time by only checking her email. Or maybe she is at work, and she can only check her email and no other unapproved sites?
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ItsNotFilia Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I assume that it's also an effective way of managing updates from multiple accounts on various sites.
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ToAtoneArt Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Writer
Agreed.
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SerenityFey Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Is there any chance you'll be adding the ability to edit one's comments?
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Hoshigetsu Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
this does not change the fact a lot of people are still having problems uploading. Also if a picture is transparent it now has a black background wherever the transparency is now, and it is annoying.
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haldron Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Can you link me to an example? :) This shouldn't be happening and if you can provide an example I can forward that to our dT team.
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EunikeYuen Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I think... no. Thanks
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Shizenneko-Anya Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is.... weird.
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MKBrony Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
deviantART...
deviantART muro drawing Comment Drawing
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MightyBOBcnc Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Ugh, what did you do to the dang previous/next code?? I can't even use my Logitech G5 button4 and button5 to go back and forward in my browsing history now.. the idiotic site script hijacks this as 'go to next/previous deviation in gallery' and it is INFURIATING. And while I'm on the subject, it does this to the tilt scroll wheel too and I loathe it.
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tashy-lou Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
I don't know whether this is to do with the new updates or not, but for me the previous, next and all buttons have stopped working altogether and wheen looking through my messages the deledt button is not working properly either.
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muteor Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This should be fixed now, IE only problem :)
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tashy-lou Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
It is, thanks :-)
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trubieforever Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Could they make it so that when you are submitting to a group it will show all of your groups, not just recently used ones?
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fan4battle Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Is there a period of one month of deviations in Watch, and everything not viewed before that is deleted from devWatch? Or is it just a maximum number of deviations I'm able to have in devWatch? If it's the second one, it means I'm missing art from people I follow, because I'm watching groups with hundreds of new deviations a day. I think it should be made clear in the devWatch how many or from how long back can you see deviations. I don't browse often through them, so I'd like to know if I should change something in my habits to accomodate for the restriction.
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