DeviantART has been extremely busy these past few months. Today they rolled out a new feature and launched another to the public from beta mode.
Oh, and I there were some noticed a few design tweaks to the color of the message inbox system too!
The one huge feature that was rolled out was “Stacks.” Because of groups, some of them had thousands of members. This would flood the inbox of anyone watching the group. In fact, this was a big peeve that turned up and I even had to grumble. With the new stacks system, if a group or person has submitted several art pieces or writings, it will be stacked instead of individually listed. The user can choose to delete the the whole stack all at once, or click on the stack to view all of the submissions. This is a huge relief, especially for even users like myself who watch a lot of artists.
DeviantART Groups was launched to the public. Now anyone can make a group. The only feature I am really rooting for is the ability to have a forum within the group. It is possible with regular profiles, so I am not sure why it has not been added to groups yet. Right now, members can only comment in the community blog posts and the comment section on the front page. For larger groups, this could prove problematic if there are a lot of messages. A forum would help with the organization.
It is great to see DeviantART adding more features. By the way, they are the place to get some really great emoticons and were the inspiration of why I started making my own smilies here at Blondish.net so others can download and use.
Do you use DeviantART? Have you noticed their new features? What do you think of them? Any suggestions for other features they should consider?