This document contains a list of suggestions we've received in the past on the site updates posted to hq. This list will be updated as new suggestions come in, as well as when previous suggestions are implemented. Notes will be left next to suggestions that are either not feasible at this time, or are in progress.


  • Email notifications for Messages and Notes.
  • Searching artwork by color. (Search requires upgrading for this to be plausible)
  • Searching for deviants by username. (Search requires upgrading for this to be plausible)
  • A way to browse Commissions offerings. (In progress!)


  • Collaborative deviations that would allow more than one deviant to be credited for one deviation.
  • Deviation series. Some artists would like the ability to easily group sets of related deviations (e.g. comic book pages, a photoshoot series, literature chapters, etc.)
  • Diacritics and non-romanized characters in deviation titles.
  • Improvements to the "Submit to a Group" tool (e.g. sorting the list based on which Groups were most recently submitted to)
  • Google +1 and Facebook Like buttons on deviation pages.
  • Preserving color profiles in deviations.
  • On deviation pages, the date that the deviation was submitted could link to a browse mode to see all deviations submitted on that date.
  • Deviation Replies. This would allow artists to leave a deviation as a "reply" to a another deviation. (For example, after using a stock photo, an artist could leave a "reply" to the deviation showing the photographer what they created using their stock photo.) etherealism made a mockup of a similar idea.
  • Add a "Last Edited" timestamp to deviations.

Message Center

  • General Message Center Improvements. Some members would like the ability to filter their messages, including; filter deviations by category, filter all messages by Friends List, etc. (Improvements planned for the future)
  • Automatically update your Message Center count on your navigation bar while browsing.
  • Increase the limit of deviations per page in the deviantWATCH section of your Message Center.
  • Search in notes. (Search requires upgrading for this to be plausible)
  • Conversation view for Notes. Some requested the ability to view all notes between you and another deviant. 

Galleries & Favourites

  • Add page numbers to "All" and Scraps.
  • Search through favourites. (Search requires upgrading for this to be plausible)
  • Subfolders for Collections.
  • Browse Favourites by category.
  • The ability to have private Collections.

Profile Pages

  • Being able to remove the Comments area.
  • A "Featured Artist" widget. (Katara-Alchemist provided a mockup.)
  • "Report Deviant" buttons on profiles.
  • Consolidating the Watcher, Friends, Groups, and Recent Visitors widgets. See this mockup.
  • Being able to see your own Poll's results without voting.
  • On the Journal tab, longer journals should collapse so you can browse more easily.


    • The ability to search Group galleries. (Search requires upgrading for this to be plausible)
    • General improvements to the process of managing Groups, such as browsing member usernames by starting letter, or being able to redirect a Group submission to the correct folder from the Correspondence message. (AshDayArt made a mockup)

    Comments & Critiques

    • A comment rating system, which would allow the most supported comments to surface to the top and the least helpful comments -- including spam and harassment -- to be pushed down. 
    • Group collapsed comments (hidden and spam) together for easier browsing.
    • Better formatting options for Critiques.
    • The ability to create a custom list of frequently used emoticons.

    Friends and deviantWATCH

    • General improvements on organizing and editing one's Friends List, including listing Groups separately from friends, or in its own "Groups" section.
    • Add a way to find artists based on their location.

    Account & Settings

    • Profile URLs becoming If implemented, the old addresses would automatically send you to the new addresses. There are several technical advantages to making this switch which would speed up browsing and make the site more stable. This would also make it easier for us to offer an HTTPS Everywhere security mode.

    • Add a smudge tool.
    • Add the ability to change the size of the canvas without having to create a new canvas.

    • needs to do a better job at introducing itself! For some folks it's daunting, and it's not clear what it's for.
    • Add the ability to flip, crop, rotate, and filter images in

    • It is not possible to set a preview image for literature made via Writer.
    • Allow uploading and submission of .doc, .docx, and .rtf filetypes.

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    mugglewitch75 Featured By Owner 18 minutes ago
    Could you please make a copy and paste block? I know it won't completely solve the problem but it would help a lot of artists from getting their work stolen.
    MKBrony Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
    The sooner a search upgrade is made, the better! The amount of tedium that searching through pages of favourites to sort them into folders is just infuriating without a search bar.
    fruityhearts Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
    Please improve the app for android so you may see who fav's your work.
    CakeWolfy Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
    Please add the app for Windows Phone users. I really wanted the app and was disappointed to find out that it is not available for my phone, this is a problem for Windows Phone users, they want to get in the action and use the app too. And also, please, more profile customization for non premium members, I can't afford a premium membership and I'm left with hardly any customization to the point my profile is just drab....and other non premium members feel the same way....
    bobswin Featured By Owner 6 days ago
    There have been many changes to deviantArt recently, some of them quite minor. But some big problems are going unaddressed.

    Recently I have come up against the issue of dead or leaderless Groups. These are Groups with hundreds or even thousands of active ordinary members whose Founder and Admins are no longer active. If the Founder has de-activated their account there seems to be some hope of it being taken over. But if the Founder and the Admins have simply stopped doing anything then the ordinary members are stranded.

    This issue was raised back in August 2013 - see… but nothing seems to have changed.

    This web site risks becoming clogged up with moribund goups which will limit its effectiveness. It is getting harder to find a group that is actually worth joining. Even though a search comes up with lots of suggestions many of them will be inactive or leaderless. That will gradually sap morale and tempt members to look to other web sites instead. It is time to come up with an effective alternative to the "let it rot" option.

    If anybody else has experienced this perhaps they could add a comment.
    destinedMagikarps Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
    I suggest...
    - Bringing webcams back; I seriously think that wasn't necessary :c
    - Perhaps creating a poll for everyone on deviantart to see regarding future changes to see if everyone actually agrees on things/decisions?? Like, voting on changes, you know? This way effort won't be wasted, and mostly everyone'll be happier :> 
    xElectricWings Featured By Owner 5 days ago
    Hello eue
    destinedMagikarps Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
    xElectricWings Featured By Owner 5 days ago
    I ish stalking chu
    Vanilla-Bones Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
    I suggest being able to favorite commissions in the commissions widget.
    jennystokes Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
    Just left a message for you:
    Submission Folders on Groups.
    I would like there to be a place to leave Feedback?
    Janku-Roketto Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    A 3D model viewer would be a great addition. Being able to submit your models with all the maps and textures. Perhaps even allow 3D animations too.

    There'd have to be a standard formatting, maybe .obj? I'm not too familiar with 3D file formats.

    I would also suggest Unity submissions, utilising Unity Web Player. Allowing for Unity games and other interactive content besides Flash.
    BunnysteeleStephanie Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    I love my page
    Higley-Art Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist

    Hey Everyone. I am new to the forum and  would like to find out/get advice on how I could share information with fellow artist?

    xElectricWings Featured By Owner 5 days ago
    Well.. you just talk to them ouo?
    Flavulous-Cupcakes Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  New member
    Please bring back the webcam. Not everyone can afford premium membership, and for those who can't, not having the webcam leaves basically nothing to work with.
    TheSniper534 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
    Comments & Critiques
    • The ability to create a custom list of frequently used emoticons.

    Is that not already possible by making a favorite group for emotions?

    Wayman Featured By Owner Edited Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    Need the ability to add deviations to groups on mobile.
    Currently does not work.
    OcarinaLink24 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
    Eh. I just said this on the site update, but I know it's hard to read through everything, so here it is again XD

    Sooo, about the feedback widget. I'd really appreciate it if we had the option to show just one status message (unless this is already a thing and I've missed it XD In which case oops!) See, dA is an art site, so if I set my status to 'requests open' and then later I change it to 'requests closed' I don't really need requests open junking up my page, you know?

    Also, I'm gonna mention this idea again, cause I know how easy it is for stuff to get lost in this sea of comments. I think for premium members you should be able to put your custom widget wherever you want, like, above the deviant ID. That'd be pretty sweet!

    I also saw this on the list of suggestions and want to say that it would be amazing if it became a real thing: 'General improvements on organizing and editing one's Friends List, including listing Groups separately from friends, or in its own "Groups" section.' I watch a bunch of groups that I'm not actually in, so this would be super helpful~!
    starlightsparklestar Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    I like all of these ideas exept for the comment rating system. I think that sort by date is fine as is.
    Lady-of-Lochaber Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
    May I suggest that groups get their own forums. it would make it easier for certain group activities and things like RP.
    OcarinaLink24 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
    Awww yeah! Listen to this one~!
    Aura-Dawn Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
    the ability for a group to collect donations so that the founder does not have to use his own donation pool to collect for his group, to where it could be used for group activities only.   That way it frees up our own pool to collect donations to stay a pm or to by art with our own funds, it would also allow the group to run and keep it's status should the founder stop caring for the group, the funds would be bound to the group.
    God-Oni-Link Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
    Bring. back. the. Webcam. People have very low customization options when doing page editing for those who can't afford PM, haveing the webcam is as good as a customization as possible, but now we can't do good for customization, and makeing a fun account, do the community a big help by bringing back the webcam, and people on DA made savethewebcams as a new hit, don't believe? #savethewebcams 
    Cowboy0Junkie0 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
    Please give members a privacy setting for their favourites and their galleries - I would be deeply grateful for this option.
    Chocorabitsu Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
    It would be nice if you actually hear us.
    Taking off the webcam, leaving non-premium users with almost none customization for their profile is plain unfair. Some people can't afford premium memberships and you're just ruining the community for the sake of your profit.
    CapoFantasma97 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    IMPORTANT SUGGESTION (not really site related):
    Ignoring the third more common mobile Operative System is like you don't care of a great amount of users.
    Please, port the app for Windows Phone.
    HeartlessMicrophone Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    Maybe updating the journal maker page on the mobile? My phone can't get the app, and it's annoying because I have to wait to be on my computer to make journals... I used to be able to, but since a while I can't.
    ranze-the-lucario Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
    How about stop changing deviantart over and over im getting freaking crazy over here cause non of deviantart members DO a thing with other opinions like only what they do is do things with the good opinion selfish people
    CHEMAX3X Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
    I'd like a static header and notifications in real time, thanks =D
    MegalodonSage Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    An official DA Chat app for iOS and Android, or having it as a feature of the mobile app would be pretty DAmn nice. (heh, pun)
    c55m Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    Thankful for the smudge tool. :D
    c55m Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    omg, PLEASE DO NOT bug me with notifications to my personal email account to tell me someone commented or anything else, unless it is about a specific issue that concerns my account?  Facebook drove me away with that .. I'll leave this site if this becomes something I have to cope with.  Spam, is what I consider it.  I log in here and get notifications, so why start hounding me with notifications?  Please, don't do it.
    GenyArt Featured By Owner Edited Jan 16, 2015  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
    Salut! Sa serait bien d'avoir uun traducteur de langue en français. On est plusieurs qui parles français.
    Si vous mettez cette option vous aurez d'avantages plus de membres chez Deviant Art. Merci.
    ==================Traduction ================================
    Hello! He(she,it) would be good to have uun translator of language(tongue) in French. We are several who speak French.
    If you put this option you will have of advantages more members to Diverting Art. Thank you.
    TabeaBD Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
    I definitely second the idea of having subfolders in collections!

    Also, currently on the activity widget on profile pages (not talking about watchfeed), you can set it to show all activity, or just status messages. I wish there was a bit more customization for that. For example, I'd like for it to show my status messages and recent deviations, but not my favorites/collections. 
    How about an encyclopedia for the tags? I know this sounds time consuming and tedious, but I think it might work. If not that, then how about tag aliases and maybe implications?

    EDIT: OH! And if the aliases DO become a real feature, then it wouldn't be too much trouble to alias any tag with more than one word with underscores, would it?

    It'd look something like this:

    "deviantart_update" instead of "deviantartupdate"
    mrcontroversial Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
    Not sure if someone has mentioned this already, but something I would like to bring up:

    I wish the deviantArt app for iOS was compatible to iOS 7, instead of only being exclusive to iOS 8. Now, the common sense thing is to upgrade to iOS 8 on my mobile device; however, my mobile device is not current and is not powerful enough to handle iOS 8 (iPhone 4S). With that said, I've stuck with iOS 7 so that my phone can respond properly and functional. Seeing the deviantArt app is not for iOS 7, this is does not allow me or others who do not have iOS 8 to enjoy exploring and using your brand new app. Instead, I have to look at my alternatives which do allow me to use their app for iOS 7 (tumblr being one of them). 

    I do hope that the deviantArt app does consider creating a compatible iOS 7 version, so that it can be used by iOS 7 users like myself. Thanks. 
    wreckling Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015   Writer
    iOS 7 support is planned for the future! :)
    mrcontroversial Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
    I am delighted to hear, as well as thankful for you responding.

    Looking forward to trying the app when it does, thank you for your time. :) 
    Teyandee05 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
    Clean the spammers out of dA. Example:…
    FlightySpirit Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
    I'd imagine there'd have to be some heavy update to in order to do that.
    Teyandee05 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
    They would need an update to start blocking spammers?
    FlightySpirit Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
    In a way, I guess. The spammers might try to avoid IP bans and use different e-mails addresses to do so.

    Unless you're talking the block list in the Setting menu, then everything I just said meant nothing.
    SqueezyBat Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    I would like the main website to have an optional color scheme that matches the mobile app. The profiles on the mobile app are nice and neat; I would like to be able to have that same symmetry on the desktop website version of my profile.
    RoadTripDog Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
    Not surprised that in the Message Center section no notice was taken on the one thing that gets the most comments, and that is the poor functional design of putting the message center hard up in top right corner, where on some screens it becomes difficult to get to. Staff attitude re: customers really sucks if such a dumb design with so many negative comments just gets rolled over with bland comments from staff like "we are impressed by the passion of the community" which says absolutely nothing and is arrogant and deceitful. Since I began commenting about it, I see that I have been dropped from the distribution list for the weekly updates. I'm sure that's not retribution for negative comments, and is just an error that will be fixed soon, right? After all I am a premium member . . .  what am I paying for?

    Since the message center is often the first thing people come to see, why is it hidden? Why do you ignore the multitudes of comments discussing this very issue? Why not offer a simple customization so those of us who like good functional design can place the message center in the middle, where it can be most easily viewed? There are customization features for so many other things that make no difference at all, why not make one that really helps?
    And your answer is . . . [crickets chirping]
    wreckling Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014   Writer
    Hi there! The change you're requesting is not included in this document because it's not something that is up for consideration, at this time. This document is for items that either have been discussed as a possibility for the future, or for items that have not yet been deliberated by the appropriate teams.

    As for "distribution list", I'm not sure what you're referring to. If you're watching hq, you should get the update notification when the Site Update is posted each week. :)
    RoadTripDog Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
    I used to get the site update every week automatically, then when I complained about the placement of the message center I stopped receiving it.
    So how does one go about getting a request placed on the consideration list?
    Loliigo Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist
    The "Influence & Recources" idea is very nice! Also the "featured artist" would be really great, I love to klick me through dA and find new awesome artists. This would make it so much easier. :)

    And as a groud admin I have to say a big YES concerning the "correct the folder-button"
    SweetCandyCyanide Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Student General Artist
    For, I think it would be nice if you could create actual folders on the side of instead of having to drag and group deviations together, like it is on galleries and such.
    soulenii Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Student General Artist
    the deviants by username would definitely be useful. I was looking for someone who didn't have any art or journals posted, and had no commissions, and it was like they were invisible, I couldn't find them at all.
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