Let's address the new search limits
I don't tend to write a lot of personal journals on deviantART, or anywhere else, as I find the task to be daunting. It's much easier to produce a #hq
blog on a specific topic, where I need to address certain points, than it is to try and corral my personal thoughts and opinions in a coherent manner. I always feel like there's a disconnect between my mind and what ends up "on paper." With that said, I've promised myself to post a journal on the following issues. Brain disconnect and all.
This is a brain dump. Me needing to release thoughts and covering a number of issues in the process. You have been warned.
It's no secret that many deviants are unhappy with the recent changes that were made to deviantART's search function. As explained in a recent #hq blog
, search queries were limited to displaying only the first 1,000 results. This change was made after many months of the search function failing to work on a regular basis. Under the new 1,000 limit, we're able to provide a faster and more stable search to the deviantART community -- a search that doesn't lag, timeout, or display 0 results (even for popular search terms).
Let's rejoice! We have a search function that returns results. Everyone's happy and we've finally tracked Princess Peach to the right castle.
Just kidding. She's in another castle. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200, and start back at World 1-1.
Far and wide, the biggest complaint about the new search is that it negatively impacts lesser known artists -- hindering their ability to have their deviations found, as they'll likely not appear in the first 1,000 search results. This is a fair complaint and we hear you. We're working on it. However, it's not an option to go back to the old search as it was broken
. Please don't spend time making a case to bring it back. Life's short and you're wasting valuable energy. Instead, let's look toward what we can do.
We're currently exploring options to help remedy the above complaint, including the possibility
of increasing the 1,000 limit a little
. Why can't we simply up the number and be done with it? IT'S HARD! Mathematically and in terms of server resources, it's not possible to deliver accurate search results at the size we were doing so before (which is part of the reason the old search broke). DeviantART is big. Really, really big. Ten years of life equates to ten years of legacy code. Code that needs to work together for the site to function, let alone function well. There are only so many moves you can make with the cards you're dealt. We're doing the best we can.
In addition to possibly increasing the search limit, deviantART Discovery
(still in beta) was designed for deviants who want to expand their +WATCH. It displays how many watchers each deviant has, allowing browsers the ability to find super talented, yet undiscovered, artists. We're also planning on having the search engine support browsing deviations by +favs. This will allow deviants to specifically search for less popular stuff.
That's the extent of my brain dump on that particular search issue for the moment. In closing that issue, I will add that mistakes were made. We're not perfect. Could and should we have pre-announced the change, explaining when it was coming and why it was needed? Yes, absolutely. We miscalculated and we're sorry. Sometimes, journals like this don't get written until two weeks after the fact because in the interim we're dealing with even bigger issues -- issues that will never make the light of day because we were able to address and deal with them before ever even becoming apparent.
Together, we've built something amazing, and to believe that those who run deviantART have anything less than the best of intentions for the site and its community couldn't be further from the truth. We're here. We're listening. We're rehashing functionality every single day within the limitations that are real and sometimes can't be avoided. But we're still doing everything we can. I've said this before, but the one thing that has always remained constant, and picks me up during my lowest points, is my absolute love for the deviantART community. I honestly believe there isn't a better community out there -- not only for artists, but also for art lovers and fans of entertainment.
P.S. - I've received many notes and comments in regards to the search issue, and would like to thank those of you who presented your thoughts and opinions in a constructive manner -- making it easier on me to read and keep track of feedback. To those of you who chose to express yourselves with phrases like "DIAF" and "You will be destroyed," I thank you as well. But a little less. And to you, I say...