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Wed Dec 16, 2015, 3:06 PM by Heidi:iconheidi:


For many deviants, the Notifications page (formerly known as the Message Center) acts as their main-hub on DeviantArt.  Deviants spend a lot of time there -- checking newly submitted deviations, responding to comments, voting in polls, etc. -- all while switching back and forth to other core areas of the site, like Browse and Watch.

UPDATE: In order to create a more cohesive navigation that incorporates core site components and makes the site experience clearer, we’re adding Notifications and Notes into the global subnavigation bar that includes Browse, Today, and Watch.  Ultimately, helping deviants easily navigate between these frequently-visited areas.  Based on community feedback, the order of the subnavigation is now Browse, Today, Watch, Notifications, and Notes. Browse will act as the default when clicking the DeviantArt logo in the upper-left part of the site. 

Screenshot 2015-12-17 20.03 by Heidi



Browse sidebar

Undiscovered and What’s Hot are Browse modes, and have been moved from the subnavigation into the sidebar of the Browse page, to help consolidate the navigation.

Daily Deviations are also easily accessible from this Browse menu.

Whatshotsidebar by danlev

A few other changes:

We’ve made a few other minor changes to Notifications:

  • Site-wide polls from DeviantArt now appear in the Polls section of Notifications.

  • In the navigation sidebar of Notifications, the three subcategories -- Hot Topics, Contests, and Bulletins -- were consolidated into a single “Notices” category.


Coming Soon: Status Update Notifications

We’ll be adding Status Updates to Notifications, which has been a popular request from deviants who actively post Status Updates. With Status Updates in Notifications, it will ensure that more of your watchers see your posts. This change will be happening within the next week.

Status Updates are a quick and easy way to communicate with your watchers. They’re a great way to give an insider peek about what you’re working on, share inspiring art or articles, feature your favorite artists, or simply share what’s on your mind.

Additional Information

For more details on why these changes are happening, DeviantArt's CEO, Angelo Sotira (spyed), has penned a journal on the topic.





In order to create a more cohesive navigation that incorporates core site components and makes the site experience clearer, we’re adding Notifications (and Notes) into the global subnavigation bar that includes Browse and Watch.  Ultimately, helping deviants easily navigate between these frequently-visited areas.
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:iconwilliamrumley:
WilliamRumley Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I am wondering what the reasoning is behind having this notification bar on the left side. Say I open a context that displays elements in boxes that stretch across the screen. I now have to travel from the far left, to the far right to close each box. This is a non-issue on a mobile device, but is awkward on a wide format monitor. Designers should keep things like this in mind, e.g. navigate the interface in every resolution imaginable. So, either make the navigation bar fully customizable, or make every element a square instead of stretching across the screen. You have this "new" subnav bar that quite honestly looks and feels like Windows 98. To open the notifications page I have to travel to the right of the screen to a drop-down context, move back to the left to cycle through notification elements, then back to the right to close elements. It is clunky. DeviantArt is a real bear to navigate in a full browser window.
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BeigePaladin Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
hi just wondering, is there any way to disable getting status updates?

I don't mean to sound anti-social or grumpy, but there are a lot of folks on DA I follow because of their art, not who they are, and as such the statuses in my notifications are getting in the way. Especially since, since this came in I'm getting a major slowdown when I have status updates, and clearing them all is just getting tedious

thanks for any response :)
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:icontanner28:
Tanner28 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016
Ugh. Seriously? No one's given you a reply to this?? That's just sad and irritating.

Well, glad I decided to swing by here.

If you haven't seen how to yet, here you go.

First up, you need to know that Journals, Polls, and Status updates are now all grouped together as a single selected or not selected item. They are not separate.
So, if you really don't want any status updates, know that you'll have to turn off receiving journal notifications as well.

So, how do you do this? You can select to not see any when anyone you watch makes a new journal entry by 1 of 2 ways.
1 - go to your watch list www.deviantart.com/watching/
2 - remove the green checkmark dot from everyone that's selected for journals
3 - click the [Save] button located at the bottom of the page
or
1 - Go to the front page of every person you watch (ugh, exhausting @__@)
2 - Click on the [Watch] button located near the top right corner of the page
3 - A menu will pop up on the screen.
4 - From there, make sure you do not have a check mark beside "Journals, Polls, & Status Updates"
5 - When finished, click the green [Save] button located at the bottom of the menu popup.
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:iconbeigepaladin:
BeigePaladin Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016
thanks for the reply :)

seems I'll just have to deal with the status updates to keep journals/polls. ah well :)
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:icontanner28:
Tanner28 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016
You're welcome. (Still can't believe that NO one replied to your post! )

Sorry that I can't be of more help to you than this.

In any case, I hope you have a lovely remainder to your weekend!
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Stygma Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it normal that the bar doesn't appear when I am in my profile? 

I am barely using this new bar since I'm already too accustomed to using the envelope icon and the deviantART icon to navigate! Also, since it's not visible everywhere, I tend to forget it ever exists. :)
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Port-Metro Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why did the new notifications bar disappear??
It was fine until today and it changed back to the old one.
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:iconglytchwolf:
GlytchWolf Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist
I like this update, it's useful, but I just wish it was possible to set the default when you go to DA. I'm used to being sent to my Watch page every time I go to DA and seeing the stuff I actually care about, and now I have to manually go there every time I go back to DA and it's kind of annoying. It would be really great if there was a way to set the default page in the future!
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:iconofonesoul:
OfOneSoul Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I have been using the new navigation and layout for a couple of weeks now and must say that I am EXTREMELY pleased with it. The vanishing bar at the top of the screen is a perfect way for me to immediately access important links and areas of the site in a quick, convenient fashion. Keep it up, you guys! I'm rooting for even more updates. :heart:
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LadyAdaraConstantine Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I dislike these.. STRONGLY.. if I may say.. 

but if features could be asked/hoped.. it would be really goooooood to have button there in our settings what prevent people from giving CORE crap.. but as current movement from the DA side is to leeeeeeech and more leeeeeeech, I just think that there won't be button what prevents CORESHIT gifts..

Have a rotten day in there.

Thanks.
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:icontanner28:
Tanner28 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016
AH-HA!!! I found it!!
Deviantart Premium Membership visuals BE GONE! (knew it was around here somewhere)
userstyles.org/styles/52803/de…
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:icontanner28:
Tanner28 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016
Not sure if you've come across it yet, or if it's going to work for your browser, but there IS a stylish you can install that will block, at least on your device, seeing anything core related, if you want.
From - tanner28.deviantart.com/journa…

No more core membership visuals
userstyles.org/styles/117370/d…

Or, if you want to change the user symbols -

2015 Username symbols
userstyles.org/styles/117311/2…

Core symbols recolored to colors you like
userstyles.org/styles/117367/d…

Pre-core symbols
userstyles.org/styles/117319/p…

(If you're curious, you can find many more here as a starting point
tanner28.deviantart.com/journa…
or over here
userstyles.org/styles/browse/d…
to do what deviantart does not. Let you customize how you see deviantart.com. )

I hope this has helped in some small way :heart:
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:iconladyadaraconstantine:
LadyAdaraConstantine Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! it helped. :)
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:iconsenzune:
Senzune Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So. Am I the only one who doesn't actually see notifications anymore? Any chances of this bug being fixed?
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:iconpulbern:
pulbern Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it!!!!
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:iconchee-boo:
Chee-boo Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015  Hobbyist
I really miss the Channels feature! It was very very useful :( 
And if it still exists, where is it?! :noes: 
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:iconmikage-yoshinoanerin:
Mikage-YoshinoAnerin Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Student General Artist
Could you guys PLEASE FIX the NOTES on mobile! it won't open the notes and would only direct me to create a new note button
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:iconheidi:
Heidi Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and are working to fix the issue ASAP. We hope to have everything sorted out shortly.

~Heidi
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:iconmikage-yoshinoanerin:
Mikage-YoshinoAnerin Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Student General Artist
Please do since I still can't open the notes on mobile
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:iconartistic-sage:
Artistic-sage Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Also fix the notes I can't even open them now on my phone and I'm on fucking WiFi! }8-(
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:icontuanasuccess:
TuanaSuccess Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015
That was such a GOOD idea! I love the design you've done lately~

Tuana~
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:iconuszatyarbuz:
UszatyArbuz Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015   Digital Artist
Too bad the bar is so big (the font especially), I hope it will be fading away like the new Nav bar, once the page is scrolled down. I also find the additional buttons pretty useles, since I don't use either Watch or Today page. I browse rarely, and only to search for certain topics, but I have search bar right above this new bar... :shrug:

Big no for adding Status Updates to Notifications, spam all the way... I feel like you're forcing us to use the Status Update even though really small amount of people use it (I visit hundreds of profiled daily and I really can see how many of them have Status Update on... the number is really small). It was just a bad idea to try to look like a Facebook, and leave it already....

I like how you added Daily Deviations to more visible place, and the site remembers last visited page now (earlier it was sending to Watch only), so if someone seen DDs previously, it's gonna send him there.
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:icontanner28:
Tanner28 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016
If you're still not overly satisfied with how the new nav bar looks, then perhaps you'll find one of these useful?

userstyles.org/styles/121946/c…
userstyles.org/styles/53286/de…
userstyles.org/styles/25757/da…
userstyles.org/styles/46430/de…
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:iconuszatyarbuz:
UszatyArbuz Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016   Digital Artist
Eh the new nav bar is not that bad, I mean I can get used to it. Thanks though, I will go through them in the future when dA will make it official :P
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:iconbitten-bitter:
Bitten-Bitter Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015
I haven't really checked out all of the updates, but I have to ask if anyone else is having this one bug--

When I go to my Notifications page, and see new Deviations from my Watches, I have trouble deleting some of them. The first two or three on the left do not have a clickable x-button, but the ones to the right side do. When a new Deviation comes in and pushes the others over, then the un-clickable button suddenly works. Kind of weird, but not annoying enough to really upset me. I've been on several times in the past few days and it's still like this, so I don't think my browser's just being weird.
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:iconsilverace88:
SilverAce88 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Professional Photographer
I hate this change. I think it's a confusing mess that makes no sense. I want the old format back. It was much more well organized. This new format is just GARBAGE. 
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ShiftyThePlaneh Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I gotta agree with you.

It became a bit harder to send notes via mobile for me.
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:iconsilverace88:
SilverAce88 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Professional Photographer
I find the new watch part to be just a clustered mess. That's what bothers me most. Besides, we have the ability to see what we have available to us in the top right corner as far as when new things are available for viewing. Why do we even need to have it all present right there in front of us the way they've got it now?
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:iconthetinfoilrat:
TheTinfoilRat Featured By Owner Edited Dec 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I think this is a great change, and you've done it well for once. Great job. :D This is probably the best and most useful update you've ever made in my time on deviantART. I will consider this a Christmas present from dA. Thanks! ^^
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:iconcharleston-and-itchy:
What about that redesign DA posted on YouTube?
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:icondistortedsmile:
DistortedSmile Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Love :thumbsup:
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:iconpaperdreamerart:
PaperDreamerArt Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015   Digital Artist
First look: It seems user friendly to find the DD's, but I think they should be the first header, before and above the 'Undiscovered' category?
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heavyoak Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
the sidebar just vanished for me.... 


fuck this, i'm getting a user style that undoes this crap.

all these site GUI updates are unneeded, unwanted, and are broken.
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:iconasterlia:
Asterlia Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you for changing the Browse bar back to where it was before! :D
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:icondipuc4life:
Dipuc4Life Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't see the browse sidebar ... and I don't know how to turn it on ... pause? ^^;
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:iconanenchantedspirit:
AnEnchantedSpirit Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Will there be any way to REMOVE status updates from your notifications?? I sure hope so!
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:icontanner28:
Tanner28 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016
Yup. There is. *IF* you don't want to receive getting journal entries and polls too.
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:iconanenchantedspirit:
AnEnchantedSpirit Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Darn, those I usually do read. I just can't stand status updates. Thank you for letting me know. :)
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:iconerleuchtete:
Erleuchtete Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I hope so too, but since dA is trying to force that on us, i doubt that :/
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:iconanenchantedspirit:
AnEnchantedSpirit Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah I know probably wishful thinking, but can't hurt to try. ;)
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KristenSpork Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg, I have been wanting status notifications for some time now. :eager: So excited! I really like the Notifications/Notes addition to the bar. :D Definitely more cohesive. 
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:iconkuroitenshi13:
kuroitenshi13 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Professional General Artist
Will there possibly be an option to make hide the bar or not have it hooked to the top? It has been far more of an inconvenience for me than a help.
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:icontanner28:
Tanner28 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016
Not sure if you've been made aware of this or seen this information anywhere else, but since DA is about as personalization-friendly as a stone brick, there are stylishes you can install if you'd like that will allow you to have options over the bar.

userstyles.org/styles/121946/c…

Perhaps this will be helpful to you?
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Malintra-Shadowmoon Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I really think that you cannot do something for all crying "hurrah". You will always have people that disagree. For me, it is alright in this stage as well as it was before. I, for my point, usually still read everything on my page. People comment, give or say something because there is something they like about my page or my art. People make effort to do something out of interest, so they deserve a reaction on their action.

But in one point I agree with the most people here: The DDs are more hidden now. I feel, that the DDs must all day be on the prominent page of dA. They are the show-piece of dA. People come to dA, been pushed to see the best work of the day. That what it should be and what attracts people from outside more to join. As well, it makes members who are showcased prouder of their work and is an impetus for improvement.
(Just my humble opinion) -
and I am glad to hear that technicians are working on it :heart: :hug:
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:iconjbaulmont:
JBaulmont Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015   General Artist
I find these changes useful, but the thing that annoy me recently is when I add someone in my watch, I have to click a second time now to get the window 'watch' (because I like to organize by categories). It's a waste of time. I know I can go to 'manage watcher', but I prefer to do it instantly. Plus I know this, but the new deviants?
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:iconthetinfoilrat:
TheTinfoilRat Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I agree entirely, they should change that back to how it was before.
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0bsidianFire Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Update feedback.

Pros:
+DeviantART logo links back to Browse.
+The order and categories on the header. Having both Watch and Notifications in the same line is good.
+The header stays at the top of the screen while scrolling!

Negatives/Bugs:
-Once I get to the Daily Deviations page in Browse, and disable the sidebar navigation, I can't get back to the normal browse because the sidebar navigation toggle disappears. In order to get the sidebar navigation toggle back, I have to click to the Today page, and then to the Undiscovered page from there.
-The Daily Deviations are kinda lost. It takes me longer to get to them in this layout (2 clicks, 2 page loads (Browse, Daily Deviations)) then it does in the beta layout (2 clicks, 1 page load (Menu, Daily Deviation)).

I like everything about this update, except the placement of the Daily Deviations. I'd say to fix them if I didn't know they are probably going in the new Community section of the Watch page in the Beta layout.
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:iconkristenspork:
KristenSpork Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I had that sidebar disappearing bug as well, it freaked me out. :lol: 
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:iconasterlia:
Asterlia Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Student General Artist
Do you know how to get back to browse? My sidebar also disappeared. 
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:icondesheria:
Desheria Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now I'm even less likely to check the daily deviations because of where you moved it to.

Besides, it wasn't difficult before to 'watch' in top right and the DA logo top left when I wanted to brown new/popular submissions.
You're making this site more frustrating to navigate.
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