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News, blogs, and journals have been merged into one, unifying these systems in order to make them simpler to use and more consistent in appearance and functionality.  In bringing them together, now categorized as deviations, they're able to receive the same great benefits as all deviations on the deviantART network.  Including the following:


Super Browse

Using the Journal Portal, you'll be able to look through an endless stream of content.  Much like deviations, you may now flick through journals quickly.  View Newest to find what's hot right now in the deviantART community, or view Popular to see what topics and issues are important to the masses.

+fav Journals

Show your appreciation for a well-written journal or store it away for a rainy day in your Favourites.  The Favorites widget on Profile Pages can be used to spotlight and showcase your favorite journals.


Protect

Using Sta.sh Writer, journals can be kept hidden from from wandering eyes (aka non-deviants).

Search

Just like all deviations, journals are now searchable through deviantART's search function.


Statistics

Inspect a journal's performance with easy access to view number of comments, favourites, and pageviews.

Share

Promote and distribute journals by copying and pasting helpful http://fav.me links and :thumb: codes found right on the deviation page.

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:iconawyko:
Awyko Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
I hate it because my literature only posts as a journal entry and nothing more. people can't see it. There is a difference between simple and primary. I am curious as they aren't showing up where I think I would find them. I wrote it in stash and it doesn't even show up in there!!!!!!!!!
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:iconbealis:
Bealis Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Student General Artist
This really looks like a step back for me.
From a position, where news posts had their own place and category, merging them together with deviations with same search engine. Making things simpler can be a big advance, but only if it has some foundation. Ive seen many creative and nicely arranged news posts which were promoting users works and other stuff...with such action these posts will be drowned into a mess containing material of the whole page, lowering their exclusivity. I think that many people will have now less desire to write elaborate material to share.
:fellarectum:
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:icongeni-tamerlaine:
Geni-Tamerlaine Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Now we can't search for keywords anymore which means less results.
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:iconkemayo:
kemayo Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011

deviantART muro drawing Comment Drawing
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:iconbibarry:
bibarry Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
How can you chose the category of the jounral you post?
I didn't use the stash writer because I couldn't. It was laggish.
And I want to change the jounral from personal.
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:iconmonstroooo:
monstroooo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
A bad idea badly implemented is STILL a bad idea badly implemented, no matter how shiny the advertising :shrug:

Searches will now be diluted by idle Journal entries. The line is blurred between literature and Journals. Literature deviations have Journal thumbnails, making it even harder to tell the difference. Group Journals can't be categorised into anything other than personal. Old Journals have randomly lost their CSS styling (and won't accept new styles). Favouriting Journals might help show their popularity, but it also messes up my Collections (What was wrong with a +:heart: on news?). The whole thing has been introduced so poorly, most of the members of my group #WritersInk don't know or don't understand what is happening.

There's nothing wrong with Journals, they serve a place (typically as a means of publishing personal news and informal opinion). But their increased precedence is a threat to literature (which is an art form, while Journals are not).

Oh, and the Sta.sh writer is a waste of time. A slow and buggy editor that lets me bold and italicise text? Yeah, thanks. There's a dozen free WSYWYG editors out there that do a far better job.

:sarcasticclap:
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:iconlou-in-canada:
Lou-in-Canada Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011   Traditional Artist
how come all of a sudden I can't see thumbnails in people's journals?? I didn't change anything on my computer.. Anybody?
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:iconbibarry:
bibarry Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
IDK much.
But when I tried to write a jounral via Sta.sh the thumbnails code didn't appear as a photo just the code. Is that your problem?
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:iconlou-in-canada:
Lou-in-Canada Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011   Traditional Artist
thanks bibarry.. no, I only see the text, no thumbs, no codes :confused:
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:iconbibarry:
bibarry Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, it also happened to me once.
Maybe try to contract the help desk? XD
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:iconmahira-chan:
Mahira-chan Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
Although I'm not fond of this new system (journals are not art nor literature and are very often NOT news (and how is News by non-popular groups going to get out now, especially if you have a search limit in this system like you do for deviations?) and should not be considered as such in any way), but I am glad that the staff made it an option to include one's journal or not in this whole thing. It keeps journals not more private (I know everything's pretty open) but it does keep them a bit more personal. So thank you for being considerate of that :)
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:iconabstract-mindser:
Abstract-Mindser Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
The UI is hideous, clunky, bloated, and asinine, but thankfully with the new and improved footer I don't have to worry about seeing a staff journal ever again, likely accomplishing the opposite that this merger was supposed to.

Also, adding insult to injury, all the news I lovingly rejected before the merger has appeared among my favorites, and you happen to be a common victim of my rejection, so as per the equal opportunity blame program, I'm putting you up to blame for that, as I feel you would be the sort to suggest the trolling of users in such a manner.

Yes, I'm extremely pleased that I have to clean up these journals, couldn't you tell؟

☞I declare that as the head of marketing, you're doing a shoddy job of it.

However, this is likely to be eaten by one of your white knights senior buddies, so deaf ears to deaf ears.
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:iconsct-graphics:
SCT-GRAPHICS Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
I have been reading a lot of opinions here regarding this merger....and quite frankly I agree with those whom are against it. A journal, whether 2 sentences of childish ranting about some petty subject or a long and eloquently written entry, cannot be treated as "art" with some of these so called "benefits". Being able to favorite a journal entry only opens the floodgate for those page view and favorite whores to increase their sometimes undeserved notoriety. Next thing you know, those aforementioned will be offering points in exchange for journal favs.

You'll wind up having the teenagers with tons and tons of like minded little friends who do bad renderings of Pokemon and My Little Ponies or Emo scribblings or bad cell phone mirror pictures having more page views or favorites than credible artists. It will fast turn DeviantArt into a Facebook with paintings.
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:iconcellarvee:
Cellarvee Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
Well said!
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:iconsct-graphics:
SCT-GRAPHICS Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
Thank you...just speaking the truth.
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:iconsailor-aoki:
Sailor-Aoki Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
yay
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Professional Writer
I've just read $spyed's Q&A news article directed toward the naysayers, and I support both the changes and the reasons for them. And now I finally get what he was sharing with us at the Brooklyn DevMeet in July.

So as a compulsive blogger and a representative of the lit community, I say, :w00t:! Roll it out and bring it on!
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:iconsoliderside:
SoliderSide Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
DO NOT WANT! JOURNALS ARE NOT ART! Have you guys been blinded by your own hybris or what?
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:iconsmileyfluff:
smileyfluff Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
It scared me for a bit when you guys had the journal layout all confusing. :U It took me a while to find out how to post journals.
I like the smooth new look though.
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:icondarkmew5:
darkmew5 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Are journals going to be deviations soon?
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:iconheidi:
Heidi Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Journals are deviations now, yes.

~Heidi
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:iconjewelclaus:
JewelClaus Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wait..How do journals become deviations??
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:iconjamminjo:
JamminJo Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
In the past I worked for a major pharmacy company, we worked on many different platforms and there was continuous changes to the platforms. Change is inevitable.

Moreover, today I have read so many view points about the Journals not being art nor are they news, how they help some artist and how Journals from the younger generation are not wanted in your inbox.

Personally, I made special folders for the Journals and News I want to keep, it's an easy reference system for (me).

Keep in mind, we all do things differently. If there is a Journal you do not want from someone your watching, go to your "my friends icon", then to "manage friends". Simply remove the check mark from the deviants Journals/News you prefer not to have delivered to your inbox.

Let us make art and have fun :la::la:
Jo
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:iconemotionalone98:
EmotionalOne98 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the idea is horrible so.. I like that theyre not deviantations but.. the sta.sh is just purely hell. I think that is so outrageous to a freaking extreme.. But thats jsut my opinion.
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:iconheidi:
Heidi Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
While we certainly hope that you'll come to enjoy Sta.sh and Sta.sh Writer as much as we do, you can still use the old submission methods for deviations and journals. If you're interested in learning about the thinking that went into those two products, I suggest checking out $spyed's most recent journal: [link]

~Heidi
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:iconmonstroooo:
monstroooo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Are you not concerned that having the two systems operating at the same time will increase confusion? One button lets me write a Journal without Sta.sh (the most obvious one); while St.ash offers to let me write stuff and publish it as a Journal (but only when I'm finished).

Surely the better option is to choose a single editor which does a decent job, and standardise that across the site?

I think the current solution is damaging to the reputation of both Sta.sh and deviantART :(
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:iconemotionalone98:
EmotionalOne98 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the idea is horrible so.. I like that theyre not deviantations but.. the sta.sh is just purely hell. I think that is so outrageous to a freaking extreme.. But thats jsut my opinion.
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:iconmosobot64:
mosobot64 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Student General Artist
Hey, if we're going to full-on merge journals to deviations, think we can give journals group submission ability? Just sayin'.
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:iconheidi:
Heidi Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
We're working on providing the ability to syndicate a Journal to one or more Groups. :)

~Heidi
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:iconmosobot64:
mosobot64 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Student General Artist
Beautiful! Clever, clever bunch you are. :nod:
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:iconvulpix-chan:
Vulpix-chan Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
DeviantART. We're hereto eate and look at ART, and if we want to see journals we can watch the person. Journals are not art.
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:iconthecreativejenn:
TheCreativeJenn Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
True. Journals aren't art...nothing compared to a work made by `Artgerm, `PatrickRuegheimer, *GENZOMAN, or even `zemotion, but they still hold a key purpose. And I do wish certain deviants would view a persons' journals more than a 13-year old wanting to roleplay, screaming at how they're about to leave deviantART, etc., etc.,

Perhaps you haven't experienced viewing a journal that is of importance to a gathering, could help save someone's life, or could bring a valuable source to help improve your own art. For example, `kris-wilson recently made a journal stating that he was going to NYCC to sign, draw, and mingle with other fellow artists in the area. The journal isn't appearing as art, but it's opportunity.

Or say for *kaoru-chan - who is a great artist and is working to support herself financially, at the same time offering gorgeous commissions. Of course, she would need her commissions journal to hold the prices and strengths she has when completing commissions. A fellow fan of hers could fave such a journal and put forth a goal to save enough money to get a commission they so desire.

What I'm trying to say is, and I'm not bashing you nor your perspective on this, that journals may not be art for the person not intending it to be, but they still hold a purpose in the community, whether it be of a rant or a project. :) I think a search of such journals could lead another path to inspiration.
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:iconvulpix-chan:
Vulpix-chan Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
But again, if you want to see journals you can just watch someone.

On the other hand, why do I bother arguing if there is nothing I can do about it...?
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:iconthecreativejenn:
TheCreativeJenn Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:roll: For the media that is specific on what journals they want to see, like for an Artist Alley meetup, a Cosplay Photoshoot, etc., etc., they just don't go adding random people. For now, we're giving the benefit to search for new and fresh journals that weren't made back in 2007, 2004, or way back.

It's not so much that I'm arguing with you, it's a point for you to understand how you can benefit from the feature. It's really not as bad as it seems.
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LeonandKira Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:x
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:iconlotsofmoxy:
lotsofmoxy Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Personally, I think this is terrible and complicated. I really don't like the merging of news/journals/articles, but I can understand the point behind it. (I always thought favoriting someone's journal is a bit stalkerish...especially if they aren't one of your watchers...but that's not the point) The search tool can be very useful at some points. But the Sta.sh? I don't get it. It makes everything five times more complicated. It's a great idea for deviations...but not anything else.

This site is already complicated for the n00bs to use. Don't make it more difficult.
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:iconthecreativejenn:
TheCreativeJenn Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I have to admit, that this was a feature shoved in your face, but this is just how deviantART operates, and this is how a handful of deviants learn to adapt. I mean, learning to walk will have to require a session or two or crawling, am I right? :)

And about favoriting journals...would you consider favoriting someone else's 'art, comment, news article' stalking too? Well..if you look at it another way, +watch-ing someone for their art should be considered stalking as well.. then again it's a community of artists from different roads of life - nothing stalkerish about being a community. And trust me, sta.sh is but a baby.. you can't disapprove of it as soon as it opens its eyes. Things will get better, we'll have testers like yourself to give needed input on what would work and what wouldn't, and eventually we'll all come to a decent understanding. :heart:
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:iconlotsofmoxy:
lotsofmoxy Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I consider favoriting journals very different. A random person that you don't even know could come over and favorite your personal business. Even if privacy measures are put in place, I still don't really feel comfortable with the favoriting thing.

I just don't understand the unnecessary overhaul...places like dAmn and the forums could use it a lot more.
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:iconsterlingsoul:
SterlingSoul Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I totally agree with you :/ i liked seeing art and ONLY art on the front page for one, journals cant be considered art, thats why they have a literature submission. Faving journals.... basically makes this site seem more and more like facebook =.=;

as for Sta.sh, agreed.
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:iconthecreativejenn:
TheCreativeJenn Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
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:iconsterlingsoul:
SterlingSoul Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:) nicely said, however i still do not believe journals should end up on the main page due to the vast amount of people whos journals do not count as art, but nice point with the people who do need attention.
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:iconthecreativejenn:
TheCreativeJenn Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Certainly, but it all depends on whose journal and what it is about. Maybe it would take a liking if the page would keep a diverse set of journals of the media, grouping the latest important/popular Admin Journals, Community Project journals, and the other set of journals from minors. That would indeed be a powerful tool so it's not all made of deviants leaving deviantART or deviants asking one to help ban so-and-so. It would actually keep its importance.
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:iconsterlingsoul:
SterlingSoul Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very, very true.
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:iconlotsofmoxy:
lotsofmoxy Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Sadly, this site is becoming less and less art related. Journals are NOT art, and should not be on the front page.
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:iconsterlingsoul:
SterlingSoul Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly, i joined this site 2 years ago so i could improve on my art, not to read some drama journal made by a 13 year old =.=;
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:iconlotsofmoxy:
lotsofmoxy Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is why we have Facebook...

If I didn't have friends on this site, I would have already left. It's terrible.

(nice gallery, btw. :meow:)
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:iconsterlingsoul:
SterlingSoul Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes....and even then i dont use my account on Facbook XD

I added all my good friends on skype ....but i also like seeing their art here :XD:;

(^^ thank you :3 same to you)
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:iconlotsofmoxy:
lotsofmoxy Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
The people I actually am really good friends with I add on Facebook. (Which I don't use often...I just keep it open in a tab or something. xD)

Meh...Skype glitches too much for me.
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:iconsterlingsoul:
SterlingSoul Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
(XD lol same)
I see

really? :p it doesnt for me but eh...skype can glitch as bad as dA XD;
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LightningBoltInSky Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
totally agreed. Been on here about a year and a half, used to be on here back when it was in its original, non-complex form. It's changed so much =/
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