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Keywords on deviations were built to be an important tool to help discover artwork. But as deviantART grows and strives to create new ways to discover great content, we’ve found that keywords as we currently use them have become underutilized.  We think we can do better -- and can make a better experience for the community -- by making some changes.

In the coming month, keywords will transition into tags, and we’ll be improving the way they work. Tags will better surface artwork, allow deviants to form communities around topics, make it easier to find other artists and art appreciators, and increase discoverability.  

For example, if you're a fan of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles it can be difficult to know what to search for: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ninja Turtles, TMNT, Donatello, etc.  Public tags provide visibility to see how others are tagging their deviations, which will allow you to align your behavior to the norm, or choose to be deviant!

Getting Started

You’ll hear more about tags in the coming month, but to prepare for the upcoming release now, we wanted to let you know that:

  1. Keywords are changing to tags.

  2. Tags will soon be publicly visible on deviation pages.

  3. Our system will automatically transition some of your keywords to the appropriate tags for better discoverability when tags fully launches (for example, common keyword phrases such as “lord of the rings” will become “#lordoftherings”).

As a reminder, tags on deviations can be edited at any time.  If you’d like to update your deviations before any changes are released, now’s the time to do so!  (Simply visit any of your deviations and click the "Edit" button.  You don't need to add a hashtag before a tag, but you can!)

Frequently Asked Questions

Some of my new deviation tags look weird.  What gives?

The old keyword field was unstructured, while new tags are all single words.  In the keyword to tag conversion process, we had to do a bit of guesstimation regarding the translation.  A keyword field for "my little pony" might mean “#mylittlepony,” while "sunset australia watercolor" might intend "#sunset #australia #watercolor."  In the event you see a tag that doesn't apply to your deviation, simply remove anything not appropriate.

I can only enter 64 tags to describe my deviation, but I was previously able to enter as many keywords as I wanted.  What gives?

Public tags provide visibility around seeing how others are tagging their deviations.  One of the problems with keywords was that everyone had to invent their own terms or guess what others were using.  There would be many keywords around the same topic -- my little pony, mlp, mplfim, mylittlepony, my_little_pony, fim, friendshipismagic, and so forth.  By making tags public, you'll be able to discover tags that the community is using in a more predictable way.  Having 10 or 20 relevant tags will enable more people to see your art than having 100 irrelevant ones.

Your Feedback

We’re excited to show you what we’re working on, and will be updating you more about the power of tags in the coming month.  
For now, we’d love to hear your feedback:

  • Do you add keywords to all of your deviations? Roughly how many do you typically add?

  • Do you base your keywords on medium, subject matter, or other things?

  • What keywords do you commonly search for?

Let us know how you’re currently using keywords, so we can make the new tags as powerful and as useful as possible.

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TheUnawareThing Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can you make it so that we can search other deviants' galleries with tags?
Zerna Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is there any way to remove content from just certain artists whose art pops up in the "More Like This" section?
V--R Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
There really should be an option at least to hide them.
Crimson-Kaizer Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I just want to be able to block content I don't like/want to see. If you guys can do that, I'm golden.
RetSamys Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Right now, the only way you can do that is in the search: add a "-" before a keyword (and yes, I mean keyword, since the search doesn't only look for the tags) and it will be filtered out in the results. Example:… vs.…
This is usefut, but not perfect, as you can see, even with something that isn't as synonymous as flying islands and floating islands.
Crimson-Kaizer Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
So...if i'm looking for a certain pairing, but I don't want to see anti work of it, I would need to add;

NaruSaku-Anti NaruSaku

RetSamys Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You want NaruSaku. And you don't want Anti NaruSaku. In that case, you should write NaruSaku -"Anti NaruSaku" - that should work, but only if
  1. NaruSaku is a term the search will find and
  2. Anti NaruSaku is a term that the search will find - and if it is written in this order

You need a space between two search terms.
Crimson-Kaizer Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Ok. It works. Thank you.
saracaindica Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
I would like to see old and good DA again.
ChaoLoo Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohaithere, Tumblr! When did you get here?
Meikomaedamore Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this website has turned into a huge tumblr rip off
VoreQ Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
noone likes this change, why make changes that noone wants and everyone hates?
trucd Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Due to typing lots of keywords when I submit art, I want to have the option to display my tags publicly or not, and not just on my past deviations but my future ones too. Either that or having keyword section and tag section apart, since I don't want anyone to see my numerous keywords while helping them find the right deviation. I firmly believe that having less keywords makes it harder for people to hit on the same topic, and I want my deviation published right. So please consider these ideas and the change you have made, DeviantART staff.
xawkwardcookiesx Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
God no
SketchkeysDigital Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Just started checking my deviations for how the keywords have transitioned into the tags. They have been BUTCHERED. Now what do I do DA??? Go through all 350 of my deviations and fix them one by one? As a premium, donating member, I am not happy.... guess my money will be spent elsewhere. Too much hassle and I pay you to boot.
Flyinglilypad Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm having trouble finding art to look at because of this tag switch :/ When you go to search for deviations by tags, the old limiters on the side bar are gone (no more choosing by "most popular in 8 hours, 24, forever" no more limiting by "digital art' "traditional art" etc.) the results are not as good or relevant either. I am *not* happy with this change.
chiorihime Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
Why are they doing this to us? I always loved deviantart. It was unique. It was different from facebook, or instagram. It was peaceful. Deviantart has jerks too. But not half as many as facebook! Almost everywhere you look are nice people!
We were always good to this website.
Everyone's complaining!! Everyone wants the old deviantart back! The old unique one! Not the "hashtag one"! We are people with a brain and don't need this hashtag crap. Why is deviantart changing? We loved it how it was!
So please, Deviantart, HEAR US!!
CosmOSmocker Featured By Owner Edited Nov 4, 2014  Student General Artist
Hey DA! can you hear us? we ARE thinking about leaving and closing accounts, just because you lost you soul.
Where is the watcher base? why DO WE EVEN NEED GETWATCHERS?
Because you dont do your job. 
tags are useless if they cannot be stacked and used in bulks when doing a series of related art uploads. tags are supposed to make life easier, they do not.
even worse, they are now public, so everyone can see how desesperate some people are to get views on their work, which is for most, the reason of the said uploads.
i hate hashtags. why everyone needs to put #yoloswag thingies everywhere? 
Garaladin Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
Sigh... deviantArt is starting to look like Facebook or Instagram. I liked the original UI that we had before, and I do NOT want to see tags with art. There should at least be an option to hide them.
LivanaS Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
I don't like visable tags. :I It looks so ugly unter the titel and who cares about the tags from others? o_O
Then give us the choice to hide the tags because it looks really like crap. :disbelief:
SFLiminality Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Seriously. Who thought this visible tags thing was a good idea? And the word merging? Wat? We could figure out what words people were using to tag things by simply searching for a word. If a lot of deviations showed up for that word, then a lot of people were using it. Simple.
kurobelly Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Bayuna Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
"Improving" :airquotes: 
I really miss the old days when Deviantart was unique. I don't want my keywords or hashtags to be shown publicly, seems I have to give up on that now. What a shame.
Garaladin Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
Yeah... what is this, Instagram?
Pazumii Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Student
I don't like it that much that the tags are shown to everyone. There should at least be an option to make them transparent again...
Granitoons Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Bloody hate hashtags. Get rid. Or allow us the CHOICE. It's what we're paying for.
Lolita-Ragdoll Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I see DeviantARt is following the "facebook, myspace" pushing things we didn't agree to or want into our faces trend.
SweetBlackberry Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
If you wanna go with the tags do it, I don't mind it. But making them imperatively "publicly visible" for everyone, without any possible way to change it? That's bullshit.
Just look at the comments, everyone's complaining. So please, give us a way to hide them if we want to. Give us choice, don't just go on imposing useless updates that nobody asked for.
BloodlustSerenade Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This.  So much this.
I'm already struggling to remain active because I'm already self-conscious about my stuff.
Making publicly visible tags MANDATORY is not helping.  As mentioned it feels like an invasion of privacy and that's not why I'm here. 
Also...hashtags?  Really?  I've worked quite hard to avoid this ridiculous fad.  I despise hashtags with a fiery passion and will continue to avoid them...even if that means looking for a different community :(
Granitoons Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
The publicly visible thing I feel is an invasion of privacy.
FayTales Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
"Tags will soon be publicly visible on deviation pages." 
No, please we should be able to hide them because this is getting really awkward. 
Ecchi-Senshi Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014
I just noticed the publicly visible thing myself. Awkward is definitely the word.
FayTales Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
em-scribbles Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014   General Artist
I agree.  I also find it tacky looking and distracting.  
FayTales Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
Yes. And it kind of reminds me of twitter and facebook and privacy issues and that's for sure not a compliment.
28crucis Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Could we please have an option to hide the tags on all deviations?

Or at least have them placed in a less conspicuous location on the page.. Right now they are right under the title, which (imo) is distracting and cheapens everything.
Balduranne Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Tags will soon be publicly visible on deviation pages."
I just noticed that in my gallery

ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR FUCKING MINDS OVER THERE?! I get that designers get paid to design, but this is just spitting in our faces and calling it rain. 

And you know what? Fuck you, fuck this page, fuck everything. I've had it, and I'm going to delete my account/gallery in 1,5 weeks. I hope you're happy that your blind idiocy is driving people away.
SuperMoonImagination Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dA by SuperMoonImagination  
Bayuna Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
This is so true and makes me really sad. What happened to DA?!
kanoshii Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
tags showing openly for everyone to see its not a good feat -10 points DA
Koroshija Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
aw.. I hate it. :c
rareflower3377 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
A truly horrible idea that I hate, but not that you'll listen or take what I say seriously. Nor will any of the rest of the people that run DA. For the first time since I got mine, I'm considering leaving. That alone won't bother you, but the fact that a lot of people seem to agree should. You're taking the same route as MySpace and Facebook i.e. Keep altering and changing the site with useless features that nobody WANTS in the first place until it no longer resembles what you started as. In fact, just keep changing until you no longer ARE DeviantArt but an inferior carbon copy of some other sites you're obviously trying to compete with. If I want an Instagram or something like that, I know how to get one. If something isn't broken, then there is no need to fix it. Especially when the overwhelming majority prefer things the way they are don't want things changed.
Ginerra Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sooo I wonder who came up with the great idea to show the tags in public?? Next stop is that we have to show our true name, our complete birth date and are always shown as visitors? Have you ever thought that we actually like the idea of hidden tags? I refuse to show my tags in public, so thanks, I won't have tags anymore I guess.
Thanks for your idea to make our art to be found more easily, but with forcing public tags that idea just backfired..
EnduoKewt666 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
is this a troll update or something?Confused 

cuz it the worst idea everCrying 
Hexalt Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Terrible. I preferred using the keywords, and now having the tags visible on all my deviations is just awkward and annoying.

Time to delete all those obnoxious tags.
Beastgods Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist
So now how do I hide them from my deviation pages? It's really awkward and distracting to see a long list of alternate spellings just lying there.
BagToon Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Student Filmographer
There should be an option to hide the 'hashtags' if we wish to. I really don't like the look of them on my deviation and there really is NO point in them being shown.
SideQuestPubs Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
"By making tags public, you'll be able to discover tags that the community is using in a more predictable way.  Having 10 or 20 relevant tags will enable more people to see your art than having 100 irrelevant ones."
Yeah, except the Tag system has been out for over a month now, I've correctly updated all of the tags on my secondary account, and I've yet to see, on that account, or on anyone else's profile, deviation, or wherever anything that resembles a "public" tag.
So unless there's some toggle switch I haven't found that hides or displays my tags--and I would love if someone would point out where that is, because I haven't found it anywhere that seems logical--the "public" part ain't working. And therefore, neither is the system to let us make more efficient tag choices.
(If on the other hand this part is a "beta" feature that simply hasn't been rolled out to the public... well, then it technically isn't "public" yet, and for even the newer journals to refer to it as such thoroughly confuses the issue.)

Plus the tag editor has a serious flaw--that 20-at-a-time thing is limited based on the order in which items are uploaded, and I don't see any way to resort or filter this list to mass-edit tags on a grouping of my choosing. Even selecting a couple of items from one page and then going on to the next just deals with tags on that next page while ignoring the ones I'd selected on the previous.
Updating those deviations one at a time to get around this flaw completely defeats the purpose of even having the tag editor, not to mention it still doesn't enable me to fine-tune groups of deviations--if I submitted, say, one hundred deviations' worth of Doctor Who fanfics and art and such, but with other non-Who deviations interspersed among them, or perhaps 100 Jack Harkness deviations with a variety of Gwen Cooper deviations among them, I'd still have to open all hundred items and check their tag lists against every single related deviation on an individual basis just to make sure they're all using the same set of tags for the group.
At best, if every other deviation was a Doctor Who item, and I did one chapter each per, say, five Whofics before continuing a given story, the current tag editor would allow me to edit the tags on only two such chapters for one story before I'd have to click to the next page of 20 (10 whofics out of 20 deviations showing, 5 stories, ergo 2 relevant deviations per list of tags) to ensure that others of the same story are similarly tagged... or still do them one at a time without the tag editor. Horribly inefficient either way.

If we are stuck with tags, then what we need is to be able to see the tag list in our galleries, alongside of the older category listing of course, to let us see all tags that we are personally using, select and filter out only items that use specific tags (e.g. only things labelled "doctorwho" or perhaps those with both "doctorwho" and "jackharkness" tags if you can arrange to filter by multiple tages) or no tags or whatever, or to see what tags are used in a specific gallery (e.g. my "Spies of Cybus" fanfic folder).
And, yes, for the mass-tag editor to similarly allow us to narrow down our choices by filtering and showing only items with certain tags or within certain galleries and/or categories, instead only sorting by date submitted.

If we are stuck with using tags, then we need is something less like Twitter, FaceBook, or Tumblr, and more like WordPress's tag cloud, where I can click on a given tag on my site and see all posts I've made with that tag and only my posts with that particular tag, both within the gallery view and within the Tag editor.
But this would require both the gallery and the tag editor to show a list of all tags I've used...not just those that happen to be on that presorted-by-date group of 20 items.
And of course we'd need a "no tags" selection on such a filter so we can efficiently identify which items haven't been tagged.
death-g-reaper Featured By Owner Edited Oct 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Nothing but horrible. Ever since this new system started, I get no traffic on my art except from people that already follow me, no one is finding my art on search any more. My brother has been having the same problems. I also really don't like the idea of the tags being public, that seems really annoying. Please go back to the old system, I don't know of a single person that doesn't hate the new tag system.
Niedec-STOCK Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know this is old news, but I still want to comment: horrible. Horrible, horrible, horrible.

I used to put spoilers from my stories in keywords, in case someone couldn't remember the title, but remembered how the story ended. Now, those keywords are publicly visible. So now, I have to remove them, which also means I can't help people find my stuff again. It's purely lose-lose.

For my stock-account, I haven't found a way to copy/paste tags, so for every piece, I have to re-type all of them. Typing "#paper #parchment #old #book #story" etc. over and over isn't any fun, especially in sets that have 20 or more textures. 

In July, before this was implemented, I submitted over 600 unrestricted stock photos. It was a lot of work, but DA helped make it easy. Now, even small uploads suck. No way in hell would I submit like that now. Please, please get this resolved.  
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