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:bulletgreen:  Fair Exposure and miscategorization


On January 24th, 2012, we released an hq journal regarding Popular results for Browse. In this journal, we described Fair Exposure -- deviantART's algorithm for Popular browse results.  Fair Exposure's goal is to showcase the most popular deviations in a variety of styles, genres, and art forms, without bias towards a particular topic.

Since the release of our Fair Exposure announcement, especially in the last handful of weeks, we've noticed a concerted, dedicated effort made by deviants, or groups of deviants, to specifically beat (or "game") the system.  Deviations have been intentionally miscategorized in hopes of having them appear "higher" in Popular results.  This has, rightfully so, resulted in complaints from deviants who submit to deviantART in a fair and honest manner.   


:bulletgreen:  What we're doing


The engineers who make up deviantART's Search team are well aware of the current issues and concerns regarding Fair Exposure.  They're already hard at work on Fair Exposure algorithm enhancements that will be significantly more robust when it comes to miscategorization (in addition to a number of other upgrades).  Please know that we're constantly working to maintain Fair Exposure's inherently impartial nature.

In the meantime, while those enhancements are still being refined, swift action will be taken against any deviant who is found to be purposely and/or flagrantly manipulating Fair Exposure.  Such action might include a site suspension or ban.


:bulletgreen:  Better browsing, on the way


Fair Exposure is important in order to truly bring to light the depth and breadth of the work submitted to deviantART daily, with an aim to appeal to a broad spectrum of tastes and interests.  It's equally as important that we keep Fair Exposure healthy and functioning appropriately, as to ensure that deviations on display are truly deserving.

Thank you for your feedback and continued patience as we work to build an optimal browsing experience.

~Heidi


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:iconthegeforce:
thegeforce Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
found this through the random deviation button
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battlebrothertherix Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I don't see much actual description of the Fair Exposure algorithm.

You've told us that there is one, but I'm afraid I don't see much actual description.

I'm afraid it isn't even cleverly concealed.
How does the Fair Exposure algorithm work, exactly?
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The-UglyTruth Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Do you do web development? Do you understand mySQL/PHP, queries and limits?

Even if you did, why would they tell you 'how' its done? What would be the point? Do you see google telling people how it gathers it's search results?
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battlebrothertherix Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Pretty much, yes.

We know how google gathers its results.
Closest word match-up.
Nearest relevance.
Most popular result selected based on previous two parameters.
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The-UglyTruth Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
'Nearest relevance'.

And how is that defined, exactly? You obviously don't understand the complexity behind it if you think it's that simple. Cut the developers some slack, what they're doing isn't exactly easy.
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battlebrothertherix Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Closest relevance: Defined by keywords and definitions written into website coding.

It's closest match-up of words, as in the first parameter, only in greater detail.
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The-UglyTruth Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
How do they sort it? Decide what is more relevant? It goes way beyond metadata. You've got spiders, filters, analytics, an endless length of parameters. You could go ask google but, oh wait, they don't hand out their algorithms. Why? Because it's their secret to success. I still think you don't grasp exactly what you're trying to talk about here.
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battlebrothertherix Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Even so, I'm not asking for an in-depth analysis. The journal said it would explain Fair Exposure but didn't at all.
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:iconthe-uglytruth:
The-UglyTruth Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
"Fair Exposure's goal is to showcase the most popular deviations in a variety of styles, genres, and art forms, without bias towards a particular topic."
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SyntheticsArt Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lets start an art riot
Journal: [link]
Group: [link] front page
Image: [link]

-- For the people who deserve --
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