Welcome to my new bi-weekly article: Around the Site Suggestions! This article will be published every other Saturday and it will feature different suggestions from around the site. Suggestions will be taken from the visual suggestions gallery, the written suggestions gallery , the suggestions forum, the weekly site updates from #hq and anywhere else suggestions are posted. As well as featuring these suggestions, this article will also contain different discussion topics about different aspects of the site and how you would like to see them improved.
If you have a suggestion you would like featured in this article feel free to note me, ^Katara-Alchemist with your suggestion and I'll include it in the next article! It doesn't even have to be yours, it can just be a cool one that you've see while browsing the site. Feel free to note me with suggestions for the discussion topic at the end as well.
*8manderz8 suggested: Widget Subscription for Groups. Fully upgrading a group to "Super Group" status can be costly and near impossible for smaller groups. What if the group only wants a group Forum, or a group Poll option, or only customized journals or pages? I think that having a feature for non-super groups where they can subscribe to certain widgets for 12 months at a time would be a good answer, especially for those who would like to have some (but not all) of the options that Super Groups have."
=Mary-Jane-Stokely suggested: Have an affiliate feature for individual member pages. So lets say another GIMP artist visits my profile and sees that I also use GIMP to create digital art, they can then send me an affiliation request which I can either accept or reject and if I accept it, the other GIMP artist has a separate tab on their menu bar that says Affiliates and then people clicking on this Affiliate tab can see my page under the GIMP Artist's section.
I'd love to be able to request to affiliate with other member's doing Coca-Cola Fan Art as well. So that if people click on my affiliate tab - under the section Coca-Cola Fan Art - they see all the other member's pages on dA that I've affiliated with, that are also creating Coca-Cola Fan Art.
The thing is that all affiliated pages should have to go under a section which the user has pre-designated similar to the way a flickr galleries work, one has to create a gallery first and give it a name and only then can one add other member's photos to it.
So for the Affiliates tab, one has to create sections first so that the affiliated pages are organized and not just random lists.
So for me for example I'd have five sections: Other GIMP Digital Artists, GIMP Resource Creators, Coca-Cola Fan Art Creators, G'MIC plugin users, Powerpoint and Excel template Creators.
Underneath these sections would be other member's pages that I've requested as affiliates and classified under the appropriate sections.
`TimberClipse Suggested a new algorithm for the journal portal and footer.
Optional hotlink protection.
New Usernames in comment business cards.
Google Drive sync with Sta.sh and MuroIntroduction: Google Drive is a cloud storage service. Nothing else. But for that it is great! I always loved Google Docs, now it become Drive. I can sync my data between compy, phone, Google Docs etc. Fast and easy to use, and it give us 5GB storage (that is a lot).Sync Sta.sh and muro with Google Drive.
Suggestion: Muro and Sta.sh sync with Google Drive. It is easy to make. Even I could do it with Sta.sh API and GD API and maybe I will experiment with it if I have time for it, but I would be happy if it would exists officially on dA.
Here is the simple documentation for Google Drive API: https://developers.google.com/drive/
Featured JournalI wanted to keep a commissions journal on my page, but yet at the same time I wanted to write different journals. So I thought of "Featured Journals." So Deviants can keep a certain journal on display, and still type what ever else they want in separate journals that wont appear on their page.Be able to have featured journals on your page.
Or if you are using the new journal update that allows several journals to appear on your page, then there should be an option to organize certain entries, so that way if you have a specific entry you want on top, you can place it there and continue writing more journals that will automatically be placed under the "featured journal" unless marked other
=Mod-a-holic suggested that we have an easier way to re-critique artwork after the original critique is made. As it stands, if you want to update your critique to reflect changes made in an artwork you have to delete your old critique and post a new one, which get's ride of feedback that could still be potentially useful to the artist.
We're going to have two discussion topics this week!
Recently deviantART announced that we can now change usernames. Many people are very happy with this feature, but there are those that have issues with it. One of the biggest points of contention is that you have to be a premium member to change your name. What do you guys think about, instead of having to be a premium member, you just paid a general fee to change your name? Do you think this would be beneficial or harmful?
Page buddies. Those little things that managed to get out of the box and sit in the corner of your page as you scrolled. They were only around for a couple days, but as soon as they were taken away there was a pretty big uproar, especially on this week's site update. This was the response given on a ticket submitted by another deviant on the matter of page buddies being removed: "We greatly apologize for the delayed response. The ability to skin and use CSS on Profile Pages is very flexible -- so much so, that sometimes a skinner can gain access to parts of the page that deviantART didn't intend for. In this case of Page Buddies, we fixed a bug that allowed people to get "outside the box" and change parts of the site that aren't permitted. If you check out our Etiquette policy you'll see that we do not permit exploits and disruption of the layout as they could cause problems with navigating the site." But despite this response, many people still want page buddies back. Do you think it would be a good idea to bring this back with added limits such as a 250px by 250px size limit? Or do you think they would still interfere with the use of the site to much and thus not be a good idea?