Today a special issue. deviantART just rolled major updates on the site and there is a lot to improve on. Check out this few suggestions and make sure to visit Ideas Forum to find more.
In this Journal series I present the Ideas that I think are good and/or interesting and deserve more attention. Under each title I included short description - a quote/summary from the original thread. To see details and possibly upvote the idea, follow the [link] next to the title.
Moving the activity stream on your profile page
"(...) I love the new activity stream, and since my new art ends up there anyway, I was actually hoping to remove my "latest deviations" widget and just keep the activity stream on the left side... cause that's more or less what the left side is being used for anyway. But I'm not allowed to do that because the stream is locked to the right. To me, this seems clunky and makes the profile messy - but it also creates a few problems: Because it is a HUGE widget, anybody who wants to leave a comment has to scroll down a full six screens in order to do so. It has made the right side of my profile screen miles longer than the left side. (...)" Edit Activity on the Activity Feed
"The Activity Feed is a catch all of everything you do. As I recently discovered, there are a few bugs, which hopefully will taken care of soon. For one thing, sometimes you can submit forum posts to closed forums like the Seniors forum, and it will show up in the Activity Feed for EVERYONE to read!!
Currently, the only option the Activity Feed has is to "Remove This Widget". And it seems removing the widget is the only option if you want to hide something that the Activity Widget is stubbornly insisting on showing.
For this reason, I think that the Activity Feed needs a "Edit Activity" option. There needs to be some way to manually filter something that you don't want showing up in the Activity Feed. "Edit Activity" won't allow you to move items around, or change timestamps; all it would allow you to do is hide and unhide Activity Feed history items."
Separate settings for Message Center and Watch Feed or the option to filter out/separate Groups feed
I read on the update that the settings for Message Center and Watch Feed are the same. But that can be really inconvenient. It seems the submissions are always showed one by one, so if someone watches a busy Group (or few), those submissions will spam their whole feed and they won't be able to see anything else simply because of not enough time or patience to scroll through it all. In Message Center I can quickly look at thumbs and see if I like something but having to scroll through big pictures one by one doesn't seem enjoyable.
Another thing is, let's say I'm a member of a Group which is a TV show fanclub. The show starts a new season but I can't watch it right now, so I just don't check the deviations from that Group until I catch up. But I do want to see them eventually, so I leave them in my Message Center for later. Though if I do that, I will also see the deviations (and possibly spoilers) in my Watch Feed. I could just disable deviation updates from that Group but Groups don't have "Browse"/"All" button in the Gallery, so I would have to check every folder for new submissions.
I think it would be good if you could have separate settings for Message Center and Watch Feed to just make it easier to use and browse. If that's too difficult to implement for technical reasons, then I think a good solution would be an option to filter out the Groups feed or an option to have deviants feed and Groups feed in 2 separate tabs.
Ideas for better collections: Notifications when someone watches a collection of ours.
"I can understand the rationale for not counting someone as a "watcher" when they are just watching a collection of yours. They aren't following your art, so they aren't really there for you. But in a way, they are. It's your particular selection of art they enjoy, and the skills you put into selecting the finest dA has to offer should be rewarded.
That person still needs to be counted somehow, and the curator should be able to toggle notifications on/off whenever one of their collections are watched or something they post on the deviantfeed is reblogged. Next to the watch button on any collection should be a counter that lets us know how many times a collection has been watched, with a "what's hot" page for collections of art. This will encourage the curator to continue selecting the best art.
When it comes to watching collections and the activity feed, we're missing the ability to selectively unwatch collections from an artist we're already watching. It shouldn't be an all-or-nothing type thing where we have to either watch all the collections or none of them. See my mockup for details.
It might also be a good idea to allow for sharing of collections on the activity feed, since someone might want to share a collection they like with their watchers."