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February 11, 2013
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In the deviantWATCH, we would like to switch to Feeds vs. Messages you have to "X" away one by one.

Now, I could use a wide net of input for message center revamp, but really I'd like to start with a narrow view of just deviantWATCH.

The deviantWATCH lives within Messages, which contains within it Feedback, Notices, etc. as well. deviantWATCH messages come in like crazy in your message center once you are watching 20+ people. And of the folks reading my Journal, I know you guys tend to have over 100+ people that you +WATCH.

Help me understand something. Because if we go off and make changes, we're going to have a riot on our hands. And no one needs that kind of sadness in their lives:

Why can't we switch to feeds? 

Feeds would effectively index YOUR deviantWATCH in to deviantART's search engine, so your deviantWATCH Deviations would have all of the filters and capabilities of the home page. Categories, Newest, Most Popular 24 hours, 1 week, 1 month, etc. BUT all of this would be narrowed just to your deviantWATCH. You could search, you could have all of the viewing benefits of Browse like SitBack and RSS feeds.

The down side? Or is it the upside? No "X" -- deviantWATCH would simply show you your Watch as a search result feed, it would even tell you how many new items are in your feed, but once you viewed your deviantWATCH the counter would reset to zero. You could always browse your entire Watch history, but you wouldn't be able to push "away" all the deviations you're "done" with. Instead, you'd have to +Favorite them or them or something :)

Ok, go ahead, get the torches out.. and let's chat in the comments :)

-- A

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Sserenita Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
I agree wholeheartedly with Krazzulimaii. I interact with a lot of people on a daily basis and i need an easy and fast way to check my hundreds of messages. Without message center i would be completely lost. Please dont get rid of this very convenient and necessary feature. 
Krazzulimaii Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alright. While I like the feed, there's an enormous amount of people who prefer the message center. I'll try to give my opinion why.

With a feed, you miss stuff. If you're watching a ton of people, you might miss some of the art from people you truly enjoy, or you might miss an update you are waiting for from a certain person.
With a message center, it's all organized very neatly. Seriously, it's practically impossible to miss anything if you have a message center. Lots of people like going through that and seeing "did so and so release something new?". If they go through their message center and there's nothing, they can safely say that nothing new was submitted by that deviant. With the activity feed system, however, you would have to scroll and scroll, and if you don't scroll all the way down to when you last went on deviantart, you wouldn't know if so and so released this new thing.

I know what you're thinking. "Why can't you just go to their profile?" because it's a pain. If you have a ton of friends, but 5 that you really want to see stuff from, I don't want to have to go through 5 profile pages every day. I just want to see it in the neatly organized message center. I don't want to have to use the search function for everything either. I could forget something, miss something, etc

The message center lets you see what you want, in exactly the order you want to see it. If you care more about journals first, then deviations, you can go look at those and read them, then go back and X out the deviations. Or if site updates are your top priority, the message center ensures that you never miss a single one.

So yeah. Don't get rid of the message center. If you really have too many deviations that you're Xing out, then just adjust your watch settings for those deviants.
ANGELICA-LILY Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
I would like to see it stay the way it is . Thank You for asking .
KittyCatHat Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
I like the current system quite much. I like to watch some pics more than once and leave them in my in box for a while and the 'X' button makes things easier. And I also like to check my watchmessages with my phone and some of art just cant be seen well enough from my phone.
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Tigles1Artistry Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Definitely with the majority's opinion in this issue....
ArtByCher Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013   Traditional Artist
I don't see how this would benefit anyone. I'm with the majority on this.
lintu47 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
While i do understand your wish to implement newer things on dA, the MC is fine the way it is now. You could make it better without turning it into a newsfeed. So no, just a big "NO" for this change. I don't want this to turn into another FB like site where i'll end up missing important messages.

Or, if you want it so badly, don't force it on people like me who doesn't want/need it, make it optional, just like being a beta tester when you have PM.

Thank you for considering my opinion! :heart:
OceanLore Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student Photographer
I know I'm not the only one in thinking that y'all have a problem with messing with things ("fixing") that don't need to be messed with ("fixed").

DA has changed so much over time and while some updates and ideas are good, some are just made to make DA seem more "hip" or changed just to change. Places like MySpace were ruined when they kept making little changes and started driving people away. I use DA show show some of my work to possible customers, if DA keeps changing then someone who knew how to look through things a couple years ago has a hard time adjusting now to the change I could lose business.

DA is FINE the way it is. It's not made for us to HAVE to be on 24/7 but there is such a huge amount of people on here I'd be surprised if you really needed us all to be on all the time.

I can honestly say if DA goes through with this and doesn't stop making this site more like a social media site like Twitter (which I can't stand and refuse to make an account) or FaceBook not only will it draw the wrong crowd but it will start driving away the few on here that are professionals and really do USE the site.
Dead-Bite Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
NO. Can you please stop fixing EVERYTHING? Its ok now. Leave it like that!
aNnEmL42 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
I would be greatly saddened by this change. Super super sad. Please not to do.
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