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deviantart concept - ARTstream by thespook deviantart concept - ARTstream by thespook
note that this was made pre-v6, before I knew what the new message center looked like, and it's also super rushed.

The idea is to allow us to split our deviantWATCH into at least two groups - our friends/peers, and everything else.

We watch two types of people: close friends and peers (our community), and artists who's art we just like.

I only have a few dozen 'close' friends compared to the hundreds of artists I watch because of their great art, and it's easy for me to miss something a friend submitted amongst the thousands of deviations.

I think it's important to make it easier to focus on the deviants who matter most to us, while also allowing us to continue to appreciate all the wonderful art shared by the wider community.

This is just a quick mockup to give people something to see, it is open to discussion, and I've actually left out ideas. It's meant as a companion to the description above, and for my journal on the matter: Comments. A solution?
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The idea of splitting your devWATCH so that you can actually control who's art your getting in one place, but keep track of your dA community still is quite appealing to me.

One thing that's always bugged me about the current devWATCH is that I do like watching people, but I get clogged with all their artwork and submissions. I'd love to be able to keep a select few friends separate from the rest so i can focus on my 'Friend' network, but still be able to keep track and watch people for my 'Community' network.

With the current devWATCH, it's just a big mess of deviations, and like your comments for the mockup say, you can easily lose a deviation amongst the thousands of others.

Some might not use it for their friends, but instead, use the ARTstream for people who's art you specifically like, and then use the devWATCH portion for your friends and others that you want to watch and keep track of.

All in all, I think it's a wonderful idea. And, in the worst case, people wouldn't have to use it if they didn't really want to.

I know I would. :D
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nikkidoodlesx3 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
this is honestly a brilliant idea!
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Etsuko-Hime Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Plz make this system!! I watching many 100 ++ groups and deviantas and i miss ALOT of what my friends make >.<
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Etsuko-Hime Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That sound great XD
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rocketypo Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012   Digital Artist
Great idea! Any chance it's going to be implemented in the near future?
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thespook Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
I remain hopeful, but aside from +spyed adding it to his ideas collection (about four years ago mind you) I've had no indication that it would be implemented.
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rocketypo Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Ah, that's a shame, it's really a great idea and it's something I could really use. Oh well (:
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thespook Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
You must be new here ;p

dA isn't a terrible site; they do a lot of things right, but they don't have the best history of implementing user's suggestions. It's all pretty random - some things get done over night by one developer, some things take years (the groups system), and some things come out of nowhere that no one wants :lol:

Until they implement something like this though, just knowing you'll lose track of your closer friends if you add too many 'cool artists' kinda helps.
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QuantumSpectre Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012   General Artist
I think this is a great idea! I think it's something that most people can appreciate if introduced as a feature.
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DarkNyra Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this idea
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GraphicLia Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Definitely a great concept! The watch has gotten so clogged I've had to stop watching half of my groups and I only have 9 to start with of which 8 have volume.

What would also work is to filter out the repeat offenders - mega uploaders and the ones that submit to every group in their genre.

I wandered in here looking for CSS clues on mini-galleries since *kuschelirmel-stock listed you.
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