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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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Galagya Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
this is such an amazing idea. I wish it would be implemented.
nikkidoodlesx3 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
this is honestly a brilliant idea!
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 >.<
Etsuko-Hime Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That sound great XD
rocketypo Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012   Digital Artist
Great idea! Any chance it's going to be implemented in the near future?
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.
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 (:
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.
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.
DarkNyra Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this idea
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.
just-a-user Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
another good idea which is left to rot since 2008... :(
Xyyme Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this idea quite a bit
thespook Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
I'm kinda surprised I'm still getting comments on this thing, how did you find out about it?
Xyyme Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw it on the Great Spyed's profile :iconspyed:
thespook Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
Woah, that'll sure explain the constant trickle of attention :lol:
Xyyme Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
XD it sure will :D I must admit, it is impressive to get something of yours on the great :spyed: profile
AlcinaNoita Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
it's a great idea, hope it comes to fruition!
MasterKoschei Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
I would LOVE having this... it's embarassing for a best friend I speak to on aim all day every day ask me how come I haven't said anything she posted three days ago, when I'm trying to help her learn about certain things, and then be told that I watch too many people. D=

It's to the point now, that if I don't wanna be stuck in my inbox and get no work done, I have to keep bookmarks of close friends so that I can check their profiles specifically for new things, and I'm always finding new artists that I fall in love with their work, which just makes the problem worse... because I can't help it if someone is so spectacular here that I have to watch them after I realize that I'd fav their entire gallery. This community just has so many amazing artists and writers and photographers and cosplayers that it's hard not to want to watch at least a million of them. Great idea... I've been trying to think of a way to work through my problem of this, and it would be perfect to have this.
bitthegeek Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice idea! ^^ I'll definitely use it

but can you make something like a mixed friends and everything feature available, just like the current devWatch, for the sake of the people who wanted 'the big mess of deviations'? I like to view deviations like that sometimes, but if not, I'll be still satisfied with the new thing
jaime9526 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
excellent idea...out of curiousity is this currently in place on the beta testers? and if so...or if it comes to pass....won't it be a good idea to have a 'reset all deviantwatch to artstream' button, then we can go and addteh communities within?

there was once group support on dev watch, but that was fiddly to say the least. :)
ShankSilenzikilu Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
A very interesting idea. I'm sure there are a lot of people (including me) who would love this. :)
chrismata-dimensions Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I be happy to test it!
catarinamzfernandes Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Student Photographer
what i cant understand.. i am portuguese xcan you try explain me
Sunny-Wolf Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
This is a great idea. I think it would be great for everyone to use. I think it would make things more orgainized to me :) I run into this problem often so it would would be an awesome idea :D
AllyneAllyne Featured By Owner May 26, 2009
This is a great idea! I'm always hesitant to watch artists, even if I like them, because I know it's going to fill up my deviantWATCH. This would completely fix that problem for me!
Echoman-exe Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
It could be named deviantSTREAM, since just goin' with the deviant theme.
But EXCELLENT idea, i hope this comes to dA! =D
EpsilonAnoi Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
Cool concept. But maybe if you had a "friend or fan" option when you add someone to your devWatch it might make things easier.
thespook Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
There's been talk about them developing new filters for our message center, one of which would be to filter things to have our friends show first. I'm looking forward to it, 'cause it would enable the kind of focus that I was going for with this concept.

tenkomaddy Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009   Digital Artist
Great concept! :thumbsup:
chinaroses Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree. I aim to make my friends my priority first and foremost. I get a lot of messages, and I read about 100 journals a day.
noxiousone Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
nice idea dude :aww: I love it ;]
Surround Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008
yeah great idea!..
Death-By-Romance Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I think this is a fantastic idea. I continue to run into this problem. and I often end up deleting my friends messages out of my devWATCH in think that I'll remember to go to their page, so I can concentrate on getting the other deviants out of my devWATCH. It never really ends up being that way. I think this stream would be an amazing solution. I really hope something like this could be added!-Steve
mode-de-vie Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008  Student Writer
I think this is a great idea. It'd definitely make my commenting and whatnot easier. :D
Skyrail Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008
Interesting concept :) certainly would allow me to get through my 800+ deviations quicker :lol:
aurora-design Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008
That's a great idea!
carminasuva02 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2008
"ARTstream" eyes... sorry quite. =(
thatreevesgirl Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
This would make my life so much easier. I do wonder how many resources it would take to program and implement. The gallery folder system is similar, but so much more small scale than this kind of filter system, especially considering the volume that would have to go through the filters.

But I do love the idea. I hope that it is seriously considered.
lemontea Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008
Interesting idea with some proper tuning.
pulbern Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008
Thats exactly what I need!
thespook Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008
Apparently the new message center is going to let us do something like this, not long until we get to see for ourselves :)
pulbern Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008
I know! I can't wait :)
Striker612 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
perfect idea! :=)
beta3 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
I really think that this would encourage me, as well as others, to actually watch more people. Fantastic idea :thumbsup:
haldron Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
That's brilliant, also it looks nicer then the current message centre.
KeremGo Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thats really nice idea I think.
thetopcrusader Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
Loving it so far. :)

The design could use some work, of course, but it communicates the concept quite well.
frozenpandaman Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008  Student General Artist
Good idea! :thumbsup:
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