10 Things I would like to have on dA...
Okay, once in a dA lifetime, everybody writes about something they like about dA or dislikes or this needs to be changed or about this or that. So I also thought, I should also make my wishlist (or whatever it can be called) as far as dA's user interface is concerned.
deviantArt, from the time I have joined has really grown a lot, not that it was any less when I joined but it is applaudable that it has constantly introduced so many new features and it still is! I know, currently they have introduced new features like critique, message center and maybe are working on portfolio, and this newer version is not unknown to any of us.
But day in and day out as a user of dA, I feel this features should have been there:
And of course, the following list is not in any particular order, plus some are more important some are not but i wanted to make it to "10". *wink* Also, some are just the subscribed features, but... meh!!
1> I like that now you can arrange things on your profile page, but I wish we can swap the sides
, the entire things on left or on right. Something like, we had for journals (if you remember) before this new dA version was introduced.
2> I have no idea, why if i choose to Hide my Activity from others, I cannot see it either
. Secondly, Activity & Statistics should be made separate
, you know the way currently it is, if you make your stats visible, the Activity also becomes visible, you may want to show or hide either of them.
3> Journals on dA are something so prominent, I don't need to tell you that, in short it is a important communication tool for members on dA. But, sometimes when you write that is too long and takes time (just like this journal entry
) and if dA goes into maintenance mode or your puter crashes or internet or electricity problem etc. the whole thing might disappear, so much waste of time, to avoid this there should be a feature to Auto Save your entry
while/before you publish it. I don't know hoe they can implement this technology on dA but Auto Save is nothing new, if you use Blogs or other such things.
4> Something related to above, it would be great if you can save your journals as Draft
, sometimes you write something but are not sure if you have yet finished it or have time to finish it now or maybe you decide you do not want to publish it or maybe it is something that you want to publish on some later date, so if your entry is saved as a Draft, you just have to push a Publish (or Send) button when you decide to publish it, so that your watchers know.
5> Poll is a another way to get the feedback quickly, but I wish there was something where the person who starts the poll can add a lil commentary, maybe in a lil text box after the Poll questions
, currently, if you want to add something, you just have to add it as a comment or maybe write a journal as some deviants do.
6> Like i noticed in one of my Poll
, I think, we should be informed in our message center
if somebody adds our Prints to there Wishlist. Don't tell the name, you might have your reasons but, at least say: XYZ Deviation was added to Wishlist, that's all. Not a big deal, but hey, you like to be informed!
7> Another thing: when you submit a News article (& even on Polls) you don't get the replies in your message center
, may I know the reason why?!!
8> There should be possibility to export all your Notes as HTML file or something to your Email
(I think, this kind of features are available in Forums elsewhere with the PM-Personal Messages), so that if you want to delete them all from here you can, just to reduce the clutter. But it will be still saved somewhere in your puter i.e your emails or if you download it you can save them in your hard disk. I know most of the Notes are not at all that important or anything, but we are talking about availability of features/options, right?!
9> It would be fab if comments were editable, at least till/after the 5/10 minutes
that you have written it.This is nothing new if you use other CMS things, I have seen that once you post the comment, they are editable for maximum 30 minutes after that, you can't, so you see this is possible and nothing out of world that i am talking about. This kind of feature could be useful, in case of typos which is something so common or maybe if you change your mind or have a second thought.
10> Finally, one more thing, I don't understand why I have to vote on my own Poll
to see the results, gotta change that, or is there any valid reason?!!
I hope whatever i have written above makes sense and doesn't sound as if i am blabbering. Seems like a longest journal i have ever written!
Let me know what you think or if you have something more to add or delete, or have a work around.
|One More Thing...
And, i very clearly know what it takes to develop a product and run it so successfully like dA does. I know, it is very easy to sit here and say this should be there and this not and this could be improved or whatever so I am not being demanding but this are just my thoughts/ideas/suggestions as a user and had been on my mind for some time now, so i just thought to discuss with you and I am sure some of you will echo my thoughts. Plus, i am not much active on dA forums etc. so writing a journal seemed to be a good idea.
Also, the Title might sound a bit demanding, but, trust me, i am not!
Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people. -Leo Burnett