I'm surprised at how consistently the site seems to be losing functionality, both big and small. I thought the purpose of upgrading a website was too add and develop things, not take them all away and leave the website neutered.
I realise that people can use tags but I think it would have been better as an additional way to filter content rather than a replacement for the old category system. When submitting a deviation in the past you had to select a category so when searching by category you had a decent chance on finding what you were looking for. If I wanted to upload a picture of my cat, it would be in photography > animals, plant & nature > pets (or w/e it used to be) but now I would have to use #cat instead.
A first obvious problem is people might use different tags so really you end up searching for #cat#cats#kitten#kitty#cutecat#petphotography etc. People might also not use a hashtag and then how do you even stumble upon their picture?
Another problem with this new user interface is keeping track of the pictures I have already seen. Indeed if I look at all the #bordercollie#border_collie#bordercolliedog pictures today and come back next week, I might see almost the same results since it seems to display what is more popular first.
After losing my ability to draw, I've spent a lot less time on DA and mainly just kept up with the people I followed. I'm getting back into just looking at creations on the site, but son of a biscuit, the search engine and the stupid tags! Even if I add certain tags to mute, they don't count towards titles or descriptions. Tags are so freaking restricted too.
I have the mature filter off because there are some things I have no problem with like the macabre or gore... but again son of a biscuit! DA can be such a fetish-dominated site. You can't mute one specific fetish without using a million tags. The same goes with some sort of game, movie or book series. To mute that you have to use the title itself, the sequels, spin-offs and the abbreviations for all of those.
Then there are those people who abuse the hashtags and add in all sorts of words that have nothing to do with the freaking content. Using DA's search engine before could be a pain in the rear as it was, but this! This!
Also, semi-out of nowhere: Eff the Recommendations! What is this crap you are showing me? I'm too scared to hit the "show less like this" option because the last time I did that, it eventually stopped showing the rare things that held relevance. I also don't want to click on the thumbnails to try to figure out why it is showing up, because the site will likely mistake it as me being interested in the crap!
I believe everyone has that glitch, due to the forums haven't been updated with eclipse yet. still in the old layout coding, same with groups. guess they felt groups were more popular to update first over forums...
Folks you need to understand that the fucking cretins who run this place in Wix.com and their yes men/lapdogs in the DA staff would much rather force unwanted, unneeded, unasked for crap down our throats in chats than fix the bugs and problems that Eclipse has.
I totally agree with you. Lately I wanted to search references for muscled arms, but it was such a chore to actually find photos that depict just that. In the end I googled. Deviantart used to be so specific with the search functions and categories.
Yeah what happened to topics? There used to be a drop-down menu for it when submitting or editing your artwork. I just recently noticed it's not there anymore so how are works being sorted into topics now?
EDIT: Looks like the only way is to tag it with a topic and hope for the best that the program agrees with you.