While browsing dA today's morning, I noticed a huge change. Stacks. My reaciton went from "Whaaaa " to "Wheeee " very quickly, when I realised, that the number of deviations in my devWATCH decreased suddenly from 3,300 (seriously!) to only 388 stacks! That is a wow!
But a few moments later I saw a poll where people were terribly complaining about the new change. That surprised me, since I was personally fond of the new system. However, I noticed many users actually didn't know how it exactly works, so I decided to write down this journal. Let me quote a few complaints and make things clear.
I hate the change, it kills browsing!
I wonder why, actually? The stack system sorts deviations by artists and collects them in single stacks. For me it makes browsing easier - I don't have to dig through hundreds of deviations anymore, I just click on an artist I want to check and there I see all their submissions since the last time I cleared my message box.
There should be an option to bring back the old system!!
Hey, but there is! I don't understand people who complain before even checking. Just go to "Deviations" under your "devWATCH" tab in message center and on the top you still have "Sort by Date" and "Sort by Sender" options. The only thing that may annoy is that when you come back to the main center, there are still stacks remanining. But no one forces you to browse deviations there...
It's terrible, I deleted the whole stack by only one misclick!
It is true that you can easily get rid of the stack by simply clicking "x", but then the system ASKS you if you really want to delete the deviations. I understand one missclick, but TWO?
I'm pissed that I can't open stacks on different tabs in my browser!
True. That's the thing they omitted. It would improve the stack system a lot, I hope they'll fix that!
And now I won't know if my fav artist adds something, because it will be added to the stack, not to the list in my message box!
Not true. If an artist submit a new deviation, it is added to the stack, but at the same time this stack gets updated - and it appears at the very beginning of other stacks.
There's no point in adding deviations to groups now! People will mostly delete whole stacks before even looking inside.
Well, I admit that MAY BE a big disadvantage. Even before the change, when your devWATCH was flooded by groups submissions, impatient users had to delete them manually, which made them at least look at each of them. Now the submissions are in stacks, so let's assume that there's a very ugly one at the very top of the stack - many people will tend to delete them! OK, maybe I'm exaggerating, but I'm afraid that it will go like that. (note: it's not about me, it's about other people who do that xD)
Do you have anything to add? Please share your opinion! If we want to improve deviantART, we should point out everything that bugs us. Come on!