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As DeviantArt grows, interest in different features shifts. Over the past years, the usage of channels has been on a constant decline. In the past week, less than 0.007% of DeviantArt’s traffic visited channels. Because of deviants’ lack of interest in channels, we will be phasing them out later today.
But why not just leave a feature as-is rather than phasing it out? Even if a feature is not actively updated, it still adds maintenance and technical costs, including fixing bugs with the feature that might arise or responding to Help Desk tickets regarding the feature. For every feature that DeviantArt has, making changes to the overall site adds more time and costs. For example, if the site design or thumbnail design is updated, every page has to be accounted for. In addition, outdated pages add unnecessary complexity to the site, making DeviantArt harder to understand for new deviants.
Phasing out channels and old print pages will let us better focus our efforts on DeviantArt’s primary goals."
Site Update: Mobile, Help Desk, Channels, Prints
Intermittent Site Updates
As you may have noticed in the past few weeks, we’ve stopped publishing our regular Site Updates. Four months ago, we launched the DeviantArt Timeline to showcase our past accomplishments and provide insight into future happenings on the site. We will continue to use the DeviantArt Timeline as a central hub of our announcements.
While we are phasing out the weekly updates, we will continue communicating changes to the community when we have announcements to share. Smaller site changes, which were normally in the Change Log section of Site Updates, may still be communicated through ad-hoc Site Updates. This change will allow us to better focus our efforts on top priorities while making individual postings even more meaningful and impa
I guess I belonged to those 0.007% on DeviantArt who checked channels daily. Well, guess what, DeviantArt?! If you HIDE a feature away from the public view, you can pretty much EXPECT that hardly anyone uses that feature! They did that on purpose just so that they can remove that feature to save bandwidth costs/maintenane costs.
I'm close to closing my account right now because channels were the only thing that kept me here so I can check out the latest art I am interested in.
According to a reply to my helpdesk ticket, you now have to use feeds to check out the latest art. Something like this:
That way, you can check the latest art tagged with "super mario". There are two problems:
1) The site looks ugly as f***.
2) You can only check out ONE tag at a time while you could have 4 channels on one page on DeviantArt. If you want to view different artwork, you have to remove "super+mario" from the URL and add other keywords. Not only is this highly annoying, it also takes a lot of time.
I swear, the only thing that keeps me now is my long membership on this website (almost 8 years). From now on, I will not post any new deviations on this website. Please check out my tumblr-Account for that matter.
At least the help desk guy was friendly and suggested that "feed" feature. It is still no replacement for channels though.