There are only two options on the current front page: to view "most popular" art and "recently uploaded" art. These two options do nothing for art navigation in the true community spirit of deviantArt. Instead, they promote the same two gigantic complaints so many deviants have been voicing.
The first is that dA is much too focused on popularity and that it squelches new deviations from being seen. The second is that so many furry-anime-fanart-porn shots are uploaded. These two options are not good impressions for first time deviants and they are completely useless to deviants who use the site on a day to day basis.
I propose three steps towards a more useful front page.
1. Rename "Channels"
The term "channels" is out of date. With the addition of deviant film it's confusing to use the term "channels". I understand that we want to have our own edge, but I'm sure this term adds confusion. Instead, these should be called exactly what they are "Gallery Feeds". This is simple, and most people understand the term.
2. Make the front page editable using the new Gallery Feeds.
This will mean that new deviants will once again see new deviations every day in the form of the featured Daily Deviations. They will also be able to modify the art they want to see. This will increase comments on unknown deviants' artworks and be better for the community.
3. Keep "browse" as "browse".
What's so great about this plan is that it actually de-clutters the link bar! You have to admit, that's a lot of links! Removing the "channels" and making it the front page makes the website simpler and easier to navigate!
WHY THE CURRENT FRONT PAGE DOES NOT WORK:
1. The "newest" tab can give the wrong impression as to what sort of site we are because newly uploaded deviations may be against deviantArt's rules. (Such as copyrighted material or pornography.) This will mean that even more new deviants will believe it is okay to upload the same material on to the website.
2. The "popular" tab just gives deviants with 100,000,000 pageviews more comments and more exposure. While we are proud of their beautiful work, our aim is to always focus on the community. There is more out there to be discovered. The popular section is anti-community and contributes to comment overloads like "cool" and "awesome" to popular deviant's inboxes.
3. It's not customizable, which means that it does not fit our needs. This website strives to give us creativity and self-expression through customizable journals and profile pages. Yet, our home page doesn't meet our browsing needs as a community oriented website.
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