We’re back with another update filled with some great new features and improvements to our site thanks to your feedback.
Let’s jump right into it with our first big feature: Weasyl users now have the ability to “Hide” comments on their profiles, content, and journals as well as their own comments. You can do this by looking at the top-right hand corner of a given comment and click on the “Hide” button. Comments that are hidden will not leave a notification that they’ve been hidden.
You may find a few more notifications in your inbox. This is because we’ve added notifications and history for any and all tagging on your content. If a community member adds tags to your work, you will know exactly who placed a tag.
We’ve also changed the way that “view counts” are tallied. Previously, view counts on user pages and content were accumulated solely by registered users of Weasyl once they’ve logged in and viewed your page or content. Now, unregistered or users who aren’t a logged in will also be accounted for in your views.
One of the most heavily requested changes has gone live! Thumbnails no longer require “hovering” over them with your mouse to view the name and creator of a submission. These have now been placed below thumbnails on the front page, when browsing, and in galleries.
We’ve also updated our staff listings. Previously, staff only ever held the title of “Admin” or “Mod”. We’ve now expanded to add “Director”, “Dev”, and “Tech”. Now you’ll have a better idea of what staff are replying to you!
And finally, we’ve adjusted the user-linking code in Markdown. Please be sure to check out our Markdown Guide here for more information.
A few known bugs have also been recently addressed, including issues with Friends listings, Collections filters and ratings, as well as issues with folder options.
One quick announcement we’re especially proud of: we’ve recently reached 500,000 submissions hosted on Weasyl! We do really appreciate your involvement with the site and uploading your content here. We look forward to seeing the next 500,000 submissions.
Thanks again for all your feedback. Without you, a lot of these changes wouldn’t have been possible. And if you have any other questions, comments or suggestions, or simply want to get more involved in the Weasyl Community, please be sure to follow us on Twitter and Tumblr, as well as join our forums.
We’ll see you soon!
Art by Thestory.
First of all we would like to offer our congratulations to the new mods joining us today and everyone that applied. We had more applicants than we could have ever hoped for and were flattered by the number of users willing to volunteer their time to further help the site. There were many worthy applicants, far more than we could accept, but if your application was not accepted this round we would love to see you apply again. For now we will begin training our new moderators and are looking forward to further bringing our staff and users closer together.
As we start another chapter for Weasyl we thought this would be a good time to apply some major work from our tech team as well. There will be some minor downtime planned for February 11th, 3am PST in order to apply some improvements which will keep the site operating for a long time. We hope to accomplish our work quickly and keep the inconvenience and interruption to a minimum. In the meantime feel free to visit us on the forums to take part in the community.
Thank you for your patience and continued support.
Hi again, everyone!
We’re humbled by how active the site has been recently, and we wanted to let you know we’ve been active on our end as well. You may be aware of some of these updates already, but for those who might have missed them, we want to make sure you’re informed.
First of all, we’ve introduced additional functionality to our folders. In addition to changing the directory for your folders, we’ve included options allowing you to control how submissions appear! Users can now use folders to rotate featured submissions on their profile. Maybe you don’t want submissions in a certain folder to send out notifications? Users can now do that, too— even if you just don’t want it to show up on the front page! If you’d like to create a folder for scraps or avoid a flood of work showing up to your followers, these options are now available to you.
Additionally, we’ve noted Critique Wanted and Friends-Only submissions as such on their pages as well as giving submissions’ download links names that include the artist and the title. We’ve also allowed a preview window for your comments so you can know exactly how your comment will look before you submit it. For those still unfamiliar with the nomenclature of Markdown, please check out the guide on our help page here, as well as our new guides on how best to search and how best to implement your folders.
We’re always looking for suggestions on how to improve the site, so we’ve implemented a public bug and feature tracker here. We’ve made significant improvements to our backend, worked to prevent Weasyl emails going to spam, and added page titles to user pages. We’ve also removed the ability to favorite your own work, as well as fixed a bug that disallowed the option to view submissions with tags on your block list. But there is always space for improvement! If something about the site is troubling you or if there is a feature you’d like to see implemented, please do not hesitate to track it.
Thanks again to everyone who has given Weasyl a shot, and thanks to everyone who took the time to submit moderator applications! We’ll be back with more news in that regard soon.
If you haven’t added us on Tumblr and Twitter, please do so if you’re interested. Also, consider joining the Weasyl community on our forums. Additionally, you can always contact us directly at email@example.com.
Art by TheStory
First we’d like to express our gratitude for the recent spike in user activity, as we surpassed over 15,000 unique users active in a single day. In fact, yesterday alone there were 1,103,321 page views and 35,143 unique visitors. A big thanks to everyone who’s contributed to Weasyl’s ever growing global gallery!
Recently we’ve been reading in journals and forum threads the reasons why people have come to Weasyl. These range from everything to general curiosity to recommendations and we certainly couldn’t be happier that we’ve piqued your interest.
For those of you who are just joining the site, though, allow us to introduce ourselves!
What we are is an art community site, dedicated to our users to provide an open community with which to share, comment on, and critique art. What we are is a friendly and approachable staff of individuals brought together by a common goal to provide the best user experience we can. What we are is a place where artistic expression is fostered and where artists can help each other improve through critique and generally coming together as a community.
In the near future, we have set for ourselves certain goals which we feel will take Weasyl in a unique direction that will help foster a one-of-a-kind experience for users that sets us apart from similar sites. But we also understand that we will only ever go as far as our community takes us. There’s only so much we as a handful of staff can do to help foster a better community. The same goes with any other site of this kind. What it also takes is a helping hand by you. Through the little things you do, like the posting of your work, the reports you file for our moderators, the tags you place on yours and others’ work, the suggestions you make, the issues you bring to attention, and the friendly comments you post on each others work, you will help bring this site to its full potential. You will help foster an environment for learning and growth in the arts.
That’s Weasyl! It’s all of us, working together toward a mutual goal of awesome artwork and a vibrant community!
Please share this with your friends, family and anyone else who is interested in joining a fresh new art community for all artists. Furries, otaku, writers, oil-painters, sculpters, musicians, film makers — no matter the medium, it’s welcome on Weasyl!
With this being said, if you haven’t already please follow us on Twitter and Tumblr as well as join our forums to interact with staff and the community of Weasyl. Or if you need to, please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or if you’re just looking for an idea of how to work some of the site’s features, check our guides out here.
Over the last 24 hours, Weasyl has been subject to a few DDoS attacks on the site. Our dev team has been working hard to combat these attacks and mitigate them as quickly as possible. Rest assured, these are legitimate attacks and not because we can’t handle the surge of traffic!
When the site goes offline in these kinds of situations, you can check the Site Status page, or check our Twitter accounts @Weasyl and @WeasylDev for updates. Additionally, our forums may provide some more information.
We are also currently taking steps to protect against these sorts of attacks in the future. Some people may experience some trouble connecting to the site due to DNS caching - if you are having issues please try flushing your DNS cache or restarting your computer.