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Subscriber Features
(by Tobias, Apr 17, 2004)
Curious what you can get as subscriber on deviantArt? this is a - hopefully pretty complete - summary of the features subscribers have, making browsing and commenting on deviantArt a lot more pleasant thing to do.

Subscriber Features on deviantArt

Subscribers can, in addition to the tags all deviants can use, also


  • use the img tag in their journal to include pictures: for this to work, you have to upload the picture to a website you have, and write <img src="http://your.website.com/picture.jpg" alt="Alternative Text" /> in your journal. Of course you have to replace what is written in the src=".." parameter with the actual address of your picture. the text in alt=".." will be displayed, if for some reason the picture cannot be loaded. Also, don't forget the /> at the end of the img-tag, otherwise deviantArt will mess up your other tags. Look at the bottom for examples of what you can do with journals.
  • use cut tags, similar to liveJournal's cut tag, to make your journal look more "clean". For example, you can write a long text, and then put it in <cut>-tags - don't forget to close the cut tag at the end of the long text again, by typing </cut>. Someone visiting your page, will only see a link "read more" instead of the text within the <cut> tag, and they can click it to get to the full story.
  • use the strike-tag in their journals: <strike>text to strike through</strike>: this will make a text appear stricken through in your journal (like completed tasks, for example)
  • use the :thumb123456: code in the journals, to include thumbnails of other deviations. :thumb5784659: would, for example, become a shaded thumbnail looking like this one:


Moreover they have


  • access to the subscriber forum, which is generally more calm when the public forums, since .. well, let's say people in there take it more seriously with the site by paying to support it, and thus are usually more calm.
  • much tidier message centres, including thumbnail previews like in this one (this is slightly outdated, the stats aren't shown - I'll bring this up to date soon):

    message Centre

  • message previews in their message centre that allows us to see what a comment is about without clicking on them, like:

    message Centre

    (there is a feature being tested that enabled you to reply to them right in your message centre as well, you can get try it out by going to your Settings, and checking the "Beta Tester" box)

  • the possibility to participate in the Beta-Tester program (see above), and get to try out upcoming (and helpful!) features before they go public
  • bigger thumbnails (which make browsing indeed more pleasant to look at), as

    thumbnails

    (the deviations seen here are 1 2 3 4)

  • no ad banners or popups, that could slow down the site
  • no random advertisments every once in a while when they sign on
  • and can enable a friends box below their journal on their deviantPages, like that one here

    my friends box

  • lots of journal features that make writing journals a lot easier, namely journal headers and footers (so we don't need to write them by ourselves everytime nor have to be careful to not "delete" too much)
  • Polls, which they can create and other deviants can take (all friends watching their journal will be notified of them)
  • Journal features like a calendar, where they can create events for everyone to see and share, as well as their own shoutbox and own forum:

    CalendarSettings

  • A shoutboard to put current information on, next to the journals:

    ShoutBoard

  • mood and song indicators for the journals
  • access to a journal RSS feature, which can be used to export the deviantArt journal to other pages that have RSS aware scripts
  • a little box on their deviantPages - if they want to - that shows who their five last visitors were (unless they're invisible), like

    recent visitors

    They can choose in their User Page Display Settings to make that box visible to everyone, only to themselves or remove it completely.

  • a star before their names
  • see up to 60 to 120 thumbnails at once instead of only 24
  • have their notes in their Inbox and Sent Box kept longer than just one month (they say they might remove them, though to my knowledge they have not enforced it yet).
  • have more detailed statistics about their gallery, like these ones:

    GalleryStatsPageviews

  • and last but not least, as long as a non-subscribed user or not logged in user visits their gallery, their pictures or page, ads are removed from them as well, so there will be nothing distracting them from seeing your work, even though this feature will be removed soon, when they switch to a new advertising thingy.

Generally, if there are new features, subscribers get to check them out first. You can get a subscription by credit card, paypal, money order, deviantCash, winning contests or maybe a friend or someone who notices you are very helpful and constructive gives you a subscription.


Journal Examples:

journal examples

(taken from firelite-photo, mangapunksai and me)
Comments?
Godscrossingsandevil
Apr 19, 2004 
Thank you for creating this!!
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Fred
[Homepage]
Jun 14, 2004 
this is awesome..anyway..i really would like a journal like that ones =p
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Aura-da-ottsel
[Homepage]
Jul 2, 2004 
cool!!!!!
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RedKnight
Jul 2, 2004 
wow... im gonna bookmark this page... i need all this... haha
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Tobias
Jul 2, 2004 
sure ^^ if you need help with anything of that, just ask, okay?
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FrozenGothDreams
Nov 7, 2004 
Cool thanks 4 creating this list!
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pedrocastro
Apr 2, 2005 
Nice reviews for new subscribers.

How can I get one complete message centre like the one in you pic ?? (2nd image from up to down)

If you can't reply here, reply to me in my dA. [ http://pedrocastro.deviantart.com ]


Thx
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Tobias
Apr 27, 2005 
Hi,

Sorry for not replying sooner, I barely check this, so I missed what got written. If you have subscribed, you should already have the full featured message centre, you don't need to do anything further. The picture I have on the top is outdated though, right now the statistics are being reworked, so they're not shown directly in the message centre - I'll put up a new image as soon as I can.
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roguewolf19
May 28, 2005 
pretty informative, deviantART should send a copy of this (or something like wise) too all new subscribers so that they get a full view of what new features they have.

:D
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Dutchshun
Aug 16, 2005 
DA Rocks

When you have the time & only if you want to, check out my poetry.
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Tobias
Aug 21, 2005 
Hehe, yup yup ^-^ To be honest, I'm not too much of a poetry person, since especially English ones I often have trouble understanding .. a couple of hints I can give you though are getting in touch with other active writers (http://forum.deviantart.com/galleries/writers/), and comment on other writers' work to get your name even more (but I'm sure you're doing that already, looking at your page) ^-^
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sidetracked
[Homepage]
Sep 4, 2005 
Great resource! Thanks!
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Tobias
Sep 28, 2005 
Hehe, thanks ^-^ You're very welcome, of course ^-^
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ahhelga
Sep 13, 2005 
I saw this a while back, and it helped me understand the subscription much more! Thanks a lot, you've really helped!

thats me
ahhelga
aka Pauline
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Phaeru
Dec 16, 2005 
Your article was exellent!
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Tobias
Dec 18, 2005 
Thank you <3

^-^
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Bungie95
[Homepage]
Dec 23, 2005 
That was a well-written page. There are a lot more features than I thought. :)

"have their notes in their Inbox and Sent Box kept longer than just one month"
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I've kept all my notes since I registered to DA. Not one of them has been erased, even before subscribing. Maybe the way the site works got changed? Hmm, when I had a 7-day trial back then, I could've sworn I read journals the same page as the message center, just like message replies.
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Tobias
Dec 23, 2005 
That's true, I noticed the same with my unsubscribed test account, the notes there never really got deleted. It was brought up once though, I don't have a link however - they wanted to do that to speed up the server, but apparently there was no need to delete them. However after that they never explicitely stated that they won't delete them after all, so technically they could just do it and point to wherever they first said it and say "well, we told you so" ^^;
Thus I kind of included that for completeness sake, but I'll add that it never was enforced yet ^^

Thanks ^-^

Edit: Found the link, it's actually really obvious: [Link]
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Bryn
[Homepage]
Jul 30, 2006 
I've noticed that deviants like mick-mick and darkmoon3636 have little icons placed over the divider line that separates their actual journal from the button you click on to read the comments. How do they do this?
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Tobias
Jul 30, 2006 
Oh, there's a little trick involved for that - have a look at this page, it should shed some light on how to do it ^-^
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Geelani
[Homepage]
Dec 6, 2006 
Are there any sites, other links for ways to change the html in your journal..?

Say I want a background image.. hmm!

Sorry to bother ^^.

Thanks.
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Tobias
Dec 17, 2006 
Hiya!

What you want is using CSS in your journal - I made a little tool for my friends which you could try out and see whether it works for you too?

Take care,
Toby
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