The deviantART News system in version 5 has been revised from the bottom-up. The old code has been removed and rewritten from scratch to include all the new features we were planning for. As most of you, v4 users, can see, it is in many ways different from the old system. We hope that you enjoy using the news system to find "what's up on art" as well as to submit your own news articles as much as we did developing it.
In v5 News, there's no news administration. Well, not in the same sense as v4, anyway. Any logged-in deviant can post news articles, which do no longer need to be reviewed by administrators before being posted. Just click on "Submit News", paste your article in, write a summary, fill-in the title and that's it. You can preview your news submission before publishing it, to make sure there are no mistakes (you won't be able to edit your article later). When you're ready, submit your article, and see it on "Newest" ( news.deviantart.com/browse/fro… ). It's there, read it, link your friends to it, write comments, and +love it.
The part a lot of users find confusing is the "Popular News" tab. Well, this is where good news articles go, and this is what's displayed to deviants that click on the "News" tab (Popular is being defaulted). It's "frontpage news". Popular news are updated every now and then to reflect the popularity of our existing news articles. They aren't picked by administrators, but rather by a computer algorithm. Any article can become popular; not only admin articles -- even your own news article could go up there. Just make sure your article is well-written, clear, and informational, and it surely will.
Ratings is another cool thing with this new system. If you find a well-written article that you think is worth reading, click on the little +heart to love it. Loved articles have many more chances of becoming popular. You can love your own articles, your friends' articles, anyone's articles! One thing to remember, though -- you can love each article only once.
So, go ahead and submit your own news article right now, see it take its position within the "Newest" articles, love it, have your friends read it and love it in their turn if they want, and, why not, watch it get into "Popular"!
Any suggestions on the new News system? Complaints? News ideas? Just leave a comment here! We'll make sure we read every single comment and consider it.
Happy news hunting!