December 10, 2013
For my journal this time around, I'd like to post about something I just found out about. It is called the “Gallery Browse Limit”.
Did you know that your Featured Gallery has a limit of 5000 viewable deviations? The dA Help Desk calls this the Gallery Browse Limit. The good news is that it only seems to apply to your Featured Gallery.
Now many of you are probably saying to yourselves, “5000? I'm never going to go over that! What's the big deal?”
The big deal is, in my other account (iSubmit), I have submitted over 8400 deviations. I then looked around dA and I noticed a lot of other accounts were well over 5000 total submissions. Even this account is currently @ 3500 total.
Here's the deal: Unless you change the destination of your submissions, all deviations, by default, go in to your Featured Gallery. I was mortified, because I had not realized this. And for a short time, I thought that oldest 3400 deviations in my other account, were now gone/not viewable.
Good news, I quickly learned that the limit only seems to apply to the Featured Gallery. If you select the ALL option, ALL of your deviations are there. However, this seems to be the one Gallery/Collection that does not have a page counter (pagination feature) at the bottom. You only have the Next and Previous page options. So, to get to my earliest deviations, I had to go page by page, to get back to those earliest deviations (and if you chose to do this, and have a lot of submissions, I suggest you make bookmarks as you go along, so you can get back there more easily).
For myself, every deviation I submitted was going into my Featured Gallery, and because I had hit the limit, each new submission, caused the oldest to drop off. I had never used the Featured Gallery for what it is intended, which is to Feature your best work.
How I fixed all of this, was to create custom folders/collections. I created yearly folders, and started with my oldest work, and copied them from the ALL Gallery, to the appropriate year folder. All of my work is now viewable from these folders, and there does not seem to be a limit on what you can put in a custom folder. And custom folders also have page counters at the bottom.
At this point, I still had the issue of the over-full Featured Gallery. I quickly found that just deleting deviations, did not make older deviations magically reappear. And so I had to completely delete everything in this gallery, and copy back to it, from my custom yearly folders, with the idea in mind, that I was only going to only put deviations I truly wanted to Feature in it, while also keeping in mind that there is a limit of 5000. I have lots of room now.
All in all, this 'gallery-maintenance' took me about 20 hours to complete. With all of this in mind, I have now completed the same maintenance in this account as well. It was a much easier process here, as I had not gone over the limit in the Featured Gallery – and all I had to do was trim it down.
Take heed, if you are over this limit, or getting close to it, in your Featured Gallery. You may need to re-evaluate how you are maintaining your gallery. Remember that every time you submit, the submission will default in to your Featured Gallery, unless you change the settings near the very bottom of the submission page (which I did not know were even there), or manually remove or move them from the gallery at some point.
When all is said and done, I still have questions/thoughts:
It would be good to get a warning when we are close to the gallery browse limit.
Should deviations default to the Featured Gallery when we submit?
Pagination feature for all galleries, collections, and folders.
When you open your own gallery, do you really want it to open to the Featured Gallery, or would the ALL gallery make more sense? I understand that it would open to the Featured when someone is viewing your gallery. That makes sense. But when I am going in to my own gallery, it is usually for some maintenance related task, and ALL would make more sense for me.
I hope this info helps anyone that is in a similar situation. If you have any questions, please ask, and I will do what I can to answer.
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