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A Simple Breakdown of the Journal Portal and Categories

(...but it has a tl;dr just in case.:paranoid:)

This tutorial was written as a resource for everyone to use, feel free to save it somewhere, bookmark, pass on the word etc. I aim to educate :hug:

My Journal or the Journal Portal?
When submitting the journal, the options look like this:

Schermafbeelding 2012-03-07 om 13.11.09 by namenotrequired
  • My Journal: determines whether it's shown on the featured section of your journal page (and the Journal widget on your profile) or not. If you untick this, it'll only show up on the browse page - just like in the Featured and Browse section of your Gallery.
  • The Journal Portal: tick this if you want your journal to be found in the Journal Portal, which can be found by clicking "journals" to the left on dA's front page. This is also required for your journal to get into the dA footer, and the "news" section of your watchers' message centers.
What category do I choose?
I will not go into all the different categories with sub categories of journals, since these are the same as they used to be for news (so nothing changed) and they do not effect the behaviour, only where it can be found (just like in other deviation categories). I'll just point out the basic structure, which is like this:
  • Personal Journal: this is the category shown when your journal is not submitted to the Journal Portal. That's why this category is not under the main "journals" category and cannot be found on the front page.
  • Journals / Personal: The default category. The difference with Personal Journal is that this category is part of the Journal Portal. They will still not show in the footer or in the news sections.
  • The other categories are Art News, Culture, deviantART Inc., and Fun. These are subcategories under the main Journals category (and thus part of the Journal Portal). Only submissions to one of these categories may reach the footer, and will come into the News section of message centers, rather than Journals.
    :noes: Note! It's important to consider whether your journal really needs to be in one of these News categories; if you're not sure check :faq687:

TL;DR
For the average journal, the default options are fine, but you can untick "Journal Portal" to hide your journal from general browsing. Or if your journal is an important message/announcement to the community, leave it ticked and choose another category than Journals > Personal. 
Since the merger of news and journals to a type of deviation, and the introduction of the Journal Portal, there has been quite some confusion over what the different categories mean and do! So here's a simple breakdown of how it currently works (I'll update this if it changes). Feel free to save this and use it as a referance when needed! :happybounce:
Note, though I use the traditional journal page as example, the same options appear when using sta.sh writer. Oh, and there is a tl;dr. :dummy:


Thanks to *Egil21 for the inspiration of writing an editorial about this :D and to #TheFavouriteShowcase for requesting to submit this to their gallery, and for ^krissi001 for a correction.
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:icondarkphoenixsaga:
DarKPhoeniXSaga Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
I have a question. I'm using my journal to post stamps, problem is it's showing up on top and bottom right of my page. How can I fix it to show it once? Thanks.
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Student Interface Designer
Ah, you mean how right now your new journal is shown in both the Activity and the New Journal widget? You could remove either of the widgets. (Or do some more things like adding to collections that show up in the widget to push it off there :giggle:)

Does that help? :D
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:icondarkphoenixsaga:
DarKPhoeniXSaga Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015
Thanks for advice, I will try it :)
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Student Interface Designer
No problem!
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:icondarkphoenixsaga:
DarKPhoeniXSaga Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
Thank you for explaining this, it's much clearer now.
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Student Interface Designer
You're welcome! I'm glad to hear that.:aww:
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:iconwindsong-cat:
Windsong-Cat Featured By Owner May 30, 2015
Thank you, this is helpful! So whatever we tick/don't tick it will still show up in the "Journal" section of our watchers' watchfeeds? Is that true?
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Student Interface Designer
Welcome, I'm glad it helps. Yes, that's right!
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:iconwindsong-cat:
Windsong-Cat Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
Okay, good to know. Out of curiosity is there any chance to stop that - or is that in the watchers' ball court (ie. to unwatch you/your journals)?
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Student Interface Designer
You could keep it in sta.sh if you just want a link to it. It won't appear on your page though if that's what you're looking for. If that's what you want, it might be better to use another widget. Does that help?
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:iconwindsong-cat:
Windsong-Cat Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015
It sure does! Thank you - you opened up the world of Sta.sh to me... I had a play with it and think I understand it now :)
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Student Interface Designer
Awesome! :highfive: Very happy to help.
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:iconasksnappednfen:
AsksnappedNFEN Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
((just a question, why the category changes? It restrains the journal category range severely...))
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Student Interface Designer
I think this is what you're looking for? moonbeam13.deviantart.com/jour… :)
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:iconjustdancer:
justdancer Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

I don't really like writing journals....

Because most of the time, something messes up on me and everything I wrote in my journal is lost.

But this sounds interesting, an I might give journal-writing another try.

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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Ah, odd :( It should always save them in your sta.sh still. Next time this happens let me know what you did and what happened and I can hopefully help you :)

:hug:
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:iconkaseeeeyx3:
Kaseeeeyx3 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
For some reason, my journal doesn't give me the option to categorize it. :cries: :icongloomyrainplz:
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Does it look like this: [link] ? And when you click "Journals > Personal" do you get this menu: [link] ?
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:iconkaseeeeyx3:
Kaseeeeyx3 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
It looks exactly like the first link!
Unfortunately, I don't get that menu! :tears:
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student Interface Designer
OK :nod: what happens when you click it then?
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:iconkaseeeeyx3:
Kaseeeeyx3 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Nothing happens! :iconimhachuneplz:
It doesn't give me any options!:icontearfulplz:
It automatically makes it journal/personal. It wont let me categorize it at all! :iconilltellonyouplz:
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student Interface Designer
That's odd. Could you report it to the Help Desk, and in the meantime you can use sta.sh writer :D
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:iconrocket-child:
rocket-child Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student Filmographer
thank for this. I had no idea what to do after they took down the 'news' bar
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student Interface Designer
You're welcome! :)
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:iconvocaloidx2583:
vocaloidX2583 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Hello, i have a problem with submitting art. When I try to choose the category nothing happens (when i click okay/cancel) But when I click the red X it will refresh my page and erase all he details I put in (excluding the picture) Can you help me? Thank you :)
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Hiya! Yes, that's a known bug, the staff is working on it. Try again later today or tomorrow and make sure to follow the ~Support page for updates.:hug:
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vocaloidX2583 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
okay, thank you! ^^
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Interface Designer
No problem! Sorry about the issue :(
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:iconartbykassie:
ArtByKassie Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Good to know, thanks Bart. :thumbsup: One question though I didn't see answered here (maybe because it's Groups) -- why are all my journals I send out from my groups still showing as Journal>Personal even when I choose Culture>Art Feature?
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Student Interface Designer
You mean when you write it on a group blog, or also when you write it to your own journal or sta.sh writer and then submit it to a group from there?
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:iconartbykassie:
ArtByKassie Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
The group journal/blog.
I don't use sta.sh and don't want group journals going out to my friends (if using ones personal journal then submitting to a group does that still).
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Ah :nod: I believe that is a bug. I mean, it may be due to the fact that groups don't post news (or rather, you can post news to groups but they'll still show as regular journal in the watchers of the inbox), but if it was intended to always be in Journals > Personal it wouldn't have shown the category picker in the first place :D
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:iconartbykassie:
ArtByKassie Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
That's what I thought. I'm pretty sure the option to change the journals in groups like news is a new feature, and therefore quite possibly a bug. But as you say, if we are not able to choose then why is the option there. :)
Do hope they're working on it. But then, right now there is a prob in the Manage Members>Members -- it's not showing all pages and is unsorted. Since it's locked to only a few pages, I do hope they're working on it. :)
Thanks, Bart! You're always helpful. :handshake:
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Oh - yes, I see what you mean. Best report those to the Help Desk! :nod:

No problem :hug:
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:iconoutlire:
outlire Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the help and explanation! I tried to find information about the Journal Portal in the Help/F.A.Q. section, but couldn't. I then searched on Google, and one of the results took me here. You dA is helpful.
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student Interface Designer
No problem! :hug: yes, the FAQ there has yet to be updated :nod:

I'm glad you think so :D feel free to ask me if you ever can't find something again!
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:iconruelariat:
ruelariat Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Oh, I get it...it's been awhile since I've posted a journal and when I looked at the bottom I was like, "What the heck is a journal portal?!" And now I understand why the journals look like deviations now, too. Thank for the tutorial :)
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Yes, it's changed a bit :D you're welcome! :hug:
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:iconjocelyner:
JocelyneR Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
I am not still sure about it: if I publish a journal to the Journal Portal, will it appear on my profile page?
I always have a journal on my page for my Watchers and Friends only - with a lovely skin - and I would not like it if the "journal portal" would remove it from my page. (I used to publish many News Article before, at least twice a month.)

Or may I have both of them on my profile, my regular (personal) journal and my journal portal is I publish one?

Thank you, your journal is very useful though! :heart:
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student Interface Designer
It can. You can avoid having it there, too, if you want. It doesn't depend on the fact if it's in the Journal Portal or not, but whether you ticked "My journal" or not :)

No, you can only use one journal on your page.

I'm glad it is! :hug:
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ScarletDevil1503 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Informative. :D Thanks for writing this. :heart:
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Student Interface Designer
I'm glad it is, welcome! :hug:
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:icongwendolyn12:
Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
nerdy :B

<3
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Student Interface Designer
:nod: =P <3
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:icongwendolyn12:
Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
<3
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:icongillianivy:
GillianIvy Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope this educates people to categorize their journals and articles easily. I know many people were upset by the inclusion of their personal blogs being in the Portal. I plan to eventually go through all my old journals and sort them! yay. But since many are journal skin previews, I don't want those all over my personal blog, so make it more hidden. As most people might not realize the browse makes it so you can see all articles and journals alike.

One thing worth mentioning, searching journals via the portal, when looking for a specific deviant's articles... (gee I got sidetracked..., happens when I open a new tab to copy & paste a link) Um so, nevermind the link, I'll just say if they do a search for "by:deviant'sname" it will bring up every Journal Portal artcile/blog by said deviant.
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Yeah, true :D Thank you dear :hug:

that's true :nod: I didn't go into that sort of thing since it was meant to be brief and simpe most of all, it was just to explain the journal portal and categories. And I guess people can always find your journals on your journals page still, if not through Featured then through Browse :D
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GillianIvy Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
;D
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