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Yoda and the Search Limit by DrMackFoxx Yoda and the Search Limit by DrMackFoxx
It has been over two months since a 1,000 results limit was enacted on DeviantArt whenever you search for Deviations, Groups and, oddly enough, Prints. This limitation was put in place without any official word from the staff or administration for weeks. Even the Help Desk was completely unaware of this change.

Now, you will still be told how many results your search returned, but you can only browse the first 1,000 of those results.

There still has not been a site-wide Notice letting all users know of this considerable change to DeviantArt. (FYI: The original search limit was 10,000)

This fairly new limitation on all searches was put in place in order to significantly reduce the amount of errors we received from the search system crashing so often. This change to DeviantArt has only proven to be partially successful.

Most importantly, the new limit makes it so that if your artwork involves a popular or well-known topic, genre or franchise, it can be cut from fellow Deviants' search results quite easily if it is not among the 1,000 most recent or most popular, especially when a search returns tens of thousands of results or more. In some cases, but certainly not all, fellow Deviants may not be able to browse your Deviations using the search system within a matter of months.

In addition, the search system still crashes frequently.

How? Well, in order to delve deeper into the system and get around that 1,000 results barrier, you will have to refine your search terms. Thus, you have to run a lot more searches and even then it is far too easy to overlook artwork that you may have otherwise enjoyed.

Yoda fan-art by :iconweremagnus:. Used with permission.
The source Deviation can be found here: [link]

Yoda is the property of Lucasfilm Ltd.

Note: I am paraphrasing Yoda's line from The Empire Strikes Back in which he says "He is too old. Yes. Too old to begin with the training..."

Created with Macromedia Flash MX 2004 Professional and Adobe Photoshop 7.
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:iconshyguy280:
shyguy280 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
That's a clever quote to use! Yeah, the search limit from what I know (I'm fairly recent here...) is a big pain to those that did their artworks a long time ago...why have over 2000 viewings if you can't see all of them? Sometimes DA confuses me ^^; At least from what I've read in these comments and info, the limit was raised, so that's good.
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:iconxarti:
Xarti Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Student General Artist
About the search limit, I thought that it was just me. I didn't know anyone was having the similar annoying problem as me.
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:icondrmackfoxx:
DrMackFoxx Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah. The search limit applies to everyone. At least it was boosted from 1,000 to 2,500 not long ago. Certainly a step in the right direction, if you ask me. :)

Nice avatar, by the way! Is that Calcifer?
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:iconxarti:
Xarti Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh, I see, DrMackFoxx.

Yes, it is Calcifer.
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:iconjerzy232:
Jerzy232 Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
:iconyodaplz::iconsaysplz: When 1000 deviations you will reach, not as good to find you it will be.
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:iconds244:
Ds244 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
THIS BAN SUCKS BECAUSE I CAN'T LOOK UP MORE THAN 1000 PICTURES OF MY FAVORITE POKEMON
"DEVIANTART THE WORK OF YOUR ARTISTS DEMAND JUSTICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LIFT THE SEARCH RESTRICTIONS!"
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:icondrmackfoxx:
DrMackFoxx Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I would say getting to browse 10,000 results would be a lot more reasonable than just 1,000, eh?
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:iconds244:
Ds244 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
I agree!
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ghosthunter4hire Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
III..........HAAAAAATTTEEE...........TTTHHHAAAAT.............
LLLLLLLIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIMMMMMMMMIIIITTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconoudieth:
OudieTH Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
very true.... I really hate that part.
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:iconmarikbentusi:
MarikBentusi Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
Why the demotivator around it when the info is already contained in the speech bubble? :?
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:iconmr0crocky:
Mr0Crocky Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
Hello, and sorry for asking, but do you know if that 1,000 limit still exists? Because, I'm sorry to say, it's totally stupid and annoys me a lot.
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:icondrmackfoxx:
DrMackFoxx Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
No worries. :) Sadly, the search limit is here to stay. I wish I knew more of why it was put in place. Did DA's user base grow too fast? Did administration fail to upgrade their servers to keep up with demand? I have no idea. :shrug:
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:iconmr0crocky:
Mr0Crocky Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
The only thing I know about it it's that they put it to make the search faster. Something that I don't understand because for me the search tool was so good and only took some seconds to charge, so...
And besides, now with the 1,000 limit the search is very, very limited. If you search for general things like "flower", "cloud", "wolf", "cat", "dog", etc. I can assure you you can't see (normally) more than the 99% of the deviations. Something that of course sucks. Even for the fanart the numbers are similar.
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:icondrmackfoxx:
DrMackFoxx Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Search speed was one of the reasons. The other was to eliminate or significantly reduce the occurrence of searches generating error messages instead of results. From my experience and listening to what other people have been saying, this move only proved partially successful with more negative effects than positive, if you ask me. Since the search system still fails regularly, I suspect that the problem is much more severe. Perhaps administration did not upgrade their servers enough to keep up with the fast growth of DA? Either that, or their hardware infrastructure simply has not seen a significant update in years. Or, the search system coding is severely out of date and is in need of being re-written from scratch? I wish I knew what the deal was.
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:iconmr0crocky:
Mr0Crocky Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
I have no remotely idea, but I would really like this 1,000 limit to be erased. I prefer the search system to have errors more than having this limit, seriously.
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Jedi-Raal Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
seems to me they need to upgrade their current servers or add to them.
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:iconviron7:
Viron7 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
Awww... It's not yoda-ized text?
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:icondrmackfoxx:
DrMackFoxx Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Well, the line I'm paraphrasing is "He is too old. Yes. Too old to begin the training..."
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:icontrans2rotf:
trans2rotf Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
Wait, WHY was there a search limit in the first place?
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:icondrmackfoxx:
DrMackFoxx Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Ah! The search limit was enacted in order to significantly reduce or eliminate errors we users would receive when the search system would crash from over use. The problem is, since the only way around this barrier is running more and more searches, the system may be getting just as overwhelmed as before as the search feature still fails regularly.
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:iconlexlight92:
LexLight92 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
Very nice! :D
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:iconblacklighttrance:
BlacklightTrance Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I know! I just gotten back on devArt after months of abense (and since I'd been gone so long, I decided to get a new account to better fit me now), and when I learned about the 1000 limit, I was PISSED. =_=
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:iconbloodymoonlady:
BloodyMoonLady Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
It's REALLY crappy when you're trying to find JUST the right stock piece. Just because someone was underexposed or "unpopular" doesn't mean that they don't deserve their art to be seen. I've had to give up on some projects for lack of the perfect pose or stance. It really sucks.
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Silver-Serpent5775 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do or do not, there is no try.

I feel DeviantART may very well state that they wanted to try something out; so they either keep this, or take it away. :\ It sucks for those members from 2005 and before who are officially 'outdated' in the terms of their older work! D: I disagree with this search filter!
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:iconelphabla:
Elphabla Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True this is...Most annoying the limit has become. Change it, they must.
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:iconschwarzerritter:
SchwarzerRitter Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
A motivational poster that makes sense.
That is a first.
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:icondrmackfoxx:
DrMackFoxx Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Not to mention that it isn't a random screen-shot from a movie, video game, television show, anime, etc. that would violate DeviantArt policies.
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:iconqsec:
Qsec Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
hahaha
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:icongild-a-lily:
Gild-a-Lily Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Impossible it is to find stock images :nod:
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:iconindhi:
indhi Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
I love you... I thought that it was only me with that problem!
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:iconnitro836:
Nitro836 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
Funnily enough, nobody gives a rat's fuck about it.
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:icondrmackfoxx:
DrMackFoxx Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Not really. A lot of Deviants are not pleased with the search limit.
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:iconotakushutin:
otakushutin Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I can't stand it.
It makes for the less popular artists to not have a chance at showing up half the time.
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:iconxdaisuke0:
xDaisuke0 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
But..who goes through all those pages?
really?
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:icondrmackfoxx:
DrMackFoxx Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Well, for starters, anyone looking for stock images or people who are searching for Deviations to add to their Group Galleries. :)
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:iconxdaisuke0:
xDaisuke0 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh. wow. Ok then.
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:icontashy-chan:
Tashy-Chan Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
I do XD
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:iconindhi:
indhi Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
I do X)! it's fun!
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:iconnitro836:
Nitro836 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
Huh. Okay.
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:iconthe-angry-blob:
the-angry-blob Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Much better :D
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:icondrmackfoxx:
DrMackFoxx Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Agreed! :nod: Thank you very much. :)
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:iconthe-angry-blob:
the-angry-blob Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
:huggle:
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:iconzeta-neubourn:
Zeta-Neubourn Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
Popular or not popular. There is no try.

From new comes old. From old comes limitation. From limitation comes underexposure.
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:iconecwecwecw1:
ecwecwecw1 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
Yoda rules
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:iconprogrammedpaints:
ProgrammedPaints Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
"Save" the server, and make the popular people, even more popular. :c
Ohhh dA,

I can't even look for a decent Journal skin because it won't let me view past 1,000 pieces. OTL
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:iconschadenfruede:
Schadenfruede Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Course they're never gonna fix it.

It's deviantart. All they care about is boobs and money.
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:icontrifong:
Trifong Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
"yes master yoda i heard you the first time, now when will you teach this skywalker the ways of the art"

still haven't encounted it yet really... yet. :fear:
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:iconkilotrays:
KiloTrays Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
Mack, this is how u make a good demotivational poster.[link]
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:icongt5k:
GT5K Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
I'm still gonna troll u, Mack!:icontrollfaceplz:
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