What do you, fellow humans, think the best way to update an image on DeviantArt is?
What follows is my over thinking....
The reason I ask is because I often update my images a fair bit; to either improve scientific accuracy or artistic rendering. Some of my images are on Wikipedia so I feel it's important to keep those inline with current thinking.
Sometimes an update will be a minor artistic touch-up/correction that I don't mind updating over the original. Often, however, I find I'll do an update that is so drastically different from the original image that I feel the original should be preserved for those who 'favourited it' in an older state. They might prefer the older version. I know there are people out there who prefer to see an image that is clearly a traditional pencil drawing for example. My updates are all digital and often they move away from that pencil drawn look.
Take a look at these two versions of my Tsintosaurus image. They are basically the same image, they share the same DNA but are drastically different in rendering and anatomy.
2007 Version: i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb…
2017 Version: i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb…
It's not like it jumped from the 2007 version straight into the 2017 version, it evolved into this over a decade of Smaller Edits.
What I don't want is hundred of similar but different deviations cluttering up my DA account.
One way I have done this is re-uploaded over the original and created a new deviation in 'scraps' for an older version and linked them to each other. The downside is I feel you are forcing a new version on someone who might not appreciate it in its new state.
The other option is just to created a new deviation and called it '.....Version 2/3/4' etc. The downside is you might end up with loads of different versions that clutter your gallery and are all basically the same image; this offends my OCD. I've done this in the past if the change is drastic like going from a greyscale pencil look to adding colour and going to a digital look.
If you update an image on the Wikimedia Commons, it shows you a file history so you can see the progression of an image. This type of system is great because you can have the one version that people can go to and still see all the different versions you have created in the past.
For example, check out this history on my Gallimimus picture on the Wikimedia Commons. Seen Here: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fil…
What do you people think is the best way of doing this on DA?