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[staff profile] denise
Hello, Dreamwidth! Greetings from Portland, where Dreamwidth has assembled for this year's Open Source Bridge. (Which remains my favorite conference ever for how wonderfully welcoming and diverse it is.)

Behind the cut:

* A fond farewell
* HTTPS
* Email woes: mostly fixed
* Multiple sticky entries
* Rescreening screened comments when they're edited
* Other new features and tweaks
* Pretty pretty pictures

Friday 26 June 2015 )

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[staff profile] denise
Hello, Dreamwidth! Greetings from glorious Auckland, NZ, where we've been for this year's linux.conf.au. (It was a great conference! But then, it always is.) We decided to sneak in a code push while we were here, since we were in the same place and code pushes are always more fun when you can yell across the room when something breaks.

Behind the cut:

* Development
* Responsive-design conversion
* Reading page: custom colors for accounts going away
* Quicker Reply: reply from your reading page
* Warnings when you don't keyword an icon
* The country list
* SSL Everywhere


Dreamwidth News, 18 Jan 2015 )
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[staff profile] mark

Hello Dreamwidth!

Happy Holidays and happy New Year if you happen to be in a place further ahead of the timeline than me (hello [staff profile] fu)! It's been a pretty awesome year over here at DW HQ, and now we're wrapping it up.

One thing we haven't done yet, though -- and totally remiss of us! -- is to talk about our end of the year giving. Most of you probably know that we typically make an end of year charitable donation of some kind.

  • In 2011, we supported the Ada Initiative.

  • In 2012, we split our donation between the Ada Initiative and then gave some to several different groups we appreciate: Doctors Without Borders, Heifer International, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Wikimedia Foundation.

  • In 2013, we didn't do an end-of-year gift to anyone, but we did a mid-year sponsorship of YAPC::NA 2013, a Perl conference we attended.

Here in 2014, I'm happy to say that we're back up to our old tricks. This year's end-of-year donation is one that's particularly important to us, so I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about what we're doing and why. But first -- what!

Dreamwidth's 2014 donation is to the Stumptown Syndicate, the organization that does -- among other things! -- the Open Source Bridge conference we've been to two years running now. We have pledged to complete [personal profile] brainwane's matching pledge drive. This means we'll be donating approximately $7,000 USD to the Stumptown Syndicate.

Why this group?

Well, let's talk briefly about the state of diversity in Open Source. It's pretty fucked up, historically; the participation rates of people who don't look like me is really bad for many reasons. One of the biggest ones -- and one that Dreamwidth cares a lot about -- is toxic/hostile environments.

One of the reasons we created Dreamwidth was because we believe that if you created an environment that encourages and welcomes participation by everybody, of all kinds of backgrounds, then you'd get exactly that -- diverse participation. The desire to build and create (and design and code!) is not limited to straight white cisgendered males and our project demonstrates that. In fact, I'm quite in the minority around here -- happily so!

Unfortunately, that's not true of the greater technology industry. Every company I've worked at is struggling to hire and retain people from non-traditional backgrounds. There are many facets to this problem, but a big part of it is a supply problem: there just aren't as many engineers who are women, or people of color, or trans, or.. etc!

Open source (and related: the maker movement) is a huge part of the supply side of my industry. People can learn about software, about building things in groups, and then turn that into a career. To do that, though, they have to be able to get into these projects and stay around. They have to be welcomed, they have to be encouraged.

The Stumptown Syndicate recognizes this, and their Open Source Bridge conference is a gathering of people who broadly care about the problem, who get together and say: you are welcome, you are wanted -- and you are not alone.

Building inclusive groups is a cause I support, and I'm really happy that Dreamwidth is in a position where we can fiscally support it, too. The world won't change for the better unless people make it happen.

Thanks for reading. :)

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[staff profile] denise
We've got at least a few more weeks to go before our next code push -- a few of our ongoing projects are in the 'not quite finished yet' stage and we'd like to get those a bit more polished before our next release -- but I wanted to make a quick announcement anyway: our annual December Holiday Promotion will once again begin 1 December and last to 31 December.

During the month of December, all orders (made by a logged-in account) for paid time or Dreamwidth Points will receive a 10% points bonus, saveable and spendable for Dreamwidth services in the future.

To take advantage of the promotion, visit the Dreamwidth Shop during the month of December and buy paid time or Dreamwidth Points, for yourself or for a friend. For instance, if you buy a 12-month paid account (350 points), we'll give you 35 points to spend later, once you complete your order.

The bonus only applies to purchase of paid time or DW Points; rename tokens or bonus icons don't receive points bonuses, since the cost for those is intended to cover the cost of delivering that service. If you buy paid time or points for a friend, the points will be delivered to you, not them: the points go to the account that placed the order.

Thank you to all of you who've bought paid time, DW points, or extra services this year. You're what allows us to keep this place running: since we have no outside investors, haven't taken any venture capital, and don't accept advertising, our income comes entirely from you. So thank you for helping us to keep this grand adventure humming merrily along, happy December holidays no matter which ones you celebrate, and here's to an awesome 2015.

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[staff profile] denise
Hello, Dreamwidth! I come with the assistance of our kitten, who likes to help with technical matters, to bring you a quick round of Dreamwidth news.

This is a short update, because I'm sneaking it in under the wire before elbow surgery (which is scheduled for 24 hours or so from now, eep), so I may not be able to respond to all comments and I definitely won't be able to respond past tomorrow -- prognosis is anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks before I'll be typing regularly again, and dictation software doesn't work for me.

Behind the cut:

* Development
* Responsive design: styles changes
* Date/time check removed when posting
* Bugfix for comment import problems
* Mail sending problems
* Tales from the Conference

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Dreamwidth news, 14 July 2014 )
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[staff profile] denise
Hello, Dreamwidth! I bring you news and glad tidings of the new stuff that came out of last night's code push.

(I also bring yet another apology for the length of time in between this news post and the last; my ongoing RSI issues have been so bad that I've had to continue sharply limiting my typing time. The "good" news is that I'll be going in for surgery, or at least a first round, next month, so with a little bit of luck I'll be able to get back in the game a bit better after some time for recovery.)

Behind the cut:

* Development
* First steps towards our new responsive design
* Community admin redesign: admins take note
* Bugfix: deeply nested comments
* Apologies about thread tracking
* Advance warning: date/time checks at posting going away in future
* Embedding sources
* Spam (spam spam spam)


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Read more... )
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[staff profile] denise
hello, Dreamwidth! I apologize for not having posted a news post after our last code push -- I've been on exceptionally restricted typing due to multiple RSI issues (we're talking 'no more than an hour a day, no more than five minutes at a time') and my dictation software has been acting up as badly as my elbows. Since it's been a while since our last code push -- due partially to my sharply lowered availability and partially to us having spent the past few months primarily working on backend things and making some hardcore repayments on our technical debt -- I know that looks like we haven't been doing much. Rest assured, that's not the case!

Related to the above, I won't be able to reply to the news post comments the way I usually do -- [staff profile] misskat and [personal profile] kareila will be around later this morning to help out people who are having problems, but I do have to save my very limited typing time for handling things like payment questions and the like.

Behind the cut:

  • Development

  • Notifications changes

  • Mod Hat

  • Custom text in styles

  • Import problem fixes

  • Profile section collapsing fixed

  • New update page: progress report

  • December points bonus


DW News, 25 Nov )

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[staff profile] denise
Hello, Dreamwidth! Last week, we attended YAPC, the annual conference put on by the Perl Foundation. We brought a group of our developers so they could both attend the conference and learn things, and also so they could represent Dreamwidth to the wider world. (Which they did! Awesomely!)

The conference itself was full of a number of interesting and varied talks, given by a bunch of incredibly smart people, and we learned a bunch (and found out about all kinds of useful things we can apply to Dreamwidth in the future). Aside from that, though, we had a great week, full of things like midnight hackathons, trips to see the actual servers that run Dreamwidth in person, people being voluntold to do things (that's a combination of "volunteer" and "told" that involves me pointing at someone and telling them "that's a great idea, why don't you do that"), and a whole host of teambuilding and other productive things. We've learned things, taught things, broke things, fixed things, and discovered just how many people you can pack into a hotel room and not want to kill each other later.

We'd like to say "thank you" to everybody who's paid for their accounts lately, since it's your support that allowed us to do this, and it's already paying off in bugfixes, new features, usability improvements, and loads of people who heard about Dreamwidth-the-open-source-project from us and are interested in coming to hack with us. So, let's go over some of the neat stuff we did!

(I also want to apologize in advance for any typos or weirdness in this news post, since I switched recently to dictating instead of typing, since my RSI problems just keep getting worse. Let me tell you, it may be easier than I thought it would be to make the transition, but that does not mean it's easy.)

Behind the cut:

* Conference Report
* Development
* Icon Renaming
* Pretty URLs
* Tales from the Conference #1
* New Entry & Comment Pages
* Spam Prevention
* HTML Cleaner Changes
* Tales from the Conference #2
* Volunteering with Dreamwidth

and now the news )
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[staff profile] denise
Hello, Dreamwidth! This week we celebrate DW's fourth birthday (as of tomorrow) with a whole slew of new stuff to play with. It's been a wild ride these four years, and it's only getting more awesome as we go.

Behind the cut:

* Development
* Reply-by-email
* Comment search
* Subscription filters module
* Image placeholder settings
* New styles
* Feed cleanup
* Credit card charges
* Dreamwidth in person

Dreamwidth news, 29 April 2013 )
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[staff profile] denise
Hello, Dreamwidth! Welcome to 2013. Now that we're done with losing tons of time to the holidays, we are back and better than ever, and we're kicking off 2013 in style.

Behind the cut:

* Development
* More in the Family
* JQuery Beta
* Icon Page in Your Journal Style
* Charitable Giving
* Community Promotion

Dreamwidth update, 9 Jan 2013 )
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[staff profile] denise
Hello, Dreamwidth! It is I, here to bring you the usual veritable rainbow of interesting news, exciting developments, and stupid-ass jokes that prove I should not be trusted with posting access to the journal that sends out newsletter notifications to tens of thousands of people. (With great power comes great ... oh, you know the saying.)

Behind the cut:

* December Shop Promotion
* Holiday Giving
* Development
* Styles Stuff
* Content Importing
* Misc. Other Maintenance Notes

Dreamwidth News, 8 December )
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[staff profile] denise
Hello, Dreamwidth! It has been a busy busy week in these parts, and we are here to bring you a collection of new and interesting things you can play with and information about the awesome things we've been up to.

Behind the cut:

* Development
* Technical backend improvements
* S2 siteskinned comments beta
* Create Entries beta updated
* Site skins now HTML5
* New styles and themes
* Email Notification Woes
* Import Problems -- Fixed, But Tell Us Anyway
* Paid Time
* Miscellaneous Other Stuff

Dreamwidth News, 26 Sept )
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[staff profile] denise
Hello, Dreamwidth! Now that we have returned from tonight's maintenance (as I said on Twitter, we were all in the room where [personal profile] alierak and [staff profile] mark were doing the maintenance and we still kept trying to refresh things) and are reasonably convinced the site is not going to blow up any second (*knock wood*), I am pleased to announce that we have a lot of REALLY AWESOME THINGS to share with you.

This week we brought a number of our senior developers out here to Portland for OSCON, O'Reilly's annual conference about open source. (We were able to do this thanks to all y'all supporting us -- so thank you!) Not only has the conference let us attend a number of interesting sessions about technologies and standards that we're all super excited about applying to Dreamwidth, we've also taken the opportunity afforded by having so many of our people in the same space to get in some serious hack time on a lot of big projects we've all been working on.

Thanks to a lot of concentrated effort, we were able to get a few of them into "releasable" state -- as a first draft that we'll continue to refine and expand over time, of course, but we thought you'd like the chance to play with the first round. We'll be improving all of these things over time, as we also work to get some of the other long-term projects people have been hacking on this week released.

In the meantime ... well, I'll just go ahead and tell you about all the fun things we have in store.

Behind the cut:

* Development
* Surprise #1: Images
* Tales from the Conf #1
* Surprise #2: Icons
* Tales from the Conf #2
* Preview: Responsive Mobile Site
* A Word From The Head Office

What We Did On Our Summer Vacation, By Dreamwidth, Age ... oh nevermind )
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[staff profile] denise
Hello, Dreamwidth! I would like to apologize (again, ugh) for the length of time it's been since last we spoke. The past two and a half months have been pretty awful for me in terms of health stuff and I had to cut down to the absolute bare minimum in terms of "keeping the site running", which did not, unfortunately, include the block of time necessary to write a newsletter. (And when I did, either my laptop was in the shop, we were traveling, or my neighborhood had no power after the huge storm that tore through the East Coast a few days ago...)

That having been said, this place runs on the efforts of a bunch of people other than me (thankfully!) and just because I've been fairly out of commission does not mean that interesting things have not been happening. Behind the cut, a slew of things that are new and shiny, or at least just things you should probably know:

* Development
* Markdown
* Comment Editing
* New Styles
* Google Maps
* Accessibility Team News
* Request(s) for Comment: beta features, blogging languages
* (Anti)spam
* Real Life Should Not Be A Disaster Movie, Dammit

Dreamwidth News )
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[staff profile] denise
Hello, Dreamwidth! I'm eagerly watching the clock until the weekend getaway I have planned with my lovely wife -- and boy howdy do I need a vacation -- so in order to pass the time, I bring you an offering of hopefully-useful Dreamwidth information. Behind the cut:


* Development
* Javascript modernization: release candidate
* Paying via credit card
* Request for comment: username squatting
* Spam (not the singing Vikings kind)
* Default theme poll
* Arts and Culture: Changing Seasons

Dreamwidth News: 12 Apr 2012 )
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[staff profile] denise
Hello, Dreamwidth! As usual, I bring you apologies for the long gap since the last [site community profile] dw_news post (there is always something to prevent the good long chunk of time I need to write one, but I'm sick and tired of doing things that won't pan out for ages by now!) and a whole slew of interesting things to discuss and share.

Behind the cut, we bring you:

* Development update
* Text Captcha
* Icon-Related Changes
* A note from the antispam team
* Custom dictionary expansion
* Default styles poll
* Dreamwidth Arts & Culture - "Delights"


Dreamwidth update, 17 March 2012 )
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[staff profile] denise
Hello, Dreamwidth! It's been a busy month for us, and we have some nifty things to announce. Behind the cut, we bring you news on:

* Development
* Community Imports
* Claim your OpenID
* A note from the antispam team
* Invite Codes
* Abandoned Accounts
* Volunteering with DW
* State of the Servers

Dreamwidth update, 2 February 2012 )
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[staff profile] mark
Hi all,

You're probably aware of the ongoing protests against SOPA/PIPA, two laws that are being considered in the United States legislature that, I believe, will fundamentally harm the Internet as we know it. Today, we have joined the ongoing protests against these laws:

http://www.dreamwidth.org/sopa

We have not completely blacked out the site. We debated it and while I believe it would provide a more accurate and stronger statement of protest, we decided not to because Dreamwidth is a platform that gives people a voice. We believe in our Guiding Principles and do not want to silence your voices, even if only temporarily.

While I won't say that we will never do that -- there certainly may come a time when it truly is the best way to protest -- we don't feel comfortable doing that right now. We'll see how the rest of the fight against SOPA/PIPA goes, though, and will keep everybody informed.

Thank you for using Dreamwidth. We truly wouldn't be anything without each of your contributions -- readers, writers, users, random passers-by, everything! I am truly honored to be working on a site like this.
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[staff profile] denise
Hello, Dreamwidth! We're ringing in 2012 with a collection of useful information and news from the DW head office (aka my house) and auxiliary offices (aka Mark's house and Fu's house). Behind the cut you will find information on:

* Development, Coding, and Styles
* Community and Icon Importing
* Site Growth and Stability
* Invite Codes
* SOPA
* The Ada Initiative
* Paid Accounts, PayPal, and DW Business
* The Great Community Rec-O-Matic

DW Update, 6 January 2012 )
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[staff profile] mark
Hi all -- I wanted to post a quick news post to let you know that community imports are now live. There's also some other content inside... down past the cut!

Dreamwidth News for December 29th, 2011 )