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Mark Smith ([staff profile] mark) wrote in [site community profile] dw_news2009-10-05 11:38 pm

Weekly Post: October 5th, 2009

Monday, Monday, Monday. And time for another weekly update from the corrals down here at Ranch DW. Okay, while we might not be anything like a ranch (yet), it is still time for us to tell you what's going on this week.

1. Totally Trumps Everything Else



During the last news post I mentioned that [staff profile] denise was off on vacation to Disney World and was wishing everybody was there. What she didn't tell me until her return was that this wasn't just any vacation. No, there was a dark and sinister purpose...

That purpose can now be revealed. I am extremely proud to announce (with Denise's permission!) that she and her girlfriend [personal profile] sarah have decided to tie the knot. The wedding is planned for early 2011, at Disney World, and I cannot tell you how extremely excited and happy I am for the both of them.

Congratulations to you both!! I look forward to the wedding. :)


2. First Day of Work



This is nowhere near as exciting as the wedding announcement. But hey, today was officially the first business day of my full-time employment by Dreamwidth Studios, LLC. While we don't have healthcare (or any other insurance...yet), it is a very proud milestone for us. To have two full-time employees on top of dozens of active volunteers is, frankly, amazing.

Next step: have enough money to actually pay livable salaries. I cannot express enough my gratitude to my smart, beautiful wife [personal profile] janinedog who not only agreed with my crazy plan but encouraged me to do it. Janine: I could not be a luckier man. Thank you.

And with that out of the way...

I need to spruce up my office! Yes, I have cordoned off a corner of our bedroom and put in a desk and some hardware I had lying around to build myself a little Dreamwidth space. However, the walls are a little drab and I'm thinking that the perfect thing to spruce them up would be ... postcards! That's where you come in.

If you feel up to sending in a postcard, I'd love one. You can mail it to Mark Smith, 29059 Lassen St, Hayward, CA 94544. If you feel like writing your username on the back, I'll write you a custom limerick! If that isn't compelling, I don't know what is...


3. Documentation and Support Team Updates



Our mistress of documentation, [personal profile] rho, has returned from some time off galavanting around the countryside. Upon her return (and suitable recovery from the lagging jets) she has worked hard to catch up on updating our FAQs. She's also currently putting together the specifications for a rewrite of our FAQ system.

One of the things that we have promised we'd do with Dreamwidth, and we're holding ourselves to it, is spending time working on the core functionality to make the site friendlier and easier to use. The ability to get people to use the site, figure it out, and know how to get help when they need it cannot be overstated.

The same sort of work is going on with our support triumvirate ([personal profile] zarhooie, [personal profile] domtheknight, and [personal profile] chemicallace). They're speccing out a support system that will actually work for a site like Dreamwidth and will scale up as we grow. They're making good progress on that, and then we'll dive into implementation.


4. Development Progress



This week's code tour was put together by [personal profile] zarhooie and is available here:

http://dw-dev.dreamwidth.org/25808.html

We had 23 separate bugs marked RESOLVED FIXED (that means we fixed whatever the problem was, usually through a commit). You can read all about them above.

This week, my personal focus is going to be on getting the review queue down to manageable numbers (patches no older than 72 hours in the queue at any time). I'm also going to be working on implementing site-wide search, which we intend to roll out in 2-3 weeks.


5. Development Roadmap



Now that I am on the scene full-time, we expect things to start moving along at a much quicker pace, specifically around larger features. Traditionally it has been hard for people to find time to work on anything large because all of our developers have been volunteers with lives. We've made some amazing improvements even given that limitation, and now our range is expanding up to include the larger scoped items we haven't really had much time on yet.

Some of the things that you will see coming down the pipe in the next few months:

* Site-wide search (find things on the site! everywhere!)
* Draft and scheduled posts (better post management in general)
* Photo hosting (and emailed photos)
* Payment system work (recurring payments, virtual gifts)
* Cross-site friends page reading (still tentative, but we're hopeful)

This isn't an ordered list, really. We know that we're going to do site-wide search this week. We'll probably tackle the draft/scheduled posts next, which gives us some good features. After that, we'll see what's up next.


6. Shaping Dreamwidth



There are many, many ways to contribute to Dreamwidth, and not all of them require you to do any coding! In fact, right now, what we're really looking for are people who are passionate about some of our upcoming features to help us shape them and figure out how they're going to work.

The current big example is photo hosting. While we're not going to start working on it in the next few weeks in the code, we should start now on putting together the design so that when we do sit down to code it, we know what we're going to do. If you're interested in participating in this process, please see Denise's post:

http://dw-biz.dreamwidth.org/2794.html

Thank you for contributing!


7. Community Promos



One of the reasons that I choose to do my blogging/journaling/writing on Dreamwidth is because of the community that we're building. I think that people connecting to people is one of the most amazing things about the Internet and is probably one of the most powerful (if not the most powerful!) tool of our lifetimes.

If you are looking for places to connect with like-minded people, here are a few suggestions:

* [community profile] omnomnom and [community profile] boilingwater are cooking-focused communities for people who like to make things to eat. The former is having a contest right now, too, you can win some paid time by posting Autumn appropriate recipes.

* [community profile] endings is an interesting community for people who like the ends of things. Stories, poems, movies, anything. Just don't spoil it and give away where it comes from!

* [community profile] metaquotes is a place where people go to post "amusing, insightful, witty (etc.) things said on Dreamwidth". Some very amusing stuff here.

* [community profile] earwormhole ... for when that blasted song just won't go away!

And, as always, you can watch or contribute to [site community profile] dw_community_promo if you want to get a little more hands on in your search for members (and content).


8. Final Words



Whew, long update this week. A few parting words, and then I'll be out of your hair -- until next week!

We sent out about 20,000 invite codes a little while ago too. Hopefully you got them, and if you didn't, it's probably because you still have some that haven't been used yet. Get cracking! :-)

Once again, congratulations to Denise and Sarah. See you next week!
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[personal profile] samvara 2009-10-06 06:52 am (UTC)(link)
Yay for [staff profile] denise and [personal profile] sarah!

...and congratulations on your new job ;)
Edited 2009-10-06 06:52 (UTC)
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[staff profile] denise 2009-10-07 12:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you! What [staff profile] mark didn't mention is that I'm going to force him to be my best man. Mwah ha ha ha ha.

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[personal profile] zarhooie 2009-10-06 06:52 am (UTC)(link)
Yay Rah and Sarah YAY!!!!
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[personal profile] zarhooie 2009-10-06 06:52 am (UTC)(link)
And yay Mark! And yay us! WHOOO.

I love this site so hard.
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[personal profile] ossobuco 2009-10-06 06:56 am (UTC)(link)
Awesome, congratulations and love to everyone!
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[personal profile] afuna 2009-10-06 07:02 am (UTC)(link)
Yay, yay, yay! \o/

[personal profile] feathertail 2009-10-06 07:13 am (UTC)(link)
Cross-site reading lists! Cross-site reading lists! *flutters wings bouncing up and down*
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[personal profile] cesy 2009-10-06 08:12 am (UTC)(link)
I am looking forward to that so much. Then I can finally move over from LJ properly, and encourage everyone else to do the same.

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[personal profile] yvi 2009-10-06 07:24 am (UTC)(link)
6. Shaping Dreamwidth

I read that as 'shagging Dreamwidth'. Um, yeah?

This week, my personal focus is going to be on getting the review queue down to manageable numbers (patches no older than 72 hours in the queue at any time).

<3 Mark. For that, I will send you a postcard from this corner of the Earth. You know, the corner in which I am supposed to work right now.
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[personal profile] glittertine 2009-10-06 07:54 am (UTC)(link)
Oooh, photo hosting! It's one of those things I didn't even realise I would miss when moving on from LJ, but I do. Very excited that it's on the to-do list!

[personal profile] thedolphingirl 2009-10-06 07:54 am (UTC)(link)
Congrats on the engagement!
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[staff profile] denise 2009-10-07 12:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you! It's one of those things where we just sort of looked at each other and said "we're kinda married already, we might as well throw a party."
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[personal profile] come 2009-10-06 07:59 am (UTC)(link)
Congrats to Denise and Sarah! And I'm so happy about the upcoming development. =)
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[staff profile] denise 2009-10-07 12:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you!
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[personal profile] baggyeyes 2009-10-06 08:18 am (UTC)(link)
\o/ Yay Rah and Sarah! And your full-time!

I really like the draft posts shiny, and the photo hosting.
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[staff profile] denise 2009-10-07 12:47 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you! It's gonna be a great party.
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[personal profile] oconel 2009-10-06 08:34 am (UTC)(link)
Congratulations denise and sarah!

Also, the roadmap looks absolutely amazing!
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[staff profile] denise 2009-10-07 12:47 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you! We're sorta married already, we figured we might as well hold a wedding. :)
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[personal profile] angelikitten 2009-10-06 08:47 am (UTC)(link)
Congrats [staff profile] denise and [personal profile] sarah!

I was thinking of sending you a funny postcard, but then I realised that I might just be the only person from my town on here. And it's not like we're a touristy-type of place, so the chances of you getting a postcard from here are pretty low. And that is just not on, so I guess it's up to me to sort that out for you.
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[staff profile] denise 2009-10-07 12:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you! We will, of course, share pictures with DW.

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[personal profile] sola 2009-10-06 09:00 am (UTC)(link)
Yay, congrats!


Also, i have already made out your postcard, and will send it tomorrow. <3 Just happened to have a good one looking rather lonely in among the stationery.
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[staff profile] denise 2009-10-07 12:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you!
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[personal profile] princessofgeeks 2009-10-06 10:41 am (UTC)(link)
omg. cross site friends page reading would so make me move everything lock and stock and barrel over here. it is the single thing i want most on the internets. wow.

[personal profile] delladea 2009-10-06 11:29 am (UTC)(link)
Congratulations to [staff profile] denise and [personal profile] sarah!

I'm really looking forward to photo hosting. It is one major thing that is keeping me from fully moving over here on my other account.
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[staff profile] denise 2009-10-07 12:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you!
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[personal profile] mstevens 2009-10-06 12:23 pm (UTC)(link)
Congratulations [staff profile] denise and [personal profile] sarah!
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[staff profile] denise 2009-10-07 12:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks! I can't decide if I'm terrified or thrilled. :)
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[personal profile] scrollgirl 2009-10-06 01:30 pm (UTC)(link)
Wow, congrats to [staff profile] denise and [personal profile] sarah! Cool, a Disney wedding :D

And congrats on starting as full-time paid employee!
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[staff profile] denise 2009-10-07 12:48 pm (UTC)(link)
It kinda fits for us, since we really started dating while on a vacation to WDW. *G*

And thank you!
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[personal profile] candyland 2009-10-06 01:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Congratulations, [staff profile] denise and [personal profile] sarah! *throws confetti and pretty blue herbs of questionable legality* :D :D :D
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[staff profile] denise 2009-10-07 12:49 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you! *bounc*
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[personal profile] seryn 2009-10-06 02:42 pm (UTC)(link)
I like how DW goes about things, mostly. Good job. (The weekly news postings are a great idea. Even if I don't say anything about the personal news, it's nice to be included tangentially in your lives.)

But, I am not keen on photo hosting being done here. I think it's expensive for the host, hard to do well, replicates a wheel already rolling several elsewheres, and (at least on LJ and wordpress.com) it was a horrid interface or always breaking down.

When talking about features, focusing on the ones which will not have blisteringly high on-going expenses would be a better use of resources.
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[personal profile] kaki 2009-10-06 09:20 pm (UTC)(link)
I believe to remember that Denise once said user icons are actually a lot more expensive than photo hosting would be. (because they have less traffic)

I for one would love to have that option, especially because it could be implemented to work seamlessly with the site, unlike external image hosts.
(And just because everyone else has a crappy interface doesn't mean DW has to make one, too. It's a challenge!)

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[personal profile] janinedog 2009-10-06 03:33 pm (UTC)(link)
Aww, you're welcome. :) I'm excited for you!
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[personal profile] frostberrytea 2009-10-06 05:02 pm (UTC)(link)
Congratulations to everyone! :) Will try to send the most trippy, gimmicky Florida 'Wish you were here' postcard I can find.
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[personal profile] ai 2009-10-06 05:11 pm (UTC)(link)
Congratulations [staff profile] denise and [personal profile] sarah!!! And yay for the rest of the Dreamwidth team! I was wondering what the good day was about from the invite codes and I must agree, today is a great day!

Also loving the communities. I really do love to see promoting going out like this :)
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[staff profile] denise 2009-10-07 12:53 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you! I keep grabbing random people in AIM and going "oh my god, I'm getting married!"

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[personal profile] holyschist 2009-10-06 05:13 pm (UTC)(link)
Congratulations to Denise and Sarah!


And yeeeee, features! Scheduled posts! Cross-site reading lists!
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[staff profile] denise 2009-10-07 12:53 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you! We're thrilled, really. :)
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[personal profile] tajasel 2009-10-06 05:44 pm (UTC)(link)
Yay!

I have added you to my postcard list ^_^

[personal profile] nubriema 2009-10-06 06:01 pm (UTC)(link)
Congrats to the happy couple(s)!

And once again I'm amazed at seeing what you guys are planning for this site - me <3 Dreamwidth!
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[staff profile] denise 2009-10-07 12:53 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you! We're alternating between thrilled and terrified. *G*

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