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fu ([staff profile] fu) wrote in [site community profile] dw_news2010-04-07 01:21 am

Update, April 5, 2010

Hello, Dreamwidth! I'm Athena aka [personal profile] afuna aka [staff profile] fu, and I'm Dreamwidth's newest employee. I started this entry on Tuesday morning my time, halfway across the world from [staff profile] mark and [staff profile] denise, but it was still Monday then for my bosses, so this totally still counts as a Monday update.

The update is running a bit late, because we were working out some final issues, but we're finally done, and I have fantastic news for you today: payments are back up! (I feel really lucky to get to be the one to tell you all this, OMG).

I've got a lot of other news, and I'm chasing time, so let's get started:



1. We like code tours. We like documentation


[personal profile] foxfirefey took charge of this week's code tour, which included a lot of styles cleanup to make things consistent across styles (thanks [personal profile] ninetydegrees!), and a lot of backend work to make life easier for us devs in the future (thanks [personal profile] exor674 and [personal profile] kareila!)

I'd like to highlight these changes, but take a look at the code tour, too, for the complete list of upcoming changes; there's lots of stuff I just don't have the space to talk about here. Notable changes:

* /tags redirects to /tag (I make this mistake a lot!)

* /calendar redirects to /archive (we're standardizing)

* Default View/Default filters are selected by default when adding from the contextual hover menu, and when subscribing via the normal way (I coded this patch, and I admit, I had very selfish, lazy, reasons for wanting this tweak out as soon as possible :-))

We also have been doing lots of work for the payment system; more on that below.


Not everything that improves Dreamwidth goes through the code tour. I keep getting linked to this fantastic illustrated tutorial for using your OpenID from other sites with Dreamwidth, and I just had to share (thank you [personal profile] somnolentblue!)


2. We like payments


Payment System


When I say that "we" have been doing lots of work on the payments system, I mean [staff profile] mark! He's been working hard, and it's finally paid off. As of this code push, our payments system is back online.

Along with the payments system, we rolled out Dreamwidth Points. You buy points in the shop, and you exchange the points for account time or swag. I've been thinking of them as gift cards or prepaid debit cards, but much more flexible, and unlike gift cards there's no risk of credits being left over on the card (unusable).

The points system is described in our newest FAQ, What are Dreamwidth Points?. We've also updated the existing FAQs (What are Paid Accounts and How do I buy a paid account).

We also have a post in [site community profile] dw_biz with common scenarios for using points; I'd like to ask that all questions about points go there, so that we have one central location for the information -- thank you!


Privacy Policy


As part of our change to a new payment system, we updated our privacy policy with this code push to remove mention of our old payment providers and add in information about the new one. The privacy policy itself states that major updates will be announced in [site community profile] dw_news. The relevant changes are:


  • Removed mention of PayPal

  • Added a section under a new header "Financial information and transactions"



Continuation of Other Payments Discussions


Recently [staff profile] mark and [staff profile] denise discussed the idea of having an April fundraising goal in [site community profile] dw_biz. There were some great ideas suggested in comments to that post, and they've been thinking them over and trying to decide what would be best. They'll post a followup to [site community profile] dw_biz later on in the week outlining some more ideas and finalizing their plan for the rest of April.

And this seems a good time to remind you that you should all watch [site community profile] dw_biz as that's where [staff profile] mark and [staff profile] denise talk about Dreamwidth's business side, as well as soliciting feedback on feature design.


3. We like mentoring, and GSoC


Google Summer of Code applications close April 9, so get yours in!

If you're interested in applying, but don't know where to start, [staff profile] mark has an excellent introduction getting started with GSoC on Dreamwidth, with a follow-up. And [staff profile] denise talks about what makes Dreamwidth tick in a way that makes me fall in love with Dreamwidth-the-project all over again (not that I need help with that!)

We've had several proposals and detailed project plans submitted for discussion to [site community profile] dw_dev. I've been enjoying reading them all, and I'm looking forward to what comes out of this! The discussion posts so far are under the summer of code tag, if you want to read them.

To all the GSoC students on the site so far: [personal profile] anthonynonso, [personal profile] roshansingh, [personal profile] mrigeshpokhrel, [personal profile] arjunjain, [personal profile] panna, [personal profile] toonsuperlove, [personal profile] jens, [personal profile] abhishek0, [personal profile] jportela, [personal profile] kartik, [personal profile] onli, [personal profile] sundargates, [personal profile] dhasthagheer, plus anybody I might have missed or who will join us this week, welcome to Dreamwidth! We're glad to have you and I hope that you'll find a home here with us -- we have lots of great people here.

To all the great people here, meet the students who've come from GSoC. Feel free to stop by their journals and welcome them to Dreamwidth.

4. We like poetry


So it turns out that April is National Poetry Month in the US! To celebrate, and share the love, we've made available a tag bundle of "poetry", "poem", "poems", "national poetry month" for the Latest Things page.

April is also National Poetry Writing Month (thirty poems in thirty days). If you're taking part, then [community profile] napowrimo is just the community for you.


5. We like asking questions


We recently got a question in Support from a student who is currently writing an article about the friending memes that appear on the various Dreamwidth communities and why they're popular.

She asks:

It seems like a lot of users are posting 'friending-memes' on various communities these days. What makes these friending memes a good social media tool? Why do you think they're so popular?


We've given her an official answer, but it seems like the kind of thing that you all might want to help out with, too *g* Let us (let her!) know what you think in comments -- and here's to hoping we help her write a great article.


(And speaking of asking questions / meeting people, [personal profile] tajasel asked us to remind UKers that she's planning a meetup for users the UK, and would like to ask who's interested/what you're interested in doing.)

6. We like to write news posts...



Now I know what [staff profile] mark and [staff profile] denise meant when they told me that news posts take a lot of effort, but also are so very worth it. I'm looking back at everything that happened this week, and I feel proud of Dreamwidth and so incredibly lucky to be part of all this.

I have a confession, though: I earwormed myself with the boom-de-yada song while going over the headings, and just barely suppressed the urge to rewrite/rearrange so that the headings would be of a proper meter. (The sacrifices I make so that [staff profile] mark/[staff profile] denise don't change their minds about me and kick me off the team *sigh*)

With that out of the way, I suppose it's only polite that I introduce myself.

I'm better known as [personal profile] afuna, which I'm keeping as my day-to-day personal account, but I'll be conducting all official site business under [staff profile] fu. I just quit my day job; today is my second day employed by Dreamwidth, and it's still just settling in. I've been with the site much longer, though. I've been volunteering time and code since the beginning of closed beta.

When I started volunteering, I didn't have much Perl experience. I was familiar with the codebase because I'd been a volunteer for LiveJournal, and I'd had chance to poke around while investigating various issues; I also probably counted as an experienced coder because I knew other languages; but I hadn't had much experience with the writing of Perl code. [staff profile] mark, etc, didn't hold that against me though -- lucky for me, because once I'd gotten a taste of Dreamwidth's development culture, I was hooked *g*

Hmm, what else... I live in the Philippines, halfway across the world from [staff profile] mark and [staff profile] denise. Oh and I like chunky peanut butter, and shun the creamy. I'm not sure what that does for the balance around here (sorry [staff profile] denise!)

Whereas [staff profile] denise is The Suit, and [staff profile] mark is The Geek, I am The Minion. I'm coming onto the team as another coder. I feel that that may be somehow obvious from how many times I've repeated the word "code" above. If it isn't, I'll gladly say "code" again (or better yet, code a feature/bugfix, because that's what I'm here for!)

So right now we have plans. Good plans I think! I'll let you judge their quality once they've been implemented, but to give you an idea of what's coming up, my first very big project is the update page revamp.

I'm joining Dreamwidth full time because I love this site, I love Dreamwidth's commitment to diversity, I love that Dreamwidth puts its money where its mouth is (the circumstances that proved this pains me, but hey good news now -- see the payments section above). And I'm really excited to be here *g*

I'd be volunteering for Dreamwidth anyway; the fact that being employed by Dreamwidth means I can dedicate the entire day doing what I love, to improve a place that I love, for people that I care for, well that part is just plain lucky :)


Before I get too sappy, let me now return you to your regularly scheduled programming. Next news post will be by [staff profile] mark. Next month's news posts are all [staff profile] denise's. I'll probably pop up intermittently to deliver news, though, so until then--!
mark: A photo of Mark kneeling on top of the Taal Volcano in the Philippines. It was a long hike. (Default)

[staff profile] mark 2010-04-06 05:19 pm (UTC)(link)
Welcome to [site community profile] dw_news! It's so awesome to see you here, I really can't say how glad I am that you agreed to come work for us. :)
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[staff profile] denise 2010-04-06 05:34 pm (UTC)(link)
A whole WORLD of this.
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[personal profile] sophie 2010-04-06 05:20 pm (UTC)(link)
YAY FU
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[personal profile] exor674 2010-04-06 05:27 pm (UTC)(link)
OMG ITS A [staff profile] fu!
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[personal profile] yvi 2010-04-06 05:28 pm (UTC)(link)
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[personal profile] princessofgeeks 2010-04-06 05:30 pm (UTC)(link)
welcome to the day job, and thank you!
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[personal profile] pippin 2010-04-06 05:31 pm (UTC)(link)
/tags redirects to /tag

I love you guys.
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[personal profile] pne 2010-04-06 06:47 pm (UTC)(link)
Me too!

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I just need to say this:

[personal profile] falena 2010-04-06 05:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Dreamwidth makes me happy.

Welcome [staff profile] fu!
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[personal profile] naraht 2010-04-06 05:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Welcome and thanks for all the news!
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[personal profile] baggyeyes 2010-04-06 05:33 pm (UTC)(link)
[staff profile] fu !!!

I happy you're there/here.
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[personal profile] alierak 2010-04-06 05:35 pm (UTC)(link)
Congrats! Totally with you on the peanut butter thing.
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[personal profile] softestbullet 2010-04-06 05:35 pm (UTC)(link)
Hello hello! :)
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[personal profile] ilyena_sylph 2010-04-06 05:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Yaaaa, [staff profile] fu!!!
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[personal profile] dani_the_girl 2010-04-06 05:38 pm (UTC)(link)
Woohoo [staff profile] fu! Also, all those other things you said, woohoo to them too!

[personal profile] feathertail 2010-04-06 05:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Welcome, [staff profile] fu!

I wrote an OpenID tutorial too: http://becomeyourfursona.dreamwidth.org/6438.html

Personally, I think that the fact that people are writing these at all means that something's not working right. >.> One thing at a time, I guess?
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[personal profile] cesy 2010-04-06 05:44 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah, there are bugs open to improve it further, but no-one's had the time yet. Still, at least it's better than LJ's version.

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[personal profile] cesy 2010-04-06 05:42 pm (UTC)(link)
Yay Fu!

But smooth peanut butter is so much better.
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[personal profile] ivorygates 2010-04-06 06:34 pm (UTC)(link)
YES!

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[personal profile] erika 2010-04-06 05:42 pm (UTC)(link)
Yay fu!
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[personal profile] corinthian 2010-04-06 05:49 pm (UTC)(link)
ROCK ON, FU.

CHUNKY PB IS THE WAY TO GO!
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[personal profile] gchick 2010-04-06 05:49 pm (UTC)(link)
I feel like I've already said Yay Fu! and Welcome Fu!! in a bunch of other places, so YAY FU! WELCOME, FU!!

And stay strong in the face of the freaky smooth-pb lovers.
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[personal profile] janinedog 2010-04-06 05:53 pm (UTC)(link)
Woo! :D
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[personal profile] tajasel 2010-04-06 05:55 pm (UTC)(link)
Yay [staff profile] fu!
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[personal profile] weaverbird 2010-04-06 05:55 pm (UTC)(link)
Welcome [staff profile] fu!
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[personal profile] rat 2010-04-06 05:56 pm (UTC)(link)
Yay! Fu post!
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[personal profile] somnolentblue 2010-04-06 05:57 pm (UTC)(link)
/tags redirects to /tag (I make this mistake a lot!) Oh, that's awesome! I am always doing that.

Also:

Yay [staff profile] fu! Boom-de-yada!
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[personal profile] were_duck 2010-04-06 06:00 pm (UTC)(link)
Whee, this is all exciting news! I'm so happy the payments are back.

Also, hooray [staff profile] fu! It seems like DW is in exceptionally good hands all around.

[personal profile] piscinarii 2010-04-06 06:06 pm (UTC)(link)
:D

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