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fu ([personal profile] fu) wrote in [site community profile] dw_news2010-11-04 09:00 pm

Update, 2010-11-04

Hi Dreamwidth,

I just got an oven, so I have been learning how to bake. So far I've made two batches of brownies; next I'll try to figure out bread. Wish more of you were here, so I could share!

This week's update contains:

* Code Tour
* Changes to Renames
* Data Migration, Code Pushes
* NaNo, NaBlo, and Treasure
* Polls

Code Tour

In this week's code tour, we resolved 25 bugs. Special mention to [personal profile] kerravonsen who just had her first submitted theme become official! Also much thanks to [personal profile] cheyinka who had her first themes go live on the site last week.

A lot of the work done this week was to make us siteadmins' lives easier (including some nifty new tools which have me all up in *glee*), but I'd like to point out that two-token username swaps are coming.

Changes to Renames

The two-token username swap is for you who have two journals where you'd like to keep both usernames, but you'd like to swap those usernames around. The old way required three rename tokens and a complicated process of juggling the usernames until they settled on the right journals. The new way requires two rename tokens (because you're renaming two journals), and can be done in one step.

We'll also be tweaking community renames so that in addition to renaming a community, you can also rename to a community. To prevent the name of an active community from being taken (which would turn the community into ex_comm123), the community must have no members other than the administrator doing the renaming.

Data Migration, Code Pushes

We've been aiming for smaller code pushes, done more often, to spread the load and to reduce the incidence of bugs. It seems to be working: the last two code pushes were fairly uneventful. We had some bug reports but the root causes were easy to dig out and fix.

In case I haven't said it recently, by the way, thank you to everyone who comments in [site community profile] dw_maintenance, or submits a support request! If you're ever unsure about reporting a bug you've run into, well the way we see it is that the sooner we know about a problem, the sooner we can fix it :-)

A couple of news posts ago, [staff profile] denise mentioned that we'd needed to do some work for icon keyword renames and that that feature should be available to everyone again soon. We (rather optimistically) thought it would take less than a week back then.

We've rolled out the changes to half the userbase so far. It's taking a while because we have to process all entries and all comments of each user, and the process is made longer because we only run it during non-peak times so that it doesn't slow down the site. (Hopefully you've never even noticed the difference!).

Anyway, if you watch our Twitter and were wondering, that's where all the tweets about migration and temporarily pausing content imports are coming from.

NaNo, NaBlo, and Treasure

All our themes based on NaNo colors can be found under the NNWM style category. (ETA) Some of those styles also have the NaNoWriMo participant badge as part of layout -- [personal profile] cheyinka contacted the NaNo committee and got permission to use it :-)

And as an aside, the Featured category should be updated much more often: at least every code push.

At a suggestion from the comments last news post, we've added a NaBloPoMo feed on our Latest Things page. It contains entries tagged 'nablopomo', 'nablopomo2010', 'nablopomo10', 'nablo10', and 'nablo'.

And this week's Etsy Treasury is now up. The theme is purples and pinks -- have fun!


The poll results were overwhelmingly clear: Neutral Good (a theme for Practicality) is our new default layout. Thanks everyone who voted and commented! And if you like the look, but are more interested in other colors, check out the Practicality themes.

We're trying to figure out an issue which is causing many poll notifications to be sent for each poll vote, so here have a poll for no reason at all:
Poll #4988 Poll for No Reason At All
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 654


View Answers

61 (9.4%)

180 (27.6%)

293 (44.9%)

some of the above are not really chocolate!
118 (18.1%)

Here's a real question: where are you responding from?

View Answers

my reading page
191 (29.3%)

the entry page
314 (48.2%)

the poll page
109 (16.7%)

38 (5.8%)

Browser / any extensions that could affect Dreamwidth or forms?

And finally, let's wrap things up with a poll with a real reason for being. [personal profile] exor674 is interested in writing an Android client and asks what Android devices Dreamwidth users have access to. If you're interested in an Android client, go vote!

As always, if you're having problems with Dreamwidth, Support can help you; for notices of site problems and downtime, check the Twitter status page; if you've got an idea to make the site better, you can make a suggestion.

[personal profile] queer 2010-11-04 01:21 pm (UTC)(link)
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[personal profile] omnipotent 2010-11-04 09:05 pm (UTC)(link)
Your icon = female protagonist from P3? :)

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[personal profile] markmanching 2010-11-04 01:25 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm Smelling here the Journal's Default Theme is Neutral Good, Good Job for DW!
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[personal profile] auroraprimavera 2010-11-04 01:35 pm (UTC)(link)
I cannot say how much I love these updates - they make me all happy. Also, kudos to y'all since I haven't noticed anything wrong with the site during code push times. Very well done. :D

[personal profile] pippin 2010-11-04 01:38 pm (UTC)(link)
Mmmm brownies.

That reminds me: I was going to make some ANZAC biscuits. Thanks for the reminder! :D

[personal profile] wild_heart 2010-11-04 01:42 pm (UTC)(link)
Two of the best places for bread recipes (I've been baking bread for 36 years now)


Not that you asked . . .
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[personal profile] iridesce 2010-11-04 05:21 pm (UTC)(link)
So, I am beginning to play with bagels. Any fave recipes for those. And where do you get malt syrup ??

Thanks for all the great aromas.

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\o/ Bagels

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[personal profile] rebelsheart 2010-11-04 01:54 pm (UTC)(link)
I attempted to answer the poll from my inbox, but clicking answer had no effect.
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[personal profile] sparksofember 2010-11-04 03:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Same here. I had to go to the poll page to be able to click "answer".

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[personal profile] kerravonsen 2010-11-04 01:55 pm (UTC)(link)
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[personal profile] havocthecat 2010-11-04 02:01 pm (UTC)(link)
Android client! *grabby hands* (Yes, I will go to the link.)
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[personal profile] zillah975 2010-11-04 02:06 pm (UTC)(link)
That first question should totally be tickies. *nods seriously*
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[personal profile] dancing_serpent 2010-11-04 05:06 pm (UTC)(link)
I so agree!

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[personal profile] charamei 2010-11-04 02:10 pm (UTC)(link)
My lunchtime brownie was burned today :( I hope yours are better!

Also, what is NaBloPoMo? I get 'National Blog [...] Month', but the Po has me stumped.

ETA: OH POSTING. Never mind me...
Edited 2010-11-04 14:11 (UTC)
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[personal profile] dragonfly 2010-11-04 03:05 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm glad you asked so I didn't have to. *g*

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[personal profile] fulminata 2010-11-04 02:37 pm (UTC)(link)
I just wanted to say thank you again for putting up the NaBloPoMo feed. :D
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[personal profile] matgb 2010-11-04 02:40 pm (UTC)(link)
I wish to complain about the poll. There is no option for "eating chocolate will kill me" which, fortunately, does not apply to me, but I've grown rather attached to [profile] misss_s_b...

I love bread baking. I really need to do it more often, been awhile.
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[personal profile] alias_sqbr 2010-11-04 03:01 pm (UTC)(link)
Seconded! Well, it won't kill me, but I might wish I was dead...

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[personal profile] glitch25 2010-11-04 03:01 pm (UTC)(link)
Might I recommend The Bread Baker's Apprentice

There is an ongoing challenge to bake your way through the book and blog about your results. It's fun and educational!
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[personal profile] attie 2010-11-04 03:35 pm (UTC)(link)
I am unable to answer your poll because the option "I detest all chocolate with a vengeance" is missing. And here I thought DW was all about respecting diversity! ;)

[personal profile] romanaorfred 2010-11-04 05:24 pm (UTC)(link)
There are people who don't like chocolate?

My mind, it is broken. :P

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[personal profile] lore 2010-11-04 04:23 pm (UTC)(link)
I've been posting my NaBloPoMo entries under BloMo2010. I am probably the only one, though. I just like the sound of "BloMo". ~_^

love, lore
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[personal profile] sutlers 2010-11-04 04:51 pm (UTC)(link)
You know what would be boss? If we could answer the polls from our inbox instead of having to click through to the post.
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[personal profile] chaobell 2010-11-04 05:05 pm (UTC)(link)
where is the "all of the above" answer to the chocolate question

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[personal profile] sunnysummoner 2010-11-04 05:39 pm (UTC)(link)
So many people like dark chocolate too! My people. ;A;

I haven't noticed any slowness or anything, so the smaller code pushes definitely seem to be working!
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[personal profile] chris 2010-11-04 05:56 pm (UTC)(link)
Nobody has yet congratulated, or thanked, you for the two-token username swap, but it's a thoughtful, user-friendly thing for you to spend time and effort on doing.

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[personal profile] timeasmymeasure 2010-11-04 05:59 pm (UTC)(link)
The NNWM styles link goes to the Featured but not the NNWM category.
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[personal profile] rainbow 2010-11-04 06:54 pm (UTC)(link)
ooh, congrats on the oven!

i <3 the tassajara bread book and (and like beard on bread), but they're both older books.
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[personal profile] tree 2010-11-04 07:11 pm (UTC)(link)
why i love dreamwidth reason #3472

i notice icons are not loading on my reading page or any comment pages i visit. i say, "hmm, i wonder if anyone else is experiencing this. perhaps i should notify someone."

and then a twitter notification pops up to tell me the problem is being investigated. *\o/*
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[personal profile] sneezer222 2010-11-04 07:17 pm (UTC)(link)
I can't see any icons anywhere on DW either. And when I check the twitter page, it says all is back to normal?

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[personal profile] keris 2010-11-04 08:23 pm (UTC)(link)
What, no ticky box? *g*
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Since you asked...

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I've JUST installed this addon so that I could give you a specific list of all my addons. When I took the poll, I didn't have it. Hope that'll help

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[personal profile] faithofone 2010-11-04 09:20 pm (UTC)(link)
*investigates your addon list to see if anything's useful to me*

I do like the addon list maker thingy.

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