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Denise ([staff profile] denise) wrote in [site community profile] dw_news2012-01-06 07:10 am

Dreamwidth Update: 6 January 2012

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



Development, Coding, and Styles



We start this week's news by bringing you the 29 Dec 11 - 5 Jan 12 code tour, detailing the bugs that were resolved this week.

Most of this week's development effort went to more long-running projects (and thus the bugs weren't completely resolved yet and don't appear on this list), but the biggest highlight this week includes finally having resolved that really annoying bug where interest counts weren't being updated properly, leaving us with a number of interests being listed as having 16,777,215 accounts having that interest listed. It was a bear to track down, but thanks to some amazing detective work from a team of people, with heavy lifting done by [personal profile] exor674 on the code end and [personal profile] alierak on the sysadmin end, interest counts should now be a lot closer to reality.

For those who are just joining us: yes, you too can come hack on the DW code! We offer hosted development environments so you don't have to faff around with installing the code on your own development machine (or have your own development machine), and our Bugzilla install is public for those who are looking for a project to pick up. The Getting Started and Development categories on the DW volunteer wiki have useful information on the development process, and [site community profile] dw_dev and [site community profile] dw_dev_training are the communities to go to on DW itself. Or, if you'd just like to browse the code, you can read through the Mercurial repositories; the two repositories that most development happens in are dw-free (for the freely-available, open-source-licensed code that primarily runs the service) and dw-nonfree (for dreamwidth.org-specific code, or things that are part of our site branding or identity).

DW backend development is mostly done in Perl, with a little bit of Javascript on the frontend here and there. If your coding skills lean more towards HTML and CSS (or S2, the custom layout language shared by DW and LJ), you may be interested in creating or converting themes and styles. If you've created a journal layout that you'd like to offer as a system style, you can submit it to [site community profile] dreamscapes. Or, if you'd like to wrangle others' submissions into a form that can be used on the site, you can take the layers and styles that people submit and convert them into a patch that can be applied to the codebase. (There's a guide for people patching styles, which assumes a level of familiarity with both S2 and the process of working with the code and creating patches -- we'll work on getting the process explained in a more beginner-friendly fashion, but you can always ask in [site community profile] dw_dev_training for help.)


Community and Icon Importing



After last week's announcement that community importing was available, [staff profile] mark spent a few days coding his fingers off to improve and optimize the importer to better handle larger import jobs. Thanks to his tireless work, we've been able to lift one of the restrictions we had to place on community import: communities that have over 100,000 comments can now be imported.

If your community has more than a few hundred thousand comments, the comment import may still fail. We're working with the admins of a very large community to work out the last of the problems. We're asking for now that if your community has more than 500,000 comments, please hold off on doing an import for another week or so -- the code won't enforce the limits anymore, but it will definitely make everybody's lives easier.

We also should also be able to lift the restriction that only paid accounts or paid communities can use the community importer in another week or so, once we're fully satisfied with the optimizations we've made -- stay tuned there. Mark's also actively working on the ability to "claim" your posts and comments that were imported and attributed to your OpenID account, so that should be available soon as well.

Meanwhile, we've made a change to the way icon imports are handled. Previously, if you had more icons available on the remote site than you had icon slots on DW, the site would only import your default icon. We ran into some problems this week with LJ reporting the wrong number of icons if you deleted some icons recently (so if you had 102 icons on LJ, then deleted 3 to bring it down under the 100 icon slots available to a paid account on DW, the system was still reporting you had 102 icons and thus the import was erroring). Rather than spend hours and hours of our time troubleshooting, we just lifted the restriction, and now import all the icons you have on the remote site.

As many people have noticed, this is allowing some people to circumvent the restriction on icon slots and use more icons than their account type allows. The reason we don't run the process to deactivate icons immediately upon import is because at that point, we don't have enough data about the imported posts and comments to tell which icons are the most-used icons in the journal. (When deactivating icons because an account expires, the least-used icons are deactivated first.) Rather than just guessing randomly at which icons should be deactivated, we made the deliberate decision to let it slide for now, then clean up in a week or two once the rush to import has died down a bit. (The extra icons won't be deleted; they'll be deactivated, precisely like what happens when a paid account expires.)

If you import your icons and it'll bother you to have icons available now and have them be deactivated later when we do the cleanup, or if you'd like to help us out a bit, you can force a deactivation by visiting the Edit Icons page while logged into your account. This page loads the routine that checks your current icons against your total number of icon slots, so will deactivate (or activate, if for some reason an account upgrade doesn't reactivate inactive icons) icons until you have the right number.

We know this will let some people have access to more icons than their account level allows for a bit, and thank you to those who reported the situation! It really did just work out to save us a lot of time to do it this way, since we had a lot of people who were having import problems and troubleshooting the issue would've taken valuable time away from other projects.


Site Growth and Stability



[staff profile] mark made an excellent post about DW's load vs capacity, and how we're doing in terms of being able to support all the new traffic we've seen this month. The great news is, we're handling the increased traffic wonderfully: we've seen a few bumps along the past few weeks (everybody's watching [site community profile] dw_maintenance for details, right?) but on the whole, things have been ticking along nicely.

In the past few weeks, we've added two new webservers and two new database servers, bringing the total number of machines up to 12: four database machines (since we add dbs in pairs), four machines that work as webservers only, two load balancers (the load balancer + a backup load balancer in case of failure that also functions as a webserver), the search machine (which also functions as a webserver), and the admin machine.

We constantly keep an eye on site performance to see if and when we need more hardware, and since we still rent our dedicated servers rather than colocate our own hardware with a hosting facility, we can get our hosting provider to add more hardware when we need it -- it's more complex than it would be for you to rent webhosting for a small project, but it's not as complex as it would be to buy additional hardware ourselves and have to set it up.

We'd like to move to owning servers and colocating in the future, but for now, dedicated hosting is more cost-effective for us: the way the numbers work out at the moment, it'd take us nearly three years to "earn out" the initial hardware purchase, in terms of amount saved monthly, and there are a lot of practical benefits to dedicated hosting. (Mind you, there are a lot of practical benefits to colocation, as well, but those don't start to show up until you're much bigger than we are right now.)

So, in other words: we're really happy with the site performance right now, and we have a clear plan on how to increase our capacity as our traffic and load increases. [staff profile] mark also has a lot of experience with handling high-availability web applications, and he's very comfortable with how things are running. If you've been worried about our ability to handle this month's increased traffic, you can rest easy.

(Also, for the record, since we name our database clusters after stars and constellations, the new cluster, which is on the new database pair, is the Draconis cluster, joining Alpha Centauri, Betelgeuse, and Capella. If you're curious, you can ask the site Where am I? This has no real bearing on anything -- all of the clusters save for Draconis are on the same physical machine -- but dividing accounts by database cluster even if they're on the same machine makes certain maintenance tasks easier.)


Invite Codes



Speaking of site growth and how happy we are with site performance, many people have noticed that we haven't yet re-enabled the need to have an invite code to create a DW account. We'd intended to leave invite codes off for the second half of December as one of our regular no-accounts-needed account creation phases. After adding the additional servers necessary to support the traffic bump, our performance and capacity was large enough that we decided we could support open account creation for longer.

So, invite codes will definitely be off for a little while longer -- this means that anyone can create a Dreamwidth account without needing an invite code for now. Rather than specify an exact time period for how long invite codes will be off, we've decided to just let open account creation run for an unspecified time, as long as this increased demand keeps up and as long as we're happy with the site performance. (And, of course, as long as the [site community profile] dw_antispam team is able to keep up with the spammers that open account creation inevitably attracts -- all praise be to our dedicated team of spamwhackers!) We'll let you know when we turn invite codes back on.


SOPA



SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (the PROTECT IP Act) are two bills pending in the US legislature to force online service providers (such as Dreamwidth) to remove enormous amounts of content from, and block access to enormous amounts of, the internet, based on the demand of intellectual property rightsholders in an attempt to combat digital intellectual property infringement.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has a more detailed explanation about why these bills would make bad law: Internet Blacklist Legislation. Dreamwidth joins hundreds of other companies and organizations, both inside the tech industry and out, in standing opposed to these attempts to censor the free and open internet.

We'd like to take a moment to ask you, if you live in the US, to write to your legislators and ask them to oppose the bills.


The Ada Initiative



We said a few weeks ago that we'd be donating 10% of December's gross income to the Ada Initiative, a new nonprofit corporation devoted to supporting women in open technology and culture. (Disclaimer: I volunteer on the board of directors, but I receive no compensation for doing so.)

We're pleased to announce that thanks to a record-breaking month of sales (which we totally did not expect, omg!) we are donating $4625 to help fund the Ada Initiative's 2012 programs. This makes us incredibly happy! Thank you to everyone who bought paid time during December and helped increase that number. Meanwhile, if you'd like to contribute more directly, you can still donate to TAI.


Paid accounts, PayPal, and DW Business



We're obviously very pleased about the aforementioned record-breaking month of sales, and I wanted to say thank you to those who have bought paid time -- it was a fabulous way to close out the year, and looking at the figures on our payment backend has been very, very encouraging lately.

For those who have been wondering what we do with the money from paid accounts: there are two major categories of expenses we have on a recurring basis. The first is professional services; this covers things like processing fees imposed by our payment processor, as well as hosting and backup services. (The processing fees work out to be around 7-9% of all payments, between the flat fees and percentages from our merchant bank account and the flat fees and percentages from our payment gateway; the hosting and backup services run around $4500 a month with the latest upgrades.) The second category is salary: [personal profile] fu is employed by DW fulltime, plus we pay our backup sysadmin and one of our Terms of Service people on a retainer basis as contractors.

We also pay me a very small amount monthly to be working on things full-time; previously [staff profile] mark was also working full-time on DW, but he needed to take a non-DW job because at the time we couldn't pay him what he needed to be earning to support his family. (I'm lucky; my wife has a very good, very stable government job, and we live in a much less expensive area of the country.)

We post an annual end-of-year analysis of our financial position to [site community profile] dw_biz every year, which I will start working on as soon as the end-of-year bookkeeping is finished. Before this month's payments explosion, and aside from the one-time income from our May '11 Seed Account sale (which we did in order to replenish our "war chest", the money we keep in reserve against future disaster, after nearly three months of being unable to accept payments in early 2011), we were already on target to take in slightly more than we spent in 2011. (Which was incredibly exciting, let me tell you!)

This past month's increase in income has allowed us to increase our server power, continue to restock the war chest, and invest in some infrastructure upgrades. (Plus, we bought [staff profile] mark a pizza while he was hacking on community import.) Beyond that, we don't want to make long-term plans counting on this level of income as a given, but we're really hoping that if this level of support continues we'll be able to get [staff profile] mark back on DW work full-time and be able to pay me market rate for my full-time work on DW.

Meanwhile, many people have asked us about why we don't accept PayPal for payments, and I've written up a longer post about the answer to that question: Why you can't pay for your account with PayPal or Google Checkout. There's some workarounds for people without credit cards in that post.


The Great Community Rec-O-Matic



We've done this before, but given how many people are just joining us, it's time to run another round of the Great Community Rec-O-Matic.

Here's how it works:

* If you're looking for new communities to join, comment here with a list of some of your interests, and the kind of community you enjoy reading and participating in.

* Or, read through the other comments and see what things other people are listing. If you see someone you think would be a perfect match for a community you admin or participate in, comment back to them and point them at the community!


*

That's it from us for another update! 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.

(Also, I am very close to having followed the hobbit tradition of giving presents to other people on my birthday -- if I'd started this a day earlier I could've posted it on the 5th. Thanks to everybody who sent me birthday wishes!)

We (and my runaway abuse of parentheses) will see you next week for our next update!
dhae_knight_1: Redefining HOT(ch) (HOT(ch))

[personal profile] dhae_knight_1 2012-01-06 08:06 pm (UTC)(link)
My icon in mind... Can anyone point me in the direction of Criminal Minds comms?

Comms for cat-lovers would also be welcomed, as well as White Collar comms. :-)

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[personal profile] rydra_wong 2012-01-06 08:09 pm (UTC)(link)
finally having resolved that really annoying bug where interest counts weren't being updated properly, leaving us with a number of interests being listed as having 16,777,215 accounts having that interest listed.

OMFG you finally caught it !1!!1eleventy!!
ilyena_sylph: from the cover of "The Blue Sword", Harry and Gonturan (Kelar-bright)

[personal profile] ilyena_sylph 2012-01-06 10:34 pm (UTC)(link)
*joins in the glee!!!*
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[personal profile] staringiscaring 2012-01-06 08:12 pm (UTC)(link)
Great new stuff, guys. Thanks for all the hard work!

I love the idea of a community rec!

I am looking for communities about:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Or anything Joss Whedon like Angel, Dollhouse, Firefly, etc), Spartacus, Xena, Nikita, Community, Urban Fantasy book reviews, and land comms!
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[personal profile] dancing_serpent 2012-01-06 08:25 pm (UTC)(link)
Here is a list of Jossverse Communities, maybe you'll find something there. *g*

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[personal profile] luciferous 2012-01-06 08:13 pm (UTC)(link)
There is so much awesome in this update, aaaa ♥ Thanks for all the hard work, guys!

And particular thanks for lifting the restrictions on comment count for importing (and I totally boggled everywhere when I realized CFUD had managed to import most of its stuff and I hadn't noticed any effect on site performance at all, so kudos there), and the hopefully-soon ability to connect OpenID comments to a DW account (I know the moderator of one community I'm in ended up reposting the frequently-edited pages with a DW account just because logging into the OpenID account was a pain, so it would be nice to prevent that in the future!), and the information on what's going on with icon importing. (And thank you for the detailed answer when I sent in a support request about icons not being made inactive -- it was interesting to know why it was working that way, and really great to hear that you guys were on top of it already.)

...And now that I've also thoroughly abused parentheses, I am off to look through the comments here for new comms to stalk.
prototypical: (had an evilgasm)

[personal profile] prototypical 2012-01-06 08:23 pm (UTC)(link)
Commenting again to say thanks for telling us about the icon glitch and letting it slide for the time being. It's nice to import my accounts with all of their icons for now and know that I'll be dropping a couple hundred dollars here once my financial aid hits rather than wonder what to import now so I can start playing before I have money.

Oh the woes of being a broke college student.
blizzardseason: (simon | Awkward)

rec-o-matic

[personal profile] blizzardseason 2012-01-06 08:32 pm (UTC)(link)
I've never really been all that big on following communities, but I did like the couple of fashion editorial comms that I had at lj. I could probably get some of that same stuff from the tumblr oriented comms, but I just thought I'd ask.
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Re: rec-o-matic

[personal profile] pulchritude 2012-01-06 09:36 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, which ones on lj do you know? I followed [livejournal.com profile] foto_decadent for a long time, but it slowly died :(

Maybe someone will come by and leave comm names for us!

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staringiscaring: (spartacus)

Spartacus: Blood & Sand, Gods of the Arena, and Vengeance Communities!

[personal profile] staringiscaring 2012-01-06 08:35 pm (UTC)(link)

bloodandsandfic
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Do you write Spartacus fanfic? Het, slash, or gen- it doesn't matter as long as it has that blood and sand!

sbsfemslash,

The only Spartacus femslash community on either LJ or DW. If you love the ladies of Spartacus, join today. It accepts anything Spartacus femslash related.

spartacus2010

The biggest Spartacus community on LJ has set up shop at Dreamwidth! Get the latest updates about the show, post your fanfic, or find icons!
empress_donna: Usagi/Mamoru (Default)

Looking for visual novel communities

[personal profile] empress_donna 2012-01-06 08:54 pm (UTC)(link)
It can be:

- General discussion for all visual novels
- Discussion for visual novels made by the same group, or a single community about one specific game (such as [community profile] umineko)
- Discussion on making visual novels or translating them

And really, anything in-between that I might have missed out on.

I've already got [community profile] umineko and [community profile] hinamizawa but anything else umineko or higurashi based would be nice as well as anything by Key. My list of visual novels I've played is rather long, so instead of posting it, I'll welcome any and all suggestions ;D
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[personal profile] oyceter 2012-01-06 08:56 pm (UTC)(link)
[community profile] 50books_poc is now on Dreamwidth! We're a community dedicated to reading more books by people of color, complete with recs and reviews.

More about us
nina_in_technicolor: (Yeah that ain't happening)

A couple of questions for DW mods/admins/someone who knows better than me?

[personal profile] nina_in_technicolor 2012-01-06 09:18 pm (UTC)(link)
Recent LJ refugee here, still learning the site, so, questions (most of these I'm sure will be picked up by other DW members but the first one I'm not sure...)?


1) RE no credit card: I have a debit card that's linked to Visa credit (it's called a "check card", if that helps any with this). Because it lets me make credit purchases without borrowing money I don't have, I've never bothered getting a straight-up Visa/Mastercard/Discover/whatever. Will this card work for DW, or would I have to get an actual-facts grownup credit card to buy time?

2) Is there any kind of DW rule against having two journals (I ask because of the invite-code system)? I kind of want to start a blog about my job without my fic readers having to sort through my Circle-11mart shenanigans, and without my views on Circle-11mart shenanigans being discounted because I write fic, so would rather keep them separate. But, y'know. Invite codes.

3) This one should be totally obvious and as soon as someone points me to the "did you read this at all?" page I'm going to headdesk, I just know it: how many icons come with a paid account, and is there a way to increase the number you get, provided you already have a paid account (I know there's a No Extra Icons With Unpaid Account thing)?
dizmo: It's a Ravenclaw dreamsheep! (dreamsheep: ravenclaw)

[personal profile] dizmo 2012-01-06 09:21 pm (UTC)(link)
Not an admin, but...

1. That should work fine. I used my own. :)

2. ... For both of my paid accounts. :) No limit on accounts, no.

3. Did you read this at all? ;) 100 for a paid account, 250 for a premium paid, no a la carte icon packages at present, but they are working on a way to make it happen in the future. :)

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[personal profile] caterfree10 2012-01-06 09:36 pm (UTC)(link)
Well, two of my main fandom were already hit up, yay. x3

Anyone got any comms for Avatar: The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra or Pokemon? :3
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[personal profile] caterfree10 2012-01-06 09:38 pm (UTC)(link)
Also, if anyone knows of any fanmix comms, I'd love you forever. x3

And kinda fanmixy

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[personal profile] samecgh 2012-01-06 09:42 pm (UTC)(link)
Happy late birthday, regardless.

Could anyone point me to big bang comms? I like Doctor Who, and several procedural shows, but gen would also be nice. Also, is there a writers help comm? Betaing, grammar help, cheer squad?

PS, I like this place. Nice people and a lovely layout that doesn't destroy anything.
jjhunter: Drawing of human JJ in ink tinted with blue watercolor; woman wearing glasses with arched eyebrows (JJ inked)

[personal profile] jjhunter 2012-01-06 10:19 pm (UTC)(link)
[community profile] write_good sounds right up your alley. Re: BB comms, [community profile] ladiesbigbang is "a female-centric panfanwork big bang challenge".

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[personal profile] ebi 2012-01-06 09:52 pm (UTC)(link)
Looking for these types of communities to join~!

- Sailor Moon
- Visual Novels, preferably those made by Nitro+ and Age (especially Steins;gate + Muvluv) and/or Fate/stay night universe
- Yu-Gi-Oh, the only ones I can find are pretty dead
- Gurren Lagann
- Shin Megami Tensei, especially the Persona games
- An anime community that discusses currently ongoing anime series or a reccing one
- Legend of Zelda
shigeharu: (like that stupid wii horseracing game!)

[personal profile] shigeharu 2012-01-06 09:58 pm (UTC)(link)
[community profile] megaten exists! It has been pretty quiet, although maybe the influx of new users will help change that.

I'm pretty sure P3 and P4 specific comms have been mentioned somewhere in the comments to this post, but I didn't take much note of the usernames because I'm admittedly more a fan of the other sides of the franchise.

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[personal profile] alexseanchai 2012-01-06 11:12 pm (UTC)(link)
Attn: community rec-o-matic.

[community profile] 50books_poc is now active. What about [livejournal.com profile] queerlit50—does that have a DW equivalent? Is there a similar comm for books by women?
schwertlilie: Prussia loves pandas. (prussia: cling)

[personal profile] schwertlilie 2012-01-06 11:49 pm (UTC)(link)
Mark's also actively working on the ability to "claim" your posts and comments that were imported and attributed to your OpenID account, so that should be available soon as well.

Yay! \o/ Since comm importing went live, this was the next thing on my "oh my gosh want" list. And now that it's been ported, I have no excuse not to audience [community profile] cfud...


Anyway. Does anyone know of any comms where I can babble about works or fandoms on an analysis level (say, about classism in The Little Princess or why I don't like Robin Hobb's use of foreshadowing)? It'd be especially awesome if they're open to anime Hetalia and don't have an attitude like "This is an icky work and you're icky for liking it in spite of its fail" ...Hetalia.
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Lumpy Space Sheep)

[personal profile] soc_puppet 2012-01-07 02:56 am (UTC)(link)
Retired CFUD audience here; I'm really contemplating jumping back in what with everything, but I'm so far behind these days I don't know how I could Audience-troll effectively, sigh.

Try [community profile] notfic? It's got anime and manga listed as interests, so I'm more than willing to bet it's open for such things.

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algeh: (hmm)

I like lots of things! I'd like to find communities about them!

[personal profile] algeh 2012-01-07 12:04 am (UTC)(link)
I'd love to find some fannish communites focused on discussion of the works/universe rather than creations based on the works. (That is, discussion rather than fanfic/fanvids/icons/etc.) When I do interest searches on things I like I mostly find fic-oriented communities and so I haven't had much luck so far.

Things I like and would particularly like to find non-fic/fanworks communities related to:
- Star Trek
- Babylon 5
- Doctor Who (prefer classic Who to new Who)
- Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
- Military SF novels (I read a lot of David Weber, S.M. Stirling, and Elizabeth Moon among others, but would love to find new authors to read too.)
- Tabletop RPGs (discussion about rather than games to join - my favorite system is GURPS)

I'd also like to find local communities for the Pacific NW of the USA - I found a copy of damnportlanders, but it doesn't seem very active.

I'd also like communities about costuming, either cosplay or more ren faire/SCA oriented is fine.

I'd also like communities about dogs.

I'd also like communities about Linux.

If there were a community about driving/maintaining '80s Toyotas that would be awesome, but that's probably too specific for DW right now.

I suppose I should spend more time hammering the interest search for some of these, really.
kerravonsen: (Default)

Re: I like lots of things! I'd like to find communities about them!

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allchildren: kay eiffel's face meets the typewriter (Default)

[personal profile] allchildren 2012-01-07 12:12 am (UTC)(link)
I must rec my newly active-on-dreamwidth community [community profile] where_no_woman, for the women+ (gender policing not welcome) of Star Trek! Import from LJ/open posting will be happening probably later today, and right now there's a party post going on with drabbles and icons and things!
krait: a sea snake (krait) swimming (Default)

[personal profile] krait 2012-01-07 07:33 am (UTC)(link)
Ladies and Star Trek? Beam me onboard! *subscribes*
kerravonsen: Stone egg on moss: "Art is Life, Life is Art" (art)

For those who like creating icons

[personal profile] kerravonsen 2012-01-07 12:16 am (UTC)(link)
[community profile] icon_style has been inactive for a while, but if enough new people join, I would be happy to start it up again. It's a fandom-agnostic challenge comm, which is intended to encourage people to stretch their icon-making skills.
athousandsmiles: a shot of the mini village in Disney World (miniature village)

[personal profile] athousandsmiles 2012-01-07 12:24 am (UTC)(link)
I have a fairly quiet community for all things miniature: dollhouses, legos, action figures, etc. Would love more participation over there. Come on over if you're interested.

[community profile] tiny_things
jjhunter: Drawing of human JJ in ink tinted with blue watercolor; woman wearing glasses with arched eyebrows (JJ inked)

poetry communities

[personal profile] jjhunter 2012-01-07 12:44 am (UTC)(link)
There's an up-to-date poetry communities rec thread over at [personal profile] rydra_wong's iteration of the Giant Community Rec-O-Matic.

I also highly recommend [personal profile] dingsi's index for the aforementioned Rec-O-Matic: it's an easy way to browse the requests & recommendations by themes and clusters.
kaberett: Overlaid Mars & Venus symbols, with Swiss Army knife tools at other positions around the central circle. (Default)

[personal profile] kaberett 2012-01-07 12:47 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you so much for all that you do :-)
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[personal profile] notbantamweight 2012-01-07 01:16 am (UTC)(link)
Late to the party, but is there a community for sharing usernames? I have several that I am happy to give away, but apart from advertising on my plurklist, I don't know what to do. Any help?


ALSO: Thank you very much for being so very awesome and helpful, DW staff. I currently only have a paid for this account, but I will be buying several more for my RP accounts when I get the money in.

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john: A top tenor B, from Schubert's Nachthelle, with "Tenors do it on top" caption. (Tenors do it on top)

[personal profile] john 2012-01-07 01:23 am (UTC)(link)
I'll recommend the lovely-but-far-too-quiet [community profile] choralmusic for -- you guessed it! -- choral music.
azkabanhuntress: (marion c. >> stumbling around the dark)

[personal profile] azkabanhuntress 2012-01-07 01:45 am (UTC)(link)
Fantastic work everyone! God, I am seriously impressed o_o

Internet cookies for all! I will be buying some paid accounts once funds settle again <3
dragonfly: stained glass dragonfly in iridescent colors (Default)

[personal profile] dragonfly 2012-01-07 01:51 am (UTC)(link)
Some community recs:

[community profile] last_writes is for fans of small and/or off-the-air vampire fandoms. Major favorites there are Forever Knight, Blood Ties, Moonlight, and Blade:Trinity, though other shows/books/movies are represented as well.

[community profile] 77_square for liberal residents of Madison, WI.

[community profile] wisconsin, pretty self-explanatory.

[community profile] esperantofanfic Come post fanfic in Esperanto.
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)

[personal profile] soc_puppet 2012-01-07 03:02 am (UTC)(link)
Hmm; [community profile] esperantofanfic could really give me that kick in the pants I need to start learning the language in earnest...

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