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Denise ([staff profile] denise) wrote in [site community profile] dw_news2012-03-17 01:42 am

Dreamwidth Update: 17 Mar 2012

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"




Development update



The period since last we've spoken has seen two code tours. (For our new neighbors: the "code tour" is the regular listing of all the changes, improvements, and bugfixes we've added to the codebase during the period in question.)

First off, there's 1 Feb 2012 through 22 Feb 2012, all of which are now live on the site and many of which you may have noticed already. In addition to some changes that I'll get to in a few sections, this includes:

* Opening up the Support History page to everyone, so if you're looking for a support request you filed ages ago, you can locate it again. (This page isn't linked on the main support pages yet -- we're still trying to figure out where to put it.)

* The ability to only track a single user's posts to a community (instead of tracking the community as a whole). This option now shows whenever you hit the "track this" icon or link for a community (as a whole) or an entry in a community. (And, while we were at it, we rearranged the options for tracking an entry to make them a little less overwhelming.) (Edited 3/21, I'd forgotten the exact implementation there!)

[I should point out, by the way, that the bug for adding that feature was bug #8 -- logged well before we actually opened our doors -- and was also the last single-digit bug we had remaining. Hooray for resolving older bugs!]

* Displaying the number of screened comments on entries with screened comments (to those who have the ability to see the screened comments on those entries, I mean) -- previously, if you had 2000 comments on an entry but only 20 were visible, the comment count on the entry would say "20 comments". Now, it will instead say "20 visible | 1980 screened comments". For now this is only available on site-skinned comment pages (including the light mode entry view), but now that the hard part's done, we can do the tedious part of enabling it in individual styles' custom comment pages.

Then, we have the code tour for 22 Feb - 13 March. Most of these improvements aren't available on the live site yet, with the exception of the FAQ changes that were made -- they're still in testing. But, you can take a look to see the interesting stuff that's coming up.


Text Captcha



One major change we've made recently is to the "human test" shown across the site when we want to make sure that it's an actual person on the other end of the keyboard, rather than a spambot. Previously, we used a service known as "reCAPTCHA" -- this is the familiar "type the words you see on your screen" image-based human test most people are familiar with from many, many other sites.

Those human tests are very bad for accessibility, though -- they're impossible for people with low vision or screenreader users to solve (the service does have an audio version of the test, but those are widely considered to be much more difficult than the visual version). The reCAPTCHA service has been making their human tests more and more difficult lately, because spambots have gotten better and better at solving them. And, finally, we'd been getting multiple (and annoying) reports of people being unable to load the human test at all, because their computers couldn't contact the service.

So, for sitewide use, we've replaced reCAPTCHA with a new service known as "Text Captcha", which asks you to solve a very basic question -- something like, "Tomorrow is Sunday. If this is true, what day is today?" They're written to be very simple for humans to solve, and harder for computers to solve. The advantage is that they can be solved much more easily by screenreader users, and it eliminates a very bad accessibility barrier. (Accessibility is one of our prime commitments -- we want Dreamwidth to be usable by anybody.)

The disadvantage of text captchas is that they're harder for non-English speakers to solve, so it is a slight tradeoff. Given how simple the questions are, though, translation software should be able to handle them fairly well, and Dreamwidth itself isn't translated into other languages (for many, many reasons), so it's a tradeoff we were comfortable making.

We know that many of you use the human test for commenting in your journal (for anonymous comments only or for all comments) to minimize spam risk, though, and your audience may be different than the audience for Dreamwidth as a whole -- if you have multiple non-English-speaking commenters and no readers who are screenreader users or who have low vision, you may want to go back to using the image-based human test. If that's the case, go to the Privacy tab of Account Settings and look for the "Anti-Spam Type" setting. You can choose between text-based and image-based human tests for your journal. (It won't change which version you see elsewhere on the site, but it will hold for your journal.)


Icon Changes



As many people noticed, our last code push changed a few things about how icons are displayed, and there are a few more changes coming.

Multiple Pages of Icons

The page that shows all of an account's icons -- username.dreamwidth.org/icons -- is now paginated. Each page will show 50 icons to a page, and there's a navigation box to move forward and backward in the list. (There's also a "view all" link, if you'd still like to see all the icons at once; right now you can't easily get to the "all icons" page when sorted by keyword order rather than upload order, but that will be fixed with the next code push.)

This was done for several reasons. First, we're in the process of letting people choose to show the icon page in journal styles (rather than only being available in site skin) if they'd like, which is part of a major and ongoing effort to make everything that has to do with your journal display in your journal style. (The other major effort there involves the profile page.)

Second, one of the pieces of feedback we hear most often is that it's very, very painful to view and manage icons once you get up over a certain number. Because we're working on a way to let people buy more icon slots if they want (more about that in a second), fixing up icon management and display for large numbers of icons was a pre-requisite. Many people with slow connections, older computers, or mobile browsers were already having trouble loading icon pages past a certain number of icons, and it will only get worse as we allow people to have more icon slots! (Watch for further optimization efforts in the next few months as we gear up to releasing icon add-ons.)

Changes in hover text

With the last code push, we changed how hover text on icons is formed, so that instead of being "username, icon keyword" it is now username, keyword, and description. (Well, that's a slight inaccuracy: currently it's username, keyword, comment, and description. Seeing it in action, and based on feedback we've received, it's clear that the comment field shouldn't be there; it will be removed with the next code push, along with fixing a bug that's causing all keywords for each icon to display instead of only the keyword used to select the icon.)

We've been going around and around in circles on this since, I kid you not, 2010. The reason for making the change: the Description field on the icon management page is intended for people to write descriptions of the icon, which will be read to people who use screenreaders and shown to people who are using text-only browsers. So many people use icons as an additional channel of metadata about their comments, or as a hint about how their comment should be interpreted, and that information was totally lost to people who weren't browsing or weren't able to browse the site visually. The Description field was one of the first accessibility improvements we made to the site (and a lot of people who don't browse the site visually have told us they really, really appreciate it!)

The problem was, most browser make it nearly impossible for someone to get at the "alt text" (the text displayed in lieu of an image) without viewing the source of the page. Many people weren't even aware of the reason for that field being there. By putting the description into the hover text (which is shown in graphical browsers) as well as the alt text (which isn't), we hope to make it more clear to everyone what the description field is used for, thus encouraging more people to fill out descriptions for their icons.

Similar changes were made to (HTML) comment notification emails -- adding in the description and the keywords used for each icon -- to sync with the way icons are displayed on the site.

All of thse changes are to follow one of the core "best practices" of accessibility: there should be no information that is only available to users who are accessing your site in one particular way. (For instance: there should be no information only available to sighted users, or only to people who can use the mouse to hover, or only to people who are able to use the keyboard, etc.) We know we're not perfect on this yet -- there's still a few things that you need to be able to mouse in order to use, although we've nearly gotten to a point where we're happy with screenreader users' experience -- but accessibility for people with disabilities is one of our key values as a site, and we'll keep chipping away at the problem.

Icon add-ons brainstorming

As I mentioned up there, we are in the process of designing the icon add-on system for paid account holders to buy more icon slots if they feel they don't have enough!

Our current thoughts on how it will work, and our questions for you about how you would want it to work, are in the Brainstorming: icon add-ons post in [site community profile] dw_biz. If this is something you're interested in, head on over there and give it a read-through, then weigh in.

(I'm actually trying my hand at coding this one myself. Meep.)



A message from the antispam team



The increase in traffic and usage we've been seeing in the past few months -- we've nearly tripled our regular traffic over the past four months -- has brought with it a corresponding increase in spam, since spammers gravitate more towards more-active forums. It's thanks to the tireless efforts of our antispam team (who enjoy smacking spammers with a visceral glee) that we've been able to hold off the incursions so far -- spammers choose targets based not only on the service's activity and search engine visibility, but also on how well the service is protected and how quickly spam is removed.

If you receive spam comments, delete them and mark them as spam, whether they came from a logged-in user or an anonymous user. This is the best and fastest way to report spam and the way that will result in the quickest handling of spammers. It's tempting to report spammers spamming from a Dreamwidth account to the Terms of Service team, and if you do that they will still get handled, but the antispam system is still faster!

Please don't mark things as spam if they're not actually spam -- which is defined as commercial promotion, unwanted bulk solicitation, or automated gibberish (used to test a site's search engine visibility). Marking other things as spam only wastes the time and energy of the antispam team and prevents them from handling actual spam as quickly as they otherwise could.

Things that are not spam are generally aimed at a specific account or community and unique to that account or community: a single individual leaving comments that are critical of you or your community; a group of multiple individuals trying to disrupt your discussion with low-volume but annoying comments; a single individual leaving comments that are unpleasant, obnoxious, outrageous, or otherwise antisocial; low-volume trolling; comments designed to "page break", contain large/disgusting images, or otherwise disrupt the discussion; other general acts of asspimplehood. All of those things are definitely obnoxious and unwanted, but they aren't spam. They can be dealt with by turning on the "human test" (which may discourage the casual asspimple commenter), enabling comment IP logging, and in the worst cases by disabling anonymous comments and banning logged-in commenters whose comments you don't want.

If you're in doubt as to whether something is a wider automated spam campaign or if there's a human behind it trying to disrupt your individual account or community, it's okay to report it anyway -- there'll always be some false alarms and sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between one person doing ill-advised self-promotion manually and an automated spam campaign. Still, you can help us fight automated spam by making sure that you only report things that are spam.


Custom dictionary expansion



Way back in the dawn of Dreamwidth, we made a few changes that would let us define custom words in the dictionary used for on-site spellchecking. (This is the system that you can access when you preview and spellcheck your comment, not the computer-specific system that highlights potentially misspelled words as you type them with squiggles/underlines/highlights/other as-you-type indicators.) At the time we added a bunch of words we thought should be in the dictionary and then said we'd come back to the question after a few years once our users had had a chance to build up more site-specific vocabulary.

We're marching steadily towards DW's third anniversary (oh my goodness where has the time gone?), so it's time to re-visit the question! If you've noticed anything missing from the spellcheck dictionary, take a second to pop over to the Custom Dictionary brainstorming entry on our development wiki and add your contributions. (Editing is limited to logged-in users, but you can log in with your Dreamwidth URL using OpenID -- just enter your journal's address, such as http://denise.dreamwidth.org.)

We may not add every suggestion to the dictionary -- there are performance implications to a large custom dictionary -- but the wider the initial list, the better.


Default styles poll



Another thing we do here now and then is poll all y'all about what the default style and theme for newly-created accounts should be. (This doesn't prevent people from changing their styles, and it doesn't change the style for people who have already created their accounts; it only specifies what style should be used for newly-created accounts.)

It's been a while since we've done that -- the last poll was October of 2010, in which the default theme was selected as Neutral Good for the Practicality style. We've added a shitpot (that's a technical term) of new themes and styles since then, thanks to the hard work of the [site community profile] dreamscapes crew, so it's more than time to pick a new default.

Below please find a poll for which style you think should be the default style. Once we've chosen that, the next news post will include a poll with all the themes for the winning style. Once that poll's had a chance to run for a bit, that theme will be set to the new default theme.

(In this poll, I have removed Practicality, Skittlish Dreams, Transmogrified, and Negatives, all of which have previously been the default styles, so that the new default style will be one that hasn't been featured before! I've also removed EasyRead and Tabula Rasa, which are specialist styles designed for accessibility needs and for CSS skinning, respectively, and Zesty, which is a legacy style from our early closed-beta days.)

You can view all the base styles all at once. Each style in the poll is linked to all the themes available for each style. We hope you enjoy the chance to look through all the awesome styles and themes we've been adding!

Poll #9894 The 2012 Default Style Poll
This poll is anonymous.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 467

Which base style should be the default style for newly-created accounts?

View Answers

Abstractia
69 (14.8%)

Bases
11 (2.4%)

Basic Boxes
13 (2.8%)

Blanket
12 (2.6%)

Boxes and Borders
11 (2.4%)

Brittle
15 (3.2%)

ColorSide
10 (2.1%)

Compartamentalize
18 (3.9%)

Crisped
24 (5.1%)

Crossroads
20 (4.3%)

Drifting
7 (1.5%)

Dusty Foot
31 (6.6%)

Five AM
91 (19.5%)

Fluid Measure
15 (3.2%)

Funky Circles
18 (3.9%)

Marginless
6 (1.3%)

Modish
4 (0.9%)

Modular
26 (5.6%)

Nouveau Oleanders
9 (1.9%)

Paletteable
9 (1.9%)

Refried Tablet
10 (2.1%)

Stepping Stones
3 (0.6%)

Sunday Morning
11 (2.4%)

Tranquility III
24 (5.1%)




Arts & Culture - "Delights"



As many of you may remember, previously I've tried to include a section in news updates highlighting some of the awesomely creative things that DW users make, do, create, and share. I haven't been able to do this for a while, because it's an incredibly resource-intensive thing that I just haven't been able to keep up, but I've really missed having it -- DW users are doing some amazing things out there and I love seeing them!

But! Fear not, because [personal profile] pinesandmaples has volunteered to assemble a "Dreamwidth Arts and Culture" section in news posts. (And if you have something awesome that you've made/done/created/shared, drop her a PM!) I'll turn it over:

"Delights"
My theme this week is inspired by my recent reading assignments in early Quaker theology. Some of Dorothy White's words in an early tract pushed me to "look to the small delights, enjoy the world we have."

  • [personal profile] michiru tells a delightful little story of beans in her comic [community profile] chibibeans. Recommended is Prince of Tennis bean!

  • [personal profile] sneezer222 posted the only picture of snow that has ever caused my little Southern heart to squeal with glee, captured with only the flash and unaltered! The gentle glow of the falling flakes makes this view a sweet taste of wonderland.

  • [personal profile] noelleno offers art that shows a dramatic range of facial expression via very simple lines. Follow the progression down the post; don't just take my word for it!

  • The team at [personal profile] namsan_daily posted a photograph and description of hiking around Seoul, South Korea. Their post is a mini-vacation, a little jump away.

  • [personal profile] lorres shared one of her recent knitting projects and the process it took to get there her knitting blog. The cohesive neutrals were no accident, and they slide together so well. Beautiful.

  • [personal profile] argentumlupine blinded me with some mad science! A rad crash course on electric circuits basics (complete with diagrams!) makes all of these visual delights possible. I love electricity.

  • *

    And 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.

    We'll see you in a few weeks for our next update. (And oh goodness I just previewed this entry and noticed that the styles poll actually looked like a poll in the preview. I always forget how many absolutely awesome little fixes we've done until I see them in action.)
    kore: Sam Wilson and Jane foster kiss as Cap and Thor (Default)

    [personal profile] kore 2012-03-17 06:39 am (UTC)(link)
    I really love the accessibility concerns -- thank you! It's great.
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    [personal profile] ceit 2012-03-17 09:20 am (UTC)(link)
    I don't need the accessiblity functions (yet!), but that focus is one of the biggest reasons I felt positive enough about Dreamwidth to move over here from LJ.

    The accessiblity point reminded me of bug #2415 (NNTP feeds) and the discussion about alternate access methods & screen readers that came up at that point. It looks like there hasn't been any activity for a bit over a year, so I was wondering if it's on permahold due to lack of manpower, permanently off the table, or some other state. If it's the former, I've been doing Perl on both the network & web sides for about 15 years and would be happy to join up as a DW dev and pitch in. Should I start over in dw_dev?
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    [personal profile] elialshadowpine 2012-03-17 06:45 pm (UTC)(link)
    I also really appreciate all the work you've been doing, particularly in that you've also been focusing on how to make things more accessible for people who get migraines. That is actually what led me to not renew my paid account elsewhere; they completely ignored the complaints of about 1000 people who got migraines from a site change.
    ninamalfoy: a few blue flowers in a glass vase in front of a window, spring-like coloring (blumen:strauß)

    [personal profile] ninamalfoy 2012-03-17 10:24 pm (UTC)(link)
    Major kudos to you! *tips hat* I'm disabled myself (though, being deaf isn't that much of a hindrance for using DW, I'd say...), so I do appreciate this a lot. Also, thank you to bringing the alt-text/screenreader issue to my attention! *zips off to check on her comment descriptions*
    inoru_no_hoshi: The most ridiculous chandelier ever: shaped like a penis. Text: Sparklepeen. (Default)

    [personal profile] inoru_no_hoshi 2012-03-17 11:45 pm (UTC)(link)
    *g* It really isn't, unless you happen to hang in circles where videos are a Thing and subtitles/transcripting isn't very (the woe I have, I tell you...).

    I try to nudge my circle/etc., about it every now and then because apparently it's hard to remember to try and be accessible to the can't-hear(-well) people. xD

    (Also, hi fellow deaf person!)
    ninamalfoy: cutout of a picture of Harry & Draco, foreheads touching and looking at you, blue tint, lower right corner: 'OTP <<33' (hp:my first otp)

    [personal profile] ninamalfoy 2012-03-18 01:32 am (UTC)(link)
    Oh - yeah, in these circumstances, that can be quite an issue... *recalls begging to various lovely LJ folks to transcribe an interview with her OTP* I just wish the beta audio caption thing on YT would be more reliable...

    And yeah, it's often an 'oh, oops, didn't remember/know' thing. *wry grin* These days, I'm mostly laid-back about the whole thing, also because I'm not as active in fandom anymore. But I totally hear you.

    (*waves* Yay, another deaf fandom person! And I see you like Harry Potter, Firefly and knitting? Be still my slasher heart! I hope you won't object to me friending, err, adding you to my reading list? *smiles*)
    inoru_no_hoshi: The most ridiculous chandelier ever: shaped like a penis. Text: Sparklepeen. (Default)

    [personal profile] inoru_no_hoshi 2012-03-18 01:41 am (UTC)(link)
    Heeee, I honestly didn't care much about video accessibility not being a Thing before I went and fell into RPF fandoms! Watching interviews is sad though because most have either shitty sound (I'm looking at you, Yahoo...) or the interviewee mumbles and/or talks fast and I just want to SHAKE THEM. *G*

    I am pretty laid back IMO but I get so fed up with how invisible deafness can be. People seriously don't seem to realise how much of the world they process via their hearing, and how unfriendly things can be if you can't hear (or hear but don't understand) said input.

    I am obviously preaching to the choir here, heeee. :D

    (Hee, not at all! I haven't written in HP in years, but I'll always have a soft spot for it. :D)
    ninamalfoy: Jessica looking off to the side, grinning broadly (suits:jessica!grin)

    [personal profile] ninamalfoy 2012-03-18 02:15 am (UTC)(link)
    Oh, yes, RPF. Lovely that there's (often) so much content out there, easily findable via tumblr/Google/etc., but for folks like us, video interviews and the likes are the bane. -.- I'm in football (the European kind *g*) RPS myself, or rather, was (still follow the beautiful game, though), and therefore... yeah. At least my OTP at the time was so kind to post updates on their respective homepages and tease each other that way, which, OMGSOSLASHY (they even switched laptops once at training camp - they always shared rooms *coughs* - and posted on the other one's page!). But when they did some videos together... yeah, that's when I had to resort to begging. *g* (Sadly, they are no more, at least not publicly, but still are good friends in private.) /*stops being ranty/flaily* Heh. But yeah, RPF fandoms...

    I get so fed up with how invisible deafness can be. People seriously don't seem to realise how much of the world they process via their hearing, and how unfriendly things can be if you can't hear (or hear but don't understand) said input.

    You took the words right out of my mouth! (Or rather, hands...) This, so much. *nods frantically* And people's first line of thought is often that you must be a. a foreigner (weird pronunciation, bane of my communication experiences/fails) or b. retarded ("Huh?/What?", not getting things, etc.), not that it's just that we can't hear! Gah.

    Preach away! Venting is always good for the soul, and doubly so when it's with people who know exactly what you're experiencing, y/y? :-)

    (Ah, I don't mind! You are very prolific, and omg, so many fandoms! I'm mostly a terrible, terrible lurker, used to write some but my muses are currently on a cruise and don't seem to want to return any time soon... *g*)
    inoru_no_hoshi: The most ridiculous chandelier ever: shaped like a penis. Text: Sparklepeen. (Default)

    [personal profile] inoru_no_hoshi 2012-03-18 02:30 am (UTC)(link)
    Lol, nice of them to basically just ship themselves! *g*

    And people's first line of thought is often that you must be a. a foreigner (weird pronunciation, bane of my communication experiences/fails) or b. retarded ("Huh?/What?", not getting things, etc.), not that it's just that we can't hear! Gah.

    YES. I think I mostly get the retarded, since I tend to speak rather clearly - but also I'm an accent/syntax SPONGE but apparently I default to sounding British, which is endlessly hilarious because I've never been outside west coast US! I've considered getting an "I'm Deaf, Not An Idiot" button to wear when I go out. xD

    Heeee, true! :D

    (... You know, I hadn't even really considered myself "prolific" until I started uploading stuff to AO3 a few days ago and realized I've already got 30 works up there, and that's not even half of all my stuff! I always feel like I'm one of those dabblers, you know? xD)
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    [personal profile] ninamalfoy 2012-03-18 07:36 am (UTC)(link)
    These were the good times, yesss. ^-^ Football is a cruel fandom, though. Your pairings can get ripped apart anytime because of club transfers/coaches dropping players from national squads/etc., but then, you also get surprise!pairings whenever this happens, too. Music RPF must be less annoying - you still get your hiatuses, band break-ups, etc., but I feel like there's more forewarning. -.- (I confess: I stumbled into LJ fandom due to a N*Sync story. *g*)

    I often get people switching to English (I'm German, btw) when I ask them to repeat something. *facepalms* I now mostly communicate via scribbling notes, so much easier and this way they actually realize that I'm NOT stupid (yay for flawless written!language skills!). Aw, you sound British? Now that's hilarious! *g* I once got told by a speech therapist that I sound like I'm from South Bavaria. (Yeah, SURE.) But funnily enough, people understand me better in English-speaking countries. I guess that's because Americans/Brits are used to such a broad range of accents/dialects/etc. that my garbled pronunciation is still understandable. *g*

    I've considered getting an "I'm Deaf, Not An Idiot" button to wear when I go out. xD

    YES. XD I've got this top, it's a word play seeing as 'Taube' can mean both 'dove' and 'deaf woman', so I'm saying 'Am a dove/deaf woman'. It also makes people stare at my boobs, which I don't mind much, actually. *g*

    (I looked you up, wheee! Am totally unfamiliar with MCR and the anime fandoms, but Glambert is the best. \o/ I'm also on AO3 (same name), but haven't posted anything in two years, and my fandoms will look extra obscure to you! *laughs*)
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    [personal profile] inoru_no_hoshi 2012-03-18 08:22 am (UTC)(link)
    Lol, maybe a little forewarning - although, I don't think MCR is ever going to break up; they'll go til they die in studio or something. xD And backing band shifts are interesting enough (Adam Lambert currently only has two of the people from GNT backing him, only one of which was there for the whole tour. Funtimes!), I can't imagine a whole band splitting up! (Confession: I swore up and down I didn't and wouldn't ever do RPF for years. And then Adam Lambert came along and, well, so much for that. *G*)

    ... Seriously *facepalm* there. Do you ever understand them better in English? That would be kinda ironic. xD Hm, at some point I'll end up solely communicating via written notes - and have done that in the past! - but I like to try for as long as what remains of my hearing, well, remains. *g* (Progressive sensorineural; I still have some, but it's bad enough I'm legally disabled even with my hearing aid, so, you know, have started just saying "I'm deaf", especially since that'll be 100% true at some point in the future. xD)

    English having tons of dialects/accents/etc. might be a contributing factor, yes; although that bothers me a lot because I've been speaking and listening to it all my life and omg accents are my baaaaaane. ...Also people who speak really quietly/fast/have beards or mustaches... *cough* I'm opinionated, clearly. xDD

    Heeeeee, that's an AWESOME shirt! The pun - and intended message - would fly over most peoples' heads over here, though. xD ...I do have a blank tee and fabric markers, though... HMMMMM.

    (I bet it was easily to look me up, since same name and all! And yeah, I only have a slice of my fandoms up. I'm working on it all piecemeal. I may go look you up, though - it'd be funny if I actually knew/recongnised any of yours. ... And lol HP and Remember the Titans are the only ones I recognise. xD)
    ninamalfoy: Donna turning her head and looking straight at you, lips pursed with wide eyes, sassy posture (suits:awesome!donna)

    [personal profile] ninamalfoy 2012-03-18 10:00 am (UTC)(link)
    (Adam Lambert currently only has two of the people from GNT backing him, only one of which was there for the whole tour. Funtimes!)

    Oh, I didn't know that background musicians get shuffled around a lot. Yup, must be fun... *g* Is Tommy Ratliff (yes, I remember that hullaboo around the snog!) still with him? And I can totally see why he would make you reconsider your stance on RPF. Totally. I used to read some Adam/Kris stuff when they were still all BFFs in public (and crushing on each other, hee). Good times...

    *snorts* Nah, I do notice that it's English, but... I just want them to speak slower and more clearly, not switch to another language, gah. It's happened only rarely, luckily. I so could not carry on an entire chat in English, lipreading is a bitch compared to German where the words are spoken exactly as they're written (well, 95% or so), so the switch to English is more difficult. I did muddle through in my various holidays in English-speaking countries, though. :-) - Ah, gotcha! In your case, might a CI be helpful? I've got some hard-of-hearing friends whose hearing deteriorated over the years and all of them have a CI.

    Ooooh, yes. I also so totally can't lipread any German dialects. Only straight-up High German for me, otherwise I'm all 'bzuh?'. I can understand them in written-out form, though. And your woes, man. *nods* Chronic mumblers should be lined up and shot. I still get the shivers when I think back to a prof of mine who had this thing where whitish saliva threads would collect in the corners of his mouth while he spoke, EW. (Didn't lipread him because I had interpreters, but I couldn't help looking - horrified fascination...)

    Heh, yeah, not applicable in not-German-speaking countries! *g* I've custom-ordered a hoodie from Spreadshirt, which has a big '/' on the back and below 'We are everywhere.' NO ONE (in RL, that is) gets it, ahahaha. *loves being mysterious*

    (Way too easy, woman! *g* Looking forward to more of your stuff. And ugh, my HP story... so long ago. Eons. *facepalms* And the Remember the Titans story, the plotbunny is by now pretty much mummified. I wish more people would write Gerry/Big Ju, though...)
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    [personal profile] inoru_no_hoshi 2012-03-18 11:31 am (UTC)(link)
    Your question about Tommy is hilarious because he's the only one that's been with him since promo for For Your Entertainment! Cam (keys during GNT) has her own stuff going on, LP (drummer) switched out with Isaac literally a few shows before European leg of GNT, Monte (guitarist)...is back to doing stuff for Madonna, and sorta persona non grata amongst Adam fans. So now Tommy's doing lead guitar (and being awesomely awesome at it!), Isaac's still cheerfully on drums, new bassist is Ashley Dzerigian, and is apparently pretty awesome at it, and new keys is Kevin... somebody. Kevin apparently also does guitar, but not as awesomely as Tommy. (I haven't been keeping up with promo because A) lots of it, and B) hearing people on my feed have been complaining of bad sound in a lot of vids, so...) /probably more than you wanted or needed to know, lol.

    Also, one kiss? Sweetheart, almost every show on GNT had a kiss. Some had very EPIC kisses - Amsterdam's concert comes to mind. ;D Good times indeed - which won't be repeated unless we get Adam's boyfriend up on stage with him next tour, because they are riiiiiidiculously in loe and adorkable and heeeee. :D

    I just want them to speak slower and more clearly

    YEEESSSSSSSSSSSSS. Omg this. PEOPLE Y U NO REALISE THIS. /woe Also, I wince on behalf of English, because, guilty as charged. xD A CI would almost certainly not help, as the problem is not my cochleae; it's down literally in the governs-the-hearing-and-such nerves, which... Yeah. I'm kinda SOL - just my luck to have one of the rarest types of hearing loss, lolol. (And even there I must be special: I'm pretty much 100% deaf in my right ear, and, IDK, 80-90%? deaf in my left... but I've been losing hearing in left ear from lower ranges up, instead of upper ranges down, like ~normal~ people do.)

    Heeeeeeeeee. I always wonder if people find it disconcerting that I just waaaaatch them, steadily, when they talk. :D

    (I feel like most of my HP stuff is OOC in some way, so I'm sitting on the fence about uploading it to AO3. I don't want people to think that's the CURRENT quality of my stuff... /o\ OTOH, I don't want to irrevocably lose it anywhere, so. /o\)
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    [personal profile] ninamalfoy 2012-03-18 11:54 am (UTC)(link)
    Heeeeeeeeeeeee! XD Aw, brave Tommy, soldiering on with Adam. *pets them* And oh, why is Monte (heavyset guy, right? OMG why do I remember this?!? -.-) the guy to hate? *is curious* But yay, good to know that Adam (and band) is going strong. ♥

    Every show a kiss? *LOL* Damn, now that's very slash-friendly, eh? Re Sauli: aw, yis! Does he do anything music-related, too?

    They should make it part of schooling (diversity/culture subject thing, whatever) that people (abled and disabled!) learn how to approach/handle people with different disabilities. No more handing out BRAILLE menus to deaf people etc., YIS.

    Re your hearing loss - wow, you really are a speshul snowflake, eh? *winkwinkwinks* /meant in a totally JOKING manner, in case you're all 'WTF' *g* - That aside, so there's only... waiting until you've reached 100% in both ears? Gah. A friend of mine decided against a CI, but she loves music (soul, hip hop, jazz, whatever) and writes song lyrics and all that, and she knows that her hearing will get worse and worse... agh. *flails* I can't even say 'I get you', because I was deaf from birth, although I did have hearing aids (big, clunky things) that didn't help much - only heard REALLY loud sounds - so I ditched 'em. Since then, silence! But then, it's not really a silent world because, vibrations! :-)

    I once read that hearing people tend to perceive the stare of deaf/hoh people either as threatening or as an attempt to flirt. WTFNO. *lols*

    (I totally hear you - I uploaded my stuff because of the 'OMG what if LJ goes belly-up and everything is lost!?!' thinking, so. Maybe a disclaimer 'LOL people I write SO MUCH better now but feel free to LAUGH at my less-than-mediocre attempts way back then?' *g*)