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Denise ([staff profile] denise) wrote in [site community profile] dw_news2012-12-08 11:30 pm

Dreamwidth News: 8 December

Hello, Dreamwidth! It is I, here to bring you the usual veritable rainbow of interesting news, exciting developments, and stupid-ass jokes that prove I should not be trusted with posting access to the journal that sends out newsletter notifications to tens of thousands of people. (With great power comes great ... oh, you know the saying.)

Behind the cut:

* December Shop Promotion
* Holiday Giving
* Development
* Styles Stuff
* Content Importing
* Misc. Other Maintenance Notes



December Shop Promotion



We are once again running our annual December promotional giveaway. For the entire month of December, all orders (made by a logged-in account) for paid time or Dreamwidth Points will receive a 10% points bonus, saveable and spendable for Dreamwidth services in the future.

To take advantage of the promotion, visit the Dreamwidth Shop and buy paid time or Dreamwidth Points, for yourself or for a friend. (If you buy paid time or points for a friend, the points will be delivered to you, not them: the points to the account that placed the order.) For instance, if you buy a 12-month paid account (350 points), we'll give you 35 points to spend later, once you complete your order.

This is our way of saying "thank you" to the people who make it possible for us to keep Dreamwidth running. We rely entirely on user payments for 100% of our operating budget: we don't display advertising, we haven't taken venture capital, and we don't have any outside investors. This allows us to make decisions entirely based on what's best for you, the people who are actually using the site, instead of decisions made to keep the advertisers and the investors and the venture capitalists happy.

2012 has been a banner year for us so far in terms of income, and having that money in the bank has allowed us to invest back in the site considerably: from the computer-resources (new servers, better tools) to the people-resources (everything from buying books and reference materials for our volunteer developers to sending a bunch of our senior contributors to OSCON, O'Reilly's annual open source conference).

Our current income is definitely enough for us to run the site itself on with a pretty comfortable margin, but when we started Dreamwidth, we had a dream (no pun intended!) of building it into a sustainable company with a small team of dedicated employees. This year has shown us it's not as much of a pie-in-the-sky dream as we worried it might be -- not that we were ever worried about keeping the servers on, but there have definitely been a bunch of fiscal ups and downs in our three and a half years so far (oh my God, where does the time go?) That dream of being able to someday pay a small team of people a living wage to make awesome things is starting to look less and less like an impossibility, and it's all thanks to you.

So, if you've ever thought about buying paid time (for yourself, a friend, or through our random gifts link), please consider it. The more paid time you buy, the closer we get to being able to make that dream a reality.


Holiday Giving



It might seem odd to announce this hard on the heels of an appeal to help us fund further expansion, but even as far back as when [staff profile] mark and I were still wondering if we'd taken leave of our senses to even consider doing this, we knew we wanted to build "giving back" into our operations from the ground up. Part of that is making sure we put our money where our mouths are: supporting open source projects that build the tools we use, sponsoring organizations and events that work to improve the open source and technology ecosystem, and donating to charities that are doing good work in the tech sphere and beyond.

Last year, we donated 10% of our proceeds for the month of December to the Ada Initiative, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the experiences of women in open technology and culture. (Disclaimer: I volunteer my time on the board of directors of the Ada Initiative, because it's something I feel passionately about!) This year, we're bringing back the December charitable giving, with a twist:

* 5% of our gross income for the month of December will once again be donated to the Ada Initiative.

* 5% of our gross income for the month of December will be donated to several other nonprofits doing awesome work.

Here's the trick, though: you guys will get to direct the money. In January, we'll post a poll with our choices of a few different charities. You'll vote for one of the charities. After the poll closes, we'll use the percentages of votes as a guide for what percentage of the "donation pot" goes to each charity.

For instance, let's say that 5% of our December income is $1000, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is one of the charities, and it receives 40% of the vote. We'd donate $400 of the $1000 to them. And so on, and so forth.

We'll announce the list of charities -- and the amount of money to be distributed -- in January!


Development



Last week's code push brought a collection of new and awesome things. For details about what went live last week, see the code tour and supplemental code tour in [site community profile] dw_dev.

In addition to new styles, new themes, and a slew of bugfixes for the current beta tests that are running, the big improvements this time around include:

* You can now set your reading filters to be public, which will allow other people to filter your reading page to those filters. So, if you have a filter for "members of my writing group" called "writing", you'll be able to set it to public, and other people will be able to view only entries from people in that filter. Existing reading filters have all defaulted to private, so if you want to make them public, you'll need to go edit them to make them public.

* When customizing your journal, you can now specify an embedded webfont if you'd like to use a font stylesheet such as Google Webfonts.

* If you have paid time on an account that you're not using anymore, you can refund it to points. Because of how the payment system works, this can only be done in 30-day blocks, and if you have fewer than 30 days of paid time left, you won't be able to convert any of it: for instance, if you have 40 days of paid time left on an account, you can convert 30 days of it back to points, leaving 10 days of paid time left on the account.

And, of course, the usual slew of bugfixes, backend improvements, and other tiny shiny things like better wording, display fixes, workflow improvements, and many more.


Styles Stuff



A collection of styles-related news and announcements:

* In addition to the dozens of new themes for existing styles, the code push also included two new base styles: Fantasie and Summertime, both by [personal profile] ninetydegrees. Check them out and see if one of them is the style or theme you've been waiting for.

* Thanks to the hard work of our contributors, we now have over 1200 themes available for you to choose from! That's a lot of (awesome) themes to choose from. It's getting harder for people to find That Perfect Theme, though, so we're starting to think of better ways to sort and present them. If you have a few minutes, stop off at the Brainstorming/Request for Feedback: Style Categories post and give us your thoughts.

* Found that one style that's almost perfect, but not exactly? It's easy to tweak most things at the Customize Style page, but if you're looking to customize things more extensively, we've also made it really easy to tweak just about any part of a style through the use of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). [personal profile] momijizukamori (who's been rocking the styles lately!) has a draft guide for layout CSS structure as the beginning of a layout-making tutorial that you might find useful there, and the friendly people in [community profile] style_system are generally happy to help give you a hand with figuring out how to achieve a particular effect.

* There is one thing we'd like to remind people, though: we can't officially support layouts that originated on LiveJournal. Many people are following instructions to bring over their LiveJournal styles such as Flexible Squares and Expressive using "core1", the first iteration of the S2 compiler. (S2 is the custom templating language that is used for journal customization.) "core1" is the version that's very similar to the version LJ is running; "core2" is the Dreamwidth-native version, the one that we've standardized, extended, and improved.

We do try to keep core1 as backwards-compatable with LiveJournal's version as possible so people can install their favorite layouts if they really want to, but core1 will never have access to the full range of features and customizations, and it's a "use at your own risk" type thing. We definitely recommend using a core2 layout instead (and then using either the customization wizard to tweak it slightly, or use CSS to style it more fully).

"Tabula Rasa" is the style designed to allow people to customize it any way they want -- it has very minimal styling on its own, but it has a ridiculous number of CSS classes to target with your custom stylesheet. We really, really encourage people to start using that instead of jumping through hoops to figure out how to make an imported core1 version of Flexible Squares or Expressive work. It is generally much, much easier to do what you want to do with Tabula Rasa, and it means you'll have access to all the full range of features.

* And finally, a reminder: if you come up with something you really love, we'd love to add it as a system style for everyone else to use, too. We accept submissions of styles and color themes at [site community profile] dreamscapes -- check out the posting guidelines and then go wild. Both new styles and new color themes for existing styles receive a "bounty" of Dreamwidth points when they're added to the site, so it can be a fun way to pick up points for future spending.


Content Importing



It seems like every news post lately includes something about the importer being touchy!

If you were one of the people whose entries were importing but the comments weren't, go ahead and try re-importing your journal now. We're pretty sure we've fixed the underlying cause (a change in the way LiveJournal was providing data for some accounts).

Likewise, we fixed the problem that was resulting in duplicate entries and comments (another change in the way LJ was providing data for some accounts). If you imported your journal and wound up with duplicates of entries or comments, [staff profile] mark has written a cleanup tool that will let you remove all imported content from your account and then try again. Instructions on how to use the tool, plus a few important cautions about what it will and won't do, can be found in the dw-maintenance post announcing the tool.

We're pretty confident that we've fixed the problem for like 99.9% of the cases, but there's a chance we've missed something: the importer's a very complex system that's dependent on a lot of very small fiddly bits, many of which we don't have direct control over such as how LJ provides the data feed of your account. There's also a chance for bugs that only manifest under certain circumstances, like if your account contains some kind of data that we weren't expecting. So, if you try again and you still have problems, please report them to Support, instead of reporting them here. Any problems that are still remaining will require some very complex troubleshooting, and Support is the best place to go for that.


Misc. Other Maintenance Notes



Two quick notes:

* For those who don't watch [site community profile] dw_maintenance (and you really should be!): Site search is going to be a bit touchy for the next little while. (We're very close to outgrowing the existing setup. Which is a very exciting problem to have!) If you try searching for something and it doesn't work, or it doesn't pick up recently-posted entries, we're really sorry -- we're trying our best to keep it lurching along until we can get a chance to implement the plan.

* On the bright side, you may have noticed the site itself being much faster this week! This is thanks to two new webservers that we added to the webserver pool, in order to better handle the traffic. Once again, "stuff needs to be fixed because y'all are using it so much" is a very exciting problem. :)

* As part of that, though, we're working on an issue with OpenID logins and commenting on the two new webservers. More information about the problem is once more available in [site community profile] dw_maintenance.

* Also, Support has asked us to let you know that Twitter is in the process of phasing out support for RSS feeds (as part of their new restrictions on API use and interaction with Twitter), so anyone who is using a feed to keep up with somebody from Twitter on Dreamwidth may note some weirdness, or notice them not working at all. Sadly, this isn't something we can fix; it's entirely due to Twitter's choices in how to offer data.

*

And there we have it for another update! (I'm positive there were some other things I was supposed to talk about, but I'm sure that if I missed anything, it'll turn up in comments.) 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 soon for our next update!
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[personal profile] sara 2012-12-09 04:43 am (UTC)(link)
* When customizing your journal, you can now specify an embedded webfont if you'd like to use a font stylesheet such as Google Webfonts.

FUCK YEAH WEBFONTS.

(That is all.)
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[personal profile] momijizukamori 2012-12-09 08:01 am (UTC)(link)
You're welcome ;)
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[personal profile] sara 2012-12-10 04:58 am (UTC)(link)
I am already having fun.

The one thing that I would consider adjusting, were I the person coding this bit, would be to make it so that the input desired at the 'Options' line at http://www.dreamwidth.org/customize/options?group=fonts is the same as the output generated as 'Standard' in box 3 at http://www.google.com/webfonts#UsePlace:use, just because that may reduce the number of times someone has to tech-support the thing.
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[personal profile] momijizukamori 2012-12-10 07:35 am (UTC)(link)
Hmmm. I'll poke my nose into what other webfont providers are using as code (because I think there are a few others aside from Google) and see what makes the most sense :) Thanks for the feedback, though! I was kind of worried that the note wasn't clear enough, but I figured I'd wait and see what people had to say about it after it was live.
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[personal profile] sara 2012-12-10 08:14 am (UTC)(link)
Hmmm...*pokes internets* Okay, Adobe's got a thing but it looks like that overlaps considerably with Google and the interface is clunkier; they also start charging you over a certain number of pageviews. There's something similar at fonts.com but it's got a badge requirement and pageview limits on its free plans.

So, I get the whole not wanting to be dependent on the evil empire thing, and I do agree with that, but in practice I'm not sure the non-Google options out there are going to be particularly vigorously adopted.

(Also, I wrote a tutorial on how to use GWF on DW today, that's how excited I am. YAY WEBFONTS.)
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[personal profile] momijizukamori 2012-12-10 08:28 am (UTC)(link)
Oooh, research! And it may be possible to make it accept either version for google (the URL alone or the whole link block). I may not get to it right away, but I'll put it on my list.

(We're also trying to figure out a good way to do locally hosted fonts from places like FontSquirrel for webfonts, too :D)
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[personal profile] sara 2012-12-10 08:32 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah, I don't know how one would tell it, "If it comes in with this extra stuff attached, strip it out," but there should be some way to do so. IANAP, etc. etc., but I would think one could teach it to find the URL and detach that from the other stuff.

Oh, there are SO many good free and open source fonts coming out nowadays, it's fabulous. Have you looked at Behance? I go over there every few months and look through new fonts. Lots of international stuff on that site, since it's so visual. I work for a nonprofit and do our graphic design in the GIMP with free fonts, and that's actually possible now in a way it just was not a decade ago.
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[personal profile] ninetydegrees 2012-12-10 07:24 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh sorry. The option wasn't meant to be public when I coded it --the option's been live for about six months actually-- so it probably needs to be adjusted.
Edited 2012-12-10 19:24 (UTC)
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[personal profile] sara 2012-12-10 07:31 pm (UTC)(link)
Well, it's not like it doesn't work just great as-is, but I suspect Support would be happier if there were more of a 1:1 correlation there.

Though, like I say, I wrote a tutorial and so far nobody's come back and said, "Wait, wait, what do I do there?" so I may be imagining a problem where there won't be one.
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[personal profile] ninetydegrees 2012-12-10 08:00 pm (UTC)(link)
Haven't had any request about it yet but this is too new to draw conclusions. :) I think one of the reasons we can't use Google's code as-is is that we make the URL go through a proxy (not sure whether this is for security reasons or other ones). Being able to strip the extra code would be nice.

Great tutorial BTW! Plus this feature came from a user's tutorial in the first place so it's a beautiful full circle. :)
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[personal profile] sara 2012-12-10 08:10 pm (UTC)(link)
Ah, Dreamwidth, a glorious daisy-chain of webfeature development! ;> I am super-curious to see what people will come up with, designwise.

Yeah, I would not begin to know the mechanics of how one would do such a thing, but it seems like one ought to be able to teach the software to only pull the URL. The proxy thing explains why it's a bit laggier here than it is on the other sites I'm running (I mean, it's not MUCH laggier, but it is a wee bit slower.)
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[personal profile] peoppenheimer 2012-12-09 04:46 am (UTC)(link)
(1) You rock!!

(2) Does the web fonts thing mean I can use MathJax now?
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Re: MathJax

[personal profile] momijizukamori 2012-12-09 07:16 am (UTC)(link)
Taking a glance at that, I don't think you'd be able to load that through the webfonts interface - there's a different mark-up for linking Javascript vs linking a stylesheet, and the web fonts thing only does the stylesheet mark-up.

You could, however, probably put it in the layout layer fairly easily (as terrifying as phrases like 'layout layer' sound, I know) - I don't think Javascript gets cleaned out if it's put there, but that may be a [personal profile] fu question.
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Re: MathJax

[personal profile] momijizukamori 2012-12-09 07:55 am (UTC)(link)
Hmmmm. I know we can put it in official layout layers (or thought we could, anyway). Is it only the official stuff?
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Re: MathJax

[personal profile] momijizukamori 2012-12-09 07:57 am (UTC)(link)
Makes sense ;)
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Re: MathJax

[personal profile] peoppenheimer 2012-12-09 04:45 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you both for these clarifications. Have I mentioned that I love DW?
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Re: MathJax

[personal profile] exor674 2012-12-09 11:24 pm (UTC)(link)
Which is why I was hounding you to "print safe" as much as possible when you were doing the comment pages in S2 thing.

Re: MathJax

[personal profile] swaldman 2012-12-09 07:58 am (UTC)(link)
ooooh! Having taken a very cursory look at that, please go and suggest support for it in dw_suggestions? :-) There is a very old RFE to include support for LaTeX or MathML markup, and maybe this is a relatively straightforward wsy to achieve it?
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Re: MathJax

[personal profile] peoppenheimer 2012-12-09 04:46 pm (UTC)(link)
I have submitted the suggestion. Look for the survey when the team posts it.
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Re: MathJax

[personal profile] avendya 2012-12-10 04:33 am (UTC)(link)
It's definitely been suggested before. ([personal profile] kaz and I would also like MathJax support.)
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[personal profile] azurelunatic 2012-12-09 04:46 am (UTC)(link)
Hooray news post!

State of Antispam:

Most of the spam that's being reported these days is SEO journals that aren't commenting on anybody's entries. Kudos to the dedicated folks who keep noticing and reporting these. To help with traffic control on those reports (and to keep the Terms of Service folks able to sort out their stuff from our stuff), there's now an Anti-Spam support category.

Most of the accidental non-spam reports that turn up appear to be roleplaying applications. If you've accidentally deleted an application as spam while trying to screen/unscreen/freeze/etc., don't worry about something bad happening to your player: those reports are reviewed and dismissed.
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[personal profile] ilyena_sylph 2012-12-09 05:08 am (UTC)(link)
If you've accidentally deleted an application as spam while trying to screen/unscreen/freeze/etc., don't worry about something bad happening to your player

And that right there is the 5,324,796 reason I live on Dreamwidth.
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[personal profile] azurelunatic 2012-12-09 05:23 am (UTC)(link)
Sometimes it's hard to tell the unrelated compliment spam from the unwanted contact deleted-as-spam (and as much as one party may clearly be trollin'-as-hell, antispam doesn't intervene in those situations) but applications are really easy to identify (and can alert the antispam team to some fun games to take a look at).

[personal profile] thewalrus 2012-12-09 04:47 am (UTC)(link)
how long is the paid promotion going to run for? i'm a slow poke and i'm kinda saving up to buy two premium paids.
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[personal profile] ilyena_sylph 2012-12-09 04:52 am (UTC)(link)
Okay, so Asp read out the beginning of the news post, and K_R (who was headed to bed) spun around and flipped the computer back open and flopped down to read the news post, while I dropped my stitching and scrambled to get my computer awake again, both of us yelping "News post? News post!!! YAY!!!"
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[personal profile] killing_rose 2012-12-09 04:57 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah, what Yena said. I'm tired! I'm drugged! I have painkillers! Wait, there's a news post? No, that can't wait until morning!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
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[personal profile] azurelunatic 2012-12-09 05:17 am (UTC)(link)
My braintwin made me promise to text her when the news post went up.

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[personal profile] parhelion 2012-12-09 01:49 pm (UTC)(link)
Drive-by icon love.
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[personal profile] amalnahurriyeh 2012-12-09 04:55 am (UTC)(link)
So, part of the reason I've never bought myself a paid DW is that I'm tetchy about using my RL credit card in conjunction with my fannish identity, at all, in the least. I obviously know that you wouldn't go out of your way to link the names affiliated with payments to the usernames, but I'm wondering to what extent the payment portion of the process is tied to the "this is the user who should get the points" portion. To be blunt--what kind of a paper trail am I creating for myself if I buy myself a paid account?

I KNOW, I KNOW, PARANOID. Sorry. *hides in shame*
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[personal profile] azurelunatic 2012-12-09 05:14 am (UTC)(link)
If you're super worried about it, and you happen to have a RL named journal, you can buy the points under that name and transfer them afterwards.

I'm not sure about the paper trail; payments would be something that only staff tangle with. *awaits D's input*
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[personal profile] random_xtras 2012-12-09 05:18 am (UTC)(link)
Just buy one of those disposable gift card type credit cards to buy your points.
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[personal profile] birguslatro 2012-12-09 05:27 am (UTC)(link)
[looks at credit-card statements...]

My payments went to "Dreamwidth Studios Llc (+ some numbers and a few letters)", with the numbers/letters probably being my DW account number or similar. So no indication of who I am on DW, (as, as far as I know, even I can't see my account number on the site?), but anybody who saw those credit-card transaction details could probably guess I have a DW account.
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[personal profile] birguslatro 2012-12-09 05:58 am (UTC)(link)
Which would be excellent. For the record the numbers on mine are of the form: "41xxx.etc.,etc.xxx49" followed by two letters which are probably a US state abbreviation. Others will, I'm sure, confirm that here if it's correct.
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[personal profile] birguslatro 2012-12-09 06:36 am (UTC)(link)
LOL! Yeah - it does look like a phone number, now you mention it. It's just not where you normally expect to see one...
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[personal profile] azurelunatic 2012-12-09 06:29 am (UTC)(link)
Dreamwidth account number on the site is on the profile in the fine print, right after the creation date. Though most technical support stuff generally doesn't need that number either. (The only thing that comes to mind right now that might involve that number would be clarifying rename stuff.)
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[personal profile] birguslatro 2012-12-09 06:39 am (UTC)(link)
Ah - ok. I was looking in Account Settings. Anyway, it's not the number on my credit-card statement - see above for what that is. :)
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[personal profile] themortalhalf 2012-12-09 06:19 am (UTC)(link)
Seconding/thirding the pre-paid gift-credit cards. I use them all the time for online shopping. You can register with whatever information you feel like. You do have to register, though, or the payment usually doesn't go through; however, you can use whatever information you like, and some types of pre-paid cards don't need much information to register with at all.

The new "Vanilla Visa" gift cards, for instance, that you can find in Walmart and other similar places, only ask for a zip code. You can put in whatever zip code you like, as long as it's a valid zip code. Then just make up a name and address to go with it at checkout. I just used one of those aforementioned cards three days ago to buy points. So they do work quite nicely.

[personal profile] vera_l 2012-12-09 08:43 am (UTC)(link)
Another option, at least if you're in the US (this may work other places, but I don't know personally), is buying a money order at a post office. You can pretty much write what you want in the "from" section of the money order, as long as it's informative enough for the people you're paying to know who you are. I've paid for DW time using a money order and put "username@DW" in the "from" section. (And DW's address/my order number in the "to" section.)

Buying and mailing a money order does take running a physical-world errand, though.
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[personal profile] pipisafoat 2012-12-09 03:56 pm (UTC)(link)
My partner recently bought me a year's paid time; she does not have an account and thus paid without being logged in. So, idk if that's what you'd want, but it's another option to consider? Because if it's not a logged in person, it could be anyone! In the end, there's a link between partner's card and my account, but it's, um, less of a link than if I paid logged-in with her card? If that makes any sense or is helpful at all?
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[personal profile] merzibelle 2012-12-09 05:09 am (UTC)(link)
I renewed my account just a couple of days ago because I love it here and really want you to succeed!

Plus... NEWS POST!!! YEAH!!
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[personal profile] random_xtras 2012-12-09 05:16 am (UTC)(link)
And you guys are looking at the problem where the new style entry pages won't let OpenIDs edit their own entries, right? :D
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[personal profile] random_xtras 2012-12-09 05:51 am (UTC)(link)
*more inane but very pleased grinning* Great! Thanks for replying.
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dreamwidth culture news

[personal profile] jjhunter 2012-12-09 05:18 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you for the thorough, thoughtful updates!

Some unofficial culture links for folks browsing the comment section:

* [personal profile] kouredios is currently hosting a fabulous friending meme for the fannishly inclined

* I'm currently hosting a two week anonymous love meme that will stay open until Sunday, December 23rd - all are welcome

* Dreamwidth Glitch players are sharing memories and documenting the end of their shared world on [community profile] glitches_of_ur and [community profile] glitchwidth

* [Reply with your own DW culture/art news to this thread]
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[personal profile] narrativian 2012-12-09 06:05 am (UTC)(link)
~waves~ Civilian here, with a question - since part of this newspost touches on content importing:

Is there any way I can combine content from extant Dreamwidth accounts? 's like this - when I first decided to come over, I made several additional accounts and imported content from several of my LJ accounts that I was planning to shut down. Many months on, I'm finding that having to go to multiple Dreamwidth accounts to find my old posts on the same subject matter is a PITA. Is it possible to consolidate journals here, or do I need to do it piece by piece?
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[personal profile] azurelunatic 2012-12-09 06:14 am (UTC)(link)
It's not currently possible to combine Dreamwidth journals automatically; there is a deferred suggestion on the topic: http://dw-suggestions.dreamwidth.org/220889.html

If the LJ accounts are still open, it's possible to import things from multiple external sources into a single DW journal, but since you mentioned planning to shut them down...
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[personal profile] narrativian 2012-12-09 06:18 am (UTC)(link)
~waves at the Azz~

Thank you for prompt response! Clicking on link now. Sadly, those LJ accounts are now long since deleted. I'm sure there's an admonition about acting in haste there somewhere :P
Edited 2012-12-09 06:18 (UTC)
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[personal profile] nkfloofiepoof 2012-12-09 06:08 am (UTC)(link)
Was the glitch with the content importer fixed after November 27th? I ask because I had thought the problem to be fixed then, but then I imported my writing journal that day, and everything was duplicated in addition to comments not importing or only half-importing on every entry.
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[personal profile] nkfloofiepoof 2012-12-09 06:24 am (UTC)(link)
I did use the remove tool at the time, but I'd been afraid to try again (that, and there hasn't been a reason to since it's just a back-up and I haven't posted anything since). I'll give it a shot and see what happens.
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[personal profile] nkfloofiepoof 2012-12-09 06:35 am (UTC)(link)
Okay, it didn't duplicate anything, so yay~

However, it did overwrite almost all of the icons I'd used in past entries with my default. I assume this is because some of the icons I'd used on LJ are inactive here due to my having too many icons for my account level on DW, but that had never been an issue before just for importing. /hmm
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[personal profile] nkfloofiepoof 2012-12-09 06:51 am (UTC)(link)
It always did before the whole import-duplicator problem, but it's no biggie if it doesn't work anymore. The DW comm is just a back-up in case LJ totally bombs, so accurate icons aren't necessary. Thank you for all your hard work as well as your quick replies~ ♥
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[personal profile] kowe 2012-12-09 06:09 am (UTC)(link)
YAY! A news post! I love these, they are the first thing I read when I see that there's a new one. And I bought myself a full year of paid DW time, because I <3 this site that much. (Mostly thanks to you guys..)

Also, yay for almost being able to pay living wages to folks working here!
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[personal profile] biodamped 2012-12-09 06:19 am (UTC)(link)
Awwwww yis! :D Time to renew my paid account then! (Wow, I can't believe it's been that long either. What. :O)

I love the idea of holiday gifting, that's beautiful. Super looking forward to seeing your list.
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[personal profile] iaijutsu 2012-12-09 06:27 am (UTC)(link)
I love the option to convert paid time to points; I was all careful to stock up on points to cover the accounts I pay up for the year, but then I was actually using the points to pay for the accounts in shorter increments in case I were to stop playing one of the characters halfway or something. The existence of that option is really nice.

Thanks for all of your hard work!
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[personal profile] random_xtras 2012-12-09 07:17 am (UTC)(link)
This is why most of my characters share an account. lol
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[personal profile] luciferous 2012-12-09 06:42 am (UTC)(link)
* If you have paid time on an account that you're not using anymore, you can refund it to points.

I read this, and in my head I heard the sound of hundreds of roleplayers cheering as one...

Which is to say that this update is full of gloriousness, and I need to remember to renew my paid sometime this month <3
Edited 2012-12-09 06:43 (UTC)
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[personal profile] wehappyfew 2012-12-09 06:58 am (UTC)(link)
I've said it before and I'll say it again: you guys are amazing!
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[personal profile] random_xtras 2012-12-09 07:16 am (UTC)(link)
Okay, guys. I have a question and a bit of a complaint. Why do all the notifications, even the ones for comments, have to go into the DW inbox? Why can't we just get them in our email? This is a nuisance.
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[personal profile] katherine 2012-12-09 07:23 am (UTC)(link)
That happens to be in the FAQs at I'm getting unwanted comment notifications in my inbox.

(Not staff or volunteer or anything, just someone who reads all sorts of things.)
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[personal profile] random_xtras 2012-12-09 05:33 pm (UTC)(link)
But you're going to? Once more I'm staggered. I love this site. Though the emo gothy wangsty stupid abused kid that can't let go of junk part of me is a bit paranoid it's gonna all go poof and vanish on me. :p *feeds that part a cookie and tells it to shut up*
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[personal profile] spellcastes 2012-12-09 07:37 am (UTC)(link)
The ability to trade unused paid time into points is absolutely amazing, thank you so much!
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[personal profile] schwertlilie 2012-12-09 07:48 am (UTC)(link)
"Existing reading filters have all defaulted to private, so if you want to make them public, you'll need to go edit them to make them public."

That kind of attention to privacy and defaulting to opt-in behaviour for new information sharing options? Part of the reason DW is my favourite social media company. (Aw heck, one of my favourite companies anyway.) Thanks for keeping us not-broadcasting types in mind with your design! ♥
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[personal profile] pipisafoat 2012-12-09 03:59 pm (UTC)(link)
+1
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[personal profile] dragonfly 2012-12-09 08:21 pm (UTC)(link)
+2
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[personal profile] algeh 2012-12-10 04:36 am (UTC)(link)
I also really appreciate this! I'm going to have to give some thought to if there are filters I'd like to have be public, and I really like that they're all private while I'm thinking about it. Definitely the behavior I want out of social websites, and fairly unusual.
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[personal profile] wytchcroft 2012-12-09 09:16 am (UTC)(link)
well clearly, you still rule :)
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[personal profile] kore 2012-12-09 09:24 am (UTC)(link)
Yay update!

Also, Support has asked us to let you know that Twitter is in the process of phasing out support for RSS feeds (as part of their new restrictions on API use and interaction with Twitter), so anyone who is using a feed to keep up with somebody from Twitter on Dreamwidth may note some weirdness, or notice them not working at all. Sadly, this isn't something we can fix; it's entirely due to Twitter's choices in how to offer data.

Yeah, I noticed this happening maybe a month or so ago - some feeds stopped updating entirely, but now all of them have. It's too bad.
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[personal profile] zarhooie 2012-12-10 05:12 am (UTC)(link)
It sucks and is unfortunate.
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[personal profile] thousanth 2012-12-09 11:01 am (UTC)(link)
Excellent news! I look forward to seeing which charities you've picked in January.
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[personal profile] blnchflr 2012-12-09 11:38 am (UTC)(link)
Thanks for the December Shop Promotion - perfect excuse to get around to renewing my paid time, and it gives me points I can raffle off to spread non-denominational seasonal cheer :)

And thanks for all the other things you guys do in general to keep the site functioning!!
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[personal profile] zorakina 2012-12-09 12:11 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you very much for the news. :)
I loved the new styles.
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[personal profile] madfilkentist 2012-12-09 01:11 pm (UTC)(link)
I do NOT appreciate Dreamwidth's unilaterally deciding it can put me on a mailing list. People are now leaving LiveJournal in droves because of its latest blunders; why are you trying to drive us away with spam? Doesn't it occur to you that people who have signed up for Dreamwidth might be people who, you know, actually use Dreamwidth and not just addresses to fill up a spam list?

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