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Denise ([staff profile] denise) wrote in [site community profile] dw_news2015-01-18 10:00 pm

Dreamwidth News: 18 January 2015

Hello, Dreamwidth! Greetings from glorious Auckland, NZ, where we've been for this year's linux.conf.au. (It was a great conference! But then, it always is.) We decided to sneak in a code push while we were here, since we were in the same place and code pushes are always more fun when you can yell across the room when something breaks.

Behind the cut:

* Development
* Responsive-design conversion
* Reading page: custom colors for accounts going away
* Quicker Reply: reply from your reading page
* Warnings when you don't keyword an icon
* The country list
* SSL Everywhere




Development



In addition to the things I'm about to talk about, the code tour for all the changes in this push is here:

Code Tour, 11 Aug 2014-17 Jan 2015

A particular welcome to new contributor [github.com profile] emhoracek, and congrats to [personal profile] azurelunatic's first code contribution.



Responsive-design conversion



I first started talking about our responsive design converstion a while back. We're continuing on with our conversion of various pages on the site to use the new responsive framework, and this time around (in addition to pages that are visited less often or pages that are part of something else), we have converted the beta Create Entries page. There should be no functional change, but some minor visual ones.

We've also converted multiple small pages (such as the admin pages and a lot of tool pages and misc endpoints).

Finally, we've taken the page to join/unjoin communities and the page to subscribe to people or to grant them access and squished them together, with different things displayed depending on what you're trying to do with it. This page, too, has also been converted to our new responsive design.

You can report problems with any of these pages in the new sticky entry in [site community profile] dw_beta.


Reading page: custom colors for accounts going away



You may notice that as part of the previous change, from now on when you're adding people to your circle, you can no longer specify custom colors for them on your reading page. We ran some stats and discovered that fewer than .8% of subscriptions use custom colors. With such a small percentage of people using the feature, we're going to be removing it: it's not worth the work it will take for us to convert it.

If you are using custom colors: please copy down the information now! You will still be able to set and view the custom colors for a little while, but once we finish transitioning away from the feature, you won't be able to set or view them anymore. For now, you can still set or change custom colors by going to the Manage Circle page.

Before we remove the feature entirely, we'll give you instructions on how to achieve the same effect on your reading page using custom CSS.


Quicker Reply: reply from your reading page



The feature that let you reply to a comment without having to load a separate page to get the reply form, added to LJ lo these many moons ago, was called QuickReply. We've added QuickerReply: the ability to reply to an entry from your reading page without having to leave your reading page.

To take advantage, use the 'Reply' link on your reading page: it will display a reply form right there on your reading page. (If you still want to read other comments before adding yours, use the "# comments" link, not the Reply link.)


Warnings when you don't keyword an icon



As many people have noticed: if you upload an icon without adding a keyword, the icon is assigned a "pic###" automatic keyword. The bad news is, those automatic keywords are not 'real' keywords, and they can result in all kinds of errors and all kinds of weird problems.

So, from now on, if you have an icon that was given the "pic###" default automatic keywords, the Edit Icons page will warn you that those icons may behave oddly in all kinds of places, and you should give them keywords.


The country list



Many people have noticed that the list of countries available for selection on the profile was very out of date. (I believe it was the list from LiveJournal's inception in 1998 with a little bit of tweaking here and there since.) We've discussed how to update that list multiple times: the question of "what counts as a country" is very difficult (and often very political).

It's gotten more and more urgent lately, though, since it's been so long since we've updated the list. We've decided that we're going to outsource our checks -- and our decision of "what counts as a country" -- to somebody else: starting with this code push, we're using the Perl module Locale::Codes::Country. This means that the hard questions are somebody else's!

If you notice that there's a country missing from the list, let us know and we'll look into it.


SSL Everywhere



We've had multiple people asking us why it's not possible to browse the entire site in SSL. The answer is very convoluted, but it involves the fact that user-generated content loading data from all over the internet is very, very hard to serve via SSL without problems. (If you serve secure and non-secure content on the same page, browsers complain a lot, and sometimes refuse to load at all.)

[staff profile] mark and [personal profile] fu have been working really hard to fix a lot of those questions, though. We have a lot of code in this release to make it possible for you to browse the site via HTTPS. We're not turning it on as a default everywhere yet, because there are inevitably a ton of bugs, but you can now manually request things from https://www.dreamwidth.org and get it that way. (In fact, please do; it will help with testing.)

Once we're satisfied that it works, we'll be releasing it more widely to everyone.

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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. (I'm a lot behind on the suggestions queue, though, just as a warning.)

Comment notifications may be delayed for up to an hour or two, due to the high volume of notifications generated after an update is posted to [site community profile] dw_news. This was posted just after 2200 New Zealand time, 18 Jan. (see in your time zone). Please don't worry about missing notifications until at least two hours after that.
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[personal profile] dear_vera 2015-01-19 07:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Has there been any progress made on renaming icons you've previously uploaded that still have their "pic###" keywords without them going to default? This has been a problem for me for at least half a year and I'd really like to be able to rename those icons without losing them!

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[personal profile] wavesinherheart 2015-01-19 11:52 pm (UTC)(link)
Swinging by to comment on the tag arrows, here! After the initial "oh wow no" reaction of earlier (especially on posts with a lot of tags), I could probably get used to them in long run? But it would be a lot nicer overall if there were a way to set it up like the "next entry" and "previous entry" thing that posts already do.

Alternately, an on/off toggle would be cool. I might be willing to tolerate the arrows as they stand, but agreeing on the comments I've seen elsewhere suggesting that it would be absolute hell on smaller screens; I've known folks in the RP community who do/have done writing from phones and that just sounds like it'd be even more of a mess with the arrows.
Edited (grammar and clarification) 2015-01-19 23:53 (UTC)
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[personal profile] haruka 2015-01-20 12:28 am (UTC)(link)
I really don't like having to hit a login button before the option to put my username and password even pops up. :(
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[personal profile] potap 2015-01-20 06:53 pm (UTC)(link)
Sorry, how can I change my email where the notices about the comments made are sent?! I could not find it...

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[personal profile] jade_pop 2015-01-21 01:28 pm (UTC)(link)
Having thought on it a bit, I think it's worth noting that a lot of accounts on DW are roleplay journals, which aren't used the same way as personal blogs and there can be many accounts to one person, so things like custom colors don't see much use there.

I've actually been wondering for a while if all the RP accounts might cause any site stats to skew, and whether it'd be possible to actually separate roleplay accounts as something on their own. I'd make a suggestion regarding it but I don't think the idea is refined enough or whether it's possible/viable.

Edit: BTW will we ever get another Community Rec-O-Matic?
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[personal profile] horrorcheck 2015-01-22 08:51 pm (UTC)(link)
Hi! I'm emhoracek, I just saw this post. Thanks for the warm welcome!! I'm at Hacker School right now and I hope to dive back into Dreamwidth again soon!!
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[personal profile] phoenixfire12 2015-01-23 04:04 pm (UTC)(link)
With all these new features coming out I'm hoping some day soon that we will finally be able to upload pictures directly to our journals from our computers and devices without having to use a photo storage site like Flicker or (the one I use) the dreaded Photobucket. Please, please, pretty please with booze-laced whipped cream and a chocolate cherry cordial on top?

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[personal profile] needmymp3 2015-01-24 11:44 pm (UTC)(link)
Not sure where to slap this but if you are logged out by the site and on a 18+ content warning and log in before hitting "I am over 18" you will be redirected to an error page. Going back to the warning and simply refreshing sends you to the url/ page you wanted to visit however.

That and those arrows on tags are SO cluttered. Pls remove/ add opt out.
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[personal profile] mruk 2015-01-25 11:17 am (UTC)(link)
OH MY GOD!!! Quick replay! aaaaaaaaah :DDDD
AWESOME
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[personal profile] madonnya 2015-01-25 12:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Is there still no news on whether Hotmail will unblock Dreamwidth's notifications?
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[personal profile] sage 2015-01-30 12:54 am (UTC)(link)
Just noticed that the option to post as another user is gone from the Create Entries page. Is that coming back? Please?

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[personal profile] jazzyjj 2015-02-03 03:08 am (UTC)(link)
Just wanted to let all know that I typed in https://www.dreamwidth.org and tried logging into my account, and it seems to work fine in the latest build of Safari, which is 8.0.3 . I haven't yet tested things out with the latest version of Chrome yet, because it doesn't seem to work that great with VoiceOver. Or perhaps it's just my connection acting up. During the past month or so I've had issues with my Mac, not related to accessibility other than the Chrome thing. But I think they're sorted out for the most part thanks to a tutor who works with me. Also a big thank you to AppleCare.
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[personal profile] alchemise 2015-02-18 09:25 pm (UTC)(link)
Hello lovely Dreamwidth Powers That Be:

I thought you might be interested in a recently published dissertation that I was linked to on open source code forking: Understanding Code Forking in Open Source Software, by Linus Nyman. I haven't taken a look through it, and it appears that Dreamwidth is not mentioned, but I figured it might be relevant to what you all do.
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[personal profile] softestbullet 2015-03-04 03:49 am (UTC)(link)
HUG.
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[personal profile] snickfic 2015-03-16 05:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Under what circumstances does QuickerReply not work? I've been very much enjoying it, but then this morning while reading my /read page, like I always do, when I click "Reply" I'm taken to the post rather than given a form within my /read page.
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[personal profile] fu 2015-03-16 05:49 pm (UTC)(link)

Could you try again right now? We just fixed something (literally a couple
minutes ago!)

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[personal profile] elijahswood 2015-03-19 01:28 am (UTC)(link)
Hello, why can't we use html anymore in the comments? A lot of anonymous communities use it especially on the first page and now every old comment that people have made using different colors or styles of font is just showing up blank
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[personal profile] arwym 2015-04-16 10:36 pm (UTC)(link)
Sounds exciting! :)
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[personal profile] jd 2015-06-15 12:06 am (UTC)(link)
Looks like I'm the first to say it: hooray for the country list update!!!
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[personal profile] rai_kim 2015-07-24 02:53 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you for your great work as always!

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