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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.

*

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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[staff profile] mark 2015-01-18 09:04 am (UTC)(link)
I asked [livejournal.com profile] daveman692 for QuickerReply like 20 times and every time he was like "no, it's hard".

BUT NOW WE HAVE IT! I AM SO HAPPY! :D :D D: :D
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[personal profile] aeroga 2015-01-18 09:17 am (UTC)(link)
So with today's new updates, I've stopped receving email notifications for replies to any of my accounts.

I use a hotmail email and am not sure if that's relevant, but I haven't had trouble with getting notifs before unless it was a widespread issue. That being the case, I wanted to make a note of it here and see if it's happening to anybody else, or if there's anything I can do about it at the moment.
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[personal profile] bertall 2015-01-18 09:19 am (UTC)(link)
With this recent push it looks like the icon picker has blown up a little? Was this intended or is it just a tiny bug? Here is how it used to look, but now it's gotten kind of weird after the push. I even tried a journal with everything keyworded and it looks pretty skewed on my end.
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[personal profile] green_knight 2015-01-18 09:20 am (UTC)(link)
Custom Colours: Noooooo!

It's an accessibility feature for me: if I'm pressed for time, I can make easy decisions which things I need to read, and which I can easily skip; also which people (custom colours) I must read at all costs. There were times when I've relied on this *a lot* (travelling with small screens and bad internet access).

(And I think it's a vicious circle - few people use it because the DW support in themes isn't very good; I think you should do more for it, not dump it completely.)

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[personal profile] discodiva76 2015-01-18 09:20 am (UTC)(link)
I'm sorry I don't like the quick reply...how do I get rid of it and go back to the normal way of posting please?


OK ..got it..missed the bit on the news page...hopefully I'll get used to it ...I just don't like change...:(


Deeds xx
Edited 2015-01-18 09:22 (UTC)
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[personal profile] yabamena 2015-01-18 09:23 am (UTC)(link)
Are the little dinky arrows bookending the tags on posts now intentional? If so, why? Because I don't understand. They don't look good and on posts with several tags, the arrow clutter actually makes it very difficult for me to read them.
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[personal profile] discodiva76 2015-01-18 09:25 am (UTC)(link)
OK..another query...


If there are NO comments before you reply to a post...you HAVE to use Quick Reply??...because there are no comments before to read...:(


Sorry if this is a nuisance but I hate technological changes - which is why I came over to DW from LJ because of all the "messing around".....


I hope DW won't be implementing too much new stuff as I really prefer the way it's been running since its inception....


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[personal profile] vethica 2015-01-18 09:25 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah, I don't like the arrows either. Came here to ask if there was some way of disabling them.
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[personal profile] laenavesse 2015-01-18 09:26 am (UTC)(link)
Can confirm as a fellow Hotmail user that e-mail notifications stopped sometime between 8:30PM UTC and 9PM UTC (I live in Central time and it was at least after 2:30PM that I stopped receiving notifications). Gmail works fine, and I've checked to make sure DW isn't blocked and that they're not going to junk.
Edited 2015-01-18 09:27 (UTC)
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[personal profile] yabamena 2015-01-18 09:29 am (UTC)(link)
I'm apparently not receiving notifications either now and I use Gmail.
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[personal profile] aeroga 2015-01-18 09:32 am (UTC)(link)
Well I'm relieved it isn't an "it's just me" situation, since those tend to be the most troublesome. If it's affecting other users I'm going to guess that they'll resolve the matter...hopefully soon. Thanks for confirming a timeframe; I wasn't too sure since I was out today, only that I seemed to have nothing new since this morning.

The only gmail I have I never log into, but it's good to know that might work if I really, really have to.
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[personal profile] dancinpenguins 2015-01-18 09:33 am (UTC)(link)
While I understand what they were going for with this function, it seems like a very strange design choice. Most people that I'm talking to agree that while they get what it's meant to do, they can't imagine why anyone would find it easier to scroll through tags individually this way, rather than just click the tag and find the post you want. All it does in that case is add a very bulky and visually unappealing element to the top of the page.

+1-ing a plea to give an option to disable please.

I appreciate all you guys do for the site, and keeping us updated/listening to feedback, so just wanna throw this in the ring.
Edited 2015-01-18 09:35 (UTC)
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[personal profile] aeroga 2015-01-18 09:33 am (UTC)(link)
I wonder what's determining whether people get notifs or not. The commenter above's getting notifs on gmail, but based on your comment it sounds like it's not exactly working across the board for that email service.
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[personal profile] azurelunatic 2015-01-18 09:34 am (UTC)(link)
It's one of the new things: the ability to go to the previous or next entry with that tag. I'm not sure what the options are for modifying the display.
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[personal profile] kikibug13 2015-01-18 09:36 am (UTC)(link)
I find that new functionality moderately useful for some of the things I do, unnecessary for others, so,

+1 on the request to be able to disable that, both for journals and for communities

And, again, thank you for your work on everything!
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[personal profile] azurelunatic 2015-01-18 09:41 am (UTC)(link)
I think the main usefulness will be in very old entries with tags that may have been used a hundred or more times.

There is probably something that can be done with css/custom styles to shrink/hide them, though I'm not sure of the exact method.
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[personal profile] laenavesse 2015-01-18 09:41 am (UTC)(link)
Yours might be due to this recent code push since they do warn that notifications might be delayed because of it. At least for Hotmail (or at least a few of us), we stopped receiving notifications almost twelve hours before the push.
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[personal profile] yabamena 2015-01-18 09:43 am (UTC)(link)
I wonder about that to. It's very odd. I don't get many comments on my posts, so I probably wouldn't have noticed for a while if I hadn't come back here and seen someone replied to a comment I left.
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[personal profile] yabamena 2015-01-18 09:44 am (UTC)(link)
Very good point. I think comments are rolling on now.
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[personal profile] laenavesse 2015-01-18 09:44 am (UTC)(link)
Haha, yeah, I've heard other people also stopped receiving notifications but they didn't say what e-mail provider they use. Everyone else I know uses Gmail and had no problems. I was also out today but I had been checking my e-mail via phone every now and then had wondered why I didn't get any new notifications xD I checked the timestamps of the ones in the journal inboxes and was able to pinpoint a time from that.

I'm sure it'll be fixed soon!
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[personal profile] yabamena 2015-01-18 09:46 am (UTC)(link)
I'm hoping there is, or will be a way to do that.
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[personal profile] aeroga 2015-01-18 09:46 am (UTC)(link)
It is pretty strange. At least in my case I haven't had this problem unless it was impacting a large number of users, and generally it didn't span a terribly long time. Hopefully whatever's going on, it's resolved soon.

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