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Denise ([staff profile] denise) wrote in [site community profile] dw_news2015-12-01 03:43 am

Dreamwidth News: 1 Dec 2015

Hello, Dreamwidth!

It's December, and those of you who have been around for a while know what that means: the December Holiday Points Bonus!

All Dreamwidth Shop orders of paid time or points made (by a logged-in account) between now and midnight UTC on December 31 will get a 10% points bonus for you to save or spend in the future. For instance, if you buy a 12-month paid account (350 points), you'll get another 35 points once the order is complete for you to use on a future order.

This bonus only applies to orders of paid time or points -- bonus icons and rename tokens don't receive points bonuses. If you buy paid time or points for a friend, the bonus points will go to you, not to them.

The holiday points bonus is our way of saying "thank you" for continuing to support Dreamwidth. Our income comes entirely from you -- we have no advertising, no outside investors, and no venture capital, so you know that the decisions we make are always 100% in your best interest. Thank you to everyone who's bought paid time, extra services, or points this year. You make it possible for us to keep the site running for everyone, and we love you for it.

As 2015 draws to a close -- it's hard to believe we're finishing up our sixth year of Dreamwidth! -- we'd like to wish a very happy set of holidays to you, no matter what December holidays you celebrate. Here's to an awesome 2016.

(EDIT: Also, there was a brief problem with the promotion not properly adding the bonus points to your account -- that's been fixed, and I'm manually applying the bonus points for the accounts/orders that were affected.)

While I have you here, I'd also like to highlight some of the changes we've made over the last few code pushes in case you've missed them:



Enhancements:

* We've added Github as an option for the profile page, so you can link to your Github account.

* If a community has an OpenID account as an admin, that maintainer can now edit tags for the community.

* Two-rename-token username swaps are now possible no matter which account has the rename tokens. (Formerly, you needed to have one token on each account; now, as long as you've got two tokens available across the two accounts, it's possible.)

* Added Angelikitten's Big Eyes mood theme

* Added lj.rossia.org as a site option to the user name tag, so you can now do <user name=exampleusername site=lj.rossia.org> or <user name=exampleusername site=ljr> and have it work.

* Whitelisted embeds from screen.yahoo.com and ZippCast, so you can embed objects from those sites. (If you have other sites that you'd like to embed objects from, open a support request for us to add them! For security reasons, embedding runs on a whitelist, and we have to explicitly allow each site.)

* Editing tags on a community entry now also displays the username of the person who posted the entry.

* We updated all of FAQs and all of the site's automated emails so they should always link to the secure (HTTPS) version of the site, rather than the HTTP version of the site. (If you spot anywhere we missed, open a support request and let us know!)

* We added inline reply to the Recent Entries and Day pages, so if you're viewing an entry there, you can comment without having to click through to a separate page.

* Added the Pattern style by [personal profile] ninetydegrees, with 24 beautiful themes.


Bugfixes:

* The site search page no longer over-escapes certain characters like quote marks, ampersands, and greater than/less than signs.

* The "sticky ticky" on the "use current time when posting" checkbox on the beta Update Entries page will no longer be checked when editing entries, thus preventing you accidentally updating the time on an entry from last week to be now when you edit it.

* When merging two tags, you'd occasionally run into a problem where one half of the system thought that "cats" and "Cats" were two separate tags, while the other half thought they were the same tag. We fixed it so the whole thing is (properly) case-insensitive.

* We fixed a whackton (that's a technical term) of display issues where things would be wonky (that's another technical term) on small screens (such as mobile devices) or at very large font sizes.

And, of course, there were a slew of backend fixes, improvements to site admin pages, and performance improvements that you won't notice but that will help us keep things running more efficiently.

Also, a big welcome to new contributors [github.com profile] dteklavya, [github.com profile] pseudomonas, [github.com profile] sgsabbage, [github.com profile] fastbean-au, and [github.com profile] chrisboyle, who all made their first contributions since the last news post!


We've also had a request for another round of the Great Community Rec-O-Matic! For those who weren't around last time we did this: it's a great way to get recommendations for communities to participate in that you might enjoy.

Here's how it works:

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

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


(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 at 3:45AM EST (see in your time zone). Please don't worry about delayed notifications until at least two hours after that.)
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[personal profile] mysockstotoro 2016-01-21 12:28 am (UTC)(link)
I just want to post some suggestions from an anon comm that I thought might be relevant. Take it as you will.

1. dreamwidth needs to have basically unlimited image hosting just like tumblr so people can jump right over and keep posting gifsets and so on like they already have gotten used to doing
2. dreamwidth needs to actually seriously give a fuck about making a good mobile interface and get a real designer(s) to do that
3. dreamwidth needs to actually seriously give a fuck about visual presentation and not just accessibility and get a real designer(s) to make slick modern default visual styles because what they have right now is the same 1990s-looking shitshow other open source projects have because they don't want to invest in good design
4. dreamwidth needs better cross-journal/comm content discovery and sharing mechanisms like global tags and easy instant reblogging

[personal profile] passionfruit 2016-01-21 01:32 am (UTC)(link)
So, basically Tumblr? Couldn't you just...use Tumblr? I'm also curious where you think all this money and resources are going to come from.

Also, this is not really the place for this, and you know it. Which is probably why you're here as a sock LOL. Account created today too. Are you trolling?
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Hi.

[personal profile] thinkaboutit 2016-02-08 09:15 pm (UTC)(link)
Hey there. I'm new to the website.. I saw this post for obvious reasons. I guess I'm looking for a community.. So. About me.. I thrive off creativity and questioning everything. I enjoy reading and writing, chillstep and indie music, I play four instruments. I adore photography and diy crafts. I sew as well. I believe in choice and knowing who you are. I like to ask though provoking questions. I'm an old soul and just want to find a place to stay for the night, metaphorically, of course.

So.. Anyone want to be my friend? I kind of need a guide around the site that I can ask retarded questions to.. I may be smart in some areas, but I know my weaknesses as well and electronics are certainly on that list. With math.

Good days! I look forward to talking to someone, hopefully. :)
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[personal profile] shutupdad 2016-02-13 02:45 am (UTC)(link)
Denise, is there a way to request a journal that's been deleted and awaiting a purge? I have an account I want to rename to it but it's juuuust a long waiting game and I think you said you have to manually purge? Or schedule a purge, they aren't regulated?

;~; pls help

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[personal profile] yuri_yurkevich 2016-02-14 06:24 pm (UTC)(link)
Congratulations to the Valentine day, Denis.

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Question about recovering password from DW crossposting settings

[personal profile] blackmare 2016-04-28 01:00 am (UTC)(link)
I looked through the FAQs and I don't care to open a support request about this, because it's not a problem I'm having at the moment, but I know someone who is.

Due to a perfect storm of dead computer + yahoo mail being horrible + having used yahoo mail for her LJ account, a friend of mine finds herself having lost access to her LJ account. A decade worth of history, conversations, and writing, and she's locked out -- permanently, unless she can recover her password from her DW journal, which is set to automatically crosspost to her LJ.

Crossposting from here still works. So her DW account has saved the password she has lost, yes? Except it doesn't display that information when we log in; I also crosspost and I can't find any way to see the password I've had my DW journal save in order to do that.

Is there any way for the owner of a journal to access that information? Or does that have to be done by an admin?

EDIT: My friend miraculously located her password elsewhere, but I'm sure she's not the only one who's ever been in this situation. It'd still be nice, I think, to have "how to retrieve a saved password" information available somewhere.
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[personal profile] thnidu 2016-05-17 10:04 am (UTC)(link)
Is there a reason why this half-year-old post is what comes up when I browse to http://www.dreamwidth.org/ ? Is this really the newest news there is on DW? Or is it just very-small-staff-with-too-much-to-do?

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[personal profile] mitbix 2016-05-27 02:25 am (UTC)(link)
Can I ask what the progress is on scheduled posts? I've been waiting for them since you announced like ... four years ago now, I think? I'd really like them since they'd help make running one of the comms I mod easier (I try to put up discussion posts for weekly episodes but my current life situation makes it hard to make sure they're up in a timely manner.)

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[personal profile] anonnies 2016-08-06 07:42 pm (UTC)(link)
are you having issues sending e-mailed notifications? i haven't received any since midday yesterday.
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[personal profile] bookblather 2016-08-06 09:09 pm (UTC)(link)
Same here, and for my roommates in the same house.
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[personal profile] anexquisitecreature 2016-08-07 01:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Hey - are you guys ok? There's been no site update post since December 2015, and no comment notifications for several days. Are y'all alive in there?
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Update overdue

[personal profile] thnidu 2016-08-13 11:20 pm (UTC)(link)
"Dreamwidth News: 1 Dec 2015"

Don't you think it's time for an update, even if to say "Nothing new in the past eight months"? It's 94°F right now at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), and the dateline seems more than usually inappropriate.
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[personal profile] kay_mulan 2016-09-02 11:25 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you! God bless, have a nice day.
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[personal profile] asmaria 2016-10-09 06:02 am (UTC)(link)
I realize you guys are busy, but just as a heads up, the importer is still REALLY buggy. Thank you for all your work and keeping this site around!
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[personal profile] mysockstotoro 2016-11-21 02:33 am (UTC)(link)
Man, a whole year?

Any chance we're getting the December special this year?

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[personal profile] timmc 2016-11-26 03:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Speaking of HTTPS, what are the remaining steps? It seems like pretty much everything is capable of HTTPS now -- is it just a matter of making sure the performance and browser support is up to snuff?

(I noticed today that the crosspost %%url%% still uses HTTP and was going to report that as a bug, but I had forgotten that DW is still defaulting to HTTP!)

I'm really happy that you're doing this, and getting pretty fed up with LJ for their total silence on the topic.

[personal profile] selenicdistance 2016-11-30 09:46 am (UTC)(link)
Suggestion: post a copy/pasted duplicate of this one, but change all the 2015's to 2016's and all the preexisting 2016's to 2017's.

(I love this site and you're all fantastic, never change. Still, it'd be pretty funny.)
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[personal profile] thetrashcancollective 2016-12-02 07:45 pm (UTC)(link)
Hello! :) Just wondering if you guys are planning to do the bonus points sale this year, too? We're planning to purchase some points, and we're just curious if we should just go ahead or wait a bit. Thank you!
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[personal profile] ride_4ever 2016-12-02 08:08 pm (UTC)(link)
Also asking the question about whether the December bonus points sale is happening this year.

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