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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] ai 2015-12-01 09:10 am (UTC)(link)
Welcome to all of the new contributors!

Time to busy myself with fixing tags in a few fandom communities now that I won't run into that error so much.
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[personal profile] falkner 2015-12-01 09:43 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you for all the hard work, as always!
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[personal profile] discodiva76 2015-12-01 10:04 am (UTC)(link)
So if I renew before end December but my account runs until end January do I still keep the extra month that hasn't run out? ...will it still expire end January 2017? ...and if it's Premium Paid Account does that mean I get 50 points?

Sorry if these questions seem stupid but I'm still unsure about paying/renewing accounts...always have been..

Thanks for the good work...

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[personal profile] bats 2015-12-01 10:12 am (UTC)(link)
Thanks for all of the hard work, and welcome new contributors!

Speaking of rename tokens, do you guys happen to know when the next username purge will be? I understand it's a tough thing to pull off, so for me personally there's no rush or anything, it's just something I'm thinking about now with the extra points! I hope it's okay to ask that here, I've never asked something like this before........
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[personal profile] dancing_serpent 2015-12-01 11:13 am (UTC)(link)
(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.)

Thank you!
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[personal profile] feicui 2015-12-01 11:13 am (UTC)(link)
Can we get a community rec-o-matic again?
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[personal profile] bats 2015-12-01 11:18 am (UTC)(link)
Ahh okay cool, thank you!
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Great Community Rec-O-Matic - Wolf 359, business, & New York City

[personal profile] brainwane 2015-12-01 01:21 pm (UTC)(link)
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.


  • I've listened avidly to all of the radio drama-style podcast dramedy Wolf 359 and would love to gab with folks about it in a fannish way, analyzing themes and references and plot twists.
  • I just started a small business and would love to exchange tips and stories with other small business owners, especially around vendors (banking, internet/mail service, etc.) and issues like deciding on pricing and modifying a business plan.
  • I live in New York City and would like to meet area DW users, pool "I have a free guest pass to this museum" sort of opportunities, share recommendations for service providers, etc.
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[personal profile] angelikitten 2015-12-01 03:20 pm (UTC)(link)
* Added Angelikitten's Big Eyes mood theme
Aw, yeah. Out of all the official moodthemes I've made, that's definitely the second.

(I'd like to think it's better than Rainbow Child at least, which I started in 2009 - I originally started Big Eyes in 2012, and revived it this year.)
Edited 2015-12-01 15:21 (UTC)
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[personal profile] soc_puppet 2015-12-01 03:24 pm (UTC)(link)
(I hope blanket recs are also welcome in the Community Rec-O-Matic, because I've been wanting more members and activity at a comm I started a few months ago.)


Are you attracted in some way to more than one gender? Do you like to do creative things? Would you like to do creative things with other people who are attracted to more than one gender?

If so, check out [community profile] mga_creative, a community for multi-gender attracted people to be creative together! There are prompts every two weeks, with roundups of what's been posted in the interim going up after each new prompt. Prompts never close, so if you see something you like in the past, you can definitely still go for it! The community is open to all people who are attracted to more than one gender, romantically and/or sexually (or alterously, for ace/aro people), including varioriented people (examples: panromantic asexual, aromantic polysexual, biromantic homosexual).

Right now the Tumblr branch, [tumblr.com profile] mga-creative, is more active (and I'm not really helping much there, for all my good intentions), but I'd love to see more people on the Dreamwidth side of things :)
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[personal profile] forests_of_fire 2015-12-01 04:40 pm (UTC)(link)
that new mood theme is adorable. Thank you for giving me a great option to pick. XD

[personal profile] jazzyjj 2015-12-01 04:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Happy happy holidays to all the awesome people who work on Dreamwidth, and a warm welcome to the newbies! Keep on doing what you're doing, it's very much appreciated.
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[personal profile] eldabe 2015-12-01 07:30 pm (UTC)(link)
Yay, thank you guys! You're the best!

And now to consider if I should change my entire layout to match that moodtheme...
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[personal profile] tree 2015-12-01 08:04 pm (UTC)(link)
no matter what winter holidays you celebrate

i know the northern hemisphere is more populated than the southern, but we do exist down here. where it's summer. (i just get tired of being disregarded, you know?)

anyway, thank you for the bonus points again this year! they are especially welcome since the AUD is so horribly, horribly low against the USD.
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[personal profile] angelikitten 2015-12-01 08:51 pm (UTC)(link)
Awww, thank you for considering it worth picking :)
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[personal profile] alafaye 2015-12-01 10:25 pm (UTC)(link)
Yay update! And an excellent one, too!
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[personal profile] chimp 2015-12-01 10:35 pm (UTC)(link)
Just gonna leave a great big pile of love right here ❤️ I'm so happy DW exists!
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[personal profile] tree 2015-12-01 10:47 pm (UTC)(link)
thanks. :)
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[personal profile] sharpest_asp 2015-12-02 12:26 am (UTC)(link)
To one and all behind the scenes, I say thank you and bless you.

This place is my *home*, and it is an anchor point of sanity to me.
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[personal profile] lockcade 2015-12-02 12:28 am (UTC)(link)
Happy holidays and thank you for all that you do to make DW a great place to journal on the web!

As for the Great Community Rec-O-Matic, are there any active communities for people who identify themselves as demiromantic/demisexual? I'd like to learn more and talk with those who identify themselves as such, if there is any such communities. If not, then how about communities for those who are a part of the LGBT spectrum? Also, I'm interested in tea, photography, antiques/vintage items, collecting toys, and castles among other things. Any good, active communities based on those interests?

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