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Mark Smith ([staff profile] mark) wrote in [site community profile] dw_news2017-01-01 12:48 pm

Dreamwidth News: 1 January 2017

Well, we made it to 2017. Congratulations.

The holiday promotion has ended. Thank you to everybody who bought points or a paid account or something, you're really helping to keep Dreamwidth going. We wouldn't be here without your support. (Quite literally -- we don't serve advertisements and we don't sell recommendations or anything, every single dollar we use to host the site comes from ya'll.)

The main reason I wanted to post today was to acknowledge and welcome the large influx of people we've been seeing in the past 10 days or so. We've seen a huge increase in new accounts -- over 100,000! This has translated into a raw increase in Dreamwidth usage of about 25% (i.e., our traffic is up 25% compared to two weeks ago). This is pretty exciting. I love to see people using Dreamwidth and settling in, making themselves comfortable, etc. I hope that you will find yourself feeling at home here!

So, business #1:

With any large influx of traffic, there will be occasional bits of site slowness. It takes a little time for us to provision hardware to adjust to changes in load, but don't worry: we're nowhere near the limits. In other words, even if the site gets slow for a little while it won't be a long term thing. Most of the particular issues we've run up against have been fixed already and the team will continue to investigate and fix any other issues that arise.

If you're worried about Dreamwidth falling over or crashing because of the traffic, it's okay. We are quite far from any limitations on Dreamwidth's ability to scale. But, even still, I'm sorry for the spots of slowness we've had. We've had to make a few tweaks but things look like they're doing pretty well now and we'll keep an eye on things.

(Note: whenever there are issues, we will update our Twitter feed: [twitter.com profile] dreamwidth, so please follow us there if you use that service!)

Financially, we're doing fine. We did just get new hardware and that incurred a pretty big line-item expense, but we've still got a buffer of cash in the bank -- particularly since we just finished the holiday sale. Of course, we've had to provision extra hardware with the recent arrivals but it will take a few months to see how the budget shakes out. (So, we're not asking for money right now! Just the normal business is sustaining the site fine and if that changes we'll let you know.)

Business #2:

Welcome to Dreamwidth, all newcomers, we're happy to have you! Many of you are joining us from Russia and Ukraine, so: Привет, добро пожаловать! Привіт і ласкаво просимо!

Unfortunately, nobody presently on Dreamwidth staff or volunteer speaks these languages and Google Translate leaves a lot to be desired. We've had at least one support request come in which is not in English and we'd love to be able to help out. If anybody who speaks these languages has spare time and is interested in becoming part of our volunteer group to help out from time to time, can you please comment here and let us know? Thank you!

Edit: I've started [community profile] dw_translate which [personal profile] kaberett will be administrating. We'll use that community to post to when we have something we need help with! Please feel free to join if you want to make yourself available.

Business #3:

I want to personally say that Dreamwidth is committed to openness and protecting the privacy of our users and their data. While we must of course follow United States law, we take a very strong position on the protection of your data. We'll do everything we can to be the best we can in this area. In other words, see the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Who Has Your Back? 2015 report. While Dreamwidth is too small to be evaluated by the EFF, I am committing us to earning all 5 stars. Stay tuned for more on this from us in 2017.

I think that particularly in the current political climate of the United States (and the world) it is very important for people to take a stand for what they believe in. So: I believe that real, honest privacy and using an online service should not be incompatible goals -- and as much as it is within our power, Dreamwidth will be a place you can have real, honest privacy.

That's all I've got for now. Thanks for reading and I hope your New Year's Eve went as well as mine -- we had a pajama party with some good friends and some champagne at midnight. It was pretty relaxing ... until the Roomba woke us up at an unreasonable time to begin its morning rounds.

(PS, as with all news posts, this may cause a delay in comment notifications for an hour or two after this is posted. I am posting this at 12:30PM PST, convert to your timezone.)
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[personal profile] oye 2017-01-02 03:24 am (UTC)(link)
Мучас грасиас!
Где найти русскоговорящее сообщество?
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[personal profile] vladicusmagnus 2017-01-05 12:01 pm (UTC)(link)
Да хватает, в целом то... Пока просто не целиком все перебрались (посты, фоточке и вот это вот все).

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[personal profile] archangelbeth 2017-01-02 03:26 am (UTC)(link)
Is there a Patreon-type option for Dreamwidth? I don't have a constant enough income to do a proper "subscription," but if I could throw in a small bit every month, that will probably be sustainable...
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[personal profile] azurelunatic 2017-01-02 04:00 am (UTC)(link)
Right now, the two options to throw money at Dreamwidth is via paid services (or points to be redeemed for paid services later) or merch from Zazzle (also linked from the Shop header).

The minimum transaction is $3 for 30 points; points can be thrown at friends or kindly strangers, or directly redeemed for something interesting.

I don't think there's a mechanism for recurring payments that aren't directly a paid journal payment, though. I wonder if they'd look into a Patreon-like subscription, and then let you figure out what to do with the points...

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[personal profile] seaivy 2017-01-02 03:57 am (UTC)(link)
thank you for bring here!

if some one reads this i have a problem
I've just come back yo this site
i have a new email but i can't fix it because i can't remember my password
help?
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[personal profile] cesy 2017-01-02 07:25 am (UTC)(link)
I'd suggest opening a support request and someone can help you more easily from there.
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[personal profile] gonchar 2017-01-02 05:05 am (UTC)(link)
I speak Russian. Sometimes I can help you.
Thank you for your work!
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[personal profile] veritas_poet 2017-01-02 05:35 am (UTC)(link)
With all these LJ folks migrating here, I hope to see more activity at DW. I came to DW a few years ago for many reasons, but especially because I couldn't stand the way LJ treats its customers.

And while I like so much about DW, there was hardly any activity at all. Even fandom comms seemed dead. I hope that changes. I would like DW to be my new home. But there's no use if I'm just talking to myself!
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[personal profile] sharpiefan 2017-01-02 02:06 pm (UTC)(link)
SAME. I have basically drifted out of fandom 'cause there's not been the sort of activity here that there was on LJ when I left in 2010. I do hope fannish activity picks up over here...

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[personal profile] armourofiron 2017-01-02 05:49 am (UTC)(link)
I'm always happy to hear that Dreamwidth is always willing to go out of the way to protect free speech. And more so in the current climate right now.

Anyways I bid welcome and hope both Russian and Ukrainian bloggers will find DW to be a safe place to discuss the geopolitical events that are currently impacting us all.
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[personal profile] dynamolj 2017-01-02 06:32 am (UTC)(link)
Hi Mark,

I am an Ukrainian and Russian native speaker and also a fluent HEBREW speaker, and wish to make as much as needed to support Dreamwidth.

All the best wishes in new year! Pajamas party forever, until Rumba will not wake us up!
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[personal profile] goodbyebird 2017-01-02 08:48 am (UTC)(link)
So glad to hear you're financially sound, and good luck on the EFF <3
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[personal profile] cmcmck 2017-01-02 11:32 am (UTC)(link)
I can manage French and Italian on top of my native English and even have a few words in Romani, but sadly I'm no use to you on the Slav languages! :o)
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[personal profile] nilavae 2017-01-02 12:51 pm (UTC)(link)
I love you guys! I couldn't get a subscription this Christmas season, but I got it as a gift! xD Even if it's for a month, I'll get one if I get the chance. Your site has been such a wonderful new home that I'm happy to support when I can.
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[personal profile] quindicesima 2017-01-02 03:41 pm (UTC)(link)

Thanks for all you've been doing so far!

My current main worry re privacy on Dreamwidth, for the record, is lack of consistent TLS. I don't have a way of forcing my session to all-HTTPS (and the link structure of the site isn't really set up in such a way as to make mere caution a reasonable substitute). The possibly more important flip side is that I don't have a way of forcing it for people reading my protected entries either (and I am not in a position to impose even the minor countermeasure of “no plain access via untrusted networks” on my friends). So I have to assume that anything I write may wind up traversing the Internet in the clear, and that the session cookies forming people's ability to continue reading such things may do the same, yes?

A lot of the Modern Sites tend to go all-HTTPS all-the-time, which I approve of but realize may be quite awkward in other ways (I remember seeing a post about the mixed content problem). Trying to do some kind of mixed policy that still allows for the above could be even more awkward. But the acceleration of attacks is pretty real (including many other attacks that this wouldn't protect against, but passive snooping is importantly hard to detect).

I don't really have a good solution to that one other than digging in, I'm afraid. xvx Just noting that it's one thing holding things back for me. Any better ideas?

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[personal profile] alierak 2017-01-02 04:10 pm (UTC)(link)
We're not that far off from all-HTTPS. Take any DW page and replace http:// with https:// and it should not only work, it should work without mixed-content warnings or sending you off to plain HTTP pages (at least for automatically generated links within the site; we're probably not going to be editing user-submitted links). If something doesn't work as I've described, that's a bug (like these).

Consider this a testing phase where we need to fix those sorts of bugs before switching to all-HTTPS.

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[personal profile] jazzyjj 2017-01-02 05:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Happy and safe New Year to everybody, including the ever capable Dw staff and volunteers. Thank you for doing what you do, and doing it well. Please keep it up. And, a warm welcome from me to all the newbies. This place rocks! Off to try and re-configure the blue-tooth speaker that my brother gave me for Xmas. Minor incident over the weekend involving computer speech, but part of it has been sorted out.
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[personal profile] grzegorz 2017-01-02 07:03 pm (UTC)(link)
ready to help with translations (Ukrainian and Russian)
Edited 2017-01-02 19:07 (UTC)
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[personal profile] euthanasepam 2017-01-08 09:44 pm (UTC)(link)
So what 'bout some Albanian?

[personal profile] oleksiy_fomenko 2017-01-02 07:30 pm (UTC)(link)
native Russian and fluent Ukrainian (and a little bit English and Belarussian). ready to help
Edited 2017-01-02 19:31 (UTC)
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[personal profile] cardcaptors 2017-01-02 10:49 pm (UTC)(link)
Aw, I missed the holiday sale... D:
I'm a new-ish user and I think this is really nice and refreshing to see site updates, since a lot of people on other sites don't even bother to answer support requests...so thank you! This is the sort of thing that makes me want to invest my money into a site I plan to use regularly.
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[personal profile] shanghaied 2017-01-02 10:52 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you, Team Dreamwidth, for keeping on. May you keep on keeping on, and on, and on...

p.s. HAPPY 2017!
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[personal profile] numb3r_5ev3n 2017-01-03 12:04 am (UTC)(link)
First off - thank you so much for your commitment to users' privacy and the protection of user data, considering what is going on at That Other Blogging Service right now.

That said: I do not have any idea if anyone has posted anything along these lines yet, so I am sorry if I am just reiterating what someone else has already said...but if you can find a way to include linkable image galleries as a service, you will be able to get the rest of the stragglers who have wanted to come over from That Other Blogging services for years, but who haven't because they still need to use photobucket/tinypic/imgur to display images. I am sure you are aware of this and coding/money is a factor, but with all of the increased traffic and the new users, maybe this will someday be a thing on DW?
Edited 2017-01-03 00:06 (UTC)

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[personal profile] errorrishe 2017-01-03 12:07 am (UTC)(link)
Fluent in both Russian and Ukrainian, will be happy to help
( and also part of this new wave escaping from LJ)
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[personal profile] kormantic 2017-01-03 01:11 am (UTC)(link)
Thanks for giving us a place.
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[personal profile] zarahjoyce 2017-01-03 02:40 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you very much for your hard work! I look forward to a fruitful and exciting 2017 in dw <3
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[personal profile] tasic 2017-01-03 09:52 am (UTC)(link)
I speak Ukrainian and Russian and can translate to/from these languages. So if you need to translate something you may ask me.
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[personal profile] nightfalltwen 2017-01-03 11:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Is the reason why the import queues are taking forever because so many people are all trying to do it at once?

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[personal profile] asmaria 2017-01-03 11:10 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you so much for all you do for this community! Happy New Year!!! <3
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[personal profile] hamatokameko 2017-01-04 09:02 am (UTC)(link)
I initially came here years ago, and while I never fully settled here I kept it as a mirror of my LJ. But with LJ's latest move, well... I think I'm finally here to stay. The end of an era, but the beginning of a new one. Maybe I'll start keeping journals more regularly again. :)
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[personal profile] moth2fic 2017-01-04 10:48 am (UTC)(link)
Absolutely great to know you'll survive the flood of new arrivals. I'm very excited that some of my friends are among them. Good to hear you continue to stick to your no ads policy and your privacy protection. That's why we buy time here! Happy New Year!

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