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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.)
dragondancer5150: (General - LJ accidentally'd itself again)

[personal profile] dragondancer5150 2017-01-01 09:46 pm (UTC)(link)
There's really not much I can say that others haven't already, both here and in the past. But I still want, as always, to say my own THANK YOU!!! for all that you guys do (and everything that you don't!).

GDIT Roomba! *shakes fist at!* Seriously, though, pajama party sounds awesome!
monanotlisa: alex and maggie next to each other (Default)

[personal profile] monanotlisa 2017-01-01 10:15 pm (UTC)(link)
That icon! <3
dragondancer5150: (General - Abandoned Search for Truth)

[personal profile] dragondancer5150 2017-01-01 11:22 pm (UTC)(link)
Haha, yeah. I snagged it from somewhere (don't remember where anymore and there was no credit on the icon itself) when I jumped ship during the mass exodus of late 2011. You're certainly welcome to snag it yourself if you'd like. ^__^
azurelunatic: panic button.  (panic)

[personal profile] azurelunatic 2017-01-02 02:26 am (UTC)(link)
Hee! I thought I recognized that shade of blue dating back to that specific incident, and I'm happy to know that I remembered correctly!
dragondancer5150: (Brave Police - Deckard Thumbs Up)

[personal profile] dragondancer5150 2017-01-02 02:34 am (UTC)(link)
LOL You've a better memory than I have. ^__^
azurelunatic: LJ swirl with a blue pushpin instead of a pencil.  (pushpin)

[personal profile] azurelunatic 2017-01-02 03:03 am (UTC)(link)
I was visiting a friend for winter break when it all went down, and our conversation at the time was largely unprintable. It was otherwise a great vacation, but that particular bit remains engraved upon my eyeballs.

Oh, those innocent and carefree days...
dragondancer5150: (Default)

[personal profile] dragondancer5150 2017-01-02 03:39 am (UTC)(link)
Bleh, yeah. Glad you were able to enjoy the vacation otherwise.

HAHA no joke.
marahmarie: Sheep go to heaven, goats go to hell (Default)

[personal profile] marahmarie 2017-01-02 01:55 am (UTC)(link)
That icon, indeed. The sort of thing I would've used, had it existed, back when I was still using LJ.

dragondancer5150: (Default)

[personal profile] dragondancer5150 2017-01-02 02:24 am (UTC)(link)
Haha, yeah. I'd never use it /ON/ LJ myself, but only because I'm only ever on LJ anymore to comment to friends who only have an LJ account. They've chosen to stay for whatever reasons, and I don't want to antagonize them. That having been said . . . this really is one of my favorite icons.
marahmarie: Sheep go to heaven, goats go to hell (Default)

[personal profile] marahmarie 2017-01-02 02:44 am (UTC)(link)
Huh, that's interesting. I really love the icon but wouldn't feel right using it here as I haven't been an LJ user since way back in 2010.

On another note, the icon is kind of ironic now, considering many people probably wish it was just a case of them innocently accidentally the entire database, at this point. Like, if only! :)
dragondancer5150: (Default)

[personal profile] dragondancer5150 2017-01-02 03:41 am (UTC)(link)
I loaded it when I first came over and used it some back then, though not really so much since. But never took it down, either. Now I just use it on the rare occasion like this one.
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[personal profile] kshandra 2017-01-02 06:55 am (UTC)(link)
I thought our icons should hang out together.
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[personal profile] dragondancer5150 2017-01-03 12:13 am (UTC)(link)
*SNERK!* Yes, very much. Love that icon!
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[personal profile] sharpiefan 2017-01-02 01:47 pm (UTC)(link)
Nice icon. Which is pretty much all I have to say, oops.

(I currently have zero icon space available right now, or I'd consider swiping it.)
dragondancer5150: (Default)

[personal profile] dragondancer5150 2017-01-03 12:16 am (UTC)(link)
LOL no worries. That's pretty much all the others have said either. Love your icon too!

Eh, save it anyway? Keep it on your computer or a hard drive for the future in case you do find you have space? I have WAY more icons squirreled away in storage than I'll ever use. ^_^