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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.)
azurelunatic: A spray of $CELEBRATORY_FIZZY_BEVERAGE from a beribboned bottle caught in the moment just after the cork pops. (champagne)

[personal profile] azurelunatic 2017-01-01 08:59 pm (UTC)(link)
Pajama parties sound great, and Roombas should come with snooze buttons.

I'm glad as always that Dreamwidth is here.
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[personal profile] benegenetriivir 2017-01-01 09:02 pm (UTC)(link)
Hi Mark,

I composed instructions Несколько полезных советов по обустройству в DREAMWIDTH in Russian for newcomers accordingly to my experience since April 2011.
Edited 2017-01-01 21:07 (UTC)
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[personal profile] darjeeling 2017-01-01 09:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you for the update, and thank you for continuing to be upfront and honest about everything! DW's ongoing effort to be foremost for users and what's important to us (re: privacy, content, and all of that) makes this a truly inspirational place to call 'online home'. ♥
Edited 2017-01-01 21:04 (UTC)
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[personal profile] moem 2017-01-01 09:04 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm so freaking happy to read y'alls opinions on privacy. So refreshing in today's climate! And so needed.

Thank you!
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[personal profile] hope 2017-01-01 09:07 pm (UTC)(link)
<3
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[personal profile] lireavue 2017-01-01 09:08 pm (UTC)(link)
My Russian fluency is fairly half-assed at this point, but if you need someone to help stopgap support requests while you build a group of native to fully fluent speakers, I'm game.

(I can also do Spanish or French or to some extent German, if new Russian/Ukrainian users speak those languages and are willing to communicate in mutually-second-or-third languages.)
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[personal profile] zaluzianskya 2017-01-01 09:09 pm (UTC)(link)
Dreamwidth's stance on privacy is so refreshing. Thank you!
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[personal profile] kittydesade 2017-01-01 09:10 pm (UTC)(link)
My fluency is a bit slip-shod for lack of practice, but I speak Spanish, French, German, and can pass for conversant with a good dictionary in Russian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Italian. (Also Irish, but if you're getting support requests from Irish speakers with no English I... don't know what to tell you.)

Some of the vocabulary is likely to be specific in a way I never had cause to learn, but if you toss me a support request I probably will have an easier time translating/extrapolating from context/etc. Basically I can be your stopgap Jill-of-most-languages if you need one.
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[personal profile] lireavue 2017-01-01 09:12 pm (UTC)(link)
Fancy seeing you here. >.>

I should also note to Mark et al that we've worked together for an age and are more than capable of throwing combined knowledge and fluency at requests if needed.
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[personal profile] ratomira 2017-01-01 09:15 pm (UTC)(link)
I speak both Russian and Ukrainian, I'm a native speaker of these languages and can help you.
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[personal profile] dolewhip 2017-01-01 09:19 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm tempted to burst into 'I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here' from Annie. Consider yourselves grateful that it's hard to do that over the internet. ;)

In all seriousness, Dreamwidth's dedication to privacy and honesty is highly reassuring. Thank you, and happy new year.
Edited 2017-01-01 21:19 (UTC)
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[personal profile] proben 2017-01-01 09:24 pm (UTC)(link)
Hi Mark,

Happy New Year!

And Thank You and your team for the efforts to keep DW a desirable platform.
I'm a native Russian and Ukrainian speaker and could volunteer helping DW. Please count on me having issue with the support requests.

Cheers
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[personal profile] kolyvanski 2017-01-01 09:25 pm (UTC)(link)
Hi Mark,
Happy New Year!
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[personal profile] elena_88888 2017-01-01 09:31 pm (UTC)(link)
I can help but on a very rare basis, I'm almost out of time. Nevertheless I also would try to help our Russian-speaking surrounding to become acquainted with all the features I've already got.
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[personal profile] lauerz 2017-01-01 09:35 pm (UTC)(link)
Hi there,

I am native Russian and Ukrainian speaker and I would be happy to help. Please, count me in.

DW user Lauerz
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[personal profile] lavendertook 2017-01-01 09:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you for the update. You all, as always rock.

Happy New Year, Mark!
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[personal profile] mr_picard 2017-01-01 09:41 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you for this update - and I also appreciate your views on privacy. Happy New Year!
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[personal profile] groovesinorbit 2017-01-01 09:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks so much!
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About Ukraine and Russian Federation.

[personal profile] rsi_12_k 2017-01-01 09:45 pm (UTC)(link)
Good day/night.
I apologize for my English.
The influx of people from these two countries stems from the fact that LJ is completely moved to Moscow. Before that their privacy and rights were protected by the First amendment and California law. Now, the major KGB, makes a request and gets all the data about the author or commentator could easily ban/restrict access to the user's page. People register in the hope to remain anonymous.
I assume that some of the new pages will remain dead.
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[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!
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[personal profile] auguris 2017-01-01 09:52 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you. Just... thank you.
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[personal profile] basis211 2017-01-01 09:53 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank You! As many Russian native speakers i would be happy to translate something, including technical stuff and so on. I'm available more often than not.

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[personal profile] ukurainajin 2017-01-01 09:54 pm (UTC)(link)
So do I. If it's something I can help with, I'm in game too.

Thanks for greeting us here, Mark! It's a nice place.
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[personal profile] rotozeev 2017-01-01 10:01 pm (UTC)(link)
I would like to pay attention of the society migrating from LJ to the advantages of RSS technology. This is much better and universal than friend-feed (in LJ or DW)

http://uablogs.pp.ua (in Russian)
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[personal profile] sharpiefan 2017-01-01 10:01 pm (UTC)(link)
(Also Irish, but if you're getting support requests from Irish speakers with no English I... don't know what to tell you.)

That it's either St Patrick's Day or April Fool's Day, probably. But you made me laugh.

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