|Denise (denise) wrote in dw_news,|
@ 2009-06-02 07:26 pm UTC
|Entry tags:||weekly announcements|
Slow update this week, but we do have a few things:
1. Wedding Bells
Are Ringing Have Rung
Congratulations to the newly-released Mr. and Mrs. Smith: version 1.0 came out of beta on May 24, in a gorgeous afternoon ceremony at the Green Valley Ranch in Las Vegas. janinedog was radiant; mark only cried a little bit when he saw her descending the grand staircase. (I resisted the urge to rickroll the ceremony itself -- it was very very difficult, I'll have you know -- although several people did arrange with the DJ to rickroll the reception.)
They're currently honeymooning in an Undisclosed Location, and are expected back on the 15th.
And, because I would be remiss if I did not mock, I present to you a photo of Mark doing the YMCA at the (equally lovely) reception. If news of my untimely death is posted on the 16th, you'll know that it was no accident.
2. Stop the Presses
Barring technical difficulties or the vagaries of editing, I'll be appearing on NPR to discuss advertising on social media (and why it's not a good business model). We'll be recording the interview later this week, and I'll be sure to update y'all when the segment airs.
This is a good time to remind everyone that both mark and I are available for interviews, conference panels, speeches, and other forms of talking to humans in public. You can get in touch with us via email at email@example.com, or just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Death to Spammers!
Well, okay, not so much "death" as "cranky and irritated wishes for them to suffer a tragic and permanent loss of internet connectivity", but you know what I mean.
We've seen a decided uptick in anonymous comment spam in the past two weeks. Our antispam team has posted a guide to protecting your journal from spam; even if you haven't been hit, you might want to read it over. (This is, for the record, why "anonymous commenting disabled" and "IP logging on" are the default settings for newly-created accounts on Dreamwidth; we were anticipating the problem, although not quite to this extent.)
There are a number of things we're looking into to prevent anonymous spam even before it reaches us, and we even had some great discussions with LJ engineering staff after the wedding (yes, we are that work-obsessed, although to our credit, we did wait until well after the wedding itself) about sharing resources to squash these scum like the vermin they are. In the meantime, if you receive a spam comment, delete it and choose the "mark as spam" option. From there, it will go into the antispam system, where our dedicated antispam team will leap into action and swing the banhammer with great force and glee.
It's been a slow two weeks for development, what with wedding festivities, but we've still managed to commit fixes for 42 items since the last time we updated, with special thanks going out to kareila for chewing through bugfixes and afuna for being the review & commit monster. Our next code push will include bugfixes to tag renaming, tag management, tag import, and birthday notifications, among many others.
A special "omg thank you guys" goes to the support team, who've been moving heaven and earth to handle things over the past two weeks while mark and I have been less available. Remember, support on DW is all you guys, all the time. We'd love to have you pitching in -- check out dw_support_training for more information.
6. By the Numbers
For those of you who've been curious about what "active in some way" means on the stats page, that number is defined as "posted, commented, or logged in in the past 30 days". And the good news is, it's been over 30 days since Dreamwidth launched to open beta, and our active usage is still going strong. We're really happy to see that people are not only joining up, but using their Dreamwidth accounts. (I'm pretty sure it's going to take me a while to get over the stupid grin I get every time I see a link to DW "in the wild".)
You may see a drop in the number of paid accounts on our beta stats page (and yeah, we know that the total account number figure is waaaaay off) -- that's actually completely expected, since we knew that a lot of people would be paying the $3 for one month of paid time and then letting their accounts lapse back to free accounts. We actually planned for a significant percentage of churn on one-month paid accounts, and I'm pleased to report that we've actually had more people renew their one-month paid accounts than we'd originally projected.
Overall, we're really pleased with how things are going, and we're really looking forward to being able to move past the "bugfix and minor improvements" phase to the "developing massive new features" phase soon.
Small update this week, but the wedding ate up a lot of our energy! Next week's likely to be slow too, since without mark at the helm we won't be having any code pushes, but the week after, once he's back from his honeymoon (and recovered), we'll be catching up on the remaining patches that need to be reviewed and committed and sending them live.
In the meantime, if you're having any problems with your Dreamwidth account, our support team is standing by, and if you'd like to come hang out and be social with us in irc, we'd love to have you: irc.dwscoalition.org, port 6667, channel #dw.