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dreamwidth news: 25 november 2013

hello, Dreamwidth! I apologize for not having posted a news post after our last code push -- I've been on exceptionally restricted typing due to multiple RSI issues (we're talking 'no more than an hour a day, no more than five minutes at a time') and my dictation software has been acting up as badly as my elbows. Since it's been a while since our last code push -- due partially to my sharply lowered availability and partially to us having spent the past few months primarily working on backend things and making some hardcore repayments on our technical debt -- I know that looks like we haven't been doing much. Rest assured, that's not the case!

Related to the above, I won't be able to reply to the news post comments the way I usually do -- [staff profile] misskat and [personal profile] kareila will be around later this morning to help out people who are having problems, but I do have to save my very limited typing time for handling things like payment questions and the like.

Behind the cut:

  • Development

  • Notifications changes

  • Mod Hat

  • Custom text in styles

  • Import problem fixes

  • Profile section collapsing fixed

  • New update page: progress report

  • December points bonus


DW News, 25 Nov )

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That's it from us for another update! As always, if you're having problems with Dreamwidth, Support can help you; for notices of site problems and downtime, check the Twitter status page; if you've got an idea to make the site better, you can make a suggestion.

Comment notifications may be delayed for up to an hour, due to the high volume of notifications generated after an update is posted to [site community profile] dw_news. This was posted at 0500 EST (see in your time zone).
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Dreamwidth News: 11 June 2013

Hello, Dreamwidth! Last week, we attended YAPC, the annual conference put on by the Perl Foundation. We brought a group of our developers so they could both attend the conference and learn things, and also so they could represent Dreamwidth to the wider world. (Which they did! Awesomely!)

The conference itself was full of a number of interesting and varied talks, given by a bunch of incredibly smart people, and we learned a bunch (and found out about all kinds of useful things we can apply to Dreamwidth in the future). Aside from that, though, we had a great week, full of things like midnight hackathons, trips to see the actual servers that run Dreamwidth in person, people being voluntold to do things (that's a combination of "volunteer" and "told" that involves me pointing at someone and telling them "that's a great idea, why don't you do that"), and a whole host of teambuilding and other productive things. We've learned things, taught things, broke things, fixed things, and discovered just how many people you can pack into a hotel room and not want to kill each other later.

We'd like to say "thank you" to everybody who's paid for their accounts lately, since it's your support that allowed us to do this, and it's already paying off in bugfixes, new features, usability improvements, and loads of people who heard about Dreamwidth-the-open-source-project from us and are interested in coming to hack with us. So, let's go over some of the neat stuff we did!

(I also want to apologize in advance for any typos or weirdness in this news post, since I switched recently to dictating instead of typing, since my RSI problems just keep getting worse. Let me tell you, it may be easier than I thought it would be to make the transition, but that does not mean it's easy.)

Behind the cut:

* Conference Report
* Development
* Icon Renaming
* Pretty URLs
* Tales from the Conference #1
* New Entry & Comment Pages
* Spam Prevention
* HTML Cleaner Changes
* Tales from the Conference #2
* Volunteering with Dreamwidth

and now the news )
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Dreamwidth news: 29 April 2013

Hello, Dreamwidth! This week we celebrate DW's fourth birthday (as of tomorrow) with a whole slew of new stuff to play with. It's been a wild ride these four years, and it's only getting more awesome as we go.

Behind the cut:

* Development
* Reply-by-email
* Comment search
* Subscription filters module
* Image placeholder settings
* New styles
* Feed cleanup
* Credit card charges
* Dreamwidth in person

Dreamwidth news, 29 April 2013 )
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Dreamwidth News: 9 January

Hello, Dreamwidth! Welcome to 2013. Now that we're done with losing tons of time to the holidays, we are back and better than ever, and we're kicking off 2013 in style.

Behind the cut:

* Development
* More in the Family
* JQuery Beta
* Icon Page in Your Journal Style
* Charitable Giving
* Community Promotion

Dreamwidth update, 9 Jan 2013 )
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Dreamwidth News: 8 December

Hello, Dreamwidth! It is I, here to bring you the usual veritable rainbow of interesting news, exciting developments, and stupid-ass jokes that prove I should not be trusted with posting access to the journal that sends out newsletter notifications to tens of thousands of people. (With great power comes great ... oh, you know the saying.)

Behind the cut:

* December Shop Promotion
* Holiday Giving
* Development
* Styles Stuff
* Content Importing
* Misc. Other Maintenance Notes

Dreamwidth News, 8 December )
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Dreamwidth Update: 26 September, 2012

Hello, Dreamwidth! It has been a busy busy week in these parts, and we are here to bring you a collection of new and interesting things you can play with and information about the awesome things we've been up to.

Behind the cut:

* Development
* Technical backend improvements
* S2 siteskinned comments beta
* Create Entries beta updated
* Site skins now HTML5
* New styles and themes
* Email Notification Woes
* Import Problems -- Fixed, But Tell Us Anyway
* Paid Time
* Miscellaneous Other Stuff

Dreamwidth News, 26 Sept )
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Dreamwidth Update: 21 July 2012

Hello, Dreamwidth! Now that we have returned from tonight's maintenance (as I said on Twitter, we were all in the room where [personal profile] alierak and [staff profile] mark were doing the maintenance and we still kept trying to refresh things) and are reasonably convinced the site is not going to blow up any second (*knock wood*), I am pleased to announce that we have a lot of REALLY AWESOME THINGS to share with you.

This week we brought a number of our senior developers out here to Portland for OSCON, O'Reilly's annual conference about open source. (We were able to do this thanks to all y'all supporting us -- so thank you!) Not only has the conference let us attend a number of interesting sessions about technologies and standards that we're all super excited about applying to Dreamwidth, we've also taken the opportunity afforded by having so many of our people in the same space to get in some serious hack time on a lot of big projects we've all been working on.

Thanks to a lot of concentrated effort, we were able to get a few of them into "releasable" state -- as a first draft that we'll continue to refine and expand over time, of course, but we thought you'd like the chance to play with the first round. We'll be improving all of these things over time, as we also work to get some of the other long-term projects people have been hacking on this week released.

In the meantime ... well, I'll just go ahead and tell you about all the fun things we have in store.

Behind the cut:

* Development
* Surprise #1: Images
* Tales from the Conf #1
* Surprise #2: Icons
* Tales from the Conf #2
* Preview: Responsive Mobile Site
* A Word From The Head Office

What We Did On Our Summer Vacation, By Dreamwidth, Age ... oh nevermind )
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Dreamwidth News: 2 July 2012

Hello, Dreamwidth! I would like to apologize (again, ugh) for the length of time it's been since last we spoke. The past two and a half months have been pretty awful for me in terms of health stuff and I had to cut down to the absolute bare minimum in terms of "keeping the site running", which did not, unfortunately, include the block of time necessary to write a newsletter. (And when I did, either my laptop was in the shop, we were traveling, or my neighborhood had no power after the huge storm that tore through the East Coast a few days ago...)

That having been said, this place runs on the efforts of a bunch of people other than me (thankfully!) and just because I've been fairly out of commission does not mean that interesting things have not been happening. Behind the cut, a slew of things that are new and shiny, or at least just things you should probably know:

* Development
* Markdown
* Comment Editing
* New Styles
* Google Maps
* Accessibility Team News
* Request(s) for Comment: beta features, blogging languages
* (Anti)spam
* Real Life Should Not Be A Disaster Movie, Dammit

Dreamwidth News )
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Dreamwidth News: 12 Apr 2012

Hello, Dreamwidth! I'm eagerly watching the clock until the weekend getaway I have planned with my lovely wife -- and boy howdy do I need a vacation -- so in order to pass the time, I bring you an offering of hopefully-useful Dreamwidth information. Behind the cut:


* Development
* Javascript modernization: release candidate
* Paying via credit card
* Request for comment: username squatting
* Spam (not the singing Vikings kind)
* Default theme poll
* Arts and Culture: Changing Seasons

Dreamwidth News: 12 Apr 2012 )
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Dreamwidth Update: 17 Mar 2012

Hello, Dreamwidth! As usual, I bring you apologies for the long gap since the last [site community profile] dw_news post (there is always something to prevent the good long chunk of time I need to write one, but I'm sick and tired of doing things that won't pan out for ages by now!) and a whole slew of interesting things to discuss and share.

Behind the cut, we bring you:

* Development update
* Text Captcha
* Icon-Related Changes
* A note from the antispam team
* Custom dictionary expansion
* Default styles poll
* Dreamwidth Arts & Culture - "Delights"


Dreamwidth update, 17 March 2012 )
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Dreamwidth Update: 2 February 2012

Hello, Dreamwidth! It's been a busy month for us, and we have some nifty things to announce. Behind the cut, we bring you news on:

* Development
* Community Imports
* Claim your OpenID
* A note from the antispam team
* Invite Codes
* Abandoned Accounts
* Volunteering with DW
* State of the Servers

Dreamwidth update, 2 February 2012 )
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[staff profile] mark2012-01-18 10:53

Dreamwidth Studios is against SOPA/PIPA

Hi all,

You're probably aware of the ongoing protests against SOPA/PIPA, two laws that are being considered in the United States legislature that, I believe, will fundamentally harm the Internet as we know it. Today, we have joined the ongoing protests against these laws:

http://www.dreamwidth.org/sopa

We have not completely blacked out the site. We debated it and while I believe it would provide a more accurate and stronger statement of protest, we decided not to because Dreamwidth is a platform that gives people a voice. We believe in our Guiding Principles and do not want to silence your voices, even if only temporarily.

While I won't say that we will never do that -- there certainly may come a time when it truly is the best way to protest -- we don't feel comfortable doing that right now. We'll see how the rest of the fight against SOPA/PIPA goes, though, and will keep everybody informed.

Thank you for using Dreamwidth. We truly wouldn't be anything without each of your contributions -- readers, writers, users, random passers-by, everything! I am truly honored to be working on a site like this.
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Dreamwidth Update: 6 January 2012

Hello, Dreamwidth! We're ringing in 2012 with a collection of useful information and news from the DW head office (aka my house) and auxiliary offices (aka Mark's house and Fu's house). Behind the cut you will find information on:

* Development, Coding, and Styles
* Community and Icon Importing
* Site Growth and Stability
* Invite Codes
* SOPA
* The Ada Initiative
* Paid Accounts, PayPal, and DW Business
* The Great Community Rec-O-Matic

DW Update, 6 January 2012 )
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[staff profile] mark2011-12-29 15:45

Community importing is live.

Hi all -- I wanted to post a quick news post to let you know that community imports are now live. There's also some other content inside... down past the cut!

Dreamwidth News for December 29th, 2011 )
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Dreamwidth Update: 25 December

Hello, Dreamwidth! I come to you with an out-of-cycle news post to announce a super special end-of-year present to all y'all ... but while I've got you on the line, I might as well go through a few other things. Sorry, you're gonna have to wait for the good stuff ;)

Behind the cut:

* Development
* Dreamwidth 101
* Import delays
* Site stability
* Aid to the Philippines
* Holiday points bonus + paid account creation
* A request regarding official DW journal comments

... and ...

* HAPPY HOLIDAYS, DREAMWIDTH, HAVE A SHINY THING (soon)

Dreamwidth news, 25 December )
EDIT 12/26 11:45pm EDT: Hey, guys, as a personal favor to me, before asking questions in the comments could you please try to read the existing comments? I know there are many, many comments to read through, but most of the questions I'm seeing now are repeats and duplicates, and there's only one of me to answer them all. Thanks. :)
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Dreamwidth Update: 16 December

Hello, Dreamwidth! This news post is full of a lot of exciting things, so I will dive straight in.

Behind the cut:

* Development news
* New Create Entries beta
* New themes and styles
* Also new in the last code push
* Open account creation
* Reminder: holiday promotion
* Possible import/crosspost problems
* Deleted accounts purged
* The Ada Initiative
* Version 2.0


Dreamwidth news, 16 December )
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December Holiday Promotion - Points Bonus on all orders!

It's that time of year again -- the calendar year is drawing to a close, the end-of-year holidays are nearly upon us, and Dreamwidth would like to say "thank you" to everyone who decides to give their friends (or themselves) a holiday gift of DW paid time.

From now until the end of December, all orders made in the Dreamwidth Shop will receive a 10% points bonus for future use. For instance, if you buy yourself a 12 month paid account (350 points), we'll give you 35 points to spend later when you complete your order.

This is our way of saying "thank you!" to everyone who helps to support Dreamwidth, and helps us to continue being independent, user-supported, and ad-free. Our commitment to remaining free of fiscal pressure from outside interests and 100% devoted to providing our users the best service possible is only possible because of you, and we'd like to thank everyone who supports us.

Happy holidays from Dreamwidth!
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Dreamwidth News: 21 October 2011

Hello, Dreamwidth! First off, I would like to heartily apologize for the delay in this update; September and October plagued me with a slew of annoying medical problems that have, among other things, prevented me from typing for a while. I'm still recovering from the emergency surgery to correct the latest one of them (I'm okay now, don't worry), but I took the first chance possible to get this written. (Meanwhile, if you're waiting for a response in a staff-only support category, I apologize, and will get back to you as quickly as I can!)

Behind the cut:

* Development
* Future Improvements
* Expanding Comment Threads Now a Standard Feature
* Accessibility Win: Comment Hierarchy
* New Entry Creation Page
* Privacy: small profile change
* Importing Problems
* Updates from our Volunteers

DW News: 21 October 2011 )
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Dreamwidth Update: 11 August 2011

Hello, Dreamwidth! It's been an ... eventful few weeks, hasn't it? Welcome to those who are just joining us, from Google Plus and LiveJournal -- we hope you find Dreamwidth an excellent home. (This week we passed 100,000 personal accounts on the service, and over one million accounts total, which is very exciting news indeed.)

Behind the cut:

* Development
* Update on site problems
* Welcome to Dreamwidth!
* Paid Accounts
* Anonymous spam
* [site community profile] dw_codesharing
* Non-native-English celebration fest
* Request for brainstorming


DW update: 11 August 2011 )
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Dreamwidth (quick) Update: 24 July 2011

Hey all -- I'm sorry about the radio silence for the past few weeks (I've torn my rotator cuff and dislocated my wrist, and have been on minimal-typing for a while). I was hoping things would improve enough for me to do a full update, but enough people have been asking that I'll at least do a quick-hits:

* Check out [personal profile] erika's first Code Tour for development news.

* For the rest of 2011, we're concentrating on Mission: Feature Development. August's hackathon is usability bugs, so if you've been thinking of diving into DW development, check out the usability Bugzilla keyword for a list of the bugs eligible for a points bounty.

* We're increasing the bounty on styles submitted to [site community profile] dreamscapes, to help recognize the fact that creating a style is far more involved than creating a theme.

* Speaking of, there are new styles available for your journal: Five AM is now live, and Crisped and Dusty Foot will be going live with the next code push.

* I've been working on the [site community profile] dw_suggestions backlog, and will be moving more things over to Bugzilla in the coming weeks, so if you haven't stopped by for a while to give your opinion, now's the time.

I will be back with a more detailed update as soon as I can type more reliably! In the meantime, if you're having problems, Support is standing by to help you.