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Mark Smith ([staff profile] mark) wrote in [site community profile] dw_news2009-09-28 09:04 pm

Weekly Missive: 28 September 2009

Welcome to the weekly update -- I've got the next few, as October is my month, and Denise is out of town this week. Speaking of, Denise texted me earlier and says she's enjoying Disney World a lot, and wishes you were there. Yes, all of you. :-)

1. Development

This week we had 21 patches that made it into our code repository, from 12 separate committers. A big congrats and welcome goes to [personal profile] ninetydegrees who is a first-time patch contributor! Thank you!

This week's code tour has been put together by [personal profile] foxfirefey who is having a sick day -- hope you get feeling better! As always, the tour is in [site community profile] dw_dev:

2. Full Time Soon!

I am currently finishing up my last week at my day job. Starting next week, I will be a full-time developer on Dreamwidth. For those of you who submit patches, you will see the cycle time go way down (reviews will be quicker). For everybody else who's excited for new features, we'll be able to get them done much faster. I'm really excited about what we're going to be able to accomplish!

This coincides well with the Fall season, and Denise and I starting to put together plans for the site launch. I.e., taking the site out of the Open Beta period that it's currently in. There are a few more features we need to get done before we feel comfortable doing that, but we're starting to talk about it. We'll be doing a big push soon (starting in the next few weeks) to get things implemented. Stay tuned!

3. Getting Connected

If you've been looking for a new community to join, or are voyeuristically interested in seeing what kinds of communities people are creating on Dreamwidth, look no further than [site community profile] dw_community_promo. This is also a useful place to go if you want to advertise your community and hopefully attract some new members.

Also, this is one feature set that I'm particular interested in working on and improving: the ability to find interesting content on the site. With the upcoming site-wide search (few weeks), it should be easier to find interesting posts. If you have any ideas for making finding content better, feel free to let us know in [site community profile] dw_suggestions!

4. Open Floor

As you can see, this week's update is a little light. Denise has been out for most of the week, and I spent some time on-call with my day job, so didn't get much time to work on Dreamwidth. (As [personal profile] exor674 said, Denise must have taken my brain with her to Disney World... I've been a little space cadet this week. Oops.)

So in lieu of me talking on for an hour about miscellany, I'd like to open the floor. Any questions you might have, comments, thoughts, meanderings, what-have-you… go for it.

As always: thanks for reading, and have a great week!
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[personal profile] jalendavi_lady 2009-09-29 04:32 am (UTC)(link)
Wouldn't the lines be a bit, well, long if we were all there at Disney World?
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[personal profile] nova 2009-09-29 04:35 am (UTC)(link)
cut privs for paid accounts? :)
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[personal profile] tree 2009-09-29 09:10 am (UTC)(link)
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[personal profile] azurelunatic 2009-09-29 04:54 am (UTC)(link)
If we had the park to ourselves for the day, perhaps not...
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[personal profile] angelikitten 2009-09-29 05:18 am (UTC)(link)
*hugs Dreamwidth*

(yes, all of it - I have very weird arms XD)
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[personal profile] white_aster 2009-09-29 12:16 pm (UTC)(link)
Point the 1st: you guys are awesome and have done an awesome job. I <3 Dreamwidth more than any other journaling platform I've used.

Point the 2nd: You maybe have discussed this otherwhere and I've just not known where to look, but one of the features that really grabbed me when DW "coming at some time down the pike" features were mentioned was the ability to "friend" journals on other sites like LJ, and see those entries on your DW page. Is there any time line for that? I have this arcane mashup of my flist on LJ that's forwarding my flist there, and then go check insanejournal every day to check my flist THERE, and oh man, so much easier if everything could feed through one input. :)

I know that we can already at least see the public entries (I've never got authenticated feeds to work right, so I can never see f-locked stuff on the feeds) via creating an RSS feed, but for a 100+ friends list creating that many feeds is...not my idea of a good time. Even something that would facilitate that would be awesome.

Just wanted to put in my "+1!" for that feature. :D
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[personal profile] sophie 2009-09-29 01:19 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm fairly sure that this is probably going to be something that Mark will be putting lots of time into once he starts his full-time job at DW. It *has* been a long time coming, and I know it's definitely something that they're wanting to have.

Oh, and for the record...

(I've never got authenticated feeds to work right, so I can never see f-locked stuff on the feeds)

Creating authenticated feeds of people's LJs would be a bad idea anyway if it did work; don't forget that said feeds - as well as the URLs used to create them - are public. You'd effectively be not only giving the public access to the friends-only entries of someone who wouldn't want them public, but exposing your own username and password in the process (by means of the URL).

I can't wait until the cross-site reading thing works.
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[personal profile] white_aster 2009-09-29 01:29 pm (UTC)(link)
Re: authenticated feeds: definitely, making public RSS feeds of them would be bad. I just meant that I'd tried a few times on a private reader to plug in the RSS feed in a format including the username and password that was supposed to pull up f-locked entries, and it didn't work. :\

It's too bad that LJ-code isn't able to just port in RSS feeds like a feed reader without whatever voodoo is needed in "making" a feed account. (at least I assume that there's some conversion of RSS feed -> LJ-readable friend input thingy that goes on.) That way you could do authenticated feeds without privacy issues, because the authenticated feed wouldn't need to be publicly available.

Granted, I don't know much about RSS feeds OR how LJ-code deals with them, so this might not be feasible or easy, but it would be nice. :P

[personal profile] ex_beautyofgr925 2009-09-29 02:40 pm (UTC)(link)
I just wanted to say +1 to this feature/comment. I'd not heard anything about this lately, and it really was one of the planned things that "grabbed" me re: Dreamwidth. I realize that there are probably issues with getting permissions from Livejournal on certain things, etc., but I do hope that this comes to pass!
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[personal profile] cesy 2009-09-29 01:22 pm (UTC)(link)
You are totally awesome, as always. I can't wait until next week.

When's the next code push planned for?
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[personal profile] kinetikatrue 2009-09-29 03:42 pm (UTC)(link)
So, I'm part of group of people working on putting together a blog for the library where we work and we're at the stage of creating accounts on various blogging platforms and running them through their paces as regards ease of use, functionality, etc - and the rest of them have been getting excited about the possibility of having widgets as part of the blog set-up.

Which is about when I realised that I'd never seen such things on an lj/dw journal and wondered first: why? And then: have such things been considered and would they be possible? Or are they already possible and I'm just slow?

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[personal profile] zvi 2009-09-29 07:17 pm (UTC)(link)
Many widgets require the use of embedded content or javascript to function. Dreamwidth/LJ does not allow for the inclusion of javascript, and whitelists particular embeds, but not all of them, in order to prevent malicious scripting.
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[personal profile] kinetikatrue 2009-09-30 12:05 am (UTC)(link)
Okay, that all makes sense, which is good and expected, so thank you! But I guess my next question is: is there an actual list somewhere of things that have been allowed previously? Or should I just ask on a case-by-case basis and then get answers accordingly?
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[personal profile] zvi 2009-09-30 12:54 am (UTC)(link)
Hmm, sorry, I was unclear. In the very most general case, they have approved embedding of video players in entries, youtube, imeem, etc. Sidebar widgets, to the best of my knowledge, don't get approved.

You can always ask, but the likeliest scenario is that, if it's a widget that does something likely to widely appeal to DW users, instead of approving a direct embed, they'll approve a proposal to recreate the function within Dreamwidth. If it's not likely to widely appeal, probably, you'll just be told no.

However, I am not staff and my word is not law. This is just my experience of how such things are handled.

BTW, if you want to make a suggestion about adding functionality to DW, use the suggestions generator.
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[personal profile] kinetikatrue 2009-10-02 12:26 am (UTC)(link)
No, that absolutely makes sense and, if I'd had more than half a brain going, I imagine I would have gotten what you meant the first go-round. Still, I do appreciate the clarification.

And while there haven't been suggestions for must-have widgets, yet, and I therefore have no proposals to bring, when the time comes that I do have such, I'll be more than happy to take them to the appropriate place and see what the rest of the world thinks. Which is to say, thanks for the process suggestion/reminder and I'm glad to benefit from your experience.
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[personal profile] archersangel 2009-09-29 05:58 pm (UTC)(link)
i have a question about icon/userpic placement in posts & comments for when you customize your layout. can you choose on which side to place them in drifting blue? (or any other layout) i think that was an option in transmorgrified basic. so if it isn't in drifting (or any others) can it be made so we can shoose that option?
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[personal profile] yvi 2009-09-29 06:18 pm (UTC)(link)
We actually have a bug open for that one! is for adding the option to all styles in our system.

Styles that already support both options are Sunday Morning and Transmogrified.
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[personal profile] zarhooie 2009-09-29 07:03 pm (UTC)(link)
See icon. <3
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[personal profile] dani_the_girl 2009-09-29 08:38 pm (UTC)(link)
Do you have any plans for page view stats?
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[personal profile] cesy 2009-09-29 09:22 pm (UTC)(link)
You can use Google Analytics if you have a paid account. Is that the kind of stats feature you mean, or something else?
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[personal profile] dani_the_girl 2009-09-29 09:35 pm (UTC)(link)
TBH, I've never used Google analytics so I'm not sure. I was thinking about something like the stuff LJ is beta'ing for paid users right now, which is basically number of unique visitors per day type stuff, so I assume it's pretty similar. Thanks for the heads up!
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[personal profile] jassanja 2009-09-30 03:29 am (UTC)(link)
Google analystics does that and then some!
try it out ;)
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[personal profile] tiferet 2009-09-30 06:27 am (UTC)(link)
I wish I was in Disney World too!
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[staff profile] denise 2009-10-02 12:54 am (UTC)(link)
Vacation was awesome.
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[personal profile] paraka 2009-09-30 03:12 pm (UTC)(link)
Any questions you might have, comments, thoughts, meanderings, what-have-you… go for it
I'm not sure if this should be entered as a suggestion instead but...

I mostly follow these announcements via the email notification that is sent out rather than reading it on my reading page and I find it a little confusing because the email always states "There's a new announcement in dw_news" but doesn't say who posted the announcement.
Since you guys switch up who makes the announcements and since you refer to each other a lot during them it can take me a while to figure out who made the announcement. It would be nice if it said something like "Mark made a new announcement in dw_news" instead.
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[personal profile] cesy 2009-09-30 03:14 pm (UTC)(link)
This is a good point, and I'll put it into the Suggestions queue.
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[personal profile] kaki 2009-09-30 09:26 pm (UTC)(link)
I've always been wondering why you took that link from LJ out of the e-mail comment notifications that said "view the entire thread this comment is a part of". I've always found it to be extremely useful and really miss it in the DW mail notifications.
(I must admit, though, that I haven't received one since about a month ago, so if you have already changed it and I just didn't notice, please ignore this.)

Second, and I hardly dare to ask ...
Since site launch is near, how are things going with ...

- account renaming? (I'm sorry.)
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[staff profile] denise 2009-10-02 12:55 am (UTC)(link)
We didn't take it out specifically -- we branched from LJ before they introduced that, and we haven't gotten around to putting it in ourselves. We do have a bug open for it, though!
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[personal profile] kaki 2009-10-02 04:20 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, good to know. That's funny, I thought that link had been around much longer ... Thank you for the answer.
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[personal profile] gummy 2009-10-01 11:46 pm (UTC)(link)
In the future, could there be a way to import Dreamwidth updates to a Facebook news feed? For example, I currently import my Tumblr entries to Facebook via the official Tumblr application and I find that useful for notifying my non-Tumblr frieds to read those entries. It'd also help get the word out about Dreamwidth. :)
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[personal profile] cesy 2009-10-02 06:08 am (UTC)(link)
You can already import your Dreamwidth entries as Facebook notes. Is that what you meant?
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[personal profile] tajasel 2009-10-02 06:07 pm (UTC)(link)
I have no idea what the OP meant but I would like the above as well. I know it's possible through RSS/Notes but I deliberately don't use that as I don't want to put my content onto Facebook itself - merely provide a link to the original here on Dreamwidth - without actually having to manually share a link each and every time - not least because I will invariably forget with occasional posts but also just because it's kind of irritating to have to do it every single time.
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[personal profile] cesy 2009-10-05 07:13 am (UTC)(link)
As a temporary solution, setting the RSS feed to titles only instead of full feed might work, though it'll annoy anyone actually using the RSS feed.

For the long-term, I've just submitted a suggestion for this, as I like the idea.