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Denise ([staff profile] denise) wrote in [site community profile] dw_news2010-03-02 12:47 am

Weekly Update: March 1

Good morning afternoon evening $time_of_day, Dreamwidth! After discovering once again that February has 28 days (you'd think we'd remember this by now), and since the Olympics are over (seriously, did you see that hockey game yesterday?) and I need something to do with the time that was devoted to actually watching TV (it's a once-every-two-years activity), Mark has handed over the weekly update to me for my turn at the helm.

One incredibly long sentence later, let's start in on the update.

1. Development

This week we welcome new contributor [personal profile] noodles with his first patch for us! You can see the list of bugs resolved this week in this week's code tour; it's a small sampling, but it's a nice mix.

For March, we've declared a Suggestions hackathon: implementing things that have come through our Suggestions process. Since [personal profile] yvi declared the hackathon on 2/23, we've already gone from 193 unassigned suggestions down to 180 unassigned suggestions, so we're making progress!

If you'd like to join us, check out the [site community profile] dw_dev and [site community profile] dw_dev_training communities. (We are exceedingly friendly to newcomers!) The list of unassigned suggestions can be found here.

2. Antispam

Hat tips and huge thanks this week go out to our antispam team, who are still dealing with an incredible uptick in the amount of comment spam we've been getting. They're doing a great job in protecting DW users from spam, whether anonymous or from logged-in or OpenID users.

The antispam team on any site are unsung heroes, since you generally only notice them when they aren't doing their jobs. So, Mark and I would like to publicly thank ours, because they rock. Sing off thanks of your own in the comments!

3. Hidden Treasures

As part of our perpetual quest to make sure our documentation is as good as it can be, and in order to help me with the "Dreamwidth tour" that I've been meaning to work up for oh, about a year now, a question!

What's your favorite new feature that DW has implemented so far? Name them in comments.

4. Styles

If you haven't checked out our journal styles in a while, you might want to: the All Styles list has been steadily growing over time. This week, we've been working to get preview images made for the ones that don't have them yet; next week, [personal profile] afuna and the styles team plan on working to get entirely new layouts that have been submitted to [site community profile] dreamscapes converted into system layouts that anyone can choose.

If your talents lie in CSS, style creation, S2 theme creation, or even putting together pretty colors, [site community profile] dreamscapes could use you! In particular, there are 12 layouts that need someone to convert them from CSS to a system-choosable S2 layout. We could also use more color themes for the Blanket, Brittle, Drifting, and Refried Tablet themes, so if you've got good color sense (or enjoy spending time on Colour Lovers), check it out.

5. Payments

We've made significant progress this week in finding an alternate payment solution after the last few weeks of trouble, and we very much hope to have it implemented quickly. There are some advantages to all of this hassle -- our new processor will likely also give us the ability to accept electronic checks, so you'll probably be able to pay us through direct bank draft if you aren't able to use your credit card. (We'll likely only be able to accept Visa/MC through them; we've looked for a solution that lets us accept other cards that are more common outside the US, but the field there is more slim.)

Our new processor will also offer the option for recurring billing -- sign up once and have your payment automatically made when your account comes due, unless you cancel it. We'd need to implement the code for it on our end, though, and that's something we don't necessarily want to spend the time doing if there isn't interest in it.

Is that something people are interested in? If it's a feature that would be useful to you guys, we'll add it to the list of things we want to accomplish; I doubt we'd be able to get it in immediately, but if you guys would find it more helpful than pushy, we'll add it to the wish list.

In the meantime, we're still accepting checks and money orders in USD through our shop, and if you have a paid account that's about to expire and you can't use check or money order for any reason, contact us at or by opening a Support request in the Account Payments department.


That's it from us for the week! We'll be back next week with more tales from the front, including news about what [personal profile] afuna will be working on as soon as she's able to devote her full-time attention to Dreamwidth. (Only a month left!) 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.

We'll see you next week for our next update.
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[personal profile] kiwikiwi 2010-03-02 05:53 am (UTC)(link)
I am in love forever with "thread from the beginning". One of my endless frustrations on LJ is to be in a 100-comment thread in a 3000-comment post, and wanting to only get to the beginning on my conversation, without having to load the entire post, or go up one "parent" link at a time.

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[personal profile] azurite 2010-03-02 05:56 am (UTC)(link)
I, for one, would love the ability to make automatic payments, but if you guys can't do it on our end, I know I can do it through my online banking. Not sure if that's true for all DWers, though. I think to do that, we basically just need the info that the money would be sent to (address and all that).

Is it sad that the first "new feature" that DW did that came to mind that I love lots is the simple Tag stat? I love knowing how many tags I'm using, and I'm always shocked that other sites don't use it (yet). Does that even count as a feature? It's small, but it makes a big difference to a tag fiend like myself. :)

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[personal profile] animeshon 2010-03-02 05:58 am (UTC)(link)
I for one would love the ability to just have you regularly charge my credit card for my paid account. Having ADD I am terrible at remembering stuff from one minute to another and constantly forget to pay things unless I have them set up automatically.
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[personal profile] niqaeli 2010-03-02 06:00 am (UTC)(link)
Arguably my favourite feature ever isn't one most people would really notice beyond the awesome styles we've gotten due to it: it's the consistent class system in core2.

Because that makes [personal profile] foxfirefey's DW Post Expand/Collapse/Hide script only possible but it works across all of the core2 styles! Consistently! <3<3<3!
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[personal profile] yvi 2010-03-02 06:06 am (UTC)(link)
I love the sticky entry thing (and with the hackathon, in a few weeks, we should have a way to set up multiple stickies). What? I can be proud of surviving that one :P

Also, setting dates to 2020 was ugly as hell.

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[personal profile] paganpaul 2010-03-02 06:09 am (UTC)(link)
Count me in on the recurring billing! You guys are doing an awesome job, something like that should be rewarded. :-)

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[personal profile] darkemeralds 2010-03-02 06:09 am (UTC)(link)
Delighted that you've got a lead on a new payment processor, and yes! I would love an auto-pay thing if it's something you can offer eventually.

I wish I could tell you specifically what I like best about DW, but all I can give you is that it just feels better here--more depth, more usefulness, more alive-changingness--i.e., you say you want DW to meet the needs of its users, and it DOES!

I'm gonna go look at styles again now.
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[personal profile] kyrielle 2010-03-02 06:18 am (UTC)(link)
What I like best about DW is that I don't notice what I like best here. I notice what I wish other sites did when I'm using the other sites!

Although I do adore cross-posting, I don't think that's an unsung feature. ;)
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[personal profile] northern 2010-03-02 06:18 am (UTC)(link)
You made a coding joke that I *understand*! :D

(Let's hope I never ever have to study php again)
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[personal profile] red_trillium 2010-03-02 06:20 am (UTC)(link)
I'd love a recurring automatic payment charged to my card for a paid account. It would be easy as long as there's an obvious way of cancelling them. I have this for my Webshots account and it's nice to not have to worry.

And my favourite Dreamwidth feature (so far) is being able to search my own journal by keywords. Sometimes I'm looking for an entry but don't remember exactly when and don't want to go through all the tags. (My second favourite DW feature is how many more icons we get than over at LJ!)
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[personal profile] somnolentblue 2010-03-02 06:22 am (UTC)(link)
The thing that I appreciate immensely in my dreamwidth journal is the navbar. I adore the navbar. I adore being able to access my messages from my journal easily, and I adore being able to switch to ?style=mine easily. I'm a pretty basic user, and it's a pretty basic thing; however, it's awesome.
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[personal profile] jeeps 2010-03-02 09:57 am (UTC)(link)
agreed, i think this has to be the best feature for me.

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[personal profile] charmian 2010-03-02 06:29 am (UTC)(link)
I like the way the navbar shows the # of messages in the inbox.
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[personal profile] jd 2010-03-02 07:08 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah, that's one of my favorites.

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[personal profile] dodificus 2010-03-02 06:32 am (UTC)(link)
I love how easy cross posting is, how I can edit the entry here and have it be magically edited *there* as well.

But what I most love about DW is how you guys have handled the whole payment/troll debacle. This is why I left LJ for DW, because I trusted you all to look out for me and my interests and not cave at the first sign of trouble.<3
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[personal profile] vangirl 2010-03-02 06:32 am (UTC)(link)
...I never even realize there WAS a problem with spam on DreamWidth. So my thanks goes to Antispam team! :D

My favorite feature of DreamWidth is the crossposting. It's really nice to make a post here, and have it show up on my LJ as well without having to copy and paste it manually myself. This is a big thing for me since most of my friends are still on LJ, so I don't have to feel like I have to lose touch with them.
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[personal profile] firecat 2010-03-02 06:38 am (UTC)(link)
What's your favorite new feature that DW has implemented so far?

Journal search!
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[personal profile] aquaeri 2010-03-04 02:35 am (UTC)(link)
Ditto. When I can't remember what tags I used for a post, but I can remember some phrase I used in it, magic!!!!

(and I'd also like to vote for DW's approach to blackmail/threats and payment system providers, but I don't think that's the kind of "new feature" anyone had in mind.)
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Another vote for autobilling.

[personal profile] brooksmoses 2010-03-02 06:49 am (UTC)(link)
I tend to be a bit flaky, so autobilling is a good thing for me. The main thing is that it means that I don't have to worry about being a flake, which is a major benefit -- my usual self-correction is that I need to worry about things a fair bit in order to actually remember to get them done. It also means that it does get done, which for something like this that's not worth a lot of worry, is also sometimes useful.
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[personal profile] sky 2010-03-02 06:52 am (UTC)(link)
I'd love to see recurring billing!

And there are many, many new features on DW that I love, but... although I actually don't use it that much, one of the truly magical things on the site for me is being able to rename icon keywords without breaking display of the icons. That's something about five zillion RPers over on LJ would kill for.
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[personal profile] laughingrat 2010-03-02 12:17 pm (UTC)(link)
Holy crap, we can do that? That's brilliant!

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[personal profile] markmanching 2010-03-02 06:54 am (UTC)(link)
Yay for the Spam Removal in Support (yeah I'm monitoring some a$$h0le spammers in this website and the support page too), in the closing winter Olympic ceremonies a US television network someone awkwardly on new program. so i hate the new programs in NBC (in USA)

oh my fave feature in DW is the style=mine ;)
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[personal profile] thedivinegoat 2010-03-02 06:54 am (UTC)(link)
Hat tips and huge thanks this week go out to our antispam team


One of the things I like best about Dreamwidth is killing spam when I'm in a bad mood. Very therapeutic. ;-)

Other than that, it's journal search. I love journal search.
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[personal profile] animone 2010-03-02 07:20 am (UTC)(link)
Favourite feature?
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[personal profile] ex_pseudonym472 2010-03-02 07:11 am (UTC)(link)
My favorite features are the Guiding Principles and the Diversity Statement... if you can actually call those features.

I love the technical changes that have been made, and am excited for the ones that are in the works, but no matter how awesome the technical stuff gets, it's still just a tool. Generally, good tools make things better. But even if you've got great tools, if your organization lacks a moral compass, the whole place just sucks.

As really frustrating as it has been the past few weeks with the payment processing thing, it has been so amazing to see Dreamwidth put its money where its mouth is.

I wish I could explain it better, but words often fail me when I need them most. So basically, I'm saying it's the social climate, I think.

Oh also, accessibility matters, and the changes you've made in those areas kick ass.
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[personal profile] mornincamper 2010-03-03 06:01 pm (UTC)(link)

With an additional nod to the auto processing idea. I flaked (again) and am unpaid at the moment. (you don't know what you've got till it's i wanna go try all these nifty things that are being extolled)

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[personal profile] auburn 2010-03-02 07:21 am (UTC)(link)
Odd duck out, I don't care for auto-billing. One thing I do like is that you have made it pretty obvious and easy with the Dreamwidth shop to pay by check or money order -- and you did that before the processor problem. Not everyone wants to pay by credit card, after all.

Favorite feature? There are so many I find it hard to pick, but I'm going with the cross-posting and cross-editing. I'm pretty fond of the DW nav bar too. Most of all I like the transparency posts like this provide: I never get the sense that something new and unpleasant is going to be dropped out of the sky like an anvil on DW's users.

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[personal profile] cesy 2010-03-02 07:26 am (UTC)(link)
Cross-posting, the navbar with style=mine and style=light and that you can switch back to their style. Journal search, icon renaming, and most usefully, being able to get notified of all comments in a community you mod. (Can we have that last one extended to a community you're a member of, if you're paid, please? It would be so useful for [personal profile] suggestions.)

[personal profile] feathertail 2010-03-02 07:27 am (UTC)(link)
My favorite Dreamwidth features are your tolerance and encouragement of diversity, your open-source code, and your general cluefulness regarding business models and long-term sustainability. Can I just sum that up as "Awesome?"

Also, what does the antispam team do, and how could someone get involved? Would they appreciate a link that would answer these questions for some people?


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[personal profile] tree 2010-03-02 07:35 am (UTC)(link)
my favourite feature is such a teeny thing and yet it makes me happy EVERY TIME i use it: the "read comments" link takes you to the comments on a post. <3
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[personal profile] ldybastet 2010-03-02 11:00 am (UTC)(link)
Yes, this! :D
Also, clicking to page two (or three or four) of comments, takes you to the beginning of that page's comments, not the top of the post! Gods, I wish LJ did that! It makes me crazy every time I read a long, picture-filled post with more than pages of comments.

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[personal profile] andraste 2010-03-02 07:38 am (UTC)(link)
If you enable recurring billing, it will be my new favourite feature *g*. I pay all my bills that way, excepting things where the ammount isn't predictable month-to-month.

Oh, that's another thing that would be nifty - the option to make recurring payments at different intervals? Like you could have it set up to auto-renew every month or every year or every two months? I have no idea if that would be easy or difficult to implement, so I'm just throwing it out there.

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