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fu ([personal profile] fu) wrote in [site community profile] dw_news2010-10-07 04:23 pm

News Update, 7 October 2010

Hi Dreamwidth!

I woke up today with a massive craving for pad thai. If you're having some tonight, think of me! (Actually, think of your pad thai instead. I think that it would appreciate it more.)

This week's update contains:
* We're on a map!
* Code push update
* New styles and themes
* Links and polls around the site (Etsy treasury, nanowrimo tag, German DW meetup, Android client poll)
* Styles poll

We're on a map!

xkcd updated their map of online communities, and Dreamwidth is on it!

[personal profile] azurelunatic made an icon of the Dreamwidth island, for your viewing pleasure: Hand-drawn XKCD map showing Dreamwidth as an island near the coast of LiveJournal.

Thank you to everyone who sent us links. I grinned like a goof with every comment / entry I saw mentioning us on the map.

Code push update

Code push last weekend went off smoothly, with only a few hiccups. We fixed those as quickly as possible -- thanks to everyone who left us feedback on what things went wrong / what things went right.

We're slowly rolling out keyword renames. To clarify, because there was some confusion about this: you can still add and remove keywords on an icon as usual. What we temporarily disabled (and are now bringing back) is the ability to rename the keyword, so that the keyword in the dropdown changes but old entries and comments do not lose your icon. We're doing it slowly because it involved a major change to our backend, and we're trying to make absolutely sure that nothing goes wrong. Thanks, everyone, for your patience.

Also, if you've been waiting for the ability to rename your journal or a community you own, I'd like to remind you that you can purchase a rename token at the shop. Our FAQ How do I change my username? tells you everything you need to know about renames. (If it doesn't, let us know, and we'll add it to the FAQ ;-)). Shout out to [personal profile] cesy for digging through the comments in our bug tracker and coming out with the initial draft of this FAQ -- thank you!

[staff profile] denise preemptively highlighted the best of the new things that came out with this code push in her last news update, so let me just direct you back to that entry. I've already found two new features that I can't imagine going without anymore: collapse icon at the end of cut tags, and poll submission on the same page.

Go browse through the rest of the list if you're so inclined!

New styles and themes

This week's code push gave us a total of 47 new themes, including two new styles: Compartmentalize, which reminds me a lot of the basic Generator but with a sidebar (Generator was the very first layout I ever tried to customize so I remember it vividly *g*), and Practicality, which feels very clean.

All themes that are new with this code push is in the Featured category for journal themes.

[site community profile] dreamscapes has an update on stats for styles post-codepush (thanks to the ever awesome [personal profile] ninetydegrees!).

Links and polls around the site

Styles Poll

We've had Skittlish Dreams: Blue as our default layout for a really long time, and while it is awesome, we have also come out with a lot of new styles and themes since then, so we'd like to ask you to look through all our layouts again, and help us decide what the default should be.

This week, we're polling for the base layout that you all like best. Next week, we'll take the themes from the winning layout and make another poll. From there, we will select a new style which will be the default for new users after they create their account.

Poll #4682 Styles Poll
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 315

Which base layout should be our next default style?

6 (1.9%)

Basic Boxes
8 (2.5%)

19 (6.0%)

Boxes and Borders
9 (2.9%)

5 (1.6%)

11 (3.5%)

30 (9.5%)

13 (4.1%)

9 (2.9%)

1 (0.3%)

Fluid Measure
6 (1.9%)

Funky Circles
31 (9.8%)

11 (3.5%)

20 (6.3%)

3 (1.0%)

Nouveau Oleanders
6 (1.9%)

44 (14.0%)

Refried Tablet
10 (3.2%)

Skittlish Dreams
8 (2.5%)

Stepping Stones
2 (0.6%)

Sunday Morning
13 (4.1%)

Tranquility III
9 (2.9%)

41 (13.0%)

(And did I tell you already that when you submit a poll now, you'll stay on the same page? :-D)

That's it for this week! 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.

[staff profile] denise will have you again for the next couple of weeks. I'll talk to you all again in November :-)
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[personal profile] jumpuphigh 2010-10-07 08:33 am (UTC)(link)
collapse icon at the end of cut tags

So awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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[personal profile] libitina 2010-10-07 10:29 am (UTC)(link)
I love the collapse icons, too!
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[personal profile] anotherslashfan 2010-10-07 08:40 am (UTC)(link)
Hi, you made a small html error when linking to the stats for styles page...

This is the url you put in: http://dw-news.dreamwidth.org/dreamscapes.dreamwidth.org/45211.html


Hey, but thanks for the update.
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Re: default style

[personal profile] dreamatdrew 2010-10-07 08:43 am (UTC)(link)
Why not randomize the creation default? I think it's a cool idea....
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I like that idea.

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[personal profile] thedivinegoat 2010-10-07 08:47 am (UTC)(link)
My icon's also gankable if anyone wants it.

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[personal profile] northern 2010-10-07 08:48 am (UTC)(link)
And did I tell you already that when you submit a poll now, you'll stay on the same page? :-D

Except that feature just didn't work for me, which is weird. It works at home.

This is IE8 on Windows XP 5.1 Service Pack 3, if that clarifies any...

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[personal profile] musyc 2010-10-07 08:48 am (UTC)(link)
Eeeeeeeee, new styles. *plays with*
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[personal profile] soc_puppet 2010-10-07 08:57 am (UTC)(link)
I geeked the hell out when I saw Dreamwidth on the map XD I personally keep meaning to make a "You are here!" version, probably stealing the little indicator doohickeys from Google Maps or similar.
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[personal profile] moonvoice 2010-10-07 09:02 am (UTC)(link)
Love the new layouts, have already changed mine to the Practicality: Choco Craze (and tweaked it), and LOVE it!!!!
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[personal profile] ten 2010-10-07 09:27 am (UTC)(link)
I think the best choice would be to give a new user a choice of three or so layouts during journal creation (I would vote for Fluid Measure, Funky Circles and Transmogrified, to show a good diversity) and add a note that they can change these and more layouts at any point later on, but I'm not sure how do-able that is in practice.

If it's not do-able, I vote for transmogrified, because that layout is very easy to customize with a lot of options.
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[personal profile] zarhooie 2010-10-07 01:52 pm (UTC)(link)
I actually really like his idea! Write it up as a Suggestion for [site community profile] dw_suggestions for review!

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[personal profile] ironed_orchid 2010-10-07 09:40 am (UTC)(link)
(And did I tell you already that when you submit a poll now, you'll stay on the same page? :-D)

I love this.
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[personal profile] faevii 2010-10-07 09:54 am (UTC)(link)
Compartmentalize looks really cool! :) I love how informative these news posts always are.
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[personal profile] poulpette 2010-10-07 10:12 am (UTC)(link)
I'm loving the ajax-ified posts :)

A small note on both new styles: they lack margin top and/or bottom for p elements, which makes text harder to read if the paragraphs are not spaced out with additional br elements.
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[staff profile] denise 2010-10-07 11:42 am (UTC)(link)
Hm, this seems to be a browser-specific thing -- in my browsers I get margin padding -- but I opened a bug to make it explicit. Thanks!

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[personal profile] lanterne_rouee 2010-10-07 10:16 am (UTC)(link)
the poll change is sooooo fabulous! can't wait 'til the next time i run into a cut tag. (which is not something i say every day.) lol

[personal profile] sunshiny 2010-10-07 10:35 am (UTC)(link)
Lovin' the new styles! Also, lovin' the whole update as usual. Keep being awesome DW.
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[personal profile] unixronin 2010-10-07 10:43 am (UTC)(link)
I looked at the new featured styles (thinking of hacking a variation on Compartmentalize, btw), and the first thought that popped into my head was "OK, now we need an UNCERTAIN Frogs style....."
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[staff profile] denise 2010-10-07 10:48 am (UTC)(link)
Which brought my mind to the title of one of the chapters of Neil Gaiman's Sandman: "Bored, she makes little frogs."

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[personal profile] zaluzianskya 2010-10-07 10:56 am (UTC)(link)
omg, I love Compartmentalize ♥

Just curious, but why can't personal journals be renamed to the name of a community that you control? Technical limitations, practical limitations, or what?
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[staff profile] denise 2010-10-07 11:00 am (UTC)(link)
It's a temporary thing -- we're still trying to figure out the best way to handle it. Basically, we don't want members of a community to wake up one morning and discover that they are suddenly a member of ex_knitting159 or something like that. So, the easiest way to handle it for the first release was to get the renames system pushed and live, and get people using it so we could discover any problems with workflow or whatever, while we figure out what the most logical minimal-restrictions we can place on personal->community renames are to prevent sudden and unexpected Weird for community members.

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[personal profile] needled_ink_1975 2010-10-07 11:36 am (UTC)(link)
Someone finally asked me for an invite, and she created her journal this morning– hooray: I grew our little island by a whole One More! (And she's a lovely One More to have on board... or is that ashore?)

Also, I really love those expand/collapse cut tag icons.


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[personal profile] thorfinn 2010-10-07 10:22 pm (UTC)(link)
Yay for growing islands! :-)
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[personal profile] sraun 2010-10-07 12:14 pm (UTC)(link)
(And did I tell you already that when you submit a poll now, you'll stay on the same page? :-D)

Is that a code-push yet to come? Because that's not what happened. I was on my Reading page, I selected an item and clicked Answer, and it took me to the page for that entry, with all its comments.
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[staff profile] denise 2010-10-07 12:19 pm (UTC)(link)
Hm. What browser are you using? (It should work -- in fact, that's how I submitted my vote for this poll.) If it isn't working -- do you have any kind of Javascript blocking set up in your browser? (The inline poll votes require JS to work.)

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[personal profile] pantswarrior 2010-10-07 12:31 pm (UTC)(link)
That map amuses me. I've gotta say, though, I'd really hoped we'd be larger than ONTD. :P
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Heh, the size of ONTD amuses me. If he's even close to right, and I suspect he is, then ONTD is the biggest individual blog on the internet.

Which really is quite scary.

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[personal profile] cheyinka 2010-10-07 01:02 pm (UTC)(link)
Speaking of NaNoWriMo, what community should I use for submitting a first-draft NaNoWriMo theme? (for Practicality)

[personal profile] madelienegrey 2010-10-07 02:11 pm (UTC)(link)
Okay, so don't shoot me, but I didn't see this question in the FAQ for renames and I am looking for an answer. Is it possible to undo a rename if you had everything from oldusername redirected to the newusername? If you know, you woke up the next morning and realized that your rename was like a bad one night stand, and you just really, really wanted to pretend that it didn't happen and go back to oldusername (and you'd be willing to pay to make this happen?) Or do you accept the consequences of your actions and move forward knowing that your life has been changed by that dirty, dirty one night stand, or be forced to forge a new identity to put the ugly past behind you?

Because simply trying to rename to oldusername results in a redirection to newusername, which spawns an ugly, endless karmic cycle of bad one night stands. I had the brief idea of renaming to a third, untainted username (something like "identitycrisis"), and then attempting to rename the third, untainted username to oldusername to break the ugly karmic cycle and redirect the coveted oldusername to third, untainted username, but I don't think that the code works like that (and I was left slightly confused.)

So, erm, is there a way to reverse the past? And if not, could we add that to the FAQ so that others could learn from this mistake? :P

*ducks and runs*
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[staff profile] denise 2010-10-07 02:14 pm (UTC)(link)
Open a support request in the Account Payments category with what you want the settings to be, and we can (probably -- there are some limitations) change them for you. (We didn't want to put it in the FAQ because it's all manual.)
Edited (htmlfail) 2010-10-07 14:14 (UTC)

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[personal profile] kyleri 2010-10-07 02:49 pm (UTC)(link)
Awesome Etsy Treasury -- I like it! I love the pottery, the imp, the purse...everything! And thanks for including my bath and body stuff.

I'll go with mtheoryclothing and offer 20% off any purchase if you mention you saw my stuff here. Good idea!

[personal profile] andy 2010-10-07 03:16 pm (UTC)(link)
Some poll images didn't seem to display in the email notification of this post. I've looked into the email source, and they listed http://s.dreamwidth.org/img as their source, so maybe that's why.

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[personal profile] twisted_times 2010-10-07 03:19 pm (UTC)(link)

I love the fact that even as a non paying member - they may well change soon - I still have a smegload of different layouts and styles to choose from for my own journal. :)

Is there a guide to creating/tweaking layouts and styles anywhere on DW? None of the styles are quite what I'd like for myself and I'd like to dip my toe into the water and have a play around. :)

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[personal profile] foxfirefey 2010-10-07 04:31 pm (UTC)(link)
I recommend asking at [community profile] style_system if you have a specific request. We're slowly building up CSS guides and S2 guides, too, if you want to get into the thick of it.

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[personal profile] jalendavi_lady 2010-10-07 03:35 pm (UTC)(link)
Loving the collapse cut buttons.

My boyfriend just finished watching a series I write fic about last night. He's been wanting to read it, but neither of us wanted him to get spoiled for the finale episode.

I could just link him the tag page for my fic in that fandom and tell him to just expand and collapse his way from the bottom to read it all instead of feeling bad for making him do the multi-tab thing in his browser.

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