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Denise ([staff profile] denise) wrote in [site community profile] dw_news2010-11-18 11:59 pm

Weekly Update: 19 November

Very very quick update this week, since we are closing on our house in ohmygod three days. (I've been keeping the paper bag for breathing into at hand!)

Behind the cut:

* Development
* December Paid-Time Promotion
* Construction Warning
* Code Pushed
* New Themes
* Community Awesomeness


This week's code tour, done by [personal profile] foxfirefey, contains a bunch of code cleanup and backend fixes, plus the codemerge of two patches from LiveJournal: "filter journals/communities to posts by a specific user" and "show entries that are tagged with both of two tags". Thanks to LJ for the new features!

These changes won't be active on Dreamwidth itself until our next code push, which (in keeping with our recent schedule) will probably be next weekend. We'll announce it here and in [site community profile] dw_maintenance when we schedule it.

December Paid-Time Promotion

After last week's discussion and poll, we've decided that this year's December promotion will be the "10% points bonus" variety: all orders placed in the month of December will receive a 10% points bonus. This is our way of saying "thank you" to all y'all for supporting us and helping to keep us "on the air", so to speak!

Right now it looks like we'll be closing out the year with a shortfall. This isn't as critical as it seems -- we built our five-year plan expecting to take a while until we got to true profitability, and we're still well within the margins that plan called for. But still: If you have the cash to spare, please consider supporting us. We are 100% user-financed: we accept zero advertising and sponsorship, so your payments are the only thing that keep us running. Our goals for 2011 include increasing our server capacity, sending more of our volunteer developers to conferences and training, and hiring some of our developers to work on DW full-time for short contract periods to work on specific projects. All of that takes money!

You can buy DW points and services at the Dreamwidth Shop, and there's always the Circle Gifts and Random Gift option if your own account is paid already. Every payment helps.

Construction Warning

As part of our long-term goal to clean up the site's display and make it easier to maintain and extend in the future, we're starting a project this week to clean up all of the site's HTML and CSS structure. This includes standardizing CSS classes, removing tables that are used entirely for layout, and changing around bits of the site layout to be consistent across all pages.

Obviously we'll be testing the heck out of stuff before we commit the changes and push them live on the site, but there's always a chance we'll miss something! We'll be sure to warn you at the time of the code push that contains the changes, but this is a heads-up that there might be some weirdnesses over the next month or two. We'll let you know where to report them once we really get going.

Code Pushed

Sunday's code push went swimmingly (zero reported issues -- I think that's the first time that's ever happened; it made us really nervous!) and the things contained in the following two code tours are now live on the site:

2010-10-29 to 2010-11-04
2010-11-04 to 2010-11-10

Changes of interest that are now live on the site:

* You can swap the contents of two usernames easily, with only two rename tokens, instead of having to do a complicated and messy dodge with three tokens and a shell-game switch around of usernames.

* It is no longer possible to log into memorial accounts or post or delete entries from them. This will protect those accounts in case anyone tries to break into them to vandalize them.

* Bugfix: a problem with the way email addresses were displayed on the profile was fixed, so your profile should no longer display "(error in linkification)".

* Bugfix: the comment displayed when you're replying to a comment in the site layout has been fixed so it no longer always displays the commenter's default icon, even when a different icon has been chosen for the comment.

* Thanks to heroic work by [personal profile] ninetydegrees, all of our site themes and layouts now use the same, standardized font customization options.

* Bugfix: due to a bug in our changes to allow icon keyword renames to be re-enabled, you couldn't select your default icon when editing an entry. This is now fixed.

New Themes

With the code push, there are a bunch of new themes available for your journal:

* 5 themes by [personal profile] rising for Refried Tablet

* Black Eye II theme by [personal profile] dancing_serpent for Refried Tablet

* 5 new themes by [personal profile] asenathwaite, [personal profile] kerravonsen and [personal profile] rising for Transmogrified

* 4 new themes by [personal profile] dancing_serpent and [personal profile] rising for Tranquility III.

As always, if you have a theme or layout you'd like to submit for a system style, or if you want to help with converting submitted themes into system styles, check out [site community profile] dreamscapes.

Community Awesomeness

* This week's Etsy treasury contains the usual roundup of awesomeness from DW users who are crafters. I never fail to be impressed by how talented our users are. (As always, if you've got an Etsy shop, or a shop elsewhere on the 'net, leave me a comment so I can include you in a future treasury.)

* This week's non-Etsy featured crafter is Gumtree Jewelry.

* This week's Flickr featured photo is this adorable cat pic by Avalon on the Rideau. So cute! The Dreamwidth Flickr pool is awaiting your contributions.

* For Ravelry users, the project of the week is Voske's Skwoyls mittens -- the stranded colorwork is astonishing. Dreamwidth Knitters group is open to all.


That's it for us for another 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.

We'll see you next week for our next update, which I've asked [personal profile] fu to do since it will be US Thanksgiving and [personal profile] sarah and I will be traveling. (And we will also be homeowners. Where's my paper bag?) If you're in the US, or celebrate US Thanksgiving, I hope it's a good one for you!

Meanwhile, has anyone seen my pile of cardboard boxes?
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[personal profile] pne 2010-11-19 06:14 am (UTC)(link)
"filter journals/communities to posts by a specific user"

blnchflr: Umm… Yeah. I meant to do that. (I meant to do that.)

[personal profile] blnchflr 2010-11-19 06:26 am (UTC)(link)
the comment displayed when you're replying to a comment in the site layout has been fixed so it no longer always displays the commenter's default icon, even when a different icon has been chosen for the comment.
I cannot parse this sentence - can anyone explain it?

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[personal profile] rainbow 2010-11-19 06:56 am (UTC)(link)
continued moving and closing vibes! WOO!

(I've been keeping the paper bag for breathing into at hand!)

I has a glee :)
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[personal profile] jalendavi_lady 2010-11-19 07:49 am (UTC)(link)
It's odd - I've got an entirely different attitude towards code push downtime since I started reading the code tours.

Before, it was *downtime grumble grumble*

Now it's, "Ooooh! That thing I read about that I never knew I wanted until I read the bug is going live. Yipee!"

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[personal profile] csad 2010-11-19 08:03 am (UTC)(link)
we're starting a project this week to clean up all of the site's HTML and CSS structure.

You might want to make sure you fix the problem with some of the layouts then. They do not allow the main body to be wider than say, 300px or something.

I assumed it was only an incompatibility with Firefox at first, but since I've seen something similar over at lj too, where there was even a horrendous formatting breakdown--words and sentences of entries were randomly 12pt/7pt/30pt/etc.--and another user I talked to said she saw no problem--using Windows and Internet Explorer, I have a suspicion it could be that dreamwidth simply has a problem with Linux.

Would you look into that, or shall I post this over at support? Need a screenshot to demonstrate?
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[personal profile] yvi 2010-11-19 03:53 pm (UTC)(link)
Seconding what D said, as a number of Support volunteers (including myself) are actually on Linux.

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[personal profile] biodamped 2010-11-19 09:22 am (UTC)(link)
Nice work on the codes/bug fixes, DW! And thanks for the reminder of your money issues, because that's served as MY reminder to go renew my account.

Those mittens are gorgeous (I've been loving having a look-see at all the DW knitters projects; it's both inspiring and imtimidating)! I may have to attempt them myself at some point.

I have no idea where your boxes are, Denise, but I have a spare room full of them from when we moved that you're more than welcome to (transport to the US not included :P).

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Featured photo!

[personal profile] fairestcat 2010-11-19 09:40 am (UTC)(link)
Eeee! That's my photo!

The adorable fluffball is [personal profile] commodorified's cat, Sovay. I got out of bed and when I came back into the room she'd stolen my pillow.
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Re: Featured photo!

[personal profile] twisted_times 2010-11-19 11:17 am (UTC)(link)

Did you leave a "Reserved" sign on your pillow? Was it dual-language translated in cat-speak as well? No? Well, don't be surprised your pillow got stolen in that case...

Re: Featured photo!

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[personal profile] soc_puppet 2010-11-19 11:46 am (UTC)(link)
Is there perhaps a way you can mark new themes so I can tell which ones they are more easily?

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[personal profile] rroselavy 2010-11-19 01:09 pm (UTC)(link)
Good luck with the closing! And Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
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[personal profile] spiralsheep 2010-11-19 04:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Good luck with the house! (And the boxes!)
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[personal profile] vanessagalore 2010-11-19 04:09 pm (UTC)(link)
Is it allowed to post the question "tell me why you should be gifted a paid account", and where would I do it? I'd like to gift someone 6 months paid time, but I'd like it to be someone who will post regularly and make Dreamwidth more awesome, not just squat on an LJ username. For instance, can I do that in [site community profile] dw_codesharing?
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[personal profile] cesy 2010-11-19 04:16 pm (UTC)(link)
If you use the Gift a Random User feature, that pre-selects only active users - you can see the statistics it uses.
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[personal profile] covenmouse 2010-11-19 04:22 pm (UTC)(link)
Quuuestion, did anyone ever start a dA group for DW users? If not, is there any other interest in this?
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While I don't have a deviantArt account myself, I might suspect that given the transphobic fail that dA recently made, there won't be as much interest for a group on dA as there may have been before.

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[personal profile] bell 2010-11-19 05:19 pm (UTC)(link)
Bugfix: the comment displayed when you're replying to a comment in the site layout has been fixed so it no longer always displays the commenter's default icon, even when a different icon has been chosen for the comment.

I AM SO GLAD \o/ (no, seriously, that had me weirded out, but I figured it'd get fixed, and lo! I was right. *g*)
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[personal profile] holyschist 2010-11-19 05:28 pm (UTC)(link)
I love these community awesomeness features!
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[personal profile] tree 2010-11-19 08:36 pm (UTC)(link)
yay update!

since it will be American Thanksgiving

um, might i suggest not using 'American' here to refer to a US holiday? maybe i'm being overly picky, as i assume most people understand the term american to be shorthand for US-american. but there are non-US and non-canadian countries that are also american by virtue of being on the american continent.
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[personal profile] jesse_the_k 2010-11-20 01:08 am (UTC)(link)
+39 for the awesomeness of ongoing answering of the question, "How long does it take a motivated community to create and improve a journaling site?"

Also, paper bags are good for closing. You might want to bring a dozen color coded envelopes. Absolutely everyone at the table has a check and a piece of paper that gets passed one direction and then signed and countersigned. (Envelopes was a tad hyperbolic: one of the few things the title people actually do, is track 'em.)

A shoutout for Ms. D.

[personal profile] babysprite 2010-11-20 03:11 am (UTC)(link)

For one, a home of your own. That's *awesome.

	My partner and I wish you both success beyond your wildest
	dreams in all ways and all things.

For two, keeping us posted. Thank you.

	We are tech savvy people and apprectiate the transparency
	in the way you keep us informed.

Have a fab-BOO-lous holiday week, next week.

Both of us estranged from our respective families, we had a
"Friendsgiving" with our best friends and it was *wonderful.*

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Wow, mazel tov on the getting of house!

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[personal profile] haruka 2010-11-23 09:53 pm (UTC)(link)
I know someone who may want to rename their main journal (we'll call it A) with the name of another journal that she imported (journal B), but she doesn't care about keeping the main journal name (A) afterwards. However, she doesn't want to lose the contents of A or B. Is this possible and does she need two rename tokens or just one?

And how much are the tokens, please? I couldn't find it in the FAQ or the shop (my searching skills fail me.)

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[personal profile] ranunculus 2010-11-27 04:29 pm (UTC)(link)
Ok so I got busy and didn't read the code tour for a couple of weeks, but now I'm catching up on them. I also really like DW code tours, but loath the format LJ uses. For one, you make the post quite short before you use a cut tag.

Best of luck in settling in your new home!