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Denise ([staff profile] denise) wrote in [site community profile] dw_news2012-01-06 07:10 am

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



Development, Coding, and Styles



We start this week's news by bringing you the 29 Dec 11 - 5 Jan 12 code tour, detailing the bugs that were resolved this week.

Most of this week's development effort went to more long-running projects (and thus the bugs weren't completely resolved yet and don't appear on this list), but the biggest highlight this week includes finally having resolved that really annoying bug where interest counts weren't being updated properly, leaving us with a number of interests being listed as having 16,777,215 accounts having that interest listed. It was a bear to track down, but thanks to some amazing detective work from a team of people, with heavy lifting done by [personal profile] exor674 on the code end and [personal profile] alierak on the sysadmin end, interest counts should now be a lot closer to reality.

For those who are just joining us: yes, you too can come hack on the DW code! We offer hosted development environments so you don't have to faff around with installing the code on your own development machine (or have your own development machine), and our Bugzilla install is public for those who are looking for a project to pick up. The Getting Started and Development categories on the DW volunteer wiki have useful information on the development process, and [site community profile] dw_dev and [site community profile] dw_dev_training are the communities to go to on DW itself. Or, if you'd just like to browse the code, you can read through the Mercurial repositories; the two repositories that most development happens in are dw-free (for the freely-available, open-source-licensed code that primarily runs the service) and dw-nonfree (for dreamwidth.org-specific code, or things that are part of our site branding or identity).

DW backend development is mostly done in Perl, with a little bit of Javascript on the frontend here and there. If your coding skills lean more towards HTML and CSS (or S2, the custom layout language shared by DW and LJ), you may be interested in creating or converting themes and styles. If you've created a journal layout that you'd like to offer as a system style, you can submit it to [site community profile] dreamscapes. Or, if you'd like to wrangle others' submissions into a form that can be used on the site, you can take the layers and styles that people submit and convert them into a patch that can be applied to the codebase. (There's a guide for people patching styles, which assumes a level of familiarity with both S2 and the process of working with the code and creating patches -- we'll work on getting the process explained in a more beginner-friendly fashion, but you can always ask in [site community profile] dw_dev_training for help.)


Community and Icon Importing



After last week's announcement that community importing was available, [staff profile] mark spent a few days coding his fingers off to improve and optimize the importer to better handle larger import jobs. Thanks to his tireless work, we've been able to lift one of the restrictions we had to place on community import: communities that have over 100,000 comments can now be imported.

If your community has more than a few hundred thousand comments, the comment import may still fail. We're working with the admins of a very large community to work out the last of the problems. We're asking for now that if your community has more than 500,000 comments, please hold off on doing an import for another week or so -- the code won't enforce the limits anymore, but it will definitely make everybody's lives easier.

We also should also be able to lift the restriction that only paid accounts or paid communities can use the community importer in another week or so, once we're fully satisfied with the optimizations we've made -- stay tuned there. Mark's also actively working on the ability to "claim" your posts and comments that were imported and attributed to your OpenID account, so that should be available soon as well.

Meanwhile, we've made a change to the way icon imports are handled. Previously, if you had more icons available on the remote site than you had icon slots on DW, the site would only import your default icon. We ran into some problems this week with LJ reporting the wrong number of icons if you deleted some icons recently (so if you had 102 icons on LJ, then deleted 3 to bring it down under the 100 icon slots available to a paid account on DW, the system was still reporting you had 102 icons and thus the import was erroring). Rather than spend hours and hours of our time troubleshooting, we just lifted the restriction, and now import all the icons you have on the remote site.

As many people have noticed, this is allowing some people to circumvent the restriction on icon slots and use more icons than their account type allows. The reason we don't run the process to deactivate icons immediately upon import is because at that point, we don't have enough data about the imported posts and comments to tell which icons are the most-used icons in the journal. (When deactivating icons because an account expires, the least-used icons are deactivated first.) Rather than just guessing randomly at which icons should be deactivated, we made the deliberate decision to let it slide for now, then clean up in a week or two once the rush to import has died down a bit. (The extra icons won't be deleted; they'll be deactivated, precisely like what happens when a paid account expires.)

If you import your icons and it'll bother you to have icons available now and have them be deactivated later when we do the cleanup, or if you'd like to help us out a bit, you can force a deactivation by visiting the Edit Icons page while logged into your account. This page loads the routine that checks your current icons against your total number of icon slots, so will deactivate (or activate, if for some reason an account upgrade doesn't reactivate inactive icons) icons until you have the right number.

We know this will let some people have access to more icons than their account level allows for a bit, and thank you to those who reported the situation! It really did just work out to save us a lot of time to do it this way, since we had a lot of people who were having import problems and troubleshooting the issue would've taken valuable time away from other projects.


Site Growth and Stability



[staff profile] mark made an excellent post about DW's load vs capacity, and how we're doing in terms of being able to support all the new traffic we've seen this month. The great news is, we're handling the increased traffic wonderfully: we've seen a few bumps along the past few weeks (everybody's watching [site community profile] dw_maintenance for details, right?) but on the whole, things have been ticking along nicely.

In the past few weeks, we've added two new webservers and two new database servers, bringing the total number of machines up to 12: four database machines (since we add dbs in pairs), four machines that work as webservers only, two load balancers (the load balancer + a backup load balancer in case of failure that also functions as a webserver), the search machine (which also functions as a webserver), and the admin machine.

We constantly keep an eye on site performance to see if and when we need more hardware, and since we still rent our dedicated servers rather than colocate our own hardware with a hosting facility, we can get our hosting provider to add more hardware when we need it -- it's more complex than it would be for you to rent webhosting for a small project, but it's not as complex as it would be to buy additional hardware ourselves and have to set it up.

We'd like to move to owning servers and colocating in the future, but for now, dedicated hosting is more cost-effective for us: the way the numbers work out at the moment, it'd take us nearly three years to "earn out" the initial hardware purchase, in terms of amount saved monthly, and there are a lot of practical benefits to dedicated hosting. (Mind you, there are a lot of practical benefits to colocation, as well, but those don't start to show up until you're much bigger than we are right now.)

So, in other words: we're really happy with the site performance right now, and we have a clear plan on how to increase our capacity as our traffic and load increases. [staff profile] mark also has a lot of experience with handling high-availability web applications, and he's very comfortable with how things are running. If you've been worried about our ability to handle this month's increased traffic, you can rest easy.

(Also, for the record, since we name our database clusters after stars and constellations, the new cluster, which is on the new database pair, is the Draconis cluster, joining Alpha Centauri, Betelgeuse, and Capella. If you're curious, you can ask the site Where am I? This has no real bearing on anything -- all of the clusters save for Draconis are on the same physical machine -- but dividing accounts by database cluster even if they're on the same machine makes certain maintenance tasks easier.)


Invite Codes



Speaking of site growth and how happy we are with site performance, many people have noticed that we haven't yet re-enabled the need to have an invite code to create a DW account. We'd intended to leave invite codes off for the second half of December as one of our regular no-accounts-needed account creation phases. After adding the additional servers necessary to support the traffic bump, our performance and capacity was large enough that we decided we could support open account creation for longer.

So, invite codes will definitely be off for a little while longer -- this means that anyone can create a Dreamwidth account without needing an invite code for now. Rather than specify an exact time period for how long invite codes will be off, we've decided to just let open account creation run for an unspecified time, as long as this increased demand keeps up and as long as we're happy with the site performance. (And, of course, as long as the [site community profile] dw_antispam team is able to keep up with the spammers that open account creation inevitably attracts -- all praise be to our dedicated team of spamwhackers!) We'll let you know when we turn invite codes back on.


SOPA



SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (the PROTECT IP Act) are two bills pending in the US legislature to force online service providers (such as Dreamwidth) to remove enormous amounts of content from, and block access to enormous amounts of, the internet, based on the demand of intellectual property rightsholders in an attempt to combat digital intellectual property infringement.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has a more detailed explanation about why these bills would make bad law: Internet Blacklist Legislation. Dreamwidth joins hundreds of other companies and organizations, both inside the tech industry and out, in standing opposed to these attempts to censor the free and open internet.

We'd like to take a moment to ask you, if you live in the US, to write to your legislators and ask them to oppose the bills.


The Ada Initiative



We said a few weeks ago that we'd be donating 10% of December's gross income to the Ada Initiative, a new nonprofit corporation devoted to supporting women in open technology and culture. (Disclaimer: I volunteer on the board of directors, but I receive no compensation for doing so.)

We're pleased to announce that thanks to a record-breaking month of sales (which we totally did not expect, omg!) we are donating $4625 to help fund the Ada Initiative's 2012 programs. This makes us incredibly happy! Thank you to everyone who bought paid time during December and helped increase that number. Meanwhile, if you'd like to contribute more directly, you can still donate to TAI.


Paid accounts, PayPal, and DW Business



We're obviously very pleased about the aforementioned record-breaking month of sales, and I wanted to say thank you to those who have bought paid time -- it was a fabulous way to close out the year, and looking at the figures on our payment backend has been very, very encouraging lately.

For those who have been wondering what we do with the money from paid accounts: there are two major categories of expenses we have on a recurring basis. The first is professional services; this covers things like processing fees imposed by our payment processor, as well as hosting and backup services. (The processing fees work out to be around 7-9% of all payments, between the flat fees and percentages from our merchant bank account and the flat fees and percentages from our payment gateway; the hosting and backup services run around $4500 a month with the latest upgrades.) The second category is salary: [personal profile] fu is employed by DW fulltime, plus we pay our backup sysadmin and one of our Terms of Service people on a retainer basis as contractors.

We also pay me a very small amount monthly to be working on things full-time; previously [staff profile] mark was also working full-time on DW, but he needed to take a non-DW job because at the time we couldn't pay him what he needed to be earning to support his family. (I'm lucky; my wife has a very good, very stable government job, and we live in a much less expensive area of the country.)

We post an annual end-of-year analysis of our financial position to [site community profile] dw_biz every year, which I will start working on as soon as the end-of-year bookkeeping is finished. Before this month's payments explosion, and aside from the one-time income from our May '11 Seed Account sale (which we did in order to replenish our "war chest", the money we keep in reserve against future disaster, after nearly three months of being unable to accept payments in early 2011), we were already on target to take in slightly more than we spent in 2011. (Which was incredibly exciting, let me tell you!)

This past month's increase in income has allowed us to increase our server power, continue to restock the war chest, and invest in some infrastructure upgrades. (Plus, we bought [staff profile] mark a pizza while he was hacking on community import.) Beyond that, we don't want to make long-term plans counting on this level of income as a given, but we're really hoping that if this level of support continues we'll be able to get [staff profile] mark back on DW work full-time and be able to pay me market rate for my full-time work on DW.

Meanwhile, many people have asked us about why we don't accept PayPal for payments, and I've written up a longer post about the answer to that question: Why you can't pay for your account with PayPal or Google Checkout. There's some workarounds for people without credit cards in that post.


The Great Community Rec-O-Matic



We've done this before, but given how many people are just joining us, it's time to run another round of the Great Community Rec-O-Matic.

Here's how it works:

* If you're looking for new communities to join, comment here with a list of some of your interests, and the kind of community you enjoy reading and participating in.

* Or, read through the other comments and see what things other people are listing. If you see someone you think would be a perfect match for a community you admin or participate in, comment back to them and point them at the community!


*

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.

(Also, I am very close to having followed the hobbit tradition of giving presents to other people on my birthday -- if I'd started this a day earlier I could've posted it on the 5th. Thanks to everybody who sent me birthday wishes!)

We (and my runaway abuse of parentheses) will see you next week for our next update!
0jack: Primitive webcomic depiction of a wide-eyed girl in a pink dress against a rainbow backdrop. She looks ecstatic. (JOY.)

[personal profile] 0jack 2012-01-06 12:57 pm (UTC)(link)
These posts make me happy. That is all. <3

Happy birthday and Happy New Year!
john: Kosh the Vorlon from Babylon 5. Caption: YES. (YES)

[personal profile] john 2012-01-06 01:01 pm (UTC)(link)
Hurrah! Although Ambassador Kosh wishes me to point out that you have typoed "Centuri" above, and Ambassador Mollari is making rather a noise in the diplomatic sector of the station.
john: (dr horrible)

[personal profile] john 2012-01-06 09:32 pm (UTC)(link)
I live to serve.
proudambassador: Londo Mollari is peering over the top of a counter. (Sneaking)

[personal profile] proudambassador 2012-01-07 04:29 am (UTC)(link)
Yes, yes, point out only my loudness, hm? If G'Kar had not been laughing, then the noise, it would have been less.
witchiest: (pic#1625259)

[personal profile] witchiest 2012-01-06 01:01 pm (UTC)(link)
You are all so amazing ♥
ilyena_sylph: snowflake on blue background. no, not a special one. (Art: snowflake)

[personal profile] ilyena_sylph 2012-01-06 01:04 pm (UTC)(link)
I love y'all.

Yay for all of this, and all the thought you put into this place!
haruka: (zz - gerbil girls)

[personal profile] haruka 2012-01-06 01:06 pm (UTC)(link)
I always get excited when I see your updates in my inbox. ^_^ Thanks for all your hard work!

If anyone doesn't get an answer to their community inquiries here, they're welcome to pop over to [community profile] create_my_comm and ask someone to make their desired comm for them. :)
Edited 2012-01-06 13:07 (UTC)
geminianeyes: Cute sisters from PW as kids (Default)

[personal profile] geminianeyes 2012-01-07 12:11 am (UTC)(link)
^ THIS!

Thanks for everyone's hard work! DW is one of the few places I really enjoy hanging out on. :)
jhumor: (Default)

[personal profile] jhumor 2012-01-06 01:07 pm (UTC)(link)
(Also, I am very close to having followed the hobbit tradition of giving presents to other people on my birthday -- if I'd started this a day earlier I could've posted it on the 5th. Thanks to everybody who sent me birthday wishes!)

Happy Birthday! Also? It can still count for Orthodox Christmas XD
bubbleblower: cropped head shot of me with nebula background (Default)

January 5 Birthdays

[personal profile] bubbleblower 2012-01-06 03:52 pm (UTC)(link)
My birthday was yesterday. Was yesterday your birthday too? Are there enough January 5 birthdays on DW to be worth starting a community?
jhumor: (Default)

Re: January 5 Birthdays

[personal profile] jhumor 2012-01-06 03:55 pm (UTC)(link)
No, sorry. But Happy Birthday to you too.
uninvited: (I could have danced all night)

Re: January 5 Birthdays

[personal profile] uninvited 2012-01-06 06:29 pm (UTC)(link)
My birthday was yesterday too.
divinesquishy: (Default)

[personal profile] divinesquishy 2012-01-06 01:11 pm (UTC)(link)
I love this place ♥♥

Right, shall try to make use of the Rec-O-Matic 8D
I'm looking for
- Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger
- Prince of Tennis
- Super Junior
- miss A
So if anyone has fanworks and/or discussion places for these at hand it'd be awesome if you could point me there :o
psyco_chick32: (Gokaiger - Luka/Ahim)

[personal profile] psyco_chick32 2012-01-06 01:17 pm (UTC)(link)
While it appears the Gokaiger fan comm is still getting up and running, [community profile] finalauraburst is the Sentai Fandom Newsletter (fic, discussions and subs links)
divinesquishy: (Default)

[personal profile] divinesquishy 2012-01-06 01:20 pm (UTC)(link)
Awesomeness, thank you! :D I'm fairly new to Super Sentai in general, so that looks like a good place to get more into it :3
haruka: (luka-happy)

[personal profile] haruka 2012-01-06 01:22 pm (UTC)(link)
I know of:

[community profile] princeoftennis
[community profile] sentai
[community profile] letsgokaiger

and I'm not sure if you're looking for individual fanworks to read, I've got a lot of PoT and Gokaiger on my fic journal: [personal profile] harukafics
divinesquishy: (Default)

[personal profile] divinesquishy 2012-01-06 01:33 pm (UTC)(link)
Ooh, I think I've read some of your Gokaiger fic on AO3 :D
Thank you ♥
haruka: (basco-smile)

[personal profile] haruka 2012-01-06 01:35 pm (UTC)(link)
You're welcome, and thanks for reading! I hope you'll enjoy Dreamwidth!
kate: Kate Winslet is wryly amused (Default)

[personal profile] kate 2012-01-06 02:36 pm (UTC)(link)
I was actually going to rec you (I know you're not a community, but still)! But now I don't have to. :D
haruka: (aiba-laugh)

[personal profile] haruka 2012-01-06 03:05 pm (UTC)(link)
Aw, thank you! I guess I had no problem reccing myself, did I? XD *has no shame*
tokusatsu: (★)

[personal profile] tokusatsu 2012-01-06 01:54 pm (UTC)(link)
I did not know of a Sentai or Gokaiger comm on DW myself till now. Thanks for the rec (even if it wasn't directed at me xD)!
haruka: (joe-pose)

[personal profile] haruka 2012-01-06 01:57 pm (UTC)(link)
You're welcome! And yay for more sentai fans on DW!
tokusatsu: (ϟ)

[personal profile] tokusatsu 2012-01-06 01:58 pm (UTC)(link)
Yes! A large group of my friends and I have actually migrated from LJ to DW in this move and we all love tokusatsu shows. :') So I'm glad to see the fandom is here on DW too, makes it feel more at home.
haruka: (aiba-shinken-emotional)

[personal profile] haruka 2012-01-06 02:00 pm (UTC)(link)
Awesome! :D Welcome to all of you!
tokusatsu: (✚)

[personal profile] tokusatsu 2012-01-06 02:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Hehe, matching icons.

Thank you!

AH QUESTION Would you like to be friends? :'D I love meeting toku fans so...!
haruka: (aiba-bunny)

[personal profile] haruka 2012-01-06 02:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Hee! I always have an overload of Aiba icons. XD

Absolutely! Will do right now. :)
tokusatsu: (♫)

[personal profile] tokusatsu 2012-01-06 02:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Hooray! And yes Aiba is quite wonderful. +_+
scifisentai: (ibuki-akira)

[personal profile] scifisentai 2012-01-08 06:17 pm (UTC)(link)
Jumping in but there's also [community profile] kamenrider, if you're interested in that side of the fandom. :)
thelittleone: (txt it » flailing. brb.)

/chokes on her water while at work

[personal profile] thelittleone 2012-01-07 08:10 pm (UTC)(link)
and this is where i realize i have not touched the comm since i came down with the sick

oh god. hello. thank you for mentioning the comm/[community profile] letsgokaiger and i see you're also a member sob. i will move my butt on this. asdfjklh.
haruka: (gokaiger emblem)

Re: /chokes on her water while at work

[personal profile] haruka 2012-01-07 09:25 pm (UTC)(link)
Ha ha, that's okay! I'm just always looking for a place to shamelessly plug my fics. XD
thelittleone: (gokaiger ♢ luka loves you)

\o\

[personal profile] thelittleone 2012-01-07 09:31 pm (UTC)(link)
FIC OwO. FIC IS GOOD. We like fic.

NGH. Seriously. Moving. My butt. On this comm.

As soon as I get home. LOLOLOLOLOL.

Would you mind if I added you here on DW? :) Always excellent to meet new fandom friends. Also, are you, by any chance, on AO3?
haruka: (basco-smile)

Re: \o\

[personal profile] haruka 2012-01-07 10:21 pm (UTC)(link)
I'd be happy to add you/be added! We seem to have a few interests in common. :)

Yes, I'm on AO3 here: [archiveofourown.org profile] haruka
thelittleone: (ouran ♢ deny me why don't you)

Re: \o\

[personal profile] thelittleone 2012-01-07 10:32 pm (UTC)(link)
And a few people in common as well, lol :)

Added you back and followed you on AO3 :) Nice to meet you, I'm Noey, btw.
divinesquishy: (Default)

[personal profile] divinesquishy 2012-01-06 01:55 pm (UTC)(link)
sweet, thanks :D
littlebutfierce: (k-on yui exclamation point)

[personal profile] littlebutfierce 2012-01-06 06:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Not directly related, but possibly of interest: [community profile] eastasianfandomgiftbag is still rolling through the end of January, & at least a couple of those fandoms have been mentioned. :D
divinesquishy: (Default)

[personal profile] divinesquishy 2012-01-07 01:07 am (UTC)(link)
oooh, definitely interesting :D Thank you!
kat_elric: (From the Soul to the Song)

[personal profile] kat_elric 2012-01-06 09:34 pm (UTC)(link)
Here is a newly created Super Junior fanworks community. [community profile] disco_drive Feel free to spread the word.
divinesquishy: (Default)

[personal profile] divinesquishy 2012-01-07 01:07 am (UTC)(link)
\o// thanks
outstretched: A chibified cute furret on a brown backround (Default)

[personal profile] outstretched 2012-01-14 05:51 am (UTC)(link)
as;ldjaer I am so late but [community profile] sujufics! :D
psyco_chick32: (MMPR - OT3)

[personal profile] psyco_chick32 2012-01-06 01:14 pm (UTC)(link)
Mark's also actively working on the ability to "claim" your posts and comments that were imported and attributed to your OpenID account, so that should be available soon as well.

This is awesome <3

Happy belated birthday!
bread: vuvuzela (Flora)

[personal profile] bread 2012-01-06 01:21 pm (UTC)(link)
Wow normally I ignore the newsletter emails that come to me, but that was oddly fun to read.
moem: A computer drawing that looks like me. (Default)

[personal profile] moem 2012-01-06 01:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Welcome to Dreamwidth, where the news posts are oddly fun!
florentinescot: (like)

[personal profile] florentinescot 2012-01-06 03:34 pm (UTC)(link)
needs a like button. So there it is. :-D
niqaeli: cat with arizona flag in the background (Default)

[personal profile] niqaeli 2012-01-06 01:53 pm (UTC)(link)
What, not as a sestina?
foxfirefey: Smiley faces are born through factorized mechanical torture. (grimace)

[personal profile] foxfirefey 2012-01-06 06:36 pm (UTC)(link)
Nooo I hate sestinas!
niqaeli: cat with arizona flag in the background (Default)

[personal profile] niqaeli 2012-01-07 04:19 pm (UTC)(link)
They're an incredibly difficult form to work in! I much prefer terzanelles, to be honest. But she's the one that used to tell people if they wanted an LJ invite code, they could write her a sestina explaining why they needed one. *g*
pne: A picture of a plush toy, halfway between a duck and a platypus, with a green body and a yellow bill and feet. (Default)

[personal profile] pne 2012-01-10 03:04 pm (UTC)(link)
I remember that!

Wow, that was a trip down memory lane.
fyreharper: (Default)

[personal profile] fyreharper 2012-01-06 06:48 pm (UTC)(link)
(Some of us may now be looking forward to that day >.> )
shanaqui: Ban from GetBackers. ((Ban) Tired)

[personal profile] shanaqui 2012-01-06 07:18 pm (UTC)(link)
(One of these days I'm sure I'm going to snap and write the news post entirely in blank verse or something.)

Oh please do. I mean, um... not the snapping part. The blank verse.
kerravonsen: (Default)

[personal profile] kerravonsen 2012-01-06 09:57 pm (UTC)(link)
You know you're going to have to do the blank verse now.
jjhunter: Drawing of human JJ in ink tinted with blue watercolor; woman wearing glasses with arched eyebrows (JJ inked)

[personal profile] jjhunter 2012-01-06 10:21 pm (UTC)(link)
Or haikai a la [community profile] dreamwidth_haikai? ;o)
Edited (aka vs 'a la' fail) 2012-01-06 22:22 (UTC)
hellkitty: (rainbowrrose)

[personal profile] hellkitty 2012-01-06 01:30 pm (UTC)(link)
I can't express enough how impressed I am at the yeoman's work y'all have been doing. Despite what must be a MASSIVE load of imported stuff, DW has never been inaccessible to me the entire time (oh it's loaded slowly, but that's different!)

I also want to thank you for making a stand against SOPA/PIPA. Is there a DW comm that has taken up analyzing it? If so, let me know, because the implications are terrifying.

[personal profile] xine13 2012-01-06 04:05 pm (UTC)(link)
Perhaps inserting a link to the American Censorship website in the body of the original message wouldn't be a bad idea. Also, does Dreamwidth have plans to take part in blackout on the 23rd along with Google and everyone else to protest SOPA/PIPA?

[personal profile] pippa_tea 2012-01-06 10:04 pm (UTC)(link)
I have a feeling it will pass because it doesn't seem Americans have a voice anymore. I hope I'm wrong.

[personal profile] xine13 2012-01-07 01:46 am (UTC)(link)
Considering how both bills trample all over the Constitution I'm skeptical they'll last very long. Here's hoping they both go the way of the dinosaur.
camwyn: Me in a bomber jacket and jeans standing next to a green two-man North Andover Flight Academy helicopter. (Default)

[personal profile] camwyn 2012-01-06 01:30 pm (UTC)(link)
The large RP community I mod for at LJ is pleased to hear about the restriction being lifted. Thank you!
ashen_key: ([QoS] Camille is going 'ah-huh')

[personal profile] ashen_key 2012-01-06 01:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Now, hopefully we don't crash DW whenever we get around to importing it... *wry grin*
ashen_key: ([N] shades of brown and gold)

[personal profile] ashen_key 2012-01-06 02:42 pm (UTC)(link)
*salutes* Good to know!
camwyn: (srsly?)

[personal profile] camwyn 2012-01-06 05:51 pm (UTC)(link)
No problem, ma'am. We're waiting our turn.
camwyn: Me in a bomber jacket and jeans standing next to a green two-man North Andover Flight Academy helicopter. (Default)

[personal profile] camwyn 2012-01-06 06:30 pm (UTC)(link)
Merciful mother of Buddha. The OOC community just finished importing... an hour ago. That's a community with 18,500 posts and close to 250,000 total comments successfully imported in less than six hours.

I believe this cat speaks for us all:

!
whitescarab: (Billy Batson)

[personal profile] whitescarab 2012-01-06 08:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Holy Moley!
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Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse!

[personal profile] ursamajor 2012-01-06 01:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Am totally looking for communities of people talking about library and information science issues - not necessarily limited to traditional libraries! Basically people who geek out about things like information organization and presentation, knowledge management, taxonomies and ontologies, the user experience, etc. I do know about [community profile] librarians, though it's been a bit quiet there - if there aren't other library-related comms out there, perhaps we can rejuvenate this one?

In return, I offer my fave comms:

- [community profile] white_lotus: all fics Avatar (the REAL Avatar, the one with Airbending ;) )
- [community profile] fresh_haul: farmer's market pr0n. <3
- [community profile] dreamwidth_haikai: meta about DW in the form of poetry

And for residents (past, present and future) of Cambridge and Somerville (MA), I offer up [community profile] camberville. Let your neighbors know about fun things going on! Reminisce about Bartley's Burgers and how much better it is to watch the fireworks on the north side of the river! Kvetch about the dratted Red Line shuttles! Plot in-person Dreamwidth meetups! (My own pledge to contribute more frequently: I will regularly round up all of the new hyperlocal restaurant and food truck openings that I hear of. :) )
Edited (srsly, the universal bonding experience of Cambervillains is Dealing With The Em Bee Tee Ay) 2012-01-06 13:38 (UTC)
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Re: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse!

[personal profile] azurelunatic 2012-01-06 02:25 pm (UTC)(link)
Beetlejuice, the character from the 1988 Tim Burton movie
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Re: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse!

[personal profile] ursamajor 2012-01-06 03:38 pm (UTC)(link)
My work is done. *bows*
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Re: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse!

[personal profile] arethinn 2012-01-10 12:10 am (UTC)(link)
Ahem? I'm sure you meant:

pasted: (97th time tonight)

Re: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse!

[personal profile] pasted 2012-01-06 02:28 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm so glad to see this! My BFF lives in Somerville and I'm on the other end of the redline in Dot, thanks for the rec!
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Re: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse!

[personal profile] ursamajor 2012-01-06 03:42 pm (UTC)(link)
Hooray Red Line! (I am teeeechnically now a temporary resident of Roxbury, but hope to move back north this summer, and still spend a lot of time across the river.)

Dunno if you're interested in farmers' markets, but since you mentioned being in Dot :) apparently the Dorchester Winter Farmers' Market got their Kickstarter funding, so they'll be open Sundays noon-3 in Codman Square!
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Re: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse!

[personal profile] ursamajor 2012-01-06 03:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Apparently, if someone writes a proposal, Charlie may make it to Arisia.
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Re: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse!

[personal profile] florentinescot 2012-01-06 03:36 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm a Plant Taxonomist and Research Geek (tm) [and if I was to go back to school, I'd so get an MLS!] If you find something like that, do let me know!
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Re: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse!

[personal profile] ursamajor 2012-01-06 03:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Oooh, sounds awesome! (I just applied for a job where one of the ongoing projects would involve writing up an auto ontology. As a future hopeful LIS geek, that made me interested like wildfire!)
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Re: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse!

[personal profile] florentinescot 2012-01-06 04:04 pm (UTC)(link)
and this is where I should also mention that my BA (and I've so wished it was a BS ....) was in Computer Science. I was a Fortran Programmer for 15 years.
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Re: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse!

[personal profile] sazerac 2012-01-06 04:42 pm (UTC)(link)
May I just say: I'm about to graduate with my BA in English and then begin the process of applying to ischool/MLIS/MLS/M-all-the-variants, so thanks for asking for comm recs! I'm gonna ride on your coattails on this one!
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[personal profile] dekaja 2012-01-06 07:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Ooh, I wasn't even aware of that LIS comm. (Though admittedly, I made this account back before I applied and got into an LIS program to begin with.)

Thanks for bringing it up! /quietly joins
ursamajor: devil uses the internet (do i look like an information booth?)

[personal profile] ursamajor 2012-01-07 05:08 am (UTC)(link)
You're welcome! Now if I can think of things to contribute to it. Maybe I should actually do something with all those IS-related links I keep collecting >_>
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Re: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse!

[personal profile] stultiloquentia 2012-01-07 01:14 am (UTC)(link)
Bostonian! AtLA- and vegetable-loving Bostonian! Hi! I just wandered over to your journal to find out who you are, and saw your picspam, and now I am hungry for Filipino food. Maybe we should gather up some locals and organize an expedition to Quincy.
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Re: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse!

[personal profile] ursamajor 2012-01-07 02:23 am (UTC)(link)
Oh heck yes! This sounds like a marvelous idea :)
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Re: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse!

[personal profile] dragon_moon 2012-01-07 04:40 am (UTC)(link)
Thanks for your recommendation for fresh haul - joined it and a couple of the ones on its profile page. Not that I have any yummy fresh veggies at the moment, but I'm looking forward to it in the future. ^__^
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Re: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse!

[personal profile] ursamajor 2012-01-07 05:06 am (UTC)(link)
I hear ya - it's really only in the last couple of years that we've gotten actual winter farmers' markets to take off. We are limited for the fresh plant life in that it's primarily root veg and similar fruit that store well in root cellars, along with some more distant but apparently traditional citrus imports from Florida, but the meat and recent wine additions help make up for it :)
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[personal profile] ryokoful 2012-01-11 04:08 am (UTC)(link)
Really glad I read the comments to this post now! Thanks you for the link. I am just transferring from PT academic to FT public and plan to go back to uni for my MLS this year (probably)! In any case, very interested :)

For a little something in return: http://www.unshelved.com/
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Communities!

[personal profile] azurelunatic 2012-01-06 01:39 pm (UTC)(link)
These are my general recommendations for anybody who's looking for things to read and do and thinks the topic sounds interesting:

[community profile] followfriday, which is the DW version of the Twitter phenomenon, and sometimes has awesome recommendations. (Seems to have slowed down some.)
[community profile] omnomnom, for delicious cooking and baking.
[community profile] bitesizedcleaning, for tackling large and recurring housecleaning adventures in steps much easier to sustain than "Clean ALL the things!"
[community profile] bestthingever, for pan-fannish reccing.
[community profile] sauce, for general reccing of awesome things.
[community profile] capslock_dreamwidth, FOR ALL-CAPS HILARITY AND YELLING.
[community profile] fandomcalendar, for every fannish and vaguely related event members can think of.
[community profile] metaquotes, for funny things across the site (a little slow, but good).
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Re: Communities!

[personal profile] tyger 2012-01-06 01:51 pm (UTC)(link)
[community profile] capslock_dreamwidth REPRESENT. |D

...or something. IT'S AWESOME FUN GO POKE IT. ALSO THERE ARE YOUTUBE VIDEOS IF YOU LIKE THAT SORT OF THING.
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Re: Communities!

[personal profile] ursamajor 2012-01-06 03:48 pm (UTC)(link)
OMG HOW COULD I FORGET ABOUT [community profile] capslock_dreamwidth *REPENTS*
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Re: Communities!

[personal profile] inoru_no_hoshi 2012-01-07 10:30 am (UTC)(link)
IT'S POSSIBLE TO FORGET ABOUT [community profile] capslock_dreamwidth? I DID NOT KNOW THIS. FOR SHAME, URSIE, FOR SHAME. :O
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Re: Communities!

[personal profile] selarne 2012-01-06 04:39 pm (UTC)(link)
I have to thank you so much for reccing [community profile] bestthingever except now I have about 20 tabs of ficcage open and no time to read!
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Re: Communities!

[personal profile] azurelunatic 2012-01-06 04:42 pm (UTC)(link)
It's a common problem.
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Re: Communities!

[personal profile] marginaliana 2012-01-07 01:00 am (UTC)(link)
fandomcalendar looks dead useful, thanks!
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[personal profile] hara 2012-01-06 01:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks for all the hard work you guys do, and your wonderful communication. I've been so consistently happy and impressed with everything you post!
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Rec-O-Matic

[personal profile] karanseraph 2012-01-06 01:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Any recommendations for fandom-related communities for:

1980's cartoons, in general
Thundercats
Transformers
Jem & the Holograms
G.I. Joe
My Little Pony

Comms for old + new series within these franchises would be cool, too.

Also anything related to the DCAU or DCnU would be interesting. Especially Bat family or the female heroes.
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Re: Rec-O-Matic

[personal profile] dancing_serpent 2012-01-06 01:57 pm (UTC)(link)
[community profile] ponyville_trot

Sorry, can't help with the others :(
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The Fire of Friendship lives in our hearts

[personal profile] frith 2012-01-06 04:16 pm (UTC)(link)
Pony community? Check! Twilight Sparkle would approve. 8^D
kalloway: (Default)

Re: Rec-O-Matic

[personal profile] kalloway 2012-01-06 02:07 pm (UTC)(link)
[community profile] toybox_fics isn't very active, but it exists.

Re: Rec-O-Matic

[personal profile] evelynjva 2012-01-06 03:37 pm (UTC)(link)
A few Transformers ones that I know of:
[community profile] all_transformers
[community profile] tf_speedwriting
[community profile] tfkinkweekly (This one keeps track of all the new requests, fics, and fic updates from [livejournal.com profile] tfanonkink, which is very useful but may or may not be to your tastes.)
[community profile] tfmech_exchange

Also, [community profile] the_fic_trader which is multi-fandom but mostly Transformers.

There's also a DW Transformers Friending Meme.

And one last thing: Hi! I think I recognise your name from LJ, maybe, but we've never really interacted? Nice to meet you. ^_^
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Re: Rec-O-Matic

[personal profile] sunnysummoner 2012-01-06 08:38 pm (UTC)(link)
There's [community profile] dc_animated, which I made a little over a week ago. It doesn't have much on it right now, but anyone's welcome to post something!
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Re: Rec-O-Matic

[personal profile] lucidscreamer 2012-01-07 01:36 am (UTC)(link)
Ooh! Awesome! :goes to join:
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[personal profile] ashen_key 2012-01-06 01:46 pm (UTC)(link)
[personal profile] rydra_wong hosted a Community Rec-O-Matic earlier; it's been wonderfully useful, and has some really awesome links.

And I'm so pleased to work out my credit card works here; I held off buying time here thanks to the lack of PayPal (although I utterly understand why you would reject using it, and kudos for standing up to your principles), but I have a credit card, and it works, and all the paid time can be mine! All the pretty icons! And, oh, yeah, supporting you guys :D

Thank you very much for these regular updates - they are useful and informative and lovely.
Edited 2012-01-06 13:46 (UTC)
ashen_key: (Default)

[personal profile] ashen_key 2012-01-06 02:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Hah, totally fair!

And it dooooooooooooes. I'm so pleased. I'm also so broke, so I can' really afford much, but icons and edit function!
intermezzo: (Default)

[personal profile] intermezzo 2012-01-06 02:41 pm (UTC)(link)
oh! Thanks for the link!
ashen_key: (delightfully weird)

[personal profile] ashen_key 2012-01-06 02:48 pm (UTC)(link)
You're welcome! I figured it'd be useful as a second source of recs while this post started up :)
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[personal profile] tattycat 2012-01-06 05:56 pm (UTC)(link)
I LOVE your icon. Oh my, it's like my life in 100x100.
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Recommendation if you like choir music

[personal profile] northern 2012-01-06 01:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Lately I've been reccing [community profile] choralmusic, because it would be great if we had more members. So if you like music performed by choirs or sing in a choir yourself, come and talk about rehearsing, performing, awesome pieces and choirs or recordings you admire.
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Re: Recommendation if you like choir music

[personal profile] dancing_serpent 2012-01-06 01:59 pm (UTC)(link)
*subscribes* Thanks! I love choral music, and I used to sing in a choir for years...
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Re: Recommendation if you like choir music

[personal profile] aristh 2012-01-06 03:14 pm (UTC)(link)
Perfect! Just the phrase "choral music" is... music to my ears /TERRIBLE TERRIBLE PUN. Thanks!
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Re: Recommendation if you like choir music

[personal profile] ursamajor 2012-01-06 03:50 pm (UTC)(link)
Oooh, yes! And you remind me that I meant to post about the latest round of Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir - submissions valid through the end of the month, and they're doing Water Night.
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Re: Recommendation if you like choir music

[personal profile] northern 2012-01-06 03:52 pm (UTC)(link)
*waves*

Friending you, if you don't mind. :)
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Re: Recommendation if you like choir music

[personal profile] ursamajor 2012-01-06 04:36 pm (UTC)(link)
Absolutely, go for it! I promise I'm trying to be better about posting this year :)
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[personal profile] tokusatsu 2012-01-06 01:50 pm (UTC)(link)
THIS IS A GREAT NEWSLETTER

Also rec-o-matic!!!

WHAT DO I LIKE LET'S SEE
- Super Sentai
- Kamen Rider
- Roleplaying
... and that is much of what involves me lately. :|a

AS FOR RECCING, I REC [community profile] cfud which is a very fun rping game and we have a very large cast of Super Sentai and Kamen Rider characters if anyone wants to stalk/join us/what have you! Man, just be my friend if you like that stuff.
dancing_serpent: (Default)

[personal profile] dancing_serpent 2012-01-06 02:01 pm (UTC)(link)
Here's a long list of RPs on Dreamwidth for a start.
tokusatsu: (♫)

[personal profile] tokusatsu 2012-01-06 02:03 pm (UTC)(link)
Yes, awesome! I am looking for a new comm to join so this is great. Thank you!
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[personal profile] dancing_serpent 2012-01-06 02:05 pm (UTC)(link)
You're welcome! I hope you'll find something fun.
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[personal profile] oftheuniverse 2012-01-06 06:02 pm (UTC)(link)
Concerning the RPs linked to in that post: they list [community profile] sanctuaryofchange_rp as not being open yet, but it is. :) So if you're interested in that one don't hesitate to apply!
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[personal profile] inkstone 2012-01-06 02:56 pm (UTC)(link)
wait, wait, [community profile] cfud has already moved over?!

::quietly stalks::
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[personal profile] tokusatsu 2012-01-06 02:58 pm (UTC)(link)
Yes! While we're not entirely done setting up, we should be soon. :'D
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[personal profile] musyc 2012-01-06 03:47 pm (UTC)(link)
Rofl, as soon as I saw that, I started trying to figure which one it was. "Hmmm, CFUD, DDD, Milliways? *ponder*" XD Then I gave up thinking and went for coffee.
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[personal profile] brightblueink 2012-01-06 04:04 pm (UTC)(link)
LOL, CFUD is (was?) pretty legendary on LiveJournal for the amount of comments they produce and I'd heard they moved over, so when I read the news post I had a feeling that was probably them...

I didn't realize they had THAT many, though. Holy crap.
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[personal profile] inthetatras 2012-01-08 07:52 pm (UTC)(link)
Yup, that was us. We're just that amazing in terms of comment spam. xD

/CFUDer for the last 3 1/2 years here
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[personal profile] inthetatras 2012-01-08 07:54 pm (UTC)(link)
The DW comm will start being used on the 14th, according to official announcement in CFUD's ooc comm on LJ.

/a mere CFUDer helping out the stalkerbase
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[personal profile] haruka 2012-01-06 03:38 pm (UTC)(link)
I know of:

[community profile] sentai
[community profile] letsgokaiger

and there's [community profile] dear_mun for RPing, to name only one (I'm at work and don't have my list handy, sorry!)
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[personal profile] soc_puppet 2012-01-06 05:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh good, someone linked to CFUD so I don't have to go digging for it myself :3
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[personal profile] instantramen 2012-01-06 09:04 pm (UTC)(link)
CFUD BABY I MISSED YOU.

Anyway, if you haven't already you should check out [community profile] rpads for games from various sites including DW or [community profile] localroleplay for DW-only games.
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rec-o-matic

[personal profile] meruberri 2012-01-06 02:00 pm (UTC)(link)
Is there something like a rec comm or maybe a challenge comm exclusively for obscure fandoms?

Or just anything dedicated to the unappreciated?
dancing_serpent: (Default)

Re: rec-o-matic

[personal profile] dancing_serpent 2012-01-06 02:04 pm (UTC)(link)
[community profile] never_written
[community profile] overlooked
[community profile] rarelitfic

Not sure about their activity, though.
meruberri: (Default)

Re: rec-o-matic

[personal profile] meruberri 2012-01-06 02:13 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh the last one looks active and interesting. Thanks.
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Re: rec-o-matic

[personal profile] shanaqui 2012-01-06 07:23 pm (UTC)(link)
I mod the second one, [community profile] overlooked... No interest recently, despite the LJ version being the most popular community I ever ran there. Still, it's open for business if you're interested!
kalloway: (Default)

Re: rec-o-matic

[personal profile] kalloway 2012-01-06 02:08 pm (UTC)(link)
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[personal profile] boundbooks 2012-01-06 02:32 pm (UTC)(link)
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Re: rec-o-matic

[personal profile] littlebutfierce 2012-01-06 06:10 pm (UTC)(link)
[community profile] eastasianfandomgiftbag is for all East Asian fandoms but especially for the small ones. :D
sinfulslasher: (Default)

[personal profile] sinfulslasher 2012-01-06 02:06 pm (UTC)(link)
It still freaks me out that there are regular updates. I mean, I'm used to hearing crickets on LJ, which was all fine and dandy...until now. These updates make me grin like a loon, which admittedly scares the local wildlife, but hey, sacrifices must be made! :D

I have one question: Will there ever be additional icon slots we can buy? I know that 100 icons is a lot, but I'm...kinda used to having my 250+ icons available. *facepalm* I think I'd flail and squee for three days straight if DW ever decided to offer extra icon packages... *hopeful puppy dog eyes*

Anyway. Happy belated birthday and Happy New Year and yay, comm importing! \o/
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[personal profile] redknightalex 2012-01-06 02:44 pm (UTC)(link)
I'd be really excited for more icons, regardless of the fact that I already have a seed account with 250 icons. :D I have a total of maybe 30 more on LJ but, for me, there's never enough icons and causes a bit of anxiety for me over choosing which to keep and which to ditch. A silly thing, yes, yet something I'd love to see in the future.

(In spite of sounding petty, there is a discrepancy between LJ permanent accounts and DW seed accounts in terms of the number of icons. I think that's mostly due to being able to buy packages of icons on LJ but I'm not positive. Either way, a nice way to reward seed members -- and separate them from premium accounts -- is always more icons.)
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[personal profile] matgb 2012-01-08 01:15 am (UTC)(link)
There's also the loyalty userpics-every year paid users get X extra pics based on how long they've been a paid user, and perm accounts always get the maximum available userpics, so it goes up in line with the maximum possible loyalty bonus.

I used to know exactly what that was but then I stopped paying attention.
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[personal profile] paynesgrey 2012-01-06 02:06 pm (UTC)(link)
Just want to let you guys know that you are doing a fabulous job and I'm hoping to get a paid account soon when that meager paycheck comes in, lol. I appreciate all your hard work! Kudos to your team.
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rec-o-matic

[personal profile] killaurey 2012-01-06 02:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Are there any comms for Xenosaga, Yū Yū Hakusho, and Final Fantasy VII? I'd love to know what other Naruto-based/focused comms there are around here too. (I'm a member of [community profile] kakasaku but I don't know of any others.)
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Re: rec-o-matic

[personal profile] kalloway 2012-01-06 02:10 pm (UTC)(link)
Check out Gaming Fandom on DW and Anime/Manga Communities on DW. They're pretty extensive lists of what's out there.
killaurey: (Default)

Re: rec-o-matic

[personal profile] killaurey 2012-01-06 02:41 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks! I'll check those out!
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Re: rec-o-matic

[personal profile] extends 2012-01-06 04:45 pm (UTC)(link)
Those two lists are getting pillaged right now.
killaurey: (Default)

Re: rec-o-matic

[personal profile] killaurey 2012-01-06 02:44 pm (UTC)(link)
Best ever! Thank you so much! ( XD It's a series that I love and wander away from and then come back to it. I just started writing for it last year though.)
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Re: rec-o-matic

[personal profile] fiones 2012-01-06 05:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Omg, a fellow Xenosaga fan! ♥
killaurey: ([Xenosaga] MOMO -- Wind in her hair)

Re: rec-o-matic

[personal profile] killaurey 2012-01-06 05:47 pm (UTC)(link)
&hearts &hearts &hearts Hi! There's not enough of us!
fiones: <user name=miihen> (01)

Re: rec-o-matic

[personal profile] fiones 2012-01-06 05:48 pm (UTC)(link)
I know. It's such a shame, since it's an amazing series!
killaurey: (Default)

Re: rec-o-matic

[personal profile] killaurey 2012-01-06 06:00 pm (UTC)(link)
They probably don't want to watch eleven billion long cutscenes. XD Ah well, more for us!
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Re: rec-o-matic

[personal profile] inoru_no_hoshi 2012-01-07 10:47 am (UTC)(link)
Also [community profile] ffvii_100!

[community profile] naruto (also a few others, but not sure what all you're interested in, Naruto-wise), [community profile] anime_manga (for pretty much all anime & manga fandoms)... there doesn't actually appear to be a YYH-specific comm, sorry. As for Xenosaga, there's [community profile] xenosaga, which appears to never have been updated.
killaurey: ([FFVII] Rosalind -- Intent on Brown)

Re: rec-o-matic

[personal profile] killaurey 2012-01-09 01:06 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks so much for the recs! <3 <3 <3
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Re: rec-o-matic

[personal profile] faye 2012-01-08 03:03 pm (UTC)(link)
I mod [community profile] finalfantasy. It's not specific to VII but if you're interested take a look!
killaurey: ([Xenosaga] Ye Shall Be As Gods)

Re: rec-o-matic

[personal profile] killaurey 2012-01-09 01:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Ooooh, thank you very much!
intermezzo: (?)

[personal profile] intermezzo 2012-01-06 02:09 pm (UTC)(link)
Heee, I'm on the Alpha Centauri cluster. For some reason, that fills me with glee! *g*

Re: SOPA. Is there anything that non-US citizens can do about it? Cos omg, it's terrifying.


I'm looking for an active comm about Kdramas. Also, one about books. Maybe a reading book club or a comm where people rec books? Gah, now that there's the Community Rec-O-Matic, I can't think of anything else. It figures!

[personal profile] nickygabriel 2012-01-06 02:15 pm (UTC)(link)
May I know how do you check on what cluster you are?

[personal profile] nickygabriel 2012-01-07 11:24 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you :)

[personal profile] nickygabriel 2012-01-06 02:16 pm (UTC)(link)
Ignore it - I read the post again and noticed it was a link! *facepalm*
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[personal profile] intermezzo 2012-01-06 02:30 pm (UTC)(link)
*g* NP
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[personal profile] intermezzo 2012-01-06 02:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks! I'll spread the word about it.
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[personal profile] pocketmouse 2012-01-06 02:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Check and see if the US is pressuring your country to do something similar -- this just happened in Spain, they passed a similar law there because of US pressure.
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[personal profile] intermezzo 2012-01-06 02:51 pm (UTC)(link)
OMG, really? /o\ I'll check, thanks! Actually, I'm scared to check, but...er, I'll do it.
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[personal profile] pocketmouse 2012-01-06 03:23 pm (UTC)(link)
Yep. And Belarus recently passed a law imposing fines on its citizens if they visit websites hosted outside of the country.
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what the...?

[personal profile] intermezzo 2012-01-06 03:51 pm (UTC)(link)
o_O

Over 90% of the websites I visit are hosted outside my country. If tptb pass a similar law -and I wouldn't put that past them since they constantly need money and it seems fines and taxes are the only ways to get it- IDK what I'll do.

May I ask how they determine which websites you visit and what's the criteria to impose the fines? I assume they ask your ISP for a log of the sites you used? How often do they do that? HOW do they decide if you need to be investigated in the first place? Are the fines determined based on the frequency with which you use non-Spanish-hosted websites or on the number of websites visited? or is more of a, IDK, fixed fee? Like, is citizen x visiting non-Spanish websites, Y/N? If Y, they need to pay x money (and x is an amount of money that all the lawbreakers need to pay and that doesn't depend on frequency/number/insert new criteria)?

Sorry for all these questions, I'm so curious. This is SO unsettling, omg!
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Re: what the...?

[personal profile] pocketmouse 2012-01-06 04:00 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm sure it involves regulating and hounding the IP providers. Other than that, I really couldn't say, I'm just reporting what I saw reading lifehacker.

Belarus wasn't too surprising, they've had issues relating to freedom of speech for a long while now. Spain was more surprising, but I didn't get a chance to look at that article yet. I don't know if they have fees or what, all I saw there was that they were passing something similar to SOPA, after having it rushed through process in 10 days.
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Re: what the...?

[personal profile] intermezzo 2012-01-06 04:08 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh. I'll check that lifehacker article then. Thanks for the heads up!
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[personal profile] chichirinoda 2012-01-06 06:27 pm (UTC)(link)
What the actual fuck.
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[personal profile] zeborah 2012-01-06 07:57 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah, the new copyright law evilness in New Zealand is thanks to US pressure too.
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[personal profile] john 2012-01-06 09:58 pm (UTC)(link)
I particularly liked how the law (which, for passers by, is similar to the French HADOPI "three strikes and you're off the net, and by strikes, we mean accusations of downloading that may or may not have any validity" nonsense) was rushed through under emergency legislation after the Christchurch February earthquake because there was a horrendous epidemic of piracy, and yet as far as I'm aware there's yet to be a single three-strike Internet ban here. Stink eh.
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[personal profile] sophie 2012-01-11 04:47 am (UTC)(link)
I hadn't heard this before! That said, I'm not sure if it's as you describel this blog post seems to argue that it's not.
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[personal profile] dancing_serpent 2012-01-06 02:55 pm (UTC)(link)
Maybe you'll find something on this Asian Interest Community Roundup?
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[personal profile] intermezzo 2012-01-06 02:56 pm (UTC)(link)
ooooooh, that is a very interesting post. Thank you! ♥
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[personal profile] intermezzo 2012-01-06 03:00 pm (UTC)(link)
sadljkasldasjdals! Thanks!
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[personal profile] dancing_serpent 2012-01-06 03:02 pm (UTC)(link)
*g* I hope you'll find something fun!
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[personal profile] intermezzo 2012-01-06 03:06 pm (UTC)(link)
I already have! \o/
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[personal profile] ursamajor 2012-01-06 03:53 pm (UTC)(link)
That is the most beautifully meta thing I've seen all morning.
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[personal profile] dancing_serpent 2012-01-06 04:14 pm (UTC)(link)
I love that list! *g*
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[personal profile] luciferous 2012-01-06 07:20 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, thank you so much for that link! Most of the things I wanted are in there *g*
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[personal profile] dancing_serpent 2012-01-06 08:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Happy I could help. *g*
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[personal profile] zeborah 2012-01-06 07:56 pm (UTC)(link)
Also, one about books. Maybe a reading book club or a comm where people rec books?

50books-poc now has a Dreamwidth community.
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[personal profile] intermezzo 2012-01-06 08:03 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks! I'll check it out!
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[personal profile] sunnysummoner 2012-01-06 08:48 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't know if this helps, but there's an official website for petitions to the White house → We The People. I think as long as you're 13 or older, you can sign and compose petitions. I don't think you have to be a U.S. citizen to participate. There are a couple on SOPA on the website right now.

I'm not sure how useful it is, but I thought I'd let you know anyway.
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[personal profile] lannamichaels 2012-01-06 09:25 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't know if this helps, but there's an official website for petitions to the White house → We The People.

Alas, that doesn't seem to be very useful at all. I've contributed and the sort of response e-mails I get make it clear that it's a PR thing, not actually a real way of petitioning the government. (Here's an example of the kind of responses it gives.)
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[personal profile] sunnysummoner 2012-01-06 09:30 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh. Curse me and my optimism. :(
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[personal profile] lannamichaels 2012-01-06 09:31 pm (UTC)(link)
Me, too. :( I was all "this could be awesome!" about it.
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[personal profile] intermezzo 2012-01-06 10:35 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks!
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[personal profile] kerravonsen 2012-01-06 10:25 pm (UTC)(link)
In regard to SOPA, non-US citizens can sign the AVAAZ petition: http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_the_internet/
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[personal profile] intermezzo 2012-01-06 10:36 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you, guys! :)
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[personal profile] czol 2012-01-09 01:46 am (UTC)(link)
Will a comm where people rec books you should avoid do? [community profile] bookfails

[personal profile] nickygabriel 2012-01-06 02:10 pm (UTC)(link)
Mark's also actively working on the ability to "claim" your posts and comments that were imported and attributed to your OpenID account, so that should be available soon as well.

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[personal profile] jeeps 2012-01-06 11:58 pm (UTC)(link)
yes, this was the bit that made me get hearteyes myself.
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[personal profile] with_discipline 2012-01-06 02:12 pm (UTC)(link)
The 'where am I page' is fantastic. I think I just spent ten minutes switching accounts and refreshing, I love it. :D

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