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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
* 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 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 (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!
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[personal profile] girlnamedlance 2012-01-06 02:17 pm (UTC)(link)
Hi there, don't mind me, just another user come by to love on how adorable you are!

I'm really glad to hear you guys are able to handle these changes with style. A few major RPs that I am either a member of or am interested in are in the process of transferring their data from LJ to you guys. I want to genuinely thank you guys for being so very awesome through this entire process.

I look forward to getting my reimbursement check from my college financial aid and putting some of it toward a very excellent site that I'm only too proud to be a member of. Yes you read that right. I'm looking forward to giving someone my money. How often do you hear that out of people?

I want to thank you guys again for just being who you are and keep on keeping on!

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[personal profile] kate 2012-01-06 02:34 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] skorupi 2012-01-06 02:43 pm (UTC)(link)
This is a very important question:

Did Mark's pizza have any pepperoni on it???

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Wow, hey, a subject line! I'll try using it: "Hiyo, Rec-O-Matic! Away!" Awesome.

[personal profile] zotmeister 2012-01-06 02:46 pm (UTC)(link)
I love that I'm on Alpha Centauri. Eternity lies ahead of us... and behind. Have you drunk your fill? :)

I'll spin the Rec-O-Matic (I assume it's a wheel, roughly the size of the Big Wheel on The Price is Right): My main interests are puzzles and games, especially designing them. Both electronic and non- are great. My preference is towards strategy (if my SMAC reference above didn't give that away). I also minor in fiction writing (typically short story/episodic). - ZM
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[personal profile] zotmeister 2012-01-06 02:51 pm (UTC)(link)
Actually, there's another thing I could really use - is there a community for asking/answering/figuring out S2-related questions? There are some things I'd really like my journal to do for me, but I come from a CS background instead of a CSS background :) - ZM

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Comm about newts, toads and frogs

[personal profile] moem 2012-01-06 02:52 pm (UTC)(link)
This is a community for all those who keep, or are interested in amphibians:
[community profile] amphibilove
The content of the similarly named LJ comm will be imported as soon as possible, but in the meantime... if you're interested, go ahead and join, and feel free to post.

The icon on this post shows two of my Chinese firebellies. If you listen closely you can hear the one at the bottom saying 'halp halp, I'm being repressed'.
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I'm just going to leave this here... :)

[personal profile] ladyminya 2012-01-06 02:53 pm (UTC)(link)
For any of you who're Val Kilmer fans, I just opened this community a week or so ago. It's quite active (in terms of me posting), but not so active in terms of members. If you'd like to join, please do. And don't be afraid to participate! :) :)

We're also affiliated with a few websites and Facebook fan pages if you'd like to check them out as well. :)

[community profile] kilmerfans
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Re: I'm just going to leave this here... :)

[personal profile] vickyblueeyez 2012-01-06 04:20 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm apart of Kilmer fans. I love Willow.

Peck :P
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[personal profile] tima 2012-01-06 03:01 pm (UTC)(link)
Denise hi,

it seams to me there is a bug in the Import Community functionality: I followed the usual Import steps, as explained in the FAQ selected the Dreamwidth juct created by me community, picked up the community from the LJ I own and here is what I've got on the next page:

Importing from:
ru_know_how at

Importing to:
[personal profile] tima at Dreamwidth

So, despite of selected ru_know_how as a recipient, the import is going to be done into my personal account and I don't want that.

And one more thing - the same as in the Dream, LJ communities do not have passwords (few minutes ago I created 3 of them and didn't supply any passwords for them), I created them a long time ago and own them and there are no passwords. So... which password should I enter for the import process when pick a community?

Any info would be greatly appreciated,

Another issue

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[personal profile] destinyislands 2012-01-06 03:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you to everyone for all their hard work making DW awesome, and for standing up against those ridiculous bills. I've already sent a letter myself and while it doesn't come as a surprise to me, I am glad DW is against those bills. And I know you all always do it, but I am glad you keep us all in the know about everything going on. Thanks for everything! ♥

Comm recs also make me happy. ^^

/goes to see if I can contribute any

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[personal profile] open_the_blinds 2012-01-06 03:15 pm (UTC)(link)
Not sure if this is the place to ask this, but I'm not sure where else to go....

I'm planning on purchasing a paid account so I can bring over my custom moodthemes from LJ and I was just wondering, is there an admin console that I can use (a la this), or do I have to copy/paste each mood one at a time via the custom mood editor?

Conversely, if no one wants to get in the down and dirty details here, just pointing me to comm with some instructions would be great. :)

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[personal profile] kalloway 2012-01-06 03:19 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.

I first came here via an Inksome OpenID account - is there any way of ever accessing that account again now that Inksome is completely gone?

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[personal profile] dame 2012-01-06 03:21 pm (UTC)(link)
Makes me sad to think you're underpaid, Denise!

I know you are working on this out of interest, but I also think you deserve normal or even better pay! I hope things get to that point! I'd also love to hear Mark is back full-time.
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[staff profile] mark 2012-01-06 06:14 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah, she makes less than the US federal minimum wage for the hours she puts in. One day we shall rectify that... one day!

I'd also love to be back full-time, too. :)
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[personal profile] wishgrant 2012-01-06 03:23 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks for the update! And as much as I'll miss the extra icons, I appreciate y'all being willing to let it slide and let us play around with them for a bit more. :)

Will Dreamwidth be following some of the other sites (re: facebook, twitters, etc.) on the blackout to stand against SOPA?
mark: A photo of Mark kneeling on top of the Taal Volcano in the Philippines. It was a long hike. (Default)

[staff profile] mark 2012-01-06 06:21 pm (UTC)(link)
We're discussing what to do about this. I think that it's really important that we do something on this issue, personally, but we're not sure exactly what.
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Society for Creative Anachronism

[personal profile] florentinescot 2012-01-06 03:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Just put up a friending meme on my journal for SCA and SCA-interested folks
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[personal profile] sharpiefan 2012-01-06 03:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Ha! I'm on Betelgeuse, and I've got comms on Betelgeuse, Draconis, Capella and Alpha Centauri. This makes me feel... Well, very Alpha Quadrant, really.

Also, I'd just bought paid account time in November and couldn't really afford to get more in December. *sadface*

And I think the DW staff do a fantastic job.

And I wish there was some way for us non-US residents to make the US Government listen, because if they bring this in, then I lose DW, Photobucket, and half of my other sites too. :(
Edited 2012-01-06 15:45 (UTC)
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[personal profile] intermezzo 2012-01-06 03:57 pm (UTC)(link)
RE: SOPA. I asked the same thing because I'm not a US citizens and I'm in your same position. [staff profile] denise linked me to the EFF. Supporting it shouldn't do any harm ;) At least it's something?

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[personal profile] heroique 2012-01-06 03:44 pm (UTC)(link)
I find the fact that we can upload all our icons (inactive or not) is nice. It'll make things more convenient when I purchase paid accounts for those I have in games. Aww yeah.

Also, hurrah for pizza and all of your guys' hard work. :) You guys are amazing. I do have a question though that I'm not sure has been addressed or not (and if it has feel free to go fetch the ruler to smack me with).

I was pondering comment notifications, namely having them delivered solely to email. Is there any way that we could select that we get those in our DW inbox as well? If not, that's okay. I found that having them delivered to the specific account's inbox convenient as you can keep track of them as you are using the site. Then again, I'm also used to LJ's notifications being grouchy at best and hardly delivering, so I might be a bit biased on that front. Sob.

It's fine if there's a specific reason why that option isn't open for suggestion (due to any means). I love this site and playing with it has been refreshing. Thank you. <3
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Recent Comments

[personal profile] frith 2012-01-06 04:12 pm (UTC)(link)
Have you tried the Recent Comments page? It's really nifty. It lists the most recent comments you've received on your journal as well as the most recent replies you've left on other journals. As a bonus, when the comment you've left on another journal has been replied to, it gets an asterisk to show that it has been replied to! No more hunting journal to journal looking to see if you've received a reply! And, best of all, if you maintain a community on DW, you can click switch to "work as [community name]" at the top of the page, and presto! all the most recent comments on that community appear. Saves me a lot of time. 8^) I've bookmarked the Recent Comments page as a link on my journal page.

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[personal profile] jazzfish 2012-01-06 04:12 pm (UTC)(link)
[community profile] endings is a fantastic community that's exactly what it says: the endings of things, unattributed. Always makes me smile when an entry shows up in my reading list.

[community profile] poetry is also pretty classy.
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[personal profile] luredin 2012-01-08 03:49 am (UTC)(link)
Love both of these suggestions. Thanks!
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Re: my recs that I usually post for follow friday

[personal profile] northern 2012-01-06 04:16 pm (UTC)(link)
Great list!
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[personal profile] brightblueink 2012-01-06 04:16 pm (UTC)(link)
When deactivating icons because an account expires, the least-used icons are deactivated first.

This is a small thing, but that's awesomely handy. Is that a DW-only thing, or does LJ do it too? That always made sense to me, but on LJ when my accounts deactivated I always noticed icons I thought I rarely used ended up being the active ones. I could never figure out if I was wrong about how much I used icons or if LJ used another method to choose which icons to deactivate.

(Actually, I've always been curious about trying to figure out a way to see which icons I use the most. It'd be helpful for figuring out what icons to remove while adding new ones. I should probably keep track of it myself, but...too lazy, pfft. Oh well.)
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[personal profile] unwieldyfate 2012-01-06 05:01 pm (UTC)(link)
Not an official DW answer, but afaik the way it works on LJ is supposedly the same. A while back, when I RPed a lot there and wanted to stay on Plus for a bit and still have useful icons, I would delete and reupload (with the same keywords) the 15 I wanted to keep active and it always worked—obviously this could only be done while you still had paid time.

I thiiink on DW, the icons you are left with are the ones you last used to make posts with, but I could be wrong.

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[personal profile] darjeeling 2012-01-06 04:19 pm (UTC)(link)
Quick question RE: the icon importing.

I just tried it with an RP journal that has 30 icons on LJ and imported it to a basic account here. It DID successfully import all 30 icons (YAAAAAY) but automatically marked 15 of them as inactive right away. Unfortunately it marked the first 15 as the inactive ones, which are actually the ones I need. Since the game I'm thinking of joining isn't going to be moving isn't for another month or so, I didn't really want to put paid time on this journal quite yet (but believe me, I will be!)

So is there something I need to do in order to get the Manage Icon page to allow me to choose which of the 15 I want active?

(Or, and I only realized this after I'd typed this whole comment, is this feature just not active yet?)
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[personal profile] supahfly 2012-01-06 04:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Did you go to "Edit Userpics" after importing the icons? Because if you did, that's what happened. Doing that automatically deactivates the icons exceeding the 15 available to free accounts.

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[personal profile] next_to_normal 2012-01-06 04:29 pm (UTC)(link)
Fairly certain this will fall on deaf ears, but that link you included is full of misinformation about the legislation. Many of opposition's arguments greatly exaggerate the scope of the bills as well as the potential consequences. It's a scare tactic intended to drum up outrage on sites like this, which I guarantee you won't even be affected, by claiming that the government wants to shut down Facebook and Twitter and will break the internet. It's simply not true.

I made a post on my LJ back when LJ included it in their daily "writer's block" thing, but I'm happy to answer any questions or address concerns, or direct anyone who's interested in learning more to additional information.
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[staff profile] mark 2012-01-06 06:48 pm (UTC)(link)
I've read the text of SOPA, so I'm not just repeating what other people have said or told me to say. I disagree with the proposal as written. While I support some of the things it is trying to accomplish (I do not wish to abolish copyright!), I think it is going about things wrong.

SOPA is the real-world equivalent of suing the city because they happen to have built a road that goes by a house with a meth lab. Cities are not and should not be responsible for what people do with the roads they've built. If there's a meth lab, you go after the lab and the people who built it. That's the only sane and just way of solving the problem. Roads are not "accessories".

I know that the reason SOPA was made is because the US Government and the RIAA and MPAA and similar groups don't have legal authority in foreign governments. Since they can't force the foreign governments to shut down these web sites, they are now looking for alternative means to stop the problem.

Originally they tried their own form of scare tactics -- suing the people who are doing the illegal downloading. Unfortunately, that is defeated by normal human cognitive bias. No matter how many times we drive by someone who was pulled over for speeding, we always feel that we won't get caught. We go on to speed around the next corner -- hey, we already passed the cop, right? -- there's not another one for miles!

Suing the users doesn't work. Now they're going to try to go for the next level -- forcing compliance from the service providers who are making the roads work. It's the next logical step, but it's also doomed to failure; this is just the modern day Internet equivalent of a good old fashioned arms race!

You put the screws to the ISPs/advertising agencies/whatever and that's all well and good, but then some college student in Idaho releases Napster PGP built on TOR and guess what? Now you're back to square one and you're not actually stopping any of the piracy. Okay, maybe you stop a little bit of it, but people who want to steal stuff? They're going to steal stuff. Regardless of how much you threaten and cajole.

When they realize that this tactic doesn't work, what's next? The next logical step is a whitelisted Internet -- aka, the Great Firewall of China made in the good old US of A! Home of the free! Oh wait, actually, we took that away. Now you can only visit web sites that have been approved by the US Government.

I'm against SOPA. Dreamwidth Studios, LLC (the legal entity that runs this site) is against SOPA. I strongly disagree that this is scare tactics. SOPA is badly built and won't solve what they're trying to solve. It just adds more possibilities for things to go wrong and people to get hurt.


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[personal profile] mcgarrygirl78 2012-01-06 04:32 pm (UTC)(link)
You guys have been so awesome, I'm glad you exceeded expectations for end of year projections and that there was even something extra to buy Mark a pizza : )

Its been great for me as a new member and I sincerely thank you guys for running such an efficient and fun ship. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
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[personal profile] exodus 2012-01-06 04:36 pm (UTC)(link)
whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa.....whoa....whooooooa.

did you guys make coding in profiles appear suddenly? are you ninjas? i had my suspicions but - this proves it!

EDIT: oh! oh! i know what else i wanted to add - so many new DW users still have default journal layouts. [community profile] dreamwidthlayouts - go there and make yourselves beautiful! also, did you know you can use LJ layouts on DW?

Starlit has a great tutorial on how!

note: i haven't tested this since LJ unleashed Release 88, so i don't know if LJ's broken it now or not.
Edited 2012-01-06 16:47 (UTC)
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[staff profile] mark 2012-01-06 06:49 pm (UTC)(link)
We have rolled out some changes to the CSS/HTML rules in profiles, yes. That's probably what you're seeing. :)

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[personal profile] advancing 2012-01-06 04:40 pm (UTC)(link)
I love having weekly/bi-weekly news posts like these! They really do help keep us updated on the inner workings of Dreamwidth itself.

I also come to promote a community I help co-mod with [personal profile] blue_rampion and it's [community profile] dreamcodes! For those of us who like to pretty up our character profiles or even just dabble in code, then this community is for you! Our monthly help post is still going strong, so if you have any questions, then please feel free to hit that post up!

Oh, also, those who are migrating from LJ? They are offering refunds as a "one time courtesy" to accounts paid last month. You have to file it as a billing inquiry (in which the link is right here) and according to the people on the plurk I put up, it's true. Just thought I ought to let folks know about this here, too.
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[personal profile] supahfly 2012-01-06 04:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Did someone say pizza? :D

I'm not sure if I should ask it here, but I was wondering why doesn't the display style I choose isn't remembered on Firefox; on Chrome, I only have to change it once and then it automatically remembers in all accounts I have/create. Is this a browser problem? I am not tech savvy at all.

Thanks in advance.
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[personal profile] musyc 2012-01-06 05:34 pm (UTC)(link)
Are you using an add-on such as LJLogin? There's a setting in it that needs to be clicked and this happens a lot with that add-on. Right-click the username bar and select preferences. Choose Dreamwidth in the drop-down menu and switch to the tab for "site scheme". Pick your preferred setting there.

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[personal profile] joking 2012-01-06 04:56 pm (UTC)(link)
Can anyone rec a community for discussing queer themes in media? Like, say, representation of queer characters in YA novels, or Ianto Jones' queer identity in Torchwood?
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[personal profile] soc_puppet 2012-01-06 06:07 pm (UTC)(link)
[community profile] gay_also_means_happy comes to mind, though that's media-with-a-happy-ending focused, and not terribly active at the moment. I'm afraid I don't know of a more general comm, though. I'll be paying close attention to this thread to see if someone else knows of one.

EDIT: Poking around a bit lead me to [community profile] notfic, which is for general fandom discussion rather than queer-specific discussion, but it's a step in the right direction. [community profile] fem_thoughts is female-character specific along the same lines.
Edited (Added a couple more comms) 2012-01-06 18:29 (UTC)

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