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Denise ([staff profile] denise) wrote in [site community profile] dw_news2015-12-01 03:43 am

Dreamwidth News: 1 Dec 2015

Hello, Dreamwidth!

It's December, and those of you who have been around for a while know what that means: the December Holiday Points Bonus!

All Dreamwidth Shop orders of paid time or points made (by a logged-in account) between now and midnight UTC on December 31 will get a 10% points bonus for you to save or spend in the future. For instance, if you buy a 12-month paid account (350 points), you'll get another 35 points once the order is complete for you to use on a future order.

This bonus only applies to orders of paid time or points -- bonus icons and rename tokens don't receive points bonuses. If you buy paid time or points for a friend, the bonus points will go to you, not to them.

The holiday points bonus is our way of saying "thank you" for continuing to support Dreamwidth. Our income comes entirely from you -- we have no advertising, no outside investors, and no venture capital, so you know that the decisions we make are always 100% in your best interest. Thank you to everyone who's bought paid time, extra services, or points this year. You make it possible for us to keep the site running for everyone, and we love you for it.

As 2015 draws to a close -- it's hard to believe we're finishing up our sixth year of Dreamwidth! -- we'd like to wish a very happy set of holidays to you, no matter what December holidays you celebrate. Here's to an awesome 2016.

(EDIT: Also, there was a brief problem with the promotion not properly adding the bonus points to your account -- that's been fixed, and I'm manually applying the bonus points for the accounts/orders that were affected.)

While I have you here, I'd also like to highlight some of the changes we've made over the last few code pushes in case you've missed them:


* We've added Github as an option for the profile page, so you can link to your Github account.

* If a community has an OpenID account as an admin, that maintainer can now edit tags for the community.

* Two-rename-token username swaps are now possible no matter which account has the rename tokens. (Formerly, you needed to have one token on each account; now, as long as you've got two tokens available across the two accounts, it's possible.)

* Added Angelikitten's Big Eyes mood theme

* Added as a site option to the user name tag, so you can now do <user name=exampleusername> or <user name=exampleusername site=ljr> and have it work.

* Whitelisted embeds from and ZippCast, so you can embed objects from those sites. (If you have other sites that you'd like to embed objects from, open a support request for us to add them! For security reasons, embedding runs on a whitelist, and we have to explicitly allow each site.)

* Editing tags on a community entry now also displays the username of the person who posted the entry.

* We updated all of FAQs and all of the site's automated emails so they should always link to the secure (HTTPS) version of the site, rather than the HTTP version of the site. (If you spot anywhere we missed, open a support request and let us know!)

* We added inline reply to the Recent Entries and Day pages, so if you're viewing an entry there, you can comment without having to click through to a separate page.

* Added the Pattern style by [personal profile] ninetydegrees, with 24 beautiful themes.


* The site search page no longer over-escapes certain characters like quote marks, ampersands, and greater than/less than signs.

* The "sticky ticky" on the "use current time when posting" checkbox on the beta Update Entries page will no longer be checked when editing entries, thus preventing you accidentally updating the time on an entry from last week to be now when you edit it.

* When merging two tags, you'd occasionally run into a problem where one half of the system thought that "cats" and "Cats" were two separate tags, while the other half thought they were the same tag. We fixed it so the whole thing is (properly) case-insensitive.

* We fixed a whackton (that's a technical term) of display issues where things would be wonky (that's another technical term) on small screens (such as mobile devices) or at very large font sizes.

And, of course, there were a slew of backend fixes, improvements to site admin pages, and performance improvements that you won't notice but that will help us keep things running more efficiently.

Also, a big welcome to new contributors [ profile] dteklavya, [ profile] pseudomonas, [ profile] sgsabbage, [ profile] fastbean-au, and [ profile] chrisboyle, who all made their first contributions since the last news post!

We've also had a request for another round of the Great Community Rec-O-Matic! For those who weren't around last time we did this: it's a great way to get recommendations for communities to participate in that you might enjoy.

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!

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[personal profile] kinetic 2016-01-01 01:24 am (UTC)(link)
Oh damn. I thought DW was in California so I'd be fine. :( Can I ask why you use UTC?
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[personal profile] kinetic 2016-01-01 03:11 am (UTC)(link)
Gotcha! I don't know where I got that from then. Anyway, I feel like if this has been a chronic issue (since you mentioned it prev. comment and were looking for feedback), it would maybe be better to just run the special until ALL timezones are out of 2015. Just my two cents!
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[personal profile] msattentionspan 2016-01-01 02:52 am (UTC)(link)
I'm in the same boat - that it's only 9pm here (I had to wait for my paycheck to get deposited) and I am disappointed that I didn't realize it wouldn't work.
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[personal profile] msattentionspan 2016-01-01 02:54 am (UTC)(link)
Maybe for next year - a link to the current UTC time or something like "we use midnight UTC time which is X:00 in California where we are located."

[personal profile] passionfruit 2016-01-01 02:59 am (UTC)(link)
It's in the news post though already that it's going by UTC time:

"All Dreamwidth Shop orders of paid time or points made (by a logged-in account) between now and midnight UTC on December 31 will get a 10% points bonus for you to save or spend in the future."

Though a link stating what time that would be in different time zones would be nice.
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[personal profile] msattentionspan 2016-01-01 03:04 am (UTC)(link)
I didn't check the news post first because I'm literally in between serving shifts and wanted to get it purchased before I forgot - and I had to make sure I had money to do this. Really there's no benefit to buying all my points at once except this sale - and I am not someone that just splurges on Internet expenses. I only did this to get a few accounts paid at no cost to me with the bonus.

It's a shame that if they run into this issue every year they don't just say until Jan 2 UTC to make sure everyone is set no matter their time zone.

[personal profile] passionfruit 2016-01-01 03:12 am (UTC)(link)
While shifting it to Jan 2 may help for your current situation, I'm pretty positive you'd then just have people doing it on Jan 2 and forgetting/not realizing it was in UTC time as well.

I don't usually do the December bonus, but does this show up on the shop's end? That'd probably be the best place to have the information with time zone help so no one needs to cross-references the news anyway.
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[personal profile] kinetic 2016-01-01 03:13 am (UTC)(link)
^ that's a great suggestion to have some kind of banner in the shop clarifying if it's presently running. I remember last year there was confusion about when it started, which would be solved with the same. Maybe even one with a ticker!

[personal profile] passionfruit 2016-01-01 03:18 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah, I think something counting down would probably be even better than something about figuring out time zones, if it's feasible.

[personal profile] passionfruit 2016-01-01 03:59 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, is there? (As I mentioned earlier up, I don't usually do the December thing since my account usually needs renewal at a dif. time in the year.) So does it go up and down when the promotion starts/is over? That should be clarity enough, TBH.
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[personal profile] kinetic 2016-01-01 03:59 am (UTC)(link)
I buy holiday points every year, and I've ... never seen one. Is this new? Could you make it a different color?