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Mark Smith ([staff profile] mark) wrote in [site community profile] dw_news2017-01-01 12:48 pm

Dreamwidth News: 1 January 2017

Well, we made it to 2017. Congratulations.

The holiday promotion has ended. Thank you to everybody who bought points or a paid account or something, you're really helping to keep Dreamwidth going. We wouldn't be here without your support. (Quite literally -- we don't serve advertisements and we don't sell recommendations or anything, every single dollar we use to host the site comes from ya'll.)

The main reason I wanted to post today was to acknowledge and welcome the large influx of people we've been seeing in the past 10 days or so. We've seen a huge increase in new accounts -- over 100,000! This has translated into a raw increase in Dreamwidth usage of about 25% (i.e., our traffic is up 25% compared to two weeks ago). This is pretty exciting. I love to see people using Dreamwidth and settling in, making themselves comfortable, etc. I hope that you will find yourself feeling at home here!

So, business #1:

With any large influx of traffic, there will be occasional bits of site slowness. It takes a little time for us to provision hardware to adjust to changes in load, but don't worry: we're nowhere near the limits. In other words, even if the site gets slow for a little while it won't be a long term thing. Most of the particular issues we've run up against have been fixed already and the team will continue to investigate and fix any other issues that arise.

If you're worried about Dreamwidth falling over or crashing because of the traffic, it's okay. We are quite far from any limitations on Dreamwidth's ability to scale. But, even still, I'm sorry for the spots of slowness we've had. We've had to make a few tweaks but things look like they're doing pretty well now and we'll keep an eye on things.

(Note: whenever there are issues, we will update our Twitter feed: [ profile] dreamwidth, so please follow us there if you use that service!)

Financially, we're doing fine. We did just get new hardware and that incurred a pretty big line-item expense, but we've still got a buffer of cash in the bank -- particularly since we just finished the holiday sale. Of course, we've had to provision extra hardware with the recent arrivals but it will take a few months to see how the budget shakes out. (So, we're not asking for money right now! Just the normal business is sustaining the site fine and if that changes we'll let you know.)

Business #2:

Welcome to Dreamwidth, all newcomers, we're happy to have you! Many of you are joining us from Russia and Ukraine, so: Привет, добро пожаловать! Привіт і ласкаво просимо!

Unfortunately, nobody presently on Dreamwidth staff or volunteer speaks these languages and Google Translate leaves a lot to be desired. We've had at least one support request come in which is not in English and we'd love to be able to help out. If anybody who speaks these languages has spare time and is interested in becoming part of our volunteer group to help out from time to time, can you please comment here and let us know? Thank you!

Edit: I've started [community profile] dw_translate which [personal profile] kaberett will be administrating. We'll use that community to post to when we have something we need help with! Please feel free to join if you want to make yourself available.

Business #3:

I want to personally say that Dreamwidth is committed to openness and protecting the privacy of our users and their data. While we must of course follow United States law, we take a very strong position on the protection of your data. We'll do everything we can to be the best we can in this area. In other words, see the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Who Has Your Back? 2015 report. While Dreamwidth is too small to be evaluated by the EFF, I am committing us to earning all 5 stars. Stay tuned for more on this from us in 2017.

I think that particularly in the current political climate of the United States (and the world) it is very important for people to take a stand for what they believe in. So: I believe that real, honest privacy and using an online service should not be incompatible goals -- and as much as it is within our power, Dreamwidth will be a place you can have real, honest privacy.

That's all I've got for now. Thanks for reading and I hope your New Year's Eve went as well as mine -- we had a pajama party with some good friends and some champagne at midnight. It was pretty relaxing ... until the Roomba woke us up at an unreasonable time to begin its morning rounds.

(PS, as with all news posts, this may cause a delay in comment notifications for an hour or two after this is posted. I am posting this at 12:30PM PST, convert to your timezone.)
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[personal profile] elizabeth_rice 2017-01-04 04:07 pm (UTC)(link)
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[personal profile] lexizli 2017-01-05 09:01 am (UTC)(link)
Hi, Mark!

I don't know if you have enought Russian-speakink volunteer, but I propose one more. It's me. Unfortunately I don't speak English very well, but I am using CSS and HTML (I'm internet-shop developer and administrator).

I have translated all what I can on my blog in Russian and it's enought for me. But not for some my friends.

They needs translated anchors like Home/Post/Reading/Setting/Inbox and some others.

If you need and this is possible I can help you in translating.

UPD. I also speak Ukranian, but no soo good as Russian. Ind I have some time to help, I hope.
Edited 2017-01-05 09:55 (UTC)
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[personal profile] nataly_lebedeva 2017-01-05 08:17 pm (UTC)(link)
Hello Mark

I am a native Russian and I live in Canada for 8 years. I would like to help you with the russian customers.

[personal profile] sharifah_durrahsm 2017-01-06 04:27 am (UTC)(link)
Thanks for hosting this blog site - I came from LiveJournal after a friend of mine telling me that LJ is now owned by Russians. Since I only started blogging about a week ago and still have much to learn about the site, I personally don't care who owns LJ since I doubt anything I post is of relevant to the powers that be in Russia, but my friend said there is a chance Putin may just want to shut down LJ server if posts from Russian dissidents start to get on his nerves... so, thanks for the alternative site where the blog community can continue with our creative pursuits.
Many thanks for reading and I hope DW will be successful in 2017 and beyond.

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[personal profile] waqur 2017-01-06 11:13 am (UTC)(link)
Hello Mark! I'm a new user of DreamWidth, a refugee from LiveJournal. I'm from Kiev, Ukraine and freely speak three languages: English, Russian and Ukrainian. I have software development and support job and necessary experience, so I can help your team as a volunteer if you'd ever want to translate dreamwidth user interface from English to Russian or Ukrainian (e.g. translate gettext PO files, messages in perl code etc).
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[personal profile] pink_princess 2017-01-06 02:49 pm (UTC)(link)
Will there be a DW mobile app anytime soon?
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[staff profile] denise 2017-01-09 07:58 pm (UTC)(link)
We'd very much like to have one available, but there's a lot of prerequisites that we have to do first, most of which are of the "step one: reinvent everything" sort. It's on the list, though, and it has been for a while.
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[personal profile] mysockstotoro 2017-01-12 11:06 am (UTC)(link)
I don't suppose there's any chance of you hiring more people to help with the debugging/coding and stuff.
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[staff profile] denise 2017-01-12 04:48 pm (UTC)(link)
We don't have the budget for additional full-time employees, no.
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[personal profile] willowisp 2017-01-06 03:12 pm (UTC)(link)
Hello, and thank you for all the work you've done and that you do. I joined Dreamwidth when I first heard about it, but I've been loathe to do the final switch from Livejournal because I have a permanent account there. I've read previous comments on this post and the FAQ, but I'm still hopeful: Is there even a remote chance of opening the seed accounts again?
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[staff profile] denise 2017-01-09 02:02 pm (UTC)(link)
We don't currently have any plans to ever hold another seed account sale! It's to our disadvantage to offer them -- we only did twice, once when we first opened (to get the money to cover our first year of operation -- hence seed accounts, like seed funding) and once about a year later after we were forced to operate without income for a while when PayPal shut down our account with them for refusing to censor users' content and we needed to replenish the savings buffer once we were able to take payments again. I won't say that we'll absolutely never sell them again, because my crystal ball is shockingly inaccurate these days and there's always a chance that another disaster might strike in the future, but we'll be very wary of ever doing so, because a seed account sale is a fast infusion of cash now in exchange for lower income in the future, and we're trying to keep the site sustainable for a very long time with no advertising and no outside investment.

The slightly good news is that unlike LJ (where there are features and limits that are only available to permanent accounts), on DW there's nothing a seed account can do that a premium paid account can't do and all the limits are the same for seed and premium paid accounts. It doesn't give you the benefit of only having to pay once, but you aren't locked out of ever having access to features/limits that other people have.
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[personal profile] willowisp 2017-01-09 06:16 pm (UTC)(link)
Ah, ok. My big problem is that I am awful at remembering to renew, especially if there's no auto-renewal. Thank you for the reply!
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[staff profile] denise 2017-01-09 07:01 pm (UTC)(link)

The site will at least send you a few reminder emails. :)

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re: Business #2

[personal profile] med_cat 2017-01-06 05:51 pm (UTC)(link)
Hello Mark and best wishes for the new year to you, your family, and the DW team!

I am bilingual (Russian and English) and would be happy to assist with translating/answering questions in Russian, when the need arises.

I can also understand basic Ukrainian, so if it's someone writing in Ukrainian but they can understand Russian, I can answer them in Russian.

Best wishes,

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[personal profile] inkognitov 2017-01-14 04:55 pm (UTC)(link)
Что угодно, только не русский.
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[personal profile] hextraterrestrial 2017-01-27 01:10 pm (UTC)(link)
The site is bananas! Damn Jabberwocky lead me here. Now I'm lost in the woods with Bigfoot and the Chesire Cat(s). Whatever. It is still a well crafted and maintained joint. Cool digs.

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