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Denise ([staff profile] denise) wrote in [site community profile] dw_news2009-06-02 07:26 pm

Progress Report: 2 June 2009

So, Monday was yesterday, and yet the Monday update is being posted today. Consider it your own little bit of space-time folding, spindling, and mutilation. (Translation: I brought the crud home from Las Vegas with me and I've spent the last few days curled up in bed and miserable.)

Slow update this week, but we do have a few things:

1. Wedding Bells Are Ringing Have Rung

Mark and Janine at the altar, with Yours Truly performing the ceremony

Congratulations to the newly-released Mr. and Mrs. Smith: version 1.0 came out of beta on May 24, in a gorgeous afternoon ceremony at the Green Valley Ranch in Las Vegas. [personal profile] janinedog was radiant; [staff profile] mark only cried a little bit when he saw her descending the grand staircase. (I resisted the urge to rickroll the ceremony itself -- it was very very difficult, I'll have you know -- although several people did arrange with the DJ to rickroll the reception.)

They're currently honeymooning in an Undisclosed Location, and are expected back on the 15th.

And, because I would be remiss if I did not mock, I present to you a photo of Mark doing the YMCA at the (equally lovely) reception. If news of my untimely death is posted on the 16th, you'll know that it was no accident.

2. Stop the Presses

Barring technical difficulties or the vagaries of editing, I'll be appearing on NPR to discuss advertising on social media (and why it's not a good business model). We'll be recording the interview later this week, and I'll be sure to update y'all when the segment airs.

This is a good time to remind everyone that both [staff profile] mark and I are available for interviews, conference panels, speeches, and other forms of talking to humans in public. You can get in touch with us via email at, or just email

3. Death to Spammers!

Well, okay, not so much "death" as "cranky and irritated wishes for them to suffer a tragic and permanent loss of internet connectivity", but you know what I mean.

We've seen a decided uptick in anonymous comment spam in the past two weeks. Our antispam team has posted a guide to protecting your journal from spam; even if you haven't been hit, you might want to read it over. (This is, for the record, why "anonymous commenting disabled" and "IP logging on" are the default settings for newly-created accounts on Dreamwidth; we were anticipating the problem, although not quite to this extent.)

There are a number of things we're looking into to prevent anonymous spam even before it reaches us, and we even had some great discussions with LJ engineering staff after the wedding (yes, we are that work-obsessed, although to our credit, we did wait until well after the wedding itself) about sharing resources to squash these scum like the vermin they are. In the meantime, if you receive a spam comment, delete it and choose the "mark as spam" option. From there, it will go into the antispam system, where our dedicated antispam team will leap into action and swing the banhammer with great force and glee.

4. Development

It's been a slow two weeks for development, what with wedding festivities, but we've still managed to commit fixes for 42 items since the last time we updated, with special thanks going out to [personal profile] kareila for chewing through bugfixes and [personal profile] afuna for being the review & commit monster. Our next code push will include bugfixes to tag renaming, tag management, tag import, and birthday notifications, among many others.

5. Support

A special "omg thank you guys" goes to the support team, who've been moving heaven and earth to handle things over the past two weeks while [staff profile] mark and I have been less available. Remember, support on DW is all you guys, all the time. We'd love to have you pitching in -- check out [site community profile] dw_support_training for more information.

6. By the Numbers

For those of you who've been curious about what "active in some way" means on the stats page, that number is defined as "posted, commented, or logged in in the past 30 days". And the good news is, it's been over 30 days since Dreamwidth launched to open beta, and our active usage is still going strong. We're really happy to see that people are not only joining up, but using their Dreamwidth accounts. (I'm pretty sure it's going to take me a while to get over the stupid grin I get every time I see a link to DW "in the wild".)

You may see a drop in the number of paid accounts on our beta stats page (and yeah, we know that the total account number figure is waaaaay off) -- that's actually completely expected, since we knew that a lot of people would be paying the $3 for one month of paid time and then letting their accounts lapse back to free accounts. We actually planned for a significant percentage of churn on one-month paid accounts, and I'm pleased to report that we've actually had more people renew their one-month paid accounts than we'd originally projected.

Overall, we're really pleased with how things are going, and we're really looking forward to being able to move past the "bugfix and minor improvements" phase to the "developing massive new features" phase soon.


Small update this week, but the wedding ate up a lot of our energy! Next week's likely to be slow too, since without [staff profile] mark at the helm we won't be having any code pushes, but the week after, once he's back from his honeymoon (and recovered), we'll be catching up on the remaining patches that need to be reviewed and committed and sending them live.

In the meantime, if you're having any problems with your Dreamwidth account, our support team is standing by, and if you'd like to come hang out and be social with us in irc, we'd love to have you:, port 6667, channel #dw.
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[personal profile] princessofgeeks 2009-06-03 12:29 am (UTC)(link)
welcome back.
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[personal profile] flamingtoilet 2009-06-03 12:37 am (UTC)(link)
First day on DW, and I have to say that so far, I'm impressed. Kudos.
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[personal profile] teaplease 2009-06-03 12:49 am (UTC)(link)
Ha, I saw you on the new users section in the statistics page. :D
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[personal profile] flamingtoilet 2009-06-03 12:57 am (UTC)(link)
AHHH! I can't even be sneaky on a new site!
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[personal profile] brenna 2009-06-03 12:47 am (UTC)(link)
Congratulations again, you are all beautiful, yaaaaaaaaay happiness!
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[personal profile] wytchcroft 2009-06-03 01:05 am (UTC)(link)
keep on keepin' on!
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[personal profile] snapdragon 2009-06-03 01:17 am (UTC)(link)
Congratulations to the new couple!

And: keep on truckin'!

[personal profile] aergia 2009-06-03 01:35 am (UTC)(link)
Congrats to them!
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[personal profile] helen99 2009-06-03 01:42 am (UTC)(link)
That YMCA shot is ... memorable. My husband does that in public as well...
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[personal profile] eruzim 2009-06-03 01:50 am (UTC)(link)
Congratulations to the happy couple, and good luck to the rest of you!

I haven't used my journal much yet, but if I'm still impressed next month I'm gonna buy myself a paid account for my birthday. *crosses fingers*
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[personal profile] rainbow 2009-06-03 02:02 am (UTC)(link)
How much do I love that the wedding is on dw-news? WAY LOTS. That's how much.

Janine and Mark look wonderful, and that officiator there looks pretty durned elegant as well.

<3 to the lot of you.
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[personal profile] tree 2009-06-03 02:51 am (UTC)(link)
"I'm pleased to report that we've actually had more people renew their one-month paid accounts than we'd originally projected."

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[personal profile] nova 2009-06-03 03:30 am (UTC)(link)
I have a video of the YMCA!
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[personal profile] sophie 2009-09-01 10:14 am (UTC)(link)
Hey, did you ever share this? I don't recall seeing it... *grins*
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[personal profile] instantramen 2009-06-03 03:46 am (UTC)(link)
Welcome back, and a belated congratulations to [staff profile] mark and [personal profile] janinedog! I don't really have anything important to say, but seeing these frequent progress reports always makes me happy. :)

*is a master of the code-bork*
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[personal profile] erilyn525600 2009-06-03 03:50 am (UTC)(link)
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[personal profile] bankai 2009-06-03 04:08 am (UTC)(link)
Awesome update! Glad that people are renewing and things like that. This site is awesome, I'm very happy here. :D

Death to Spammers!

[personal profile] babysprite 2009-06-03 05:05 am (UTC)(link)
Hangin's too good for 'em!!

Burnin's too good for 'em!!

They should be torn into little 

bitsy pieces and BURIED ALIVE!!!

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Re: Death to Spammers!

[personal profile] jss 2009-06-03 01:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Nah... Shot, hanged, drawn, quartered, boiled in oil, and served up on toast points with capers and red onion.
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[personal profile] zarhooie 2009-06-03 06:45 am (UTC)(link)
I'm wicked thrilled with all the bug squashing. I'm considering starting a countdown until the next codepush.
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[personal profile] almighty_frog 2009-06-03 09:28 am (UTC)(link)
You guys are awesome.
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[personal profile] adlina 2009-06-03 12:25 pm (UTC)(link)
Best wishes to the newlyweds :3

[personal profile] amirah and I will definitely be renewing once the two-month term is over. I started out with a free acc, pulled friends over, grew to like DW so, so much and ended up getting paid accs within the first week. Keep rocking, DW!
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[personal profile] anotherdream 2009-06-03 01:42 pm (UTC)(link)
What is NPR? I have never heard of it. I assume a radio station, somewhere in the world?
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[personal profile] foxfirefey 2009-06-03 02:38 pm (UTC)(link)
NPR is a US thing--it stands for National Public Radio.

[personal profile] thedolphingirl 2009-06-03 04:21 pm (UTC)(link)

Oh, this isn't an issue per se. However, my college only uses IE on their computers and the posting box looked horrendous on it. I couldn't see where I was supposed to type, things were out of place or hidden, etc., etc.

I use FireFox everywhere else, so usually it doesn't matter, and maybe this is a known issue, but a few things, especially the posting page, is not IE friendly.
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[personal profile] azurelunatic 2009-06-03 06:26 pm (UTC)(link)
Which version of IE? Unfortunately, much of the corporate world uses IE 6 still, and there are issues with that browser. I'll see if I can find someone who knows more about Dreamwidth's plans that involve IE 6. IRC advises me that there's even a FAQ about older browsers and how to get around them on the update page:
Edited 2009-06-03 18:36 (UTC)
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[personal profile] ecstace 2009-06-03 06:13 pm (UTC)(link)
Heey, I have a quick question, I sent in a request for some account codes a few days ago and I was just wondering if I needed to do something else, or was missing something? Coz that'd totally be something I'd do XP Thanks, I am loving this site!!
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[personal profile] liv 2009-06-03 06:41 pm (UTC)(link)
Basically invite codes only get handed out when the site's ready for a rapid growth phase. I think the code requests are backed up due to the wedding at the moment, though! So probably best to wait until things are running more normally. There isn't anything you're expected to do to get your codes, just send the request. If you really need codes right now, try [site community profile] dw_codesharing and see if anyone has any spares.
Edited 2009-06-03 18:42 (UTC)

advertising on social media

[personal profile] babysprite 2009-06-03 08:57 pm (UTC)(link)

The public at large is pretty much thoroughly saturated ad nausem with banner, strip and pop-up ads, with more and more of the Internet user-base seeking a way away from it and one of the reasons why I'm happy to be a paid member and help towards DW funding its operating costs is that there is no advertising.

If the other journal wishes to seek both paid accounts and advertisers, that's fine. I just don't want to be a part of it. No thanks.

Music: "Hallelujah" from the motion picture When Night is Falling.
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[personal profile] visionofblue 2009-06-05 01:44 am (UTC)(link)
Congrats to them!

We actually planned for a significant percentage of churn on one-month paid accounts, and I'm pleased to report that we've actually had more people renew their one-month paid accounts than we'd originally projected.

I'm one of the people who originally bought a paid account mainly just to sign up, and had planned to only keep it paid for the month and then let it lapse to a free account. But I've been pleased enough with the way the site is handling things so far, and fond of the paid features, that I ended up extending my paid time for a bit.

Keep up the good work! *g*
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[personal profile] kazuya 2009-06-08 04:42 pm (UTC)(link)
To both Mark & Janinedog!