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[staff profile] denise2018-12-03 09:06 pm

Welcome to Dreamwidth, Tumblr folks!

With the new update to Tumblr's community guidelines announcing that they will no longer permit adult content on their site, we'd like to take a moment to reassure all y'all that we have your backs. With a very few exceptions (such as spam and the like), if it's legal under US law, it's okay to post here. We're 100% user-supported, with no advertisers and no venture capitalists to please, and that means we're here for you, not for shady conglomerates that buy up your data and use it in nefarious ways.

Tumblr's definition of "adult content" seems to be inherently visual, and I also wanted to remind people that we do have basic image hosting. (It's definitely not as slick and easy to use as Tumblr's, I won't lie, but it does exist.) If you want to include images in your posts, you can upload them and the site will give you HTML that you can paste into your entry. Or, if you have post-by-email set up, just attach the image to the end of your email and it'll be posted. All users have a 500MB image hosting quota right now. I know that's small for people looking for a place to host NSFW image blogs, but we are reviewing usage statistics to see if we can increase it, or at least make it possible for people to pay for more quota like you can for more icons.

For those asking whether we have a mobile app: we don't at the moment! There are many (soooooo many) prerequisites that we have to do first, which we've been working on but haven't yet finished, because we're dealing with a lot of systems and architecture decisions that were made nearly 20 years ago by now. (A mobile app would also be subject to the same censorship pressure Tumblr faced -- it's looking pretty good that Apple taking the Tumblr app out of the App Store was the proximate cause of Tumblr's content guidelines change, and Apple is notoriously strict on apps for sites that allow user-generated content -- so even once we have one, it's even odds on how long it'll be able to stay available for certain platforms.) We've been trying to improve the website's experience on small screens in the meantime, and that's an ongoing project that we'll do our best to devote some more attention to over the next few months.

Feel free to use the comments to this post to recommend communities to join and to make new friends, whether you're here for the first time as a Tumblr refugee or have been here since the start (and any range in between). To the newcomers: we're happy to have you join us. Welcome aboard!

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[staff profile] denise2018-11-30 01:39 pm

It's December holiday promo time!

Hello, all! It's December, and long-time Dreamwidth folks know what that means: it's time for our December holiday points bonus! Plus, we have some good news for those of you who pay by check/money order...

For the month of December, all orders of points and paid time in the Shop, for you or as a gift, will get 10% of your completed cart sent to you in points after you finish the transaction. For instance, if you buy an order of 12 months of paid time for $35 (350 points), you'll get 35 points when the order is complete, to use on a future purchase.

This bonus only applies to orders of paid time and points: rename tokens and bonus icon slots don't receive bonuses. If you buy paid time for a friend, the bonus points will be sent to you, not to them.

The order must be completed in the month of December. IMPORTANT: "the month of December" is defined by server time (which is in UTC), not by your local time zone. So, if you're in EST, the promo ends on December 31 at 7PM your time. Every year a few people think that they have more time to make an order than they do, so if you want to take advantage of the promo, it's a good idea to do it before the last day.

This is our way of saying "thank you" to all y'all who make this place home and believe in it enough to help us keep it running. We may not have all the bells and whistles of other social sites, but unlike them, we don't accept advertising or venture capital and we don't mine your data and sell it to third parties -- and we never will. Your support are what has let us keep that promise for almost a decade now, and it's our tradition to end the year with a promotion that acknowledges that. (I seriously can't believe we've been at this for almost 10 years now.)

The good news for people who pay by check/money order: I don't think there's a one of you who hasn't gotten frustrated by the delays our post office causes with their terrible service and irregular hours. We're in the process of switching to a private mail forwarding service instead. The switch isn't complete yet, but as soon as it is, we'll update the address that the shop tells you to send your payment to. If you're paying by check/money order, please watch out for an address change! And one other change this will require: the new service won't let us have you include the order number on the front of the envelope, so you'll have to make absolutely sure that you include your order number on the check itself or include a piece of paper in the envelope that has your order number on it.

We hope you all have a good December no matter what holidays you do or don't celebrate, and wish you all a wonderful 2019.

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[staff profile] denise2018-10-04 06:38 pm

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Hello all!

A number of people have recieved spam extortion emails in the past week or so containing passwords they've used on social network sites and demanding Bitcoin ransom. Some people have reported the emails included passwords they've used on Dreamwidth in the past, so we've taken the past few days to examine our servers for sign of compromise.

We do not currently believe that we're the source of the data breach that resulted in these emails. With the evidence we have at the moment, augmented by independent work other researchers have done, we're reasonably confident the breach happened on another social network site at least several years ago. If the password in the email matches your Dreamwidth password or a password you've used on Dreamwidth in the past, it's because you used the password on that other site during the time period in question.

We won't name the site yet because they haven't made a public announcement confirming the breach, but if you receive an email containing a password of yours, you should:

* Change your password anywhere else you've ever used that password (or a variant that follows a predictable scheme, like Password+Sitename).

* Install a password manager such as 1Password or LastPass to keep track of your passwords for you, so that you can use unique, complex passwords for each site you have an account on without having to remember (or retype!) them -- this really cuts down on the temptation to use the same password on multiple sites, I've found!

* Sign up for Have I Been Pwned? alerts, or at least check any email address you use regularly in their database, to let you know if a compromised password of yours is being circulated or sold. (HIBP is a legit resource run by a security researcher, and it doesn't ask for or reveal any passwords, just your email address.)

We're leaving comments screened for this post, but if you have any questions, you can ask in our public support area if your question doesn't involve sensitive information, or email webmaster@dreamwidth.org if your question involves anything you don't want to be public.
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[staff profile] denise2017-12-03 12:46 am

December points bonus time!

Hello, Dreamwidth! It's been a hell of a year on our end, but amidst issues ranging from family to health to family health, all y'all and this place of ours have been a bright spot. As our way of saying thank you for continuing to help us prove it's possible to run a social site without selling your users (or your soul), it's once again time for the December points bonus!

For the month of December, all orders of points and paid time in the shop (https://www.dreamwidth.org/shop), for you or sent as a gift, will get a 10% bonus of points once you complete the order. 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.

IMPORTANT TO KNOW: When we say "the month of December", that goes by server time, which is in UTC. It's not midnight your local time zone! (For people in Pacific time, for instance, the promotion ends at 4PM on 31 December.) Every year a few people get bitten by this, so if you're planning on buying paid time during December, it's best to do it on 30 December or before.

This is our annual way of saying thank you, because we owe you a lot. Every day it seems like there's another story in the news about a site selling data on its users, manipulating what their users see, or prioritizing page loads and "active users" metrics for their investors over people's actual lives, safety, and security. We built Dreamwidth because we believed there could be a better way, and we are grateful for all of you who believe in that better way enough to come along for the ride.

Here's to a wonderful December holiday season and to a 2018 that does not suck.

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[staff profile] denise2017-04-14 05:34 am

Dreamwidth News (and welcome!), 14 April 2017

Hello, Dreamwidth! Goodness, this past week has been unexpectedly exciting, hasn't it? A warm Dreamwidth welcome to everyone who's just joining us: we're glad you're here, and we hope you're liking the new digs.

Before we get into all the things I have to cover, though: Given the reasons most people are citing for not wanting to agree to LiveJournal's new ToS, I'd like to take a moment and ask: if you're able to (and only if you're able!), please consider donating to the Russian LGBT Network/Российская ЛГБТ-сеть. They not only do excellent work across the Russian Federation, but are currently mobilizing to help evacuate LGBT people in Chechnya who are in danger of detention or death. (EDIT: If you're outside Russia, you can donate through All Out; the Russian LGBT Network website won't accept donations from outside Russia.)

To our friends in Russia who are LGBT and those who are against the mistreatment of anyone because of their sexual orientation: We stand with you. Please stay safe above all else, but if it would be safe for you to post that link, the LGBT Network is asking that as many people as possible publicly share the information that the LGBT Network is ready to help. (They also ask that you do not contact people in Chechnya directly to let them know, as there are reports the authorities are searching people's phones and computers for evidence of sexual orientation.)

The rest of this post is primarily to give y'all new folks a brief orientation (or as brief as I am ever capable of; no one has ever called me concise) to help you settle in, although I hope at least some of it will be useful (or at least interesting!) to those of you who have been with us for a while. Come with me as we discuss Dreamwidth's history, a bit of what (we think) makes us special, the answers to a few common questions about how we roll, and a few useful tips that may help you with the transition.


Dreamwidth 101! )

Whew! That was a lot to throw at y'all at once, I know. (Yes, I always am this longwinded. And I always use this many parentheses.) Everybody who's been here for a while: thank you for your patience as I got our new arrivals up to speed! We'll be back in a few weeks with a code push and a bunch of new features and fixes, so the next news post should be more broadly applicable.

In the meantime, let's have a welcome party in the comments:

* If you're looking for new people to subscribe to you, leave a comment with some basic info about your journal and what you tend to write about! Then everybody can browse around and meet each other. (There's also [community profile] 2017revival and [community profile] addme, both of which are unofficial but bustling lately; holler if you know of any more.)

* If you've been here for a while and have a favorite community that's active, drop a link and a brief description!

* If you're new or you've been here for a while, and you're looking for an active community on a particular topic, leave a comment with what you're looking for and people can recommend you some options. (We've done this a few times before, as "the great community rec-o-matic", and it's never a bad time for another round.)

* If you know of any scripts, resources, extensions, tools, or toys that will help someone make the move, get settled in, or customize their DW experience once they're here, drop a link and a description in the comments. (We can't be responsible for unofficial tools, scripts, extensions, etc, so use at your own risk, but I know there are a bunch of them floating around!)

Finally, a quick note on the importer queue: it's still going, I swear. The jobs finishing now are the ones that were scheduled around 48 hours ago, though, so we really appreciate how patient y'all are being!

As always, if you're having problems with Dreamwidth, Support can help you; for notices of site problems and downtime, check [site community profile] dw_maintenance and the Twitter status account. (We can't do support through Twitter, though! Open a support request instead. Me trying to fit into 140 characters is not a pretty sight.)

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[staff profile] denise2017-02-15 05:35 am

Dreamwidth news: 15 February 2017

Hello, Dreamwidth! And thank you to everyone who wished me and my wife a happy vacation -- it was an excellent one. (Rumors that it was to help distract me from a significant birthday starting with 4 and ending with 0 are totally unfounded. Really.) It was also awesome to come back and see all of the new activity going on! I hope that everyone who's joined us in the last month or two has been settling in nicely.

Behind the cut, a tour of some of the new stuff we've done in the last few months, plus a look at some older changes that could use more love:

* Image Hosting Frontend
* HTTPS Beta
* Create Entries Beta: progress report
* Selective comment screening
* Other alphabets in site search: fixed!
* Icon file size limit increased
* Dreamwidth: Did You Know?
* Team Dreamwidth

DW News, 15 Feb 2017 )

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[staff profile] mark2017-01-01 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: [twitter.com 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.

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[staff profile] denise2016-12-18 03:14 am

DW News: 18 December 2016

Hello, Dreamwidth! I know: it's been ages since the last news post. There are many reasons, all of them tedious and boring and basically boiling down to being so ready to see the backside of 2016. (Seriously, at this point I think we may need to drive a stake through this year's heart and bury it in a silver coffin at the crossroads by the light of the full moon.) I'd been hoping to write you one of our usual chatty updates to let you know what we've been up to (we have been doing stuff! it's very interesting stuff!) but various and sundry tedious boring things have meant I didn't have the time before departing tomorrow on the extended vacation my wife and I are taking to ritually cleanse 2016 from our lives...

I do have some news that I wanted to share before departure, though! Many of you have already noticed it, but for those of you who haven't or who are new here: the December holiday points bonus has been active since the beginning of December. All orders of paid time or points made in the Dreamwidth Shop during the month of December will receive a 10% points bonus to spend or save for 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.

IMPORTANT TO KNOW: When we say "the month of December", that goes by server time, which is in UTC. It's not midnight your local time zone! (For people in Pacific time, for instance, the promotion ends at 4PM on 31 December.) Every year a few people get bitten by this, so if you're planning on buying paid time during December, it's best to do it on 30 December or before.

We do this promotion every December as a way to say "thank you" to everyone who supports us. We're a tiny company with no outside investors, no venture capitalist money, and no advertising (anywhere): your payments are what lets us keep offering the site to everyone. Since our income comes entirely from you, you know that the decisions we make are always and only for you, not for advertisers, marketers, or the people who hold the purse strings. You're what lets us keep this place running, and we love you for it.

I hate to post and run, but I'll be leaving you all in the eminently capable hands of [staff profile] mark, [staff profile] karzilla, and [personal profile] alierak for the next few weeks while Sarah and I investigate ways to exorcise the fetid corpse of this bloody year. Happy holidays, whichever of them you're celebrating, and I'll be back in 2017 with a run-through of what we've been up to lately.

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[staff profile] denise2015-12-01 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:

An incomplete list of the improvements we've made )

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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[staff profile] denise2015-06-26 05:45 pm

Dreamwidth news: 26 June 2015

Hello, Dreamwidth! Greetings from Portland, where Dreamwidth has assembled for this year's Open Source Bridge. (Which remains my favorite conference ever for how wonderfully welcoming and diverse it is.)

Behind the cut:

* A fond farewell
* HTTPS
* Email woes: mostly fixed
* Multiple sticky entries
* Rescreening screened comments when they're edited
* Other new features and tweaks
* Pretty pretty pictures

Friday 26 June 2015 )

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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. (I'm still a lot behind on the suggestions queue, though, just as a warning.)

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[staff profile] denise2015-01-18 10:00 pm

Dreamwidth News: 18 January 2015

Hello, Dreamwidth! Greetings from glorious Auckland, NZ, where we've been for this year's linux.conf.au. (It was a great conference! But then, it always is.) We decided to sneak in a code push while we were here, since we were in the same place and code pushes are always more fun when you can yell across the room when something breaks.

Behind the cut:

* Development
* Responsive-design conversion
* Reading page: custom colors for accounts going away
* Quicker Reply: reply from your reading page
* Warnings when you don't keyword an icon
* The country list
* SSL Everywhere


Dreamwidth News, 18 Jan 2015 )
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[staff profile] mark2014-12-31 01:40 pm

Dreamwidth news: 31 December 2014

Hello Dreamwidth!

Happy Holidays and happy New Year if you happen to be in a place further ahead of the timeline than me (hello [personal profile] fu)! It's been a pretty awesome year over here at DW HQ, and now we're wrapping it up.

One thing we haven't done yet, though -- and totally remiss of us! -- is to talk about our end of the year giving. Most of you probably know that we typically make an end of year charitable donation of some kind.

  • In 2011, we supported the Ada Initiative.

  • In 2012, we split our donation between the Ada Initiative and then gave some to several different groups we appreciate: Doctors Without Borders, Heifer International, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Wikimedia Foundation.

  • In 2013, we didn't do an end-of-year gift to anyone, but we did a mid-year sponsorship of YAPC::NA 2013, a Perl conference we attended.

Here in 2014, I'm happy to say that we're back up to our old tricks. This year's end-of-year donation is one that's particularly important to us, so I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about what we're doing and why. But first -- what!

Dreamwidth's 2014 donation is to the Stumptown Syndicate, the organization that does -- among other things! -- the Open Source Bridge conference we've been to two years running now. We have pledged to complete [personal profile] brainwane's matching pledge drive. This means we'll be donating approximately $7,000 USD to the Stumptown Syndicate.

Why this group?

Well, let's talk briefly about the state of diversity in Open Source. It's pretty fucked up, historically; the participation rates of people who don't look like me is really bad for many reasons. One of the biggest ones -- and one that Dreamwidth cares a lot about -- is toxic/hostile environments.

One of the reasons we created Dreamwidth was because we believe that if you created an environment that encourages and welcomes participation by everybody, of all kinds of backgrounds, then you'd get exactly that -- diverse participation. The desire to build and create (and design and code!) is not limited to straight white cisgendered males and our project demonstrates that. In fact, I'm quite in the minority around here -- happily so!

Unfortunately, that's not true of the greater technology industry. Every company I've worked at is struggling to hire and retain people from non-traditional backgrounds. There are many facets to this problem, but a big part of it is a supply problem: there just aren't as many engineers who are women, or people of color, or trans, or.. etc!

Open source (and related: the maker movement) is a huge part of the supply side of my industry. People can learn about software, about building things in groups, and then turn that into a career. To do that, though, they have to be able to get into these projects and stay around. They have to be welcomed, they have to be encouraged.

The Stumptown Syndicate recognizes this, and their Open Source Bridge conference is a gathering of people who broadly care about the problem, who get together and say: you are welcome, you are wanted -- and you are not alone.

Building inclusive groups is a cause I support, and I'm really happy that Dreamwidth is in a position where we can fiscally support it, too. The world won't change for the better unless people make it happen.

Thanks for reading. :)

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[staff profile] denise2014-11-28 05:08 pm

DW News: Happy December!

We've got at least a few more weeks to go before our next code push -- a few of our ongoing projects are in the 'not quite finished yet' stage and we'd like to get those a bit more polished before our next release -- but I wanted to make a quick announcement anyway: our annual December Holiday Promotion will once again begin 1 December and last to 31 December.

During the month of December, all orders (made by a logged-in account) for paid time or Dreamwidth Points will receive a 10% points bonus, saveable and spendable for Dreamwidth services in the future.

To take advantage of the promotion, visit the Dreamwidth Shop during the month of December and buy paid time or Dreamwidth Points, for yourself or for a friend. For instance, if you buy a 12-month paid account (350 points), we'll give you 35 points to spend later, once you complete your order.

The bonus only applies to purchase of paid time or DW Points; rename tokens or bonus icons don't receive points bonuses, since the cost for those is intended to cover the cost of delivering that service. If you buy paid time or points for a friend, the points will be delivered to you, not them: the points go to the account that placed the order.

Thank you to all of you who've bought paid time, DW points, or extra services this year. You're what allows us to keep this place running: since we have no outside investors, haven't taken any venture capital, and don't accept advertising, our income comes entirely from you. So thank you for helping us to keep this grand adventure humming merrily along, happy December holidays no matter which ones you celebrate, and here's to an awesome 2015.

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[staff profile] denise2014-07-14 08:25 am

Dreamwidth news: 14 July 2014

Hello, Dreamwidth! I come with the assistance of our kitten, who likes to help with technical matters, to bring you a quick round of Dreamwidth news.

This is a short update, because I'm sneaking it in under the wire before elbow surgery (which is scheduled for 24 hours or so from now, eep), so I may not be able to respond to all comments and I definitely won't be able to respond past tomorrow -- prognosis is anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks before I'll be typing regularly again, and dictation software doesn't work for me.

Behind the cut:

* Development
* Responsive design: styles changes
* Date/time check removed when posting
* Bugfix for comment import problems
* Mail sending problems
* Tales from the Conference

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Dreamwidth news, 14 July 2014 )
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[staff profile] denise2014-06-10 07:50 am

Dreamwidth news: 10 June 2014

Hello, Dreamwidth! I bring you news and glad tidings of the new stuff that came out of last night's code push.

(I also bring yet another apology for the length of time in between this news post and the last; my ongoing RSI issues have been so bad that I've had to continue sharply limiting my typing time. The "good" news is that I'll be going in for surgery, or at least a first round, next month, so with a little bit of luck I'll be able to get back in the game a bit better after some time for recovery.)

Behind the cut:

* Development
* First steps towards our new responsive design
* Community admin redesign: admins take note
* Bugfix: deeply nested comments
* Apologies about thread tracking
* Advance warning: date/time checks at posting going away in future
* Embedding sources
* Spam (spam spam spam)


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[staff profile] denise2013-11-25 04:46 am

dreamwidth news: 25 november 2013

hello, Dreamwidth! I apologize for not having posted a news post after our last code push -- I've been on exceptionally restricted typing due to multiple RSI issues (we're talking 'no more than an hour a day, no more than five minutes at a time') and my dictation software has been acting up as badly as my elbows. Since it's been a while since our last code push -- due partially to my sharply lowered availability and partially to us having spent the past few months primarily working on backend things and making some hardcore repayments on our technical debt -- I know that looks like we haven't been doing much. Rest assured, that's not the case!

Related to the above, I won't be able to reply to the news post comments the way I usually do -- [personal profile] misskat and [personal profile] kareila will be around later this morning to help out people who are having problems, but I do have to save my very limited typing time for handling things like payment questions and the like.

Behind the cut:

  • Development

  • Notifications changes

  • Mod Hat

  • Custom text in styles

  • Import problem fixes

  • Profile section collapsing fixed

  • New update page: progress report

  • December points bonus


DW News, 25 Nov )

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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.

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[staff profile] denise2013-06-11 05:23 pm

Dreamwidth News: 11 June 2013

Hello, Dreamwidth! Last week, we attended YAPC, the annual conference put on by the Perl Foundation. We brought a group of our developers so they could both attend the conference and learn things, and also so they could represent Dreamwidth to the wider world. (Which they did! Awesomely!)

The conference itself was full of a number of interesting and varied talks, given by a bunch of incredibly smart people, and we learned a bunch (and found out about all kinds of useful things we can apply to Dreamwidth in the future). Aside from that, though, we had a great week, full of things like midnight hackathons, trips to see the actual servers that run Dreamwidth in person, people being voluntold to do things (that's a combination of "volunteer" and "told" that involves me pointing at someone and telling them "that's a great idea, why don't you do that"), and a whole host of teambuilding and other productive things. We've learned things, taught things, broke things, fixed things, and discovered just how many people you can pack into a hotel room and not want to kill each other later.

We'd like to say "thank you" to everybody who's paid for their accounts lately, since it's your support that allowed us to do this, and it's already paying off in bugfixes, new features, usability improvements, and loads of people who heard about Dreamwidth-the-open-source-project from us and are interested in coming to hack with us. So, let's go over some of the neat stuff we did!

(I also want to apologize in advance for any typos or weirdness in this news post, since I switched recently to dictating instead of typing, since my RSI problems just keep getting worse. Let me tell you, it may be easier than I thought it would be to make the transition, but that does not mean it's easy.)

Behind the cut:

* Conference Report
* Development
* Icon Renaming
* Pretty URLs
* Tales from the Conference #1
* New Entry & Comment Pages
* Spam Prevention
* HTML Cleaner Changes
* Tales from the Conference #2
* Volunteering with Dreamwidth

and now the news )
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[staff profile] denise2013-04-29 11:49 am

Dreamwidth news: 29 April 2013

Hello, Dreamwidth! This week we celebrate DW's fourth birthday (as of tomorrow) with a whole slew of new stuff to play with. It's been a wild ride these four years, and it's only getting more awesome as we go.

Behind the cut:

* Development
* Reply-by-email
* Comment search
* Subscription filters module
* Image placeholder settings
* New styles
* Feed cleanup
* Credit card charges
* Dreamwidth in person

Dreamwidth news, 29 April 2013 )
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[staff profile] denise2013-01-09 03:47 pm

Dreamwidth News: 9 January

Hello, Dreamwidth! Welcome to 2013. Now that we're done with losing tons of time to the holidays, we are back and better than ever, and we're kicking off 2013 in style.

Behind the cut:

* Development
* More in the Family
* JQuery Beta
* Icon Page in Your Journal Style
* Charitable Giving
* Community Promotion

Dreamwidth update, 9 Jan 2013 )
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[staff profile] denise2012-12-08 11:30 pm

Dreamwidth News: 8 December

Hello, Dreamwidth! It is I, here to bring you the usual veritable rainbow of interesting news, exciting developments, and stupid-ass jokes that prove I should not be trusted with posting access to the journal that sends out newsletter notifications to tens of thousands of people. (With great power comes great ... oh, you know the saying.)

Behind the cut:

* December Shop Promotion
* Holiday Giving
* Development
* Styles Stuff
* Content Importing
* Misc. Other Maintenance Notes

Dreamwidth News, 8 December )