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[personal profile] littlegreen42
I've only joined really, really recently, so I'm not yet familiar with all that Dreamwidth has to offer, but I'll list my Top 5 anyway...

5. It just feels cozier here somehow, like a real community. Admittedly, I haven't really participated here much, but I get a very good sense about this place. It just seems so welcoming!
4. Lack of ads. I like to know that my journal isn't unintentionally promoting some product I don't agree with.
3. So many interesting things to read!
2. I like how there seem to be a lot more serious, critical discussions of fandom here, rather than just squee. Not that I don't love squee, though.
1. Three Weeks for Dreamwidth -- it's been so much fun, I almost don't want it to end! I love all the comment fic memes.
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[personal profile] holyschist
1. Split subscribe/access. This was my killer app, and I love it; it makes me feel so much more comfortable subscribing to people who look interesting.
2. The commitment to diversity and accessibility. Like when people have brought up concerns in news posts and such, [staff profile] denise and [staff profile] mark have been quick to make corrections/changes/apologies. Some examples that stuck in my mind: (1) being called out on gender-binary language and fixing it right away and (2) early on, when someone said seeing usernames in red in the site scheme was disturbing due to cultural background, they quickly rolled out an alternate site scheme.
3. The much more intuitive site navigation, including the actually-useful navbar.
4. All the little fixes and improvements that are constantly being made.
5. [site community profile] dw_suggestions

Lack of ads was a close 6th, but since I use AdBlock, it's more of a principle squee than something that affects my DW experience on a day-to-day basis.
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[personal profile] majoline
(in no particular order)
  • the Community of Users here is just so wonderful and considerate  
  • Accessibility - being able to make the site scheme in Gradation makes it so much easier for my eyes (now in horizontal! YAY)  
  • Lack of Ads!
  • Commitment to Diversity  
  • Commitment to Open Source  
I would like to continue to pimp out my One Comment for Dreamwidth! Lots of awesome things about DW there :)
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[personal profile] timeasmymeasure
5. 15 icons with a basic account and a crazy lot more with a paid account.
4. No ads (makes a heck of a lot of difference in loading time and no surprise!malware).
3. Diversity statement of awesome.
2. The little things -- screened comment conversations, icon descriptions, community contributions, multilevel tags, network page, multiple icon loading, entry character limit, admin-locked posts to communities, access/subscribe difference, and so much more I seriously could go on and on.
1. DW community is amazingly friendly. From the admins, to the support staff/volunteers, to the users.
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[personal profile] disastrously
5: The community. DW has some of the most awesome people ever.
4. Dreamwidth Support. Dreamwidth has the best support staff of any site I've ever been on.
3. The Number of icons: If you get a paid account you get more icons than any other site.
2. Lack of ads: DW has no ads. And you get fifteen icons if you're not paid and you don't have to deal with ads to get them.
1. Icon Descriptions: DW allows actual icon descriptions. Since I'm a blind member, this helps a lot. I love that.
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[personal profile] hatman
Well, the first week of [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw is over. Already. Wow.

Happy to announce the winners of the contests, [profile] maharet83 and [personal profile] yvi! You'll each be getting 30 fabulous, shiny, and totally awesome DW points to use as you see fit! Thanks for your participation! :)

I'm considering running a second lottery this week. At [profile] maharet83's suggestion, I'll go with a "Top 5" theme. Post your top 5 favorite things about Dreamwidth to this comm. If at least five different people participate, I'll run the lottery. 30 points to a random participant! If I get more, I may well expand it. So, c'mon! Share the DW love!
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[personal profile] yvi
Reasons why Dreamwidth rock: Filtering the Inbox by poll votes. Poll votes are the one notification that does not go to my email (since a recent poll of mine had over 500 votes that's a good thing). Since I am also a rather regular [site community profile] dw_suggestions poster, though, I also want to see which of those polls are active. So I can just go to and see when the last votes were.
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[personal profile] majoline

What is this?

Pretty much the point is to come over and leave at minimum: one line; at most: a post about something you like/love about DW.  It could be about a new person you found, it could be a post you really love, it could even be something about Dreamwidth.

Read the rest of the comments, agree/disagree/add your two bob/just +1, it doesn't matter!  Have a good time!

Feel free to pimp out!

crossposted to[community profile] three_weeks_for_dw


Apr. 17th, 2010 06:28 pm
hatman: Glowing Dreamwidth logo. Caption: "OOO, SHINY!" (shiny)
[personal profile] hatman
Announcing three - count 'em, three! - new contests!

1. A random post made to this comm during the first week of [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw will earn the poster 30 DW points! (Depending on how that goes, I may do the same for the other two weeks.)

2. I want to upgrade the community's look. Post your ideas, graphics, and whatever else you've got here. New layout, new background, new color scheme... whatever you've got, big or small. I'll collect the ideas and we'll vote on them. I'll decide on specific rewards depending on the content that comes in. At a minimum, 30 DW points for the best submission!

3. I need better ideas for contests. So, if it's not too meta, 30 DW points to the best idea for a new contest!

Ready? Show me what you've got! :)
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[personal profile] yvi
Sometime within the last few hours, the 500,000th account on Dreamwidth was created.

It was probably an OpenID account, maybe by importing: new personal/community/feed accounts show up in the "New Accounts" section on the Stats page, where I can only see [personal profile] thatdayismine (Created on 2010-04-13 22:21:39), who got number #499953 and after that [syndicated profile] carynknits_feed (Created on 2010-04-14 00:18:14) which already got #500025.

500,000 accounts in about a year. Even considering the massive number of OpenID accounts, this is impressive.
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[personal profile] hatman
With the permission of the comm owner, I just posted to [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw about the sponsorship idea.

In short, I'd like to see people pledge to sponsor N users with one month's paid time ($3 or 30 points), where N is whatever number you're comfortable with.

Alternatively (or in addition), you could "tip" posters based on what posts appeal to you.

More details (and hopefully some discussion) in the post linked above.

If you like the idea, please boost the signal.
hatman: HatMan, my alter ego and face on the 'net (Default)
[personal profile] hatman
One of the suggestions for the grassroots thing was to sponsor people with free accounts to take part in [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw.

With the new points/credits system rolling out, we have some more flexibility in how to go about that, but we can figure out the details as things progress.

Right now, I'd like to gauge general interest. Please take a sec and let me know what you think.

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 10

Would you be interested in sponsoring fest participants?

View Answers

1 (10.0%)

3 (30.0%)

5 (50.0%)

I don't think so
1 (10.0%)

0 (0.0%)

How much should be given to each participant?

View Answers

Six months
0 (0.0%)

Three months
2 (20.0%)

One month
4 (40.0%)

A few credits here and there - they'll add up
3 (30.0%)

Depends on the post
4 (40.0%)

Depends on how much I like them
3 (30.0%)

Depends on how many people take part in the fest
6 (60.0%)

How many would you sponsor?

View Answers

1 (11.1%)

0 (0.0%)

0 (0.0%)

0 (0.0%)

It depends
7 (77.8%)

Not sure
3 (33.3%)

0 (0.0%)

yvi: Kaylee half-smiling, looking very pretty (Default)
[personal profile] yvi
As discussed in this community here and posted about in my journal here, I have now opened the first phase of the "bug bounty", taking requests:
hatman: Glowing Dreamwidth logo. Caption: "OOO, SHINY!" (shiny)
[personal profile] hatman
Just a few quick updates to/from yesterday's post:

[personal profile] yvi is considering a "sponsor a dev" program. Details still forming (I think it's fair to say it's in the brainstorming phase), but the idea would be that you would pay (in DW credits - see this week's news post) one of DW's volunteer developers to work on a(n approved) development project of your choice, fast tracking it to implementation. Subject, of course, to the dev's willingness to take the bounty, available free time, etc. But it could be a nice way to help direct the site's growth (or at least get a pet feature to play with) while raising money.

[personal profile] cesy liked the idea of sponsoring random users and comms (still could use thoughts on how to organize and encourage that, if anyone has any thoughts), and added the suggestion that we could sponsor participants in Three Weeks For Dreamwidth. I think that could be a really neat tie-in. Perhaps we could get people to pledge to sponsor X number of people (for 3 or 6 or however many months) who have free accounts and take part in the fest?

[personal profile] sharpest_asp is running a contest in [community profile] musing_way. Details are in this post. Prize is 6 months paid time.

There's also a contest in [community profile] vidding. Details are in this post. Prize (awarded to a random poster to the comm) is 6 months paid time.

I'd like to run a similar contest here. Would still appreciate any input on that. Should I make it a random poster? The best posts to the comm during the Three Weeks For Dreamwidth anniversary fest? Any other ideas?
hatman: Glowing Dreamwidth logo. Caption: "OOO, SHINY!" (shiny)
[personal profile] hatman
Dreamwidth rocks. If you're here, you know that. And you've probably got your own unique ideas about why.

The problem with building something new and awesome is that it attracts the attention of the sort of jealous trolls who feel threatened by shiny things and are instinctively compelled to try to smash them. Dreamwidth has twice had to change payment processors because trolls attacked, processors are superstitious and cowardly, and Dreamwidth's founders care too much about their principles and defending the rights of their userbase to cave to that sort of pressure.

Unfortunately, as noted in this week's news post and, more specifically, this post in [site community profile] dw_biz, this has forced Dreamwidth to dip more deeply into its financial reserves. It's also caused site growth to stumble.

Now, the new payment system will be implemented soon. And the one-year anniversary of Open Beta launch (April 30) is nigh.

There will probably be some kind of official sale. But I'm thinking a grassroots movement is in order, as well.

1. There's been mention in the comments of the [site community profile] dw_biz post of creating Dreamwidth swag - shirts, hats, stickers, etc. [staff profile] denise responded to the idea:

I'd love to do this, absolutely. The questions outstanding are:

1). What services should we use? I want one that will have decent quality product, reasonable prices, and ethical sources (no sweatshop labor, etc), where they will print-on-demand and handle all the shipping on their own so we don't have to. (We do not have anyplace at DW HQ to store hundreds of tshirts, and we don't have the required up-front capital outlay free right now to do our own fulfillment and/or pre-ordering.)

2). What designs should we offer, and who'll design them?

If you could take point on researching #1, that would be awesome. (If you can't, I can find someone to, or ask in the news post next week.)

Suggestions, anyone? I've had a good experience with Zazzle, but I don't know their ethical record & policies. (And isn't it awesome that Dreamwidth management has made that a priority, even in the midst of a financial crunch?)

More importantly - art? I'd like to see an "Art of Dreamwidth" movement spring up. Some kind of contest, perhaps? (Something like, say, [community profile] dreamwidth_idol?)

2. I'd also like to see something like a paid account-athon. A grassroots movement to encourage people to buy paid accounts - for themselves, their favorite communities, their friends, random users (there are two options for that in the shop), [personal profile] paidaccountfairy, etc. Perhaps somehow tied in with Three Weeks For Dreamwidth or something like it?

3. I'd like to have some kind of contest here, with the prizes being paid time. Suggestions? For Open Beta, I did a new account fairy contest, but it didn't gather too much participation. Anyone have a better idea?

4. What else can we do?

I don't want it to be charity. Dreamwidth is a business. But it's also a community.

On the one hand, our community has been attacked. It comes to us as good citizens to band together to help clean up the rubble.

More importantly, however, Dreamwidth rocks. It's in our interest to help build the site, to get it to grow and prosper, to make the community bigger and better and stronger. To make it a profitable venture so we can keep it going. And hey, it's Open Beta anniversary. We should celebrate!

So what have you got? What can we, the community, do (unofficially) to get things moving? To celebrate, to drum up activity, to get people excited, to bring in new people, to give people a good reason to spend some money?

ETA: Updates here, though it's mostly trying to bring more visibility to some stuff from the comments from this post.

Would still like input into what kind of contest to run in this comm. Random post to the comm gets paid time? Sponsor free accounts that participate in Three Weeks For Dreamwidth? Or maybe spiff up the layout around here, with the contributions voted best getting paid time? Other thoughts? Suggestions? Should I run a poll?
yvi: Kaylee half-smiling, looking very pretty (Default)
[personal profile] yvi
Yes, nobody but me probably cares, but I think DW rocks for it:

Communities have their own subdomains instead of being at .

I think that's awesome :)
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[personal profile] ursamajor
From IRC:

[01:15:50] [staff profile] denise: basically:
[01:16:18] [staff profile] denise: if you subscribed to someone and made a reading filter containing only that person's posts tagged foo
[01:16:23] [staff profile] denise: and they posted an entry tagged foo
[01:16:30] [staff profile] denise: in some circumstances that entry wasn't showing on the (filtered) reading page
[01:16:49] [personal profile] ursamajor: oho! ... wait, you can make a reading filter that contains ONLY THAT PERSON'S POSTS TAGGED FOO?!
[01:16:54] [staff profile] mark: uh yes
[01:17:04] [staff profile] mark: reading filters support tag inclusion/exclusion
[01:17:06] [personal profile] ursamajor: Things I did not know that are *awesome*

Why I haven't gotten around to creating reading filters until now, Cthulu only knows. Update (2): I figured out why; the announcement of their release came two weeks before I Got Married. >_>

Update (1): Er, to clarify, the tag specificity elements of reading filters are a paid member feature (per this post in [site community profile] dw_news); thanks to [personal profile] yvi for clarifying in comments. But it's still damn *awesome* :)

Also, there's a decently annoying bug in the system right now that prevents reading filters by tag from working correctly; it's been fixed in testing, and the fix will be live with the next codepush, but it's not uploaded yet.

But also, delving more into these awesome reading filters, you can filter communities by poster. You guyssss. :D
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[personal profile] shanaqui
As I said on twitter once: "Another reason to love Dreamwidth. They read my mind, go back in time, and implement features I'd love to see, in time for when I need them!"

Which referred to, in this case, when I clicked on the name of a deleted user, expecting to see the uninformative "This journal has been deleted" message. Nope! Apparently on DW, you can give a reason when you delete your journal. I did not know this! So now I know that my friend deleted her journal just to make a new one. Handy.

Yay Dreamwidth!
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[personal profile] hatman
With the Open Beta anniversary coming up, and, with it, the very cool three weeks for Dreamwidth project, it seemed like it might be worth resurrecting [community profile] dwrocks.

So what have you got, fellow DW enthusiasts? Anything new and shiny?
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[personal profile] yvi
... because they use

To archive human knowledge and to make information more accessible to the world, multiple projects are currently digitizing physical books that were written before the computer age. The book pages are being photographically scanned, and then transformed into text using "Optical Character Recognition" (OCR). The transformation into text is useful because scanning a book produces images, which are difficult to store on small devices, expensive to download, and cannot be searched. The problem is that OCR is not perfect.

reCAPTCHA improves the process of digitizing books by sending words that cannot be read by computers to the Web in the form of CAPTCHAs for humans to decipher. More specifically, each word that cannot be read correctly by OCR is placed on an image and used as a CAPTCHA. This is possible because most OCR programs alert you when a word cannot be read correctly.

[Yes, this is very random]