+ Being able to insert ?show=P, ?show=C, and ?show=F at the end of my reading list URL without needing to make special filters.
+ Long character lengths in both comments and posts.
+ The update date button! I like posting every day, so sometimes, if I'm writing a post just before midnight, I like to update to make sure the post when I post the next day.
+ The existence of both the diversity statement and the guiding principles, the fact the site-runners follow them diligently, and the community that's built up as a result. I feel like a person on DW, and that's really nice. ♥
♥ I can search my journal!
♥ Finding people who's interests match mine the most :D
♥ I can change userpic names without losing the icon in previous threads.
♥ The ability to link to usernames on several other sites.
- "thread from start" on entry comments
- the "Mark" on the "Mark read" button in the Inbox
- having the "Save" button at the top of the notifications tab as well as at the bottom
- the "Delete all inactive subscriptions" button on the notifs tab
- the Preview button on the quick reply comment form
- The fact that DW doesn't expect you to fit into the binary gender construct, and that you can define your gender as other on your profile.
- Entries with a maximum length of 300,000 characters. I love to read novel-length fics in one entry.
- The practical "reload page in: my style" button on the navigation strip.
- The cross posting feature and the DW specific tags that make it easy to refer to users on other sites (love the AO3 tag). DW really furthers communication!
2. Splitting subscription and access lists, and removal of the loaded "friends" terminology. I feel comfortable chopping and changing my reading list.
3. The navigation bar, and using it to reload pages in different styles.
4. The readiness of the devs to listen to people's thoughts, and the existence of dw_suggestions.
5. The points system means you can save up rather than having to spend in a chunk. Which I find a lot more flexible.
4. No ads!
3. The safety I feel about posting fannish content.
2. Crossposting to LJ, keeps me from having to lose friends over there.
1. It's the most welcome I've ever felt on a large-scale networking site. There's just a sense of involvement in every community I join, every person I friend, etc. I feel much more inclined to join in on things here.
I am loving three_weeks_for_dw so much. I don't want it to end!
* The navbar. It is useable, has function I need and I think it's pretty.
* Site search. Oh, how I love site search.
* Weekly news posts with substance.
* dw_suggestions and how accepted suggestions are directly transferred into Bugzilla and then implemented.
4. Things like this comment. It typifies a) the sense of community and b) the "close to the ground-ness" of the devs, that in response to a question like this someone would just go and look up the code to see how it works.
3. The cross-post feature. There are a few tweaks I'd love to see happen, but it really is in general, quite awesome.
2. The subscribe/access split. It's made me far more willing to add people to my circle, and as a result I have a fascinating subscription list.
1. The completely abstract, difficult to describe or pin down, sense of community around here. (#2 and #4 have a lot to do with this, but I still think it's a thing that is awesome about DW all on its own.
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.
2. The commitment to diversity and accessibility. Like when people have brought up concerns in news posts and such, denise and 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.
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.
- 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
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.
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!
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.
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.
Would you be interested in sponsoring fest participants?
I don't think so
How much should be given to each participant?
A few credits here and there - they'll add up
Depends on the post
Depends on how much I like them
Depends on how many people take part in the fest
How many would you sponsor?
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.
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?
sharpest_asp is running a contest in musing_way. Details are in this post. Prize is 6 months paid time.
There's also a contest in 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?
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 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 dw_biz post of creating Dreamwidth swag - shirts, hats, stickers, etc. 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, 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), 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?