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[personal profile] hermitty2010-05-08 11:24 pm

Five reasons that I adore Dreamwidth

1. Crossposting feature
2. Importing content feature
3. [staff profile] denise and [staff profile] mark because they 'get it'
4. Users having a real say in what features are added/wanted
5. Feeling of community
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My DW Top Five

~ An aware community (meta on this to follow!)
~ Strong focus on accessibility
~ Users have say in what features happen and can become developers themselves
~ An awesome tagging system
~ Gorgeous styles

Five reasons I love Dreamwidth!

+ The user name tag: I don't have to differentiate communities from personal journals, and I can easily switch it to link to non-DW journals!

+ 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. ♥
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Five Reasons I Love Dreamwidth

♥ I can edit posts without opening them first. As a serial-editing user, this just wins so very much.
♥ 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.
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Five little things....

I have lots of reasons to love DW, but I'm going to stick to five small interface tweaks that make a huge difference:
  • "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
I have more. I find more every time I try something new on DW. But five is the brief, so five is what you get :)
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[personal profile] jumpuphigh2010-05-03 12:19 pm

Five Reasons I Love Dreamwidth

1.  Community.  Community.  Community.
2.  Brilliant people
3.  DW ethics including privacy, refusal to be bullied, acceptance of diversity
4.  Clever tech which makes my experience here easier and happier
5.  High level of communication including [site community profile] dw_news  and [site community profile] dw_suggestions 

Five reasons why Dreamwidth rocks

In no particular order except for the top:

  • 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!

  • [site community profile] dw_suggestions
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Five reasons to love Dreamwidth

1. I don't have to worry that people reading will have to cope with obnoxious or offensive adverts.

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 [site community profile] 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.
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[personal profile] candidlily2010-05-03 03:51 am

Top 5 Reasons I Love Dreamwidth

5. The description field on icons.
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 [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw so much. I don't want it to end!
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[personal profile] yvi2010-05-03 08:25 am

5 reasons I lurve Dreamwidth, not ordered

* The split of access/watch. This is the only way I feel comfortable having a public journal: I can have a small group of people that have access to my very personal posts and can still subscribe to lots of interesting people I don't know at all.

* 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.

* [site community profile] dw_suggestions and how accepted suggestions are directly transferred into Bugzilla and then implemented.
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[personal profile] adelheid2010-05-03 11:36 am

My Dreamwidth top five

5. The mere idea of tag merge. And it will be reality after the next code push. You can't imagine how much I'm looking forward to it!

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 Reasons I Like Dreamwidth

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] holyschist2010-05-02 04:37 pm

My Dreamwidth Top 5 ♥

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] majoline2010-05-02 05:38 pm

Top 5 Favorite Things About Dreamwidth

(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 :)

Dreamwidth ♥ Top 5

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] majoline2010-04-26 07:23 pm

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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
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[personal profile] hatman2010-04-09 08:08 am

Sponsoring Three Weeks for DW

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.
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[personal profile] hatman2010-04-06 11:43 am

Sponsoring Three Weeks for DW

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%)

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[personal profile] hatman2010-03-25 02:21 pm

Update from yesterday

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?
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[personal profile] hatman2010-03-24 11:18 am

Grassroots brainstorming

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?