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[personal profile] promethia_tenk
Hello all,

When LJ moved their servers to Russia, I wrote a post called How to Move to Dreamwidth and Like It with my accumulated advice and resources on making the switch and a heavy dollop of pep-talk and getting in the right frame of mind. Now with the Terms of Service debacle, it occurred to me that I should share it a little more widely than my circle.

When I wrote the post, I was operating under the assumption that most people would and should move in small stages, so the post is structured to support that. Now, I will admit that my basic advice has shifted to 'abandon ship as soon as possible,' but hopefully people still find it useful : )

As I imagine most of the people who really need this are not (yet) part of this comm, please feel free to share with anyone who you think could benefit.
amihan: close-up image of audrey tautou as amelie poulain in 'amelie' wearing a polka-dotted top and smiling ([amelie] smiles & dots)
[personal profile] amihan
For all you graphics makers here, can you recommend any challenge or contest communities on Dreamwidth? Hopefully ones that 1) don't discriminate against beginners/aren't exclusive to popular makers, and 2) are still active until now (and will continue to be active in the future, or at least will not be abandoned without prior notice).
jjhunter: Drawing of human JJ in ink tinted with blue watercolor; woman wearing glasses with arched eyebrows (JJ inked)
[personal profile] jjhunter
[personal profile] jjhunter: Dreamwidth Friending Meme
It's been a long time since I've seen one of these around. If you're looking to add more mutual subscriptions to your circle, here is a space to advertise and connect.
majorshipper: (Default)
[personal profile] majorshipper
Is there a list somewhere of useful scripts/addons/userstyles/whatever for DW? I know I have tons to help trick out my LJ, but I've always wanted similar stuff for DW, and now that I have some free time, I'm trying to find some, and it's just not working out too well. Suggestions?
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[personal profile] youronewish
Yet more unwelcome changes to LJ's commenting system, which has resulted in FandomSecrets moving to DW.

As with the previous unwanted, largely protested change, it doesn't appear to be affecting custom S2 comment pages. But unfortunately for communities, S2 comment pages have proven to be detrimental for many of them, and workarounds are getting more and more ridiculous and painful for moderators. And now this latest change is all but forcing communities to either change over to a comment system that still hasn't shaken off its beta bugs but doesn't take several minutes to load -- if loads at all -- or put up with it if they want to remain on LJ.

Did LJ's developers fail to predict that this particular change would be the final straw, or they were hoping for that reaction? As [ profile] technophile pointed out, LJ has been outright hostile to fandom for not months, but years. It might very well be that the only communities that are desired by LJ's owners are non-fandom ones like [ profile] ontd. Truthfully, I don't believe it's a deliberate push, merely a serendipitous outcome for them in their self-image, if not their ledgers.

In any case, with FS moving, will this be the necessary push to start fandom moving off LJ?
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[personal profile] primsong
Having just recently joined in a discussion with someone on LJ who was trying to decide whether to make the DWth plunge and seeing the usual complaints about how DWth is 'too slow'... I admit I was weirdly amused when I found LJ down with an Internal Server Error today.


Gee, if they'd just taken my advice and gone to DWth already, they could be....well, HERE.  At a working blog with techies that give a rip about keeping it working!

Go Dreamwidth!
primsong: (eagle)
[personal profile] primsong
Why am I absolutely not even mildly surprised?

Facebook in Online Privacy Breach (at the online Wall Street Journal)

Many of the most popular applications, or "apps," on the social-networking site Facebook Inc. have been transmitting identifying information—in effect, providing access to people's names and, in some cases, their friends' names—to dozens of advertising and Internet tracking companies, a Wall Street Journal investigation has found....

It seems LJ's new overlords would love to follow in such footsteps. I imagine enthusiastic plans to start up a goat-themed version of Farmville that will autofill the sidebars, then to convert the icons into 'flair'.... oooo, just think of the advertising revenue...

*snuggles DWth account*
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[personal profile] dbskyler
Hi everyone,

One of the interesting differences between DW and LJ is how "friending" here is split up into the two halves of "subscribing" and "granting access." While I know how it works in practice, how things work and the cultural norms surrounding those things can sometimes be very different, and I'm hoping that there are enough DW veterans lurking on this comm to answer: What is the cultural view here regarding subscribing to someone's journal without granting access to your own? Is it considered rude, something almost never to be done? Is it considered distancing, something you do only with people you want to read but are pretty sure you'd never be actual friends with? Is it considered a natural first step in the friending process? Or is it considered no big deal one way or the other?

ETA: Thank you everyone for sharing your viewpoints and personal approaches. I feel much more confident now about going forth and subscribing / encircling people. This comm is wonderful.
beatrice_otter: Ginger Rogers--Dancing! (Dancing!)
[personal profile] beatrice_otter
I know, fandom's a lot of fun.  But Dreamwidth isn't only about fandom!  So let's spread some love.  Here are my favorite non-fannish DW communities--comment with yours!

[site community profile] dw_nifty : all the cool features about Dreamwidth that you might not otherwise find out about.

[community profile] fucking_meds : a place for people to complain (and share information about) meds they're on.
[community profile] actyourwage : so, we're all feeling the pinch, right?  This is a place to share hints on how to live within a budget.  It's about taking control of your finances and strategies for money saving and getting out of debt
[community profile] asperger 
[community profile] homeeconomics101 : Tips and tricks regarding cleaning/budgeting/cooking...
[community profile] napowrimo : the DW com for National Poetry Writing Month.  Dead for now, but wait until next April.
[community profile] poetry : A community for sharing published poetry.  (I.e. your favorite stuff to read that you'd like to share, not stuff you wrote yourself.  Though I'm sure there's a com out there for poetry writing, too.)

Some of these are kind of quiet, but that may change with the influx of new people.  What about you guys?


Sep. 7th, 2010 03:56 am
melonbutterfly: Icon of Steve Rogers & Bucky Barnes; we see their backs as they stare into the icy ravine that will be Bucky's "death" (Arthur)
[personal profile] melonbutterfly
I was just wondering, are you familiar with the ljArchive? I tried setting it up for my DW journal (paranoia, thy name is me) by making a new archive and ordering it to connect to the DW server, but it keeps failing to connect. I checked the spelling and everything; it's definitely not (my) human failure. Does anyone know if there's a dwArchive or something?
(Google-fu failed. I don't come bothering you lightly, but, my paranoia. I can't bear not archiving my DW journal, especially since I'm in the process of deleting my LJ accounts.)

Edit: I don't mean importing. I mean the ljArchive which downloads your entries and comments so you can have them on your computer and offline access your journal; you can also write entries in there and it uploads them for you.
I need that for DW; I use it as a sort of backup. In case my journal accidentally gets deleted and I fail to notice until it's purged. Or in case the whole site dies. (...I mentioned my paranoia, right?)
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[personal profile] lirren
One more fleeing from LJ over privacy concerns. One of my biggest frustrations with DW, though, is that things are just different enough that I'm having to relearn a lot of things, and that I can't just very simply import my LJ life. The posts and comments, sure, but I've been struggling for days to get my layout working the same way it did on LJ. I've finally got most of the bugs worked out, but I can't seem to get the entries to show the "link", "memory" and "edit" links down at the bottom where the "comments" and "leave a comment" links are. I tried just moving the theme layer over here and that didn't work. Does anyone know how to fix that?

Barring that, does anyone have a suggestion for a base style that can have a customized header easily added that's already here on DW? One of the reasons I originally used FS is because it was so easy for me to change out my headers when I got bored with them without having to know a huge amount of coding.

Any help or suggestions would be gratefully received.


Sep. 5th, 2010 06:13 pm
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[personal profile] purpleparadox
Well, I just deleted all my LJ accounts except the most recent. Even the one I started on LJ with.

I have to admit, it's kinda bittersweet to be leaving. LJ was my home on the internet for a long time. At first, it was like a nice, shiny-new apartment complex with all sorts of cool people living there. And everyone was nice to everyone else, and the landlord was cool. Now, the place is run down, nasty, and the landlord's a jerk who won't fix the leaky sink and keeps raising the rent and lets noisy obnoxious people party all night long.

It's sad. My journals there have seen me through a lot of rough times. However, all the entries are here, and safe, and I'm happy here at Dreamwidth.

How many others got rid of their journals? How'd you guys feel about it? Sad, indifferent, happy to give LJ the virtual finger?
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[personal profile] quarantedeux
Thanks to [personal profile] tijae for passing on this info:

Dreamwidth gained 12,691 new users yesterday!

That's on top of the 9,350 gained on Wednesday.

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