helen99: Cat observing (Cat Observing)
I wonder how these numbers are derived. I'm noticing that the totals don't match up. I guess they don't include people who never modified their profiles or who never filled in the age or gender. That would make sense. Still, the discrepancy seems large. Maybe DW's "Other" and "Rather Not Say" categories are skewing the results. I think a lot of people consider it to be somewhat irrelevant to their presentation and really would rather not say. Another surprise was the age distribution. I'd expected more people in their 30s. I was less surprised that the ages stop at 55 (which only got 79 out of 39948 active accounts). My only other computer literate family member over 55 (one of my sisters in law) is ok with Facebook (which I'm not), but she hasn't been attracted by forums like DW, LJ, IJ, DJ, etc. This is not to say that she would be against the idea -- but I don't think it ever occurred to her. She knows about Facebook only because her daughter told her about it.
helen99: Science (Science)
Does anyone know the custom CSS to display a background image in the "page background" section of the Transmogrified style? I'm guessing the CSS would have to specify the page section/container/position as well as the image (so the image didn't display in the 'entry' section and obscure the text, for example).

Eventually I'll switch to Core2 (Tabula Rasa?) when it's ready, at which point I'll want to know how to apply a background image (or different colors) to separate portions of the layout, and how to change the arrangement of the layout parts using CSS. Transmogrified is the practice style until that happens...
helen99: Artemis Bee Coin (Artemis Bee Coin)
Dreamwidth's site status is on Twitter.

I don't think there's anything better to provide short, precise, current updates on site status.

So now Twitter makes much more sense than I ever wanted it to make. :P
helen99: Winged Note (Winged Note)
I just upgraded to paid account successfully, and the five invite codes are in the hopper. Looks like all the seed accounts were gone in the first half hour. Yay! Hopefully that'll help defray the initial costs.
helen99: Fountain Pen (Writing)
This is a test of the post-by-email feature. I'm told that i can post by email from my worksite, which blocks Dreamwidth. I am not at work right now, so this is just a test of the general feature. Will test again from work on Monday.
helen99: Antique Underwood Typewriter (Antique Underwood Typewriter)
helen99: Two Trees Entwined (Two Trees Entwined)
Testing cross posting feature of Dreamwidth

Kenyan traditional music

Wellp, looks like it worked!
helen99: 42 (42)
Testing the HTML editor. For some reason, this defaults to RTE, which I don't particularly like. If I save a post while in the HTML editor, will it then default to the last saved option (HTML) or always go back to RTE?

EDIT: Success! It now defaults to HTML where I last saved it. I don't want to hard code fonts, but I do have the habit of inserting tags myself instead of clicking buttons, and I can see the large courier type of the HTML editor much better than the tiny type of the RTE. I also sometimes use the STRIKE tag when editing so the sequence of edits is preserved.

SO testing the username thingy: [personal profile] rialian
helen99: Antique Underwood Typewriter (Antique Underwood Typewriter)
Comments still didn't import after over 6 hours.  Decided to submit a support request. 

EDIT:   I re-imported and this time it worked.  All comments to my journal from the last eight years have successfully imported.  

Since I was re-importing anyway, I followed the instructions to update my account to seed and then add all my LJ user icons to Dreamwidth so the import would pick up all my icons. 

Looks like the icon import didn't work (or I was doing it wrong).  All icons imported as the default, no matter what my original selection was.  All icons in the comments imported as the "Dream" icon shown here, again without capturing the icon I'd selected in LJ.

I wonder if I should retry.  Probably not, since that would put additional strain on the system which is already trying to handle a mass migration.  I can change the icon selection manually if it's that important to me.
helen99: (Bat Country)
I'm now at helen99.dreamwidth.org. Someone gave me an invite code. No invite codes came with the account, unfortunately So I can't give any out myself yet. I may be given some eventually. They're given out when the staff feels the need for more beta crew.

The best way to get on the beta crew is to get an openID account and be interesting. To do that, first log into livejournal (which you already are if you can see this) and go to http://www.dreamwidth.org. Don't try to sign up for an account (you can't w/o an invite code). Instead, click the "Log in with OpenID" link. Then enter your email address and livejournal URL. An account will be created called "yourname.livejournal.com", with which you can post comments on existing accounts and read unlocked posts, but can't post entries. If you friend staff and sound intelligent and/or interesting, eventually someone will hand you an invite code. The person who gave me an invite code was DW user rainbow (interested in permaculture, dreamwidth, sustainable living, and puns. Of course she gave me an invite code). To find people, search on the interest "dreamwidth" for starters, which will give you the core staff (and then anything else you're interested in).

I'm in the process of importing this journal. So far, entries have been successfully imported, but the comments import is stalled. Not sure what's up with that yet, still experimenting.
helen99: Another Magic Garden (Another Magic Garden)
"I admit... Dreamwidth kind of scares me. This project has taken on a life of its own. We've got dozens of people volunteering time and effort to make it happen, hundreds/thousands chomping at the bit for invites, dozens posting about it every day..."

"But that's not what I'm writing about. Today, I killed ads."

You go!
helen99: O XX ZZ +o /^ XY ZW <>  (Chromosomes)
From: http://www.dreamwidth.org/legal/diversity.bml

"Platitudes are cheap. We've all heard services say they're committed to "diversity" and "tolerance" without ever getting specific, so here's our stance on it:

We welcome you.

We welcome people of any gender, race, ethnicity, size, nationality, sexual orientation, ability level, religion, culture, subculture, and political opinion. We welcome activists, artists, bloggers, crafters, dilettantes, musicians, photographers, readers, writers, ordinary people, extraordinary people, and everyone in between. We welcome people who want to change the world, people who want to keep in touch with friends, people who want to make great art, and people who just need a break after work. We welcome fans, geeks, nerds, and pixel-stained technopeasant wretches. We welcome Internet beginners who aren't sure what any of those terms refer to.

We welcome you. You may wear a baby sling, hijab, a kippah, leather, piercings, a pentacle, a political badge, a rainbow, a rosary, tattoos, or something we can only dream of. You may carry a guitar or knitting needles or a sketchbook. Conservative or liberal, libertarian or socialist — we believe it's possible for people of all viewpoints and persuasions to come together and learn from each other. We believe in the broad spectrum of human experience. We believe that amazing things come when people from different worlds and world-views approach each other to create a conversation.

We get excited about creativity — from pro to amateur, from novels to haiku, from the artist who's been doing this for decades to the person who just picked up a sketchbook last week. We support maximum freedom of creative expression, within the few restrictions we need to keep the service viable for other users. With servers in the US we're obliged to follow US laws, but we're serious about knowing and protecting your rights when it comes to free expression and privacy. We will never put a limit on your creativity just because it makes someone uncomfortable — even if that someone is us.

We think accessibility for people with disabilities is a priority, not an afterthought. We think neurodiversity is a feature, not a bug. We believe in being inclusive, welcoming, and supportive of anyone who comes to us with good faith and the desire to build a community.

We have enough experience to know that we won't get any of this perfect on the first try. But we have enough hope, energy, and idealism to want to learn things we don't know now. We may not be able to satisfy everyone, but we can certainly work to avoid offending anyone. And we promise that if we get it wrong, we'll listen carefully and respectfully to you when you point it out to us, and we'll do our best to make good on our mistakes.

We think our technical and business experience is important, but we think our community experience is more important. We know what goes wrong when companies say one thing and do another, or when they refuse to say anything at all. We believe that keeping our operations transparent is just as important as keeping our servers stable.

We use the service we're selling, and we built it because we wanted it ourselves. We won't treat people as second-class undesireables because they're non-mainstream or might frighten advertisers. We don't have advertisers to frighten. To us, you're not eyeballs. You're not pageviews. You're not demographic groups. You're people.

Come dream with us."
helen99: babbage+lovelace (babbage+lovelace)
It seems that LJ's ex-staff has not been idle since their departure. Before they were fired, they had been working on an open source project called Dreamwidth, created in the original spirit of Livejournal with some enhancements and changes. Post-axing, they continued to work on it even more than they had been before. It's still in beta (closed group) and is scheduled for release on April 30.

People are clamoring at the gate already and there's a waiting list for invite codes (I'm on the waiting list). I'm at this temporary account until I can get a real one.

April 2010



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