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[personal profile] ninetydegrees posting in [site community profile] dw_suggestions

Title:
Have previews load on same page in small pop-ups

Area:
entries, comments

Summary:
We have wonderful magic for Quick Reply and a nice pop-up for browsing icons. I'm thinking that something along these would be nice for previews too. So no more loading the preview in the same tab (like DW does for comments) or even loading it in a new window (like DW does for entries). Just a small pop-up you could post your entry and comment from if you're happy with what you see or with a link to go back to the editing page, which would close the pop-up (it is currently not possible to post an entry from its preview page or go back to editing from there; you can only close the window). This type of previews is already implemented on several sites.

Description:
On the Comments preview page, there is additional info (such as which HTML tags are allowed). I think this info should be accessible before you click preview (I don't see how you're supposed to know you have to click on preview to get it in the first place). It could be via a ? button or a text link.

Feel free to suggest better implementation! There may be even better preview magic I haven't seen yet :)

Poll #18018 Have previews load on same page in small pop-ups
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 7


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Should be implemented as-is.
2 (28.6%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
0 (0.0%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
3 (42.9%)

(I have no opinion)
2 (28.6%)

(Other: please comment)
0 (0.0%)

ninetydegrees: Drawing: a girl's face, with a yellow and green stripe over one eye (Default)
[personal profile] ninetydegrees posting in [site community profile] dw_suggestions

Title:
Create Entries beta : help button for HTML and Markdown

Area:
entries

Summary:
I suggest adding a help button (i) or link to help us with editing. If you have forgotten which HTML tags are allowed or how to write something in Markdown, you're currently out of luck on the beta page. There is not 'help with editing' link anywhere. I think it would be nice to have one (or two; one for HTML and one for Markdown).

Description:
A help panel we could switch to and from from without leaving the page would be awesome but links to the following in new tabs/windows would be great too:

http://www.dreamwidth.org/support/faqbrowse?faqid=82 (What Dreamwidth-specific markup/HTML tags can I use?)

http://www.dreamwidth.org/support/faqbrowse?faqid=260 (How can I use Markdown to format my entries?)

http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/syntax (Markdown formatting and syntax)

http://www.dreamwidth.org/support/faqbrowse?faqid=103 (What HTML can I use in my entry?)

Poll #18017 Create Entries beta : help button for HTML and Markdown
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 9


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Should be implemented as-is.
9 (100.0%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
0 (0.0%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
0 (0.0%)

(I have no opinion)
0 (0.0%)

(Other: please comment)
0 (0.0%)

Add time/date stamp to Inbox messages

Monday, 1 February 2016 08:01 pm
[personal profile] style_tester posting in [site community profile] dw_suggestions

Title:
Add time/date stamp to Inbox messages

Area:
Inbox, messages

Summary:
The Dreamwidth Inbox is set up to stamp any incoming messages, be they comments or PMs, as having arrived nth seconds/minutes/days/weeks/months/years ago. I'd like to see those stamps added to or replaced by an actual time/date stamp.

Description:
The Dreamwidth Inbox is set up to stamp any incoming messages, be they comments or PMs, as having arrived nth seconds/minutes/days/weeks/months/years ago.

(And I have to speak to semantics here; "34 seconds ago" is admittedly a pretty precise date/time/stamp, but "two weeks ago", IMO, very much isn't.)

My suggestion is since we already have an Inbox function for date/time stamps (it's just not a date/time stamp) to either change it from [posted, received] 'nth seconds/minutes/days/weeks/moths ago' to putting an actual date/time stamp on it, like the UTC date/time stamps we have in DW's comment sections, or else to simply add the date/time stamp to the [posted, received] 'nth seconds/minutes/days/weeks/moths ago' stamp we already have.

I discovered this was A Thing after returning to a neglected PM in my DW Inbox today and realizing I'd have to check my email to figure out exactly when it was sent. I can't stay on site to do that. And it made me feel bad that I'd have to hold up my reply a bit longer as I searched for the email notification so I could reply by saying: "...about the message you sent last Wednesday".

(Again, there are some semantics at work: I could get a calendar and count backward from today to determine what day/possibly month/possibly year "six days ago" was, but like checking my email for the date/time, it's another step I'd have to go offsite or into an OS or phone app to take.)

The system is not too difficult to use to learn when comments were posted (just check the entries comments were posted on) but it's also true no account holder on Dreamwidth can determine, merely by viewing their Inbox notifications, exactly when that was.

Poll #18016 Add time/date stamp to Inbox messages
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 6


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Should be implemented as-is.
6 (100.0%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
0 (0.0%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
0 (0.0%)

(I have no opinion)
0 (0.0%)

(Other: please comment)
0 (0.0%)

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[personal profile] marahmarie posting in [site community profile] dw_suggestions

Title:
Give Us The Ability to Delete Junk Data and Spam From Polls

Area:
Polls/Entries

Summary:
Someone just spammed/trolled/junk data'd my poll at http://www.dreamwidth.org/poll/?id=17242. I'm not sure why anyone would do so, and of course we have zero power over what people post as answers in the polls. But if we at least had the power to either delete unwanted data or report it and have it deleted by Dreamwidth staff, this would be immensely helpful.

Description:
I've only ever posted a few polls and the most recent one is the first to suffer from a junk data problem from an anonymous user who used my poll's various text fields to 1) spam, 2) write in junk data and 3) otherwise trample upon the spirit and intention of my poll. Of course as soon as I saw what this user had done I looked for a way to remove their input but was unable to do so.

I'm not sure why anyone would spam and otherwise post junk answers in a poll. But if we at least had the power to either delete unwanted data, or else report it and have it deleted by Dreamwidth staff, this would be immensely helpful.

Poll #18015 Give Us The Ability to Delete Junk Data and Spam From Polls
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 5


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Should be implemented as-is.
4 (80.0%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
1 (20.0%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
0 (0.0%)

(I have no opinion)
0 (0.0%)

(Other: please comment)
0 (0.0%)

ninetydegrees: Drawing: a girl's face, with a yellow and green stripe over one eye (Default)
[personal profile] ninetydegrees posting in [site community profile] dw_suggestions

Title:
Customize Style: randomize 'featured' styles automatically

Area:
ui, styles

Summary:
If I'm not mistaken, the featured section was originally meant to showcase new styles. As this requires manual updates and, consequently, hasn't ever been really reliable I suggest switching to an automatically randomized selection. This way you get a diverse selection showcasing different styles, colors, etc. and there's no need to take one's precious time to do it. I also suggest restricting it to 12 styles only.

Description:
If an automatic way to select brand new styles and themes is just as easy to do as making the selection automatically random then I'm all for keeping it (or having both). I just wish this section actually served a purpose...

Poll #18014 Customize Style: randomize 'featured' styles automatically
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 8


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Should be implemented as-is.
5 (62.5%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
2 (25.0%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
0 (0.0%)

(I have no opinion)
1 (12.5%)

(Other: please comment)
0 (0.0%)

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[personal profile] stargazered posting in [site community profile] dw_suggestions

Title:
Optional "Re-Posting" to add on to current "Share This Entry"

Area:
Share This Entry

Summary:
A re-posting option (that can be turned on or off, so up to the poster) that allows posts to be shared and appear in journals and reading pages like re-tweeting: redirects to the original post (so original poster still controls it)

Description:
The "Share this entry" of Dreamwidth is reaching a point where it's lacking, as it depends only on email and nothing else! Keeping what it has now (emailing), more options should be added. Like Re-Postng, only if the account or community turns this option on. This can be like Retweeting or Replurking: It appears the journal (thus counted as an update) and consequently the reading page of those subscribed to that journal, but it shows the original post and redirects you to it once clicked.

I believe Facebook has something like this, where "(user) shared -> (details here)" and it's the original.

Therefore the original poster still has all power of their post, should they want to edit or delete it. The problem with sites like Tumblr is that reblogging makes it an entirely new and separate post, so the original poster loses control of it (like if they wanted to delete or edit, they cannot because it will still circulate around, even when they delete their accounts). This will help with the exposure of many posts that can welcome plenty of discussion with this already excellent commenting system.

Also, not everyone wants their posts to be reposted in such a manner, even if their account is primarily public, because of personal and privacy reasons. The option to turn it on and off will be required (including whole communities to have the option to turn it on and off, since some communities are personal?)

Reposting also should not be an option for locked posts, obviously for privacy reasons.

Also if possible, individual posts can have the option to be reposted, like how currently some posts can have specific levels of content ratings.

As for a count of how many times it's been reposted, I'm not sure if that is required, but it seems to be consistent with most places that allow this form of sharing, so maybe on or off?

Dreamwidth's always been wonderful in keeping good privacy options, good flexibility when it comes to filters and keeping power to the poster. So if it has a sharing option like this, it should have one that upholds its ideals while still giving us that option to spread posts around. At the moment, the ideas and points I have suggested keep the reposting of Dreamwidth posts to just other Dreamwidth accounts, just to keep this simple first.

Poll #18013 Optional "Re-Posting" to add on to current "Share This Entry"
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 14


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Should be implemented as-is.
3 (21.4%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
8 (57.1%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
3 (21.4%)

(I have no opinion)
0 (0.0%)

(Other: please comment)
0 (0.0%)

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[personal profile] phidari posting in [site community profile] dw_suggestions

Title:
Allow linking to parent comment with only one child thread

Area:
Comments

Summary:
I guess this would be sort of like reddit's context links: A way to view a comment's parent comment, but without any other children of that parent.

Description:
Sometimes I want to link to a specific comment or thread, but there's important context in that comment's parent. However, the parent comment might already have tons of other children. Especially when those other children are above the one I'm linking to, that's really inconvenient for the person I'm sending the link to!

Some way to show just the comment I want along with the parent comment would be a godsend. Preferably with some way to indicate that this isn't the entire thread (possibly with some kind of [click here to see X number of other comments] link, or some other indication).

Poll #18012 Allow linking to parent comment with only one child thread
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 15


This suggestion:

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Should be implemented as-is.
7 (46.7%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
1 (6.7%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
3 (20.0%)

(I have no opinion)
4 (26.7%)

(Other: please comment)
0 (0.0%)

Catching up again

Monday, 20 February 2017 02:27 pm
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[staff profile] denise posting in [site community profile] dw_suggestions
Poor [site community profile] dw_suggestions. It hasn't been as dead as it looks (I've been moving things directly into the issue tracker all along for little changes that don't need discussion), but the queue got out of hand again despite my best intentions, and then (of course) it became A Thing where I couldn't just do one or two things from the middle without first handling all the stuff that had been waiting forever with profuse apologies so I just looked at the whole thing and went "ugh" and went away to go put my limited work time elsewhere. *

* My native slacker avoidant tendencies have been sharply exascerbated over the past few years due to chronic pain, depression issues, and untreated-up-until-now ADHD... yes, this is why news posts have also been few and far between in the past year and a half.

Anyway, HOORAY FOR MEDS (seriously, hooray for meds), and I will be working to catch up on the queue over the next few days/weeks. This means:

* There will be some old entries posted to the comm for discussion. When they're posted, please remember that the person who made the suggestion may have done so a very long time ago and wasn't necessarily expecting it to be posted now, or that things may have changed on DW or elsewhere on the internet since the suggestion was made. If there are any suggestions where things have changed on DW since it was originally written, I'll leave a note in a comment on the suggestion. Please read comments before voting and/or leaving a comment of your own!

* If you submitted a suggestion a while ago and it wasn't ever posted or rejected, you will be getting a posting or rejection notice sometime within the next few days. I'm sorry it's taken so long.

* Many suggestions have been sitting in the queue because they won't work for one reason or another, but they really deserve a thoughtful, detailed response explaining why it wouldn't be possible or why we've considered it or something like it in the past and decided that we didn't want to do it. A big part of why I got behind was that I do like to give those thoughtful, detailed responses when I reject a suggestion -- if you took the time to write the suggestion, you deserve me taking the time to explain to you why it wouldn't work -- and that takes a lot of time, brain, and typing that I haven't reliably been able to summon recently. In the interests of cleaning out the backlog and getting current on things, though, I'm going to give myself permission to be a little less carefully detailed and thoughtful when I reject the older suggestions. If my explanations are too simple or you want to know more detail, you can email me at denise@dreamwidth.org. (Just include the rejection notice so I can be reminded what I wrote -- I'm writing a bunch of them today!)

tl;dr: SUGGESTIONS QUEUE BEING CLEANED OUT. SITE ADMIN VERY SORRY. SITE ADMIN MEDICATING BRAIN PROBLEMS NOW. (Site admin has given up on body problems ever getting totally fixed, but at least has drugs for that, too.)
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February 20th, 2017: Thanks to everyone who came out to say hi on the West Coast! It was great doing events in cities I'd never done them in before, and so many people came by to say they'd been reading Dinosaur Comics for 10+ years. CRAZY. So I wanted to say "thank you, you are awesome" and also "wow I can't believe you've let me in your brain for so long, wait putting it that way sounds creepy, sorry".

– Ryan

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Sunday, 19 February 2017 04:23 pm
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[personal profile] synecdochic
dear Dreamwidth, I owe you a massive entry catching up with all my shit over the past goddamn too long forever, including our awesome photos of our awesome vacation and pics of the new cat we SOMEHOW WOUND UP WITH (don't ask, the internet was involved), but that will have to wait for when I have more time. Instead, I am making this entry to say that I started Concerta for my shiny new official ADHD (combined type) diagnosis yesterday, and HOLY SHIT IS THIS HOW EVERYONE ELSE'S BRAINS WORK? Like, thinking of one thing at a time?

(Weirdly, it has slowed down my reading speed. Apparently "taking in an entire paragraph at a time" is an ADHD symptom.)

I've had the symptoms my whole life (allllll the way back to elementary school) but was one of the generation of undiagnosed girls because the diagnosis was based on presentation in boys, and my various coping mechanisms have gone to shit in the last few years as my neuroplasticity wanes. It always seemed like way too much effort to pursue the actual diagnosis until now, but holy shit the difference with the goddamn meds.

EDIT: Forgot to add, also, I FINALLY FOUND AN OB-GYN WHO WILL EVICT MY UTERUS FOR ME. Surgery is in 11 days. NO MORE FUCKING CONSTANT UTERINE CRAMPS

For posterity - Rogue One ficcage

Saturday, 18 February 2017 04:12 pm
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[personal profile] scaramouche
OKAY so I thought I'd better record all this in a post since I didn't do it in the individual author's notes and I might forget. This is an indulgent thing but it's my dreamwidth and I'll indulge if I want to.

I've written seven Chirrut/Baze fics, and here's the relevant bits that I want to remember:
  • A Man Should Strengthen Himself. I wrote this after Lil sent me a damned link to this damned fanart. I wasn't even considering writing anything for this fandom but then BAM! ART. INSPIRATIONAL. I had to imagine AAAALL the backstory. I told her as much when we had a get-together with the gang at Mids, and they helped me brainstorm various bits plus the title. Oh, and the title is the English title variant of the Wong Fei Hung (Jet Li version) theme song, which was Nina's idea.

  • The Hot Springs Episode. Lil came up with the alternate title, "A Trip to the Hot Springs! Baze and Chirrut Like Each Other???", which is a reference to anime episode titling conventions, and is so perfect that I had to actively stop myself from making that its "official" title. I also felt a little nervous about this fic in case people would get on my ass for writing C+B going to an onsen because they're SPACE CHINESE, not SPACE JAPANESE, but that hasn't happened so I'm good.

  • Baze of Glory. TJ came up with the title. There was no actual story to go with the title when she threw it at me, but it was so memorable I remembered it, and whipped it out once I wrote that kinkmeme fill. TJ is still trying to get me to do a Moulin Rouge fusion/parody with Rouge One as a title, but hell if I know how to.

  • Two Days on Yavin Four. I didn't manage to fit everything I had in my missing scene list, but I tried. Stuff that got dropped: I wanted Baze and Chirrut to interact with Bail Organa somehow but couldn't figure out anything, Cassian was supposed to tell K2SO to be there for Jyn (based on the line in the movie) but it felt too hamfisted to drop it in where coincidentally Chirrut would overhear, and Baze+Chirrut were supposed to bond with Bodhi more over the loss of Jedha. Also, I spent a ridic amount of time yelling questions at Lil, eg. "WHAT FUEL DO X-WINGS USE?" (answer: they have fuel cells but the details are vague) and "IS PLANETARY JET LAG A THING?" (answer: canon handwaves this) and "DOES YAVIN 4 EVEN HAVE NIGHT TIME?" (answer: they have a low-light evening at the very least)

  • Touch My World with Your Fingertips. Title is a not-at-all-subtle lift from Queen's "Who Wants to Live Forever" because they're gonna die soon, GEDDIT. This fic is also, I swear, the FIRST ONE I had the idea for (despite being the fifth one written). I literally walked out of the cinema um... imagining the scenario.

  • Curriculum Vitae. Obviously it's a Hutt that made them do it. It had to be, there was no other option.

  • A Single Monk in Good Standing Must be in Want of a Bro. Me and Nina have taken to calling this the Solat Hajat Fic. At the risk of ruining the joke by shedding light on it, solat hajat is the Malay term for the Islamic tahajjud prayer, i.e. a prayer that is done at night, usually when the person is praying for a specific request or supplication. BASICALLY some temple bits in the fic riff on various Islamic traditions, and in that case OBVIOUSLY Chirrut and his friends are doing the solat hajat to ask for BAZE TO COME TO HIS SENSES AND NOTICE THAT CHIRRUT LIKES HIM ALREADY. (Muslim humour, it's a thing, and I laugh.)
    Also, I already mentioned in the fic's notes that it was partially inspired by this gifset, but to expand on that further, the actual idea this fic started out with is that Chirrut, a confident troll, would be discombobulated at every turn by Baze, a quieter and much more subtle troll. There was going to be a more obvious shift in power dynamics in Baze's favour, except that felt wrong because Chirrut's blind and Baze would seem to be taking advantage of him, so I threw that out and ended up with soft boyfriend Baze instead. I also had 100% fun figuring out Baze's belief system by reverse-engineering it from What Kind of Faith System Would Be Shattered By the Empire's Rise to Power? And did that.

The Changeling Sea

Friday, 17 February 2017 03:29 pm
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[personal profile] cumuluscastle
This is fanart of Patricia McKillip's novel, The Changeling Sea. It's quite a short little story, but I really enjoy it because of all of the fairy tale type elements in it.


The Changeling Sea
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February 17th, 2017: Thanks to everyone who came out to say hi on the West Coast! It was great doing events in cities I'd never done them in before, and so many people came by to say they'd been reading Dinosaur Comics for 10+ years. CRAZY. So I wanted to say "thank you, you are awesome" and also "wow I can't believe you've let me in your brain for so long, wait putting it that way sounds creepy, sorry".

– Ryan

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