|August 16th, 2011 12:51 pm|
I am catching up on the last two weeks of DW using the reading-list-by-date option, and it is doing weird things. The sort of weird things that make me doubt my reality. I have noticed this before when doing long catch-ups, but have never been awake enough at the time to be quite certain it's real.
Basically, I am paranoid that I am missing posts from people.
's post on pseudonymity? I saw that because someone else
on my list linked to it, I don't remember seeing it come up on the list. Which could be just the fact that I do, inevitably, skim a little bit, even when I'm not meaning to, and I could be skim-missing posts that I really, really would rather not.
Then there is this: I go to a day, and then I skip to the beginning of that day's personal-journal posts until I am no longer given an option to go to previous 20 posts; this usually lands me at skip=40 or skip=60. Usually, this oldest page has substantially fewer than 20 posts in it - presumably because the number of posts in a day is not evenly divisible by 20, fine. But then, when I get to the last page in the day, which should show the most recent 20 posts, there is a certain amount of overlap with the previous page, the skip=20 one.
This confuses me. Okay, there is overlap because the posts aren't evenly divisible by 20! But... we took care of that with the first page being less than 20. I am confused. But I can deal; there's some weird stuff going on behind the scenes, fine.
But then! The problem is, the overlap isn't complete. For example, I just finished the page http://melannen.dreamwidth.org/read?show=p&skip=20&date=2011-08-07
, and am moving on to the page http://melannen.dreamwidth.org/read?show=p&date=2011-08-07
. Currently, there is a post by copperbadge 8 from the top of the skip=20 page. That same post by copperbadge is the bottom post on the skip=0 page. However, on skip=20, the next 8 posts are (encoded for privacy): n1, j1, j2, l1, d1, d2, s1, l2. On skip=0, the posts following the copperbadge post are l1 and s1, and n1, j1, j2, d1, d2, and l2 do not appear at all on that page.
This confuses me lots
. And it's not just those pages: it's happening on most of the days. I would ask you guys to go and see if the same thing happens to you on those pages, but I don't think they would look the same to anyone not logged in as me. However, I can ask: has anyone noticed this same issue and can back me up? Is it a known bug?
There is no obvious pattern to which posts get skipped in the overlap (locked/unlocked, cut/not cut, certain users always, etc.) but I haven't looked too deeply. I'm mainly paranoid that there are other
random posts getting skipped, and I'm only noticing
the overlapped ones.
(I will clean this up and post to Support about it, probably, once I've come to the end of my backlog, I just wanted to document it now in case I forget. And hopefully get somebody confirming that it's not just me imagining things, or just my deeply broken style that I still haven't fixed.)
|April 28th, 2010 11:18 pm - 3w4dw and con.txt, also baby daleks|
So, 3w4dw is happening, yeah? I'm not changing my crossposting because I already don't post anywhere except DW and sometimes JF, and I seriously doubt anybody is staying away from DW because JF is too active. :P
...yes, I have fallen for current tiny RPS fandom hard enough that I go through that voluntarily anyway. And no, it is not the least bit exaggerated. (and yes, it's almost as annoying to do with js off in DW - but oh, look, I don't have to turn js off in order for DW to function! Amazing.)
So anyway, right now the thing I love most about DW is I can post anon comments on it without wanting to commit murder. There are a lot of awesome DW anon memes going on for 3w4dw right now, incidentally. Far too many to keep track of, in fact - just reload the 3w4dw tag on latest - when I am still reloading the lj ones for tiny-fandom-of-doom and also forsciencememe
, the anon meme for rock-star scientists, literal or otherwise, which I would be *all over* if it didn't take me about ten minutes every time I try to post a comment on it. Especially I would be all over it requesting epic Othniel Charles Marsh/Edward Drinker Cope hatesex, about which more anon (in the other sense of anon), possibly.
ANYWAY ANYWAY. My actual point, when I started all this, is that there's so much going on for 3w4dw that I have decided, with the exception of a few community events and some anoning, to save most of my effort for after the event is over, where things will probably be quieting down and everyhing won't be getting lost in the rush. (That, or I am bone-idle and/or exhausted). So it will be business as usual here - i.e., long rambling posts every ten days or so.
My contribution to cross-site-ness for the time being is probably going to be going through the flists of the small-fandom lj communities I'm busily stalking and dw-watch everyone who crossposts. :D
And now for con_txt
! If you have been following this saga, you will know that I submitted an utterly ridiculous number of panels (in the non-david-mitchell sense of panels, though do you know how tempted I am to suggest a fannish panel game for Saturday evening entertainment? So tempted) to the concomm, and I have just gotten the first voting-results email.
...ten of my panels are either in, or possibly/probably in, and by con-txt tradition, they are now asking *me* to volunteer for or find mods for them all. I know some of you are going to con-txt, or know people who are: anybody interested in modding or co-modding any of these if they get in?( Panel Fun )( And now for a cute and cuddly baby Dalek! )
If I made a small flock of these daleklings - say, 4-6, in a rainbow of bright cheerful nursery colors - would it be worth submitting to the con-txt art auction? Would anybody bid? I have been messing with the pattern for so long that I've lost all perspective on it, I have no idea if it even looks like a Dalek anymore, because I've forgotten what Daleks look like when they aren't pink crochet. Oh, I know! Poll!( Because this entry wasn't long and scattered enough already! )
|March 11th, 2010 10:26 pm - Some scraps of things.|
Here are some posts I have made to DW communities in the past week:asexuality
: Queering the Census: We ALL Count
, in which I gripe about the Queer the Census campaign
, which is about greater visibility for LGBT people but erases everyone who isn't heterosexual but doesn't fit it one of the L-G-B-T boxes.common_nature
, In which elke_tanzer
and I have started a community that is all about nature, and you all should join it! And post stuff there! And leave comments!create_my_comm
: Little Details
, in which we are all agreed that DW needs a community that is like l_d only awesomer, and none of us want to be the one to start it! (So you should!)starry_sea
: Anybody still here?
, in which I apologize abjectly for abandoning my own community, and talk about how to get it active again.tarot
: An Amazing Tarot Blog
, in which I rave at length about Pre-Gebelin Tarot History
, which discusses tarot from a strictly historical and rational perspective, a perspective which is deeply awesome and far, far too hard to find.treknovelfest
: Illustration for "Three T'kay Stories"
, in which I have done a lot of research in the Starfleet Archives and found photographs & descriptions of the original ancient Vulcan artifacts that were used to illustrate ljc
's treknovelfest entry based on my prompt, From The Terran Coyote to The Klingon K'Ortar: Tricksters of the Alpha and Beta Quadrants
...there, that can be my followfriday. :D (What posts have you made to DW communities in the past week?)
Most of those were posts I have been procrastinating on making for months! Having them done is like breathing clear air again. (Also, omg, I might actually have to change my to-do list now - I'm afraid the dry-erase marker might have set in on some of them.) There's several more I've had on hold, though - maybe now that I'm on a roll I can scratch even more of them off.
In the spirit of getting things done, how about that WIPs meme that was going around awhile ago? One paragraph from everything in my "In progress" folder, was it?( This includes fics, meta posts, vids, fanmixes, and various stranger things, in all states of completion, fyi. )
...it says something about me that my reaction to all of that laid out is "That's less than thirty things! Not at bad as I thought!" If you ask for more information about any of them in comments, I will probably give it to you. (At length! ^_^ )
Also while I am doing random meme-y things, poall:
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 22
If I were to lose all perspective and sign up for scifibigbang, I should write:
Current Mood:: bouncy
|March 4th, 2010 09:43 pm - On the feasibility of moving to all-DW, all-the-time|
On the off-chance you haven't heard yet, lj continues to find new ways of being skeevy
. On the upside, I am also no longer getting virus warnings every few days! And pages load a disturbing amount faster! On the downside, wow, there's a lot of stuff I can't do on lj anymore. Including bookmark fic on delicious/diigo, so I have even been trying to find as much fic as possible other places.
So, here's why I still read my LJ friendslist despite all that:
1) A small group of people I value as people, mostly RL friends and people I met though fandom who aren't very fannish any more, who have no interest in crossposting to DW (and probably never will unless LJ completely stops functioning - a couple of them still post to deadjournal, too.) I will still be reading LJ for them as long as DW doesn't have locked post syndication, but I am considering trimming my LJ friendslist down to just those people. (And seriously thinking about cutting some of them who I rarely trade comments with, even though I still enjoy following them - they probably don't remember I exist, since I don't post to my journal anymore.)
2) An even smaller group of fannish people who will never join DW, ever, because they have bad blood with some of the more vocal DW supporters. ...there are several of them I would miss if I dropped them, and I don't want to get on their bad sides but I honestly doubt any of them would miss me much if I stopped hanging around.
3) An even tinier set of journals I think of as blogs rather than journals, that is, I don't care if I ever interact with them, I just love the content they post (actually, right now that's just urbpan
, who is a zookeeper, photographer, former 'zine publisher and urban naturalist in Boston; and ursulav
, who draws pictures cute and/or disturbing animals; I should just syndicate ursulav_feed
's journal, but urbpan posts some of his best stuff under lock; he should probably move up to category 1.)
4) Communities. I've never really joined that many LJ communities, and I've dropped a lot of them since I started transitioning off, and haven't joined many new ones, but the ones I still read I don't want to leave without finding replacements. :/ So here's the list of LJ communities I really don't want to say goodbye to - anybody want to help me re-create them here?( Let's make communities for TMI, nature, little details, top gear, and Doctor Who OTP! )
Here is why I still have everybody friended on LJ, even the ones I only read here, or who don't post anymore anyway: because there are some dead people I care about on my lj flist, and defriending them feels, I don't know, I don't want to do it, okay? But I don't want to leave them there all alone, either. :/ And somehow I suspect they will never move to DW.
Here is why I still have content on LJ: I hate broken links on a deep moral and aesthetic level. And I don't think DW has a built-in tool that will strip your entries out of LJ and automatically replace them with a link to the imported DW copy (though if anyone knows of a tool that will do this, plz, let me know!)
Now, I am going to go write some posts for already-existing DW communities, in the spirit of that meme a few weeks ago about getting more activity here. :D
|November 14th, 2009 12:54 am - Statistics!|
SO the thing to do while waiting for yuletide assignments to go out, apparently, is statistics.
(Have I mentioned lately that I love fandom?)
And since I requested dreamwidth/fandom fic, I thought I'd run some numbers on Dreamwidth and fandom. I moved here at beta, and settled in pretty quickly, and it's been really hard, from my cozy little spot here among you all, to tell what actually *was* going on, in respect to fandom moving here.
But when I was going through all the Dear Writer posts
being linked in the yuletide
community over at lj, I kept noticing that there were actually quite a *lot* of people who were linking their letters from their DW accounts instead of their LJs, and I was wondering if there really were a lot, or if it was an illusion based around what I wanted, and was expecting, to see. And then it occurred to me that this might actually be a pretty good metric of how fandom actually *is* moving: yuletide participation is probably as close as we can get to a real cross-section of people who are active in the sort of fandom that is on journal sites, and it seems like the site people link in their letters would be the site they consider their primary home, regardless of whether they crosspost and how.
So, since I was looking at them all anyway, I starting tallying which sites they were each on. And then I gave in and took a more-or-less proper random sample. ( The Procedure! )( The Results! )( The Analysis! )( The Raw data! )
And, of course, the other thing that became inescapable is people really *suck* at writing accessible link text
. Opera (my browser of choice - which btw worked perfectly with both yuletide signup & ao3, unlike other browsers I can name) has a built-in tool that will pull out all the links in a page, sort them by either text, location, or url, and let you do various things with them. It is very useful; I use it a lot around this time of year, in fact, because I can download large amounts of fic from index posts very quickly in order to read offline.
I am so glad I don't have to use something similar all the time, like people with vision, processing, or dexterity impairments often do. I'm not always perfect with writing useful link text, but I'm trying to remember to be better; someone on my reading page recently linked to a survey saying uninformative link text is the #1 internet accessibility issue, and I believe it now. I didn't run as strict statistics here, but the Opera tool made it very easy to run rough numbers: guess, on average, how many fans out of 25 on a page used link text that actually gives any useful information out of context. Go on, guess!
Something like 80% use some direct variation on "here". Nearly all the rest are something equally unhelpful, along the lines of "My letter" or "Dear Writer" or "on my journal", with a few that are just bare urls with no link text at all, and maybe, if you're lucky, *one* per page that actually says something like "fanwriter1's letter" or "fandom 1, fandom 2, fandom 3" that would actually maybe let someone identify it out of context.
I knew link text was a problem: I'd just never quite been smacked in the face with just *how* useless so much of it is. Put something in your link text that will let people identify it out of context, folks!
|April 28th, 2009 01:54 am - Good Things Come Out Of JF too!|
Every time somebody posts on dreamchasers
that they have "won the open id lottery", my brain translates that as "I wrote/found some really hot and shameless smut! And it was easy!" And then I'm disappointed.
Anyway, as most of you probably know by now, for the past two years I have been journaling almost entirely on journalfen.net rather than on livejournal. This gives me a really upside-down perspective about all of the hand-wringing going on about the TRAUMA of moving to Dreamwidth, let me tell you. So, as one of the couple dozen people who blog primarily on Journalfen, I want to share my perspective on migration.
This is why it was a no-brainer for me to move to DW:
1. ( The site is fan-friendly, fairly small, personal, and not fixated on financial growth. )
2. ( The software here *works*. )
3. ( I like the people who are here. )
If there's one important thing I learned from migrating, it's that when everybody is done moving and settling, you will still have a community. It will be different than before. It will be better
. Regardless of which service you wind up on: You'll lose readers. You'll drop people who you read. What you post about will change, and the way it effects the network will change. But each service has benefits that attract different people, and you will settle in to the one that suits you best, and the other people on that service will be people who agree with you about it being the best, and this is a good basis for making new friends. You'll get new readers. You'll find new journals to read. The people who really matter will stick around one way or another, because if it really matters, you'll make it work. And the rest of it isn't the end of the world.
Anyway, I loved it at JF, and I'm not leaving, but I'm glad a lot of the JF people are here on Dreamwidth, too. The people who tough it out and blog on Journalfen are an amazing bunch of people, with a wide diversity of interests. Let me introduce you to some of the JF people who've been posting interesting stuff on DW:ashenmote
has made the best commentary yet on redirecting comments in crossposts
will make you want a bog of your own
just posted a gay marriage round-up
that is possibly the funniest thing I have read all week.trouble
has been running history
and thinking about disability
You'll note that none of those journals really scream "fandom" at first glance. Yeah - here's a secret: Journalfen is supposedly a service just for fans, but most of the people who blog there aren't really mostly about fandom. In fact, a lot of the most interesting things going on at JF aren't just about media fandom; if you've never gone beyond the fandom_ communities you've been missing the best part! By far, the most awesome thing on JF is the hot_daily
community, run by puipui
, which posts a picture every day of a hot person. What makes the community so much fun is that "hot' is an infinitely variable description - people of every size, gender, age, race, and shape come through, and they are all hot.
At the beginning of every month there's a special giant picspam post, the topic of which is selected by popular vote. This month's poll is almost over, and it's a write-in poll! Muppets are currently tied for first place. If you have a JF account, you should totally go to the hot_daily poll and vote for muppets
(Why, yes, I did just write this entire meta post just so I could tell you to vote for muppets. ;) Because it's *that important*.)
|April 21st, 2009 12:25 am - Some things.|
1. I posted a tutorial on how to set up an OpenID account on Journalfen
, so if anyone has JF comments importd here that they'd like to eventually claim, they should mark it. (metafandom
is still linking to the draft version of the tutorial, but hopefully that will change.)
/me officially washes her hands of S2 forever.
2. /me has sauntered vaugely downward into the #dw irc channel
. Curse you, Opera, why did you make that so easy?
If previous experience with IRC stands, I will stay in channel for about a week, and then get behind and never go back. But hEll bot is adorable.
posted this meme:Comment on this post. I will choose seven interests from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are interested in them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so others can play along.
...and I told myself that the next time somebody I read posted it, I would do it. So:( local politics, regional soft drinks, spike jones, the primordial ass, crossovers, fleegix, and oracular pigs )
PS: Is anyone else getting an occasionally-recurring error when they try to preview from the web interface? I keep getting: [Error: Can't call method "imgtag" on unblessed reference at '/home/dw/current/htdocs/preview/entry.bml' line 106. @ dfw-web02]
Unblessed indeed, DW. Unblessed indeed.
Current Mood:: accomplished
|April 19th, 2009 01:38 pm - more on styles!|
I had forgotten how I react to coding. This is how I react to coding: I went from knowing nothing about anything but basic html to dreaming about Core2 last night. In about six hours. (Of course, for some reason I also dreamed that treewishes
was secretly Terry Brooks, so that may not be diagnostic.) I am not *good* at coding, because what I enjoy is crashing through reinventing the wheel and doing things the wrong way by trial-and-error and example without actually reading the directions or re-using old solutions; but I do find it hard to *stop*.
Anyway, after hours of pounding away, I now have a DW style that is a vague approximation of the ugly, crufty, half-broken S1 style I use in various hacked-together forms on LJ and JF. Only on LJ and JF it is high-contrast black, and my DW version is very, very pink, mostly to thumb my nose all all the anti-Tropo Red people. :P (The One Pig With Horns is just a placeholder image, though, promise, stellar_dust
The important thing, though, is that it has custom friendlist colors!!! I am just synesthetic enough that seeing my flist people without their proper color screws with my head. So, style with custom colors! (If anyone wants to use this style, which is a variant on LJ's Punquin Elegant, or the Generator port I made, I can give you the core2-compileable source, and if you'd like me to port another basic LJ style over instead, let me know and I'll try it; the code is really, really ugly though (I mean, even in the original S2 version before I mucked with them it was ugly, and I could tell this without even previously knowing anything about S2. Here's how ugly: I had to look at the Core2 test style in order to figure out how to add comments.) ( Herein I talk about styles coding such that anybody who actually knows about it will laugh at the stupid, because I have forgotten how to talk about programming, and anybody who doesn't will be bored to death. )
Anyway, more important question (And test of polls!)
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 13
Is it cheating to validate all the OpenID accounts I've got (which is probably around ten) just to get invite codes?
|April 7th, 2009 06:23 pm - *dies dead*|
I think ... I think I may have just got the first Dreamwidth post to get linked on metafandom
(And there is a DW metafandom now! Yay! This place is waking up *so fast*, omg, I blink and another whole segment of fandom is here, it seems like.)
Anyway, with encouragement (in the form of "I wish our users would stop being so damn chicken", though possibly with more profanity) at the stitch'n'bitch Sunday, I finally sent some beta-y-notes to domtheknight
; hopefully I will send the ones that go to denise
today. (This seems like small news, but omg, I am so bad at interacting at any sort of official level about anything, it's really really sad.)
I'm actually sort-of doing site beta stuff on three different places now: closed beta at http://dreamwidth.org
which has been in beta for five years now, is still in beta, and will always be in beta; and http://interrobangstudios.com
, the artists' collective/independent comic studio I work in with some RL people, that is in the middle of yet another redesign. And the process is so very different!
For interrobang, which consists of five people and one site and spare time, it consists of messing with stuff and then yelling at das Flughafen
over Skype when I see something that looks off, and then having formal meetings where we talk about design and vision and all sorts of deep stuff.
For librarything, it consists of going on the site talk, bug collectors, and recommend site improvements boards and whining about whatever's wrong, and if the developers notice and feel like it, they'll fix it, and if they don't you keep whining until they do. (It's only been four years of whining for some features!) Meanwhile we write haiku back and forth with the people in charge. LT is a hobby site that got out of hand, and the guy in charge is the sort who in principle likes open source, but in practice is too ashamed of his coding practices to let the public see what he's perpetrated.
And then there's DW, which is all about teamwork and openness and joy! And once you've figure out who you need to talk to and where you need to go and what documentation you need to look at, things just get done!
Current Mood:: blank
Current Music:: Fairport Convention - The Lady Is A Tramp
|April 6th, 2009 12:10 am - Me & Fandom|
So, if people ask me what fandom I'm in, I have two options: pull out the long text file that I use when I'm offering to beta or write in a multifandom fest; or say "just fandom!"
I have been "in" a fandom a few times, in the sense of really working to build relationships and creations within a particular canon, but I never quite felt comfortable; we were brought together by one thing only, and it was fun, but just by nature of being limited to that one shared interest, there was a lot of conformity and round pegs jammed in square holes. And then I went multifannish, and then panfannish, and then just plain fannish, and this is where my head belongs, really always has. But right now, I'm, to a really kind of strange extent, keeping my fandom-as-community separate from my fandom-as-creativity.( By which I mean... )
So one thing I'm hoping my new fresh start here will do is help me make a place where I can be panfannish, butterfly around and be attached to no particular fandom, but still be both productive and connected in a new way. I'm going to keep my JF account, and keep posting there the kind of things I've been posting, and try to post here the sorts of things I've been failing-to-post there, and build a network that'll help me do that. I think the watch/trust split will help with that, too; I can have reading-people and interacting-people and they can be both, but they don't have to be.
We'll see if it works!
(So far, so good. This was originally going to be a very different post about how cool it is that, according to del.icio.us, the most common fandom tags for fanfic at the moment are Merlin, bandom, SGA, SPN, Torchwood, Harry Potter - and Yuletide
. Apparently I am not the only person who's engaging through tiny fandoms as much as large ones!)
Current Mood:: awake
|March 31st, 2009 03:40 pm - List of Dreamwidth issues so far|( I am still trying to figure out who/if I should mention each of these things to, because they are all fairly small, but here they are for my own satisfaction )
If anybody else finds any issues trying to play with the site, they can comment here.
I was making a parallel list of "things that are awesome", but it got too long. :D
I do *adore* the new menus, though. I'm so used to badly organized sites that I automatically go to the logical place for an item, then go to the least-obvious without even looking because it's *never* in the logical place, -- and then I have to go back, because on DW, it *is*.
Also the inbox and the navigation bar are actually useful OMG! And the new user and cut and such tags! And, and, and!!!
Current Music:: will it link - will it
Current Mood:: awake
|March 30th, 2009 11:11 pm - First post!|
You know what? I think the absolute most appropriate thing I can possibly put in my first-ever-Dreamwidth post is a rec for my sister stellar_dust
's just-posted DW ficlet (DW as in Doctor Who, not DreamWidth, although the reason it's so appropriate is that the DW could, totally, also stand for Dreamwidth, because it is a story about the unspeakable eldritch horrors that lurk in the hearts of web-page-coding and the awesomosity of women and computers, all in just 325 words):A Perl of Great Price
Go read it.
Current Mood:: amused
Current Music:: Jill Paton Walsh & Dorothy Sayers - Thrones, Dominations
|February 19th, 2009 12:16 am - GIP|
So, I am getting *ever more* excited about Dreamwidth.org, which I have been exploring ever since closed beta started, and it is *so cool* even in half-finished form (no, I'm not on the closed beta, but you can start your openID account already, and even edit your OID profile and upload icons and make a
friendswatchlist and stuff!)
So I have (very subtly) GIMPed my default icons on the other sites to be DW plugs. (Can you tell? :D )
I'm still not sure what I'll be doing with my DW account as regards my LJ and JF account, other than exporting a backup there and importing my flists, but I am thinking about it.
If anybody wants me to dreamwidth-if-y an icon for them, with similar *subtlety*, point me to the original (that you have modify-permission for) and I totally will. (Icons with some kind of logo or pattern or a place for one preferred, of course. But I will attempt with any icon.)