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!