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Welcome to the new people! For those of you who were around when Livejournal was the dominant platform, Dreamwidth is forked from them, so it should seem familiar to you. For those coming from Tumblr, though, there's some adjustment to make. We hope you'll stay and enjoy the place. Also, better heads than I have compiled more than a few introductions and helpful guides to the platform, which, as the magpie I am, I'm grabbing the things I think are most useful and reposting them (It's a little more difficult than just touching a repost button here, which is good and bad.). This is also a fairly convenient excuse for me to show you what many of my posts look like, in case you were wondering about the possible content you'll be subjected to here. (You may have seen a lot of this from elsewhere, mostly [personal profile] umadoshi and [personal profile] conuly if you're subscribed to them.)

If you're looking for the general welcome from the official DW people, here's the official welcome news post. And if you're looking for the philosophical underpinnings of why Dreamwidth is, there's a different news post with a short history of the site, welcoming a different group to the site. [personal profile] ilyena_sylph has put together relevant comment threads from the news post, so if you would like a highlight reel on particular questions, there's a good space for it.

[profile] starnise has a great post on getting oriented to Dreamwidth if you're coming from a space not like LiveJournal at all. [personal profile] seperis has a more direct Tumblr-to-Dreamwidth guide.

[personal profile] niqaeli provides a guide on installing and using a script that will capture all of your Tumblr content, including he things that you've given likes to, so that, even if Tumblr completely implodes, you still have the content that you've created. And maybe can upload to somewhere else in a batch, once someone has written a way of parsing it and creating entries for it.

If you're going to be using it mostly on mobile, [personal profile] branchandroot developed a style to be very mobile-responsive. If there are things you'd like from the desktop experience, has some time and some coding that could be put to service in browser tools.

There's also a giant guide to getting started on Dreamwidth, thanks to [personal profile] bisharp, if you really want to dig in deep.

[personal profile] marshv has a guide to using the image uploading and posting, which is still a bit rudimentary (since there hasn't been a giant need for it in a mostly textual thing). If you need more, there's a guide to using Mediafire from [personal profile] mific, which I'm sure could be replicated with other sources. And Instagram can cross-post to DW, with a significant amount of glue and tape holding it together, says [personal profile] niqaeli.

[personal profile] kore offers advice on how to filter out tags so you don't see things you're not interested in, which, regrettably, does require the person in question to use those tags consistently. And the memory function can be used as a way of categorizing and tagging other peoples' entries so they're close-by to hand.

Once that's under your belt, you can take a look at [personal profile] sylvaine's post on some of the more advanced things you can do to your entries and your space, which exposes a lot of the very cool functionality that's baked into the site (or the HTML standard).

[personal profile] ironymaiden has a tag on things you can do to get the best out of Dreamwidth.

Some of the support staff and the very old hands are answering questions without their official hats on if there's something that's sticking on the site or otherwise not going according to plan.

If you're an RPer, there's resources available for you as well, thanks to [profile] rpanonos. If video games are your thing, [personal profile] masu_trout offers a community list for popular video games and their fandoms. [personal profile] erinptah has a more general fandom community list. [community profile] historium is for historical fandoms and Real Person Fiction (RPF). [community profile] fffriday is a review community for all your F/F needs. And there's more. Waaaaaaay more.

If you're not sure what to do with this seemingly vast and infinite space, [personal profile] melannen offers suggestions on how to build your community of people in your journal space, and [personal profile] siderea offers a recipe for posting, which involves doing a lot of pointing at other people as your primary content.

[personal profile] conuly has a way of adding in Tumblrs as feeds on DW in addition to a large amount of communities and places where you can jump in and start participating immediately. As well as the existence of two currently-running finding friends activities - one for finding not-fannish friends by [personal profile] angelofthenorth and one that's all about fannishness by [personal profile] snickfic

If there are more questions, there's a community called Getting Started. And a community for people coming from Tumblr.

And once you're oriented and ready to go, maybe go see [personal profile] melannen talk about where the next big fannish thing might be, and how sites like DW and AO3 may never end up being the next big fannish space, but they serve their own purposes and help hold the community's history in a way that's more permanent than otherwise might be. [personal profile] trascendenza solicits suggestions on what the mechanical parts of an ideal fannish social site are and [personal profile] greywash offers a lot of cogent thoughts about what a robust fannish site (or network) that can handle images and videos would hae to be able to do. (There's a lot of this going around, so this is a representative sample, rather than an end-all be-all.)

If this is a place that you'd like to throw money at to keep existing, ([personal profile] kore suggests paid accounts here and donations to the Internet Archive) but you can only move money about with PayPal, [personal profile] paidaccountfairy may be a placae to help you convert your PayPal into actual Dreamwidth points (there are Reasons why PayPal doesn't do DW, which are conveniently in the comments of [personal profile] kore's post).

(One last thing, as a thanks for getting through all of this: the creator of Pinboard once asked fandom what they would need from his service to make it work for them. Fandom replied by doing what it does best - creating, organizing, and making sure the tagging was right. Watching the process unfold in front of his eyes changed his opinion completely about what fandom does, doesn't, and is capable of. So thanks for being fans. Also, because everything that's old is new again, there's a second document afoot about what fandom would like to see in their ideal site, and the Pinboard person has actively said he'll see what he can do about bringing it into reality.)

Date: 2018-12-08 07:46 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
This is lovely. Thank you.

Date: 2018-12-08 08:48 am (UTC)
conuly: (Default)
From: [personal profile] conuly
You can see the part where Mr. Pinboard realized he was completely out of his depth, pretty much from the start when he saw that not only was there a lengthy style guide, but they fully expected everybody to read it first - and everybody mostly did.

Date: 2018-12-08 06:08 pm (UTC)
azurelunatic: The Space Needle by night. Slightly dubious photography. (Default)
From: [personal profile] azurelunatic
*drive-by Balrog hug*

Date: 2018-12-08 09:34 pm (UTC)
quantumcupcakes: (Quantum Physics)
From: [personal profile] quantumcupcakes
This is an amazing resource, thank you so much! The best thing I've learned recently is adding '?style=mine' to the end of the address when viewing someone else's journal to overwrite their layout and use yours

Date: 2018-12-10 07:37 pm (UTC)
quantumcupcakes: (Ronon Dex)
From: [personal profile] quantumcupcakes
That's kind of tempting, but sometimes I like being able to see other's layouts. You never know when inspiration will strike

Date: 2018-12-09 04:47 pm (UTC)
momijizukamori: Rufus Shinra from the Final Fantasy 7 doujinshi Home Sweet Home, looking incredibly smug (Rufus | Trolling)
From: [personal profile] momijizukamori
I'm resisting the urge to go point the 'new fandom platform' people at the thousands and thousands of words D has written various places about how our pricing structure works, why we don't have kudos, why we don't have reblogs, etc etc. Mostly because I don't want to sit and dig them all up, but also because that'd be a bit passive-aggressive of me. And I'm not sure there's anything I can link to with the traffic/server cost comparison between us and AO3 but suffice to say there are some very big advantages to running on an old-but-well-tuned codebase instead of new and shiny (iirc DW is like an order of magnitude more efficient in terms of the traffic we can handle for the same cost).

But I've also been doing dev work here for seven years now and just want to be like 'why not help improve things here instead of reinventing the wheel?'.

Date: 2018-12-09 07:18 pm (UTC)
momijizukamori: Green icon with white text - 'I do believe in phosphorylation! I do!' with a string of DNA basepairs on the bottom (Default)
From: [personal profile] momijizukamori

Well, and it's also I think just slightly naive reasoning from people who don't have the information to understand better - it's definitely a thing in security that a lot of people (maybe too many people) don't look at things and consider the way they can be abused or broken, and I think that's true of the social side of technology as well - features like likes or reblogs or mentions have very easy ways to abuse them, which is part of the reason DW doesn't have them (or doesn't have them yet) - you have to spend a lot of time in the design, or have a really large moderation team. But I guess if it gets people thinking and talking, it's a start, and maybe some of them will help us spruce things up here :)

Honestly I think content creation is a solid contribution, as is suggestions, and as is just generally banging on things to make sure they work. Even within the 'code'/development side of things, not every need is 'backend developer' - we could really, really use a UX designer, for instance, and QA is a long-off dream.

Date: 2018-12-18 12:32 am (UTC)
momijizukamori: Green icon with white text - 'I do believe in phosphorylation! I do!' with a string of DNA basepairs on the bottom (Default)
From: [personal profile] momijizukamori

Yeah, working in security has been an eyeopening experience. Partially because I've realized how many people who should be aware of these things aren't.

Thankfully UX stuff is one of the few things that doesn't require someone to understand how our wonky codebase works first.!

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