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Apr. 24th, 2017 11:00 am
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[personal profile] lilysea posting in [community profile] metaquotes
We met a small child carrying "Less Invasions, More Equations!" (my brain yelled, "Fewer!" and I said, "Nice sign," because people who pedantically correct the protest signs of six-year-olds are not the kind of change I want to see in the world) - [personal profile] sovay.

Context is Boston March for Science.

Groups & Fandoms

Apr. 23rd, 2017 08:34 am
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[personal profile] pumpkinkingmod posting in [community profile] everywoman
In regards to groups versus relationships, this exchange will be sticking to the status quo of individual characters plus groups. In this exchange a group just means that all of the characters in the tag need to appear in the fic or art. It does not imply any specific relationship between the characters.

How to handle fandoms is a bit harder for me to decide on. I’ve read all the comments and have considered all of them. On one hand some fandoms are big and complicated and depictions of the same character can be very different. On the other hand it doesn’t make much sense to me that characters that should know each other have to be put under crossovers just because they’ve never been on screen together, for example Natasha Romanoff and Melinda May. Umbrella canons discourage participants who only know part of it, but they also make it easier for people that don’t want to use multiple slots on the same canon. The same person can have different preferences for different canons.

Taking all of that into account, plus what was said in the comments, I’ve decided that I will handle fandoms completely differently this year. It will accommodate everybody regardless of their preferences, eliminates some issues for me, and will allow me to accept nominations faster if all goes well.

I will post in greater detail later. This is just meant as an informal heads up that something new is coming.

Spinach Daal with Spiced Eggplant

Apr. 21st, 2017 08:01 pm
highlyeccentric: Demon's Covenant - Kitchen!fail - I saw you put rice in the toaster (Demon's Covenant - kitchen!fail)
[personal profile] highlyeccentric posting in [community profile] omnomnom
This is really a mash-up of two recipes, with the ultimate aim of providing Sufficient Nutrients in a single meal. The first is Jack Monroe's Spinach & lentil daal, from their second book; the second recipe is the Epicurious Indian spiced eggplant recipe. Both have been customised by me, for me. (This means they are white girl versions of indian food. Caveat lector)

Access and dietary notes )

What you need and what you do with it )

The importer has (mostly) caught up!

Apr. 19th, 2017 11:02 pm
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[staff profile] denise posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance
Our content importer has mostly caught up with its backlog; almost everything that's still listed as being "in the queue" are jobs that were tried, failed once or more with a temporary failure, and are waiting to try again. (The importer tries a few times, at successively longer intervals, when it gets a failure it thinks might be temporary/might correct itself later on.) This means that new imports scheduled now should complete in hours (or even minutes), not the "several days" it's been taking.

If you tried to schedule a second import while the first one was still running, at any time in the past 10 days or so, you may have confused the poor thing. If you think your import should be finished by now and it isn't, and you're seeing "Aborted" on the Importer Status part of the Importer page, feel free to open a support request in the Importer category and we'll look into it for you. (It may take a little bit before you get a response; those of us who have the access to look into importer problems have been really busy for the past two weeks or so, and I at least need a few days to catch my breath a bit before diving back into the fray! But we'll do what we can.)

I hope all y'all are continuing to settle in well to your new home!

[staff profile] denise is characteristic

Apr. 16th, 2017 08:25 am
rydra_wong: dreamsheep with spork and "SheepSpork" logo; no, it wouldn't make any more sense if you saw it  (dreamwidth -- sheepspork)
[personal profile] rydra_wong posting in [community profile] metaquotes
My absolute favorite of mine was the time I did a code tour entirely in the voice of the King of All Cosmos from Katamari Damacy


Context gives new arrivals in [site community profile] dw_news a glimpse of the management. The code tour in question is here, and really, it is a thing of beauty.

Creator Reveals / Feedback Post

Apr. 15th, 2017 07:59 am
worldbuildingmod: visualisation of the Riemann zeta function in the complex plane, showing both trivial and non-trivial zeros (black dots) (riemann)
[personal profile] worldbuildingmod posting in [community profile] worldbuildingex
The collection is no longer anonymous, and I've also closed it to posting new works. (I don't know if anyone was still working on any treats, but if you do have a burning desire to post something in the next few days, drop me a line and I'll reopen it to give you the chance.)

Following the success of this inaugural round (and once again, huge thanks to all of you for helping that happen), I intend to run the exchange again next year on roughly the same schedule, but with a somewhat more relaxed nominations/sign up period (and certainly more of a gap in between the two; the one thing I definitely underestimated was the complexities of tag set management behind the scenes). Look for a 2018 schedule post in early January.

If you have any feedback about any aspect of the exchange that you think might be able to work better/differently in Round Two, let me know in the comments.
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[staff profile] denise posting in [site community profile] dw_news
Hello, Dreamwidth! Goodness, this past week has been unexpectedly exciting, hasn't it? A warm Dreamwidth welcome to everyone who's just joining us: we're glad you're here, and we hope you're liking the new digs.

Before we get into all the things I have to cover, though: Given the reasons most people are citing for not wanting to agree to LiveJournal's new ToS, I'd like to take a moment and ask: if you're able to (and only if you're able!), please consider donating to the Russian LGBT Network/Российская ЛГБТ-сеть. They not only do excellent work across the Russian Federation, but are currently mobilizing to help evacuate LGBT people in Chechnya who are in danger of detention or death. (EDIT: If you're outside Russia, you can donate through All Out; the Russian LGBT Network website won't accept donations from outside Russia.)

To our friends in Russia who are LGBT and those who are against the mistreatment of anyone because of their sexual orientation: We stand with you. Please stay safe above all else, but if it would be safe for you to post that link, the LGBT Network is asking that as many people as possible publicly share the information that the LGBT Network is ready to help. (They also ask that you do not contact people in Chechnya directly to let them know, as there are reports the authorities are searching people's phones and computers for evidence of sexual orientation.)

The rest of this post is primarily to give y'all new folks a brief orientation (or as brief as I am ever capable of; no one has ever called me concise) to help you settle in, although I hope at least some of it will be useful (or at least interesting!) to those of you who have been with us for a while. Come with me as we discuss Dreamwidth's history, a bit of what (we think) makes us special, the answers to a few common questions about how we roll, and a few useful tips that may help you with the transition.


Dreamwidth 101! )

Whew! That was a lot to throw at y'all at once, I know. (Yes, I always am this longwinded. And I always use this many parentheses.) Everybody who's been here for a while: thank you for your patience as I got our new arrivals up to speed! We'll be back in a few weeks with a code push and a bunch of new features and fixes, so the next news post should be more broadly applicable.

In the meantime, let's have a welcome party in the comments:

* If you're looking for new people to subscribe to you, leave a comment with some basic info about your journal and what you tend to write about! Then everybody can browse around and meet each other. (There's also [community profile] 2017revival and [community profile] addme, both of which are unofficial but bustling lately; holler if you know of any more.)

* If you've been here for a while and have a favorite community that's active, drop a link and a brief description!

* If you're new or you've been here for a while, and you're looking for an active community on a particular topic, leave a comment with what you're looking for and people can recommend you some options. (We've done this a few times before, as "the great community rec-o-matic", and it's never a bad time for another round.)

* If you know of any scripts, resources, extensions, tools, or toys that will help someone make the move, get settled in, or customize their DW experience once they're here, drop a link and a description in the comments. (We can't be responsible for unofficial tools, scripts, extensions, etc, so use at your own risk, but I know there are a bunch of them floating around!)

Finally, a quick note on the importer queue: it's still going, I swear. The jobs finishing now are the ones that were scheduled around 48 hours ago, though, so we really appreciate how patient y'all are being!

As always, if you're having problems with Dreamwidth, Support can help you; for notices of site problems and downtime, check [site community profile] dw_maintenance and the Twitter status account. (We can't do support through Twitter, though! Open a support request instead. Me trying to fit into 140 characters is not a pretty sight.)

Comment notifications may be delayed for an hour or two, due to the high volume of notifications generated after an update is posted to [site community profile] dw_news. This was posted at 5:30AM EDT (see in your time zone). Please don't worry about delayed notifications until at least two hours after that.

Questions

Apr. 13th, 2017 09:44 pm
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[personal profile] pumpkinkingmod posting in [community profile] everywoman
1. Do you prefer fandoms that have lots of related parts be grouped together for ease of requesting and offering groups or separated out to make it easier to request/offer any? I do have two ideas on how to accommodate those that might want only a specific part of a fandom.

EDIT: I don't mean throwing everything under one banner and calling it a day.  I mean more like "MCU - Netflix shows" which would include Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist.


2. If fandoms are merged would you like more nomination slots?


3. Would you rather be allowed to nominate relationships or stick to the current groups method? If I decide to allow relationships that will include any relationship that is comprised of at least 50% canonical female characters. Sticking to groups will maintain the current status quo.

[personal profile] sovay has words for Sean Spicer

Apr. 12th, 2017 09:29 am
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I'm not even going to touch "Holocaust centers." It wasn't like daycare, you know?


Context has greater respect for turnips.

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