sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
Does anyone know if there is a way to force a community to load comment pages in the default DW style (the pink-on-gray one) unless the user's style overrides it? That is, individual journals can be set to have "light" comment pages instead of the main journal style; you do it from the "site skins" section of the settings. But when I switch to any of my communities, the "site skins" options vanish.

(The reason why I want to do it is because I cannot find a community site scheme that doesn't produce what are, to my eyes, cluttered and hard-to-read comment pages, especially for people unfamiliar with DW. The pink one isn't perfect, but it's far and away less cluttered and easier to figure out the comment nesting. WHY CAN YOU NOT F*CKING DO THIS.)

ETA: While I'm at it, why is it so incredibly hard to keep the DW journal site style page from snapping back to your main journal without telling you it's done so? Is that a browser issue on my end, or something that happens to other people? At least this time I only managed to change my tagline to that of the community I was editing. Typically I end up changing my entire site style every time I try to edit a community, because it WON'T TELL YOU - it's just like "yep, still working as [community name]" and then changes your entire journal. >___> My least favorite thing about DW is probably the a;skjf;ldsj;lad;; community management, in general.

ETA2: Thank you so much to [personal profile] ratcreature for telling me how - I was completely wrong about which part of the settings it was in (it's actually the ticky box in the above link that says to use the chosen style instead of the site style, which is ticked by default, but if you untick it, the pages show up exactly as I want them). For some reason I never parsed that phrasing as doing what it actually does.
sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
As many of you may have heard by now, Livejournal is now keeping its servers in Russia (websites' privacy controls, legal redresses in case something happens, and so forth are bound by the laws of whatever country the servers are physically located in), which is leading to a lot of account deletions from worried users in, mostly, the U.S.

I'm not planning on doing so; as far as I can tall, all the likely worst-case scenarios that I've seen discussed (an increased likelihood of credit card theft, having your personal information sold, theft/duplication of copyrighted material, etc) are already risks anywhere you have an online presence. I don't think people pulling up stakes and moving elsewhere are wrong to do so, especially if they're not using the site anyway; I just don't feel like I need to. The only thing I'm thinking about is maybe not renewing my paid account when it lapses so a) I don't have my credit card info on there, and b) am not financially supporting a business that is known to actively delete/suppress accounts on political grounds. Even so, though ... at least as far as the credit-card risk is concerned ... I've known people who had their credit card info stolen and used by thieves because of info leaks from Bank of America and Walmart, and I just tonight gave my billing info to an online site I've never heard of to buy an art book from Malaysia. idk. It's impossible to do business online without some level of risk.

However, I'm glad I have a journal mirror at DW. I'll still crosspost everything, and in all likelihood any new communities/journals I create from here on out will be DW-only, if only because of the added exodus from LJ and increased probability that LJ as a company, at least the English-language side of it, is tottering along on its last legs.

More information: here, here, here, and here.

(Though obviously if anyone wants to present an alternate POV in the comments that I'm not taking into account, feel free. Like I said, I don't mind other people doing it; I'm just not really feeling the need to, myself. Plausibly, as far as "bad things that are now more likely to happen," I think the most likely one is that LJ is now one step closer to the end of its internet-site life cycle and is just going to stop existing someday. So backing up is a good idea.)

btw, if I've friended you on LJ but haven't given you access on DW, just say something; it's not intentional, it's just that I never bothered strictly duplicating my circle/flist in the two places, and I don't have notifications of new friendings/circle-addings turned on, so I'll never notice if someone added me in the other place.
sholio: Text: "Age shall not weary her, nor custom stale her infinite squee" (Infinite Squee)
After tossing around the idea of doing an original fic commentfest at DW in the comments to the last post - I went and made one! If you don't have a DW journal, you can comment anonymously or with OpenID. I also have some invite codes if you want one.

(Shiny new icon is made by [livejournal.com profile] china_shop, who has more of them here!)
sholio: Text: "Age shall not weary her, nor custom stale her infinite squee" (Infinite Squee)
In the vein of the other commentfests going on for [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw, I wanted to try my own hand at hosting one. :) And no one seems to be running one just for original (i.e. non-fannish) fic, so ... let's try it!

Prompts:

- Prompts should include a character or characters, and a prompt or situation. For example: A robot, a ghost, and a werewolf walk into a bar or Two dogs discussing their owners or Kady, a female astronaut: "There are more things in heaven and Earth, Horatio"

- When leaving prompts, you can use completely generic characters ("two guys on a bus"), supply details about them ("Jimmy Wu, a young Marine from Kentucky who just got married") or use original characters that you've already created (as long as you're okay with other people writing about them).

- You can either post your fill as a comment to the prompt, or post it in your own journal and link to it. Please put your title, rating, and any warnings in the subject line.

- Any subject matter and rating is fine, but please include a rating for your story (using any rating system you like) and, at your own discretion, it would be appreciated if you'd label for commonly triggery/disturbing subject matter, such as character death and non-consensual sex. (If you don't wish to spoil the story, you can also use a generic label such as "Dark" or "Contains potentially triggering content".) This is not required, but would be appreciated as a courtesy.

- Prompts may be filled more than once, and you can also fill your own prompts.

- Prompt fills should be posted only at DW for three weeks from the date you post it, as described here, and then can be posted anywhere.

Questions? Feel free to ask! I haven't tried something like this before, so I'm totally open to suggestions and comments. :)
sholio: (Avatar-upbeat attitude)
[community profile] three_weeks_for_dw is a 3-week period at the end of April/beginning of May to encourage content-posting on DW. (Here's an explanation.) I was thinking about doing something for it this year, since I still post my (relatively infrequent) locked posts to LJ only and a lot of the fannish places where I play are on LJ; it seems fair to do a little DW-only stuff too, since I like both places. But, yeah, no time. However, here are some currently ongoing multifandom DW commentfic fests that are Relevant To My Interests:

- The People With Disabilities Being Awesome Commentfic Fest hosted by [personal profile] terajk (now with an index of prompts on Delicious). Come on people, leave me some Highlander prompts so I don't have to resort to answering my own. *g* Thus far, I have written this untitled commentfic (though it grew to about 1400 words, not so much of a commentfic after all) for the prompt "Dresden Files - Michael Carpenter - 'Get away from my children'".

- Friendship Fic Comment Fest at [personal profile] littlegreen42. NEEDS MORE PROMPTS. :D (Highlander? Stargate? A:tLA? :D?)

- Asexy Fanworks Comment Meme at [community profile] asexual_fandom.


And here are a few that might be relevant to my flist's interests:

- Female Trope Character Fest at [personal profile] such_heights.

- Transfic Mini Fest hosted by [personal profile] kanata.

- [personal profile] livrelibre has a big list of commentfic fests with several that I didn't know about.

- ETA: And also the fantastically awesome 3W4DW anime/manga/manhwa/manhua drabblefest hosted by [personal profile] littlebutfierce! SO MANY FESTS I CANNOT KEEP UP WITH THEM ALL.


These bite-sized fic fests are great for me right now, because I really can't spare the time to sit down and write anything long, but having all these prompts available is giving me oodles of inspiration to scribble off something short.

This entry is also posted at http://friendshipper.dreamwidth.org/341576.html with comments.
sholio: (Avatar-upbeat attitude)
[community profile] three_weeks_for_dw is a 3-week period at the end of April/beginning of May to encourage content-posting on DW. (Here's an explanation.) I was thinking about doing something for it this year, since I still post my (relatively infrequent) locked posts to LJ only and a lot of the fannish places where I play are on LJ; it seems fair to do a little DW-only stuff too, since I like both places. But, yeah, no time. However, here are some currently ongoing multifandom DW commentfic fests that are Relevant To My Interests:

- The People With Disabilities Being Awesome Commentfic Fest hosted by [personal profile] terajk (now with an index of prompts on Delicious). Come on people, leave me some Highlander prompts so I don't have to resort to answering my own. *g* Thus far, I have written this untitled commentfic (though it grew to about 1400 words, not so much of a commentfic after all) for the prompt "Dresden Files - Michael Carpenter - 'Get away from my children'".

- Friendship Fic Comment Fest at [personal profile] littlegreen42. NEEDS MORE PROMPTS. :D (Highlander? Stargate? A:tLA? :D?)

- Asexy Fanworks Comment Meme at [community profile] asexual_fandom.


And here are a few that might be relevant to my flist's interests:

- Female Trope Character Fest at [personal profile] such_heights.

- Transfic Mini Fest hosted by [personal profile] torachan.

- [personal profile] livrelibre has a big list of commentfic fests with several that I didn't know about.

- ETA: And also the fantastically awesome 3W4DW anime/manga/manhwa/manhua drabblefest hosted by [personal profile] littlebutfierce! SO MANY FESTS I CANNOT KEEP UP WITH THEM ALL.


These bite-sized fic fests are great for me right now, because I really can't spare the time to sit down and write anything long, but having all these prompts available is giving me oodles of inspiration to scribble off something short.
sholio: sun on winter trees (Autumn road)
Yesterday's Fun Spring Task (TM) was the semi-annual mucking-out of the chicken coop. Naturally certain members of the household wished to lend a hand.

Dog: oooOOOOOooo! Can I help?

Me: Nope, got it covered, thanks.

Dog: But I can really be useful! See! And, wow, this stuff smells *awesome*.

Me: OH GOD! I HAVE TO LIVE WITH YOU!

Dog: ... dude, have you tried this?

Me: *gags* *looks for garden hose*

In other news ... Lots of noodling about Dreamwidth )
sholio: sun on winter trees (Autumn road)
Yesterday's Fun Spring Task (TM) was the semi-annual mucking-out of the chicken coop. Naturally certain members of the household wished to lend a hand.

Dog: oooOOOOOooo! Can I help?

Me: Nope, got it covered, thanks.

Dog: But I can really be useful! See! And, wow, this stuff smells *awesome*.

Me: OH GOD! I HAVE TO LIVE WITH YOU!

Dog: ... dude, have you tried this?

Me: *gags* *looks for garden hose*

In other news ... Lots of noodling about Dreamwidth )
sholio: sun on winter trees (Teal'c)
Based on the number of "... what is Dreamwidth?" answers to the poll in my last post, here is a quick overview. (As I understand it, anyway; I have a number of the people who are involved and/or enthusiastic backers of the site on my f'list, but I'm not personally involved with it. Please correct me if I pass along misinformation!)

- Dreamwidth is a new journaling/blogging site that will be opening up this summer. It's planned to be fandom-friendly (edit: but not exclusively fannish) and fairly small, at least at first. You will need to either buy an account or get an invite code from an existing user to get in, like LJ used to be. (Paid accounts start at $3/month, and you can let your account lapse to a free account later if you like.)

- Here is a list of features that are different from LJ (discovered via [livejournal.com profile] foxfirefey)

- Here is a roundup of posts by people who are planning on switching from LJ (link from [livejournal.com profile] rydra_wong)

- Here is Dreamwidth's About/FAQ page (still in beta itself) with sundry informative links.

The answers to the poll in my earlier post indicate that (at least around these parts) most people who are opening DW accounts will still be cross-posting to LJ, and many people won't be moving at all, at least not until things shake out a bit. One of the nice things about Dreamwidth is that, from what I can see, it's being designed so that it will be easy to use with other blogging sites -- i.e. you can have an LJ and still participate easily in DW discussions, be friended by people on DW, etc., and it works very smoothly with Open ID.
sholio: sun on winter trees (Teal'c)
Based on the number of "... what is Dreamwidth?" answers to the poll in my last post, here is a quick overview. (As I understand it, anyway; I have a number of the people who are involved and/or enthusiastic backers of the site on my f'list, but I'm not personally involved with it. Please correct me if I pass along misinformation!)

- Dreamwidth is a new journaling/blogging site that will be opening up this summer. It's planned to be fandom-friendly (edit: but not exclusively fannish) and fairly small, at least at first. You will need to either buy an account or get an invite code from an existing user to get in, like LJ used to be. (Paid accounts start at $3/month, and you can let your account lapse to a free account later if you like.)

- Here is a list of features that are different from LJ (discovered via [livejournal.com profile] foxfirefey)

- Here is a roundup of posts by people who are planning on switching from LJ (link from [livejournal.com profile] rydra_wong)

- Here is Dreamwidth's About/FAQ page (still in beta itself) with sundry informative links.

The answers to the poll in my earlier post indicate that (at least around these parts) most people who are opening DW accounts will still be cross-posting to LJ, and many people won't be moving at all, at least not until things shake out a bit. One of the nice things about Dreamwidth is that, from what I can see, it's being designed so that it will be easy to use with other blogging sites -- i.e. you can have an LJ and still participate easily in DW discussions, be friended by people on DW, etc., and it works very smoothly with Open ID.
sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
First, before I type anything else - I just realized that I never thanked the people who nominated me for Stargate fan awards. So ... THANK YOU, wonderful people! I'm so sorry it took me so long to say so! *bows in your general direction*

Anyway, moving on ... Dreamwidth (new fandom-friendly journaling platform) has announced their open beta dates (accounts will be available April 30).

[Poll #1374680]

Rambling and blather about fandom under the cut )
sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
First, before I type anything else - I just realized that I never thanked the people who nominated me for Stargate fan awards. So ... THANK YOU, wonderful people! I'm so sorry it took me so long to say so! *bows in your general direction*

Anyway, moving on ... Dreamwidth (new fandom-friendly journaling platform) has announced their open beta dates (accounts will be available April 30).

[Poll #1374680]

Rambling and blather about fandom under the cut )

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