eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
Hmm, so. I just changed my journal theme over to Elegant Grunge, a third party layout I found on [community profile] dreamwidthlayouts. It's really quite nice, but I'm not sure about it - it feels like there's a lot of wasted space, and the text styling for the number of comments etc. is a little too muted for my tastes. I may have to hammer at a layout myself. Edit: I changed back to Leaving for Paris, the theme I was using before, and then changed the color scheme and a few layout tweaks. This'll do for now, but still:

Tag help needed!
So, I hear that Core 2 styles on DW can handle nested/hierarchical tags. Is there any jiggery-pokery one must enact to have such a wonder, or is it just meant to happen automagically?

WTF, brain.

May. 5th, 2009 10:55 am
eleanorjane: Frank n' Furter looking bemused. (wtf)
Now I'm having vid-type-thoughts about Dollhouse. I really didn't need that.
eleanorjane: Benton Fraser - talk to the hand. (hand)
So, one of the big things for which I was looking forward to Dreamwidth was an opportunity and a stimulus to be more active, fannishly. To a certain extent I think that's happened, which is good - hey, look, I posted a fanvid, that's a good start. Right? :)

But on the other hand, I find the LJ/DW divide frustrating. It's easy to maintain identities on two sites, but it's a lot harder to use LJ fannishly - my main LJ is my non-fannish one, and my [livejournal.com profile] eleanorjane LJ account was always very much second-best, because using it required using another browser, or logging out of my main account every time I wanted to post something or comment as [livejournal.com profile] eleanorjane. So my main LJ rolled along, and more often than not I'd just comment on something fannish, or sign up for a ficathon, or whatever, using my main ID because logging out and logging in again was too much hassle.

What I really want, I guess, is for LJ to allow you to switch between identities for a given post or comment without having to log out completely.

Part of the trouble is also in finding an audience. I have a large f'list on my main LJ, and although many (most) aren't in fandom, a few are, but they're all fairly media- and pop-culture-savvy. So if, for instance, I want to post meta, then I can either post it on my fandom journal where relatively few people will see it, or on my non-fannish LJ where I'm likely to get more feedback/input but most of the audience might not be speaking quite the same language as me.

Urf. No answers, I fear; only stopgap solutions. If I were starting over from scratch I'd do it differently - but then, that's true of a lot of other things, too.
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
[This entry crossposted to Dreamwidth and LJ.]

So, I've been using Dreamwidth for a little while now, and my impressions are solidly positive. The site's not perfect yet, obviously - there are features yet un-implemented, there are bugs and dead ends, and so on. It is, after all, in closed beta, and that's what beta periods are for. Speaking as someone who's beta tested a reasonable amount of software, Dreamwidth is in pretty good shape. (Try beta-testing World of Warcraft - at least Dreamwidth doesn't completely disappear out from underneath you on a regular basis.) I'll be paying for an account when it goes live, and - if finances allow, which they probably won't - possibly trying to snag one of the permanent seed accounts.

I don't understand why people are being so negative about Dreamwidth; I've seen a lot of hostility from people who don't want to use the service. No-one's holding a gun to their heads and making them get Dreamwidth accounts; no-one forced me to use InsaneJournal or GreatestJournal or any of the LJ clones. Are there really that many offensively pushy Dreamwidth fans out there who are rubbing the naysayers the wrong way? Or is this an unsurprising case of people being resistant to change, and trying to claim the moral high ground about it?

I've seen a number of posts - mostly via metafandom and links, rather than people on my flist - being quite vicious about Dreamwidth and its founders, and painting the people using it as a bunch of elitists who are trying to make the entire population of LiveJournal move en masse. For starters, the irony is choking; these are mostly fandom folks, and fandom is all about squeeing about the good points of something, providing links and picspams and clips of the source and trying to get other people enthused about something you like. And honestly, most of the outright negative posts I've seen just sound like sheer bloody-mindedness at this point.

*eyeroll* Grow up, people. I'm allowed to like something you don't, without it threatening your world.
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (harley)
Woot! [personal profile] grrliz has provided a tutorial to import a lot of her custom journal layouts from The Fulcrum into DW. The tutorial is here if you're interested, and you can view a list of compatible Fulcrum theme releases here.
eleanorjane: An angry alien! (rargh)
I keep getting logged out of Dreamwidth; I logged out to check my OpenID account's messages, logged back in, and it's been happening ever since. SO ANNOYING.

I can only assume it's Safari rather than Dreamwidth, so I'll have to see if it's cookies or something. (Mmm, cookies.) Seriously, this is ridiculously annoying. Alternatively, is anyone else having troubles with it? Is it just a Safari thing?

...

In other news, this post has some handy details about features available specifically to paid accounts. [personal profile] musesfool, you might be interested to note that it looks like 'friendsfriends' will be a paid-only feature, as it's a computationally-expensive function.

...

Also, this FAQ answer is very useful for LJ-code equivalents.

<lj user=username> = <user name="username"> or <user name="username" site="site.tld">
<lj-cut> = <cut>
<lj-cut text="foo"> = <cut text="foo">
<lj-raw> = <raw-code>
<lj-poll> = <poll>
<lj-pi> = <poll-item>
<lj-pq> = <poll-question>

However, LiveJournal markup will also work on Dreamwidth for backwards compatibility.


So you could link to me via <user name="eleanorjane"> or you could link to my LJ with <user name="ladyjestyr" site="livejournal.com"> -- I think.
eleanorjane: Elwood Blues, staring out his bedroom window at the L. (pensive)
I keep forgetting to give people access, as well as subscribing to them. That's awkward, because it looks like a snub. Hrm.

AUGH. And here was me thinking we'd got away from the whole 'friending being fraught with drama' thing!

Anyway - apologies if I flipflop on the access settings for a while; I'm still working out how I'm going to handle the 'trusted readers' issue thing. To be honest, I think I'll probably treat things largely like LiveJournal. I cannot think of many people where I'd want to read their stuff but I don't want them to read mine - and I'm not anticipating posting much (if anything) under lock anyway.

If that changes, well, I can burn that bridge when I come to it. *g*

...

In other news, iJournal is definitely inferior to xJournal. For starters, you can't have more than one entry open at a time, so I can't leave a half-written draft lying around. Boo.

...

Oh dear. I've just realised I don't know the code for linking to another user, a la LJ's [lj user=] tag. Time to go dive into the FAQs, I think. Wish me luck, and pass me a snorkel.
eleanorjane: Elwood Blues, staring out his bedroom window at the L. (pensive)
So, DW lets you import old journal entries, icons, and comments from other journalling services using the common codebase - LJ, IJ, et cetera. I'm debating whether or not to do that - moreso from my previous fandom journal than my regular LJ. I think I've decided against it, because:

a) it would ruin my 'fresh start on dreamwidth!' thing, both symbolically and literally (by cluttering up my journal page).
b) it would highlight just how unproductive and sporadic I have been, and how often I've said "I'm doin' it this time, I really am!". I'd rather not immortalise that any further. ;-)

So I think I'll just leave it be.

On another subject, it looks like I'm going to have to abandon my much-loved xJournal app, as it doesn't have any options for adding non-LJ accounts - although the maintainer is working on adding support for non-LJ accounts. I shall turn to iJournal in the meantime, but I remember not being a huge fan of it last time I tried it.

Admittedly that was donkey's years ago, though.

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