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 Last year I found an IFTT recipe that allows me to cross-post from Tumblr to Dreamwidth by tag (yeah!!).

Big problem - the method (which sends a properly formatted email to Gmail with then uses DW's post by email feature, strips out all the links and formatting.   Is there any way we can post by mail to DW using Richtext? 

Example: This is how the text was formatted when it was sent via Gmail to DW

For me, the next space is Dreamwidth – it is already fan friendly and has half of the features that I want.  And for the other half – well, if I want something, pay for it, right?  So, here is my plan of action:
1) 
buy a DW paid account, even though I don’t have any use for its current paid features.   Because its developers need money if I want them to improve the site.  (And heck, I pay much more for Netflix.)
2) 
make some suggestions to DW for features that would make the site better.  (Top on my list: option to buy image hosting, ease of posting to different accounts, ability to reblog)
3) start consolidating my creative content on DW, and crossposting there.  (Maybe other people might slowly move there, as well, especially if the site is given the financial strength to improve.)
4) pay for fanart, fanfics, original writing, original art, etc.  Because the work we create is also worth something

This is how it appeared:

For me, the next space is Dreamwidth – it is already fan friendly and has half of the features that I want.  And for the other half – well, if I want something, pay for it, right?  So, here is my plan of action:
1) 
buy a DW paid account, even though I don’t have any use for its current paid features.   Because its developers need money if I want them to improve the site.  (And heck, I pay much more for Netflix.)
2) 
make some suggestions to DW for features that would make the site better.  (Top on my list: option to buy image hosting, ease of posting to different accounts, ability to reblog)
3) start consolidating my creative content on DW, and crossposting there.  (Maybe other people might slowly move there, as well, especially if the site is given the financial strength to improve.)
4) pay for fanart, fanfics, original writing, original art, etc.  Because the work we create is also worth something

edited: there seems to be little rhyme or reason to how the post by email "converts" (or does not convert).

I did find my older support request:


https://www.dreamwidth.org/support/see_request?id=31560

If you want to post by email, you have to manually hand code every email with html code or markdown. This severely limits the ability to use DW except via their web interface. The mobile email post method cannot be used to pass through emails with formatting intact so it limits my ability to allow DW to interact with the rest of the online services.
morgandawn: (Cat Basket Going To Hell?)
 So after much testing (and thank you to everyone who has helped and a special thank you to everyone who has not fled in horror), my plan for tumblr cross-posting is this:

Limit tumblr cross-posts to 1-2 a day, focusing on activism.  These posts will be tagged "activism" and if you have a paid DW account, you can filter them out.

Encourage everyone else to read my tumblr via the DW feed.      If you are on LJ, we have a feed there too.   My tumblr  has lots more fandom content and pretty pictures.  If you leave a comment at the RSS feeds, I won't be able to be notified, but I think that is a good compromise. 


morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2hVgPJD at January 05, 2017 at 08:37AM

Dreamwidth is a good place, we need to keep it going and alive, so if you can, buy a paid account to support a fan friendly environment with a great track rerecord on privacy and fair use, then please do so.

Right now I’ve been cross-posting mainly political posts to DW, which understandably has caused a few people to unsubscribe there.  I wish there was a way for DW readers to filter out specific posts. I also wish there was a way to cross-post without stripping all the embedded links and formatting (I have to manually replace the text with each cross-post and only after the cross-post which comes at irregular hours).  But I will try cross-posting a few more fandom posts and see how it works.

Tags:not a reblog, original post by me, dreamwidth, tumblr, DWCrosspost
Tumblr post (this is likely a reblog, and may have more pictures over there)
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2hVhpH3 at January 05, 2017 at 08:29AM

potofsoup:

So, I had a shared blog on tumblr called learningtocomic, where me and a couple of friends would occasionally post things about our comicking shenanigans, and oftentimes use it as a platform for thinking through various aspects of the comicking process.  It had a respectable 200+ followers.

And then it got deleted due to tumblr stupidity.

That’s…. that’s a lot of content that has now disappeared into thin air.  I’m still waiting for a response from tumblr support before I go around salvaging what I can, but in the meantime, I’m thinking a lot about the content that we create here, for free, and put up on this here website.

Server space isn’t free.  Designing and maintaining a web platform isn’t free.  Any web platform needs developers to make it usable, support personnel to keep it a safe and sane space, and good management who actually considers our needs.  When a service is “free”, it means that at least one of those things is missing.  Tumblr doesn’t consider our needs.  LJ is poorly managed.  DW could probably use some more personnel, and has very little server space.

Right now, what with the LJ servers moving to Russia, and some predictions that the Russian company wants to gradually phase out the American (money-losing) side of LJ, I hear that many LJ people are decamping to DW.  With Yahoo basically in freefall, I think tumblr will die in a few years.  Already, various fandoms are going in different directions: imzy, discourse, etc.

Further fracturing of fandom aside, that doesn’t solve the problem that we keep expecting hosting and web platforms to be free.  Fandom, which generates a lot of free content (and accompanying wank), requires hosting and web platforms that aren’t free.  Because free actually means “our sales and marketing team is bigger than our development team”.  Free means “we are selling your information to the advertisers”.  Free means “oops we deleted all of your content but we don’t give a fuck because you’re not actually our customer.”

So we are faced with two options:
(1) migrate from site to site like digital vagrants, losing content and communities along the way, or
(2) pay.


I’m not saying that *everyone* has to pay.  Half of fandom are still in school, and another quarter are working 2 jobs and barely making ends meet.  But my experiences in fandom has also really shown me its generosity.  I recently was putting together a fan anthology, and had a payment process that was “pay what you can if you have financial trouble” coupled with “chip in $5 or $10 if you can help”, and the donations not only covered the people who couldn’t afford full price, but also covered incidental printing and shipping costs.

Which is to say – it’s doable, if we don’t take web platforms for granted.  If, when we migrate to the next place, we say “let us pay what we can” instead of diving straight into creating beautiful works of art (and then scrolling past the flame wars.)

For me, the next space is Dreamwidth – it is already fan friendly and has half of the features that I want.  And for the other half – well, if I want something, pay for it, right?  So, here is my plan of action:
1) 
buy a DW paid account, even though I don’t have any use for its current paid features.   Because its developers need money if I want them to improve the site.  (And heck, I pay much more for Netflix.)
2) 
make some suggestions to DW for features that would make the site better.  (Top on my list: option to buy image hosting, ease of posting to different accounts, ability to reblog)
3) start consolidating my creative content on DW, and crossposting there.  (Maybe other people might slowly move there, as well, especially if the site is given the financial strength to improve.)
4) pay for fanart, fanfics, original writing, original art, etc.  Because the work we create is also worth something. 



Tags:some of these may be borrowed tags, dreamwidth, alas, just after I'd moved back to LJ, good thing DW allows crossposting, jsyk -- if you report someone's blog, a careless tumblr support person might delete all of that person's blogs, even the completely unreleated blogs that they're a member of, fandom meta, potofsoup, fandom history, DWCrosspost

Tumblr post (this is likely a reblog, and may have more pictures over there)
morgandawn: (Ariel Yes?)
 Someone kindly pointed out that there is a way for paid subscribers on DW to filter out posts on their reading pages by tag.

I will try to tag my political posts either "politics" or "activism" - since I am cross-posting from tumblr, the tags will have to be applied manually so there may be a delay.

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I wish there was a way for DW readers to filter out specific posts.

People with paid DW accounts can filter which of your posts they see based on your DW tags.

When I go to "Manage Filters", choose "Default filter", and then click on your name, I get these choices:

Show only content that ...
... is rated [anything(show all content)/safe or non-explicit/safe for work only]
... and the entry is tagged with [any/all/none]
of the selected tags:
(no tags selected)
Available tags (click to select):

activism[18] resistance[1] ......

So, you can tag your political posts, and readers who are burnt-out on politics can filter them out (but that is only available to readers with a paid account. Still, better than nothing.)

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I've seen people reblogging a post that  (1) LJ servers are now being housed in Russia and (2) "the Russian government now has access to private information on private citizens across the country, their interests, their views, their families" and (3) and recommending that fans delete their LJ blogs and communities. If you do reblog/post please let people know they don't have to delete wholesale - they can import their blogs and communities to Dreamwidth. I've seen too many people anguishing over the loss of their creations, the comments and feedback, and their fandom history etc because they do not know they have choices. So if you're going to pass along a message of "FIRE!!!" , please point them towards the exits safely.

Dreamwidth FAQ:
https://www.dreamwidth.org/support/faqbrowse?faqid=127 (importing personal blogs)
https://www.dreamwidth.org/support/faqbrowse?faqid=230 (importing communities)

edited: As of 12/27/2016 only the Cyrillic/Russian accounts seem to have been relocated to Russian. No ETA on when/if the rest of the world will be moved, but you may still want to backup your personal blog or community nonetheless.
http://siderea.livejournal.com/1330106.html
http://siderea.livejournal.com/1330197.html

Here are Russian language posts about the Russian journals that have been blocked  and speculation about what is happening (use Google Translate):
http://dolboeb.livejournal.com/3079690.html
http://dolboeb.livejournal.com/3081385.html

edited: I ran my LJ through http://ping.eu/traceroute/ and it seems to point to Russia. I don't  know enough about how the Internets work to validate. BOTTOM LINE: BACKUP YOUR LJS

edited 12/302016: LJ pages are no longer secure (payment pages are still secure).

Also, if you do backup to Dreamwidth, please consider buying a paid account.
morgandawn: (Default)
Since I am still using LJ as a place to keep up with friends, I am limiting my subscriptions to DW journals and/or limiting access to locked posts on DW. This way I won't have to read the same posts multiple times.

Having said this, if you are planning on reading my blog on DreamWidth, please feel free to subscribe to me at DW since I will continue cross-posting.

If you have left LJ and are either (a) no longer cross-posting to Livejournal or (b) are no longer reading on Livejournal, drop me a note. That way I can add you to my Dreamwidth Only Reading Filter (and also give you the same access to my DW posts that you had on LJ).
morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)

post-security: public
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/1PAracR at December 03, 2015 at 09:27AM

Yahoo mulls shareholder demand to sell Internet business:

Yahoo owns Tumblr.

What’s your tumblr backup plan?

Me at Dreamwidth.

My ‘backing up your tumblr’ posts

Possible tumblr alternatives


Tags:tumblr, dreamwidth, DWCrosspost, tumblr tools

Tumblr post (this is likely a reblog, and may have more pictures over there)
morgandawn: (BSG Roslin wikidwitch)
I've looked into the rumor that has been circulating that LJ is blocking IP addresses from account that have gay content on their journals. 
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edited: clarification from LJ staff that this had to do with the one user's Internet Service Provider which ran into some of LJ's anti-spam and DDOS protections. The LJ Staffer's post also touches on the rumors that the Russians are coming! for our pron! Same info, more detail at the fan's blog here.

But I still think we should all back up our journals. I use Dreamwidth and cross-post to LJ.
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It seems that it is just one person who has been battling with LJ for a few years over many issues. That is not to say there isn't something going on - but so far, only one person has been verified and it was IP blocking and not deleting. And since there are so many reasons your IP address can get  blocked (sometimes entire IP ranges get automatically blocked), I recommend that people backup their journals and their communities (you can migrate both to DW, including comments if you are the journal owner or moderator). And of course there still is LJ Archive.

My recommendation - rather than spreading FUD, get the message out that given how many tech platforms come and go and that policies change overnight (tumblr's NSWF removals a few months back and then tumblr's about face on the issue), we should all backup our journals and communities....

If you scroll past the LJ user's tweets from the past couple of days,  you  can find a wide range of complaints about LJ dating back over a year:
https://twitter.com/search?q=%40livejournal%20angstytimelord&src=typd&f=realtime "

And then there are these
https://twitter.com/angstytimelord/status/387304054365245440
https://twitter.com/angstytimelord/status/387319207009873921
https://twitter.com/angstytimelord/status/160392530763059200



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