Daily Happiness

23 Feb 2017 06:47 pm
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What are you currently reading?
Still making very slow progress on The Mayor of Castro Street. I think I read one chapter since last week, lol. ^_^;;

I also have technically started, in that I opened the book, but have not read a single word yet, the most recent Wells & Wong mystery, Mistletoe and Murder. Now that I've caught up, I'll be super sad not to have any more of this series to read! D:

What did you recently finish reading?
A lot. O_O This whole being home from work thing has really done wonders for getting through my to-read pile!

Bookwise, I finished reading First Class Murder and the next book in the series, Jolly Foul Play. I like these books so much!

Comicswise, I finished all the Rick and Morty comics (including the one that came out this week), also also the Lil' Poopy Superstar miniseries. Definitely some fun story arcs in there (I really liked the one that just ended with Jerry from the doofus universe taking over the galaxy).

I also finally read the Star Wars Force Awakens tie-in comic, Shattered Empire, about Poe's mom. That's been on my ipad for a while! It was okay. Really nice art, but the story was just sort of meh.

Another one that's been on my ipad for a while is Lost at Sea, a graphic novel by Bryan Lee O'Malley, author of Scott Pilgrim. I love Scott Pilgrim, yet somehow never got around to reading any of his other stuff. I think this may be his first graphic novel; it definitely feels a lot more amateurish than Scott Pilgrim, but I enjoyed it.

I've read a lot of manga, too! I read volumes 2 and 3 of Otouto no Otto, which continues to be awesome. That's all there is so far, and it looks like the next volume might wrap it up, which makes me sad, but I'm glad to have found it.

I also read volume 13 of Silver Spoon and volume 13 of Yotsuba&, both of which have sadly become the sort of series that is on hiatus more than it's actually published, which is sad, because I like them both a lot.

Then I read volume 13 (a lot of 13s here for some reason) of Ore Monogatari!!, which turned out to be the final volume. I'd had no idea it ended! I'm so bad at keeping on top of the series I'm following. ^_^;; Overall I was happy with the ending and I think it ended at a good place. Slight spoiler )

And finally, I finished up Aozora Yell. The last volume of this I'd read was volume 12, and then even though I had the next couple volumes on my ipad for ages, I just never read them. So since I was clearing stuff off my ipad, I thought I'd see how many volumes I was behind, only to find that it had ended at volume 19, so now seemed a perfect time to finish it up. I liked the ending a lot!

What do you think you'll read next?
Well, today is my last day of vacation, so I probably won't be getting as much read as I have been (no probably about it, really), but in addition to finishing the books I'm currently reading, I want to continue getting through the manga and comic backlog on my ipad. But I don't know what I'm going to choose next!

Daily Happiness

23 Feb 2017 12:42 am
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1. I posted two chapters of manga!

2. We had roast chicken, asparagus, and butternut squash soup for dinner and it was all so delicious. The soup was bought, the sort you get from the grocery store deli, but everything else was homemade. I also made a rhubarb custard pie for dessert, so it was a pretty awesome evening food-wise.

3. We took a nice walk this morning, about a mile and a half. That's the longest Carla's been able to walk in a while, and although it wore her out, she was still able to make dinner and we even took another shorter walk in the evening.

4. We got a new vacuum today. I'd had it on my Amazon wishlist for a while and then the price dropped last week, so I went ahead and ordered it. Our old vacuum wasn't totally dead, but it was getting there, and also it was super loud, which bothered the kitties and also bothered Carla, especially when she's migrainey, so we got one that's supposed to be quieter and it really is pretty quiet for a vacuum! The cats still weren't thrilled with it, but Carla said it didn't bother her at all, and it did a better job than our old one, too, so I'm pretty pleased with it. (Also it has a retractable cord, which is great!)

5. Molly's always so cute when she gets on my desk demanding pets. :)

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Title: You Will Hear the Voice of the Dead
Original Title: 死人との声をきくがよい (Shibito no Koe wo Kiku ga Yoi)
Author: Hiyodori Sachiko (Uguisu Sachiko)
Publisher: Champion Red Comics
Genre: Shounen
Status in Japan: 8 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Sickly Kishida Jun has the ability to see ghosts, but in his opinion, it's a stupid power and nothing good ever comes of it. Considering the number of grisly situations he seems to find himself in after the ghost of his childhood friend Hayakawa Ryoko starts following him around, he may have a point.

Chapter Summary: The occult club heads to nearby Mt. Urakami in hopes of catching a mythical animal called a tsuchinoko.



Chapter 8: Capture the Tsuchinoko on Mt. Urakami!

Scanlations: Yasha ch. 55

22 Feb 2017 01:05 pm
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Title: Yasha
Author: Yoshida Akimi
Publisher: Flower Comics
Genre: Shoujo
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Molly
Status in Japan: 12 volumes, complete
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Twelve-year-old Sei lives a normal, quiet life on a small island in Okinawa until one day a strange man who seems to know his mother shows up and tries to kidnap him. After that, nothing is normal or quiet in this sci-fi thriller from the author of Banana Fish.

Chapter Summary: Sei and the Amamiyas arrive on Ogami, and the hunt for Dr. Smith's diary begins.



Chapter 55
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Daily Happiness

22 Feb 2017 12:31 am
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1. We got pizza for dinner.

2. We've been doing a Gravity Falls rewatch and just finished season one today. Man, that's such a great show! I really wish it had been more than two seasons.

3. Look at this fierce baby!

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DEAR HARRIETTE: I don't want my teenage children going to the marches and protests taking place in my city. These marches are for causes I support, like women's rights, the environment and raising the minimum wage. But these marches can get dangerous and almost always have a police presence. Also, I am not sure how much of a positive impact they end up having in the long run. How can I ensure that my teenagers are in school and not out on the street with signs? -- Skipping School, New York City

DEAR SKIPPING SCHOOL: I want to encourage you to rethink your position. The fact that your teenage children want to be involved in the political process and speak up about their thoughts is a good thing. It will encourage active participation in the voting process when they come of age. Of course you want them to be safe. A different approach might be to offer to go with them, letting them know that you want to protect them from harm. You can also give them instructions on how to be in a crowd, including not pushing their way into a crush of people where it can get dangerous, even when people are well meaning. You can find out from their school if any organized or chaperoned efforts are being considered as these protests pop up.

Reality says you may not be able to prevent them from going. What you want to avoid is having them lie to you. Then you really won’t be able to protect them. I recommend that you keep the dialogue open, talk about safety and possibly even become their chaperone.

Culture Consumed Wednesday

22 Feb 2017 07:30 am
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Books

Read Yoon Ha Lee's 'The Battle of Candle Arc' and 'Extracurricular Activities'. Immediately brandished 'Extracurricular Activities' at two other non-binary people I know, because of Shuos Meng. I should say something about how much I enjoyed the story as a story, because I did, very much, but I am still stuck on THEY/THEM PRONOUNS WITHOUT FUSS OR EXPLANATION. This is such a big deal for me. (And now ironically I have just made a fuss about the thing I'm applauding for not making a fuss.)

About a quarter through Aliette de Bodard's House of Shattered Wings. I like the setting a lot, but I haven't totally warmed up to the characters yet.

Started Cynthia Kim's (blogger of Musings of an Aspie) memoir Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate. So far I'm only as far in as the adult diagnosis story, and can relate to her reading the symptom list and going "but wait, isn't that everyone?"

Finished reading Daring Greatly and arguing with Brené Brown in my head. (And making up spoonerisms for the title. Dearly Grating, Grating Dearly, Drear'ly Gating, Dating Grearly (who?), Grading Tear'ly, Gearing Dratly... Okay, maybe I haven't finished doing that.)

"I've come to believe that a leader is anyone who holds her- or himself accountable for finding potential in people and processes. The term leader has nothing to do with position, status, or number of direct reports. I wrote this chapter for all of us -- parents, teachers, community volunteers, and CEOs -- anyone who is willing to dare greatly and lead."

That passage is interesting to me for two reasons. Firstly, it outlines who Dr Brown believes is her audience. She may say it's for everyone, but the people who come to her mind are the two overlapping circles of "people on the PTA" and "people who give TED talks or want to give TED talks and their regular audiences". In other words, her own peers. People who drive minivans, and people who use "disruptive" in an approving way with a straight face. People who were "a little wild in college" but settled down after that and don't want their children to follow in their footsteps. Principally women, specifically mothers.

The other reason it's interesting is that her definition of leadership does not have any requirement at all for the consent of the governed or the accountability of the leaders (except self-accountability.) It doesn't seem to involve a relationship between leader and led at all. By her definition, right here in this blog post, by identifying ways that she could improve her book, without having addressed her or interacted with her at all, I am leading Dr Brown. (But if I lead her to water, will she drink it?)

I suspect this definition of leader would be particularly appealing to people who want to feel like leaders. But then, I'm not "in the arena" with her, so my criticism is not valid. (Question: does she count the people being led as "in the arena" with their leaders? Or only other leaders and would-be leaders? From her previous descriptions of accountability to criticism, I suspect the latter. And for a book about courage, it's striking how the examples she gives of confrontation are mainly lateral or downward, e.g. confronting one's spouse, confronting one's child, confronting one's employee. Not confronting one's parent or supervisor or political leaders.)

My other beef with her last week about "normalising discomfort" as part of the learning process. I agree that discomfort is necessary for real learning. I do agree with that. BUT. She did not discuss the other half of this, which is that comfort is necessary for real learning. I think it's irresponsible not to talk about the one without the other, especially in a culture where "more is better" is such a chronic problem. I think "normalise discomfort", without setting bounds on how much discomfort or for how long, or checking the students' current and historical comfort and safety levels or what their other stressors are, is very dangerous advice to give. I'm sorry if I stated that too strongly, on rereading this paragraph I'm aware I sound like That Person expecting way too much of teachers with limited resources. I'm sorry. I just... "normalise discomfort" without any qualifiers gives me the howling fantods.

Aaaaand then she lost my respect entirely in the chapter on parenting, with this passage:

"If there's real abuse happening, by all means, call the police. If not, we shouldn't call it abuse. As a social worker who spent a year interning at Child Protective Services, I have little tolerance for debates that casually use the terms abuse or neglect to scare or belittle parents who are simply doing things that we judge as wrong, different, or bad."

I would have thought that as a social worker who spent a year interning at Child Protective Services, she'd have learned that sometimes in cases of genuine abuse and neglect, the police cannot or will not help. And I would have thought that as a sociologist she'd care more about the survivors of abuse and neglect having language to describe what they've experienced without having to worry about it meeting the standard of making a police officer care. Not to mention that different police officers will make different judgement calls on the same incident. Can I get a second opinion before I'm allowed to say the A-word or the N-word? What other things does she hold to that standard? Fuck you.

There were good things in this book. I appreciated her ideas on the gap between values and lived experience, and on fitting in vs belonging. Generally I like her better as a researcher than as a "thought-leader". She's a lot better writing about her research rather than her opinions or judgements.

Fanworks

Chocolate Box! I got two stories, Shadow Boxing and What He Needs, both Iron Bull/Vivienne (Dragon Age: Inquisition) and both awesome. And I wrote one story, A Guide To Moods (Long Live The Queen, mind the warnings.)

And Psychic Wolves for Lupercalia, for which I wrote Mouth of the Wolf (Imperial Radch, mind the warnings for this too.)

I particularly enjoyed [personal profile] petra's psychic wolf fic this year, Paperwork can save your life (B99.)

TV and Movies

Watched the DVD of the 25th anniversary concert performance of Les Mis. That was the first time I've ever seen or heard the whole musical. I'd heard songs from it (it is not possible to grow up in this culture without hearing some songs from it, and definitely not possible to study music at university without hearing songs from it!) but I wanted to read the book first because I am strange and obsessive.

So that was a lot.

Not being familiar with the libretto, I was struggling a bit with not laughing at the rhyming couplets. Or at every use of the word "come" in the first act finale, because I'm clearly too immature to be watching this. (The DVD is rated PG for "mild themes". If I were Claude-Michel Schönberg, I think I'd be offended at that. Mild?)

I think this was a good choice for my introduction to the musical. In particular I thought Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean was really, really good. His fil di voce alone was worth the price of the DVD. Norm Lewis as Javert was not as vocally amazing as Boe, but his voice was definitely still good, and his acting and presence were amazing. Lea Salonga, as Fantine, didn't really win me over in the first act, but in her last scene... yeah, okay. ;_____;

I liked Gavroche, but kind of expected there would be more Gavroche in the musical than there was, based on the book. Same problem with the Amis in general. Eponine was awesome. Nick Jonas as Marius didn't impress me. He wasn't terrible by any means, but he didn't impress me. But he was playing Marius, so that worked -- Marius is a very unimpressive character. I have heard better renditions of 'Empty Chairs and Empty Tables', but his wasn't dismal. The staging of that song was great, though, with the ghosts of his dead friends all standing behind him glowering, and then walking away in disgust when he sang "Ah my friends, my friends, don't ask me / What your sacrifice was for."

Tiny Cosette was simple and effective. (Twelve-year-old [personal profile] vass has Opinions about the tempo and phrasing of 'Castle on a Cloud', but is prepared to blame the conductor for that, not the singer. Thirty-six-year-old [personal profile] vass thinks Past Self and the conductor are both wrong, but the conductor's less wrong.) Grown-up Cosette was unimpressive, but like Marius, it's a very unimpressive part. Not her fault.

Generally I liked the Amis. Courfeyrac (Killian Donnelly) looked a LOT like someone I went to uni with. Enjolras, played by Ramin Karimloo, in contrast to Alfie Boe's combination of heroic vocal strength plus really good technique, was singing kinda like he knew he was going to die on the barricades tonight so it didn't really matter if he had no voice left tomorrow. Not saying he wasn't good, just that wow that is not vocally healthy or sustainable. I hope he didn't have a matinee the next day. Or week. Grantaire did not sing like he was about to die (Good. One of those was enough,) but he did act like he had just had the epiphany that if he's about to die on the barricades tonight, he's got nothing to lose by making that pass at Enjolras after all, and Enjolras might just be humanly scared enough to be receptive to "Do you want to die a virgin, Apollo?" as a pick-up line. After Grantaire's verse, Enjolras allowed R to put his hand on his neck in a way that implied he probably would be deflowering him under a table shortly before their shared martyrdom. So that was nice.

This production depicted the deaths by allowing the technical crew to do WHATEVER THEY WANTED with lights. Ouch. I kept thinking of Arthur Wellesly's reported reaction to being asked if Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture was like the battle. "If it had been, I'd have run away myself."

Here is [personal profile] skygiants' review of the same performance, with screencaps.

Podcasts

Still on the Hidden Almanac kick. Am considering writing fanfic. I think it'd be great for fusion fic. "On this day, fifteen years after the end of the Time of Isolation, Emperor Dorca the Just appointed Piotr Vorkosigan to be his general. And it was on this day, four hundred and thirty two years before that, during the Zidiarch Trade War, when the fifth Count Vortala named his horse as heir. It is not known what sort of count Lord Midnight would have made, as the horse did not survive the war. In the garden, bloody puffwort is springing up. Many Barrayarans believe this to be a weed, but there are offworlders who think its rusty colour and unusual texture have a unique charm..." (the host in this particular universe would probably be Ekaterin, Countess Vorkosigan.)

Crafts

First attempt at room spray. I used this recipe, but instead of essential oil I used homemade vanilla essence, and instead of following the recipe I filled my little spray bottle about 40% full with distilled water, then another 40% with vodka, then the rest of the way with the vanilla, then capped it and shook it. It turned out very, very mild. Mild enough to be less "room spray" and more "faintly nice-smelling thing you could spritz yourself with to cool down."

In retrospect, duh: my vanilla essence is already a solution of oil in alcohol. I literally made it by covering a bunch of split vanilla beans in vodka and leaving them somewhere cool and dark for a few months. I should have done half an half vanilla extract and distilled water, or maybe 40/60. Also I should add a drop or two of something else, because it is very one note for a fragrance. I mean, literally it is one note.

Made a journal cover like this. Which looks a lot more complicated than what it is, which is like a cross between cutting out Contact paper to wrap school books in, and making a cushion cover. Pro tip: you don't have to do a seam along middle of the top and bottom. That bit can just be folded up and should stay in place because it's connected to the part you do sew (if you don't cut it.) Ironing the seams well is important, though (ugh.)

I used a length of fabric I tie-dyed sort-of-vaguely-Shibori style this time last year. I like to believe that in this way I will eventually get around to completing all my craft projects.

Coloured another bookmark.

Garden

Some more tomatoes. Not a huge crop, but already more than I've ever grown in my life. That's not a high bar to clear, though.

Food

Baked this bread. It was as easy as promised, and the texture was good. Nice for Vegemite sandwiches -- the flavour is a bit bland for just bread and butter.
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Title:
Allow users to specify an account as a roleplaying account

Area:
accounts, statistics

Summary:
Allow users to specify an account for roleplay without affecting paid account services.

Description:
This is a suggestion mainly for statistical purposes! Dreamwidth has an active, sizable roleplaying community, a consequence of which is that there are a lot of "character accounts" scattered across the site. As someone who's very curious about DW's site statistics, I can't help but think that means there's a lot of essentially fictional data skewing things one way or another.

If possible, I'd like for roleplayers to be able to specify an account as being made for roleplay. It would have to be in a way that doesn't affect paid services, since some get paid/paid premium accounts and some don't. In addition to being able to choose it during account creation, there would also need to be an option for existing accounts to "switch over", since there are many, MANY existing character accounts.

Challenges involved: oh boy! I'm not at all familiar with site coding, especially Dreamwidth's, so I can't imagine how complicated this might be. I also don't know how many people would actually use this option, but I thought I'd throw this out there anyway.

Poll #18026 Allow users to specify an account as a roleplaying account
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 42


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Should be implemented as-is.
25 (59.5%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
1 (2.4%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
0 (0.0%)

(I have no opinion)
16 (38.1%)

(Other: please comment)
0 (0.0%)

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Title:
(Read more...) functioning as the black triangle to the left of it

Area:
Cut

Summary:
Can we please have the (Read more...) link functioning as the cut-opening arrow, not as the direct link to the entry?

Description:
Right now, when you click the (Read more...) link, you are redirected to the whole entry with the comments. If you want to simply open the cut and read what's inside, remaining on the main page of the journal, you have to click the tiny black triangle to the left of (Read more...). Can we please ditch this black triangle, which is barely visible, and have the (Read more...) link functioning as one? As for the direct link to the whole entry, it can be moved to the header, which is currently plain text without any use.

Poll #18025 (Read more...) functioning as the black triangle to the left of it
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 37


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Should be implemented as-is.
6 (16.2%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
3 (8.1%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
23 (62.2%)

(I have no opinion)
4 (10.8%)

(Other: please comment)
1 (2.7%)

This Week in Fandom, Volume 41

21 Feb 2017 12:09 pm
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posting a comment

5 Jan 2017 07:20 pm
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Title:
posting a comment

Area:
comments

Summary:
is it possible to implement a worldwide hotkey ctrl+enter for posting a comment?

Description:
is it possible to implement a worldwide hotkey "ctrl+enter" for posting a comment?

Poll #18024 posting a comment
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 28


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Should be implemented as-is.
2 (7.1%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
2 (7.1%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
6 (21.4%)

(I have no opinion)
18 (64.3%)

(Other: please comment)
0 (0.0%)

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Title:
System for Marking Entries to Read Later

Area:
Entries

Summary:
Similar to how AO3 allows you to bookmark fic to read later, it would be super convenient to be able to mark a DW entry on my reading page for later, especially if you often read Dreamwidth on mobile.

Description:
I try to read my reading page every day, but I don't always have time to read everything on it, especially when someone is doing heavy lifting for personal issues or has written a long, meaty entry I want time to digest, or hey look there's fic and I don't have time for it right this second but I really want to read it. I often read on mobile, and it's not really feasible to keep dozens of tabs open in mobile browser until I can come back to them. So, I'd love a way to store entries to read later that's separate from the memories feature (which in my mind is for stuff I've already read and want to remember.) I think this would make DW easier to use from mobile as well (oh look there's a post full of images, I don't want to look at that on a cell connection.)

Poll #18023 System for Marking Entries to Read Later
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 32


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Should be implemented as-is.
12 (37.5%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
6 (18.8%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
0 (0.0%)

(I have no opinion)
13 (40.6%)

(Other: please comment)
1 (3.1%)

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Title:
Fully threaded comment tracking emails using more than two References: headers

Area:
comment tracking emails

Summary:
Fully threaded mailreaders use the References: header in the email to build the tree structure of emails, expecting to find *all* direct ancestor messages' message-ids in the header. Currently comment notification emails only include up to two message-ids in the References: header -- one for the post, one for the top comment in the thread -- preventing the actual tree structure from being built by the mailreader. If all available parent-comment-of-parent-comment message IDs are included, a correct tree structure will be available in the mailreader.

Description:
I tracked a large comment meme and sent it to a fully threaded mailreader, only to find that the tree structure of the comments was not preserved. Threaded mailreaders use the References: header to build the tree, and all direct ancestor comments of the comment in question should be included. Currently in the email the only message-ids included in the References: header are for the post and the top-level comment. Result in the mailreader: chaos (due to the large size of the comment threads). Solution: include more references (all parent and parent-of-parent comments) in the References: header.

Poll #18022 Fully threaded comment tracking emails using more than two References: headers
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 24


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Should be implemented as-is.
5 (20.8%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
0 (0.0%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
0 (0.0%)

(I have no opinion)
18 (75.0%)

(Other: please comment)
1 (4.2%)

[personal profile] julysnowed posting in [site community profile] dw_suggestions

Title:
Reconsidering the Ability to Delete All Entries/Comments Associated With an Account Upon Deletion

Area:
accounts, entries, comments

Summary:
With the dramatic increase in recent years in both online and real-world harassment, I would like to consider revisiting the 2010 suggestion to give users the option to delete all entries/comments associated with an account upon account deletion.

Description:
The last time this suggestion was raised was in 2010, and it was rejected then. However, I think it's long past time to revisit the possibility of being able to delete all entries and comments associated with an account upon account deletion.

There are a lot of reasons people delete accounts. Sometimes those reasons are just a lack of time or interest, and that's okay. But sometimes those reasons get a lot more serious. We over-share sometimes. The people we meet online become friends, and we get lax about sharing personal information that perhaps shouldn't be shared in public internet spaces. Most of the time that never becomes a problem--most of the people we meet online are great. But sometimes the people who have access to your entries/posts/comments aren't great, and that can have repercussions irl just as easily as it can have repercussions online. The last few years have seen a dramatic uptick in everything from revenge porn to death threats to hacked accounts, and while stalking and real-world harassment are rare, they happen, and they're happening with increasing frequency. They happen often enough that (as of the time of this writing) a tumblr post about tips for how to disappear from the internet has over 760,000 notes.

Right now, Dreamwidth allows its users to delete comments manually, and to see the last 100/150 comments posted on paid/premium accounts, but many of us have posted thousands of comments over several years, and trying to find every single comment and offhand remark ever posted is an endeavor that's anxiety-inducing at best and impossible at worst. Giving users an option to automatically delete every post/comment they've ever made, even those made on outside communities or journals, would alleviate that burden entirely.

The biggest concern with this suggestion-and the concern that I saw raised most often on the 2010 post--was that it would inevitably leave conversations broken. There are ways to mitigate that: a suggestion I saw raised in the 2010 post was to add an "orphan all comments" feature in addition to a "delete all comments" feature. AO3 currently has a popular analogous option for those who want to remove their association with their fanworks without deleting them entirely. A quick review of several LiveJournal posts will also show that broken threads are in the minority, so we may not have to worry about that too much. Even if they weren't in the minority, though, it would still be a necessary evil; our conversations are important, but I don't feel that they should be more important than the safety of our users.

Poll #18021 Reconsidering the Ability to Delete All Entries/Comments Associated With an Account Upon Deletion
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 35


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Should be implemented as-is.
8 (22.9%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
9 (25.7%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
9 (25.7%)

(I have no opinion)
8 (22.9%)

(Other: please comment)
1 (2.9%)

Icon Downloads

15 Apr 2016 11:36 pm
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Title:
Icon Downloads

Area:
icons

Summary:
Ability to download all current icons on your journal (active or inactive).

Description:
I know that I'm not the only one that sometimes looks at their long list of icons after some kind of computer failure, and wants to back them up on the new machine. Or maybe they were linked by a url and you forgot to save them. Maybe you stopped having a paid account, but want to be able to reupload them with ease after you get a chance to pay for the account again (Submitting another suggestion on this topic as well).

I think it would be very helpful if there were some option that would let you batch save the image files currently on your account, preferably with the keyword or description as the name. Compression has improved and should allow users to download a backup of their icons in a zip file they can unpack on their computer.

In addition and/or alternatively, perhaps there is some way to make a metadata file that would take less room than the icons, but contain the information about them and their keywords and descriptions, or a file that can be added to the zip folder that contains this information to make the re-upload of icons easier.

Poll #18020 Icon Downloads
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 32


This suggestion:

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Should be implemented as-is.
20 (62.5%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
1 (3.1%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
0 (0.0%)

(I have no opinion)
11 (34.4%)

(Other: please comment)
0 (0.0%)

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