Bros by TCustodis (SFW)

28 April 2016 22:24
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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Bandom
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Gerard & Mikey Way
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: gouache?
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] tcustodis / [tumblr.com profile] tcustodisart

Why this piece is awesome: This is such a beautiful and many-layered work. The use of stylistic elements from Klimt's The Kiss emphatises the closeness of the Way brothers and their solemn faces taken together with the rich gold and jewel-tones gives the work an almost religious air.

Link: Bros (DeviantART) or here (Tumblr)
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[personal profile] tassosss posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: The 100
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Lexa
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: Digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] femmedeliquor
Why this piece is awesome: This piece of art is serious business: the technique and skill of the artist takes its subject completely seriously, with excellent detail and vibrant color that shows off Lexa in action with her swords and full battle dress. Except Lexa here is her alternate universe raccoon bad self. It's great and funny and still a beautiful piece.

Link: Legend of the Lexacoon
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[personal profile] fanloremod posting in [community profile] fanlore
Fanlore's upgrade to MediaWiki version 1.26.2 has been successfully completed!

As described in our last post, you will see some aesthetic and functional changes to Fanlore with this new update.

We have also deployed three new MediaWiki extensions: Disambiguator, MobileFrontend, and Thanks. More information about these new features will be posted soon. We are also still looking into the VisualEditor extension, and will be inviting the Fanlore Gardeners to help with testing and feedback before the feature goes live.

Please let us know if you experience any problems with the upgraded site, either in the comments below or via our contact form. We are already aware of and investigating a few small formatting and behavioral bugs, and we will have updates for you soon.

Many thanks to Emufarmers for all his hard work on the upgrade!
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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Bandom
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Gerard Way and LOTS of cats
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: pencils
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] ierofrank

Why this piece is awesome: This is just plain adorable. I love the way Gerard's head is sticking up in a sea of happy cats and the combination of b/w and colour is really nice.

Link: cats or get the fck out!
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Fandom: Inception
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Dominic Cobb/Mal Cobb
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: pencil
Artist on DW/LJ:n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: DA
Why this piece is awesome: First of all, it's an ATC. I mean look at the amazing detail on this. And it's gorgeously done. Happy Dom/Mal juxtapositioned with the top, the inception crew and the wreck of the city with the border between them just has a powerful kick of melancholy and pathos. I can say though that I wish all these wonderful artists were a little more creative with naming their pieces.
Link: Inception
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[personal profile] ceares posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Inception
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Arthur/Eames
Content Notes/Warnings: depiction of sex act/partial nudity
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ:n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: DA
Why this piece is awesome: Couples night tonight. Starting with this gorgeous piece. It doesn't really show anything but suggests everything. Love the intensity of expression and muted tones that give this piece a gorgeous erotic art feel. This artist has some amazing Arthur/Eames stuff. Be sure to check it all out.
Link: love *** If you don't have a DA account, you will need to verify your age and agree to terms to see the picture -- sorry about that, I didn't realize it when I recced it. ***
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[personal profile] thady posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Gen; Hermione Granger
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium:
Artist on DW/LJ:
Artist Website/Gallery: Their Harry Potter art tag at tumblr

Why this piece is awesome: I love the fierceness of her expression and her concentration on brewing a potion, and how she looks so capable. I like the way light and shadow are used, and I love her hair.

Link: Hermione.
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[personal profile] ratcreature posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
It's time for our regular reccer recruiting post, and to look ahead to the next month. So far we have one volunteer reccer who signed up for May with this fandom:

* Hamilton ([personal profile] aris_tgd)

So while we already have some recs to look forward to in May, it would of course be awesome if we had more recs. There is still plenty of opportunity for you to jump in and volunteer to rec next month (or to convince your friends to do some reccing). And many cheers for all of our members who volunteer to rec, especially if you rec regularly. Your valiant repeat efforts keep the comm alive.

Looking even further ahead so far NO reccers have volunteered for June, so that month definitely still needs some love (and recs! *g*) too. So please consider reccing in a fandom of your choice, whether small or huge, and comment on the sign-up post and volunteer for May, June or even further ahead if you are so well organized, that you know your fannish interests and time commitments in advance. It's only four recs as a minimum, and you can rec any genre or rating. Or promote us to your friends or in your favorite communities so others do the work.

Open Rec Posting

The monthly open reccing period for all members starts now and lasts until the end of April. If you are looking for something to inspire you, the prompt for this week is "Dogs", but that's totally optional for the recs. However they do still have to conform to the usual rec format and follow the rules for what is allowed to be recced here.

(Comments here are disabled, because I want to bundle volunteering in the sign-up post so that nothing gets lost, and you can see the list of claimed slots there too.)
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[personal profile] tassosss posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: The 100
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Clarke/Lexa
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: Digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] akima_11
Why this piece is awesome: A moment between Clarke and Lexa, I really like the pose of the two of them, happy in each other's arms.

Link: Clarke and Lexa happy together
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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Bandom
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Frank Iero
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: watercolours & inks
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] jettblackfeeling / [tumblr.com profile] alexzajfert

Why this piece is awesome: This is such a beautiful portrait of a thoughtful Frank. I love the subtle shading of the watercolour and the way this artist combines it with the sharp and precise lines of ink.

Link: Frank Iero (DeviantART) or here (Tumblr)
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[personal profile] tassosss posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: The 100
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Roan
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: Pencil drawing
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] mirriamelin
Why this piece is awesome: This portrait sketch of Roan is incredible, it really captures the detail of his face, and I like the touch of his hair hanging in his eyes.

Link: Roan portrait
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[personal profile] thady posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Marietta Edgecombe/Millicent Bulstrode
Content Notes/Warnings: NSFW
Medium:
Artist on DW/LJ: [livejournal.com profile] didodikali
Artist Website/Gallery: Their masterpost

Why this piece is awesome: Both Marietta and Millicent look so happy and joyous and like they have fun with each other.

Link: Frog, Paper, Scissors.

Inception by Godnya(SFW)

19 April 2016 04:41
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Fandom: Inception
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Cityscape
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: watercolor and black ink
Artist on DW/LJ:n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: DA
Why this piece is awesome: I'm a portrait and figure person primarily and Inception has some wonderful ones but it also has some amazing graphic and design work and in this case this awesome dreamscape cityscape. There's such wonderful light and color in this that it has an ethereal feel perfect for a depiction of something created in a dream.
Link: Inception
[personal profile] taiga13 posting in [community profile] poetry
Dearest Father, forgive me for I have seen.
Behind the wooden fence, a field lit
with summer, a man pressing a shank
to another man’s throat. Steel turning to light
on sweat-slick neck. Forgive me
for not calling Your name. For thinking:
this must be how every prayer
begins—the word Please cleaving
the wind into fragments, into what
a boy hears in his need to know
how pain blesses the body back
to its sinner. The hour suddenly
stilled. The man genuflected, his lips
pressed to black boot as the words spilled
from his mouth like rosaries
shattering from too much
Father. Am I wrong to love
those eyes, to see something so clear
and blue—beg to remain
clear and blue? Did my cheek twitch
when that darkness bloomed from his crotch
and trickled into ochre dirt? Father,
how quickly the blade becomes
You. But let me begin again: There’s a boy
kneeling in a house with every door kicked open
to summer. There’s a question corroding
his tongue. There’s a knife touching
Your name lodged inside the throat.
Dearest Father, what becomes of the boy
no longer a boy? Please
what becomes of the shepherd
when the sheep are cannibals? 

MediaWiki Upgrade!

17 April 2016 23:30
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[personal profile] fanloremod posting in [community profile] fanlore
The Wiki Committee has an important announcement!

We will be upgrading Fanlore's MediaWiki software on the evening (UTC) of Tuesday, April 26th. If everything goes according to plan, there should be no downtime, but you will not be able to edit Fanlore for a few hours.

Why the upgrade?
MediaWiki is the software Fanlore and many other wikis, including Wikipedia, are built on.

Fanlore is currently using MediaWiki version 1.19.3, which was released way back in 2012. This version is no longer supported by MediaWiki, which means that we will miss out on security and other critical updates.

We believe that it is important for Fanlore to be upgraded to the latest stable version of the MediaWiki software, version 1.26.2.

What will change?
In addition to bug fixes and performance and security improvements, MediaWiki 1.26 will provide Fanlore with several new tools and features, including:

  • Spam protection improvements
  • Category pages can be moved!
  • Changes to RecentChanges to remove the clutter (several edits to one page can be collapsed)
  • Live page preview when editing (optional, via preferences)
  • Detailed page information (action=info), including the number of users watching a particular page (for example, see the page info for a Wikipedia page)


You can see the release notes at MediaWiki.org for a complete list of changes.

A note on Fanlore's hit counters
The newest version of MediaWiki will remove page hit counters, including those found at the end of each article ("This page has been accessed XXX times."), Special:PopularPages, and the "Most Viewed Pages" section of Special:Statistics.

There is an extension we could add to preserve the hit counters, but unfortunately Fanlore's hit counters are not accurate, and the new extension wouldn't fix them. This is because our server is behind a reverse proxy, which caches pages in their processed form and serves them to visitors. This means that MediaWiki never actually sees most requests, so the total hit count we do see is inaccurate and misleading. Therefore, we will not be adding the extension, and this unfortunately means the end of hit counters and Special:PopularPages on Fanlore.

Adding Extensions
The MediaWiki upgrade will give us the option to add a number of new extensions to Fanlore to add new features and further customize the wiki.

In order to ensure that the MediaWiki upgrade goes as smoothly as possible, new extensions will be added only after the upgrade is complete. However, we would like to invite you to start thinking about what extensions you would like to see on Fanlore, and to let us know your thoughts.

Some extensions that have been previously requested and the Wiki Committee will be looking into include:
  • Disambiguator - The new version of MediaWiki will remove Special:Disambiguations by default, but this will add it back, plus a couple of new tools relating to disambiguation pages.
  • VisualEditor - A rich-text editor for wikis that gives editors an alternative to cumbersome wiki formatting.
  • MobileFrontend - Provides a toggle-able mobile-friendly layout for Fanlore.
  • Thanks - Kudos for Fanlore! Allows logged-in users to thank others for individual edits.


Let us know if you have thoughts on the above extensions or have suggestions for other extensions that might benefit Fanlore!


We're very excited for this upgrade, and hope you are too! Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
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Fandom: Bandom
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Party Poison aka Gerard Way
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: markers?
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] building-bridges / [tumblr.com profile] brdgtree

Why this piece is awesome: It's always nice to see something new from an old artist and I've always liked this person's Danger Days works.

This is a fun and colourful portrait of Party Poison. I love the way he's leaning backwards into the frame, balancing on that very rickety chair. It's such an in-character pose.

Link: Desert Flirt (DeviantART) or here (Tumblr)
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[personal profile] thady posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Hermione Granger/Pansy Parkinson
Content Notes/Warnings:
Medium: Progresso woodless graphite pencil 4B-8B grade, Faber Castell green CASTELL 9000 6B grade & Derwent charcoal (dark)
Artist on DW/LJ: [livejournal.com profile] mypretty_art
Artist Website/Gallery: their art - tag

Why this piece is awesome: This just zings with tension. Hermione and Pansy are so focused on each other, I just want to know what happens next. Love the details, especially the clothes, and how it uses light and shadows.

Link: Vexation.

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[personal profile] fanloremod posting in [community profile] fanlore
We celebrate fannish history every day at Fanlore, but April is traditionally the time that we reissue our invitation to share your old fandom faves and your personal fannish history.

Though we usually hold an April Showers of Fannish History event at Fanlore and AO3, the OTW has come to the org-wide decision that it's time for the traditional event to come to an end. We are all sad to see it go, but we believe that the challenge in its current format--involving choosing thirty different fandoms to highlight on each day in April--is something that we've outgrown, and a fandom-a-day challenge no longer best serves Fanlore.

Even though there is no formal challenge this year, let us take this opportunity to encourage you to share your fannish history! If you haven't done so already, add a "Fannish History" section to your Fanlore user page (and if you don't have a Fanlore account, make one)! Go through your old bookmarks and create stubs or add additional information about you old favorite fanworks and fansites! Help us work to preserve fannish history all year round.

We would also like to announce an April Editing Party! Join us on Sunday, April 24th at 16:00 UTC (when is that in my timezone?) in the Fanlore chatroom to chat about fannish history and your current editing projects.

In other news, the Wiki Committee has a lot of overdue announcements for you! Look for one coming in the next couple of days, and we'll resume our monthly newsletters starting at the beginning of May.
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[personal profile] thady posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Millicent Bulstrode/Charlie Weasley
Content Notes/Warnings: NSFW
Medium: ink, pastels
Artist on DW/LJ:
Artist Website/Gallery:

Why this piece is awesome: Gorgeous and sexy. I love how the colors contrast with the black ink. Love how both of them look like real people.

Link: The Fine Art of Love.

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[personal profile] tassosss posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: The 100
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Marcus Kane/Abby Griffin
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: Drawing (pencil?)
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] carolthequeen
Why this piece is awesome: Kane and Abby from season 3, I love the two of them together here, holding on and gazing lovingly at each other. It's pencil, I think, so the drawing is in shades of gray but with crisp lines and subtle shading that really bring them to life.

Link: Kane and Abby moment

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15 April 2016 19:11
[staff profile] denise posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance
People getting mail at Gmail are reporting email delays of about an hour. As far as I can figure out, it's because some of our recent changes to our network have wiped out our existing sending reputation with them and made us start building reputation again, and they're refusing all mail on first delivery and making us re-send it. (It's a common spam reduction technique, because spammers don't bother retrying if the first attempt fails.)

There isn't much we can do about it but wait it out until Gmail decides that we're legit senders again, but we'll poke at it and see if there's anything we can do to make the process go faster. (I doubt there will be, though; Gmail is persnickety.) In the meantime, to get comment notification email faster, you can switch your confirmed email to a different provider, or just refresh your on-DW inbox.

EDIT: And people are now letting me know that mail's delayed to other providers, too, which is probably follow-on effects from having to send everything to Gmail at least twice. There isn't a lot we can do about it; I'm sorry about the hassle, folks.

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