quinara: Wishverse Buffy in a white frame. (Buffy Wish white box)
So, here's the thing. I don't actually think the new comments page looks that bad. I think the border around the 'post new comment' box is too thick, but otherwise it looks to me like a fairly new-webby updated version of the old page, which I don't overly mind. [ETA: Although, the margins are soooo buggered. What is with that?? I thought new-webby design remembered that people tend to have widescreen laptops these days and margins are important! *sigh* ]

HOWEVER

Trying to use it for the first time, I've discovered that with my NoScript add-on enabled, I cannot actually use the post button unless I allow all the page to work - even though the only site I have unticked to disallow is facebook.net. (This isn't a particular problem with Facebook, but everything's unticked by default and I've never had a need to let facebook.net run, so I don't see why I should let it.) Even though it's only really because of the general paranoia brought on by using NoScript in the first place, I find it makes me twitchy that I can't see what site/script I'm allowing to run.

Also, I cannot get the stupid icon browser to work at all, even with allowing all the scripts on the page to run.

Generally, the whole thing is being a massive pain in the arse, so I'm going to try out only allowing comments on DW for a bit. I never thought I would, because I would far rather be dual platform for everyone's convenience and don't really care about having all conversations less than a click away from each other, but since my style and basic account mean I'm stuck with that stupid page on LJ, I would really rather avoid it as much as possible.

Yours grumpily, [personal profile] quinara (add me!! ;) ).
quinara: Why Bird from Playdays with tea in front of the Whytech. (Why Bird tea and tech)
I was (randomly?) sent seven Dreamwidth invite codes today - and it turns out that I have a bushel of nine unused ones. So, if anyone would like one, all I need is your email! Feel free to snag one for a back up/extra journal, friends who don't technically 'know' me, your pet fish, whatever! I'd love to bring nine new people over here.

Things I like about DW:
  • Moar people. It's not that DW has actually more people than LJ, not by a long shot - but there are different people, sometimes, and definitely more of a culture of 'I saw your post on Latest Things and just popped in to say...'. I like that sort of thing!
  • Moar comms. Again it's not so much that there are 'more' comms, but now I've found things like [community profile] queerlygen (essentially inactive on LJ) and [community profile] fandomcalendar (non-existent on LJ) I certainly wouldn't want to give them up.
  • Decent crossposting. One of my reasons for liking DW as a secondary journaling service is that it makes it very, very easy. I like posting from here and it's essentially like having an online back-up of my entries, fic (usually) and all that stuff.

I don't particularly hate LiveJournal and I don't particularly love DW by comparison (exciting things are meant to be coming at some point, so this may change, but for now I find it reasonably comfortable to use, but not whizz-bang fantastic - indeed, I'm even a bit worried about the coming changes to update page), but I have liked moving to a two-platform journal through DW, so, hey, if you join up it'll be even better!
quinara: Sheep on a hillside with a smiley face. (Rinoa Petals)
Had a pretty good day today - didn't do much of anything and then went out for tea with my family to a place with tasty food and raspberry mojito aperitifs. Presents were a bit slim pickings because I couldn't make up my mind what I wanted, but that was sort of as expected. (My dad of course took this as a cue to fill in the gap between a couple of books, a Vogue as something to unwrap and my brother's mostly-a-joke tenner with a phenomenally inappropriate and most definitely unsolicited ring - o hai, I don't even like jewellery, do you even know me at all? - which can hopefully either be returned or given over to my mum's custody. Mum and I are going on holiday for a few days next week, which is basically my present, but I'll probably be able to call in a few bits and bobs as they turn up...) Thanks everyone for the well wishes!

However! I also have actual content! I finally got round to making a DW crosspost footer (ta daa, she says, hoping it appears) and I'm struck by the rather fanatical belief that it should be possible to produce one that appears on DW as well about LJ - or at least provides a link to the LJ version of the post. There's clearly a connection made somewhere between the posts on the two platforms, because otherwise how would DW route edits after posts have been posted? But I have no idea where that information would be stored, how to access it and how to print it. I assume you could do something in the S2 customisation to the print_entry function, but it's been years since I messed around with S2 and I don't even have a paid account anywhere, so it may well have to be a pipe dream. Just thought I'd mention it because it was in my head, and in case anyone with a far higher proficiency in all things DW knows a dead simple way of doing it.
quinara: Approaching Black Mage from FFIX. (FFIX black mage)
[personal profile] fangfaceandrea posted a heads up about this feature and now I'm curious to see what people think about it. I've set mine to 'off' for the time being, though part of me thinks that's a shame, because I've always liked the idea of a non-intrusive hit-counter. Nevertheless this seems too much - having the time stamp of when someone last looked? Really?

I'll be honest - I'm a journal stalker. I love reading the comments other people have posted and, since I spend most of my time pretty bored, will happily have a few tabs open on interesting pages and refresh them quite often to see what's new. I love going for little wanders through people's journals. But I don't want to make anyone feel uncomfortable. And I don't want to give into the urge of constantly checking if people are reading my journal and, if they are, why aren't they commenting yet?? I don't always comment though I might open up a cut, yet I'm scared I'll feel grotty when no one else does either.

One thing I do quite like though, is that it might encourage me to comment on fic I've read by people not on my flist/fic my flist has posted and I didn't read first time round. I'm not ashamed of anything I read, yet still I feel I shouldn't comment.

So, what do other people think? I'm up for braving it for a bit if other people are. I'd like to know if it would actually affect my browsing habits.

Heh, I should probably just become more committed to Dreamwidth (ie. redirect comments), get a paid account and use Google Analytics, shouldn't I?
quinara: Sheep on a hillside with a smiley face. (Default)
It was the product of very naughty procrastination, but I can't help but be happy that DW feels a bit more like home now. And who would have thought the sheep would come back! Those bastards are always one step ahead...
quinara: Sheep on a hillside with a smiley face. (Default)
Apologies for the ugly and the lack of content. It's been time for a new layout anyway over at LJ, but I'm too anal to risk trying to slap something together now (and then emerging six hours later wondering where my day went when I was working out hex codes for colours). I'm also thinking of maybe starting afresh as far as content goes, though I'll probably bring fic over (especially the bits I'm fond of, but are too silly to post at AoOO. The plan at the moment is to keep my access list fairly restricted and my subscription list fairly extensive, to divorce them from the whole "friend" idea - I fully intend to have more friends than people who can access me (should I post anything flocked), basically, and read people who've never even heard of me.

Anyway, *waves*

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