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Poll #18272 Next Week's Challenge
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 10


What type of challenge should we have next week?

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Ingredient
5 (50.0%)

Cuisine
2 (20.0%)

Something Else
0 (0.0%)

Not fussed
3 (30.0%)

I have a burning suggestion for what the challenge should be! It is...

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Squires, Canning Town, London E16

Evening RGL crew!

This week's featured article is for Squires, a Nigerian restaurant in Canning Town serving at least two different types of pounded yam! I couldn't say if this is a 'typical Naija restaurant' as stated in the window but there are branches dotted around East and South London if you want to find out for yourself. If your prefer a cup of tea in Forest Hill instead, we have a new page for the Teapot cafe, which does a decent panini too.

Pub news! Famed Fitzrovia pie-haunt the Newman Arms is shut for a refurb, as is the Duke of Argyll (a Sam Smiths) in Soho. The Dartmouth Arms in Tufnell Park, the Widow's Son in Bow, the Lucky Rover in Chessington and the Great Northern Railway Tavern in Hornsey have all recently reopened - the latter is now owned by Fuller's, so expect the beer selection to be a little different.

However: the great pub deity giveth, and it taketh away again. The Taylor Walker-owned Devereux has shut, as has the Three Horseshoes in Southall. Also closed for good is Canal 125 on the Caledonian Road, once home to various club nights run by denizens of Livejournal. As small venues go it was pretty terrible, and I'm amazed it kept going that long. Let's hope whatever replaces it is better!

Goth Flapjack

Apr. 24th, 2017 06:49 pm
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[personal profile] miss_s_b posting in [community profile] weekly_food_challenge
OK, it's not that goth to eat flapjacks in the first place, but this is darker than your average flapjack.

(In the method bit, I have actually noted all the places I would wash my hands when making this. Thorough hand washing is ingrained in me from having worked in a commercial kitchen; there are some people that think I go a bit over the top with this, so I wanted to know what you all think. Maybe you think I don't wash my hands enough! Do comment!)

Recipe under the cut )

A circuit board belt

Apr. 24th, 2017 09:35 am
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[personal profile] moem posting in [community profile] crafty
I love making things from circuit board. I love the way it looks, and as a material it's very versatile: light and strong. It can be sawed into any shape, sanded, and drilled. It is also often thrown away and so it can be easily obtained for free.

Here's a leather belt that I covered in pieces of circuit board. I used pop rivets to fasten the pieces. Of course, I had to take all the components off the board first.
After I was done I covered the leather up with tape and then spray-varnished the circuit board; it made things nice and shiny and it also prevents lead getting on your skin. Yes, sometimes there's lead in solder. Better safe than sorry.

leather belt covered with rectangles of circuit board
Click makes big.
 
I made this as a gift for a friend and after it was done, I got so jealous that I had to make a second one for myself. The newer one has sea-blue circuit board and I wear it almost every day.

Bonus cat picture! Here's the belt being modeled by one of our cats.

(no subject)

Apr. 24th, 2017 11:00 am
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[personal profile] lilysea posting in [community profile] metaquotes
We met a small child carrying "Less Invasions, More Equations!" (my brain yelled, "Fewer!" and I said, "Nice sign," because people who pedantically correct the protest signs of six-year-olds are not the kind of change I want to see in the world) - [personal profile] sovay.

Context is Boston March for Science.

Challenge 15: Oats - Irish Soda Bread

Apr. 23rd, 2017 01:04 pm
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[personal profile] norfolkian posting in [community profile] weekly_food_challenge
So, I was a bit sad that I had missed out on last week's challenge which was bread. But as I was googling for suitable oat-based recipes for this week's challenge, I hit upon the perfect solution: this Irish Soda Bread recipe which uses oats.

This was my first ever attempt at Soda Bread and I think I could have handled/shaped it a bit more than I did (I was being cautious as the recipe suggested) and I also didn't get the cross in the top quite right (note to self: use sharper knife next time). 

I also realised that I had bought a tub of 300ml of buttermilk and the recipe requires 500ml. At the point I realised this I had already measured out and mixed all the other ingredients and was literally about to pour the buttermilk in... so I also added 200ml of milk to make up the difference. I was worried that this might make it go horribly wrong, but it didn't.

Somehow it all worked and was edible and very tasty. A lot of other recipes I looked at did not include oats, but I think the oats added good flavour and texture. 
Irish Soda Bread cooling on a wire rack

I will definitely be making soda bread again in the future - it is so quick and easy to do. I have made regular bread in the past with all the kneading and proving, but I just don't have the time to do it on a regular basis. 

 I also found this a good read, if you are interested in soda breads.

Made things? Made things!

Apr. 22nd, 2017 11:13 pm
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[personal profile] redsnake05 posting in [community profile] crafty
With the new influx of people, I'm hoping people might want to talk about craft things. If you've been crafty lately, or thought about it, or wanted to craft, or anything else, then please tell us here! Pictures, progress, planning and questions are all good.

Spinach Daal with Spiced Eggplant

Apr. 21st, 2017 08:01 pm
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[personal profile] highlyeccentric posting in [community profile] omnomnom
This is really a mash-up of two recipes, with the ultimate aim of providing Sufficient Nutrients in a single meal. The first is Jack Monroe's Spinach & lentil daal, from their second book; the second recipe is the Epicurious Indian spiced eggplant recipe. Both have been customised by me, for me. (This means they are white girl versions of indian food. Caveat lector)

Access and dietary notes )

What you need and what you do with it )

The importer has (mostly) caught up!

Apr. 19th, 2017 11:02 pm
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[staff profile] denise posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance
Our content importer has mostly caught up with its backlog; almost everything that's still listed as being "in the queue" are jobs that were tried, failed once or more with a temporary failure, and are waiting to try again. (The importer tries a few times, at successively longer intervals, when it gets a failure it thinks might be temporary/might correct itself later on.) This means that new imports scheduled now should complete in hours (or even minutes), not the "several days" it's been taking.

If you tried to schedule a second import while the first one was still running, at any time in the past 10 days or so, you may have confused the poor thing. If you think your import should be finished by now and it isn't, and you're seeing "Aborted" on the Importer Status part of the Importer page, feel free to open a support request in the Importer category and we'll look into it for you. (It may take a little bit before you get a response; those of us who have the access to look into importer problems have been really busy for the past two weeks or so, and I at least need a few days to catch my breath a bit before diving back into the fray! But we'll do what we can.)

I hope all y'all are continuing to settle in well to your new home!

Challenge 15: Oats

Apr. 19th, 2017 11:43 am
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[personal profile] miss_s_b posting in [community profile] weekly_food_challenge
Flap me your jacks. Porr me your idge. This week's challenge is oats :)

[done] Dreamhack maintenance reminder

Apr. 19th, 2017 09:31 am
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[personal profile] sophie posting in [site community profile] dw_dev
As mentioned in my last post, I will be taking the Dreamhack server down for maintenance in 30 minutes! I'll edit this post once it starts and again when it's back up.

10:04am BST: I have restricted logins to admins and am beginning the maintenance now. This will involve a reboot and some diagnostics before opening it back up.

10:58am BST: The maintenance is done, and logins are unrestricted again!
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[personal profile] sophie posting in [site community profile] dw_dev
Hi all,

I'm going to need to schedule some maintenance for the Dreamhack server as I've just discovered that the quota settings haven't taken effect. I'm therefore going to schedule maintenance for Wednesday 2017-04-19, 10am BST (5am EDT, 2am PDT) (about 36 hours from now) for up to 2 hours. (It shouldn't actually take that long, but I'm reserving it just in case.)

This maintenance will involve a reboot of the Dreamhack server. I will also be restricting logins until the maintenance is done, as the nature of the maintenance means that it will need as little data modification done as possible.

I'll post again once the maintenance starts, and edit that post when it ends.

Dreamhack applications are now open!

Apr. 16th, 2017 10:19 am
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[personal profile] sophie posting in [site community profile] dw_dev
Apologies again for the delay on this - Dreamhack applications are now officially open again!

As I explained in my previous post (which you should read if you haven't already - there's a lot of info in there), anybody who wants a Dreamhack should apply through this form, even if you already had one before. I will, as a one-time thing, email everybody who had an account before to let them know that the service is back up and that they'll need to re-apply.

My apologies once again for the delay! If you find any issues with the service, please feel free to let me know.

[staff profile] denise is characteristic

Apr. 16th, 2017 08:25 am
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My absolute favorite of mine was the time I did a code tour entirely in the voice of the King of All Cosmos from Katamari Damacy


Context gives new arrivals in [site community profile] dw_news a glimpse of the management. The code tour in question is here, and really, it is a thing of beauty.

Page Statistics 2: Electric Boogaloo

Apr. 10th, 2017 09:09 pm
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[personal profile] siderea posting in [site community profile] dw_suggestions

Title:
Page Statistics 2: Electric Boogaloo

Area:
entries

Summary:
Native journal stats, like LJ used to do, only not horribly invasive like LJ. How many, not whom. Also integrated into the DW user interface.

Description:
Way back when, somebody else suggested, in a suggestion titled Page stats (http://dw-suggestions.dreamwidth.org/570175.html), "something like LiveJournal's My Guests feature", and the commenters here promptly set the suggestion on fire and then drowned it. The My Guests feature of the LJ Stats page makes *reading* journals less private, and gave many DW Suggestion commenters the heebee-geebees.

Unfortunately, that was the end of the proposal to implement any of the LJ Stats Page here. Unfortunately, because the LJ Stats Page also had lots of other useful analytics information, that was in aggregate and didn't violate anybody's privacy. For instance, from my LJ Stats page I just discovered that my LJ typically gets about 35 daily hits to my journal's RSS feed – information that would otherwise be utterly invisible to me. Since in the past I've wondered if anybody cares about RSS, that is usefully informative to me. For another instance, I am able to see how many visitors – not, mind you, LJ users, just unique visitors – came to a given post. If I had the same stats here on DW, I would be able to see how my efforts to move my readers from LJ to here were working.

When last this was proposed, one of the questions a commenter reasonably asked was "How is it different from the Google stats feature available for paid DW accounts?"

1) It doesn't involve Google for one thing. I have two big problems with Google Analytics:

1a) It is, to me, a much bigger privacy violation than My Guests ever was. My Guests was optional: if you ever wanted not to be counted, you turned it off and you never appeared in anybody's My Guest report. I, as a reader, have no way to opt out of GA – except to use a script blocker to clobber GA, which I in fact do, because....

1b) Google Analytics' degrades site performance. I have to block the GA scripts at my browser, because otherwise, from time to time, page loads start hanging on trying to communicate with google-analytics.com. I don't want GA on my journal both because I don't want to inflict on my readers a privacy compromise I don't want inflicted on myself, and I don't want to inflict on either me or my readers the page load times GA periodically (or is it always? as I said, I block it) causes.

2) As per 1b above, GA is client-side and third party. I don't want this sort of functionality coming through *any* third-party javascript. It will always tax the user's browser and internet connection, and expose information to a third-party. I have no interest in trusting any third-party with, for example, statistics *about my locked posts* the existence of which should be a private.

3) Not having a GA account I can't say what it includes in its reports, but knowing what I do about its implementation, I'm guessing it has no way to tell you *the number of times your post appeared on other parts of the site*. AFAIK, GA only knows – only *can* know – about the concept of "webpages". LJ's Stats would give you *two* numbers: the number of unique visitors to a post's page *and* the numbers of unique viewers of your post _in all the other places it appears on LJ_, such as on friends pages, your own Recent Entires pages, your Calendar pages, etc. LJ Stats leverages LJ's knowledge of its own info-architecture to come up with stats that GA can't.

Finally, it would be great if the interface for such a thing were integrated into the general DW journal interface, such that journal owners would have a contextual stats icon/link (visible only to them) wherever appropriate, that takes them to the corresponding stats page. For instance, such a link would appear on posts, and would take one to the stats page for that specific post. One's Calendar would have it on the day, month, and year views, and take one to one's corresponding day, month, and year stats pages. And that's not something that GA or any third-party javascript-based analytics implementation could manage.

More Details

When last this came around, it became clear most commenters didn't know what LJ did provide. Here's an overview:

There are four top level categories to the Stats page that I propose are of interest to DW: Journal, Comments, Entries, and RSS Readers.

The Journal page shows stats for your whole journal, breaking it out by number of total visits, total unique vistors, and how many of those unique visitors were logged-in LJ users. It allows you to view this information by either your journal itself, or your journal plus all friends pages on which your posts appear, and it allows you to drill down in either of these views to any year (shows bar chart by month), month (shows bar chart by day), or day (shows bar chart by hour). This last allows one to get a sense of on what days and at what times of the day one's readers are seeing one's journal.

The Comments page shows the stats on numbers of comments and numbers of commenters. Like the Journal page, you can drill down by time span.

The Entries page shows the stats for a given entry (post). It defaults to the most recent entry in your journal, has a list at the bottom of your ten most recent posts with links to their stat pages, for user convenience, and a text box in which you can put the URL to any of your entries to get the stats for it (not the most convenient of user interfaces). For a given entry, it shows Visits, viewers ("Who Viewed"), and Comments. Visits breaks out by Entry Views, All Visitors and Livejournal Visitors. "Entry Views" is the other sense of "entry": when that page is the page-of-entry of a reader to LJ – what happens when somebody follows a link somewhere else, like Twitter or Tumblr or FB or an RSS reader or an email, to a post of yours. That gives one a sense of how much traffic is being driven to a post by virality elsewhere. Visits also allows drill down by year/month/day, same as above. "Who Viewed" gives a break down between the number of all viewers of the post vs. the number of the subset that are Friends of you - it shows you whether it's just Friends reading your posts or other people. Also allows drill down by year/month/day. "Comments" shows comments vs number of unique commenters for the post, with year/month/day drill down.

The RSS Readers page shows a chart of number of requests to one's RSS feed, with drill down by year/month/day.

Poll #18206 Page Statistics 2: Electric Boogaloo
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 32


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Should be implemented as-is.
19 (59.4%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
4 (12.5%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
0 (0.0%)

(I have no opinion)
9 (28.1%)

(Other: please comment)
0 (0.0%)

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

Title:
"Activity"-like view of 1st page of Inbox, in a dropdown, from Navigation Strip

Area:
navigation strip, messaging

Summary:
It is currently very easy to configure your Inbox to serve as an activity notification hub. It would be very useful to have a shorted version of the first page of that Inbox be accessible via a dropdown on the Navigation Strip, and allow some manipulation of your Inbox via that dropdown.

Description:
Each line of the proposed dropdown would contain a one line description of the activity. (N replied to [your post|comment], N messaged you, subject "", N posted to group X, and so on). Each entry would contain an "x" dismissal button which would delete the notification from both the Inbox and the dropdown. Clicking on an individual entry outside of the dismissal button would take you to the item about which you are being notified - the message, the comment made, etc - and mark it as read. A "see all" entry at the bottom of the dropdown could take you to the current Inbox view. Currently, using the Inbox as a notification centre results in large numbers of page swaps and reloads, as you go from Inbox to post to Inbox to reply form to Inbox etc., etc., etc., with mark-as-read and delete-item as separate actions across separate pages. Further, it is difficult to maintain (de-clutter, etc) without engaging in that maintenance as a separate task. As a result, those of us who have this issue end up with over-full Inboxes that we tend to bulk-delete. This suggested feature would allow us both to use our Inbox more easily and maintain it more effectively, resulting in improved usability of the service and - hopefully - fewer notifications being stored on the servers.

Poll #18205 "Activity"-like view of 1st page of Inbox, in a dropdown, from Navigation Strip
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 29


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Should be implemented as-is.
4 (13.8%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
5 (17.2%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
5 (17.2%)

(I have no opinion)
15 (51.7%)

(Other: please comment)
0 (0.0%)

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

Title:
When uploading images, display most recent upload at top

Area:
Upload Images page

Summary:
On the wonderful, amazing new image upload page, it would be nice to be able to immediately tell if the correct image uploaded. Changing the display so the most recent image is on top would fix this.

Description:
Most of the time when I use the image upload page, it's from my phone camera, on a tiny mobile screen. Currently, when I'm uploading multiple images, the only way to tell if an image was correctly uploaded is to scroll down to the bottom of the page to see it, and then scroll back to the top to upload the next image. This quickly gets tedious with more than a couple images. If the new image preview appeared directly below the upload box, it would be immediately visible and make workflow much smoother on mobile. I can't think how it would make it harder for anyone. (If that's not technically doable for some reason, any kind of upload confirmation that is visible near the upload box on mobile would be nice.)

Poll #18204 When uploading images, display most recent upload at top
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 38


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Should be implemented as-is.
32 (84.2%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
1 (2.6%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
0 (0.0%)

(I have no opinion)
5 (13.2%)

(Other: please comment)
0 (0.0%)

Support Board: add exclude filter

Apr. 7th, 2017 12:22 pm
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[personal profile] ninetydegrees posting in [site community profile] dw_suggestions

Title:
Support Board: add exclude filter

Area:
support, site interface

Summary:
The Support Board has a filter to show you all requests from category Z. I'd like the opposite of that: show me all requests but the ones from category Z.

Description:
The board could certainly do with more complex filter options such as letting you filter and exclude multiple categories but that's a discussion for when the board will get a full redesign. I think the exclude Z filter would be a simple yet still practical option for now.

Poll #18203 Support Board: add exclude filter
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 31


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Should be implemented as-is.
20 (64.5%)

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

Shouldn't be implemented.
0 (0.0%)

(I have no opinion)
11 (35.5%)

(Other: please comment)
0 (0.0%)

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

Title:
Unscreen your comments from Post Comment Success page

Area:
entry comments

Summary:
Dreamwidth screened comment settings currently entail screening our own comments when we choose to screen all comments on our journals (I'm not sure if this behavior is the same for communities). I'd like to suggest we save time for journal owners, specifically, by allowing them to unscreen their own comments from the Post Comment Success page.

Description:
Dreamwidth screened comment settings currently entail screening our own comments when we choose to screen all comments on our journals (I'm not sure if this behavior is the same for communities). I'd like to suggest we save time for journal owners, specifically, by allowing them to unscreen their own comments from the Post Comment Success page (https://www.dreamwidth.org/talkpost_do). This saves time - no more going back to the entry or your DW Inbox or off-site email to find and unscreen the comment you just replied made in reply to someone.

Poll #18202 Unscreen your comments from Post Comment Success page
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 29


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Should be implemented as-is.
14 (48.3%)

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

Shouldn't be implemented.
0 (0.0%)

(I have no opinion)
15 (51.7%)

(Other: please comment)
0 (0.0%)

Quick jump to next/previous entry

Mar. 27th, 2017 11:11 pm
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[personal profile] allen posting in [site community profile] dw_suggestions

Title:
Quick jump to next/previous entry


Area:
reading page


Summary:
Add a javascript function to skip to the next or previous entry in your reading page. The function would be available either through a sticky element for desktop, or through a swipe gesture for mobile.


Description:
This is kind of like the Jump Links suggestion (which it looks like was accepted but lost in the bugzilla crash), but with a few differences.


The problem that it's supposed to solve is for when you end up with some long, uncut entries on your reading page (like from changelog or an RSS feed). And then you want to go to the next entry, but end up hitting page down a whole lot. Or worse, you're in mobile and you have to scroll down and keep scrolling and scrolling...


So the idea is to have a javascript function available to scroll to the next (or previous) entry in your page. This could be made available with a sticky module which would be available either in one of the sidebars or (if you don't have a sidebar) at the top of the main entry area. It would have just a 'Next' and 'Previous' button, which would take you to the next or previous entry in your reading list.


We could also include a jquery touch plugin that would add the same functionality with, say, a two-finger swipe up or down.



Edit 2017-04-24 I don't see much love for the sticky idea, but having a way to configure an optional shortcut has at least some support. So now I'm thinking a new tab in My Account Settings for Shortcuts, which would have options for

Enable keyboard shortcuts (checkbox, default unchecked)
Next (text field, default j)
Previous (text field, default k)
Enable touch shorcuts (checkbox, default unchecked)
Next (options for swipe/disabled, 1,2,or 3 fingers, and up/down/left/right)
Previous (options for swipe/disabled, 1,2,or 3 fingers, and up/down/left/right)

I could also add a way to make a link call the JS function so that anyone who wanted to use links instead of key bindings or touch gestures could just include those in their styles.

Poll #18201 Quick jump to next/previous entry
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 26


This suggestion:

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Should be implemented as-is.
5 (19.2%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
4 (15.4%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
10 (38.5%)

(I have no opinion)
5 (19.2%)

(Other: please comment)
2 (7.7%)

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