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Crossposted from DW: Hello DreamWidth

I am probably not going to be posting here much because I have my permanent account over at LiveJournal, but I may crosspost some stuff and I will be reading my Reading Page now and then. At least I have nabbed the "natalief" username for consistency!

*wonders how to code a username link on DW*

Interestingly, even though DreamWidth is a fork form the LiveJournal code and is diverging already, natalief is still coded by using <lj user="natalief"> and not <dw user="natalief"> or somesuch.

Thus far my impressions of DreamWdth (compared to LJ of course, as that is the site I am used to using):
PRO:
  • "Reading Page" and not some weird and angst-causing "Friends" analogy.

  • Ability to subscribe to a user and/or allow them reading access to your journal without having to do both.

  • The ability to crosspost to other LJ clones/forks.

  • Links on posts / pages to load them mystyle and format=light without having to use bookmarks (like I have to on LiveJournal).


CON:
  • No nice dark text on pale background monochrome site style yet. Lots of pink or purple and nasty hard to read (for me) white text on black background..

  • No client apps like xjournal as yet. Once xjournal allows crossposting (and the backup of more than one journal) I will be happy!

  • I had hoped that one of the LJ clones/forks would have the ability to make one or more posts "sticky", i.e. always appear at the top of your journal (without playing with fake posting times).

  • Many of the site links (e.g. the "Zesty. Powered by Dreamwidth Studios" style link at the bottom of an entry page like this one) lead to LiveJournal and then I get confused about which site I am on because I have the same icon there (and everywhere for consistency and recognisability). Looks like I need a different icon here.


I love how this is being so actively developed. I almost wish my permanent account was on here rather than (or as well as) on LiveJournal! Not that I can afford $200 to buy one here…

This post may get updated rather than adding new posts. I reserve the right to change my mind.

This post was originally posted over at my DreamWidth account, here.



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natf
Apr. 22nd, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
You can sign up with an openID and then create an account, I think, but I was given an invite code (and I can try to get more invite codes if you would like one).
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natf
Apr. 23rd, 2009 10:23 am (UTC)
Apparently if you sign up with an OpenID you get an invite at some point soon from DreamWidth. It turns out that I cannot get more invites right now. :(
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natf
Apr. 24th, 2009 01:51 am (UTC)
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natf
Apr. 22nd, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
I offered the one I had a while ago and it has now gone but I can request another - what email address would you like it sent to?
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natf
Apr. 22nd, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
Still trying to see how to get more but I may not be able to. May be worth you using the OpenID method.
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natf
Apr. 24th, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
bloodcurdling
Apr. 22nd, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
I hope to get a dreamwidth account. Mostly to backup everything on my LJ. I think LJ will still be my main journalling platform.

I hear that everyone who signed up with an open id will get an invite sometime this month.
natf
Apr. 22nd, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
I didn't know that about the openID signups - thanks for the info.

P.S. I can try to get more invite codes if you would like one

Edited at 2009-04-22 08:39 pm (UTC)
bloodcurdling
Apr. 23rd, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
That would be cool :)
bloodcurdling
Apr. 23rd, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
ohhhhh
awesome :)
natf
Apr. 24th, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
bloodcurdling
Apr. 24th, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
Woohoo!
daily_rant
Apr. 22nd, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
that's how I got mine.
daily_rant
Apr. 22nd, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
I wanted to post a picture there today, and it wouldn't let me. I'm still trying to figure it out.
natf
Apr. 22nd, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
Are you hosting is somewhere else? If so, use an <img src="picture URL"> tag. I doubt they have photo space yet.
daily_rant
Apr. 22nd, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
well that would be the problem! Will have to dig out my old photobucket.
natf
Apr. 24th, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
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