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19 April 2009 @ 06:44 am
Dreamwidth: Fandom Jumps Ship . . . Again  
When the first posts started to appear on Metafandom concerning Dreamwidth, I was intrigued. Being curious (and totally outside the loop as far as most things fannish), I read with interest those posts discussing this revolution in online social networking.

So, what have I learned:

  • Dreamwidth is in closed beta until 30 April. (This has been repeated in every post concerning the service. By now, if you haven't saved the date, you're just not listening.)

  • Anyone who would like an invite code prior to that date will need to find someone from whom they can ask for a code.

  • If you feel uncomfortable asking people you may not really know, there are a few lists on which you can leave your name and e-mail address, and receive a code from someone who already has a Dreamwidth account. Whether the codes are given in order of requests, or to people who have posted elsewhere on Dreamwidth discussions is unclear. (In the interest of disclosure, I signed up to one such list; can't find the link, though.)

  • If you were not lucky enough to get a code prior to 30 April, you'll be able to purchase a basic membership for $3.00 (US) a month.

  • If you registered on Dreamwidth with Open ID, a code will be waiting for you come either 30 April or 1 May. (If this is the case, I'm not exactly sure why, for the last half month, it was necessary to ask random folks for codes. It really makes me feel awkward to ask "Hi, you don't know me and our interests don't cross, but please may have a code?" It originally appeared that registering with Open ID would allow you to comment on the site, and had nothing to do with securing an invitation code.)

  • Post-30 April, Dreamwidth will be in Open Beta, which likely means on the surface things will look good, but there will probably be glitches along the way, as the kinks are worked out.

  • Once you have a journal, you will be able to set a hierarchical structure of your intimate circle, your fairly close friends, your acquaintances, and everyone else. It appears to be no different from how it's probably done via filters and groups on FLs anyway; the only difference will be that people will now have to acknowledge that no rational person who has a friends list of over 30 people and communities is reading every single post/comment on a regular bases.


And what have I taken away from the increasing number of meta'd Dreamwidth posts?

  • That I really don't like the name. Admittedly, this is purely subjective on my part, but Dreamwidth fails to conjure any image of what this service is or does.

  • A great many posts being quoted are not informative. They're little more than save the date, oooh!shiny, in with the in-crowd repetition. Perspective -- both pro and con -- would be nice.

  • That I'm not very impressed with Dreamwidth's "Diversity Statement". It reads like a typical PR fluff piece, with only one important statement:

    With servers in the US we're obliged to follow US laws, but we're serious about knowing and protecting your rights when it comes to free expression and privacy.


    And if free expression and/or privacy come into conflict with US law, Dreamwidth will do what it must to comply. This is common sense from a business perspective, and I don't fault them for this, but it makes clear that the rest of the statement is window dressing.

  • As April has progressed, what should have been welcome anticipation about Dreamwidth, has developed into a sour feeling about the whole thing. When excitement and enthusiasm move into the realm of over-hype, I'm left feeling both pressured and that others are trying to convince themselves far more than me.


Now, the 30th of April can't get here soon enough, just to have the conversation move on to something else.
 
 
 
Skittish Eclipse: space cadetfoxfirefey on May 13th, 2009 05:00 am (UTC)
An apology from me is in order--I am very sorry that I worded things in a disrespectful or snide manner. I did not mean to be rude to either you, enchanted_black, or the writers of the FanHistory wiki. Because I've had a busy past couple of days, I dashed things off in a far too casual manner and probably should have made much more thoughtful responses and not resorted to shorthand mannerisms.

If you are interested in me addressing other aspects of this comment reply (where I came from to this post, etc), I can do that, but I think it might also be rude to try and expound further without anybody's interest in it, as an apology from me is much more important right now than any explanations.

(Aside: This icon is my "space cadet" icon, that I use when I've been less-than-smart.)

Edited at 2009-05-13 05:01 am (UTC)
Dash O'Pepper: Peacepfeffermuse on May 14th, 2009 06:24 am (UTC)
Because I've had a busy past couple of days, I dashed things off in a far too casual manner and probably should have made much more thoughtful responses and not resorted to shorthand mannerisms.


You know, an amazing thing occurs when we're under stress or have a busy past couple of days: we tend to lose our oh-so-carefully-cultivated-personae, and reveal our truer natures and genuine feelings about things.

Which explains how you go from this:

enchanted_black: I just stumbled upon this . . .
foxfirefey: Not surprising! For some reason, this got linked from the FanHistory wiki, ha.


to this:

I dashed things off in a far too casual manner and probably should have made much more thoughtful responses and not resorted to shorthand mannerisms


There was nothing either casual or shorthand intended in your opening sentence. It was quite succinct.

I did not mean to be rude to either you, enchanted_black:, or the writers of the FanHistory wiki.


While you probably didn't intend to be rude to me in my own journal, regarding my own post -- your "shorthand", notwithstanding -- it's quite clear that you did intend to be rude about me. Perhaps you thought you were responding somewhere else?

For what it's worth, I accept your apology for the public relations move it is, and in that spirit, I'd prefer to politely terminate our discussion.
Skittish Eclipse: mywordfoxfirefey on May 14th, 2009 07:22 am (UTC)
While you probably didn't intend to be rude to me in my own journal, regarding my own post -- your "shorthand", notwithstanding -- it's quite clear that you did intend to be rude about me. Perhaps you thought you were responding somewhere else?

No, no! Your post is just fine, with interesting points that other people weren't talking about, and I can definitely see why it got linked from the wiki to provide varied coverage.

"This" was a shorthand for "this comment" and referred not to your post's inclusion in the wiki, but to my comment that enchanted_muse was replying to being quoted and directly linked from the FanHistory wiki, right in the body. I was downplaying it because, well, I thought there were probably better sources than me on that subject, and I felt kind of intimidated being so heavily quoted on a notable resource (although as mentioned elsewhere, it was entirely fair game and I have no rights to complain about it). I realize it's my responsibility, however, to make sure that my comments don't end up sounding rude, and I failed there.

It was also rude of me to not review the full extent of our discussion beforehand, which had taken place weeks before, and so I ended up making irrelevant and previously addressed points regarding content existing on LJ.

With that being said, I agree that I would like to end things on a polite note, and wish you well.