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Life is giving me a whole lot of lemons recently, which I could deal with except for the fact that I don't even like lemonade.

My mental health is, quite frankly, crap right now in many and varied completely unfun ways. But I'm not writing about that.

My computer is also still dead, which is annoying. It's fixable, and I know what I need to do to fix it, but I lack the energy to do so because see above. I'm also not going to write about that either.

Instead, I'm going to talk about one of the few things helping to keep me vaguely sane at the moment, which is Dreamwidth. I can't remember if I mentioned this last time I posted about Dreamwidth (crap mental health means crap memory! yay!) but I've been put in charge of the documentation project, for my sins. What this basically means is that I was given an account, some admin privs and a list of people who were interested in helping out and told "go make us some documentation that doesn't suck".

This has been a remarkably good way of making me feel both useful and competent. I already knew that I could write pretty good documentation. I did a bunch of that on LJ. What I've been pleasantly surprised by is how I'm coping with the management side of things. I'm happily making decisions about how we're going to do things, deciding who I want on my teams, assigning different tasks to different people, and generally just moving the project along in the right direction.

This isn't to say that, with hindsight, there haven't been things that I'd have been better off doing differently. Of course there are. But I look back at what we've done so far, and there's a definite feeling of pride and accomplishment there. For me, at least I get a lot more pride and satisfaction out of doing something that I didn't know I'd be able to do than something that I was confident with before I started, even if the latter is objectively harder or more impressive.

It's slow progress, still, but our FAQ is starting to come together. This makes me happy.

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I have a recipe for a rather tasty lemon pudding, if you'd prefer that over lemonade. :D

I'm really rather impressed with what I keep hearing and seeing from Dreamwidth. I also feel reassured that you're doing the FAQ, because I know you have Clue and stuff. I was thinking you were insane for doing it, but if it's helping you to do it right now, then that's a damn fine thing.

Wait. So if you think I'm insane for doing it, does that mean I wont' be able to rope you into volunteering to help out? Damn.

In terms of generally being impressed with Dreamwidth, have you seen our list of changes we've made from LJ?

Depends on whether or not you think I'm as insane as I think you are. :D

Yeah, I've been watching that list, and it makes me want to weep with relief. There's so much simple stuff on there that's just plain common sense, and yet LJ just don't bother to sort it themselves. I mean, really, what numpty thinks 'let's have lots of userpics but not bother with pagination after a certain number'?! COMMON SENSE, LJ... YOU LACK IT.

I'm especially interested in the improvements to the S2 system, because the only reason right now I don't go back to S1 is because I rely far too much on tags. If the new dreamwidth improvements make it easier for me to make my own journal layouts, I will be a very happy bunny.

In all seriousness, if you do feel like helping out on some of the stuff I'm doing, I'd greatly appreciate it. I gave links to matgb in a comment just up there ^^^, and am too lazy to go and fetch them again. Site copy stuff especially I'm in desperate need of people for. Pretty pretty please?

And yeah. I'm loving that we can actually fix all the dumb stuff. The getting rid of the four-word limit for interests, for instance. I said "hey, can we fix that?" on IRC, was told "sure file a bug!" which I did, and then less than a week later it had been patched, reviewed and committed. That sort of thing would tae years to get through on LJ.

Copy editing wouldn't be a problem for me I don't think. Site copy stuff is kind of... big in my head, though I may just be making it seem more grand than it actually is. :D Basically you're wanting people to take what's there and rewrite it so that it makes more sense? Like on 'directory search' where it says "If you fill in more than one blank", you're looking for it to be made clearer with something like "If you fill in more than one section" or "field" or basically anything than makes more sense than the word "blank" hanging there on its own?

That sort of thing, yes. There are some bits that just need to be made clearer. Then there are bits that say LiveJournal that need to be changed to say Dreamwidth, or bits that need to be updated to use new terminology, like "reading page" instead of "friends page". And then, there are the bits that just plain suck and need to be made to not suck.

For instance compare the text at the top of LJ's FAQ with the equivalent text at the top of DW's FAQ, which is one of only two or three bits that I've already changed, because the LJ version annoyed me so much.

It really isn't that big a thing. It just needs people with better writing skills than ADHD toddlers on crack.

Edited at 2009-02-28 18:29 (UTC)

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