marahmarie: my initials (MM) (Default)
2017-08-07 02:36 am
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Opened this blog up today on a big, widescreen laptop I may or may not be keeping...

That we're fixing for a friend (the trackpad needs a new circuit board, but he doesn't really want the laptop, so we've been tossing it back and forth) and Other Person was like, "Oh my God, there's room for more stuff! Look at all the room! You could have like, more sidebars and stuff!" and I'm laughing, but I'm also like 0_o, because the last thing I want is to add more code.

But he's right; on widescreens there's enough room to make this into a four column layout (if you're viewing this in your own style, it currently runs one of two, two-column styles depending on your res; on mobile it has one column and nearly no graphics - my favorite of all three).

But - and this is why sometimes I wish everyone knew CSS, so they'd know just what a nightmare it is, and why "bloat" and "page load times" and so on matter - going to a four-column layout for widescreens would mean adding more code, and technically, I consider any background or column changes "a new layout", which would bring me to four of them on a blog maybe a few hundred people a year ever see, and of those, I'd gander 2/3s of them don't see my style thanks to DW's excellent tools to help you never see anyone's.

Plus what would I put in the third and fourth columns? Recipes? Thought of the day? Word of the day? Poems? I could get creative, but...I'd want the extra space on a blog where I could automate the changing of content on a daily basis, but even then, I'm minimalist enough I don't even want the only sidebar I have, so I'd have to think that over. On another website. Because this one doesn't have default support for automated content changing unless I really twist someone's arm to write me some s2 (I know it can be done from the things I saw done on LJ, I just don't know how to convert the code to work on Dreamwidth).

Without automated content changing, if I ever do mess with it - which I'd do only because at anything over 15" wide, the design reminds me of nothing so much as the letter "T", which is why I've taken great pains to widen it over the years, though only up to a certain point - it would be to further widen the main content, but along the same lines as my one-column, with the difference that text would be readable from about three feet away, with no background, maybe just dark text on a plain white page. Maybe some neat typography. Maybe I could use the wider screen to play with the flexbox spec (I almost said "and columns" but no, I really don't think a newspaper or magazine style would suit a personal blog).

Maybe as a winter project.

marahmarie: my initials (MM) (Default)
2017-07-13 12:40 am

What the mother**** is Net Neutrality?

NSFW, your kids, your ears, your eyes, your brain, or in general. Author promises to cough up a "cleaner" version in "about eight hours" but if they ever have I can't find it, so here, enjoy.

Highlights from the Net Neutrality Day of Action: there were none. It sucked. No seriously, we (and I *do* mean "we") went so much more all-out five years ago for SOPA/PIPA (so many websites were either temporarily or completely inaccessible - including yes, Dreamwidth) that the underwhelming nature of today's "Just click the little X next to each little "just joking, BUT" message to close it" - and that's if a website even had a message because most major so-called "participants" did not - almost made me pass out several times from the sheer drudgery of it all.

It's been too hot to take my own advice and just go for a fucking walk (which is sort of a difficult thing for me to pull off nowadays, anyhow), so I had little choice but to try to slog through it.

I mean, the most exciting thing I saw all day long was my own DW, which I turned into something else for this highly anticipated, yet underwhelming worldwide event (Dreamwidthians will need to "view page in original style" or toss or suppress Dreamwidth's cookies to see the end result properly, or at all), because I still recall, unlike much of the intertubes, how to conduct an online protest, and real protests - not this fake pretend shit people do nowadays ("Oooh, I changed my profile picture"), all the lazy clicktivism they indulge in) involve actual effort and sacrifice, two ideas no one's interested in pursuing anymore, to the point where I feel like a freak and somehow wrong for even bothering.

Sorry/not sorry, but if taking just one day to let a truly impactful message get across - even if it means risking the loss of some online visitors, some money and the likely, at-most temporary loss of a few codger's so-called "goodwill" - is too much of a chance for people to take, then I hope they don't come crying to anyone when what they were so unwilling to do - stand up, really stand up for what they want and believe in - results in all the damage they feared and more actually being done.

With a Republican-controlled (aka: business-controlled) House and Senate and Russian-controlled/Republican-flavored Orangado at the switches, this is not the time to be uncaring or flippant about anything that matters as much as Net Neutrality. Let's see people post twee little cat memes once our currently unfettered access to the Internet is cut off by the very ISPs being cat-memed as I speak. Oh fuck, that's right: they won't be able to, not unless they "buy" the imgur package (includes AOL and MSN!) for an extra $39.99 a month, subject to multiple, super-restrictive ToSes and cancellation without notice at any time, yippee.

marahmarie: my initials (MM) (Default)
2017-07-10 04:35 am

!signalboost...Save the date & get ready: Net Neutrality Protest/Day of Action July 12th

Easy enough to remember: the morning after Prime Day (July 11th) we'll wake to the Net Neutrality Day of Action (July 12th - wait, is this bad timing? I hope not). Google and Facebook, among many other sites, have decided they're all in, so be prepared to not know what you'll be preparing for, because the Internet is the only place where we can pull off something akin to April Fool's Day any day of the year.

I myself have something planned, but an inability to spill my own secrets keeps me from sharing much on it, so here's fair warning: all I can say is I've already checked Dreamwidth's ToS and I think I can do what I've been planning, which is a slightly modified version of what Dreamwidth did some five years ago over SOPA/PIPA (archived Dreamwidth SOPA page). Five years later I can't believe we still need to fight for such basic rights and principles, but here we are.

So I'll be going all out; once the 12th rolls around you'll know why you can take me pretty much at my word.

In the meantime, I've been subscribed to the Fight For The Future newsletter (https://www.fightforthefuture.org/), which brought us this update over the weekend:


The last few days have been intense.

On Thursday, over 100 big-name YouTubers with 150+ million shared subscribers took a stand for net neutrality in an open letter to the FCC and Congress.[1] Later that same day, Google and Facebook surprised everyone when it was leaked they would be joining the day of action after months of silence.[2]

Then, on Friday, streaming giant Spotify and cloud storage leader Dropbox announced they too would stand alongside over 60,000 Internet users, thousands of other sites, and over 100 subreddits to make this day one of the largest protests in history.[3][4]

Think about every website or app you use in the course of a day – for music, video, storage, news, and others. We guarantee that many of them are now part of this day of action.

To truly win this, and save net neutrality, we really need to keep the pressure up. If we make this big enough, we can send shock waves through Congress and the FCC and keep them from doing Team Cable's bidding. July 12th is the day we show them them that opposing net neutrality is political poison.

But we’re running out out of time. July 12th is only a few days away and we need you to do everything you can to make this day of action huge. Here’s how you can chip in:

  • If you have a website, run a widget on your site that encourages your visitors to take action. See examples and get the code here (or use the Cloudflare app).
  • If you have a mobile app, send a push notification linking to BattleForTheNet.com so your users can easily take action. The dating service OkCupid will be messaging all their users this way!
  • If you’re on social media, join the “Twitter Brigade” and opt-in to tweet at key moments, change your profile pics and spread the word to all your followers using these resources.
  • If you’re a video creator, post about net neutrality on July 12 linking back to BattleForTheNet.com, or use our simple 30-second video bumper (see files here).

To truly win this, and save net neutrality, we really need to keep the pressure up. If we make this big enough, we can send shock waves through Congress and the FCC and keep them from doing Team Cable's bidding. July 12th is the day we show them them that opposing net neutrality is political poison.

If we don’t, throttling, blocking, and new fees for Internet users will be the new normal. And we simply can’t let that happen.

Every day we have new reasons to hope and believe that we will win this.

Don’t believe me? Think about this for a second: this protest has gotten so big that, on July 12th, it is entirely possible that all of your friends and family will experience this day of action one way or another. That’s crazy, right?

But you have a crucial role to play in making sure this happens.

Please help us make the best of this historic opportunity. We’re counting on you.

For the Internet,

Josh, Laila, Joe, Sarah, Evan, Holmes, Tiff, and the team at Fight for the Future.

Footnotes:

[1] https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/6/15930170/youtube-stars-net-neutrality-letter-fcc

[2] http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/07/06/tech-companies-to-join-day-of-action-protest-to-protect-net-neutrality/

[3] https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/8xa84k/spotify-google-tons-of-other-companies-will-protest-to-save-new-neutrality

[4] See full list of participants here: https://battleforthenet.com/july12

Dreamwidth prevents us from running scripts or modifying backend files (to oversimplify things a bit), but there are other ways to protest. We can: change our profile pictures and blurbs, add info and image-only badges to our sidebar custom text areas, post about the fight for Net Neutrality on or before the 12th, and stand in solidarity by taking our DWs offline that day via one-day friends-locks and so on (I'll be in the "and so on" group; please join in however you can and spread the word so others can be ready to participate).

Obviously, clicktivism and slacktivism can be essential activities for raising awareness - much as I'm doing with this post - but they're not a great way to actually get things done, so don't stop at sharing this post (or simply the info contained within it) across Dreamwidth and other social media sites; you should also click here for concrete information on how to contact the FCC and Congress to register your complaint against ending Net Neutrality - let's make positive change happen.

marahmarie: my initials (MM) (Default)
2017-07-07 08:12 am

Is Photobucket holding "heavy users" ransom or "hotlinkers" in general? Survey says...

For days I've read that it's the latter, only for it to possibly turn out to be the former. Interestingly, neither website says where they get their information from, so if not for users posting locked-out black badges like this one I'd wonder if I should tsk-tsk about "fake news".

The only thing I can say is both things seem to be true: Photobucket's ToS says (emphasis theirs): "The free account does not allow any image linking or 3rd party image hosting" but this might not necessarily result in a ransom situation for any free user - though at any moment it certainly could, considering "free user" does not compute to "light user".

With Photobucket tossing word salad with such impunity, I've downloaded my albums - a measly ~60MB for images on both blogs (I don't use Photobucket for personal image hosting, so at least there's that) because when web hosts of any kind - blog hosts, image hosts, whomever - "get funny", and by "get funny" I mean do strange, unexpected, and quite sudden things without notice, it's almost always presage for a disaster.

And given any notice at all (and/or any time to act upon it) I don't f*ck around, so I downloaded them. My next "someday" project will be rewriting blog image links after I upload them either here (Dreamwidth has its own image hosting) or Wordpress.com (which much to my eternal chagrin, hosts my other blog, but also offers a few gigs of free media storage).

Oddly enough, images hosted on Wordpress might load faster than they do from here; I think I'm seeing this when I test on pingdom.com for how long background images take to load (they take forever coming from either site, where the web's definition of "forever" is more than two seconds and Google's is more than one, but before I decide DW is slower, I'll need to test again and actually note each site's speeds).

I have to File 13 my Photobuckets, though: PB's been impossible to visit for well over a year without on-page memory use clogging up the pipes; they changed how images are accessed so hotlinking's impossible (the so-called "direct link" brings you to a web page instead of the actual image), and I have three image hosts (four, if you count images I shove off onto accountless imgur uploads because I don't ever want to see them again; in that respect, imgur's literally my online trash can).

For now I divide image hosting between two Photobuckets, Wordpress.com (which hosts images on both blogs via just one WP account) and Dreamwidth. I don't think there's space on DW to move all my blog images here, so they'll probably go on WP, or stay split between DW and WP. Which is...I'm considering moving Anti-AOL to hosted Wordpress just to use a plugin to rewrite all the image links. After roughly 10 years of moving around online MM Itinerant Blogger style, done that, got the t-shirt, so spare me.

Though of course it would save money, if not improve my character, to just rewrite all the links myself.

marahmarie: Cockroaches get cancer, too (cigarettes)
2017-06-12 04:30 am
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Testing DW icon image names (which are actually numbers)

ETA2, 6-14-17: Request filed.

ETA, next night: Definitely need to report or at least ask about this over in Support; I tested my page in Pingdom last night and both recent icons I used in posts came up with the same file number, again, which rules out my computer as the cause. Got a screencap of Pingdom reporting them as such.


In this delightful bug, if you go to the Upload icons page and right-click/Save Image As, any icon you choose saves with the same image name: 440557.png. I mean, they all do. This in Firefox latest on Windows 10; you're mileage may vary and if it does, I'd like it if you let me know (I do have other accounts I can test this in, which I have not done yet) before I file a support request, which is still a ways off.

Testing the Update page as I write this, if I click the icon next to my username in the upper right hand corner (using the default site skin, I think it's called Tropo) the file saves with the same name, 440557.png. So all the icon images have the same name. I mean, I *think* this counts as a bug, that all the icons have the same names/numbers, so I'm thinking of reporting it.

What I'm testing here is a different icon than my default to see if posts show different icons with the same image number as well (probably will; post Preview page shows the same image number on right-click/View Image); this post can also double as a reminder to report this, eventually.

marahmarie: my initials (MM) (Default)
2017-06-12 03:31 am
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CSS/s2 todo (feel free to ignore)

ETA: asked.

--ask around for s2 to move (back to) Top link from $this->print_body(); to $this->print_module_section("two"); - specifically, it should land right after .module-section-two but still within the same code block. More specifically, it should land after .module-section-two but before <div style="clear:both"> in the HTML above the footer (find screencap showing exactly where, if you post this).

This could fail spectacularly, but based on what I see in the live HTML editor, if I move the link where I say it should work and it actually works, it'll clear the page entirely on resized/mobile CSS (and on pages with very little content, which it currently can't clear even with CSS hacks) and stay where I put it - a 3-for-1 which, so far, has not been doable any other way.

marahmarie: my initials (MM) (Default)
2017-05-31 04:29 pm
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I've turned myself into a fractal

The post title is in honor of my new default user icon. Like most images I create, it was done (re-done) in Paint.NET. If you reverse engineer it, it's still my old Dreamwidth icon, the one that says, "Sheep go to heaven and goats go to hell" with a lamb in the middle. You just can't tell anymore - thanks, Paint.NET! I've been meaning to work on that for a few years.

In other news, I've had recentish problems with others being unable to tell public from more private (say, access-only) posts, which I blame Dreamwidth for, at least in part. All there is to show a post is access-filtered is a single, tiny icon image (it's a gold lock, 16 x 16 by default, and while I'm pretty sure no one views my page in my style, I have it re-sized down to 12 x 12 in case anyone ever does; the original access filter icon image is here) which apparently isn't enough of a visual indicator to prevent a few "oops" moments others have had.

I hovered over the icon today to see if it at least has title text to tell you what it is or why it's there, but it doesn't. The alt text isn't informative, either; it just says "protected". Protected from what? Scratches? Bears? The public? Hmmmm. This is sort of a travesty, so I added content CSS to print the words "non-public/access filter only" next to lock icons. It's a mouthful, shows at the wrong line height and doesn't wrap well on mobile edit: fixed (I'll work on all that soon - I just wanted to get a working example online, asap, so it's viewable and looks like...this).

If I ever get involved in reporting DW things again - which I like to say I never will, but only until another bug rears its head, like the one I stumbled over today (possible bug: all of our usericons have the same image number, so you can't download and save more than one of them without overwriting the last one downloaded - not unless you rename the next one before saving, which I don't *think* is the correct behavior!) I might post a Suggestion asking for access filter text to display next to access filter icons.

If adapted it would mean printing more stuff to the page, but could save quite a few "oops" moments sitewide (or at least minimize them, as there's no fixing people who just won't pay attention) so it might be worth doing, not to mention having actual text (as opposed to merely alt text) reading out from a screen reader to indicate what sort of post you're on might make the experience somewhat smoother all-around.

marahmarie: my initials (MM) (Default)
2017-05-20 01:51 am
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Going with the theme of "obvious things"...

Dreamwidth was unintentionally DDosed by someone's homework a few weeks ago. And no, you can't make this stuff up: Tonight's intermittent 404's.

While I was busy being mostly unable to use the site (along with [personal profile] conuly, whom I was having a comment exchange on this DW with at the same moment said homework went on a rampage) I hit upon a few DW pages that thanks to our CDN (CloudFlare) had been converted on-the-fly into read-only, which lets us view the site without actually being able to use it.

Fascinated, I studied the read-onlyness of them while exchanging replies with someone on an Anti-AOL post about AOL shutting off their News comment sections, which occurred approximately eleventy bajillion years ago but somehow is still news. The person replying was in a pique that comments to that post were less than, shall we say, civil.

For her, this included comments from my commenters (who think my blog is officially sponsored and run by AOL, and who therefore address the blog owner - that is, me - as though I'm not only an AOL employee, but also like I'm The Reason Why They Can't Have Nice Things) and comments from me, because I don't enjoy people still thinking I work for AOL after telling them a thousand times a second that no, I don't.

After exchanging a few comments with her (she was actually rather nice, which I appreciated) I looked back at DW's Support page, which I was also trying to reach while it was set to read-only, so thanks specifically to DW's homework DDoS Anti-AOL is now (permanently) read-only, because while I was waiting for DW to get un-DDoSed I shut comments off, just like they did over at AOL News.

If you're a Wordpress.com blog owner who wants to completely disable comments, it's not that hard, just time-consuming. Step 1: Log in, go to WP admin and disable comments. Step 2: Screen all publicly visible comments - that's it. It took a while because WP.com's admin is 1983 dial-up slow and you can only screen one pageful of comments at a time.

The way I did it (I'm not sure if there's a sorting option or if having one might help) newest comments screen first, which gave me a nice, chill walk down memory lane back to when Anti-AOL was on LJ and nearly no one thought I worked for AOL and sometimes I miss the hell out of just being thought of as myself but oh well, the blog will be 12 years old this November and I stopped having anything constructive to say about AOL years ago.

marahmarie: my initials (MM) (Default)
2017-05-09 12:16 am

Browser support for CSS standards is weird

Firefox actually has the weirdest performance in some areas:

  • clearing comment forms on entry pages (the whitespace between entry and form works as it should in _every_other_browser_; in Firefox the form doesn't clear by more than a few pixels unless I about triple the top margin).
  • arranging cell space on comment forms under 360px width on mobile is not going very well (our comment forms are actually tables nested within tables, which doesn't make it any easier)
  • displaying padding in text fields (for example, the search box in the navigation bar above the header is the wrong shape/size in _every_other_browser_ because Firefox)
  • certain CSS properties/values work in Firefox but in no other browser, which led to this thing today where my comment forms looked like someone shook all my pages really hard and let the form fields land where they would. Such fun.

I think I'd need about a thousand hacks for every possible browser/OS/device configuration to work around some of this, or to simply hack Firefox to allow better display in other browsers. And I could hack Firefox, because there are hacks for it.

The other thing is how needless it is to test page display on multiple versions of modern Webkit (only speaking of Windows browsers). If you check a web page in Chromium or Google Chrome, it seems you've checked it in every modern Webkit browser including Safari for Windows - which stopped at v.5 some years ago - except modern (non-Presto) Opera, which has its own ideas about CSS.

I'm not sure if this applies to Chrome on Android, as well, but as far as desktop testing goes, yeah, it does seem that way.

marahmarie: my initials (MM) (Default)
2017-05-01 11:59 pm
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If anyone can't see pictures on my posts (in the future) would you please let me know (updated 5-8)

I do actually have a Support Request in over this. From the tl:dr: at the end of it:

"the Upload Images page should have uploaded images set to the same security as one's journal is by default, which should match the security shown on the Manage Images page, but because the upload page defaults to "public" on the dropdown, the last 3-5 images I've uploaded from DW and posted publicly, both to Support Staff and on my own DW were locked to access-only and I didn't know it, since I haven't viewed any of these pages while logged out of DW."

ETA: I closed the original Support Request and opened another after getting feedback in the comments below saying that the first request was not worded clearly enough.

All pictures I think I've set to public should now be public at this point, as I just went through my last few weeks of image uploads to make sure. My apologies to anyone who was like, "Huh" and just stopped reading because there was no image to carry the point(s) I was trying to make in whatever post(s) you came across in this condition.

Now y'all have learned I don't look at my own DW logged-out often enough to catch these things, which is maybe not the greatest fact to share with whoever runs across this, but anyhow...

marahmarie: my initials (MM) (Default)
2017-04-30 07:34 am
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Does *everything* weird on Dreamwidth happen to me, or...

...what? *side eyes Issue 2119 (from related code tour)*

Actually happened. To me. At the time, though, that was *not* what I thought had uh, happened *winces*. And no, reading through the pull request, I see I'm not the only person who's been bit by this bug (following it back to the original is actually pretty interesting, as the bug responsible for it was alive and kicking 16 years ago).

marahmarie: my initials (MM) (Default)
2017-04-24 11:13 pm
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I accidentally part of my LJ friend's list

In looking through support requests tonight I ran across [personal profile] steve98052, which turns out to be pretty neat, because after five minutes of staring at his username I finally recalled we used to hang out on LJ. Thanks to the nature of his support request, I initially thought he was importing his LJ (but he hasn't, and to judge by things, probably won't be anytime soon) but I clicked through to make sure, only to see an empty DW.

Then I looked him up on LJ, where in fact he's still updating.

Then I checked his friends list, because it's been bugging me for weeks that I had a friend on LJ who's username I can't recall (well, half of it: I can recall half of it, but that hasn't helped) who doesn't seem to be here or there now, but once I saw Steve's name, it occurred to me I think I shared (might have even met this friend) through him. Her and wuchan (also gone) were my closest friends on LJ, and sometimes (OK, I've spent six years in this condition) I miss not having them here.

But this all went nowhere fast. Turns out, checking Steve's friend list, that I probably met him through [profile] bob_deloyd, but other than that, this was sort of just a half hour of me chasing my tail. Oh, well.

Steve's support request is interesting, though, and I'm sorry it didn't/probably won't get much attention, because his request (to find a link rewriter in the importer to point internal LJ links to corresponding internal DW links, or to write the code to do so himself, then give the code to DW!) is much needed and HE'S OFFERING TO WRITE THE FEATURE HIMSELF so why aren't we welcoming volunteer baby devs like this with open arms? It seems not having this feature might be stopping him from moving here, which is really not cool.

(Not to mention I could have SO used this feature before my own import occurred in 2010 - I had to rewrite dozens, if not hundreds, of links over the years, post by post, totally and completely by hand, with all the attendant time waste and errors that involves. It sucked.)

Not that he needs the defense, but he's a Silicon Valley (and/or) Redmond WA guy, and is pretty cool all around....which makes me think Dreamwidth can be totally at odds with what I would expect them to want to do, sometimes.

marahmarie: my initials (MM) (Default)
2017-04-22 01:53 am
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CSSish (updated 4-23-17)

ETA, 4-23-17: Swapped to gendered pronouns upon request, clarified [personal profile] solarbird's changes to the navbar were live CSS edits, not "mock-ups", fixed broken navbar section for Firefox on Mac (for all changes please see comments).


So except for mostly minor "fix it as we go along" stuff, I've not seriously updated my CSS in over a year, which I know because the last time I went through my code I didn't live here. :)

Though I've wrangled with the idea of switching up the layout, I've adapted Craigslist's attitude of, "If it's not broke, don't fix it" along with, "Anything we want can be added, so why change the whole damn thing", which means yes, this page will probably remain in the aughts forever, because Craigslist is right.

In the meantime I was busy never editing my CSS again when I ran across a new suggestion for adding a drop-down to the top navbar's Inbox, which by itself didn't cause me to edit or change anything. But then [personal profile] solarbird, the suggestion author, began talking about changing the top navbar in general, pointing out what I'd been too kind to mention when I commented: that it needs to get hit by a car a serious update for modern, non-table-based times (it's all tables. Tables, tables and tables. All taaaaabbbbbbllllles. Even those of us who come from LJ (all tables, until Russia took over) can have a hard time with tables. I learned to make web pages one way: in CSS. Not tables).

After mentioning she'd love for the text to at least align on it (simple enough, right? Y'all wouldn't believe how hard it is) I gave her most of my navbar code, which was nothing and looked something like this, which is from a much older style sheet.

Of course, I can't share my code without wondering what inspired me, because I hate everything I code, so I started picking my navbar CSS apart based on some of the things [personal profile] solarbird wanted, then compared what I had to what she later posted pictures of after adding the CSS to her DW. The code knocked mine clean out of the water, so then I guess I had to make a better navbar - if only for myself - because I'm not going to admit I'm kind of competitive, because I'm totally, absolutely not anything like that and anyone who thinks so is delusional.

Comment exchange went on as Denise more or less tried to hire [personal profile] solarbird right from the web page (she's a designer, from what I gather) before I decided to tear my navbar code apart and re-write it; hopefully the end result is better than what it was. It wraps on mobile based on back-end code put in place by DW; while I'm not happy with the wrap (it collapses to one column while there's still room for two; I keep my wrapping parameters somewhat tighter) it's relatively fail-safe, which is why I don't change it.

So I kept a few lines of my original navbar edits and just started over: even my last update to [personal profile] solarbird is obsolete because like anything else, I'll edit until I just can't stand to anymore.

Now what we have is:

  • new navbar background
  • better navbar text alignment
  • navbar font-size increase
  • navbar "search for interests" text field (it needs a label - some forgotten code elsewhere in my style sheet had kept this text field hidden altogether)

Additionally...

The navbar, though you wouldn't know it, has three sections: 1) user/user links, 2) name of journal you're viewing/related links, 3) interest search and reload page: light|original. While my thought was to spread those sections out more evenly, there's too much whitespace, so I simply spread them out more than they were.

Parallax scrolling: I've wanted it forever so now I have it - but only in (logged-in view) Firefox; in Webkit/Edge/IE and logged-out Fx it falls over (or, more precisely, falls under the header about 10-15px, where it stays until it goes away altogether on smaller mobile views) so after hours of fiddling, finally I was like "the heck with it" and set three views for the navbar. Yes, three, all at once:

In logged-in Firefox it's set to parallax (position:fixed); in Webkit/logged-out Fx it's sticky (position:sticky - still in experimental W3C status) and in IE10/11/Edge it's set to normal (position:relative). Parallax *almost* works in Edge, except same as Webkit/logged-out FX, I can't get the navbar to stay behind the header until your first downward scroll completes.

Since I was in the CSS editor, anyhow, I fixed maybe half a dozen funky little things - like the username and usericon on edit comment forms floating around in the middle of them like, "Huh? Where am I?" That's been an issue for years, and for some reason it was finally starting to drive me nuts.

marahmarie: my initials (MM) (Default)
2017-04-12 02:59 am
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This whole mess...

What with how my DW tags are an eye-crossing experience and my CSS is incapable of separating post security fact from fiction because That's Not How This Works, MM™? Looks like it's pretty much sorted. I have no new suggestions to make thanks to the ingenuity of other DWers, so now it's just a matter of waiting for my wishes to bubble up through the pipes.

My top 3 picks for "If these get implemented then I think I'll be OK"

The following were "migrated", which I think means "submitted to the bugtracker"

My additional picks for "If these were implemented, then I might've been OK"

The following were "rejected" or marked "exists"

marahmarie: my initials (MM) (Default)
2017-04-12 12:06 am
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If any one of you have any DW Support chops (they say anyone can help!)...

The Importer's been kind of blowing up? So please, if anyone can jump in there so I can submit my own (comparatively unimportant) questions and have a reasonable chance of being answered before even more of my hair turns grey, that would be awesome.

marahmarie: my initials (MM) (Default)
2017-04-07 01:47 am
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Just found not one but two missing eBay posts...(updated 4/12/17)

ETA, 4-12-17: updated with new post; doing ETAs was too complicated.

And this is where both Dreamwidth search and my tags would've failed me: the word "eBay" wasn't in the title of one post, and neither had "eBay" listed as the tag (nope, the tag chosen for both - apparently after I threw a dart at it, blindfolded - was "experiential", my fancy term for "completely uncategorized but might wander off into the personal". Except even that's not a good way to find the unfindable because sometimes I don't use that tag, or I use one related to the subject matter but not the main point of it, or I don't add any tags at all).

Again, if there was some handy-dandy way to parse public from protected posts that gave a list of results for each parameter (I'm not even sure it would have to be tied into tags, but to have both - tag + security or just security - would be better) as opposed to scrolling through pages of posts to find titles that sort of sound like what I'm looking for, would cut both time and my anxiety and confusion, which only makes me more forgetful, since these things tend to snowball in on themselves once finding lost posts becomes a time-consuming PITA.

Which leads to me making more mistakes, which is a rabbit hole I promise y'all don't want to go down.

While I do enjoy hunting things down (online or off), you can pretend I never told any of y'all that as far as hunting things down on my DW goes, because I hate not being able to (instantly) find whatever's on it (a topic I apparently need to re-familarize myself with).

[staff profile] denise is still holding one suggestion of mine in queue (the suggestion is on a totally unrelated subject) so I'm debating whether to stack another suggestion about this topic on or wait until the last suggestion clears (don't quote me, but this time I'm pretty sure it clears). And I'm not sure what the new suggestion should be, and also not sure which version of said suggestion I'm 100% sure I posted last time around, nor whether it got published or rejected, so I think I should look through my previous posts on Suggestions, read other people's similar ones, and check out how searching posts by tag/security works on Wordpress and other shared social media sites before I write some new idea up for DW (update, 4-12-17: Denise is still holding the same suggestion in queue. The rest of this is expanded upon in my next post).

But right now I'm going pretty strong on lists: ie, what you get on editjournal or with Search, so my idea might build off that (I dislike using URL parameters because I don't want to see posts results, I want to see results with lists of posts, so they're out of the running, pretty much).

marahmarie: my initials (MM) (Default)
2017-04-06 02:02 am
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Can't wait to get the custom CSS I've campaigned for...(updated 4-7-17)

Itsa coming. Saying so because while I don't like to admit suggestions I filed 3,000 years ago still mean something to me, they do, and I was just looking at my Tags page, and holy Mother of God, I don't even know what's on it.

Mainly, I need a way to target locked posts and a way to style other effluvia that helps me get/keep things straight - neither idea is getting implemented beyond what we already have, but at least I can fix views on some other stuff - the tag count in the sidebar and comment counts on the Month page, which admittedly are more aesthetic than practical issues.

Right now I'm trying (and failing O_o) to find a post about eBay made around Christmastime; it's not under my eBay tag but should be. If I had a way to parse protected posts from public posts (it's protected) that would narrow it down a bit. And while technically there *is* a way (there's some CSS I can pull and target; I've done so in the past but don't even think I own a copy of that version of this style anymore) it's limited in scope because so many of my tags encompass both public and protected posts that there's no way for the CSS to target one or the other - so no, the CSS can't say: "Tada, here are only locked posts made under this tag."

Which is exactly what I need it to do, and doesn't seem like an unreasonable thing for it to do, but probably requires so many orders of magnitude of rewriting the backend tag publishing system that it's not worth doing (and while I don't think I can prove it as I don't know if I kept a local copy of this suggestion, I'm pretty much 100% sure I've suggested this functionality in the past).

The changes rolling out won't address that, but I almost don't care, as the CSS I can currently target will still say: "There has ever been a locked post under this tag"; it just takes longer to trawl through the results, as public posts will still be mixed in with protected (because the CSS will always, if I recall correctly, default to targeting the pseudo selector for any protected posts that fall under each tag).

ETA, next night: and that's fine and well, but the logic for deciding which tags get the public or protected parameter looks like it tends toward "whatever parameter has the most posts is Winner Takes All", which means a majority of my locked posts won't show up merely by exposing whatever tags do get the visibility protected selector assigned to them. In fact, adding such CSS would be equivalent to hiding even more posts on myself than I do now simply by mis-tagging or forgetting to tag.

But that means finding and targeting the exact CSS again, then adding it to my style sheet and updating it - I mean, to find one freaking post (there are probably others, which is why I find myself bitching about Tag page CSS in general - I know I'll have to go back and find and re-tag more stuff, not to mention change some posts from protected to public, as I accidentally forget to change the access level on more of them than I care to admit).

It would just be so nice to have a way to sort out public posts from protected ones, as that's sort of an informal filing system in itself - at least for me.

ETA2: just checked Archive Year and Month: Year doesn't parse public from protected posts via CSS, while Month shows a lock next to each protected post, so I'm not sure what else it would need - if anything - to make it more useful. (Maybe unhiding tags on that page would help - will try that next to see what can be manipulated, if anything).

ETA2a: Month doesn't parse between public and protected filters, it just slaps an .access-filter selector on anything not public, which wheeee, why don't we have standardization across our CSS, I think that kind of bugs me. Unfortunately (if you're looking to hack in some sort of workaround) the CSS is semantic, so there's no sneaking in say, dt .access-filter + tag {do this:now} and making it work. I can target surrounding CSS, but that just changes all instances of it on the page without targeting merely the protected tags I'm after.

ETA3: [personal profile] brainwane points out a few ways to parse public from protected posts, namely by using URL parameters like so: "https://marahmarie.dreamwidth.org/?security=access" or choosing from a list of parameters:

If you try a value for "security" that doesn't exist, like "custom", e.g.,
https://marahmarie.dreamwidth.org/?security=custom

you get a list:

"You can filter entries by the following security level:

Public [link]
Access List [link]
Private [link]

[personal profile] darkoshi adds that you can combine tag names and security parameters like so: "https://marahmarie.dreamwidth.org/tag/websites:+ebay?security=access". The page they saw that on also has this suggestion from [personal profile] chagrined:

you can already search for two tags at a time also but I'm on my phone and don't remember the syntax for that ottomh, I can look it up l8r if u want. I think it is limited to only 2 right now tho. but still handy.

eta: nm found it in faq it's tag/tag1name,tag2name?mode=MODE

and where I wrote MODE put either "or" or "and" (and gives only posts with both tags)

iirc can stack with security level filtering too I think

/tag/tagA,tagB?mode=and&security=private

All of these tricks are lovely and useful, but not what I want. I'm just looking for a way to parse - in particular - what's public from what's private without having to scroll through pages of posts found under each tag. Lists of posts found under each tag, sorted by public or protected parameters, would be better - an internal, non-public way to get search results for my posts, in other words, in simple list form, with dates besides the posts under each security parameter in question to help determine which is the lost post (or posts) I'm after.

Basically, I want a system so simple it works for people suffering from memory loss. I'm not claiming that might be me, but there are days it feels like it.

marahmarie: my initials (MM) (Default)
2017-02-22 01:13 am
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Told y'all I was clogging up the Suggestions queue! LOL (Updated 2-24 and 2-28)

That's what I get for going offline for a few days, I swear to God (I just needed a break, it happens)...I come back tonight (well, right now...is that tonight?) and I've got 40 comments/poll votes to look over.

My mind's not exploding or nothing, nope, not mine. :)

GAAAAAH SCREW

ETA, a few hours later: I wrote title text on the link above (now deleted) saying at least four of my Suggestions went up but only two did (Give Us The Ability to Delete Junk Data and Spam From Polls and Add time/date stamp to Inbox messages) but the latter isn't under this username*, which I'll explain at the end.

What confused me was I linked to a poll of mine in the first Suggestion which made me think I saw at least three new polls in my Inbox. I assumed they were all Suggestions when one was actually that same poll I made a while back. Also, it got spammed and I became a total bear in the comments to everyone perhaps because it got spammed, perhaps because I really, really hate spammers. And spam. My apologies! Belatedly! It got new life and everyone's voting on it again. Gaaaaaaah. I'd like to rip my hair out.

I think [staff profile] denise was holding at least six of my Suggestion posts since the last time she ran the queue, with two of those published yesterday - but I have to check through copies I made to be sure.

If I got at least two rejections in the last year (which is possible: there's definitely been at least one!), have two new posts up and am missing two more, that's two more rejections I might be getting - but again, I have to find the folder on my computer that holds them, which I had to create years ago to account for how much time goes by between submissions and Denise running the queue.

Without this folder I have no idea, after a while, what it was I even suggested. (Unfortunately I don't keep offline copies of rejections received - but they might be preserved in my email Inbox, so if I feel like going on a wild goose chase to match up rejections to what I've submitted, that's the only way to go about it.)

*The Suggestion made under username [personal profile] style_tester was mine. I have two CSS testbed journals - that and [personal profile] style_test - so if you ever see me do stupid, stupid shit like leave a comment or post to Suggestions under these names, it was an accident, not because I'm trying to keep things all like on the downlow. I guess coding makes me start thinking about different things because my mind wanders, then I forget to log out and log back in under this name to post whatever I was thinking so gaaaaaah I don't know.

ETA, 2-24-17: apparently the folder I can't keep track of Suggestions without? I deleted it at some point. I have copies of suggestions made but only the ones submitted up until mid-2015, but they're not in a folder, so something went wrong. No new rejection letters since posting this, so I guess that's it.

ETA2: But heh, as soon as I posted the first ETA, it hit me I forgot to check my external hard drive! There is hope I might still find something! But I'll have to find and hook up that hard drive, first.

ETA3, 2-28-17: Checked my external hard drive, OneDrive, current hard drive contents, past hard drive contents, but nothing I've submitted in roughly the last two years shows up. I've got one more thing to try, but I don't know when: I switched hard drives on my laptop sometime last summer or fall. I have an external connector to hook the last one back up and look it over but since I usually wipe and format them, I'm not holding my breath.

marahmarie: my initials (MM) (Default)
2017-02-15 05:32 am
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CSS/https to-dos

ETA, 2-22-17: Aaaand killed, rewrote and re-submitted this request, try next one... bingo. (Actually, I'm surprised "Wow, that's weird!" took a whole week to find me. My luck holds as usual).

ETA, 2-28-17: Not weird, just another issue.


  • Move background images from WP to DW (but keep WP backups and WP style sheet, just in case)
  • This layout looks 7 years old and is actually 7 years old; maybe do something about it - ETA, 2-28-17: maybe not? I actually hate doing new code.

Dreamwidth is running a beta of HTTPS Everywhere. This page turns it on; right now it's the second red button down from the top.

I turned it on tonight (actually, just minutes before opening the editor for this post) and have done exactly zero poking or prodding. Since I'm a frequent finder of Wow, that's weird!, if there's any Wow, that's weird! then hopefully my luck will hold. I like finding bugs, as long as they're not destroying things (though, theoretically, I could like a bug that destroyed some or even all the things, but that's probably a pretty far out edge case involving a fake news website of some sort. Thousands to choose from...).

I asked in a DW comm thread and was told by [staff profile] denise that turning on HTTPS Everywhere, the Dreamwidth Beta, won't conflict with keeping HTTPS Everywhere, the browser add-on, enabled while on Dreamwidth, so apparently you'll be able to keep both running at once.

Being me, I'll try the beta both with and without the add-on (I've been using the add-on for a while and am kind of stuck on it - it's not bad as long as you don't force it to run literally "everywhere", which prevents about half the web from appearing in your browser) so I can see how it all gels.

marahmarie: my initials (MM) (Default)
2017-01-02 12:38 am
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LJ moved its servers from California to Russia; all the what-what

Your hostess is not feeling too hot (it's been a rather rough winter) so my usual wordiness has gone wanly MIA, with apologies if you actually read me for my wordiness.

I've been kind of outed by one of my friends (*cough [personal profile] darkoshi*) for discussing this under access lock, so since I'm rather alarmed by one aspect of it I was going to make a public-facing post to discuss it more thoroughly, anyhow. I just didn't know when, but as I like to own what I've been quoted as saying, I guess that'll be right about now.

What Anyone Knows

There are zero confirmed reports that anything's changed for LiveJournal. There are many unconfirmed reports, IP tests and pings done to find on a per-user basis that LiveJournal moved its servers (which store content such as user's journal entries, comments written and received, pictures, Scrapbooks, usericons, mood icons, profile information, friends lists and payment information) from San Francisco, California over to servers located within Russia.

Here's a MetaFilter written by our own [personal profile] brainwane, with enlightening comments made by many people:
https://www.metafilter.com/164293/LiveJournal-represents-social-media-without-borders - written Dec. 30, 2016

I don't want to create public editorial on what it means because I left LiveJournal six years ago over clickjacking done by SUP, the Russian company that runs LiveJournal to this day, and I didn't do so with the expectation I'd ever look back and feel I have to make public comments on any fresh fiascos from here. I really do wash my hands of the place.

Other people have made excellent editorial on it, though. Some links:
https://lynnenne.dreamwidth.org/305395.html - written Dec. 30, 2016
https://twistedchick.dreamwidth.org/4141297.html - written Dec. 29, 2016

What Concerns Me, Part I

The least important thing is many people seem to think if they hit "delete" then poof! LiveJournal can never touch, change, disseminate, share, prosecute them for, or republish any of their stuff again. But LJ still has their stuff; hitting "delete" doesn't change that.

You know how Windows has a thing where you can go into the Recycle Bin when you hit "delete" on files you forgot you needed and just point your mouse at them and hit "restore"? It's pretty neat, isn't it? Lifesaver, sometimes. Same idea.

Nothing changes, you just can't see your LJ anymore, but it's sitting around in a "to be purged" file somewhere on LJ's servers - unpurged and restorable with just a click or two. So don't think deleting it protects your copyright or ensures your freedom from any possible Russian prosecution.

Deleting, as others have said, might make a nice political statement, or make it just a bit harder on LJ staff as they might have to dig around a bit in a server version of a Recycle Bin to find what they want, but that's about it.

What's most important is what you post to LJ from now on. It's basically too late for anything you've already put there.

What you post from Dec. 23rd on (yes, flex with me back in time to the actual date the server move occurred!) is now sitting on servers operating under Russian law, so from Dec. 23rd on, their law applies, not ours (US/stateside here). Act accordingly, as again, I have little desire to make additional comments.

What Concerns Me (the most), Part II

According to scattered user reports like this one and my own at-home tests, at the same time the server change was made the https:// URL protocol was suddenly no longer live nor allowed to function on any part of LiveJournal (and as of this writing, the HTTPS Everywhere add-on won't help, so if that's the only reason you're tempted to install it...*shakes head*...don't bother).

Lack of secure socket technology (in simple language, "sudden lack of a private web connection to LJ") means hackers, spies, governments, and yes, even your nosy next-door neighbor can easily spy on you while you're on LJ.

As almost any LJ/DW user already knows, the implications of that last paragraph are fairly terrifying, as friends locks (LJ) and access locks (DW) are important to nearly all of us, so this change should scare everyone and convince people to stop using LJ until it's corrected, if indeed it ever is.


Because Dreamwidth is a place that's always encouraged people to continue using LiveJournal (DW supports both full imports of all LJs and crossposting to LJ and Wordpress.com) I'll add a disclaimer that by reporting on the LJ server switch and by talking about the current lack of secure browsing on LJ I'm in no way suggesting, "Stop using LJ and forever and ever!!!111!".

In referring to LJ's lack of secure browsing, I *am* simply suggesting you stop using LJ until that gets fixed, but ultimately, what works - and feels - best for you is always your own decision to make.

As far as making comments here goes, I welcome them, but really don't want to talk about Russia. I do enough of that under lock, so if you're on my subscribe list I can consider adding access so you can share all of my sheer, overwhelming joy on that. There is so much joy. But I'm always keen to answer any question(s) you might have on "how to Dreamwidth" or to point you in the right direction if I can't (or shouldn't try to) answer myself.