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Thursday, April 16th, 2009 07:01 pm
Moodtheme!

I have now set up a custom moodtheme, Dreamwidth-style! Sadly, this turned out to be the most tedious set-up yet. For each of the near-200 moods, one must fill in the URL of the image and the dimensions of the image in separate fields. I much preferred the method of doing it through the LJ-console, where I could paste from a notepad document into which I'd just found&replaced all the relevant bits of code. (I think the above-described Dreamdwidth style is the standard user-friendly LJ method now as well. Which means it may well be possible to access a Dreamwidth-console and do it the way I prefer but, if so, I don't know where it is.)

Ridiculously, while going through this process which took about an hour, I was struck by the need to finish my jack-o-lantern moodtheme and to make a text-based moodtheme. I'm not sure where I want to get quotes from, though.

Communities!

I have also created a community, just to test out the comm-controls. Except not, because I decided to re-create my Tara K. Harper community and there's not much to say about her right now. Nor much of a fanbase around here that I'm aware of...

So! I'm thinking new community-- The Library Pub! I blame [personal profile] penmage and [profile] obsessiveicons for this idea rattling around in my brain. Anyway, I'm thinking of a community for the posting of literary- or author-inspired drinks and also discussion about what shocking, amusing, or titillating lushes many famous and/or admired authors are. Anyone up for playing around in that sort of community? And thusly testing the mod-backend of Dreamwidth?

Pro-Journal!

And, finally, I took the first invite code I ever got and spent it on myself. I felt the strong urge to secure [personal profile] talkstowolves is all I can say. I've done much the same over there as here, creating a custom layer so that I could use LJ's Dear Diary - Striking layout and setting up all my icons.

Setting up [personal profile] talkstowolves also gave me a better idea of what people will be facing when the site is live and everyone's trying to import their journals. I imported [personal profile] fireriven when there were only around 400 people? And 3000+ entries with 8000+ comments took less than 50 minutes. Importing [personal profile] talkstowolves, which involved less than 200 entries and barely over 300 comments took 17 hours.

Next up!
Catching up with/finding my friends who have migrated.
Looking more into the official DW-related comms.
Friday, April 17th, 2009 02:10 am (UTC)
I felt the strong urge to secure [personal profile] talkstowolves is all I can say

That's understandable.

Regarding import times, I think it will be crazy slow for the first month, but then back to a couple of hours max. One effect of this might be that new people would put off importing for a little while, and that might actually ease up the load. It's neat having all entries in one place, but it's not the most essential thing in the whole wide world.
Friday, April 17th, 2009 02:25 am (UTC)

I created a template and posted instructions on how to do this through the console here: http://beable.dreamwidth.org/462754.html

Friday, April 17th, 2009 02:26 am (UTC)

And um, hi! *waves*

I don't think we're ever met, but I was trawling some of my less common interests (e.g. the dark crystal) and subscribing to the journals that looked interesting.