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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Sat, Mar. 20th, 2010 04:57 pm
Questions about Dreamwidth and how to bridge the gap

I got a Dreamwidth account a few months ago, when it first opened up beyond the beta group, mainly because I had an inkling I might want to reserve my username. Today I finally got around to importing my LJ over there. I'm a little lost on what I'd like to do with it, though. Should I use it to mirror my LJ? If so, should I crosspost entries manually, or use the crosspost feature on Dreamwidth?

Who out there is on Dreamwidth? Do you use your account as a mirror to LJ, or do you post different content there? Or do you, like I did for a while, just have a dummy account to reserve your username?

Do any of you now consider Dreamwidth your "home" rather than LJ? If so, why do you prefer Dreamwidth?

Also, I've heard that fandom isn't very active on Dreamwidth, at least compared to LJ. Is that true, and if so, why do you think that is?

I have to admit that right now I don't know much about the issue of Dreamwidth vs. LJ. I understand that people have issues with LJ, but I've never felt all that keenly affected by those issues myself, so maybe that's why I'm unsure how to approach the issue of bridging the gap between the two. I don't feel a compelling enough reason to leave LJ, but I'm curious about Dreamwidth and want to give it a try. Conseqently, I want to figure out how I can get the best of both worlds. Anyone have any advice to offer?

Joie

Current Mood: curious curious

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alphabet26
alphabet26
that kind of girl
Sat, Mar. 20th, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)

I haven't used Dreamwidth for anything since getting an account and transferring my LJ over there. I figure I'll be ready if fandom does a migration, but I'm happy where I am for now.


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Sun, Mar. 21st, 2010 04:35 am (UTC)

*nods* I do wonder what the chances of a mass exodus are. A while back it seemed almost inevitable; right now it feels much less likely, but still possible. Overall, though, it seems like most of the people who are using DW are sill using LJ as well.


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umadoshi
umadoshi
Ysabet
Sun, Mar. 21st, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)

I use DW to mirror this account, but not my other LJ (mainly because I don't think the RL friends who read that account are likely to migrate). I'm currently trying to make this account/the DW account my primary one, though.

Personally, I crosspost everything manually, but I've been told that the crossposting utility works really well unless you're used to posting via a client.

I think of both sites as my online "home", because more of my friends are still on LJ but I find LJ itself inhospitable. On the technical front, I don't use a lot of the improved features DW offers, but I read through the comments on the DW news posts and constantly see users being really excited about changes and improvements. On the philosophical front, I much prefer DW's openness and and understanding of the userbase to LJ's apparent willingness to screw its users over, leave us in the dark, and make the interface hostile (mainly through ads which I've never seen, since I pay for my accounts, but I've heard multiple say that the ads periodically make their browsers freeze up entirely).

As for fandom, I find that there's an extremely strong fannish presence over on DW (to the point that the friending meme that's currently going on there is specifically non-fandom, in order to encourage non-fans to get to know each other and use the site more). But I do think it's skewed very heavily towards domestic media fandom right now, rather than anime/manga.


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Sun, Mar. 21st, 2010 04:32 am (UTC)

Thanks for commenting.

I attempted to use the crossposting feature today and was annoyed that it didn't attach the right icon to my post, so I will probably end up crossposting manually for that reason.

But I do think it's skewed very heavily towards domestic media fandom right now, rather than anime/manga.

Yeah, maybe that's why I have the impression that not much is going on over there. Today I checked two communities--one for Naruto and one for A:TLA. The Naruto one was practically dead; the Avatar one was somewhat active, but it was nothing compared to the Avatar community here on LJ, and even what was there had mostly been crossposted to the LJ comm.


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umadoshi
umadoshi
Ysabet
Sun, Mar. 21st, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC)

Ohh, yeah, Ginny mentioned that the icon isn't carried over automatically. I think it might still be simpler to use the crosspost feature and then go manually change the icon than it is to copy and paste all the field info over, but...I haven't done it yet.

As far as "everyone crossposts" goes, what I'm doing is reading everyone who crossposts on DW rather than LJ and commenting there. Sometimes I'll still go look at the LJ version to read the comments there too, but I try to have my part of the discussion on DW.

Also, I'm reading people there who I'm not reading here. I figure that having a different online circle there is a good way of staying emotionally invested in the site, and I check it just as often as I check LJ. And then when people do make the move over there, my f-lists just readjust a little.


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thewhiteowl
thewhiteowl
Could use a little more cowbell
Sun, Mar. 21st, 2010 03:05 pm (UTC)

If you imported your icons as well so that the keywords match, it should carry across automatically -- it does for me.
The x-poster is great, I've just set it up and forgotten about it, plus if you re-run the importer later, it will bring over the comments from LJ, but won't duplicate the post like it would if you're cross-posting manually.


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Sun, Mar. 21st, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)

Good to know. I have a free account there right now, so that's why I couldn't import my icons. I think umadoshi is right, though, that it's probably easier to use the crosspost feature and then manually fix the icon.


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coastal_spirit
coastal_spirit
Gale
Sun, Mar. 21st, 2010 03:26 am (UTC)

I do have an account on DW, but I very rarely use it, and often forget to check it. *sweatdrop* This most likely is because the only people on my f'list who are posting over there are cross-posting here. I really like the DW philosophy, but all of my friends and communities are here, so unless everyone decided to migrate en masse, I wouldn't want to leave. Not only that, but I have a permanent account here.

And really, none of this is very helpful, is it? ;)


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Sun, Mar. 21st, 2010 04:37 am (UTC)

LOL, well it's nice to know there's someone in more or less the same boat as me. I also like the DW philosophy, but find that my friends and comms are all here, and that my friends on DW crosspost everything anyway. And, I have a permanent account, too. So I'm definitely not planning on leaving LJ. I just want to make the most of my DW account, too.


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stereo_m
stereo_m
Moa
Sun, Mar. 21st, 2010 10:43 am (UTC)

I got a DW, started but didn't finish making a custom layout, and migrated my journal over there, and then... nothing. :p I'm "moa" over there, though. It's usually always taken, but I figured that since it wasn't, I might as well go a little more... real, I guess.

I'm like many others in that I much prefer DW's philosophy, but I have all my STUFF here and unless most of my f-list decides to move... *shrug*


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