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On Dreamwidth, Moving, Polls, etc.
The polls closed two days ago, and by a far-greater-than-the-Turkey-referendum-or-the-US-election margin, Move has won - with 21 for votes and one against. This means we're going to begin the process of moving the game to Dreamwidth, which we hope to complete by May 3rd, three days before the summer semester Welcome Picnic.

To do that, we're going to need everyone's help on two matters. Please make sure to read this post carefully.

1. Everyone needs to move their character journals to Dreamwidth
This one is fairly straightforward. You can't play in a Dreamwidth game if you don't have a Dreamwidth journal. Please make sure you have these ready by April 24th! If you have not yet made Dreamwidth backups of your journals, here's how to do it:

Dreamwidth comes equipped with an LJ importer tool that will copy all of your entries, friends, userpics and comments from your LiveJournal; all you have to do is enter your LJ username and password and tick all the necessary boxes when asked. You need a Dreamwidth account for this, but it doesn't necessarily have to have the same username as the one you're using on LiveJournal; any one will do.

The process takes some time, so don't expect everything to get imported immediately.

It's also finnicky about icons: it will only import all of them if your Dreamwidth account has enough icon space to hold them. A basic Dreamwidth account holds 15 icons - if you don't want to buy a paid account there, you'll have to let your paid account run out or delete icons until you hit 15 before you run the importer. It doesn't matter how many icons you've used in the past at that point: they'll all be imported, though you can only use fifteen of them until you buy more icon space.

Okay, so that's it?
No, there's more! This process will import all entries, comments, icons and friends to your account. However, you might have played out threads in other journals or communities. Those comments are not yet claimed, and aren't linked to your account.

Luckily, Dreamwidth has a function for that, too. Just go to the Claim Your OpenId page. Fill in your LiveJournal URL in the 'Claim a new OpenID URL' box, then follow instructions. It might take a while for DW to finish this process, but it will mail you when it's done.

2. We need to know which characters you intend to keep playing.
While Dreamwidth imports can take care of a lot, one thing it doesn't do is import community members. This means we'll have to do this manually, and putting effort into sending invites to characters you're not planning to play anymore is a bit of a waste.

We've had a Fandom High census poll in the works for a while; with an eye on the Dreamwidth move, we think this is a good time to deploy it. Please make sure to vote here by Monday, April 24th on which of your own characters you'd like to keep, and which you're not really planning to play anymore.

Finally, we'll make our final FH backup imports on May 5th. Please don't post anything into the comms at that time - we can't guarantee it'll make the trip over to Dreamwidth if you do.

Questions, comments, concerns?

Hi, apologies if this was answered elsewhere but I want to make sure I understand. I know you're only asking active journals be moved to DW, but is there any benefit for archiving purposes to creating a Dreamwidth journal for characters I do intend to drop? Like, in the ideal scenario, would you want Dreamwidth copies of characters' journals even if they're no longer in play so that the old threads are preserved?

I chose not to mention that in the post because moving to DW is a sometimes arduous process and I don't want to put pressure on anyone when it's not necessary - but I would love to see more people port over their older accounts for archiving purposes, prettying up the imported archives of FH, etc. I will definitely be doing that personally.

Edited at 2017-04-17 05:44 pm (UTC)

Gotcha! That's kind of what I guessed. I will go ahead and try to do that then! Now, if I create Dreamwidth journals for characters who've been out of the game for a while, i.e. not listed in the directory or the survey post, what's the best way to notify you guys of the usernames? Email, or a comment on the survey post?

You can leave a comment on the poll, but as long as you claim your OpenID, we don't really *need* to know - all your comments in the comms will be claimed automatically and so anyone wanting to go back and read your character's archives can just go to your DW journal from there.

Nice and easy! Thanks, duly noted :)

Aha - I had just edited that out of my answer because I thought "MP, she didn't ask that. Don't babble.")

I'll go one better than Len's reply: OMG please don't notify us of the new usernames for dropped characters. We won't be keeping an adminly list of dropped journals, anymore than we do on LJ, so it would just be noise that we have to sort through to get to the signal of journal names that we do have to transfer for the comms and friending list.

Lol, okay! I'll spare you the excess noise!


(I figured from your earlier reply that that was your intent; I just wanted to get it out there for other people reading through the comments.)

Doing that and claiming your OpenID would make threads in other journals and in the comms a lot prettier, for what it's worth!

Links people made to threads in your character's journal -- in linkdrops or as an internal reference in a comment (like wacky phone day cross-references) -- will still go back to LJ, though. That one's unfixable, unfortunately.

Agreed! Time to consult my ancient list of every journal I've ever used to get that in the works :)

Right? I have to power up my old desktop because that's where those passwords are saved... so many NPC journals...


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