10:52 am

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Area:

Summary:
Use the same mechanisms used for post-by-email to allow comment-by-email. That is, comments by email should only be allowed from your registered address(es), and you should have to enter a PIN.

Description:
Currently DW allows post-by-email (http://www.dreamwidth.org/manage/emailpost) but doesn't allow you to reply to comments by email. This proposal adds commenting while avoiding some of the security problems that Livejournal (allegedly?) has with their reply-form-in-the-email solution.

Basically, we just add an option to the "mobile post settings" saying "Also allow comments by email". When commenting by email, you would have to put the PIN in the text of the comment. We could specify eg. that it should be the first line of the comment:

PIN: blahblah

A simple regexp should be able to strip PINs from comments and then check them against the user's actual PIN and make sure it's the right one.

The comment notification email should include a message to the effect of "Want to reply via email? Set it up here." (if you aren't registered for email replies) or, "To reply by email, simply reply to this message and include your PIN as described here" (with a link to the help or whatever).

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 48

This suggestion:

Should be implemented as-is.
28 (58.3%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
1 (2.1%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
1 (2.1%)

(I have no opinion)
17 (35.4%)

1 (2.1%)

Support MathJax in Entries

09:43 am

Title:
Support MathJax in Entries

Area:
MathJax JavaScript support at site level

Summary:
I suggest that (in due time!) dw support MathJax <a href="http://www.mathjax.org/">MathJax</a> for mathematical/technical formatting in dw entries.

Description:
This suggestion is intended to make it easy for dw people to write beautiful and useful mathematical/technical content in our entries. MathJax is now a mature and well-supported FOSS extension of html via javascript, with healthy user and developer communities. We've been experimenting with MathJax for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and we've been very pleased with it so far. (This is not an official SEP endorsement.) Code can be written or displayed rendered or in TeX or MathML. This makes it useful also for gacking and modifying, and even for learning more about those markup languages. Anyone who has tried to do serious mathematical or technical typesetting in html will agree, I think, that html is *not* a typesetting language. MathJax goes a long way toward allowing decent technical typesetting in an html context.

If MathJax can be permitted as a tightly controlled JavaScript layer at the dw site level, which I think it can, then users will be able to write mathematical and technical fragments into their journal entries as easily as any other html. I don't envision putting MathJax support into the rich text editor -- I anticipate that anyone who wants to use MathJax will be comfortable editing their own markup. This is rather an extension of html markup into a wider domain.

It is possible that I'm overestimating the ease of implementing this suggestion, but I've experimented with MathJax support in my personal webpages and at the SEP site, and it looks as though MathJax makes this as easy as possible. Furthermore, the social/political aspects look promising, insofar as the MathJax user and developer communities look like just the sorts of folks dw wants to make alliance with, as far as I can tell.

Poll #12341 Support MathJax in Entries
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 46

This suggestion:

Should be implemented as-is.
14 (30.4%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
1 (2.2%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
3 (6.5%)

(I have no opinion)
26 (56.5%)

2 (4.3%)

Posting Via Metaweblog API

11:22 pm

Title:
Posting Via Metaweblog API

Area:
External Services

Summary:
Dreamwidth does not currently support the MetaWeblog API. If it did, users could easily post to DW using external services, such as Delicious and Posterous.

Description:
The Blog Posting function of Delicious is not compatible with DW (or with LJ, for that matter) and thus users wishing to post digests of their Delicious links must use an external script to be able to post digests to their Dreamwidth journals.

It seems (from what I have learned in conversations with people better versed in these issues than me) that if the MetaWeblog API were implemented on Dreamwidth, people wouldn't have to use such scripts anymore.

Poll #2448 Posting Via Metaweblog API
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 53

This suggestion:

Should be implemented as-is.
35 (66.0%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
1 (1.9%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
5 (9.4%)

(I have no opinion)
12 (22.6%)

0 (0.0%)

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