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The State of Mark: Dreamwidth

[staff profile] mark
Something I've been meaning to write about, but there's never really a good time, so hey.

One of the best things about building a really awesome foundation on something is that, eventually, you can take a step back and let things continue to go and grow and feel entirely confident that things aren't going to go off the rails without you. Over the past six months I've been reducing my role on Dreamwidth and am recently at the point where I'm really not doing a lot on the site day to day.

I'm still helping out when really needed and I will continue to make myself available for middle-of-the-night site breakages and other problems that need immediate redress. However, I am not taking an active role in the management or development of the project on a day-to-day basis. For any of that, you should talk to [staff profile] denise and/or [personal profile] fu. They're awesome and I have complete confidence in the future of Dreamwidth with them at the helm.

I think that's the salient part.
08.09.2010 05:44 am (UTC)

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cesy: "Cesy" - An old-fashioned quill and ink (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] cesy
Will you still be finishing up the big projects you were working on? I seem to remember that cross-site reading and photo hosting were both dependent on you.

I'm glad the site has the flexibility and structure to support this, though, and I hope you're enjoying the break.
08.09.2010 06:18 am (UTC)

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northern: "northern" written in gray text across a raven (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] northern
I'm glad you found another great place of work and that you're happy about that, but yeah, who is going to be working on cross-site reading if you don't mind me asking?
08.09.2010 02:31 pm (UTC)

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princessofgeeks: (donut stack by hsapiens)
Posted by [personal profile] princessofgeeks
i am glad you are finding your own balance and i hope all is well.
08.09.2010 02:49 pm (UTC)

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allen: extras (extras)
Posted by [personal profile] allen
I'd noticed that you hadn't been around as much recently...

Good luck with your new projects. And don't worry--you've done a good job here.
08.09.2010 06:18 pm (UTC)

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azurelunatic: The Space Needle by night. Slightly dubious photography. (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] azurelunatic
Thank you for all your amazing work in getting the site off the ground.
08.09.2010 06:34 pm (UTC)

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pauamma: Cartooney crab holding drink (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] pauamma
Good luck with... er, whatever it is you're doing now. :-)
08.09.2010 07:02 pm (UTC)

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sophie: A cartoon-like representation of a girl standing on a hill, with brown hair, blue eyes, a flowery top, and blue skirt. ☀ (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] sophie
Thank you so much for the work you've done on the site. <3

I've known for some time that this was going to happen, as you know, but it's still sad when it does happen. I wish you the very best.

To those wondering what'll become of Dreamwidth: Don't worry. As Mark says in this post, he's been reducing his roles bit by bit, but not without making sure someone else can do it. The servers are still in good hands. :)
08.09.2010 07:13 pm (UTC)

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blnchflr: Remus/Ghost!Sirius (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] blnchflr
Aww, that makes me a bit sad to hear - I associate DW very much with you and [staff profile] denise as a team (now with added [personal profile] fu). Best of luck with whatever you're doing not DW.
09.09.2010 06:01 am (UTC)

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lanterne_rouee: glowing multicolored lantern (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] lanterne_rouee
Awww... but if you're happy, that's what counts. :)

Thanks very much for creating this place, along with [staff profile] denise. It totally rocks.

I'm supposing you'll still be posting here though, yeah, if you post anywhere, since you helped create the best site of all on which to do that sort of thing. lol :D
09.09.2010 11:37 am (UTC)

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chris: (whatyousay)
Posted by [personal profile] chris
1) Thank you for everything you have done for us, and the crisis management you'll continue to do going forward. (I happily remember being impressed by reading that you interrupted a car journey for urgent DW repair work!)
2) Best of luck with whatever fills most of your time from now on.
3) As your life is not our business and you don't owe us an explanation, should we assume that if you wanted us to know why you're doing this then you'd have told us?
10.09.2010 04:16 am (UTC)

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shadowspar: Pic of Kurama holding a rose (kurama - rose)
Posted by [personal profile] shadowspar

Inasmuch as this isn't goodbye, per se, this is still a pretty good time to say: thanks for your huge part in launching Dreamwidth and giving us a blogging site and community we can trust and love. =)

14.09.2010 07:04 pm (UTC)

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ninetydegrees: Photo: bingo chips (bingo)
Posted by [personal profile] ninetydegrees
I've commented in news but I've realized it wasn't fair to speak to your directly.
I'll be honest because I'm always painfully so: I've been very disappointed with the way this announcement has been made. I expected it from you, in news, when you took the other job and not months later. I expected answers to questions your users might have, about your new role, about who's doing what now, about how this changed things or didn't, about the status of the things you used to work on (or still do, I dunno). I expected you would talk to volunteers involved in development some way and explain why things had gotten much slower and why patches stayed in the queue for weeks (some are still there, I believe, because nobody can or wants to review them) and why things may have gotten a little tense. I didn't expected concerns being minimized, and things mentioned in passing as if it wasn't a big deal and our concerns weren't valid. That's what LJ has gotten us used to. Not DW. And the more I read about this in entries and comments here and there, the more disappointed I get. I wish I had something positive to say. I've actually stared at this entry for several minutes trying to come up with something but I couldn't. I'm just very, very disappointed.