Waterfall Staff

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staff
17 hours ago
Saturday 17th August 2019 04:54:34

Almost halfway through on the Kickstarter! Let's look at languages to celebrate. 


staff
1 day ago
Friday 16th August 2019 20:54:36
An Anonymous user asked:

I know you're trying to make it so comments don't force you to the beginning of your dashboard, but I was wondering if you were planning any other changes when it comes to comments. Like... is it going to be easier to see comments in the future without having to load up the Notes page? Will there be a better way for people to respond to eachother in the comments (like the ability to "reply" directly to a comment)? What are your plans for comments overall? 

Thank you for all your work btw!

Basic plan for them is to be at least on par with Tumblr's functionality. Not setting the bar very high, I know.

Usually with new features - even if comments are basically just bolted on to regular notes - is to implement stuff gradually; that way when there's a problem I don't have to do too much tracing through code since I know it's one of the recent additions. So expect functionality improvements constantly until then.

As for reading them easier, I'm assuming something like the popover Tumblr has is what you're thinking? That's probably going to be in the UI overhaul which is one of the last things we'll be doing, probably (though still hopefully before the end of the year). Function over form and all that. 


staff
1 day ago
Friday 16th August 2019 20:29:54

Patch Notes 0.17.1

- Comments no longer refresh the dashboard when posted.
- Comment notes now have a link to the post. 
- Attempted to improve the logic for linking a post in a note, which should hopefully result in fewer "post not found" errors because it's linking to the wrong blog.

[Hotfix 2 minutes after posting]

- Fixed comments being posted to the dev site rather than live.


staff
1 day ago
Friday 16th August 2019 13:16:11

Patch Notes 0.17.0

NEW FEATURES:

- Post comments. NOTE: Currently, posting a comment will force you to the front page of the dashboard. This is a limitation of the prototype and needs some additional work to fix this; apologies for the inconvenience while we work on that. 


staff
2 days ago
Thursday 15th August 2019 21:02:28

Sound familiar? Seems like WordPress has similar things in store for Tumblr as we planned for Waterfall, but at much higher rates. Not to worry - we’re planning on getting the commission marketplace out next week, and comments will finally roll out within the next 24 hours!


staff
2 days ago
Thursday 15th August 2019 19:56:20

Patch Notes 0.16.5

- Fixed a case where a flag set on certain notes would prevent any older ones from being listed on a post.


staff
3 days ago
Thursday 15th August 2019 07:36:35

Patch Notes 0.16.4

- Fixed new post loader logic not working on second pages of blogs/dashboard if you didn't have any tags blacklisted.


staff
3 days ago
Thursday 15th August 2019 07:30:01

Patch Notes 0.16.3

- [BACKEND] Adjusted post load logic to use timestamps instead of post ID as preparation for the Tumblr importer. 
- Prepared the database for comments.
- Added reCAPTCHA on sign up as a primitive defence against bots.
- Fixed a typo in the "email not verified" banner.


staff
4 days ago
Wednesday 14th August 2019 04:35:49
An Anonymous user asked:

You said bots are allowed, does this mean porn spam bots too? bc that's a large reason im trying to get my blog going here and not the Blue Hellsite that is overrun with them

No. When we say "bots are allowed", we mean bots that actually contribute something to the site.


staff
4 days ago
Tuesday 13th August 2019 19:08:06
An Anonymous user asked:

So what is considered gore? Obviously extreme things. But at what point does it cross the line for this site? 

After checking with the other staff, we're making a judgement call: unless it's educational (such as for teaching first aid) or in drawn art (specifically specifying drawn since someone tried to argue presenting self harm photos as "traumacore" should be granted an exception which is a hard no from us), it's not allowed.


staff
4 days ago
Tuesday 13th August 2019 14:06:19

Patch Notes 0.16. 2

- Fixed group member display only showing one user instead of all. 


staff
5 days ago
Tuesday 13th August 2019 03:59:46

Patch Notes 0.16.1

- Fixed mentioning someone causing an error. 


staff
5 days ago
Tuesday 13th August 2019 03:35:44

Patch Notes 0.16.0

NEW FEATURES:

  • You can now invite other users to your blog to form a group blog. All users have access to all functionality of the blog, except viewing the outbox and setting it as their main blog. 

BUG FIXES:

  • Reblogs should no longer create two seperate notes in the post notes (existing ones remain; will be regenerated in future)
  • Reduced blog limit to three as described in previous dev blogs. Existing blogs over this limit are grandfathered in and will not be removed.
  • Fixed success banner messages not triggering.

As usual, feedback and bug reports are welcome in the Discord! 


staff
5 days ago
Monday 12th August 2019 22:40:05

So what's this rewrite thing then? Click here to find out! 


staff
5 days ago
Monday 12th August 2019 19:11:13
An Anonymous user asked:

will the urls be changed after a short amount of inactivity or a long amount? i sometimes dont get back to my blog until about a week has passed and i really want to keep the url i currently have

With inactive URLs, we're talking on the scale of months, not a week or two. 


staff
5 days ago
Monday 12th August 2019 14:18:45
An Anonymous user asked:

I read about tge commissions page which sounds really exciting but the one thing that worries me is not being able to use paypal- or any other third party money transfer site? i'm not sure how the commission page would work in that asspect but would you ever have it as an option to have people pay with your site, or something else if they want to ((like how amazon lets you pay with your card on site OR lets you pay with paypal with a button)). using waterfall is a bit exciting but I already take art coms through paypal on other sites, its a little bit messy to have some money coming in from paypal, and then from this site itself. its not impossible to manage two things but its an extra thing a lot of artists would have to switch to if they just pick one. and i guess the 10% does scare me a lot. even if its not a lot at face value if i ever do this as a  full or part time job then i have to do taxes on top of that, that i also will never see again. I know this got long but i do really want to try it even if the % still stays high and there's no paypal but this is just things that artists would worry about from our perspective. 

It's worth noting that Waterfall doesn't handle the payment, it's Stripe - who we specifically chose because they're small business friendly, have a fee structure which is fair, and have a disputes process that meshes well with what we're trying to do. In addition, to be all Capitalist Scum™ for a minute, they let us automatically take our cut rather than rely on good faith so we can pay the bills easier.  They'll be the only option in the CM for quite a while.

As for the 10%, again, it's important to remember the whole package you're getting in exchange for that. The goal is to build something where you'd want to direct customers to it because of the process, not treat it as a second source. 10% is the absolute minimum (hell, for commissions under $15, it's BELOW the minimum) we need to make it remotely sustainable given our fees and risk involved. The point here is to make sure you can go to bed without worrying if you'll wake up to find your PayPal account frozen and thus not be able to even offer commissions anymore.

It's also worth noting that everyone on Waterfall's team is an artist who takes commissions themselves and we looked long and hard at whether this is a good system, and then asked thirty or so who aren't on the team just to make sure we weren't being stupid. This is, literally, the best system we're going to be able to do until we're big enough to have the clout to ask Stripe to give us a special deal.


staff
6 days ago
Monday 12th August 2019 02:18:44
An Anonymous user asked:

Does this site allow bots? If so are there rules as to which kind are allowed?

No rule against them, but it'd be nice if they did something more interesting than just steal shower thoughts or writing prompts from Reddit.


staff
6 days ago
Sunday 11th August 2019 20:48:56
An Anonymous user asked:

How I reblog without being sent to my dashboard? It's very annoying when I'm searching a tag and I can't seem to reblog somthing without having to perform the search again.

For the moment you can't, that's a UI thing that'll be fixed in the rewrite. 

The joys of beta sites. 


staff
6 days ago
Sunday 11th August 2019 18:42:58
nyanymous-deactivated-2019AugSun-190811110826-0222 asked:

what should i do if someone broke into my account and stole one of my sideblog urls?

Your URLs were freed by staff since you straight up admitted to hoarding on a post. 

While majority of URLs will only be freed by Raven on an automatic basis so we don't have to do math ourselves, if you straight up admit to it we're going to act. 


staff
6 days ago
Sunday 11th August 2019 13:54:39

The Kickstarter means that we're relasing this a few days early, but here's our third quarterly transparency report! 


staff
6 days ago
Sunday 11th August 2019 12:13:33

We've talked about the Commission Marketplace, so it's time to talk about our next feature - Sponsors


staff
6 days ago
Sunday 11th August 2019 11:05:16
An Anonymous user asked:

Will we be able to see when posts were made??? Not being able to see when something was made was a big flaw in tumblr for me. Plus having dates of when things were posted can prove credibility if art or anything really is stolen(story idea, character design, story, ect...)

You already can.


staff
1 week ago
Saturday 10th August 2019 21:01:39
An Anonymous user asked:

I'm loving the site so far!! Out of curiosity, what are your goals for the end of Waterfall's first year?

Glad you're enjoying it! My goals are... hm, let's see

- Have the app in at least beta
- 50k users (halfway there, I expect the app beta to get us the rest of the way)
- At least 150 users on the site at any given time (i.e. actively online, using the site).

I think these are achievable - it sounds small when you consider the other sites, but those are my goals for December 17th! 


staff
1 week ago
Saturday 10th August 2019 17:25:01
bluvoid asked:

Hello there, I'm having some site performace issues? The dropdowns on the top bar are not working for me anymore, and I can't find the buttons to repour or like posts anymore. I don't know for sure if this is a glitch, or if PrivacyBadger messed up, but I figured I might let you know real quick. I've done some troubleshooting and I'm pretty sure it isn't PB, but if you guys can help or anything it would be highly appreciated.

This seems to be a weird issue that crops up for a tiny fraction of users every now and then. Best recommendation I can give since I still don't know the cause is to disable any adblockers on the site (we don't have any ads) and make sure Privacy Badger isn't blocking anything with a subdomain of cdn or cdnjs. Also, try Ctrl-F5ing to clear the cache for the site. 


staff
1 week ago
Friday 9th August 2019 18:16:21

Waterfall App in development!

It's official! We've hit our funding goal, and, as of September 2nd, will officially be able to start working on the app!

The Kickstarter isn't over yet though. We have plenty of stretch goals planned - as we hit them, we'll be able to devote more and more time to extending functionality on the site. Thank you so much for your support! 


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