lb_lee: A picture of Sneak smiling (sneak)
[personal profile] lb_lee
We've had some folks come join DW from tumblr or Discord recently, so I thought I'd do a little Dreamwidth 101 post for you guys! :D I hope it helps!


There are two things you can do with cool folks on Dreamwidth; you can subscribe to them, and you can give them access!

Giving someone access controls which posts of yours they can see. For instance, anyone can read our public posts on Dreamwidth. However, we also have locked posts which can only be viewed by folks we've given access. This gives you privacy and security, unlike a platform like tumblr, where everything's public forever.

Besides the basic access filter, you can make even more customizable filters for certain posts! (For instance, we have a Memory Work filter, for really dark stuff, and a NSFW filter!) You can even make private posts that are just for you. (We do that sometimes for record-keeping purposes.)

To create a content filter, go here! You give it a name, and then you put in all the people who can have access to it! That way, you get some privacy and don't have to have everyone seeing stuff!

So that's giving someone access. If you subscribe to someone, though, all their posts will end up in your Read page. So you can read what they say very easily!

Read Page

This is like your feed on tumblr! It puts all your subscriptions together in chronological order, the most recent at the top. So you don't have to manually check people's individual Dreamwidths. Hooray!


Is there a post you refer to again and again?  You can track it, which means that any time someone comments on the post, Dreamwidth'll send you an inbox message (and/or email)!  This way, you can keep an eye on the post without manually checking it over and over!  You can track a post by by clicking the little bell icon directly underneath the post body. (You can see an example of it on this post too--it's the little bell at the far right right at the bottom of this post, right under the post body and just above the words 'Reply.') Convenient!


Okay, so Dreamwidth is not like tumblr. Tags are not communal; they are purely for organizing things! And you can also organize your tags by category, though we ourself don't do that. (For an example, check out the tags that [personal profile] plures use! They are very well organized. ^_^)

The purpose of tags isn't for making commentary; it's so you can find your posts again when you need them. Thanks to our tag system, we can find pretty much any of our 3000+ posts pretty quickly if we need to! It really helps keep things straight.

You can view all your tags at


Put big images, upsetting stuff, or long posts behind a cut! This is so you don't spam people's Read Pages or overly tax their dial-up connections.


This is where you can keep posts that you want to come back to, over and over! You can put both your own and other people's posts in your Memories, and organize them in categories however you want to make it easier to find them. You can see ours here for an example.


Er, they existed? Organized by interest and such. For instance, [community profile] plurality and [community profile] plural_intersections are communities. I think they're mostly dead though. <.< It's worth a shot trying to revive them, I guess, and there are other communities that are still active!

That's all I can think of for now! Let me know if you have any questions! :D


Date: 2017-04-09 02:22 am (UTC)
the_network: Chibi icon of a black cat with green eyes against a dark green background with light green polka dots (Mew)
From: [personal profile] the_network
This was very helpful, I didn't know about the memory or community functions at all. Thank you very much!


Date: 2017-04-09 04:10 am (UTC)
archivalanomalies: Archer's icon. A picture of the tarot card Wheel of Fortune, feat. a sphinx and a fox posing on a wheel. (Default)
From: [personal profile] archivalanomalies
This is excellent!! We already knew about these things from our time in DWRP, but a lot of other people don't, so it's great to have such an easy-to-read resource. (Dreamwidth itself can be... confusing.)

EDIT: Another thing that might be worth mentioning is that there are different styles for each page! How you can make your settings so that every journal entry page is in the site style, which makes everything 100000x easier to read, for example.
Edited Date: 2017-04-09 04:11 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-04-09 04:48 am (UTC)
archivalanomalies: Archer's icon. A picture of the tarot card Wheel of Fortune, feat. a sphinx and a fox posing on a wheel. (Default)
From: [personal profile] archivalanomalies
Ah, we can barely function without "Journal Style: Site," it's interesting that you guys never used it :O

Date: 2017-04-09 04:39 am (UTC)
mirrorofsmoke: The words "We are Groot" and a picture of Baby Groot on an icon with a swirly galaxy background. (Default)
From: [personal profile] mirrorofsmoke
Thank you, Sneakling! We're DW regulars but still an epic post anyhow!


Date: 2017-04-09 08:51 am (UTC)
thedc: (one)
From: [personal profile] thedc
Thanks for this! A lot of it seems familiar from LJ but that was helpful as an update and refresher.


Date: 2017-04-10 06:45 am (UTC)
quandary_lions: A console image of a double-headed lion eating a sun. (Default)
From: [personal profile] quandary_lions
Wow, that many people joined? We gotta step up our DW game and finish setting things up!

Very useful post, thank you!

-- Cassius

Date: 2017-04-20 08:26 pm (UTC)
dreamwriteremmy: Alexis Bledel, a brunette smiling sitting on a bench (Default)
From: [personal profile] dreamwriteremmy
Also a side note for other people, if you want the tags to be organized the way [personal profile] plures (and ours for that matter) tags are, you MUST go into your customize journal style settings and under the presentation tab, tell the tags display to be "multilevel".
the format is category: whatever: whatever
(Generally you can go about 3 deep (might be able to do more but we haven't tried it), but it depends on the character length of each word)

Date: 2017-04-27 07:32 pm (UTC)
papercraftsystem: Made by Jack of The Papercraft. (Default)
From: [personal profile] papercraftsystem
Oh thank fuck we've been so lost, only had like the first two figured out. Thanks for this. - Jack

Date: 2017-07-01 01:25 am (UTC)
breezeway: ringo oginome leaning back smiling slightly with her diary (leaning back with diary)
From: [personal profile] breezeway
thanks for the guide! it's been several years since we've been on dw, so it was a nice refresher!

- breeze
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