Work has begun on DearDiary 3.0, the long awaited upgrade to the site. However, in considering the radical changes to the site, and the overblown amounts of cruft that DD2.x has laying around, I have almost decided that with the introduction of DD3.0, it its likely that we will destroy everyone’s current diary configuration.
I know a lot of you have put some seriously hard work into your customizations (mostly because the customizer is so god awful to use right now) and what I am thinking is that the basic customizations will remain, but most of the images will be removed from the system. This is because there is a HUGE number of personal pictures uploaded as background images that really and truly should be uploaded into Album and definitely should not be being used as backgrounds. There are also a HUGE number of images that are in complete contravention of copyright laws (half of which people put to me to make public!!)
The new customizer will be SIGNIFICANTLY easier to use, and public image upload and selection will also be significantly better controlled and easier to use. Unfortunately this will, of necessity cause some pain – notably the removal of the cruft from the system.
If you have any passionate thoughts on this, please leave a Reader Comment on this entry and let me know…. I have no timescales, and before I blow the images away I will give at least a week, but possibly a months warning so that you can download your diary pictures and re-upload when the new system goes in.
As I say, there is no timescale as yet (other than it will be at least a couple of months development time).