MadQueenOpus

Interests include but are not limited to Rooster Teeth, The Mighty Nein, Minecraft, linguistics, and wooden dishes.

madqueenopus reblogged sparky

idk who needs to hear this rn but...

ravioli -

be an adult and clean ur gotdam pillows n sheets


madqueenopus asked:

Hey, sorry if you've answered this already, I didn't see it in your recent posts-

I'm not able to make a text post. Reblogging is working fine but for some reason it doesn't like an original post. Is it because I only used the title space and tags with no body text?

thelldev -

Don't quote me on this because I don't have the code in front of me to double check, but I THINK it checks that the actual text box itself has something in it before it'll let you post, so try that. If that works I'll see about doing a hotfix later to patch that out, but if it doesn't work I'll need to investigate because that's a bug. 


madqueenopus -

whoop there it is. Yeah, she works now, you were right- it needs to have something in the text box.


I decided to listen to Hozier while drunk

it's a religious experience


madqueenopus reblogged sparky

good scents ask game

sparky -
  • sandalwood: do you prefer the woods or the beach?
  • lavender: what always calms you down when you're stressed out?
  • peppermint: do you have a sweet tooth?
  • cinnamon: what's your favorite holiday (cultural, religious, or otherwise)?
  • linen: what's one quirk about you that no one else seems to get?
  • bonfire: are you a cuddly person?
  • balsam: what does a perfect day look like to you?
  • coconut: what's the most surprising thing that's happened to you this week?
  • vanilla: do you have any stuffed animals?
  • citrus: are there any accessories you wear every day?
  • rosemary: what's something good about you that even your worst enemy would have to agree with?
  • tea tree: do you often remember your dreams? if so, what did you dream about last night?

madqueenopus reblogged sparky
tiddywife -

god i want to be a butch's bride


sparky -

I WOULD LIKE TO BE A GIRL'S HANDSOME BUTCH GROOM TY.....


madqueenopus -

If y'all get married anywhere in the US outside of the state of New York and the city of Las Vegas, I can officiate


thelldev -

oh goddammit he made a knife out of fucking MUSHROOMS


madqueenopus -

I have no context for this and I honestly prefer it that way


naiad -

I think we've pretty officially decided to move back home to mo in the future rather than trying our luck in california mosty because if we're being honest we both grew up kinda "trashy" and the idea of trying to maintain a lawn or keep up appearances just sounds exhausting tbh 

like something about having a wild untamed lawn in the spring/summer just calls to me i miss it


awakeingdreamer -

Gods I can relate. I speak from experience and you are absolutely right -- keeping up apparences and maintaining a "proper" look for the outside of your house is absolutely exhausting.


babushka -

americans have to maintain a what now


thelldev -

Oh god yeah 

I keep dating Americans so I have like. Some sort of peripheral understanding of what they mean

Welcome to the wonderful world of "Homeowner Associations". Apparently, they have rules you have to follow, you have to pay them for membership, and they can have your house if you don't follow the rules. 

They also have rules on such things as what you're allowed to plant in your garden, what colour you can paint your house/doors etc, and to top it all off, it's apparently nearly fucking impossible to leave them. Buy a house that's part of an HOA? Congrats! You're automatically a member, like it or not, and have to pay the dues.

As someone who's probably going to end up over there it's fucking mindboggling that they exist and my one rule for my future wife when she's house hunting for us is "no HOA".


madqueenopus -

Am American, can confirm. Fuck HOAs.


lumpybirdarts

they put bees in minecraft


lime -

oh no a baby


naiad -

Something that really bothered me on tumblr that I'm already seeing here is stealing photos just to have an aesthetic blog. Just credit the people who's photos you're using, or use one of the many stock photo/free photo websites. It sucks to see something you put work into on someone else's blog and knowing no one who saw it or reblogged it will know you're the person it came from


madqueenopus reblogged rupert
kunaipaint

once i wanted to make really cartoony stylized trees and ya know what i still think they are cute


wokenhardies -

self care is coming up with a skin care routine bc you had a dissociative episode last night and you wanna make yourself feel pretty/handsome


wokenhardies -

update

self care is also attempting to do your make up, forgetting you wore a white shirt and spilling foundation on it by accident


madqueenopus -

I'm in this post and I don't like it.


I'm a good son, I promise


they!!

also a fabulous response! 


madqueenopus reblogged rupert
rupert -

I have my first legit singing lesson ever on tuesday and I am. So ready to be absolutely terrible at it


madqueenopus -

I've been to exactly one (1) singing lesson in my life and it was fantastically embarrassing and I highly recommend it. Definitely added to the list of things I'd pursue as an eccentric millionaire.


thelldev -

IT WAS A ONE FUCKING CHARACTER FIX YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW PISSED OFF I AM IT TOOK 7 MONTHS TO FIND


abbyarchive -

ALL THIS PAIN AND SUFFERING FOR ONE CHARACTER

WHAT WAS THE CHARACTER THELL


thelldev -

I ADDED A QUESTION MARK


madqueenopus -

THELL PLEASE


madqueenopus reblogged staff
staff -



transwerewolf -

Thell??? 

When in the us is it the fourth yet????


staff -

AW FUCK I THOUGHT MY CLOCK SAID 5


madqueenopus reblogged staff

Going Forward - Waterfall's Monetisation Strategy

staff -

With the rewrite and an app around the corner, it's time to talk long term. You may or may not know about those (in which case, I recommend following @thelldev where I talk about site development a little when I'm not memeing), but those are definitely things that are happening! 

For the last month or so we've been talking amongst ourselves, and we now have a pretty decent handle of how Waterfall will fund itself going forward. Below is a breakdown. Please note this isn't 100% final yet - we're very interested in feedback, and may add things or move things around. 

These come into effect with the launch of the rewrite - which, incidentally, with the exception of themes and IMs will bring us to feature parity with Tumblr (i.e. comments, group blogs, password proteected blogs etc).

Kickstarter

The bulk of initial funding will be through Kickstarter. Ostensibly, this is being run with the aim of funding the app - namely, the equipment to start building the iOS version specifically. The current plan is to run a flexible funding campaign with an end goal of $10,000. Of that, only around $3,000 is needed for the equipment itself, with the rest going towards upgrading the server hardware to cope with the additional load an app will cause. A stretch goal in the middle will result in us adding IMs. Rewards for this will be stickers, fancy profile icons, beta access, and access to tiers (see below). This will launch as soon as the rewrite goes live.

Tiers

In order to keep the site ad free, we obviously need some sort of recurring income. After a small focus group with some randomly selected users and some lengthy internal debate, we've decided that the easiest way forward is to add subscription tiers. Very important note: The addition of these will not, in any way, detract from the core experience of the site. That's something we've been committed to from day one. What these will do, however, is improve that experience by increasing a few limits. They have thematically appropriate names, so let's have a look. The plan here is monthly or annual subscriptions, where annual gets you a free month.

Remember: These aren't final yet, and we intend to add more to them over time.

  • Freshwater: The basic tier, $3/mo. Upload size limits are doubled, and you get a nifty profile badge.
  • Groundwater: An intermediate tier, we're aiming for $5. As above, but 5x the upload size limit instead. Additionally, you'll have the option of viewing videos and listening to audio in original quality rather than the transcoded, bandwidth saving version. You also get beta access to new features in testing.
  • Springwater: The highest currently planned tier, intended for artists and those serious about supporting the site. The aim here is to make the $10 price tag seem cheap. On this tier, you get a 10x upload size limit increase, increased number of images in an imageset, and access to a massively more in depth blog analytics page than regular users will get, giving you breakdowns on how people are finding your posts, which posts were likely to have resulted in how many follows, and more - basically, close to the same dashboard the staff will be using for the site as a whole. In addition, you'll have the ability to promote a couple of your posts for seven days each month - these will then periodically show in a user's sidebar instead of the randomly selected featured post. The current ratio we're thinking about for featured:sponsored showing up is 70:30, just so that folks aren't inundated with sponsored posts. Note: This does not insert it as a regular post on a user's dashboard, and will only show to users who appear to be interested in the same stuff as you're drawing (after all, we figure you want folks who are gonna be interested in following to see your stuff). Additionally, you'll be able to make sale pages - things like one-off adoptables and brush packs (there may be a small fee taken on sales of these, but it will be negligible if so - you're already giving us money). This tier will be constantly iterated on based on feedback. Like we said - we want $10 to feel cheap. 

Commission Marketplace

We're planning to get this launched alongside the rewrite. It's pretty set in stone now that Waterfall will take 10% of the commission sale price in exchange for the service provided. 

"The service" in this case is advertising you to the whole site rather than just your followers, the protection against scammers we'll provide, and making it so you don't have to give out your email and address to buyers when you use PayPal. For this we'll be using Stripe - a tried and tested provider who deposits money directly into your bank account so that Waterfall doesn't have to hold on to it. 

Sponsors

This won't launch in the rewrite, but rather, a few months after. This is basically Patreon, but integrated into the site so that you can automatically set schedules for making stuff public if you choose to, make some of your posts private to sponsors of a certain tier while keeping all your followers in one place, and generally just make content. NSFW content will, naturally, be allowed. 

Blog Slots

This one is pretty simple - on average, a user has two blogs. So, a new blog limit of 3, with any after that requiring a one off payment of $1 to permanently unlock an extra blog slot. General opinion when floated in the Discord is that this is fair and outliers should support the site. Note: Existing blogs going over this limit are grandfathered in and won't be removed.

This more or less sums up the current strategy. We're extremely interested to hear any feedback on this - is it fair? Are our prices too high? Too low? Are we offering too much or too little? Let us know! 


madqueenopus reblogged staff

Waterfall Roadmap

staff -

Waterfall is just over 7 months old now, and, at the time I started typing this post, had 24,960 users. From the beginning I said 25k was probably going to be the cutoff point where I sat down with the volunteer mods and we had a talk about what the site was going to be. Part of that figure was thinking we’d never actually hit it, but here we are - by the end of the week, we'll have hit 25,000 users. We’re also averaging 1,000 posts a day now, which is frankly incredible for such a young site.

Before I forget though, here’s a post-mortem on the infrastructure upgrades over the last couple of days.

So, back to the future. A few days ago, I sat down with the mods and we had a nice little chat about what's happening, what we’re doing, and where we want the site to go. We even broke out a little math to help us work things out - a deep-dive on Waterfall's analytics, including a comparison to public figures for Tumblr and Pillowfort, are here.

We took all that into account when making the decisions. When a site gets to this size, it kind of stops being a hobby - it needs a little more constant attention, and a bit more work put into it. There were three paths available - close the site and piss everybody off, abandon the site and let folks run riot Blue Hellsite style, or double down on the site.

We decided to double down.

This does mean a few changes - for one, Waterfall will, going forward, become an operational division of The Overseer Project. This is the games development studio that I've mentioned I run before, but going forward, will also develop Waterfall. The community mods, going forward, will be part of TOP - both as staff, and as thanks for their efforts so far, part owners of the company too. In terms of the sites aims, this changes absolutely nothing - the TOS is going to stay the same, privacy policy stays the same, community guidelines stay the same, no ads policy stays the same. What it does change is the amount of technical expertise behind the site, as any support TOP gets with its infrastructure, Waterfall now also gets. In addition, Waterfall is no longer limited to just a tiny little piece of the hardware - Waterfall can now scale out to use every bit of capacity we have, if it needs to. It also means that people much better at programming than I am can be involved in developing the site in future. Games remain the focus of the company, but with this being an official project now, you can expect the site to be worked on a lot more often instead of restricted to spare time.

The Future

Once we'd settled on that, we had a quick discussion about where we're going with the site. The short version is - we're remaining completely committed to community and creators. Here's an overview of what’s coming. Not everything is listed here, but these are the major features.

Support Upgrades

Waterfall can now take advantage of TOP's infrastructure, meaning that soon - hopefully within the next week - reporting and support requests will receive a complete overhaul, making it easier for both you, and us.

Commission Marketplace

The marketplace is on track to launch very soon. There's not a whole lot to reiterate here since I've talked about it enough. Anyone over the age of 13 will be able to offer commissions, provided they're eligible for a Stripe account, which we'll be using as our payment processor. We spoke to a few artists and have settled on what was almost universally considered a fair fee of 10% on commissions over $10 for sales through the marketplace - Stripe's fee comes out of Waterfall's cut. All currencies Stripe supports will be supported and autoconverted for artists. The fee may be slightly higher for commissions under $10, but we're running the numbers to try and make that not be the case. We expect to launch this by the end of July. Don’t worry - we haven't forgotten about writers and musicians.

Blog Analytics

It’s nice to know who's looking at your blog. Sometimes it's just idle curiosity, sometimes you're an artist wanting to know how well you're doing. Statcounter lets you do some stuff, but given GDPR and improvements to adblockers meaning stuff like that is useless nowadays (ethical considerations aside), there needs to be an alternative.

Waterfall will be building in analytics for artists and blog users alike. You know your art has 100 reblogs but don’t know how many people have actually seen it? Now you'll be able to tell. It'll even get a little bit clever for you and tell you whether a specific post or piece was why people followed you. The system will keep users pseudo-anonymous to protect their privacy, while still giving you what you need to know provided they don't opt out. This will likely replace the Activity page.

Supporters

Patreon was a nice idea, until they decided their new fee structure was the way to go. Waterfall will be investigating a similar system, where you can give your supporters and followers tiered rewards. With the option to release stuff to lower tiers later, and then to the public, we think artists and creators will find this useful.

Artist Marketplace

Not actually a new thing, but more an upgrade to the Commission Marketplace. Folks wanted to be able to sell adoptables and merch - while the Commission Marketplace will launch without the capacity for this, we like the idea, and we're making inquiries with suppliers to make this a reality for physical products. Digital products like adoptables are also being investigated.

An App

Yep. An app. Soon, we'll be launching an IndieGoGo campaign to fund getting an app going. We don't need too much - we're just settling on the rewards right now. In the meantime, a prototype for the Android version has been bootstrapped.

This covers the essentials. There's still more not here - improve site navigation, bug fixing, the Tumblr importer etc etc. But we were excited to let you know about this, and thought now was the right time to do so! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to let us know in the Discord!


hey critical role.... sup

(image description: caduceus' character art edited so that the colours are instead blinking, bright coloured, and sparkly. end ID)


lime -

someone: arent you lactose intolerant?

me, eating a full tub of ice cream: licktoes intolerant? damn straight, get away from my feet


madqueenopus -

@greymouse


snailcities -

The study of sign languages should be called limbguistics


madqueenopus reblogged staff
staff -

We now have an FAQ!

Shoutout to user @80roxy08 who ran the excellent community FAQ while this was being written.


Fresh Orange Scones - Sprinkle Some Sugar

These perfectly tender fresh orange scones have such a bright citrus flavor and are topped off with a sweet + tangy orange glaze.

I made these orange scones for the second time today. Still friggin' amazing. Highly recommend.

 

*Can't vouch for the glaze though. I tend to prefer my pastries plain so I haven't tried making that part of the recipe yet.


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