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I've mentioned before that Dreamwidth has a set of emoticon-icons (there's probably an official term for these but I don't know what it is) that one can use with a comment. (In my DW style you get to them by clicking the smiley face to the right of the Subject field.)

DW user mm-writes figured out some CSS to add to make them show up without needing to click. mm-writes' journal is locked for security reasons so I'm copypasting the relevant part of the post here. (Any formatting errors are mine.)

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Here's the CSS:

#subjectIconList table {display: block!important; margin-left: -.2em; margin-bottom: -2.5em;}

#subjectIconList table, #subjectIconList {border: 0!important; background: none; display: inline!important;}

#subjectIconList:before {float: left; margin-left: .1em; margin-right: 1em; content:" Click on any subjectline icon below to select it"; margin-top: .3em; font-size: 80%;font-weight :bold;}


Here's what that code does (all uses of !important are to override DW's default CSS):

#subjectIconList table {display: block!important; margin-left: -.2em; margin-bottom: -2.5em;} The icon table (actually, it's a blockquote but uses both table and text-list CSS!) is set to display: none unless you click on the lone greyed-out smiley face that's normally present on the "more options" comment form, then the entire table just drops out of nowhere like, "BAM! Need an icon table?". Setting this to visibly display at all times (which can be through an inline or block setting) fixes this.

#subjectIconList table, #subjectIconList {border: 0!important; background: none; display: inline!important;}For aesthetics I removed the border and background that are inherited from my custom .entry .blockquote CSS and set subject icons to display: inline.

#subjectIconList:before {float: left; margin-left: .1em; margin-right: 1em; content:" Click on any subjectline icon below to select it"; margin-top: .3em; font-size: 80%; font-weight :bold;} Here I used content:""; to add visible text that points you to the icons and tells you how to add them to your comments and floated it left.

To get the filled-circle backgrounds behind subject icon images on page replies I added: .comment-subjecticon {float: right; margin-top: -2em;} .comment-subjecticon img {width: 16px; height: 16px; border-radius: 100%; background: #333; padding: 5px;} I wasn't sure where to set the icon image because by default it lands top left and lays on top of my comment titles, so I pushed it right to get it out of the way and set it to line up with comment title text accordingly, then added a background color and border-radius.

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To implement this, go to http://www.dreamwidth.org/customize/options?group=customcss and paste the code into the "Use embedded CSS" field. You might need to have a paid account to use this, I'm not sure.
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These are the Wiscon panels I'm on. I've never been on a Wiscon panel before. I would welcome any comments about these panel topics and any ideas you would like to see addressed at these panels. And if you're at Wiscon I hope you come, but if there's something else fascinating going on at the same time, I hope some of you go to that instead, so I can find out what happened!


Romancing the Beast
Sat 4:00 - 5:15PM, Conference 4
Moderator: Vito Excalibur. Panelists: Catherine Cheek, Stef Maruch, Heidi Waterhouse, Janine Ellen Young

Paranormal romance almost always features the hero as a paranormal being and the heroine as an ordinary human. How does this resonate with gender relations and power relationships in our society? And is it emblematic of women seeing men as Other?

I wanted to be on this panel because the disparity has always bugged me. To give an example that has nothing to do with paranormal romance, I refuse to see Cyrano de Bergerac in any form because I'm not aware of any gender-reversed version.


Dealing With Your Male Answer Syndrome
Sun 10:00 - 11:15AM, Assembly
Moderator: John H. Kim. Panelists: Suzanne Allés Blom, Moondancer Drake, John Helfers, Stef Maruch

Although it's not absolute, there's a strong tendency among masculine people to always want to have the definitive answer for everything, even if they don't necessarily know. In panels and elsewhere in life, it can be hard for men to admit they don't know things. Why is this? How can men deal with the pressure (either internal or external) to always have the right answer? How do women and other non–masculine folks deal with Male Answer Syndrome? If you think the answers to all these questions are obvious, then you need to come to this panel!

I wanted to be on this panel because it's All Answer Syndrome All The Time at my house...and the XY person in the relationship is not the only person participating. So I have experience from multiple sides. I also have funny stories and techniques that you'll want to know about!


Wish Fulfillment in Fiction
Sun 2:30 - 3:45PM, Assembly
Moderator: P. C. Hodgell. Panelists: Beth Friedman, Anne Harris, Stef Maruch, Caroline Stevermer

What is the role of wish fulfillment in fiction? If you're a writer, what personal wishes do you want your stories to fulfill? Are they the same ones you want to read about? How do our fictitious wishes affect our everyday dreams?

I wanted to be on this panel because I fundamentally don't get wish fulfillment fiction, and I think that has something to do with why I find it difficult to write fiction, so I hope to provide an alternate viewpoint and I also hope it will shake something loose.

The OH is envious that I get to be on a panel with P.C. Hodgell. (He isn't going to Wiscon this year.)

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