Thell.dev

This is Thell's development blog. I made Waterfall. Expect to see stuff about Waterfall dev and my other projects here!

thelldev reblogged emlynlua
8 minutes ago
Tuesday 23rd July 2019 21:48:31
emlynlua 23rd July 2019 09:05:40 PM - 51 minutes ago

u know if u put a word in ur blog title or description it means u turn up in the search for that word right???? u know that, large number of ppl who put "no kink interaction" in ur description right?????????


lime 23rd July 2019 09:06:45 PM - 50 minutes ago

IVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT THIS TOO AND I DIDNT WANT TO SAY IT


emlynlua 23rd July 2019 09:09:00 PM - 47 minutes ago

thank u im not alone fhdkjsfjk


thelldev 23rd July 2019 09:48:31 PM - 8 minutes ago

I had no idea people were using descriptions like that and will bear it in mind for the rewrite


thelldev
9 minutes ago
Tuesday 23rd July 2019 21:47:10

I've condensed the code for blog stuff down from 1,200 lines in the current version to 180 lines in the rewrite

Goddamn why didn't I do it this way to begin with


thelldev
2 hours ago
Tuesday 23rd July 2019 20:16:53

If there's an email in the DB matching an email that's donated through Patreon or Ko-fi I'll probably appy tier access to those users when the rewrite goes live, it seems fair


thelldev
8 hours ago
Tuesday 23rd July 2019 13:31:48
abby asked:

how hot is it down ur end atm

kill me


thelldev
9 hours ago
Tuesday 23rd July 2019 13:01:53

I can't tell if I feel sick because of the heat or because of the suspicious looking meat on the pizza but either way I don't care for it


thelldev reblogged abby
10 hours ago
Tuesday 23rd July 2019 11:27:31
maybexobaby 23rd July 2019 11:02:01 AM - 11 hours ago

bc of what is happening today with the british government, I'm gonna be spending my time on my positivity blog


abby 23rd July 2019 11:20:41 AM - 11 hours ago

do i dare ask what happened now


thelldev 23rd July 2019 11:25:37 AM - 11 hours ago

boris


abby 23rd July 2019 11:26:55 AM - 10 hours ago

whats he done now


thelldev 23rd July 2019 11:27:31 AM - 10 hours ago

He's Prime Minister now


thelldev reblogged abby
11 hours ago
Tuesday 23rd July 2019 11:25:37
maybexobaby 23rd July 2019 11:02:01 AM - 11 hours ago

bc of what is happening today with the british government, I'm gonna be spending my time on my positivity blog


abby 23rd July 2019 11:20:41 AM - 11 hours ago

do i dare ask what happened now


thelldev 23rd July 2019 11:25:37 AM - 11 hours ago

boris


thelldev
22 hours ago
Tuesday 23rd July 2019 00:24:40

It's going to be 34C tomorrow

Pray for me and the servers


thelldev reblogged abby
1 day ago
Monday 22nd July 2019 19:36:52
thelldev 22nd July 2019 07:30:27 PM - 1 day ago

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


abby 22nd July 2019 07:34:22 PM - 1 day ago

ALL THIS PAIN AND SUFFERING FOR ONE CHARACTER

WHAT WAS THE CHARACTER THELL


thelldev 22nd July 2019 07:36:52 PM - 1 day ago

I ADDED A QUESTION MARK


thelldev
1 day ago
Monday 22nd July 2019 19:30:27

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


thelldev
1 day ago
Monday 22nd July 2019 17:24:09

Wait what am I doing other than the commission market the rewrite will look almost exactly the same we CAN launch it early


thelldev
1 day ago
Monday 22nd July 2019 17:06:45

I wanna launch the Kickstarter the same time as the rewrite but I also wanna launch it before so we have money sob


thelldev reblogged cottagewife
2 days ago
Sunday 21st July 2019 15:03:50
maliwanofficial 15th July 2019 11:35:39 PM - 1 week ago

💋💋💋💋


thelldev
3 days ago
Sunday 21st July 2019 08:17:38

YO I JUST SAW THE NEW PICARD TRAILER AND I'M FUCKIN HYPED


thelldev reblogged katheo
3 days ago
Saturday 20th July 2019 14:38:46
whisthound 20th July 2019 01:45:50 AM - 4 days ago
Fender / Anthony © kunaipaint

@kunaipaint 's babey for artfight!!


thelldev
3 days ago
Saturday 20th July 2019 11:48:34
coffee asked:

thell i am VERY suspicious rn >O>


thelldev
3 days ago
Saturday 20th July 2019 10:16:11

It's PIZZA NIGHT and I am PUMPED


thelldev reblogged babushka
4 days ago
Saturday 20th July 2019 06:08:09
cosmicaces 20th July 2019 12:49:03 AM - 4 days ago

hello everyone!

being that temperatures in some areas are going to be off the shits, please please please remember to stay cool and hydrated! if you or someone else find yourself feeling dizzy, nauseous, experiencing muscle weakness, or having a rapid heartbeat, quickly get yourself or the person experiencing symptoms to a cooler area! use a damp cloth on your underarms on forehead to help cool down. if it doesnt help or symptoms worsen, seek medical help!

here's how you can stay cool:

  • keep the lights off! light generates heat
  • wear light clothing! dark clothing absorbs heat and you will be overheated
  • keep the windows open if you do not have air conditioning! if you do, keep them closed!
  • close the blinds! if you don't have any, use blankets to cover the windows
  • if you have fans, have them on and nearby any source of cool air! this will help circulate the air

feel free to add any additional tips o/


thelldev 20th July 2019 06:08:09 AM - 4 days ago

Excellent post! A few extras from me:

  • If you DO need a light on, get an LED bulb! You can get ones that use 4W of energy for the equivalent light of a 60W incandescent bulb (they also last a lot longer!)
  • If you can, open a window on one side of the house, and a window on the opposite - this'll create a cross breeze pulling warm air out of the building. 
  • Turn things OFF instead of leaving them on standby - stuff on standby still produces heat.
  • Keep a spray bottle of water nearby and spritz yourself occasionally - even ambient temperature water will help cool you down quite a bit through evaporative cooling (a quick shower works too!)

thelldev reblogged star0rice
4 days ago
Saturday 20th July 2019 03:56:49
thelldev 20th July 2019 03:38:56 AM - 4 days ago

I imagine the sideblogs thing is going to be the most controversial aspect of monetisation, but the reasoning is simple:

sideblogs georg should cough the fuck up


star0rice 20th July 2019 03:48:26 AM - 4 days ago

For any person with access to a single digital dollar, it shouldn't be too much of a hassle? I personally don't mind it at all. Its permenant, its not like a monthly fee or anything.

I see quite the potential for the community to help one another out because I only really see this being an issue for those without access to the accounts necessary to get that dollar or two to waterfall (ie, people with restrictive circumstances/minors)


thelldev 20th July 2019 03:56:49 AM - 4 days ago

Nah that's entirely valid and was the reason it was posted for feedback tbh. The aim was to make it high enough that folks can't hoard, but also low enough to still be accessible I think? Plus it'll be giftable so I'm HOPING that'll mitigate that 


thelldev
4 days ago
Saturday 20th July 2019 03:38:56

I imagine the sideblogs thing is going to be the most controversial aspect of monetisation, but the reasoning is simple:

sideblogs georg should cough the fuck up


thelldev reblogged staff
4 days ago
Friday 19th July 2019 14:30:42

Going Forward - Waterfall's Monetisation Strategy

staff 19th July 2019 02:30:31 PM - 4 days ago

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! 


thelldev reblogged goldcomet
4 days ago
Friday 19th July 2019 12:15:34
goldcomet 19th July 2019 12:13:57 PM - 4 days ago
GoldComet (2018)

24th September 2018

my first test for taking thin lines and coloured lines seriously

honestly this change was wild and while i didn't keep every aspect of this style, i kept a fair bit (and the brush settings >:3)

someone i used to talk to's steven universe oc (so not my character)


thelldev
4 days ago
Friday 19th July 2019 12:04:10

Might go ahead and re-do the layout for the default blog theme in the rewrite since I'm writing custom CSS anyway

 


thelldev
5 days ago
Friday 19th July 2019 08:09:03

thelldev reblogged babushka
5 days ago
Friday 19th July 2019 06:58:14
babushka 19th July 2019 06:49:53 AM - 5 days ago

The Good Place memes are implying that a place which is both Pizza Hut and Taco Bell actually exists and this drives me up the wall what is it


thelldev 19th July 2019 06:58:14 AM - 5 days ago

That's it

That's the Good Place


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