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Denise Paolucci is one of the founders of Dreamwidth, a journalling site and open source project forked from Livejournal, and one of only two majority-female open source projects.
Denise worked on LiveJournal for 2001 to 2007, including leading the volunteer support team, and as of 2011 still leads the support team's activity scoreboard despite having not worked in LJ support for several years.
In 2009 Denise and business partner Mark Smith launched the LiveJournal fork Dreamwidth. She originally identified as "The Suit" (business) part of the Dreamwidth partnership but is increasingly making code contributions.
Denise has written a great deal about Internet business and managing Internet communities:
- Teaching people to fish about recruiting and mentoring project contributors
- Real name policies: they just don’t work about policies requiring the use of wallet names on websites
- Technical debt and the making of payments on it
- Why Monetizing Social Media Through Advertising Is Doomed To Failure
- IP logging, internet privacy, geolocation, and you: facts to consider
- Internet business numbers for the layperson
- Why I’m worried about IJ’s long-term sustainability (on running a large-scale website)
- Why more options are generally bad UI
Denise is a board member for the Ada Initiative.