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Don't know how to code but still want to contribute to open projects? Consider open street maps!

OSM is the community built map of the world. Anyone can edit the map and all the data is freely available and usable in any of your projects.

Start in your own neighborhood. Maybe your street is missing or named wrong. Update the corner shop hours. Map the parks or sidewalks. Anything helps and many hands make light work!

Day 8 -

Another milestone -- while most users are still anonymous, the site now has 400 registered users. It's been fun building features for account holders, like API auth and favorites.

Registered users can now use token auth with the API to "own" created items. Anonymous use is still the default. TLDR: On your dashboard, click the "Generate" button; use the token in an Authorization header on your requests, e.g. `Authorization: Bearer a1b2c3d4e5f6g7h8`

Example use case: You're in your team Slack or an IRC channel helping somebody fix a bug. They post a dpaste item with the problem code. You view the item, duplicate it and make the changes it needs, then post the diff link.

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The diff feature is now live. Click the "diff" button above an item to use it. You can choose any item from your history to diff it against. Example:

New feature on the way: view the diff (colorized, naturally) between two items.

Cool online GPX track editor that uses for its sharing feature. Check it out!

With appreciation I note that a certain anonymous user in Frankfurt, Germany, who has posted about 7000 new items to the pastebin in the last day... has assiduously respected the one-per-second rate limit.

Made some improvements to the geolocation lookup on the "About" page. Using Django's bundled GeoIP2 feature ( instead of rolling my own made the implementation shorter, more robust, and -- thanks to local datasets from MaxMind -- faster.

Before pastebins were invented, people had to share code on scraps of paper. It wasn't pretty.

Fun milestone: Since the launch of user accounts four months ago, 300 users have registered. Anonymous use is still most common by far, but I like seeing people take ownership too.

New feature: Optional public profile.

As a registered user, you can activate a profile page that lInks to your ten most recent items pasted.

Your username as shown on items you post, becomes a link to your profile.

If you later disable this setting, your profile will become private again.

New TLS certificate has been installed and we're back to normal operation.

Currently experiencing TLS certificate trouble on the site. Apologies for the disruption. Working on it.

dpaste users are everywhere! Random selection from the 144 locations logged in the last two days:

Aalborg, Region Nordjylland, Danmark
Bogotá, Colombia
City of Westminster, England, United Kingdom
Delft, Zuid-Holland, Nederland
Göttingen, Niedersachsen, Deutschland
Junagadh, Gujarat, India
Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, España
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Pennsylvania, USA
Texas, USA
Virginia, USA
Градска општина Стари град, Централна Србија, Србија (Serbia)
شهر تهران, ایران
臺灣省, Taiwan

You can preset syntax/expiry/title by passing one or more of these URL parameters:

(These will temporarily override default syntax or expiry set in preferences.)

Bugfix: User prefs for default syntax and expiry now preset the form as they should.

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