athousandwinds: (sword)
i. Sometimes I go to other sites, other messageboards, and I'm reminded why even with the wank and the flame wars and the cruelty, I like LJ so much more than any other fandom hive.

ii. Should I start watching Robin Hood again?

iii. I want S2 of Criminal Minds. :(

LJ vs. GJ

Aug. 5th, 2007 01:18 am
athousandwinds: (icon by hyel)
Okay, I have a GreatestJournal - athousandwinds, believe it or not - and I will probably start reposting my fic there, plus everything else. I do not plan to move, unless I am forced to. GJ seems to be largely RPGs and doesn't have the strong fandom presence that I'm used to on LJ.

However, I intend to run both journals in tandem, so please feel free to friend me over there.
athousandwinds: (icon by undeadgoat)
Dear LJ,

This is how to get rid of paedophiles using your service.


I've been shopping this morning, which means I currently want to die. I don't know what it is, but I get so utterly miserable and exhausted when I shop, especially when I'm with my mum. I've also been trying to get a job, which, no. Marks and Spencer have such an insanely complicated application process.

Oh, well. I have macaroons.
athousandwinds: (icon by hyel)
I haven't known what to say about the latest crisis to hit LJ, so I haven't said anything. I haven't locked my fic, I haven't changed my interests. I've kept informed - but you'd have to be living in a sandbox not to.

Barak Berkowitz has apologised. It surprises me that he has (on the behalf of Six Apart), because I was expecting something more weaselly. But at the same time, some parts of his post make me...twitch.

They suspended 500 journals - and frankly, I don't care whether it was 1, or 500, out of millions. They suspended 500 journals, often on little to no basis (which they have admitted - "easily correctable problems in their profiles". If they're easy to correct, they should be easy to notice, as well) without contacting the journal owners. That's wrong. It sounds childish and simplistic, but that's it. That's all. It's wrong.

It was based on "profiles only". Therefore, if you forgot to add a line in small print to your RPG profile, you were in danger of suspension. I don't know, if I were involved in an operation to flush out paedophiles on my website, I would be quite careful about whom I accused. And I would complete a full review of the journal before I accused anyone.

Because that's sensible. It means a quiet, methodical removal of paedophiles from LiveJournal. It means not accusing the innocent. It means not making a complete fucking fool of myself when I accuse a community full of survivors of being rapists. It also means not alerting the paedophiles to what I'm doing.

Thanks to this palaver, any real child abusers will have silently flocked their journals, deleted them or gone over to GreatestJournal, JournalFen, Facebook. (But probably not MySpace, since MySpace recently handed over the journals of over 200 suspected molesters to the police. I don't know the full story, but honestly, on the surface it seems like MySpace are being a hell of a lot more socially responsible than LiveJournal. And that hurts.)

The thing is, I do believe LJ/Six Apart had good intentions. I do. But they cast their net too wide and accidentally gave a heads up to the people they were trying to catch. Meanwhile, they managed to alienate the people they claim to love.

Barak Berkowitz says in his post that LJ's actions weren't a reaction to WfI. I don't believe this. In fact, [ profile] liviapenn's suggestion that LJ were caught wrongfooted by WfI seems far more plausible - or possibly just more sympathetic. I want to stay here. I don't want to think that LJ could be so stupid.

However, this isn't the first time that LJ has bollocksed it up. It's just the worst. The other changes were ones people could accept, which they might grumble about, but hey. Life goes on. There might be Plus accounts, but hell, there's also icons. But free speech is important. And I've only been around three years or so, but it seems to me that there's been a lot more screaming since Six Apart took over. I don't want to read anything into Brad being away on holiday. I'm trying not to. But it makes me twitch a bit.

The title of Barak Berkowitz's post is "Well, we really screwed this one up..."

I'm sorry, LJ. But yeah, you did.

I've joined [ profile] fandom_counts with both my journals. The count was approaching 30 000 when last I looked. Please join.
athousandwinds: (Default)
Are LJ making this an annual tradition or something?

athousandwinds: (icon by luna norvegese)
LJ, sweetheart? You know I love you and would do anything for you, right? You know you brighten my days and bring joy to my life?

If you give me another error message, I will see you burn.
athousandwinds: (icon by gabbysun)

The Great LiveJournal
Outage of 2005

During the outage I cried like a little girl.

What did you do?

Brought to you by geek-foo

Ehehe. Maybe. >_>; I mean, it's not like my entire life, not to mention Internet time, revolves around LJ...


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