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Saturday, 15 April 2017 04:26 pm
kaffyr: Close-up of manual typewriter (Typewriter)
I Am Bemused, As One Might Expect

I've been blogging on LJ and/or DW for more than a decade.

I've been online for far longer - BB and I figure we've been sailing the sea since 1996, well before the Web. Back then, my connection with fandom was Old School, and Usenet was my lifeline. RASFF*, of blessed memory, kept me busy well into the night every night, back in the days when we couldn't be online and get phone calls at the same time. (I still recall the song of the modem, something you youngsters might not recognize.) Today I can't even access Usenet, and the last time I did, RASFF was shell filled with spam. 

Getting involved with online fandom, first via TWoP and then through LJ and (eventually) Dreamwidth, more than filled the void. It introduced me to some amazing, talented, kind people. It was where I picked up a pen and started writing fiction again. It was where I learned to be less self-congratulatory in matters of this world - politics, identity, and other issues - and at least a little more willing to learn, to stretch beyond my comfort zone. It has been truly far more rewarding than I ever expected it to be. Thank you all for making that the case.

I don't expect to maintain my LJ after a few more weeks, but I'm so glad I came here in the first place.

*rec.arts.sf.fandom 

Saving bandwidth since 2006 .... )

Dept. of LJ

Monday, 3 April 2017 06:06 pm
kaffyr: Calvin face palms (Calvin face palm)
Any Thoughts on the New Live Journal User Agreement?

Right now it looks as if I can't sign in unless I click "agree" - or more accurately, as if I'll be signed out if I don't click "agree." And from what little I can make out of the new agreement, it's looking less and less like I actually would want to click "agree." Still, perhaps it's not as dire as it seems? I'd love to be pointed to anyone's review of the new agreement (which, per the notice, doesn't appear to be binding in English. When you're redirected to what is referred to as the binding agreement, you discover it's in Russian Cyrillic.) Does anyone have more information that I can view while signed out? Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

ETA: AAAAAnd I can't crosspost unless I click "agree." So there's that.

ETA 2: I signed the agreement so that I could fully access my own account. However I will probably post an announcement letting people know that as of a date certain (possibly April 30), I'll be importing everything from LJ and deleting that account. If folks want to stay in touch, I'll provide an email account, and I'll also urge folks to sign up for, at the very least, a free Dreamwidth account. Any comments I may have made on other peoples' LJ, any deathless prose that the world might lose forever when I disappear ... will, well, be lost 

ETA 3: Reasons for my proposed plan of action? 

For one thing, the English translation isn't trustworthy, by TPTB's own admission; they state that the only "valid" agreement is one that's in Cyrillic Russion. For another, it appears to contradict itself on whether the new Russian Federation laws apply only to people with free accounts or to people with paid accounts (now rechristened Professional Services Packages). 

For yet another, it doesn't make clear the difference between the entity that owns the entire blogging platform, which is now under Russian Federation law, and the entity that supposedly will handle paid users accounts, still referred to as Live Journal Inc. I suspect there's really no difference. 

And another problem? If you read through the non-official English version of the user agreement one thing becomes clear: they state they can censor anyone's journal for political activity or for things that the Russian Federation considers 18+/stuff. Such as anything that mentions the very existence of gay people as, you know, people. 

I know a number of people have pointed out that those laws will probably only be applied to Russian bloggers. A) Just because I'm not affected doesn't make it any more palatable to me, and I'm not interested in even passively supporting the censorship of other people. B) "probably" is a weasel word in these circumstances. 

I think this is the last straw for me. It's a shame, but not a tremendous one. I've been slowly moving over to Dreamwidth anyhow. 

kaffyr: The TARDIS says hello (Amy's gaze)
The Subject is Subject Lines

Well, the subject is more than subject lines. It's alerting those among my friends who might not already know, that LiveJournal plans to institute some changes that will, among other things, eliminate the subject line from comments, and the ability to use a drop down menu to choose icons for comments.

The second is irritating in the extreme for those of us who have a large number of icons, and don't want to have to hit the browse button, then wait for them to load in order to make our choices.

However, of the two changes, the first is by far the most functionally  irresponsible. Why? For me, in one word, auctions. There are other words, like "ficathons", "fandom stockings", and "fic-memes" but the first word is the most important. Without subject lines to order auction bids, auctions on LJ would be unmanageable. 

And without auctions, the remarkable and inspiring ability of the LJ community to come together to respond to disasters like the Haiti earthquake, the Pakistan floods, the Gulf oil disaster or the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, would have been damn near negated.

But I'm sick, and my ability to type is at a premium. Please go over here to read[livejournal.com profile] wendymr's excellent post. It has the details of the changes and - most importantly - suggestions as to how to respond, and links on where to respond.

No matter what part of the LJ community you're involved in, chances are that these changes, and others [livejournal.com profile] wendymr mentions, might, or will, affect you. If you feel the same way, I urge you to take action.

kaffyr: The TARDIS says hello (Amy's gaze)
The Subject is Subject Lines

Well, the subject is more than subject lines. It's alerting those among my friends who might not already know, that LiveJournal plans to institute some changes that will, among other things, eliminate the subject line from comments, and the ability to use a drop down menu to choose icons for comments.

The second is irritating in the extreme for those of us who have a large number of icons, and don't want to have to hit the browse button, then wait for them to load in order to make our choices.

However, of the two changes, the first is by far the most functionally  irresponsible. Why? For me, in one word, auctions. There are other words, like "ficathons", "fandom stockings", and "fic-memes" but the first word is the most important. Without subject lines to order auction bids, auctions on LJ would be unmanageable. 

And without auctions, the remarkable and inspiring ability of the LJ community to come together to respond to disasters like the Haiti earthquake, the Pakistan floods, the Gulf oil disaster or the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, would have been damn near negated.

But I'm sick, and my ability to type is at a premium. Please go over here to read[livejournal.com profile] wendymr's excellent post. It has the details of the changes and - most importantly - suggestions as to how to respond, and links on where to respond.

No matter what part of the LJ community you're involved in, chances are that these changes, and others [livejournal.com profile] wendymr mentions, might, or will, affect you. If you feel the same way, I urge you to take action.

kaffyr: The TARDIS says hello (Bouncing cats)
Just Wanted to Say

Hey! I got back on! (Haven't been able to for the past few hours.)

And I felt as if I should congratulate the LJ team on stubbornly resisting the various miserable and unending attacks against it, whether they be DDOS, phishing attempts on members, or what-have-you. Miserable saboteurs are miserable, and flawed but fun LJ is flawed, but fun — and in the right, at least in resisting attempts to shut it down.

kaffyr: The TARDIS says hello (Bouncing cats)
Just Wanted to Say

Hey! I got back on! (Haven't been able to for the past few hours.)

And I felt as if I should congratulate the LJ team on stubbornly resisting the various miserable and unending attacks against it, whether they be DDOS, phishing attempts on members, or what-have-you. Miserable saboteurs are miserable, and flawed but fun LJ is flawed, but fun — and in the right, at least in resisting attempts to shut it down.

Dept. of Signal Boost

Thursday, 4 August 2011 10:35 pm
kaffyr: The TARDIS says hello (Free for Use of the Public)
I Have a Dreamwidth Account, But LJ Is Home, and So ...

Originally posted by
[info]deathpixie at Signal Boost: Return of the DDoS
For those wanting to know more about the recent DDoS attacks, yes, it looks like it was the Russian government trying to shut down the dissidents again.

As I said
last time, while it's frustrating not to have access, LJ is a lot more than a social network platform. From the article:

"LiveJournal isn’t just a social network. It’s also a platform for organizing civic action. Dozens of network projects and groups mobilize people to solve specific problems — from defending the rights of political prisoners to saving endangered historic architecture in Moscow."

So while I know many are considering the move over to Dreamwidth and other such sites, supporting LJ is a way we can help support those who use it for more than a writing/roleplaying/social venue.


Also, as a FYI, LJ is giving paid users effected by the outage
two weeks of paid time as compensation.


Dept. of Signal Boost

Thursday, 4 August 2011 10:35 pm
kaffyr: The TARDIS says hello (Free for Use of the Public)
I Have a Dreamwidth Account, But LJ Is Home, and So ...

Originally posted by
[info]deathpixie at Signal Boost: Return of the DDoS
For those wanting to know more about the recent DDoS attacks, yes, it looks like it was the Russian government trying to shut down the dissidents again.

As I said
last time, while it's frustrating not to have access, LJ is a lot more than a social network platform. From the article:

"LiveJournal isn’t just a social network. It’s also a platform for organizing civic action. Dozens of network projects and groups mobilize people to solve specific problems — from defending the rights of political prisoners to saving endangered historic architecture in Moscow."

So while I know many are considering the move over to Dreamwidth and other such sites, supporting LJ is a way we can help support those who use it for more than a writing/roleplaying/social venue.


Also, as a FYI, LJ is giving paid users effected by the outage
two weeks of paid time as compensation.


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