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No, really. 
07-Dec-2007 14:28
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Okay, for serious this time: I'm leaving.

Most likely to Blurty (an adult-only LJ clone currently without ads) since I can't seem to get my current webhost to activate a blog for me, and it would be nice to have a community capability.

I'll post here when I decide. I will not be posting anymore on LiveJournal at all, in either journal, except to announce where I'm going. If you want or need to contact me please email me or otherwise appropriately use my posted contact info.

Reasons:

LJ has been sold on from 6A, who were merely clueless, to a Russian company that most likely has little interest in LJ except as a moneymaking vehicle. This kind of intent is hostile to community intent -- see also Facebook Beacon, which I haven't said anything about in part because I'm busy and in part because it's par for the course for Facebook -- they've been violating privacy and refusing to apologize since the mini-feed came on the scene.

This kind of bullshit pattern-matching censorship which everyone knows just doesn't work.

And there's also the new ability for people to "flag" your content as being unsuitable for kids. And a lot of stuff gets flagged, either purposely or accidentally. I was warned while logged out (I don't see the warning when logged in of course, since I'm over 18) about an entry that contained a very innocent use of the word "shit". And like the above, people know this doesn't work, because if you're under whatever age? Hello, happy checkbox that says you aren't.

It really adds up to an environment that I can no longer trust with my content, even more so than the community-oblivious, somewhat censorious uproars over breastfeeding in icons and explicit content/fanfic. Thoughtful attempts to comply with what do tend to be ridiculous laws in this country are one thing, under-the-radar CYA bullshit is another thing, and I for one refuse to keep supporting a company that participates in the latter with glee and vigor1. I'm so done.

1LiveJournal unfortunately recently renewed my account, so it'll be paid through next November. If only they had been stupid a little sooner. My account content will be staying because there's no way to preserve comments otherwise, except in private backups, but I'll have my own backups and possibly repost some material as time goes on if I can.
Comments 
08-Dec-2007 13:22 (UTC)
blurty, huh? I 'll take a look at that, too. I really don't trust Russians with my personal data
08-Dec-2007 14:32 (UTC)
I made an account (pwang) over at blurty, also created a peakoil community. Please comment in either, thanks.
08-Dec-2007 15:22 (UTC)
I totally understand why you're doing this.

My question - will you still log in and read journals? Just want to know what to expect!
08-Dec-2007 22:59 (UTC)
I don't know yet. It's unlikely I would do so regularly, and I think I'd prefer not to at all, because site traffic benefits the site owners.
13-Dec-2007 01:58 (UTC)
Just wanted to reply again and say I hope that neither you nor anyone else interprets this as me wanting to leave you all. I really, really, really don't, and I'll be making every effort to keep up with people through whatever medium works. It makes me really sad that Ive been even thinking of having to do this, let alone the difficulty of actually doing it, because the community feeling that I get from people who read my journal, and people whose journals I read, is the best thing about LiveJournal.

But I just really can't keep putting my content here.

In re keeping up, it's entirely possible that if the best way to keep up for some people is for me to keep logging in and commenting or otherwise responding to entries, I'm open to that possibility. My account won't be inactivated at any point, so that'll always be possible.
13-Dec-2007 23:44 (UTC)
No, I totally get that. I generally keep tabs on who reads my journal, and how often, so I don't either repeat information or neglect to provide it.

As for keeping up: I can always give you the necessary updates when we talk, and if you haven't commented in several weeks, I would generally assume that you've decided to not log in for a while. Or that you've fallen off the face of the earth, depending.

ps. don't fall off the face of the earth, please.
09-Dec-2007 02:28 (UTC)
When you do switch, I would like to know how to read your journal there (if you don't mind). :o) I do keep up with you via LJ. If you do mind, well . . .
12-Dec-2007 23:01 (UTC) - You'll be hella famous.
I'm giving a presentation on LiveJournal for an online communities course. Can I quote this post?
12-Dec-2007 23:49 (UTC) - Re: You'll be hella famous.
Sure -- what part are you planning to quote? Can I get a request on "glee and vigor"? :-)

I haven't really decided about Blurty yet, just FTR. I'm still thinking about going to blogging.
13-Dec-2007 05:06 (UTC) - Re: You'll be hella famous.
The last paragraph, most definitely including both glee and vigor.

(It's a presentation about the effect of corporatification on LJ's credibility and authority, as well as the change in dynamic between users and admins. You're quoted in the "see the destruction they hath wrought" section. I'll try to put it online when I'm done.)
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