02 September 2010 @ 10:20 pm
We interrupt your scheduled programming...  
I apologize for not posting about Middlebury and what's transpired in my life since then, but here's something important for all of you to read.

Are you listening?

Are you listening?


Good! Now, you all know about the snafu surrounding LiveJournal's new cross-posting feature for Twitter and Facebook.

The problem is that LiveJournal is integrating somewhat with Facebook, most likely with some kind of contract between the two websites. The meaning is that we're all that much more unsure about whether or not the administrators will listen to the users' complaints.

Now, I'm not saying that it's time for us to finally pack all our bags and head on over to Dreamwidth (even though I do have invite codes available, and am looking for more friends for my account there); most of our respective fandoms and f-lists are situated pretty firmly here. I'm saying that, if you value your privacy and respect the privacy of the people on your f-list, please undertake the following measures:

1) Don't cross-post comments made in f-locked entries to Facebook or Twitter. (I think I've made it clear that I would very much like it if no one cross-posted anything from this journal or even [livejournal.com profile] momoizumu, if anyone still goes there to look at the tumbleweeds.)
2) Don't enable cross-posting to Facebook in your LJ settings, unless you want your Facebook (and most likely real) name to appear in your LJ profile and your LJ name to appear in your Facebook comments.
3) Install this handy code to get rid of the cross-posting boxes under all comment forms, for everybody, on your journal!
4) Take the poll. It won't hurt.

Finally, here is the response from the LJ staff concerning the changes. Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] starlady38, [livejournal.com profile] vegetas, and everyone listed above for the information!

With all that said, I'll definitely be able to make that journal entry tomorrow. Good night, everyone.
 
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[identity profile] vegetas.livejournal.com on September 3rd, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
Since you obviously know all of my thoughts on this situation, I'm just popping my head in to say I added you on DW - I'm dragonair. 8D
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on September 3rd, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
Thank you! (That's the other good thing about Dreamwidth -- everybody still has a chance to get the cool names. : D b)

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[identity profile] samekh.livejournal.com on September 3rd, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)
I was pretty excited! It wasn't my first choice, but I've been ready to let go of this username for a while anyway, so I'm pretty stoked.
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on September 3rd, 2010 02:59 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, it's not quite [livejournal.com profile] vegetas, but it's still a nice change!

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[identity profile] lady-kikyou.livejournal.com on September 3rd, 2010 03:04 am (UTC)
I'll add you on DW once I. Get an username that isn't there purely for hogging purposes. |DD
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on September 3rd, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC)
You can get something such as "clampiseverywhere" or "magnolias." /unhelpful
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[identity profile] lady-kikyou.livejournal.com on September 3rd, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
... I already got "Yuuko". That's enough doom CLAMP in my DW life, really.
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on September 3rd, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC)
EXCELLENT.

You're welcome! It's a shame that the code only works on custom comment pages, but it's a good enough fix for the time being -- especially since, given how incredibly unpopular this change is, very few people are going to willingly cross-post comments and entries anyway.

Thank you! The first week is always the longest, but for some reason I feel as if I accomplished nothing. : /
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[identity profile] lavender88.livejournal.com on September 3rd, 2010 06:48 am (UTC)
I have faith in my flist to know (and do) what's right and vice versa. I mean, the only reason why my journal is locked in the first place is to keep unwanted eyes away -namely RL people- and anyway they're all classy enough not to stoop that low.

I don't even have a Facebook account (an act of protest, but mainly it's just me and my short attention span which is all fixated upon livejournal) but I believe that FB/twitter is a pretty open sort of social platform and you have totally no control over what goes on and who gets to see you. It's just not as safe as lj, and I wouldn't mind it if we're allowed to cross-post entries, but giving everybody the right to crosspost comments/entries, even those they left in other people's journals? That's insane.

Maybe this is a good time for me to finally get that DW account after all.....
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on September 3rd, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
I know I can trust you, too. (Only one person in RL should know that this account exists, and I know that he's classy enough not to tell anyone else about it -- even though he ribs me by saying, "So how's your LiveJournal going these days?")

I actually do have a Facebook (that's not even a month old), since I wanted to keep in touch with my friends from Russian school, and it does have good privacy settings...that are all opt-in, which makes hiding your account that much more difficult. I definitely would never post anything personal or fandom-related there.

Dreamwidth has literally gained thousands of new users (http://meganbmoore.livejournal.com/1222042.html) in the past two days alone. The mess with the ONTD front page aside, I think this is the most badly-received change LJ has ever tried to force on its users.
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[identity profile] lavender88.livejournal.com on September 4th, 2010 05:40 am (UTC)
Maybe it's just me, but LJ is a really safe haven for a lot of us who feel less comfortable with RL and open fandom forums/threads. It's more secure, more elitist and safe. I have a relatively small flist, and I pretty much know them all by name so it's easy to keep track of things and get the message across to them.

Quoting another friend: "I think part of it is that a lot of LJ is about anonymity, and about being someone that you can't in RL. It's a walled garden of a social network, compared to the open garden that everywhere is.

Speaking of badly received news, there has been quite a commotion online, with users getting up in arms and doing what they do best -- protest and make threats. I personally think it's rather silly that they're going to such lengths, but it's understandable that they want their privacy to be protected. Either way, this issue will be sorted out soon (hopefully). DW is great, the subscribe/add settings is one of the best things about it, but like you said, I'm too firmly rooted in livejournal to ever leave. We'll see how things turn out.
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