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|Monday, September 9th, 2013|
And tHen face:book came a:long, and the lemmings charrjed in:tu it, and now get censored like never before! But tHey are perfect:ly free tu tell burglars tHat tHey are a:weigh from home. And transfer tHeyr intellectuhal propertyh tu Zuckerberg. And buy shares in the business at 39 times the market value, tHen sell the shares back at 20 times or less or hang on tu the junk bcoz of the same emotion tHat prompted tHem tu buy the junk in the 1st place. Current Mood: blah
|Saturday, November 15th, 2008|
Crossposted in as many places as I could think of:
Hello Harry Potter fans-
I’m sorry if this isn’t allowed, please feel free to delete it if it is. I tried asking months ago and didn’t get much of a response either way, so I’m just going for it. I’m doing a presentation in a Children’s Literature class on the fandom of Harry Potter (yay college professors) and I was wondering if anyone wanted to throw in their two-cents (or if you have friends that would). I want to try to present both JKR’s side as well as the fan’s on wheither or not it should be allowed (I’m sure some of you remember how she was trying to sue people over it in the early days). I’m particularly interested in getting information on the whole lj ban-fest-thing, why you choose this particular fandom, how you contribute to it (such as art, comics, fics, videos, etc.), any contests that you run/won/participated in, and why you choose to do the last two. Other information is fine as well. Also, if you have any interesting newspaper or magazine articles, research studies, or court case records (double points if you were the one in court!) on this subject I would be eternally grateful.
Anything you can give me would be great! Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with all your questions and comments. If contributing at all please include your name &/or alias to that I can properly credit you in my bibliography. The presentation is due on December 3rd, but I would like to get it done before thanksgiving so that I can enjoy my break. If the moderators would like a copy of the powerpoint presentation/outline as proof that this was a real project or anything, I’ll be more than happy to provide it.
Thank you for your time,
|Saturday, August 16th, 2008|
WTF is this ad?!
I really wanna get an answer
Seriously... "ChildSafe Advocate"? Aren't these the same people that STARTED all the trouble? (damn, I forgot to copy the link)
It's like they're trying to force me to endorse these people... Now don't say "well don't put ads on your page then!" Because I don't mind the ads. Sometimes I even go to their page if they seem interesting enough. But I think I should have the right to go 'oh FUCK no!' and take it off my page. Now don't give me wrong, I love kids, health AND the environment too. But I'm not from a group of people who goes around trying to block the internet from EVERYBODY because I'm too lazy to watch where my kids go on the net. Because it takes SOOOOO much less effort to pester sites to make themselves "child safe" than it is to limit my preverbal child's time to an hour on the compie a day, with me sitting nearby. Hell, maybe I can read a book or catch up on some sewing while I'm sitting there. You know, instead of spending HOURS and MONTHS patroling the net for offensive material that my child will eventually see someday. Gees...
/end flist murder
tl;dr version: Are these ads from the same people that caused banfest? Current Mood: curious
|Sunday, April 13th, 2008|
What is LJ's snail mail address? I can't seem to find any way to contact them other than email.
Sorry to bother you.
|Wednesday, March 19th, 2008|
Why I'm Not Going Anywhere
So a bunch of us are planning on leaving, or on boycotting LJ on Friday. Good for you. But I plan on continuing as normal. Why?
I consider it like this--I'm an American. I love my country. But I hate my government. Does that mean I'm going to leave for another country? Of course not--I'm going to stay right here and try to change things.
It's the same with LJ. I love it. I hate the people running it. But I know what it was and what it can be again. Thereby I'm not going to leave. Everyone I know is here--my friends, my stories, my communities. I'm not about to throw that all away because of a few policy changes.
And about the strike, I have a paid account that I got way before this happened (of course). I don't see the ads that everyone seems to think LJ depends on. And I paid for all this time, I'm not going to be bullied out of time I spent money on.
You know the gasoline strikes people try every year? Sure, they may cause a slight downturn of gas sales on May 15th or whenever they have it, but May 16th they shoot right back up. And that's what'll happen here--people will go the 21st without, but on the 22nd they'll come back in droves, thereby putting us right back where we started.
Wouldn't that day be better spent doing something that'll have a real impact on SUP? I propose, instead of a boycott, we spend that day flooding them with calls and emails (we will, however, need their contact info. I asked for it a few days ago and no one replied), and posting relevant content. Take them from the inside rather than sitting back with our screens off going "Yeah, that'll teach 'em".
We need to be loud rather than quiet. No one listens to quiet people; they get ignored. People do however listen to those who speak up. And we need to make sure we're not going to be ignored.
|Tuesday, March 18th, 2008|
So, how *do* we reach LJ anyway? Like through direct emails to the administration or phone calls? I know those were posted a while ago, but I can't remember when.
We should have their contact info on our front page.
|Monday, March 17th, 2008|
Reply from marta
regarding the recent spat involving the most popular interests:Thank you for contacting us about this matter.
We became aware of an issue which involved the most popular interests list over this past weekend. The list has been restored to the proper format today.
We apologize, and this will not happen again. It was never the intention to insult anyone or to make a judgment on the content of these interests.
I'm not sure how to check if they've really been restored. Where *are* the most common interests listed?
And I hope this works for you guys
, it's the page where I asked that.
|Sunday, December 9th, 2007|
Censoring interest searches
Just joined after seeing a link to whydoesljcensor
in another community (ljspeaks
, recently established as a place to calmly and rationally discuss the downhill slope LJ is sadly tumbling down), and didn't see this posted yet, so I thought I'd give you guys a heads-up.
Quoted from my post on the subject
: ( Cut for language because I wasn't calm.Collapse )
I'll leave it up to you to consider the implications of this. In a way, it's even worse than the flagging system: AFAIK, there are NO official statements about this, meaning they shoved this through without informing the users, and the sheer clumsiness of the implementation is just stunning. They couldn't have made this more utterly futile if they tried. Current Mood: infuriated
|Sunday, December 2nd, 2007|
|Thursday, October 25th, 2007|
So a friend of mine had a link to an IJ topic about how LJ is keeping up the journal of a guy arrested for hate crimes. Is that true? If so, what can we do about it?
|Saturday, August 25th, 2007|
|Sunday, August 19th, 2007|
The LiveJournal Conflicts Archive
The LiveJournal Conflicts Archive (ljconfl_archive
) is a community sailorcelestial
and I created for the purpose of gathering in one place all those links and pieces of information we've seen floating around out there. We want to have an archive to act as a single, cohesive and comprehensive resource where users can have this information at their fingertips. Personally, I've been running an ongoing series of posts covering the current issue, but I wasted time searching for links to reference what I was talking about. ljconfl_archive
will hopefully remedy that problem, not just for me but for everyone needing information for coverage purposes or for essays.
We want information on Strikethrough and Boldthrough, of course, but also on past controversies that have occurred in the LiveJournal community, such as the controversy concerning default user pics depicting breastfeeding and the ongoing controversy over advertising on LiveJournal.sailorcelestial
and I have done our best to make certain the Archive will remain objective information, free from bias. While the information linked in the Archive may show bias itself, anyone posting to the Archive must refrain from using any biased/subjective language.
By posting this information here, we are inviting everyone with links to information to come join and help us build the Archive into the comprehensive resource everyone needs. Already, we have a timeline of events and a listing of communities dedicated in one way or another to the issues at hand. One person can only gather so much, however. We need to come together as the LiveJournal community to offer our knowledge, and in it, seek the larger truth.
|Saturday, August 11th, 2007|
My thoughts on the latest by SixApart
What I'm going to say is not going to make a lot of people happy, but someone has to look at this from an emotionless perspective, so I am giving it a try.
SixApart is a business. I think this is something we can all agree on. Being a business, SixApart is free to decide just how their services will be used (in this case, their LiveJournal service).
Obviously, they are going through an unseen scism at this point, while one faction battles for free speech while the other battles for the idea of "public decency". The scism is not
what we are seeing on lj_biz
and elsewhere, but is occurring amongst their very own management.
In the meantime, those of us who utilize their LiveJournal service are being caught in the crossfire, while they decide what they will support, and what they will not support any longer.
The hard and fast truth is that SixApart has the right, as a business, to do exactly what they are doing. That excludes
any judgmental factors, such as whether they are sensitive to the users' needs and desires.
SixApart also has the right to provide absolutely and completely shoddy customer service, which they are obviously doing. Face it folks - no matter HOW many times you ask, cajole, insist, or demand they communicate better with the user base, it is very obvious that SixApart is not interested
in communicating better with the user base. Stop asking them. They've shown through action/inaction that they don't intend to comply.
You (general) can spend the next 150 years
speculating on why SixApart is making the choices it is, but frankly, that will not change present or past facts in the matter.
The one, and only one thing you can rest assured of, is that questionable content (and we're including things that are constitutionally protected) stands an excellent chance of getting you deleted.
You (general) have one choice and one choice only:
A. Stay here and make the best of it and/or try to pretend nothing has changed, or
B. Go somewhere else.
I, for one, am working on a "somewhere else" that will be open to anyone who cares to follow me. Work is proceeding, slowly but surely, on the newly-leased server. Current Mood: calm
|Friday, August 10th, 2007|
|Wednesday, August 8th, 2007|
According to LJ, I "can't report for content"
In light of the latest clarifications, I decided to go out looking for some nice, easy, nazi-propaganda hate-speech to report, as I wanted to see if it'd be removed as quickly as any alleged child pornography.
Except there was a problem with my little experiment. According to LJ,
"You are not allowed to flag content".
Does this make sense to anyone else? I posted a question
on the lj_biz post, but I doubt it'll get answered. Has anyone else had this problem when trying to report things? Current Mood: confused
|Tuesday, August 7th, 2007|
|Monday, August 6th, 2007|
Just got a response from LJ support...
This is over burr86
's comments in efw
Thank you for contacting us with your concerns, and I apologize that the behavior of one of our staff members caused you such distress.
Please know that in the interest of employee confidentiality, we are unable to discuss human resource issues with people outside the company. However, we do recognize the negative effects of comments of this nature on the wider LiveJournal community, regardless of the intention behind the comments themselves, and so please be assured that this type of behavior is not condoned by Six Apart.
Six Apart, Ltd. // LiveJournal.com
I don't know what I think of this yet. I'm hoping that this is them saying that he at least got spoken to. Current Mood: contemplative
I figure I should be able to express my opinions here. Attack me and my opinions will become even more.. tainted.
During that first "Strikethru" earlier this year, I supported the cause of the fandom that was slighted. I write and I believe that written word, no matter how "obscene" can still be considered art, regardless of subject.
However, I became disenchanted when the fandom I supported decided that the best thing to do was to bitch and moan about how they were slighted with the purge. I suggested people take this energy and direct it towards something more productive. I pointed out that the plethora of icons, cat macros, and open letter in places they wouldn't be read would result in ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
As a result, I was attacked because I have a scholarly interest in the taboos of human sexuality and had once expressed these scholarly interests in my interests. I haven;t ever supported a single activity in my life, but I have attempted to study and understand why people have different desires or fetishes. I do not agree with them all, but I find them all to be as fascinating as the last.
Under the new rules, it would mean that your journal could be shut-down if you has a Mapplethorpe ANYWHERE on your journal. For those who don't know:Mapplethorpe made most of his photographs in the studio. Common themes were flowers, especially orchids; portraits of famous individuals, including Andy Warhol, Deborah Harry, Richard Gere, Peter Gabriel, Grace Jones, and Patti Smith (Patti Smith's portrait was inspired by Durer's 1500 self-portrait ) and nude works that include homoerotic imagery from classic nudes to sadistic and masochistic acts. Mapplethorpe is best known for his Portfolio X series, which sparked national attention because of its explicit content and the funding of the effort by the NEA, including a self-portrait with a bullwhip inserted in his anus. His photographs of black men have been criticized as exploitive.
Mapplethorpe's work was regularly displayed at publicly funded exhibitions. Conservative and religious organizations, such as the American Family Association opposed supporting his kind of art, and he became something of a cause celebre for both sides in the National Endowment for the Arts funding debate. His The Perfect Moment exhibit in 1990 which included seven sadomasochistic portraits in Cincinnati resulted in the unsuccessful prosecution of the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center and its director Dennis Barrie on charges of "pandering obscenity".
When it became known that Mapplethorpe was infected with HIV, the prices for his photos increased dramatically. In December 1988 his photos collected $500,000 each. Mapplethorpe died on the morning of March 9, 1989, in a Boston, Massachusetts hospital from complications arising from AIDS; he was 42 years old. His ashes were buried in Queens, New York, in his mother's grave, marked 'Maxey'.
In 1998, the University of Central England was involved in a controversy when books by Mapplethorpe, alleged to contain child pornography, were confiscated from its library. They were ultimately returned, and no charges brought.
You here's mu suggestion.
There are plenty of other places to share fanfiction if that is your thing. There are other places that do not believe in enforcement of the archaic Obscenity Law. Place like www.furaffinity.com are perfect places for these works. Maybe not that one, but you get the picture.
The more objectional material posted, the bigger the problem will be. Stop whining. Stop belly-aching. Move your works elsewhere where they are safe from such individuals and stop being indignant. LiveJournal/Six Apart is a business. It is concerned with it's bottom line, not with its users. It was already demonstrated that people will not revoke their paid membership because.. of all things... the very icons you make cannot be housed on the free account. If you do nothing, then you are just as idiotic as the people you believe are trying to take your work away. Current Mood: aggravated