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|Saturday, July 28th, 2007|
|Tuesday, July 24th, 2007|
|Friday, July 20th, 2007|
here we go again...
It goes without saying that I’m not pleased with the most recent development in the ongoing drama of lj vs its users.
First off I dislike the very sneaky way in which lj deals with its users. The original strikethrough took place on Memorial Day Weekend in an obvious attempt to keep things quite as possible. This time they’ve decided to take advantage of a great many users being offline to avoid spoilers for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to post a policy regarding illegal and harmful activities that includes information that directly impacts fandom regarding a zero tolerance stand on graphic sexual content involving underaged characters in works of fiction.
LJ states that it's policy is the policy of the United States and they will only be enforcing this nations obsceneity laws under the Miller test, which finds material to be obscene based on a criteria of community standards and whether or not it contains merit. I don't advocate violating the law but in this case, there is a large grey area in the law. What one person sees as obscene another may find literary merit in. Because we are dealing with something that is not cut and dry, I very much hope Livejournal plans to put in place some sort of a process of inqury, notification, and and appeal where people accused of obscenity have some recourse rather than simply suspending journals and communities as they did earlier this year.
Whatever happens, it is important to remember that this is not something cut and dry where any mention of underaged sexuality automatically places you in the wrong. As such it is important lj users involved in fandom make their voices heard and assert the validity of what we read and write. Don’t go into hiding, don’t be afraid or ashamed. It’s important that we stay visible and vocal.
Livejournal is a business and we're the customers (yes, customers. I have two paid accounts). Therefore it is in their best interest to listen to us. Stating dissatisfaction with a policy requesting clarification or offering feedback doesn't constitute entitlement or hysteria.
So once again, stand up, don’t shut up.
|Thursday, July 19th, 2007|
Why LJ/SA should not mess with pretending to be lawyers
By now, some of you may have noticed the newest statement regarding LJ's new content-hosting policies as clarified in the most recent lj_biz
To make things simple: they've gone back on their word. They said that communities dedicated to fiction that may feature minors would be safe. They reinstated fiction communities that mostly consisted of stories where the characters were under 18 often in sexual situations and said they were safe. They reinstated communities and journals featuring nonphotographic sexual content involving minors and said they were safe. And now? They're saying that any explicit writing involving people or characters under 18, fictional or not, is a bannable offense. They've tried using the Miller Test and claiming that any writing involving people under 18 in graphic sexual situations is illegal in the United States...well, the Miller Test is a highly subjective test and is subject to frequent controversy in the legal system, and fictional underage graphic sex is NOT illegal in the US. This is no longer LJ trying to protect its interests. Even people who supported LJ during the Strikethrough are turning around and going, "Oh, crud, you guys ARE promoting censorship."
I'm working on an open letter to LJ/SA and outside sources regarding WHY this news is not only fradulent due to the company misleading the users through contradictory statemetns, but also innacurate in what they claim to be illegal. I do this in the hope that maybe they will FINALLY realize that they are engaging in blatant censorship and basically shooting themselves in the foot. So if you guys could possibly swing by http://jupiter-star.livejournal.com/368741.html
and comment with the info I'm trying to collect, I would really appreciate it.
|Wednesday, July 18th, 2007|
I was one of the strike-throughs. I was unsuspended yesterday, and I recieved no word from lj. So I went to check nodescriptor
, and I saw that several others were unsuspended as well:demonsecretshomenudistmaximiliano05quantem_dustrschoolptricia73unnaturalobsess
I believe that none of these were unsuspended until yesterday, correct me if I'm wrong. I haven't thoroughly checked them all out to try to figure out why they're no longer suspended, but there actually seems to be no particular criteria that I can see.
Also, there are new strike-throughs. Besides the community's moderator, these two that I know of:we_nympholepts
was up yesterday. I believe it was also originally suspended, but returned.clayboybl
seems to have been suspended today. I don't think he'd been struck-through originally, either.
Just thought I'd let people know.
|Monday, June 25th, 2007|
After Much Consideration
Desire and I have decided to pass on the torch of maintainership of this community. Life has come at us fast adn hard these last few months, and that's not even taking the strikethrough into account. So with Moving in our future as well as a whole bunch of other things, I need voulenteers. Please e-mail
me to be considered.
|Thursday, June 21st, 2007|
|Tuesday, June 19th, 2007|
|Saturday, June 16th, 2007|
Sex Offenders Using Myspace Arrested in Texas
Just thought you all might be interested in this:http://www.kval.com/news/tech/8017002.html
(There's also a video clip about this on Yahoo News
, but being Yahoo I can't find a way to embed/link to it)
Fascinating as it might be to all of us, there was absolutely no mention of LJ's Strikethrough mess. Perhaps because MySpace did what I suggested LJ do and called the authorities about people who are actually breaking laws? At the same time, it seems that in the opinion of Texas, at least, sex offenders who are "convicted child predators" can't even be on MySpace as it violates their parole.
I'm also not sure what I think about having police posing as children on MySpace to lure offenders in.
But anyway... there you are... as teachers say...
x-posted to my protest journal
|Tuesday, June 12th, 2007|
6A Witch-hunt Poll: Advance Warning?
This is an attempt to clear up mis-communication around the time of the Memorial Day purge.
Immediately before and after, LJ Abuse Team members and their acquaintances said advance warning was given to the affected individuals, so owners of about-to-be suspended journals could make back-ups. This information appeared in posts which were later deleted or made private.
It does not seem to be true. No one I've met online received official advance warning. Hence the poll. For folks whose journals were suspended only.Go to the poll in my livejournal.
Thank you for your help!
|Sunday, June 10th, 2007|
What's up with asexualdreamer??
Hey, anyone (desireneverends
maybe???!!!!) know what happened to asexualdreamer
?? I noticed that there's a strikethrough her when I came for my daily activist visit and then I noticed all of her posts to this comm are now missing and THEN... I click on her link and got the msg "this journal has been either temporarily or permanently suspended".
That's right "suspended".
Anyone know what's up?
|Friday, June 8th, 2007|
*does a happy dance*
- We realized that we need to clarify policies and procedures BEFORE we give feedback to journals that were taken down and then put back up. That will not take place for a while, and none of these journals will be suspended again without prior notice unless clearly required by law (that effectively limits it to child pornography or a copyright violation reported under the DMCA).
In more official news, I am now a memebr of the abuse team.
EDIT: I am now unsuspecded. Apparently one does not "just" join the abuse team community/list whatever and poof there it is. Apparently there is some approval process in which I was not fininshed with, although this was not made clear at all. I am opening up a talk with them to find out more and will keep you posted. Current Mood: calm
|Thursday, June 7th, 2007|
Ok, not to grind an old old axe here but I am seeing many people who wish to debate the ethics of childlove and what not. This is not the community for that! This community of focused on Censorship and Livejournal's recent actions.
However, if this is a topic you would like ot debate, please come over to childlovedebate
and we will be happy to hear from you. I only ask that you take a moment to read the ground rules before proceeding. Current Mood: productive
Well put, Desire and some suggestions.
All of this very well put, I would however like to address another issue that while pertaining to the community, does not necessarily pertain to the fight at hand (With LJ)
I think we need some firm community guidelines. Yes, Freedom is speech is important to us all, why else would we be here, however in order to get anything accomplished, we need some level of focus and I am beginning to see the ends of what we have managed to get, unravel from potential people like this. So, thoughts people?
My first suggestion is this:
1: We are a community for the Discussion of Livejournal Censorship and StrikeThrough 07 as well as any other such situations that may arise. We prefer conversation to remain on topic. The Maintainers and Members also prefer that attacks on people's Morality, Ethics, Politics or other such personal matters not be made. If you are found to do so, actions will be taken.
Now, my personal suggestion for a methodology for Banning:
1st offense written warning
2nd offense: Posting access revoked for 2 weeks
3rd Offense: Banned
Perhaps some may see this as Lenient, others as harsh but this is an old stand by from other communities I have worked with/in and seems to work.
Or, I might be missing the mark all together. Current Mood: thoughtful
|Tuesday, June 5th, 2007|
has made a brand-new account for the sake of posting kiddie porn
links to various LJs and communities. See here
for more information.nebris
is afk at the moment and he asked me to warn you guys.
DON'T click on the link. Delete the post and report it to LJ Abuse. Current Mood: angry
Whilst I personally think that there has been massive overreaction from both
sides in this whole fiasco, I've added this community because I want to keep up-to-date with what's going on in terms of which crazy fundamentalists are attacking our right to free speech this week. I was also just wondering, does anybody have cached pages of kingdoms_eye
's entries before the account was suspended? I found it really quite funny and I'd be hugely grateful if somebody could send me .html files of the entries - I already have the one where they're weeping over Snape's adultery and the one where Draco is twelve.
I'm glad to see a community of people who care enough about their freedom of speech to defend it. It makes me happy. Current Mood: tired
|Monday, June 4th, 2007|
I've decided to back up my LJ and should be on GJ by the end of the evening.
Anybody on GJ that I might expect to see around?