kshandra: Frank the Goat, swearing in comic-book fashion. Text: "LiveJournal: Proudly uniting foreheads with keyboards since 1999" (Livejournal)
So I was attempting to click through on a Read More tag on a friend's LJ, when this pops up:

screenshot of the pop-up window forcing Livejournal users to accept their new service agreement

Lemme say that one more time for the folks in the back:

ATTENTION: this translation of the User Agreement is not a legally binding document.

So unless I agree to something written in a language I do not read, I can no longer access a blog I have been using over fifteen years.

I'm doing one final import of content, so I have whatever recent comments have been left on the LJ side of the divide. And then I'm clicking OK on the agreement long enough to save my 200+ userpics, and deleting my account.

I do hope I'll see more of you on Dreamwidth in the future. I'll miss those of you who don't make the switch.
kshandra: Porcelain dragon figurine stares at the camera, arms crossed and eyebrow raised (HighlySkeptical)
Amazingly, this is not about Scrapbook going away (though I'm singularly unimpressed by this development, as well). No, this is completely different fuckery.

I left a comment on a friend's post earlier today. Said comment was screened, which is zir prerogative, of course. However, the screened-comment behavior has COMPLETELY changed, and not for the better. The "this comment has been screened" message is now a pop-up dialog, which is fine, particularly as dismissing the message returns you to the post at your comment.

No, the problem I have is this:

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How many of you can actually READ that text without pain?

I am REALLY glad I have made DW my primary blogging platform, and for all my previous commentary that I would continue to use LJ as long as it continued to exist, I find myself questioning that stand almost daily.
kshandra: Graffiti of hands ripping open a dress shirt, Superman fashion, to reveal the word FAIL (FAIL)
...to anyone else still on the LJ side of the Great Divide: Comment notifications have stopped again.

EDIT: Someone appears to have poured the right amount of Drano in the right series of tubes, as they've started to appear again.
kshandra: Sinfest character Slick sits at his laptop, poking the keyboard; the words "refresh refresh refresh" hover over his head (5-Minute-Refresh)
I'm currently reading both my LJ f'list and my DW Reading page on a daily basis. As I have a number of you added on both sites, this means I'm seeing a considerable amount of duplicate posts right now. If you have accounts on both LJ and DW with crossposting enabled, I will be removing you from my LJ reading filter (though not removing you from my f'list). I realize this means I'll be missing a lot of the conversation going forward, but I have enough trouble keeping up with my various social networks as it is.
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (ComputerBear)
First and foremost, a request for Dreamwidth account names - I suspect that more of you than I currently follow on the DW side actually have accounts, and I want to make sure I'm connected with all of you. (If you're more comfortable just adding [personal profile] kshandra and sending me a PM to let me know who you are/were on LJ, that's fine, too; I just want to be sure I know who everyone is.)

Next, a couple of pointers for journals/communities you should perhaps be following - [community profile] lj_refugees on the DW side, [livejournal.com profile] rollback88 on the LJ side.

Finally, from [personal profile] argylepiratewd in [community profile] lj_refugees, a friending meme.

Edit: But wait, there's more! Thanks to [personal profile] musyc for sharing the following:

[personal profile] rydra_wong is hosting the Giant Community Rec-o-matic Post, for users to help each other find interesting comms. (Also [site community profile] dw_community_promo to advertise comms and [community profile] create_my_comm to suggest comms you'd like to see but don't have time to make/run.)
kshandra: Graffiti of hands ripping open a dress shirt, Superman fashion, to reveal the word FAIL (FAIL)
(CEO of SUP, parent company of Livejournal)

http://amberdiceless.livejournal.com/98191.html

Link the everliving snot out of [livejournal.com profile] amberdiceless's post, folks. Page-rank it from here to kingdom come.
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (ComputerBear)
From the latest post in [site community profile] dw_news:

Earlier this year, we decided to try out a "no invite codes needed" week to see whether we could do it semi-regularly and still keep the same level of service (and of spam protection) that the invite codes let us stick with. The results were pretty good, so we've decided to try it again, and for a little longer this time!

For the rest of the year, creating a Dreamwidth account will not require an invite code: just visit the Create an Account page.

We do reserve the right to switch invite codes back on if open account creation is causing problems -- invite codes let us carefully balance the site's resources and keep spammers from overrunning the site -- but with luck, that shouldn't be a problem.

With the continuing fuckery at LJ (You have heard about what they're doing to comments, yes?), I suspect more and more people are going to be looking for a bolt hole. Even if all you're looking to do right now is park your preferred username, this would be the time to do it.

Edit, 2:20pm: I see people haven't heard. The upcoming release includes multiple changes to the comments page...including the removal of subject lines in comments.

http://igrick.livejournal.com/528687.html (Note: entry is in Russian, apart from the footnote)

Particularly damning, I find, is this comment from [livejournal.com profile] frozen_solid, near the end of the 16 pages(!) of commentary on that entry:

So I switched to beta to see it for myself, and honestly it's not as bad as I feared... but the lack of subject lines is HORRIFIC. Not only do subject lines not work for new threads, but old threads have their subject lines removed. This ruins every single community that relies on subject lines. It's one thing if you have to work around the lack of subject lines for new comments, that is manageable but still annoying... the removal of every subject line in past comment threads is absolutely terrible. It's completely deleted data that the communities were built around NEEDED to function, and you've just removed it from underneath us. We can't correct the years of old comments that needed filters to work around this. There IS no work around. We're just screwed. PLEASE bring subject lines back.

The change is being discussed at length in the latest [livejournal.com profile] news post; I'm tracking this thread to see if we get an actual answer or if they just railroad us with this change the way they have with so many others.
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (LJ Addict)
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This really couldn't be better timed; yesterday marked my 10th anniversary on LJ. My journal has seen relationships grow, thrive, crumble, and collapse; it has watched my family and me battle various demons, internal and external; it has been home to moments of sheer poetry and sheer absurdity - sometimes simultaneously.

Here's to the next ten.
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (LJ Addict)
...I've unlocked my journal again. There are enough people I need to try and keep up-to-date right now that crossposting between LJ and FB is the easiest way to make that happen.

Awesome.

Mar. 8th, 2009 05:58 pm
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (Fan)
[livejournal.com profile] rorschachsdiary - which in turn led me to [livejournal.com profile] theveidtmethod and [livejournal.com profile] hahajokesonyou (who gets bonus points for both his interest list and the Aretha's Hat icon).
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (LJ Addict)
My journal is EIGHT today. o.O Never in my life have I kept up a diary as long as I have this.

Climbing Mt. Normal
The Life and Times of a Communication Fetishist
Created on 2001-03-05 17:03:00 (#69080), last updated 2009-03-05
25,382 comments received, 36,734 comments posted
Permanent Account
4,509 Journal Entries, 167 Tags, 60 Memories, 100+ ScrapBook Files, 6 Virtual Gifts, 153 Userpics

Interests: 150
Unique interests: 0
However, I originated three interests (5-minute-refresh, I ♥ >1, and equally large boa), which I think entitles me to at least some geek cred.
Friends: 302 / Mutual Friends: 295
I just wish that more of y'all were local. (And that some of y'all weren't dead....)
Communities: 144
The last time I did this that I can find, I was complaining about 83. o.O
RSS Feeds: 53

And finally....



Top Commenters on [livejournal.com profile] kshandra's LiveJournal
(Of users in friends list)
1[livejournal.com profile] dandelion_diva565 565
2[livejournal.com profile] jarlsberg71420 420
3[livejournal.com profile] mactavish403 403
4[livejournal.com profile] gridlore396 396
5[livejournal.com profile] lysana380 380
6[livejournal.com profile] firestrike327 327
7[livejournal.com profile] docwebster322 322
8[livejournal.com profile] dafydd306 306
9[livejournal.com profile] bunyip298 298
10[livejournal.com profile] murphymom297 297
11-100 )
Total Commenters: 568 (468 not shown)
Total Comments: 25382

Report generated 3/5/2009 3:18:56 PM by [livejournal.com profile] scrapdog's LJ Comment Stats Wizard 1.7

Heads up

Nov. 24th, 2008 11:08 am
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (LiveJournal)
Email copies of comments are not currently coming through (and I checked my spam filter, so it's not an after-effect of the server relocation...or at least not that after-effect). http://www.livejournal.com/tools/recent_comments.bml is your friend.
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (kthxbai)
I was reading my f'list, and the phrase "fire, vengeance and alcohol" turned up in comments on a locked post. And it abruptly occurred to me that I had the perfect icon....

Thanks again [livejournal.com profile] kjpepper for letting me use it.
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (LiveJournal)
I've got this line in my userinfo:

I used to announce these purges in my journal, but it was pointed out to me that making such announcements was likely causing the drama I was attempting to avoid.


Clearly, I forgot about that again.

So I've done what I'm going to do about realigning my f'list, made the other entries private, and I'm moving the hell along.
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (LiveJournal)
I was just looking at the nudge "feature" here on LJ; someone I read hasn't posted in a while, and I was looking to see if the function allows you to include a message. Imagine my surprise when the list told me that said person had posted far more recently than anything I'd seen....

*checks something else* Hm. Those filtered/private entries show up on the Calendar page, as well. And I'd swear that someone has groused about that to LJ before....
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (Koosh)
A nonny mouse!

A nonny mouse who's in league with the LJ Fairy, 'cause guess who's got a permanent account now?

Thanks, mouse! (And thanks to those of you who had made noises about possibly doing this, as well.)
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (LiveJournal)
My paid account expires the 29th.

I get paid the 29th.

The upcoming Permanent Account sale ends the 28th.

Yes, I know plenty of people on both sides of whether or not Perms are a worthwhile investment in light of Strikethrough. I still use my journal regularly enough to consider it one.
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (LiveJournal)
As of this writing, I have gotten five comments on my last (friends-locked) post.

One of those has arrived in my email.

I have, however, gotten three birthday notifications. *eyeroll*

At least I'm going to be busy if LJ is going to be fuxx0red.
kshandra: Animated: Kermit the frog in front of a red velvet curtain, flailing happily (Yaaaaaaaaaay!)
Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] fuzzface00! I'll try to live up down to it. ;-)
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (LiveJournal)
Doing some cleanup on my f'list today; my guidlines for what I cut and when are on my userinfo page if you're not familiar with them. As always, if reading me is no longer a priority in your life, feel free to drop, though if you're someone I know in meatspace I would like it if you drop me a line to let me know what's up.
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