OK, I made a community, and called it Householding. Feel free to join, regardless of whether you are living in a communal or group setting now or not.

I will repost my last entry there as a first, intro piece.

I think I need a simple house icon as the community icon.

Enjoy.
This originally was a comment on [livejournal.com profile] mdlbear's journal, but I feel it needs a wider audience, and expansion.

The problem with LJ is that the most useful factors - friends and communities, and granularity thereof - are not available on standard "plain" blogging software. Ordinary blogs are either/or - invite only, or all public. LJ has the granularity of access, but is controlled by a single corporation that is susceptible to economic and political pressure. What is needed is a way to build the community and friends lists (and access restrictions) that is platform and provider independent.

Enter "Blog Key". This software doesn't exist yet, it's only a concept. This concept involves a plugin. Each type of blogging software would have the plugin(s) ported to it, but is otherwise platform agnostic.

Plugin: "Blog Keys" - This plugin:
A) generates a public/private key pair, and integrates it into the viewing setting for your blog. No accepted key, no blog see.
B) provides easy distribution of public keys.
C) authenticates against given public key(s) that you've accepted, allowing the key generator(s) to read a protected entry.
D) provide an authentication layer by which you would be able to read the blogs of others who had accepted your key, and enabled you to read that entry.
E) provides rss feeds of blogs that you have keys to read (a "friends page")

If I want to be be involved in a blog key group, I enable access to my public key.

A blogger who want to let me read and comment on their blog transfers my public key to their plugin "Add my key!" type button. Thenthey add me to their general reader group, and additionally any subgroups that they wish. They would not, however, be able to read *my* entries, until I added their key to my plugin.

Essentially, the plugin becomes a keychain. I can read any journals that have accepted my key, and enabled my authenticated viewing of the particular entry.

Both commercial (6A) and open source blogging software could implement this. It would still allow public (no key required) posting, could be set up to require key authentication to comment, or be "friends only". All you'd need to participate would be a blogging platform that had the plugin available.

I can't program this, but I'm sure that an open project like WordPress would be glad to have it.
ravan: (lj revenue - fireflypenance)
( May. 30th, 2007 06:42 pm)
Because LJ has "decided" that having interests that are "illegal" is somehow a solicitation to break the law, or is not the "kind" of "community" that they want to have, I will not be updating this journal with anything but posts about the deletions, bigotry, and judgemental crap that is involved.

Quotes from LJ CEO Berkowitz on CNet:
"We did a review of our policies related to how we review those sites, those journals, and came up with the fact that we actually did have a number of journals up that we didn't think met our policies and didn't think they were appropriate to have up," Barak Berkowitz, chairman and chief executive of Six Apart, said in a telephone interview.

...

"Our decision here was not based on pure legal issues. It was based on what community we want to build and what we think is appropriate within that community and what's not."
--Barak Berkowitz, chairman and CEO, Six Apart


This kind of knee-jerk, bigoted, "sanitization" of the LJ environment by daddy-knows-best corporate jerks turns my stomach. The fact that they bowed down and kissed the ass of dominionist, "Joels Army" type fundamentalist scum like WfI is just appalling!

Saying fanfic containing torture of villians or underage sex is promoting torture and pedophilia is like saying murder mysteries are manuals for murder. Dumb.
ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( May. 23rd, 2006 04:39 pm)
[livejournal.com profile] sfba_gunfen now exists. Currently [livejournal.com profile] the_ogre and I are the maintainers. To reduce the occurence of trolls, membership and posting access is by approval.
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