ravan: by icons r us (flamethrower - from icons r us)
( Dec. 22nd, 2011 07:33 pm)
So, they rolled out Release 88, which arbitrarily went and abused every journal to rip out comment subject lines by their roots. Now all you see is a bunch of usernames, not what they are talking about. Take about ego bullshit.

Supposedly it wasn't going to break S2 styles.

Guess what? I use S2, and my LJ is broken. OK, they fixed it, except for pages that throw you into the new atrocity, despite what your settings are.

The new default comment page looks as juvenile and corporate as FarceBook.

If you want to comment on my journal with proper subjects, comment at My Dreamwidth Journal

If you want to leave a nastygram on feedback? Do it, I did.
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ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( May. 7th, 2008 12:32 pm)

LiveJournal Advisory Board Elections

I support [livejournal.com profile] squeaky19 to be my representative on the Advisory Board.

Show your support at [livejournal.com profile] lj_election_en.



Squeaky also runs Insane Journal, based on the same open source code. His interest is in keeping the code base open and available, so that the social experiment that is the XXXXXjournal community, including its OpenID cross-fertilization, may continue and grow.

FYI, I have permanent account both here on LJ and over on IJ.

The following sites use the LJ codebase:
http://www.livejournal.com/
http://www.insanejournal.com/
http://www.deadjournal.com/
http://www.greatestjournal.com/
... and more
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OK, some people say "give everybody back basic account creation rights". That doesn't work business-wise, to bring in enough revenue to support the site.

Others say, "bring back invite codes and basic accounts, don't just let everybody in." Sorry, cat's out of the bag.

Now, I, as a paying user, want to be able to create communities and secondary blogs as basic, not plus, accounts. The current state of affairs prohibits this.

So, a simple solution:

Give invite codes to paying users to either
     A) promote the site (bringing in new basic account users), or
     A) create communities or secondary journals as basic accounts.
New codes would be handed out periodically, as system resources became available.
Code issuance would be restricted to users buying 6 months or more paid time, but would not expire until used.
Permanent members would get codes at least as though they were annnual members.

This returns the 'viral marketing' phenomenon that built the closely interlocked LJ community to start with, while still keeping it open to anyone with money or a willingness to see ads. Don't like ads, but want an LJ? Get to know someone!

For historical reference, my LJ was started with an invite code, from a person on a UseNet community (alt.callahans). I like the tradition.

Yes, you can refer people to this post, please do.
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ravan: (lj revenue - fireflypenance)
( Mar. 20th, 2008 04:59 pm)
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ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( Mar. 19th, 2008 11:39 am)
See this. Read the translation of the interview with the SUP guy that sees his userbase not as customers, but as consumers, not as content providers, but as hitchikers to milk. This is a supposedly less inflamatory translation, but I see very little difference, and the same amount of contempt.

Then do not post any content - the bread and butter of this site - from midnight to midnight GMT Friday, March 21.

Do not read, either, unless you are a paid/permanent account holder. No clicks, no ad views. No ad views, no revenue.

Hit the arrogant mother fucker in the pocket book!

We are his customers and his content providers. Without us, there is no LJ.

I will be posting on my permanently insane IJ - ravan.insanejournal.com - on that day. Creating an IJ is free, although they have (fairly discrete) ads. Join me there.
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ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( Dec. 20th, 2007 12:33 pm)
1) Our LDAP server at work has been playing cheap whore again. I have got to find the jerk with the roll of quarters.

2) LJ is going insane. They admitted to censoring search terms, but that they won't gibe the list, they won't change it, and they won't tell us why. So terms like "Main Coon", "raccoon", "fag hag" and "genocide" are not searchable, but "nazi", "porn" and "incest" are. Weird.

3) The new "Live Journal, Inc." still has no web page, or job postings.

4) I may get a perm account at Insane Journal, and syndicate it here.
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I will now go back to my normal, mostly inane, posting. I also will be aware the LJ could, and would, decide to make me PNG at any time because I'm not a "normal" demographic for the "community" that they want.

I will endeavor to keep current backups, and I will be looking for some way to do html scrapes of posts+comments on an automatic basis that doesn't involve windows.

Forgive? Maybe. Forget? Not fucking likely.
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ravan: (lj deletion money)
( Jun. 2nd, 2007 03:50 pm)
I present to you [livejournal.com profile] fan_investors - a community for fans with investments, or who wish to invest, in fan related or fandom enabling companies.

Membership is open, but *please* be sure to read the userinfo first.

Thank you.
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ravan: (lj deletion money)
( Jun. 2nd, 2007 02:02 pm)
OK. I'm fairly certain that Six Apart (6A) is preparing for either an IPO or an acquisition. This means potentially continuing crackdowns on various types of unpopular expression to look good for investors (either stockholders or publicly held corporation).

I often write about unpopular stuff: anti-neo-con politics, paganism, glbt issues, dominionism exposure, childfreedom, workplace idiocy, sf&f conventions, and a lot of other crap. I also write about stuff like my health, job, household, finances, issues, kittens and random rants. Most of this stuff is not public, but FO (friends only) or a subset of FO.

So, I have two choices:
1) Go ahead and resume normal blogging, without doing any self-censorship, accepting the very real risk that 6A or whoever owns them will suddenly decide that I am PNG on their servers for some dumbass reason.
2) Abandon my permanent account and friends list here to stake my claim elsewhere (with the attendant service issues), maybe trying to turn this journal into some sort of feed showing the new one?

Either way I could lose something, IMO.

I'm inclined toward number one - because leaving seems like giving in to the Mrs Grundy's of the world. If anything, I may make *more* of my edgy rants and pontification public. I also plan to do more frequent backups.

Also, if 6A gets acquired or goes IPO, I can try to get stock, as long as the company is publicly traded. While I'm not rich, I do have a small portfolio that needs diversification. I tend to be a long term oriented investor.

What do *you* think?
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Investigative reporting, putting puzzle pieces together, here. ETA: updated version HERE

Now, if LJ tries to go IPO, how do those of us with cash get enough stock to make a difference??

ETA: if it waits a few months, I should be able to put $500 or more into it.
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ravan: (451F)
( Jun. 1st, 2007 12:31 pm)
I want to go back to posting memes, adventures with my cat, craft project status, and the occasional political rant.

But I can't, yet. I don't feel right about it.

I don't really have a clear understanding of what I can expect from 6A/LJ anymore. I don't have any faith that these people won't attempt to exercise editorial control over my interests and my writings.

I don't write fanfic, or porn. But I do write about unpopular, controversial subjects: paganism, homosexuality, gay marriage, childfreedom, homelessness, civil disobedience, liberal politics, civil rights and gun rights.

Who, or what, is next?? What topic is next under 6A's "we don't want that in our community" banhammer?

There is a chill in LJ-land. I can't feel safe to rant about wanting to string up nameless users at work by their short hairs, now - for fear I'll be accused of some nebulous "crime", and have my journal deleted. I can't rant about what I'd like to see happen to the entire Phelps clan - for fear I'll be accused of solicited criminal activity, and be banned from a service I've *paid for* on someone's whim. But Ann Coulter can get mainstream press coverage for her advocacy of hunting down liberals as "traitors".

Work with me, 6A. Repudiate "zero tolerance" and knee-jerk judgments.
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ravan: (451F)
( May. 31st, 2007 10:08 pm)
However, there are a few legal issues here that bug me:

1) If you suspect a crime is or has been committed, don't delete a journal, call the cops!!
2) If you accuse someone publicly of criminal behavior, but can't/don't/won't back it up with evidence and reporting it to the authorities, you could be committing libel and defamation.
3) Deleting journals and communities on the basis of keywords in interests is pretty slipshod.
4) Fiction, fantasy, or discussion of lusts and thoughts is not the same as doing them, even under the current mess of US Law. Really.
5) Isn't breaking/violating your own process as described in your ToS a breach of contract??
6) Trying to claim listed "interests" mean that a person "likes" or "advocates" them would probably get laughed out of court, IMO.
7) As I understand it, a person's content is theirs, and a hosting service is shielded by the "common carrier" provisions of the law *if* they do not exercise editorial control over it. Deleting "objectionable", but not illegal, content could be construed as exercising editorial control.

Again, IANAL, nor do I play one on TV.

I need to have defined for me what rights I have under my permanent membership contract with LJ. If they can blithely change their ToS on the fly about this stuff, what else can they do, without me having any recourse other than abandoning my journal (and money)? Will I log in one day to a page full of ads for fundie churches, my journal redacted of all content not fit for sheltered 5 year olds??
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ravan: (lj read fanfiction - fireflypenance)
( May. 30th, 2007 09:10 pm)
Apparently even Perverted Justice can't tell the difference between active child molesters and pedophiles who do not act on their urges.

Pedophilia is a mental illness. True, it's a revolting mental illness, but unless the person actually harms or financially supports the harm of a child (actual images of child porn), it's not illegal. No harm, no foul.

I some days feel sorry for people with this problem - they can't even admit the urges enough to get help without being reported for something or socially ostracized. How are they supposed to get help if admitting the problem is an instant police record or something?

Yes, kids need protecting. Their parents are the first line of defense, not LJ/6A. Pre-pubescent kids don't belong on LJ unsupervised, IMO

But making things worse for people who have been victims of child molesters and people who are fighting mental illness is not protecting anyone.

BTW, here are some links about treatment for pedophiles:
http://whyfiles.org/154pedophile/2.html
http://library.uchc.edu/bhn/cite/nyt/0224pedo.html
http://pedophileophobia.com/treatment.htm
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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.
In this thread in [livejournal.com profile] lj_releases, [livejournal.com profile] burr86 alleges:
Problem with a dropdown menu is that it doesn't let you choose multiple groups.

My jaw hit the deck. Now, I've had problems doing just that on LJ, but I always figured it was intended as a feature, not a designer incompetance.

You see, picking multiples in a drop-down list is enabled by this: <select name="test" multiple="yes"> - it's an option in the base html for the drop-down box. No javashitscript required.

Don't believe me? See this tutorial, which is the FIRST result in a Google search on [drop down form].
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ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( Dec. 15th, 2006 12:16 pm)
This now works!! They put the nice serif fixed font back in the update page!!

They still have the dumbed down "enter a subject" and "show this entry to: Everyone (public)", but I guess I'm getting used to being insulted and talked down to by my damned software. It's a sad state of affairs when one idiot's mistakes necessitate that everyone be treated like a 6 year old.
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ravan: by icons r us (flamethrower - from icons r us)
( Dec. 14th, 2006 09:21 pm)
Samples of font differences:

courier: i!1|lI

arial: i!1|lI

verdana: i!1|lI

times: i!1|lI

For composing in HTML mode, courier (fixed, serif) is best.
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This is shit. Sans-serif shit on the "Update Journal" page. This whole fucking site is going kiddie style with the trendy sans-serif fonts and javashitscript dropdown crap.

Look at the default "Subject" - it says "Enter a Subject"!! Dumb. If I want a subject, I'll enter one on my own, you don't have to order me to!

Now look at the posting options "show this entry to:" Is that god damned insulting or what?? I'm not fucking 6, I'm 45.

The entry window is now goddamn sans-serif. I HATE SAN-SERIF FONTS!!!!!. I can barely read them on other people's pages. Now I have to type entries in them? Sucksville.

BTW, shitheads, I can put in my own image tags and links. Really. I swear, I was hand coding HTML before these "designers" were out of high school.

Oh, and the pop-up piece of shit that is under the userpic mouseover doesn't actually let you *select* the userpic you want - it just lets you click fruitlessly. Seriously borken.

Just one more piece of non-brokenness fixed, probably at great expense, while their sysadmins whine that they can't fix database errors and commenting problems for only $25 per user per year, and can't afford redundant hosting, or at least a *decent* colo. Sad.
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ravan: (runtyOMG)
( Nov. 13th, 2006 01:03 pm)
Since I have now started getting a ton of spam to my LJ email address, I set up a seperate mailbox for it. It sucks that I have to do this, but if that's what it takes to reduce my spam/viral load, so be it.
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