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As a Livejournal user, I salute you. You’ve summed the whole thing up pretty much perfectly.

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What’s a Live Journal? Is it like some sort of web-based diary? This sounds like it could be big.

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“Why would anybody not be shocked by a downturn in traffic on a major statutory and religious holiday?”

Obviously the Godless communists who don’t celebrate Jesus coming back from the dead, after having rolled “rabbit” on table 9-13 as per the rules of the Reincarnation spell.

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Well, I for one was too busy making room in my sock drawer for lincoln logs to post on LJ today…

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Why aren’t these people using an adblocker? There, problem solved. I’m a paying customer of LJ. I like it enough to think it warrants a few dollars every year. About the censorship, that does make me angry but only because I’ve seen how websites that have open communities have flourished like Deviantart. I wish LJ was run like that, where the content is supported and encouraged (mostly talking about art/writing).

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This is timely – at least in my little world. I am currently setting up a WordPress account after years of being an LJ user, which I became after getting frustrated with deleting spam from my MT blog. I agree about the community stuff. A friend of mine migrated to WP a couple years ago, but kept her LJ by cross-posting to LJ. That’s an option I am considering exploring.

About the strike: yeah, a lot of the complaints seemed silly. But I was concerned when I heard the new company deleted bisexual communities. Whether or not its censorship, it was homophobic.

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[…] 22, 2008 · No Comments MightyGodKing on the LJ strike: (PS. As stated elsewhere: the “internet strike” concept is quite possibly the […]

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Every time I read about someone trying to protest via Internet boycott or e-mailing campaign I remember the time I was asked to participate in an e-mail campaign to get china to free Tibet. The person was genuinely convinced that if enough people e-mailed the Chinese government “They’ll have to listen.”

No in fact, the government with 2 million men under arms, billions of dollars in trade with the US and everyone else, and close ties to the US government does not in fact have to listen when a bunch of geeks on the Internet click “send” on a form letter, they just have some flunky hit delete all day.

Kids today…

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The sad thing is that they then say they’re going to Insanejournal or Deadjournal or one of the other half-dozen sites running older versions of the publicly available Livejournal code, all of which are about as reliable as George W. Bush in a liquor store.

More importantly, the only reason InsaneJournal or DeadJournal or GreatestJournal or JournalFen can offer the same carte blanche people wistfully remember about the early days of LiveJournal is that their user base is as low or lower than LJ’s was in those selfsame good ol’ days. If thousands of people really did migrate en masse to any one of these sites, they would be faced with the same technical, content, and customer service issues LJ has grown to face, and they’d probably deal with those issues in equally unpopular ways. To wit, JournalFen crashes every time fandom_wank posts something that everyone on LJ comes over to read, and GreatestJournal quickly collapsed from the strain of taking on refugees from Strikethrough 2007.

I’ve come around on my thinking about you leaving LJ. (Although I still think it smacks of hypocrisy from the “fandom” circles. Let’s face it, your third strike with LJ was posting Harry Potter spoilers, and odds are the person who notified them about that was probably the same sort of person avidly defending the rights of Harry Potter porn authors that same weekend.) At first I was just pissed that I didn’t have the convenience of reading this blog in my friendslist (the syndicated feed is a lot more limited than simply friending an LJ account), but now I see “the blog-o-sphere” going about “diggerating” your site, and it’s more like you “made the big time.” Strictly speaking nothing has changed, but it sounds like a bigger deal to say “Check out this funny picture on MightyGodKing.com” than to say “Check out this funny picture some guy put on his LiveJournal.”

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“Threaded comments are wonderful things”
Now this is one thing I can’t agree with at all. I loathe and detest the threaded comments, and it was the main thing keeping me away from LJ. I had considered getting a placeholder account for commenting on friend’s journals, but that’s obviously out now, and it was the threaded comments that kept me hesitating until it was too late.
I’ll go check out something linked at LJ if it looks interesting, but I often back out of the comments if the threading gets to be too much.
I’d rather skip stuff that I don’t care about by fast reading, so it’s still my call, and I always set the view to “flat” or “nest” at places like slashdot or IMDB forums, if LJ offered such an option I probably wouldn’t have stayed away.

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Ladypeyton said on March 22nd, 2008 at 9:28 pm

The people who keep using the word “censorship” blow me away. It’s not as if they removed the interests in question, and it’s not as if they made them unsearchable. They simply removed them from the Top 100 Interests Page. A page that 99% of existing LJ users hardly ever see.

Who knew it mattered whether or not the word “sex” was listed on a rarely visited webpage.

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Jim: I can’t say as to whether I have “made the big time” (inasmuch as having a blog qualifies one for “the big time,” anyway). All I can say definitively is that I kept track of my traffic for a while before I left Livejournal, and that my readership is higher as an independent site. Likely that some of it has do to with branding issues (mightygodking.com is easier to refer back to than an individual Livejournal, as you mentioned), some of it to do with easier site propogation and access to proper trackback tools, etc.

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“Kids today…”

C’mon. Are we any more ridiculous than previous generations?

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That’s it, I’m quitting the Fantastic Four.

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