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19 March 2008 @ 02:59 pm
And she rants:  
But not really, because I am not coherent enough to do that justice. Suffice to say, Livejournal has long since been run on incompetence, and I've dealt with that as best as I'm able because I have long since lost the propensity for going up in arms about anything reasonably important to me. I'm not my boyfriend who can (and from the look of it, enjoys) putting everything into a clear, concise, reasonable argument.

So instead, I leave it for others to say in-depth, and I'll only summarize in brief. There've been problems with LJ for a long while now, most often stemming from 6A because they do not know what it means to run a company for Livejournal and how it differs from Myspace.

Now the problem lies in two things: the first with SUP, the other corporation that's taken the lines of LJ's big, bigoted goat. THIS IS WHY.

It should stand well enough that if you are a corporation, you do not piss off the people you depend on to use your product. Because the thing about the internet? It's all too easy to just up and jump ship, and oh-so-many people already have.

The second thing: THIS story and THIS rant sum it up pretty well.

All said and done, it's censorship in a big way, and an underhanded attempt at that. Some LJ representatives have come out with a vague explanation that it was a mistake, but how exactly do you accidentally filter stuff like "fandom, boys, girls, sex, faeries--FAERIES? THEY'RE HORRIBLE, BAD, CHILD-MOLESTING FANTASY CREATURES NOW?--yaoi, fanfiction, pain and depression" from being searchable and showing up on users' interests? Honestly.

This is all getting stupider every month that goes by, and while I'm pretty sure I'll never really leave LJ completely, I really do believe my IJ deserves a little more love than its been getting lately. So: Strike on Thursday/Friday, anyone?

You can finding me nosing at the grass on the other side.
 
 
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Current Music: Daniel Bedingfield - If You're Not the One
 
 
 
M.: &c. | youth & revolutionwolfgrin on March 19th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
While I am not trying to pretend LJ's complete, idiotic asshatery is anything but-- there's at least one post pointing out that the first Russian translation was perhaps a bit more caustic than called for in portraying the interviewee.

This is not to say that LJ isn't completely & totally WRONG for all the shit they've pulled over the years. But I think we should always remember that we're reading someone's translation, and that always brings in a whole new layer of bias.

Oh, Livejournal. I wish I could quit you.
M.: &c. | apple fresh grinwolfgrin on March 19th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
Er, and for clarification: I still think the guy comes across as a dickwad, even in the other translation. So it's just for comparison!
Stephaniemirroredsakura on March 19th, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
Oh sure, I knew for a fact that the translation of the interview was probably slanted beyond all belief but that didn't stop me from being indignant about it. Because prettying up the speech some doesn't make the message any clearer than the fact that do what you will, they won't listen. And I don't much like that. :\

The boycott itself probably won't make much of a difference (it's a Good Friday after all, I'm pretty sure it's expected for there to be a dip in site traffic) but if people want to make a point about that, I can support them for it, I figure.
M.: hp | wit beyond measurewolfgrin on March 19th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, totally. I'm not forgiving the higher-ups for any one of the things they've done in the past few years. I just figured I'd share the link anyways, because you seem to be keeping up with at least some of the shenanigans, and what's another side of the story to add to the mess? ;)

Yeah. I-- I won't claim I'm boycotting, just because I know it won't be particularly effective, but I can understand if anybody chooses to do so. I probably won't be posting regardless, but that's just because I don't post very much as it is!

Oh, Livejournal. *flails arms helplessly*
Ellelalalalaizuki on March 19th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
Okay, I fail in that I have absolutely no idea what's going on with LJ. T.T;; I mean, really. But I'm still doing the strike as of now because it still could affect me... whatever this "it" is. ._.;;
Stephanie: beautymirroredsakura on March 19th, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
Well it depends on what you mean by affecting you: as a whole, the LJ tsk-tsking about its users is mostly geared towards the fandom-freaks and the freakily fabulous gay men (...probably where the deleting of the "faeries" interest came from) and so on and so forth. On a personal LJ level that basically acts as a diary of "rants du jour" it probably won't affect you none.

But on a bit of a moral level, it's just... why the hell do I need to put up with even more censoring and condescension from a company that needs me and people like me in order to run? I figured that incentive enough to be indignant about it, y'know? ^_^;