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Even though I still can't navigate the icon selector and I want comment preview back, I've been trying not to just stare at LJ news waiting for changes or responses, but rather I'm going on with fandom and all the things that make me happy about it. Fandom's supposed to be the happy part of life. It's almost Yuletide, yay!

Also, I've never changed my LJ layout; I still use the watermelon-pink-and-green-and-white Generator theme I first chose, and I cling to the old Xcolibur design of the default comment pages. This might be a reasonable moment for me to take a look at other themes and see if any of their styles and their versions of comment pages, with the old features preserved, are pleasing. I'm imagining that if my living room with its lovely antique wallpaper were ruined by a leaky roof, and if I have no choice but to go to Sherwin-Williams and pick out new wallpaper, I might as well allow myself to enjoy the redecorating aesthetic.
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Dear LJ:

Yup, I hate it, just like everyone else, big time. The loss of the drop-down icon menu and the loss of Comment Preview are my personal outrages, but I know why the loss of subject lines is tearing up a lot of people and communities.

I have this fantasy that when they posted about the new comment pages coming, they planned to reveal the changes beforehand as they claimed, but when the changes leaked right away and the response was a pretty uniform OH HELL NO they realized they weren't going to make things better talking about them before rolling them out, so they decided to go with, "Let's roll them out and give them a few days and see if everyone gets used to them quick and settles down." I mean, I think that's an understandable action to the huge negative response they were getting; maybe it did happen like that.

I don't think we're going to be settling down. The icon changes are as unwieldy as I can imagine. No more money for extra userpics from me, LJ.

So I'm hoping my part two of my fantasy--that LJ says in a few days, "Okay, they hate it, and we're going to lose revenue. Put it back until we get a better solution,"--takes place.

The other version of the fantasy, less desirable, is that they enable a reversion to the old look but (like they do) only for paid users.

I guess we'll see.
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Did anyone else's livejournal comment pages just go...squished, tonight? The space between the comments just squooged down to, like, half what it was. It looks weird. That happen to anyone else?
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So, if you notice a lot of posts on your flist that say, "You are about to view content that may only be appropriate for adults," no, these are not test posts from your flisters, trying out the new adult content settings. Because if you go to look at their ljs, ALL their posts are now under a cut stating this same thing. They've changed the settings on their ljs to indicate there is adult content in their ljs, and the reason YOU can't see anything is because you haven't registered your birthday with lj. (Like me, until 10 minutes ago.) Make that change, and, assuming you are not a minor, the content will be revealed again.
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1. There's a growing movement to choose InsaneJournal as a settlin' place, and I like the reasons it's being praised, so, I think it is likely I will start getting my InsaneJournal up to speed, makin' it pretty, adding friends and communities. And I will likely begin crossposting to both LJ and IJ--I've got a Mac, so, I'll be doing that the old fashioned paste-and-post way--and then we'll see how the traffic goes, shall we? My thoughts right now are that as long as LJ allows me to keep my livejournal I'll keep using it to connect to those who are content to stay on LJ. I'm on the net all the time, so, what's one more flist, after all. ^_^

2. GIP. (DH spoiler) Variation on an earlier icon.

3. Here's the quote: "(Harry's) black hair reached his shoulders and there was a dark shadow around his jaw." -Deathly Hallows, Ch. 23, Malfoy Manor --Okay, fanartists drawin' me all those wonderful "I open at the close" illustrations? GIVE ME MY LONG-HAIRED FIVE O'CLOCK SHADOW STUBBLE!HARRY. BECAUSE OMG CANON.

4. I wrote non-con comment porn this morning and it felt so good I'm sharing it uncut even though it's not HPverse, it's classic Doctor Who-verse and thus probably only a handful of people will care, but, dammit, in these times of upheaval I celebrate all smut. It arose in response to a thread over on [ profile] violetisblue's lamenting the lack of Nyssa smut, and I think all you need to know is that The Master secretly took over the body of Nyssa's father and got very much younger-looking. So this is Nyssa/Master semi-incestuous non-con, OOOOH!

" has this happened?"

How fragile she is, how little and delicate. Not her body but her trust. Though now that he thinks on it, he can indulge in the former even as he violates the latter.

He touches the cream-smooth cheek, fingers the auburn curls of her hair with fatherly affection. "Child, it is more than I can explain with words. Perhaps I might show you instead."

His touch on her hair changes. Grips. First draws, then drags her near.

She has time for one more utterance of "Father?" before he bites at her mouth with his, hooks his fingers in the neckline of her dress and tears.

After that, it is largely screaming.

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I just learned this: I've been talking exclusively about ponderosa121 in my comments on Boldthrough because I didn't know who elaboration was--I just got to see the art for which elaboration was suspended and realized she used to go by kungfooqueen! I recognized the elbows, of all things. Sorry I didn't include her name in my discussions, because I'm her fan too.
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Okay. Let's try it this way:

Fiver didn't know the language on that notice board. Fiver only knew that something bad was coming. What did Fiver do? He got out. Got out before, it turns out, the warren was destroyed by men to make way for an estate development. He got as many others as he could out of Sandleford warren with him, by appealing to his more charismatic brother to get the others to follow them.

And they didn't know where they were going. There were woods and a river and then they fell in with Cowslip's warren with its hideous secret. There was a barn where rats attacked them. These were places with shelter but no safety, and each time they had to keep going. Fiver knew what they were looking for--a high lonely place where Man wouldn't come--but it was a concept only to most of them. But Fiver had faith, and his brother had faith in him. And it was a tough journey but they found Watership Down at last--and even then the adventures didn't stop.

The deletion of ponderosa121's journal was effectively my notice board, and it doesn't matter what the effing details are on that sign. I'm a rabbit in the same warren as ponderosa121--I produce the same material she does (she has drawn art of my fanfics; I have written fanfics for her smuttastic concepts). I know there are many of you who are not of our ilk; you do not write what we write, draw what we draw, read or look at what we read and look at. Yes. I know fandom is not uniform. But the bulldozer men with the gas hoses are coming for fandom members like her and like me.

Those of you who say you won't let Livejournal intimidate you, that you want to stay and fight--ponderosa121 cannot stay and fight. They kicked her out. I will not stop producing the type of materials for which they banned her; I am HERE for those materials. I do not wish to lock my journal, because lurkers should have a place to find smut too. I have every reason to imagine I will be next in Livejournal's cross-hairs.

(I am sure some of you are thinking about how NC-17 art might compare to NC-17 prose and that Livejournal may have a stronger reaction to the one than the other. I say that Livejournal's track record ain't too reassuring to me on this one, and I don't think anyone's safe in making those assumptions.)

That is why I am preparing to find a new place in anticipation that my journal may also be deleted by Livejournal's mods. I am not planning to leave Livejournal to teach SixApart a lesson or because they'll miss my business and beg me to come back or because I think LJ does not support freedom of speech--issues that some have accused those of us who speak of leaving Livejournal of naively embracing.

Let me make a few things clear.

1. I know that Livejournal is a business and it may do as it pleases. I am not even angry about it, just unhappy that they have decided to kick my kind out. That is their right because they are a business. They may do it without warning, without greater clarification in their Terms of Service, without anything other than, "We think you broke our rules and our decision is final, goodbye." I don't like it but I cannot say it isn't fair. There is no fair in business, and I do not believe that asking them for clearer rules is going to be useful. (That having been said, good on everyone voicing their unhappiness over this level of customer treatment. Livejournal has no obligation to make us happy, but it's nice that they can't miss how unhappy we are.)

2. I do not believe that fandom is some substantial financial pillar of Livejournal--if all the fannish journals stopped giving LJ money, I do not believe LJ would feel it one whit. I also have no agenda against those who want to keep their paid features and plan to keep on paying for them. Shoot, I love my hundred-some icons, and I love Livejournal's features in general. That's why we're here and partly why many won't consider going anywhere else.

3. I believe that Livejournal would be happy if all the adult-content journals disappeared; I do not believe they would feel they had been "taught a lesson" or be remorseful.

4. Expecting others to give up Livejournal in the wake of the deletions is unreasonable. Many haven't even heard of the banned users, many couldn't care less about that content (or actively dislike it), and many are under no threat because of their own content. Fandom is not solely defined by slash or by smut. And many fandom members have contacts via their Livejournals that have nothing to do with fandom. Many of us have years and years of history at Livejournal and love its features and hate the prospect of leaving it.

5. I do not plan to delete my journal myself. I may choose to stop posting in it once there is a better alternative or I may continue to cross-post along with that alternative, but my livejournal won't be deleted unless LJ does it themselves or unless a day comes when I feel threatened by having its content online. Because content disappearing from the web is the triumph of chaos over order, is a book being burnt, is--ah, hell, it's just bad, okay? I've got enough metaphors in this post as it is.

All that said, Livejournal has told at least one of my fandom friends--a friend whose journal content and fandom contributions contain the same material as mine--that she is not welcome here any longer. I do not want to stay in a club that won't have her, so, yes, it is a little bit about principle, but more than that I want to keep producing the same material and I want to be in a space that is not hostile to that material and I want to be with her and with others like her. So I must prepare to go elsewhere.

My Watership Down, like Fiver's, is just a concept right now, that high lonely place where Man won't come. I think it's neither GreatestJournal nor InsaneJournal; I think those are likely only places to shelter if it comes time to flee the bulldozers and the gas. But Fiver had faith in his concept and so do I. Envisioning it is the first step to finding it. Or creating it.

(Funny thing is, I usually identify with Hazel or Bigwig in that book. Go figure.)
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This scares me to be saying it, because I am always saying, "let's see how it plays out, maybe everything will work out," because I am a Pollyanna and also because I'm a wuss when it comes to taking a stand, but, if Livejournal is going to permanently ban fanartists whose work I love and I don't know that I can stay here any longer on LJ, I really don't.

It's not merely that their journals are deleted, it's also that LJ has told them they are not allowed to create any more ever.

I don't intend to delete my journal, because content loss from the web to me is akin to a library section burning, an atrocity, but how can I give LJ more money, how can I actively use a site that will not allow my friends to participate? I cannot passively say that I will overlook this by being active in the community that is excluding them.

I will not delete this journal. I will continue to update in it and in communities to which I belong until some reasonable consensus can be reached as to where the other LJ members who are not willing to stand for this can go as a collective. I've secured amanuensis1 on GreatestJournal and InsaneJournal, but right now they are only placeholder journals, no content or customizing.

One proposal has been to stop giving LJ any money, let our accounts go basic, and use LJ only to provide links to our content on other sites. That's a start, but if I can't run my friendslist and see my artist friends on there because they are not allowed in, then that still isn't enough. Fandom needs its own blogging haven. It would be lovely if fandom created and paid for it ourselves, though I know that'll take some doing.

Yes, you will see fandom content continue in this journal for now (I still have lots of Deathly Hallows thoughts floating about) and I will continue to participate in all of yours. I won't let my portion of fandom come to a standstill because of this either (or they've won). Heh. Feels a little like Potterwatch, doesn't it?
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To all the lovely people who responded to my self-plug in [ profile] mctabby's Friending Frenzy--the comment limit maxed out at 5,000 before I could respond to you! So the smooches are here for you (*smooch smooch smooch*) and I am off to friend you and discover your cool livejournals.
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Heh. I've had my livejournal over two years and just today, at last, decided to list some interests on my user info. Talk about procrastination. Eh, I think it's more that I assume others will think as I do: I figure if you found my lj, you'll stay if you like the content and not because we have interests in common.

April 2017



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