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April 11th, 2017 (02:48 pm)

Crushed by what I've just learned about what LJ has now become. I created a DreamWidth, username still slammerkinbabe*, and am trying to export my LJ to there. I haven't been using this regularly for a long-ass time anyway but I still have no words for how sad I am that my happy place has turned into this. My future plans wrt whether I'll delete this account entirely, cross-post sometimes, etc. are nebulous. I feel like I need to spend a little time mourning. I know I sound super melodramatic** but it's kind of hard for me to overstate how important LJ was when I was in my twenties and figuring out who I was and how to navigate the world. I went through a lot of crappy stuff in that time but LJ was always the place I came back to to breathe and find the good. And to stick my head in the sand, too, sometimes, depending on what life required. But it was nice sand and a nice place and I had friends here and I had a voice and a home. And of course all of that is inextricable from _____ness, because I am _____, and I was as open about that here as I was about everything else, and now to be told that is not allowed here, that I am only allowed to be me as long as it doesn't conflict with fucking Russian law, and by the way, just be grateful you're not in a fucking concentration camp!*** -- it's a lot. Anyway. See some of you on DreamWidth. I am really unhappy about this.

*IT WAS NEVER EVEN A GOOD USERNAME but I was happy here anyway.
**Though not as much so as I did before I deleted the original ending to this post!


Posted by: Isaac Kelley (Isaac Kelley)
Posted at: April 11th, 2017 11:20 pm (UTC)

Heyday livejournal was so great. Really, it was the only internet culture I ever really liked. Every time I think of LJ's sad slide into disuse and shittiness it's a new wave of sadness.

Be well.


Posted by: z8z8 (z8z8)
Posted at: April 11th, 2017 11:44 pm (UTC)

If you defriended me on LJ,does that mean you don't want me to add you on Dreamwidth?
Etiquette is a difficult proposition for me at times lol

Posted by: Nathaniel Wolfthorn (ganimede)
Posted at: April 12th, 2017 08:59 pm (UTC)

I'm sorry you're leaving LJ :( I'm not intending on going anywhere until I absolutely have to.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: April 12th, 2017 09:08 pm (UTC)

I guess I haven't read as much about it in as much detail as I maybe should have but... don't we have to? Isn't it against the new TOS to be openly queer on LJ? I mean I'm sure enforcement will be selective and scattershot, but I can't hang around somewhere knowing I either have to duck back into a closet I exited 15 years ago or worry my whole journal is going to be deleted without warning.

I'm really going to miss LJ though. Even though I've barely been here for years. It was so lovely when I did stop by to see, in addition to the few friends who had stayed, the same layout and the same mood theme and the same 172 icons I never had to pare down because I have a permanent account. The icon thing is really making me sad -- I have such fond memories of making them over the years. I'd love to stay here but I don't see how I can.

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: April 12th, 2017 09:10 pm (UTC)
!julie/carol (julie/carol otp)

... that was me.

Posted by: Nathaniel Wolfthorn (ganimede)
Posted at: April 12th, 2017 09:21 pm (UTC)

I am not entirely sure. The TOS are incredibly confusing but there's the added fact that they possibly don't apply to paid accounts. There's nothing specifically in the TOS that says you can't be openly queer on LJ. I think the relevant law in Russia is that of promoting LGBT relationships to minors, so people under the age of 18. I'm not sure but maybe marking your journal as containing adult concepts might help get round that one.

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: April 12th, 2017 09:31 pm (UTC)
!julie/carol (julie/carol otp)

I found it hard to motivate myself to read all the TOS when the first thing they tell you is the English translation isn't binding anyway. (Which λ points out has to be illegal, but good luck figuring that out in possibly-American-possibly-Russian court.) I probably will export to DW and make original posts there but cross-post them here by default. That way if I get deleted here the original stuff and at least a semblance of community will be on DW. I'll still read and respond to LJ comments, but I don't think I'll read my friends list here regularly because I think there are literally three people left on it now. :( What a shitty fucking way for this chapter of all our lives to slam shut.

Edited at 2017-04-12 09:32 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Nathaniel Wolfthorn (ganimede)
Posted at: April 13th, 2017 05:52 pm (UTC)

I wasn't sure if having an agreement in a language you can't read means it's not binding but apparently it still is. I found an article about it all earlier which reckons that none of the TOS is valid outside Russia anyway. I don't know how accurate that is but it's here if you'd like to read it.

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