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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.
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*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!
***OH NO DO I NEED TO BLACK-BOX OUT THE SWEARS TOO I'M NOT SURE BECAUSE THE BINDING TERMS OF SERVICE ARE IN RUSSIAN.

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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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