May 31st, 2007

Loon

Just a memo for myself ...

OK, so I've been on L.J. now for over 7 years (I missed my "anniversary" again this year back on 5/5) and am not planning on going anywhere, but with all the hub-bub over some seeming knee-jerk account deletions, I was reminded that I've been meaning to do an "archive" of my now nearly 3,000 journal entries for ages.

Of course, in my current "borrowing computers" state, I'm not going to be pulling the trigger on this project anytime in the immediate future, but I figured I'd stick the info in here to make it easier to find when I'm back up and running. The program in question is ljArchive and is also available over on SourceForge.net, along with a community over here about the program. Another interesting possibility is something called LJ Book, which lets you turn your archive into a .PDF document, or order it printed as an actual book!

There is certainly a "First they came for ..." vibe in the air on L.J. at the moment. If some group of blue-nosed sphincter grippers can get Six Apart to delete the accounts featuring (to fabricate an example) Batman/Robin slash, how long is it going to be before some other group of shitheads decides that "unpopular political statements" are nothing but thinly veiled "terroristic threats" and need to be purged as well? As an Ann Coulter fanboy, I'm worried!


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Loon

one point of light ...

In Barak Berkowitz's post about the flurry of account deletions (which has, interestingly, been edited since I read it in the wee small hours of last night) he lists his "current mood" as mortified.

It's nice to think that the Chairman and CEO of Six Apart would, indeed, feel mortified over this screw up, and that maybe, just maybe, things might be re-thought in regards to the "star chamber" that has been the tradition of the LJ Abuse Squad!

While it is probably true that this whole episode was triggered by the vile dominionist theocrats of the "Warriors for Innocence" cabal targeting the LiveJournal advertisers (who then put the pressure on Six Apart) when their bully-boy tactics didn't elicit an immediate response from L.J. (making L.J. ethically no different than Google bending over for the PRC), it's nice to see that L.J. is now at least putting a "(what) a reasonable person would think" test in place for considering whether a particular illegal (or reasonably close thereto) subject is being actually promoted by a journal, or being dealt with from concern, in satire, or even for simple shock value.


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SOMEBODY had to ask ...

OK, so I'm assuming that this "DeleteGate" dust-up is the first that most, if not all, of us LiveJournal users had heard of the Six Apart Chairman & CEO Barak Berkowitz ... and I'm sure that more than one of us has the burning question:



I mean, it's not just me, is it?


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