Quiet day

1/1/17 23:34
azurelunatic: A glittery black pin badge with a blue holographic star in the middle. (Default)
I imagine that with enough exposure, I will learn the loops and angles of my partner's handwriting. The addressed envelope on my clean desk already seems less alien.

I cleaned, for new year's eve. I wanted to start the year with a clean desk and no dirty dishes. And it came to pass.

I got a solid start on my quilt. It's going to be haphazard, I know. But it'll be my kind of haphazard. I swapped out the old broken keyboard for the new one. Same model. I won't be able to keep using the same model forever, but I hope to get another four+ years out of the new one. By that point there may be something new and delightful on the market.

My watch isn't keeping proper track of my average step count. Ordinarily I'd expect some fluctuation as days pass, but it hasn't done that. So I'll have to look at the averages elsewhere. And it turns out that my average actually passed my goal, the goal that had been out of sight between the surgery and the depression. So now I've got a new goal.

At some point my feelings about LiveJournal became, approximately: "I love and trust my friends there, but they're not the ones making the decisions." And now I hear that it's possible that there's no-one working there that I know anymore. (Well. I knew one person in the Moscow office, and had heard the names of others, so I wouldn't want the Moscow office to be trampled by angry yaks.) And the servers no longer have California IP addresses, and (I hear) some pro-Ukraine blogs have turned up missing, after the move. And there are much weaker protections on user privacy over there.

So that's a thing that's happening.

I don't know what country has the best user protection laws these days. There's a new [site community profile] dw_news post up, on the recent events.

Cloudflare, DW's CDN, was hit particularly hard by the leap second. Earlier, there was a DW web server misbehaving. kab got Mark out of bed for that one.

There's now a need for Russian-speaking volunteer support. The old is new again.

I made the mistake of getting chewable vitamin C tablets, instead of the easily swallowed variety. While I'm swallowing them all the same, this means that their fake-orange taste leeches onto the tongue. This would be less of a problem, except my spironolactone is peppermint-flavored. I'm becoming accustomed to the orange-juice-and-toothpaste effect of taking my pills, now...

Part of the quiet effect of the day is less chatter with my partner. Uncharitable words about the ex. )
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azurelunatic: The LJ pencil,  (pencil)
Every friend I remove on LJ is another tie to the site I'm cutting free.
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azurelunatic: Dreamwidth and LiveJournal logos, captioned "make love not war" (dw lj otp)

  1. Have a LiveJournal with years of entries and comments you'd really like backed up elsewhere in case of ... stuff.

  2. Refrain from using the LiveJournal mass privacy edit tool. (Last I heard, use of the tool would put entries into a state that could not be imported through conventional means.)

  3. Know your LiveJournal username and password.

  4. If necessary, reset your LiveJournal password if it is lost, or if you know your LiveJournal password but want to give Dreamwidth a temporary one, reset your LiveJournal password using the old one.

  5. Have (or create) a Dreamwidth account.

  6. On Dreamwidth, set Organize: Manage Account: Privacy: Minimum Entry Security to "Just Me (Private)". This will ensure that the imported entries are set to Private as they come in.

  7. On Dreamwidth, use the Organize: Import Content tool: select LiveJournal, then enter your LiveJournal username and password.

  8. Proceed with the import.

  9. Wait for the import to finish.

  10. Once the import has finished, restore the Dreamwidth Organize: Manage Account: Privacy: Minimum Entry Security to your regular setting.

  11. If you used a temporary password for the import, reset your LiveJournal password to something you will remember long-term.


If you are the maintainer of a LiveJournal community, you can use basically the same process to privately back up your community, even if you don't want to fully migrate.
azurelunatic: "Captain Logic is not steering this tugboat" (Captain Logic)
I spent the better part of the weekend dogsitting at my aunt's. Deacon is getting old, deaf, and incontinent, so it's best not to leave him alone for more than two hours.

He wakes up at 2am and barks needing to be let out. This ... did not do good things for my sleep schedule, given that I'd not remembered to bring the bare minimum of the pillows required for me to sleep comfortably.

There was a nasty twitter-account-compromise wandering around. The compromise was easy to spot amongst the people I read there, as very few of them would voluntarily tweet in support of a fad diet. I thought the first one might have been legit as I was expecting a scathing takedown of the latest fad diet, in fact, but unfortunately that was also a compromise.

On Sunday, I wound up with a migraine, so I was in excellent condition to meet my Infamous Cousin's new girlfriend (who works as a stripper). I wasn't having a good time actually locating my words, I was still half asleep, and fucking headaches. I did wind up discovering a fascinating item. In my search for the shower of a thousand tentacles, I found the Vado "Sculpture" tentacle shower, which she also approved of. (I think I like this one. Also the handcuff earrings.) And what hazing of the new girlfriend would be complete without sharing the Chocolate Penis Saga?

So I came home and basically slept for the remainder of Sunday and a good chunk of Monday, though I was awake to ask some salient questions in e-mail; there was less swearing than you'd think under the circumstances, although some of this was replaced by locutions such as "Also the previous query, [redacted], except louder, with a dance number and maracas."

I was in fact awake enough to go to a NaNo kickoff, which was fun. I recognized one of the people there on sight, not from previous NaNo stuff, and the shirt confirmed it. "Hello, co-worker!" I greeted him. There may be a sufficient number of $WORKPLACE folks doing NaNo to sort of club together.

Jennifer Christine Marie Elizabeth (fictional) spoke up at one point during all this, declaring that her name was in fact Lydia. GOOD TO KNOW. ... Oh god, she's got one of those alphabet names, doesn't she. Anna Bethany Christine Dagny Elizabeth Francine Gilda Heloise Isa Jennifer Kathryn Lydia Marie. Jesus christ that's a mouthful. Happily they ran out of steam halfway through. (It would have been Glinda had her mother not been too stoned on pain meds to remember how it was supposed to be spelled.) Poor Lydia.

The recent fad in "color blocking" makes me think of one thing, and I was fortunate enough to find a shirt illustrating this. I have plans for Wednesday.

I came home to find out that the promised changes to LiveJournal friends pages are in previewable state. I am so opposite of thrilled. I should really get around to RSSing-on-DW all the public journals I'd like to follow, and subscribing-to-notifications for the friends who post locked. Now that Carrie's clear, I just want to say that I hope the company reaps the benefits of its brilliant user research and customer service, and that the highest-up management gets to share in their full share of that result.
azurelunatic: funny t-shirt: "I am a bomb technician: if you see me running, try to keep up." (bomb tech)
... and by this, I mean, there are things that I consider appropriate, and things that I consider kind of overkill for the situation, and so I restyled my LJ a bit... )


I don't think that I am part of the core audience that LJ is courting. I don't think that LJ is interested in retaining existing users who are not also part of the core audience for whatever it is that they are doing with the service. Tell me I'm wrong. I have already packed up most of my stuff and moved, and I am not interested in collecting any more new comments over there that can be held hostage. I still have friends there, so I'm still reading and commenting (just as I read and comment on Facebook). I still have a permanent account, and it's long since amortized; I got it in 2001, for crying out loud, and permies amortize over 3-4 years, so it would be stupid to make some grand gesture by deleting it when I could take advantage of the no-ads and the maxed-out icons at no additional cost to myself, indefinitely.

I think a good chunk of my fannish friends over there, the ones whose attachment to LJ are the weight of their history of interactions with friends, and weight of content, and familiarity -- rather than the ones who are deeply involved because of volunteering (past or current) or similar -- may well not be the core audience either. And if they aren't, I'm afraid they're going to get hurt, and I want them safely out before something worse happens.
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azurelunatic: funny t-shirt: "I am a bomb technician: if you see me running, try to keep up." (bomb tech)
I've been jumping between a lot of emotions in the time I've been awake today. It's the 21st of December, so I should have the Solstice on my mind, but instead? LJ.

As near as I can tell from the publicly available information, the massive changes to the default comment display in R88 were not because backend demands required change, nor because looking at task abandonment rates were saying something scary (though I'd certainly be interested to know if either of those were the case; maybe that would make some of this headache go away -- though to be fair, the headache's been off and on since after getting sick last week) -- but because the new head of LJ didn't like the way the comments looked.

Cut out of courtesy for those who need to avoid these discussions. )

I already changed my default icon on LJ after NaNo was over, so that's taken care of. I turned off autocrosspost when the new cache settings were shitting the bed and people were getting pages as displayed for other people. I set up the feed for my journal, so people over there will still be able to pick up the public entries if they care to. I don't know how much I'll crosspost after this. I've started to edit my old entries. There are a lot of them. I divested myself of maintainership in a few communities, left a few, and have started to remove friends.

I wish I could get everyone I care about out of there, but I figure at this point pretty much everyone who wants to come out either has left or is coming now.
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azurelunatic: LiveJournal: I yell because I care.  (yelling)
I have a history of doing somewhat stupid things when I'm mad. I have now sufficiently calmed down that I don't think I'll actually delete my LJ, but I did consider it until wiser heads ([personal profile] zarhooie) prevailed. I was on my Manage Friends page removing people when I stopped and realized that I really needed to make a public entry so no one panics when finding themselves removed.

The phrasing is such that I am not 100% certain, but my interpretation of the edit to this entry on new comment revisions by the dude who I hear is now in charge of LJ design stuff is that once this is in place, users would have to choose between comments pages with no subject lines in the comments in regular/S1/sitescheme, or S2-styled/fancy/matches-the-journal comments pages with the option to have comment subjects. (The original entry had the removal of comment subjects as non-negotiable, which caused some yelling all up in some places that I got pointed to. [personal profile] norabombay can attest that I did some yelling of my own when I heard about that, and she joined me. Both of us spend enough time in the lands of entries that have hundreds or thousands of comments on multiple pages that we rely on comment subjects, though they are rare sitewide.)

My loathing for S2 comment pages is legendary.

There was some discussion on Twitter yesterday, and between that and some of the discussion in the comments there, it emerged that the primary reason for the decision to take away the comment subjects was not for performance or other database-administration reasons (which I could become resigned to), but instead because the look of long collapsed comment threads with "(no subject)" is aesthetically displeasing to this dude-in-charge. And maybe something has gone missing somewhere in the multiple possible points of failure to communicate between this guy's brain and my brain, but I entirely fail to see why the answer to this problem is to take away subjects entirely (even when they are present on legacy comments), since people do use them: for summaries of long comments, for information when comments have collapsed, to make browsing large pages full of collapsed threads easier, for email threading/tracking on entries with a lot of comments, for trigger warnings if the comment should not be read by certain classes of people, first lines of comments as read in a suitably dramatic tone, and probably more. If it were up to me, I'd redo the display so that the time, not the subject, was the comment link, and then only display the subject if there were one. There are possibly other ways, but that one sounds the best to me. Auugh.

While I have friends volunteering and working at LJ, and I care about them and respect their professional skills immensely, they are not the people making the decisions on the highest levels. (Not that I'd automatically agree with everything if they were in fact in charge, but it really helps to know someone's general decision-making history and outlook on life. See also: how [staff profile] denise and I are doomed to disagree forever on the subject of single-journal comment bans by IP address (which will probably be my go-to example for such issues without possibility of resolution until something worse comes along). Yet somehow we manage.) The people running LJ have every right to make decisions that make design and business sense to them. I do not have to agree with those decisions, I do not have to like them, and I am continuing to take steps to ensure that I won't have to live with them. I'm getting better about being civil when I'm yelling (and I deeply appreciate everyone who has called me on it when I've failed), but I don't like the person I am inside even then, and it's hard on my nearest and dearest who have to talk me down.

No matter how this falls out, it's one more step away from LJ for me, and I don't think that I'll be stepping back closer once things resolve.

The relatively recent (but I believe past rather than current) problem with some people getting pages as if they were logged in as other people was the impetus for me to turn off comments on my LJ, and stop automatically crossposting. When I was less mad about that, I re-enabled comments on old entries and did start to crosspost a few things by hand.

This time I thought (again) about deleting my journal entirely, but the fact that I have a permanent account and I would be annoyed if I couldn't subscribe to various threads, and Kat reminding me of this, kept me from actually going through with it. I was staring at the option on the page quite a while, though.

So, long story short, I'm cleaning up my friends list on LJ. I'm trying to do this in a way that mostly won't affect people who actually still do use and like LJ, although I would like nothing better than for everyone I cared about to join me on the site I'm actually comfortable on. (See also: why I still have a Facebook account. I never cared about Facebook, though, so I am happy to display my open contempt for Facebook while playing its shiny little addictive games, while scaling my LJ use down to still-more-than-Facebook is causing me untold agonies. Except I'm telling them, because what is LJ for if not airing one's emo?)

Basically, if someone is reading me on DW now, there's no need for me to give them access on LJ too. There are no comments to read on any of the new stuff on LJ. I should make sure that everyone who needs to from LJ has access given to their OpenIDs so they can comment on locked things/read comments on locked things.

My email is this same username at gmail, though Google's on my shitlist as well. ("No one man should have all that power / The clock's ticking; I just count the hours / ... ")
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27/10/11 07:07
azurelunatic: Animated woman's gloved hand dripping with her own blood.  (bleeding)
I've been hearing some really disturbing shit about unfunny login(?)/security-type issues at LJ.

I don't think anything I could say would be in the least helpful, except that if you saw stuff that you don't think you ought to have seen, please, report it to Support.

Other people have been reporting that when they leave support requests they are moved private; moving to private was standard practice for security/sensitive/needs-staff/senior support requests when I was in Support, and I see no reason for this to have changed in that time. (Private support categories are standard for that sort of stuff at Dreamwidth too.)

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azurelunatic: Dreamwidth antispam: a dreamsheep holding a hammer, the better to smack spammers with. (spamhammer)
LJ just had a release, and somewhere in the stuff that went on, some changes were made to LJ's login cookie such that LJLogin, the amazingly popular tool for, well, logging you in to LJ, broke.

(For those who are saying "Hey wait, why not log in using username and password like the rest of us?", you are probably not the target audience for LJLogin. The target audience is from what I gather mainly roleplayers, who can easily have dozens of accounts, any five or ten of which may be interacting with each other in comments, choosing a different icon for each comment, in near-real-time-IM speed. It's amazing what people can use LJ to do. The people who use LJ for this often have not just one but multiple paid accounts, because number of icons is very relevant to roleplayers.)

Deep in the comments of the most recent [livejournal.com profile] lj_releases entry, [livejournal.com profile] markf explained: "This is actually unrelated to the release, but we did make a minor change today in the way we handle cookies which has affected this plugin, and it will require the developer of the plugin to make some changes to it before it will work again. The changes made will make life significantly more difficult for automated spammers, and is something we intend to leave in place."

That, there, full stop, is why I am not going to start yelling about this. LJ has a spam problem. LJ has a major spam problem and I am pathetically grateful every time I see a report that there are changes that look to be effective in the fight. One of the major reasons I now prefer comments on Dreamwidth, and lock many entries on LiveJournal that are public elsewhere, is because of the spammers hiding in the cushions at LJ. Even knowing that this may cost LJ paying members, if this will address some of the spamming, I cannot fault them for rolling it out as fast as they could. (I do not know any of the other considerations, but faster is better when it comes to dealing with spammers.)

There is a completely hypothetical requirements-gathering session for an LJ-side login switcher. (I already checked and the previous (2010 and 2007) [livejournal.com profile] suggestions discussions on the topic were not helpful enough to be worth the trouble of linking there in my opinion.)

The LJLogin (Firefox) dev, [livejournal.com profile] slarti sounds plenty mad on the grounds that it sounds like LJ knew this would break LJLogin before it was rolled out but did not give notice, did not include the change in a numbered release so there was no mention in the release notes, made the change at the same time as a numbered release which made it less obvious to the external observer what was going on, and has not made the actual nature of the changes easy to track down. The dev of LJ Juggler (Chrome) also joins the thread.

I am sure it could have been handled more gracefully, but I'm still willing to extend LJ the benefit of the doubt and hope that the next time something comes up that will affect legitimate users using mostly a single third-party tool, that they take the time to notify the maintainer of that tool as a courtesy. (It is much easier for me to feel this placid generosity of spirit now that, in the words of [livejournal.com profile] james_nicoll "I do not personally have a squid in this fight".)

I hope things improve for everyone, except for the spammers. Those can go crawl off a cliff or something. I don't like spam.
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Ten years ago today, I lost my current paper journal, which had an uncomfortable number of my thoughts, and contact information, and so much that I was very very unhappy to have lost. I begged a friend for a LiveJournal invite code, and started a journal that I would never be able to drop in a classroom.

It wasn't my very first attempt at an online journal -- the Angelfire site I made is still up kicking around somewhere, and I had a "rants" section in there that resembled a blog. But LJ was the one that stuck, and as you can see, while I may have migrated, I have not forgotten my first beloved journal, and I have every intention of keeping it warm and occupied until either I die or the lights go off in the data center. (And if I should die first, if any asshat should tell you that my journal should be deleted, please tell them very kindly that I would not have wanted it that way, and that you'll be honoring my wishes thanks very much.)

This particular lineage of journal was started twenty years ago in January. The US had started air attacks in the Persian Gulf, and I realized that keeping an account of my (sheltered, privileged little ten-year-old) thoughts might be valuable at least to my descendents. (I'd been reading Rilla of Ingleside.) I'd kept journals for school before, but this was the first one I was keeping for myself and my own purposes. It soon degenerated from my Deep Thoughts to my far more candid thoughts about Boys and School and similar. I kept the journal in a succession of volumes, and to this day still maintain a paper version, albeit infrequently updated.



Sixteen years ago yesterday, I had a very awkward phone conversation with my friend Bugs. He had a crush on a particular senior, and he'd walked from one high school building to the other with her. He was actually supposed to walk with me. We were going to take the path through the woods and make out. He knew about and condoned my crush on a friend of his (he'd tried to set us up, and it hadn't entirely worked); I knew about and condoned his crush on the senior. I had to convince him that I wasn't about to kill him. Once he realized that I wasn't mad, he suddenly realized that hey wait, I thought she was hot too!

This necessitated a call with our mutual friend, the single out-of-the-closet lesbian in the entire high school. (There couldn't have been more than a thousand kids there. I had to go trawl wikipedia looking for the answers, which wasn't very satisfying because then I had to go to other sources to get the frelling numbers I wanted, which weren't actually the numbers I wanted, just maximum capacity, which we'd exceeded my freshman year.) Out of our less-than-a-thousand, we had Savil, and a guy who I shall call Anton. No one else was brave enough to expose themselves to the possible static that could be generated by a school who thought that a fun joke when getting control of the scrolling LED sign in the commons was to put 'KKK' on it.

Savil asked questions, and I answered them honestly, and soon I was in possession of the nearest thing to a Certified Bisexual sign that you could get: the realization that I had a bit of a crush on this senior, and that I wouldn't be any more opposed to some hanky-panky with a woman than I would with a man, and that a Real Live Lesbian had told me that in her opinion I was bisexual.


It's been more than half my life now. I'm an adult. I started [community profile] beginningcocks, which is sex-ed as well as painful hilarity. I'm helping raise a chatful of fish. I get assorted questions about sexuality, gender, and the like. My fish are a lot more aware of the various possibilities out there as far as sexuality and so forth than I was. They are aware that bisexuality exists. I wasn't until 1995 January 13. They are aware that the gender of some people's brains don't fit the sex that they were described as being at birth. Most of them may even be aware that some people are asexual.



These dates are far more important to me, and have far more directly to do with who I am from day to day, than global events. Those build the world that I live in, yes, but I build the me who lives inside that world.
azurelunatic: stick figure about to hit potato w/ flaming tennis racket, near jug of gasoline & sack of potatoes (bad idea)
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There was a lot of curry-making, in which somehow I made enough curry to feed a small army. I think I picked a rather large squash.

I escalated my Facebook activities to including gender as well as religion.

5:19 PM 1/5/2011
Had nice chat with Nora ([personal profile] norabombay, not anyone else who many of us might know named Nora; mentions of unlabeled Noras are usually her). Headset ran out before we were done talking. That was just Not On.

8:47 PM 1/5/2011
Back from headset exchange. I didn't have the outer box or the receipt, but I did have all the inner parts (including the pretty blue piece of plastic it rested on, complete with little bit of keep-it-there artificial snot); the helpful guy at the front desk sent me back to the electronics department to see if I could get another box to scan. The helpful guy in the electronics department did not have another box, but between the item, my memory, and his system, he was able to get the proper number so that the people up front could refund me.

So then I turned around and went back into electronics and got a headset that had more than two hours or so of talk time. This one is advertised to have 2 weeks standby, 10 hours talk. A bonus: it's also using a microUSB charger, just like my phone (and JD and Tif's, and I think Jed's as well). This means I can charge it off my phone charger, any microUSB cable I might happen to have around for phone charging, or a friend's charger, or that little charger gadget I try to keep in my purse nowadays. Compatible chargers are srs bzns.


1/6:
My aunt had discovered, in cleaning up and throwing out, a large fish-shaped pillow. She'd asked if I wanted it. I gladly accepted. It was not made by Mama, as my aunt had thought, but by Janlee Irving. I was not quite certain what I was going to use it for. Then, [personal profile] exor674 asked IRC to sit on her until she slept. I realized that this was perfect for trouting.

10:37 AM 1/6/2011
Out of context exchange is out of context:
[10:25] <Azz> THE SOLUTION IS CHAINS.
[context redacted]
[10:25] <mizzy> The solution according to you is always chains!
[10:26] <mizzy> Mind you, you're always right.

(So at some point or another, we discovered that Ev could access IRC. I think this was because Chatzy went down for a day or two, and I set up an emergency backup IRC chatroom. But I talked Ev through the process of connecting to IRC "the fun way" with just the Windows terminal, and once we confirmed that yes, she was getting in, that the crud on her machine wasn't blocking that port -- then she got a proper client set up. So there has been IRC fun with many of the chatfish. IRC, unlike Chatzy, does not try to time you out on purpose to keep idlers to a minimum, so there are a lot more people coming in and hanging around and making noise when more people come in.)

[livejournal.com profile] khasael updated people on what has been going on with [personal profile] mathsnerd (later updates: http://mathsnerd.dreamwidth.org/15283.html & http://khasael.livejournal.com/228172.html)


7:31 AM 1/7/2011
Finally finished the ramble on gender that I'd started on November 12. That one took a while. Multiplicity came up. http://azurelunatic.dreamwidth.org/6478632.html (locked)

When there are 403 unread messages in someone's email box, this causes a very specific and horribly scary moment of geek panic. I don't recommend it. Looking at your tab and seeing '403' resulted in a tizzy.

Mainstream social media types are finally getting around to the idea that filtering one's online content is a good plan in some circumstances. Filters are getting treated as groundbreaking, when LJ & its code descendants have had that for years upon years, and LJ users have evolved some very refined practices for dealing with same.

LiveJournal has entry-level security filters for one's own journal; comments to an entry are under the control of the entry owner, who can choose to screen comments from view, in addition to restricting the people who can see the entry to start with. The journal owner can set the entry to private, friends-only (and control who they list as friends), to one or more custom security groups, or to the public. (A token attempt at keeping kids out of smutty stuff can be made by setting an adult content setting, but there are ways for public stuff; if someone reports a public entry as too adult for the precious children to see, the Abuse team can flip the "this is adult content" switch on your entry, but locked entries don't have that sort of oversight.) Reading someone's entries on your friends page and allowing someone access to your friends-locked entries is bundled together in adding someone as a friend. The "Friend" status is not necessarily mutual, and someone adding you as a friend does not get them any more access to your stuff, just that they can see public stuff on their friends page.

The journal owner creates custom friends groups, and anyone who is made a member of this group has the ability to view anything that this group has been given access to, no matter when it was posted. While the ability to add single people to view an entry, one-off, or to say "all of these people except that guy" is desired, it does not exist on LiveJournal or any known code descendant.

LJ communities have the ability for people to decide whether they would like to join the community, and additional control from the community maintainers, who can allow anybody to join, allow anyone to ask to join (but review who asks before letting them in), or close the community so any new members must be invited by a maintainer. Community entry security is public or members-only, controlled by the person who has posted the entry. Watching and joining the community are separate.

Facebook lets you control access to any given status update, but general wall posts and some other things are apparently fairly lax in viewing permissions, so you'd better hope that your buddy doesn't post about the drunken night out where your high school students will see it. Security and reading are joined, and friendship is mutual.

Facebook's status update permissions are more granular than LJ's, with the ability to add single people, and exclude people. Pity the status update is so flippin' short. And that I loathe Facebook so completely.

Dreamwidth has similar security capabilities to LiveJournal. Subscription and access are separate. There's less pretense about age-based security: it's two levels of content warning, and there's no one enforcing that it get set on anything in particular. Communities have an administrators-only setting. Paid users can set up tag-based filtering for the reading page.

Twitter allows for accounts that are all public, or all locked. A friend must request access to one's locked account before one can grant it. There is no entry-level granularity, and no sub-grouping for security, though Twitter lists can be used to either expand one's reading list beyond the everyday, or pare down a noisy list to something manageable. You can also send individual direct messages to friends privately.

Most WordPress installations seem to be public, but apparently you can password-protect them.

I don't even know if you can make Tumblr locked.


I would like to see if DW can snatch some access-filter stuff from Facebook.


There was a small earthquake in my area. I check for earthquakes on Twitter, because they tend to make a lot of noise there. Plus there are things that tweet USGS data.
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azurelunatic: We're about to set a weirdness baseline the likes of which the planet has never seen.  (weirdness baseline)
Welcome to azurelunatic’s Dodgy Analogy Theatre, in which she attempts to explain the Outsider’s View of the Current Mail Not Delivered/Spam Problem at LiveJournal! (The information here is gathered from news posts and discussions in news comments and such, and the analogy gets dodgier the further it's strung along.)

First, understand that I picture spammers not as businesspeople who need re-training on how to use the computer, nor as members of a shady underworld, nor even as the stereotypical cave-dwelling geek gone bad. Even though all three of the former are involved in spamming, that’s not my mental image. I picture them as birds -- in looks, a cross between the worst aesthetic properties and personal habits of the vulture and the chicken: the teenage chicken whose voice is breaking and still retains the shrillness of its chickhood peep, but the full volume and power of its adult voice, and nigh unto zero control of its voicebox. It makes inexperienced theremin players sound tuneful. They favor nesting in the concrete notches of Brutalist architecture, but are opportunists who make their homes anywhere.

Now picture LiveJournal as a home-based business: mostly family, a lot of kids, a few external staff members who come and go. They have a very large back yard with blueberry bushes in it, and they make blueberry jam and ship it off to people who order it off the internet. (These are the comment notifications.)

To make this analogy work, they somewhat unwisely leave the addressed boxes sitting out on the back porch. Most of the time, the box gets its jar of jam, and is closed up and shipped off.

Other times, a spammer (remember, we’re talking birds here) lays its egg in the box, and closes it up safely. And the teenagers doing the shipping runs figure that any closed box is jam ready to go, slap some tape on it, and ship it off, so some very surprised and annoyed customers sometimes get a spammer’s egg delivered when they were expecting a pot of very nice blueberry jam.

It only gets dodgier and weirder from here. )
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LJ has been listed by Spamhaus, which has likely got a decent amount to do with the notifications some people aren't getting. I propose a plan of action for users to help the Abuse Prevention Team squish as many spammerbots as humanly possible.
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[Edit: Kareila rightly brought my attention back to the fact that this is a problem for the people who haven't been getting comments, and pointed at http://www.livejournal.com/tools/recent_comments.bml as a resource to check for comments in your journal, at least, even if you haven't been getting email notifications or inbox notifications.]

Someone in the news comments noticed that livejournal.com is currently listed on a Spamhaus blacklist.
LJ's IP is listed in the Spamhaus Blocking List because LJ is allowing Russian pharma spammers to abuse their service. Spamhaus is one of the most respected anti spam organizations in the world, and being listed there means they've ignored spammers on their network for quite a while and virtually no large ISP/email host wants their mail until they start acting like responsible Internet citizens.

http://www.spamhaus.org/Sbl/listings.lasso?isp=livejournal.com is the listing.

[livejournal.com profile] astragali, in the news post from 9th March 2011

The Spamhaus listing says:
SBL104433
208.93.0.128/32 livejournal.com
02-Mar-2011 08:29 GMT
livejournal.com: Again used by botnet spammers to host

My interpretation: Looking at the listing there, it seems to be that it's spammers hosting their warez on LJ, rather than other forms of bad behavior (like spammers spoofing email claiming to come from livejournal.com, or people reporting news post notifications as spam rather than retrieving/resetting their account info and unsubscribing). So if that is correct, then LJ would want to track down the spammers who have set up little nests on LJ, and root them out and destroy them.

Some of the spammers that are on LJ don't serial-add, don't spam communities, and don't comment, they just sit around in their own journals making spammy posts (and apparently emailing people to point them to those spammy posts). There are a lot of them.

As a user, I can't take action directly against them. But I can report spam in my own journal and in my comms. I can hang out on the Latest Posts page (http://www.livejournal.com/stats/latest.bml) and use the Report a Bot form (in the contextual hover menu, or at http://www.livejournal.com/abuse/bots.bml) to get more of the bots reported to the Abuse Prevention Team.

I don't know how many hours the team has had to devote to spamwhacking, but I know I can spare five or ten minutes to report some of the bots on that page. The more we report, accurately, the more they can zap. The more we report, the more information on the bots (the IP addresses they use, the email addresses, the email domains, the other patterns) they have to analyze.

I've spent nearly ten years on LJ, through all sorts of ups and downs. Spamhaus blacklisting LJ means it's serious. We've had our differences, but I want to keep LJ around, for myself and for my friends who have made their homes here. I can spare five or ten minutes reporting bots. Who's with me?
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[Edit: Kareila rightly brought my attention back to the fact that this is a problem for the people who haven't been getting comments, and pointed at http://www.livejournal.com/tools/recent_comments.bml as a resource to check for comments in your journal, at least, even if you haven't been getting email notifications or inbox notifications.]

Someone in the news comments noticed that livejournal.com is currently listed on a Spamhaus blacklist.
LJ's IP is listed in the Spamhaus Blocking List because LJ is allowing Russian pharma spammers to abuse their service. Spamhaus is one of the most respected anti spam organizations in the world, and being listed there means they've ignored spammers on their network for quite a while and virtually no large ISP/email host wants their mail until they start acting like responsible Internet citizens.

http://www.spamhaus.org/Sbl/listings.lasso?isp=livejournal.com is the listing.

[livejournal.com profile] astragali, in the news post from 9th March 2011

The Spamhaus listing says:
SBL104433
208.93.0.128/32 livejournal.com
02-Mar-2011 08:29 GMT
livejournal.com: Again used by botnet spammers to host

My interpretation: Looking at the listing there, it seems to be that it's spammers hosting their warez on LJ, rather than other forms of bad behavior (like spammers spoofing email claiming to come from livejournal.com, or people reporting news post notifications as spam rather than retrieving/resetting their account info and unsubscribing). So if that is correct, then LJ would want to track down the spammers who have set up little nests on LJ, and root them out and destroy them.

Some of the spammers that are on LJ don't serial-add, don't spam communities, and don't comment, they just sit around in their own journals making spammy posts (and apparently emailing people to point them to those spammy posts). There are a lot of them.

As a user, I can't take action directly against them. But I can report spam in my own journal and in my comms. I can hang out on the Latest Posts page (http://www.livejournal.com/stats/latest.bml) and use the Report a Bot form (in the contextual hover menu, or at http://www.livejournal.com/abuse/bots.bml) to get more of the bots reported to the Abuse Prevention Team.

I don't know how many hours the team has had to devote to spamwhacking, but I know I can spare five or ten minutes to report some of the bots on that page. The more we report, accurately, the more they can zap. The more we report, the more information on the bots (the IP addresses they use, the email addresses, the email domains, the other patterns) they have to analyze.

I've spent nearly ten years on LJ, through all sorts of ups and downs. Spamhaus blacklisting LJ means it's serious. We've had our differences, but I want to keep LJ around, for myself and for my friends who have made their homes here. I can spare five or ten minutes reporting bots. Who's with me?
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This entry has been at least a year coming, and I suppose I want some closure. I listened to a silly holiday song, it upset me, I realized why it upset me. And it tied into the "why I left" entry, which has also been coming for a while.

Oh, LJ. )


Yesterday I listened to "Chipmunks Roasting on an Open Fire", which I never had before. I was aware that it was a parody of "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire". The part that I hadn't quite connected was that the chipmunks in the song are not just any generic chipmunks, but Alvin and the Chipmunks. Discussion of anthropomorphized animal harm. )

This is not a new thing for me. A year ago today, I had a nightmare about chickens that woke me up in considerable distress, and eight hours later, I was finally calmed down about it enough that I could burst out in hysterical tears to [personal profile] niqaeli (who happened to be the trusted-enough-to-talk-to person in the splatter zone).

There are hazards to having pet chickens. )

Eight hours after waking up from that dream a year ago, I was finally calm enough that I was able to articulate what went on in it, and only then burst out crying hysterically. (Today, a year later, thinking about it is still likely to make me feel like crying.) In describing it, I mentioned that I was reacting as I imagined someone else with a more typical American upbringing might react to the thought of the same thing being done to adorable puppies or kittens. "A frog in boiling water wasn't personal enough, I see," I said. And the clue hit.

I don't tend to have normal nightmares. My sister was the one who had nightmares. I had some upsetting dreams as a kid, but mostly I woke up and it was fine. When I have a nightmare that really upsets me, it's related to something in my life that's either upsetting me already, or is going to become a problem if it keeps going in that direction, and my subconscious is smarter than I am. This dream was about LJ.


Over the previous two months, there'd been a number of disruptions in my experience of LJ. By September 2009, I was on the crispy edge of burnout again.

This was not new. The transition from Six Apart to SUP in late 2007 and early 2008 did not feel smooth, from my seat as a volunteer. Read more... )
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These are some of the things that I had been working on, but have now decided that actually I'm not interested in writing the whole thing. Therefore, I'm putting them out here as an exercise in both decluttering (getting my draft file down to something reasonable) and procrastination (not writing what I should be writing), and getting things out of my brain so other things can go in. I am putting them out in public because I am not Denys Nye, and because apparently other people do like to see what goes on in my head.

There are sure to be more later.



LJ and the Walled Garden Effect
Read more... )



An Observation on Developing Live Things (DW vs. LJ)

Read more... )



r69 revisited (this was in between when the outrage started and when the ability to easily crosslink locked stuff went away; this is no longer current at all, and is included as a historical curiosity about my thoughts at the time)
Read more... )



(Facebook, privacy) An inch is not a mile.

Read more... )
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(Those of you who use only Dreamwidth, or only LiveJournal, can skip this, unless you're only on Dreamwidth and know I still read your LJ and you're sort of wondering why.)

For those of you who use both LiveJournal and Dreamwidth, which of you intend to be cross-posting everything? I am looking to consolidate things a bit, and it should be no surprise that I intend to make Dreamwidth my primary reading page.

I do tend to wander back and forth between the comments sections hither and yon depending on the discussion. Crosslinking makes me happy. Yay crosslinks!

Anyone reading me on Dreamwidth can safely take me out of their LiveJournal Default View group. I will have crosslinks enabled as long as I have the possibility of comments in both places to crosslink to.
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LJ has released r69, which involves Facebook Connect, OpenID and Facebook Connect accounts being upgradable to full accounts, opt-in cross-posts to Facebook and/or Twitter for any/every entry and comment you make (controllable at creation time, unchecked by default for locked stuff), and pingbacks.

I have provided extensive commentary.
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