I miss discussions that aren't about Strike/Boldthrough, 6A, journaling alternatives, etc. Yes, I realise that such discussions still occur, a lot of them on my own flist, but a lot of people (including myself) can't really focus on anything else but the current drama. And while we're in this transition state, we won't get back into the swing of things-not with fics, not with meta, not with random/rl posts. I just think that's it's such
a shame that a mere few weeks after the publication of DH, it almost seems like an afterthought in fandom's mind.
The unprofessional, condescending, fucking ignorant
attitude of 6A/LJ staff is NOT going to change. Frankly, even if this lj_biz
post was actually informative, comprehensive and used non-inflammatory language (child porn
, people. As far as Our Corporate Overlords are concerned, actual images of children being abused and fictional stories/art are one and the same, and we're all en par with the Garry Glitters of the world), I still wouldn't trust them further than I could throw Hagrid
And the fact is, we now know
fanart isn't safe. Fic isn't safe. Flocked (and even private!) material isn't safe. We have no response on the subject of linking, but it wouldn't be too much of a stress to assume it isn't safe either. That last part could mean that even reccers are screwed, basically, but at this stage, I don't much care
whether my own lj is safe or not. It probably is, but I am not going to stick my head in the sand while members of my flist, of my fandom disappear one by one.
And thanks to new report button, it just makes it easier for both the Moral Guardians AND fandom grudge-reporters to screw everyone over. (And don't tell me that fandom members wouldn't do that-think back to every single fannish drama, the times it's spilled over into RK, and some of the more 'colourful' personnalities we had over the years, and tell me some members of fandom are above this. With a straight face.)
I wish the various effort for leaving lj were more synchronised, though realistically, there wasn't much chance of that
happening. I wish people focused more on getting the process going, and less on great plans, clever icons, endless discussions/polls/meta and nitpicking of the situations legal/social/political ramifications. Yes, planning, discussing and nitpicking is what fandom is best at, and that's why I love it, but right now it feels like I'm in the back of a bus getting away from a volcano eruption, while by co-passengers discuss whether to pick the scenic route, asking about snacks, and debating on who gets to drive.
My lj is backed up on both Greatestjournal
. The advantages and disadvantages of both have been discussed elsewhere, and yes, I realise they aren't a permanent solution, or ultimately 'safe'. But at this stage, they're probably safer than lj.
I've already mentioned fandom_flies
, and while I think it's a great project, right now I'm impatiently watching twocorpses
' efforts with Scribblit
, and plan to get an account there as soon as it's past the beta stage. Yes, I realise the age requirement is an issue with many, but frankly right now it sounds like the best way to offer fandom some kind of protection against all this happening again. And it's an alternative that will be available sooner, rather than later, and that sounds a hell of a lot safer than any of the other journal clones (except possibly Journalfen, but it comes with its own set of unique issues).
Yes, none of the current alternatives offer all the technical features of LJ. But what makes this place for me isn't the comment notifications, or the embedded videos, or the customisation options-it's the people, the opinions, the community. That's what these new measures is taking away from us, and without it, all the shiny tech options in the world are absolutely worthless. LJ as we knew it may be gone, but fandom will persist, of that at least I am certain.