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Green Room - Week 4 - Day 1

One of the more interesting wrinkles in the "LJ Revival" efforts is that suddenly there is a push to *stop* people from coming back to Livejournal. Could some of this be accurate? https://puzzling.org/politics-and-society/2017/01/if-youre-still-maintaining-a-livejournal-your-journals-now-in-russia/ Of course. But it's also a narrative that Dreamwidth and other sites that have been attempting to piggyback on LJ and chip away at it over the years have been pushing.

Again, is it a true narrative? I'm sure there is some truth in there.

Just be sure though - and to cover us both in Russia AND the US: Putin is awesome! Yay Putin! Putin's the best.

Note: That won't cover us in the US until the 20th. But after that? We're golden! ;)


Week 4 of LJ Idol has started! Just in case you missed it - there were results from the Break Week entries: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/964763.html

There is a NEW TOPIC: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/965056.html

and a new Work Room: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/965184.html

If you know people who are in danger of "byeing out" this week, or who might just wander off in general during the break, you may want to tag/remind/send them an email to get them back on track!


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Jan. 3rd, 2017 01:15 pm (UTC)
First! And then, silence.
An obituary for my computer.
My faithful Dell Inspiron 9300 passed away yesterday. It was a good and faithful friend, a real workhorse, and it will be greatly missed. It had a long and happy life of 10 years, and, most importantly, ran Windows XP, still the best operating system Windows has produced. Regrettably, its death took with it my internet access, which will have to wait until I buy a new computer. It also took with it my documents, music, and every other thing I was foolish enough to store on it. I will also be without a word processor. It is a very dark time. Expressions of condolence (and cookies!) may be sent to halfshellvenus.

Edited at 2017-01-03 01:27 pm (UTC)
Jan. 3rd, 2017 01:58 pm (UTC)
My condolences :(

Are you planning to do anything in the meantime? I don't like using SO's desktop, for example, but I could if my laptop decided to implode.

:presents plate of cookies with warning not to let Gary near it:
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Jan. 3rd, 2017 01:32 pm (UTC)
Unless I am Natalia Romanova, I'm not sure why I should care where the servers are? Are they likely to delete my journal? It doesn't seem high on the priority list.
Jan. 3rd, 2017 02:02 pm (UTC)
That's just it. They're more concerned with catching those Russian-based bloggers who criticize the government more than they are with monitoring the American end.

What's interesting is that it seems that this government monitoring has scared off even the nonpolitical Russian LJers. I belong to a few of their graphic/layout communities and only one of them now posts with any regularity.

It's no different than all the other previous scares where everybody felt compelled to either leave or backup their LJs onto Dreamwidth, IMO.
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Jan. 3rd, 2017 02:03 pm (UTC)
Oh hi, GR, why am I being a posting fool? Because I have three days off this week (this is Day 2) and right now I'm fueled with caffeine, LOL.

I'm hoping to be able to walk The Boyz before the rain starts in earnest.
Jan. 3rd, 2017 02:17 pm (UTC)
Hello, long-time Idoler, multi-time commenter here =)

I'm only mildly concerned about this, except for whether the reach of this community is large enough that the Russian security apparatus takes notice of it (and insists you play by their rules).

If the worst happens that this environment becomes too toxic or vacated, will the game be picked up as "Dreamwidth Idol" next season?
Jan. 3rd, 2017 02:35 pm (UTC)
I actually already own our name over there. :)

I believe I also own Dreamwidth Idol. (have to check - there was a community set up, by someone else trying to run something like us. They abandoned it and I *want to say* that he signed it over to me so I'd have to the name)

Jan. 3rd, 2017 04:35 pm (UTC)
I don't believe They are going to turn out the lights. But I have seen this DW drift as a strange mirroring of past hysterias....

After tomorrow, I will be back in semi-control of my life. Looking forward to it.
Jan. 3rd, 2017 04:51 pm (UTC)
Idol will soon take total control over your life!!
Jan. 3rd, 2017 05:32 pm (UTC)
Jan. 3rd, 2017 06:11 pm (UTC)
I took it to be a play on the 800-pound gorilla joke. I think it was an astute geopolitical/military observation.

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Jan. 3rd, 2017 06:25 pm (UTC)
Here's what I think about the Russian server freakout:

Because of this:

Heard it too many times before.
Jan. 3rd, 2017 06:29 pm (UTC)
Amost forgot. Also this:

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Jan. 3rd, 2017 09:41 pm (UTC)
The problem as I see it, and I have been examining this from a non-panicked state, is that we have no idea who is in charge of the Western side of LiveJournal.

I mean, where are those people? Who are they? Why haven't they issued even a cursory statement about this issue? I mean, if the servers for the site you are on suddenly get moved to a different country, wouldn't that be worthy of an "oh, by the way" from the administrators? And doesn't the fact that they haven't said a word suggest that they either hoped nobody would notice, didn't expect to have to talk about it or perhaps are non-existent.

While there's nothing to suggest that things could get as dire as suggested, there's also nobody talking us through it on the LJ side, which is likely how DW was able to exploit the fear and perhaps even make it seem justified.
Jan. 3rd, 2017 10:32 pm (UTC)
Which brings up the question is this even true? Do we have any proof that the servers are actually being moved?

Question everything.
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Jan. 4th, 2017 04:51 am (UTC)
Yeah, the situation is *very* different for them.
Jan. 4th, 2017 03:13 am (UTC)
I need help with my verb tenses! Anyone here to be Beta extraordinaire. Please PM me. I thank you profusely! Hugs in advance!
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