LJ's most recent fuckup has Internet up in arms. It doesn't affect me much, since I have comments disabled on LJ already. Nonetheless it's indicative of an attitude the LJ management have towards the users that's only been getting worse.
For reference, here are the rules:
- Comment as much as you like, link to comments, pingback, whatever you like. Particularly feel free to link to comments in places where Respected Newspaper Editors might see them and think that that nice young man might want a job.
- Do it with an access-restricted post and I will hunt you the fuck down. There will be fire.
I remember being the sole voice of reason during Nipplegate, but the situation has deteriorated since then. A lot of people seem to be resisting Dreamwidth on the basis that it's full of self-important whiners and fandoms. I'm not sure these people have looked at Livejournal recently, or indeed ever. Both sites have their fair share of thirteen-year-old slashers and Twitards. It's what internet is for.
Personally, I find that Dreamwidth is a nicer site, with a (much) nicer interface, and a richer featureset in terms of options that are actually useful. The colours are nicer (I turned off that pink shit). The staff are much nicer. So far, nobody there has tried to use free pictures of kittens to mollify an outraged userbase. They listen to their users in a way that LJ doesn't. And I'm not giving my money to the Russian Mafia.
Also: ew, Facebook.
In the vain hope that it will be useful, here's what I do to combine usage of the two sites:
- Use the automated import tool to scarf all of my original content from its previous LJ home.
- Automatically crosspost entries from DW to LJ.
- Deactivate comments on the crosspost, so I can keep the discussion in one place.
- LJ users can comment via LJ OpenID, or anonymously, or with another OpenID, however they wish.
- Get on with my life, secure in the knowledge that stupid shit doesn't, currently, occur in this region of Internet.
- Use LJ solely to read those people who are still there.
Easy. It's not perfect, but it works. When they get cross-site reading sorted out, it will be even awesomer.
I should mention I have DW invite codes for them as wants them.