jhumor: (X-Files TARDIS)
[personal profile] jhumor
According to this comment in [livejournal.com profile] news

(Reposting full comment since some people still can't access comment pages)

[livejournal.com profile] bearer_of_dawn
Update: LiveJournal is refunding any paid account payments from December, they just have not announced it here. This is probably because it's creating an opportunity to lose more money, but legally they are covering their asses by providing refunds if requested thanks to the billing/autopay bug. They'd have potential legal consequences otherwise.

You can submit a request here: http://www.livejournal.com/contact/?dept=billing

Accounts paid in November or any month before December will not be refunded, however. (Thus my opinion that this is strictly legal ass covering.)
primsong: (eagle)
[personal profile] primsong
Why am I absolutely not even mildly surprised?

Facebook in Online Privacy Breach (at the online Wall Street Journal)

Many of the most popular applications, or "apps," on the social-networking site Facebook Inc. have been transmitting identifying information—in effect, providing access to people's names and, in some cases, their friends' names—to dozens of advertising and Internet tracking companies, a Wall Street Journal investigation has found....

It seems LJ's new overlords would love to follow in such footsteps. I imagine enthusiastic plans to start up a goat-themed version of Farmville that will autofill the sidebars, then to convert the icons into 'flair'.... oooo, just think of the advertising revenue...

*snuggles DWth account*
juliet316: (TW: Gwen despair)
[personal profile] juliet316
For users that found out about the tinypic situation via my post below yestereday (including me), this comes from Tinypic's website:

We heard from many of our users in regards to these changes and we appreciate your feedback. Tinypic has restored linking to your images and enabled uploading. Please rest assured no content was removed from the site. We tried to notify users on Tinypic and requested they move their content to Photobucket. Unfortunately this messaging was insufficient and has taken many of our users by surprise and we apologize. Our intent was to begin combining some of the best features of Tinypic and Photobucket, thereby offering users a better experience. Any changes in the future will be better communicated. Once again, we apologize for the inconvenience.

They must have caught all kinds of hell from their userbase yesterday to backtrack this fast and quick.
juliet316: (WWE Stephanie McMahon HBIC)
[personal profile] juliet316
It seems that people are expressing themselves about the LJ/FB/Twitter Patter situation in many ways.

For instance, one submission for this month's LJ header contest:


Needless to say, I was amused.

*also screencapped incase LJ deletes it.

ETA: FU Tinypic!
juliet316: (DW: Donna gun)
[personal profile] juliet316
Apparently Facebook users can send LJ users private messages into their LJ inboxes.

*no screenshot as I impulsively deleted as soon as i saw it.*
blackmare: (whack)
[personal profile] blackmare
I wrote up this Basic info/FAQ over at the other site.

Please feel free to copy/paste it anywhere on LJ, personalize it (I made reference to my own LJ activities; replace those with your concerns if you like), whatever. I don't need or want credit.  Actively prefer NOT to be credited anywhere outside LJ, in particular, though I don't suppose I have to tell y'all that.  I mean, considering why we're all here. :-)

A couple people noted that I didn't include the apparently-pending FB "Like" button, or the problems with pingbacks on locked posts. This was intentional, because I feared making a Wall of Text that nobody would read.  If you want to repost what I wrote and add it, though, cool with me.

Hope this is helpful to someone.

beatrice_otter: Ginger Rogers--Dancing! (Dancing!)
[personal profile] beatrice_otter
I know, fandom's a lot of fun.  But Dreamwidth isn't only about fandom!  So let's spread some love.  Here are my favorite non-fannish DW communities--comment with yours!

[site community profile] dw_nifty : all the cool features about Dreamwidth that you might not otherwise find out about.

[community profile] fucking_meds : a place for people to complain (and share information about) meds they're on.
[community profile] actyourwage : so, we're all feeling the pinch, right?  This is a place to share hints on how to live within a budget.  It's about taking control of your finances and strategies for money saving and getting out of debt
[community profile] asperger 
[community profile] homeeconomics101 : Tips and tricks regarding cleaning/budgeting/cooking...
[community profile] napowrimo : the DW com for National Poetry Writing Month.  Dead for now, but wait until next April.
[community profile] poetry : A community for sharing published poetry.  (I.e. your favorite stuff to read that you'd like to share, not stuff you wrote yourself.  Though I'm sure there's a com out there for poetry writing, too.)

Some of these are kind of quiet, but that may change with the influx of new people.  What about you guys?

qarael: (Default)
[personal profile] qarael
Somebody in the [profile] lj_releases community finally got a response from the support forum:

(Oh hai, you're here! Thx [personal profile] chaobell for capping this insanity ;])

In case it hadn't been noticed before, all support requests relating to the "connectivity fuckup feature" had been marked 'private'. Now, while it might be nice to believe that this was truly done to "aggregate user questions and feedback", I just can't bring myself to do it. I mean, you'd think they would have solid DNW data after we maxed out the news thread.

Yeah, nah. Seems more likely that they're just trying to shut us up and hide their shame.

What's worse... there's not even the slightest shred of a rumour going around headquarters that this problem might be fixed? Nice attempt at a straw-man, there, bringing up the morals and ethics of controlling how other people can use their words. Well, if you want to shake your finger at us for wanting to "control what User B does with their words", then you should probably take away User A's ability to screen, freeze, and delete comments, as well. That's the only way your little issue-of-ethics could even begin to make sense.

But really, I don't want to control what User B does with their words. If they want to say, "I read a blog, and it got me thinking...", that's perfectly fine! I want to control what they do with my words, and my information.

At any rate, Tuesday is essentially gone here on the East Coast. So I suppose we'll hear no news today. Tomorrow marks a week... and will hopefully serve as the final-straw for even more dedicated journalers.
qarael: (lj - refugee)
[personal profile] qarael
An interesting quote from Wikipedia, sourced from this interview (in Russian).

"Anton Nossik, an advisor to SUP, has not reacted favourably to criticism by site users. In an interview given in March 2008, he accused LiveJournal users of "trying to scare and blackmail us, threatening to destroy our business," and stated that a large class of users have as their only purpose bringing harm to LiveJournal and its founders; "their goal is to criticize, destablilize and ruin our reputation." In the interview, he predicted that his likely reaction to such pressure would be to retaliate against the users rather than bowing to their pressure."

Okay, so, wait a minute here. Bringing harm to LJ and its founders? For the record, dude, SUP are not the fucking founders. I 'speck Brad, because I remember what LJ was like when Brad was still running the show. His vision was solid, and he never faltered. The only fail we had back in those days was server overload... which while it may have been annoying, it was a testament to how awesome the service was. It was so hot, everybody wanted to be a part of it.

And we, the users, helped build this place as much as Brad did. We, the users, ran the support forums. We created visual content such as mood themes and journal layouts. We built the communities and connections. We emptied our pockets for paid and permanent accounts, because we wanted LJ to continue to grow and thrive. Brad founded it. We fortified it.

Now, I realize this is just one man speaking, here. And dear Anton, wherever you are, you can lick my sweaty asscrack and like it. If his attutide is representative of the general body of owners that are Our Russian Overlords, though, they have no idea who we are, or what LJ is. If anyone has the right to criticize, it's us. And if anyone is ruining LJ's reputation, it's them.

And yet, this dude is likely to retaliate against us? The people who made LJ what it is (or was, and as it should have remained)?

Fucking bastard.

Still, I don't want to stay pissed off. I don't want to dwell on what LJ has become. Even now, especially now, I want to remember what it was. I want to remember when LJ was about being a part of something. I may have missed early adopter status by a few months, but in my heart, I still feel like one. That place has been my most stable internet-home for just three months shy of a decade. I watched it grow, and I grew with it. And I love it. For what it used to be, I still love it.

On that note, here's an old gem which some of you old fogies might remember. Or, if you came on board later on in the game, here's how LJ should be remembered... in musical form: http://news.livejournal.com/50307.html

(x-post'd to my journal)
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