kyrielle: A photo of kyrielle, in profile, turned slightly toward the viewer (Default)
Friday, April 7th, 2017 06:38 pm
My LiveJournal is now deleted. I wasn't able to post a forwarding message - I wouldn't agree to the new Terms of Service just for that purpose. Using the ScriptSafe extension, however, I could get to the page needed to delete my journal.

I've been cross-posting with a Dreamwidth footer for a long time, and also it's the same user name, so hopefully anyone who wants to find me here can.

I am going to leave my parents' journals up there. They are done no harm by that, and while I doubt anyone (even me) still goes to look at them - if they do, then there's no reason to take them off.
kyrielle: A photo of kyrielle, in profile, turned slightly toward the viewer (Default)
Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 07:26 pm
I don't think I can agree to the new LJ user agreement. It is subject to Russian law, the translation to English isn't binding and I don't read Russian so I'm reliant on translation, it allows them to email advertisements to me (!), and they can change it any time they want without notice and the changes instantly apply the next time you use the site.

I don't think I have much of interest to the Russian government. But *anyone still breathing* is of interest to advertisers - and possibly some people who aren't - and I trust these folks about as far as I can throw their entire country.

I wish I had a way, without accepting the agreement, to post. I'm told cross-posting won't work until you accept, but I'm going to try.

I hate to leave behind the folks I only see on LJ, who don't mostly post public. (The ones who do post public, I can still follow, and decide if I want to comment.) But I also really, really can't stay any longer. I'm rather regretting not leaving when they moved the servers, but at the time, I weighed the issues and wanted to stay with the people there.

ETA: Alas, as expected, this can't cross-post. At least it will hopefully be visible here for anyone who looks?
kyrielle: A photo of kyrielle, in profile, turned slightly toward the viewer (Default)
Sunday, February 26th, 2017 08:39 am
I am not bailing on LiveJournal. I don't love where their servers are, but I also don't think that Russia is likely to have any interest in my parenting or my cats or whatever. :P

However, this weekend for a while, LJ had blocked all the Dreamwidth servers from accessing their site, which blocked the Dreamwidth integrated cross-posting.

Which is what I use to post on LJ. I read and comment directly there when I do, but I post from DW.

So, since we don't know if that might happen again - if you're on LJ but _also_ active on DW, and you haven't already, you should probably add me on DW since that's my "posting home" and the posts are guaranteed to show up there.

If you're not on DW, don't worry - I will still cross-post and read there, I'm not telling you to go to DW - I'm just letting you know that if cross-posting fails, some things may go missing for a little bit.
kyrielle: A photo of kyrielle, in profile, turned slightly toward the viewer (Default)
Monday, August 4th, 2014 08:15 pm

But they're not becoming Facebook. No really.

Luckily, I don't think most people care about that 'feature', and I pay no attention to what's there anyway, but ... wow.
kyrielle: A photo of kyrielle, in profile, turned slightly toward the viewer (Default)
Saturday, April 27th, 2013 04:00 pm
...or you might imply what you didn't want to.

My LiveJournal friends page is still my old feed style, for however long I keep it. I saw the new one in beta and hate hate HATE it.

At the top I now get a message: "You're using the old version of the Friends page — switch to the new one and try to customize it." ("switch to the new one" and "customize" are links there.)

...TRY to customize it, but you won't succeed. LOL. I think they don't want "try to" in there, unless they are mocking your inability to customize it, which who knows, maybe they are.
kyrielle: Close-up of the author's eye, staring out at the viewer (eye)
Thursday, December 13th, 2012 06:00 am
So, LiveJournal has a new "infinite scroll" type friends page with lots of white and blue (more white than blue). And a new update page (which, uh, I've never seen as I post from Dreamwidth, so I can't comment on it), which is leaving beta and will be the only way to post there soon as I understand it.

And now a new profile page which, by the way, has gone beta with a bug...namely anyone viewing any profile in the beta right now can see community memberships of people who have set it so that community memberships aren't supposed to show in their profile.

So much for privacy until that bug is fixed, if you were in a community you didn't want anyone to know, as anyone can see that view of your profile at the moment. Mine weren't anyway, but...not cool, LJ.

Also, why the bio is below schools, I don't know. I'm not sure whether I like interests above the bio - as a first impression I often care about that - schools not so much.

I know some people have completely left LJ to remove their content to protest. I'm not going to, nor am I going to stop reading at this juncture. I have too many friends who are still there, and I gain nothing and lose connections if I walk away.

But I am thoroughly disgusted with the whole look and feel of the site. It looks like a crappy mash-up of other popular sites done badly, and they're largely not addressing the repeated comments from some users that the site layout and colors they are standardizing on are *literally* migraine-inducing.
kyrielle: A tabby cat staring intently out at the viewer (curious)
Friday, December 23rd, 2011 08:46 pm
I posted about this here. It's happened to people I know and trust, and to people known to and trusted by people I know and trust.

It is reported that the head of LJ's support group claims this is lies and slander (linked comment translates, links original reference).

They're also, alternately, asking that affected people file a support request in the billing category (which can be done here).

Me, I'm wondering given the timing if it's another kind of glitch. Reportedly, everyone affected "really" turned on auto-pay to get a good deal, "then forgot" - which seems kind of unlikely, especially as some of the affected people say they've NEVER used auto-pay. I'm wondering if something around the last holiday season "accidentally" turned on auto-pay for year subscriptions. But I'm not convinced that covers this, since reportedly (and this is by people I don't know) some of the affected people had it on, turned it off in response to the comment page issue, and found it still on. So I'm curious, and when I get curious enough (rarely) I poll:

[Poll #1805482]
kyrielle: (delusions)
Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 07:50 pm
Also, partially for my own record and partially for anyone else who's interested, this is a page with information about the new comment form in LJ's latest release (which you may not have seen if you have S2 comment pages). It also includes some other recent issues, as well as [ profile] igrick's comments in translation. (That is the head of Russian LJ, and the guy who could give a rat's behind what users think of the comment changes.)

My icon in honor of [ profile] igrick's reactions to this mess. Alas, he's apparently not required to believe mine either. :P
kyrielle: A photo of kyrielle, in profile, turned slightly toward the viewer (Default)
Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 05:05 pm
I'm seeing some grumbling in the latest news post comments that some paid accounts have had auto-pay turned on when they had turned it off. LJ says it is not so, but the users say it is. I really don't know, but - if you have a paid account that shouldn't auto-renew, you might want to check just in case. You can do that at

Again, this is just something I'm seeing others mention, and not people I know personally either. Just concerns me enough that if it is so, I figured it was good to spread the word.

ETA: confirmed now by someone I do know, in addition to the many people commenting on the news post and other posts.

ETA: they're asking affected people to file requests in billing as they're trying to confirm if it's a real issue, but they're claiming it's not and that so far all affected people made an auto-payment setup (to get the cheaper rate) and didn't immediately turn it off.
kyrielle: A photo of kyrielle, in profile, turned slightly toward the viewer (Default)
Friday, September 10th, 2010 03:19 pm
They didn't respond as quickly as I might have expected, but LJ has announced in the latest news post that with the next code push, Facebook/Twitter integration will no longer be able to publish comments made on protected posts. Which, honestly, addresses the only security issue I really saw there. It no longer encourages (accidentally) dissemination of protected information (the existence of the post, anything quoted or implied in the comment).

I might even use the Twitter integration, since a misclick / mistab will no longer be likely to send something I didn't intend. I'm debating, though - most of the people who want to read my LJ who read Twitter DO already read it. So I also may not.

But honestly, the real win? The giggle-worthy image at the bottom of the news post. Because, yes, the launch did hit them in the face, but that picture's...just great. And the fact that they shared it? Win.

I see a lot of people getting angrier, because they took so long to respond, and because they're not giving journal owners a way to block posting comments from public entries. I understand it's important to those people, but it's not important to me...public entries are, well, public. The social convention of the 'net is that linking to them with commentary is fine, which is what this tool allows.

I'm actually feeling a lot better about LiveJournal since they have addressed the issue I had with it. And if a week isn't's not a bad response time, either, especially with a holiday weekend in the middle.
kyrielle: A photo of a mostly-white kitten looking out of the frame, not at the viewer (kitten)
Friday, September 10th, 2010 10:35 am
Two Lumps on the LJ cross-post to Facebook and Twitter issue.

Forget the whole question of whether cross-posting is good or bad. I just like the punchline.
kyrielle: (what? - owl)
Saturday, September 4th, 2010 03:36 pm
One note for those who are considering integrating their LiveJournal with their Facebook via the new feature - I have heard reports (via [ profile] dormouse_in_tea here and via [ profile] cleolinda here when I did an additional search) that this will put your real name on your profile, visible to the whole internet. I'm unclear of the mechanism or where it puts it, and whether it can remove it. And I'm not about to test it....

ETA: my impression from other comments is that, like linked IM accounts, it shows your FB id - normally your real name. And apparently it can't be removed/hidden at this time.

(If you want to integrate to Facebook without that issue, you could integrate to Twitter, then push to FB using one of the FB apps that can pull from Twitter, tho.)
kyrielle: (stormy sea)
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 08:59 pm
If you are using the new Facebook or Twitter connect to LJ, please be careful what you do with tickyboxes on comments. Those boxes are a little easy to accidentally tick, and you can (although it won't by default be on, at least) cross-post your comments to FB or Twitter even if they're on a locked post.

Please, if you're integrating for whatever reason (comments or just to send your public posts over), be careful about those.

Other posts on the topic, from more-positive to mid-neutral to not-happy:
kyrielle: A photo of kyrielle, in profile, turned slightly toward the viewer (Default)
Friday, November 6th, 2009 06:02 pm
[ profile] news has become a random splat of happenings on the site and sponsor ad placements, in addition to minimal site news, instead of focussing on site news.


But the latest one? Seriously, what were you thinking, LJ? Titling the bit about your war on spambots as "The empire strikes back"...uh, you do realize which side was supposed to be the good guys there, right?

And blocking 30,000 accounts in a single day for being spam bots doesn't give me warm fuzzies. It tells me that you're frantically smacking things down, too fast for me to know whether I trust that you're identifying only spam bots, and if you are identifying only spam bots then boy have you got a problem of epic proportions. Which, no, the fact that you knocked them back out doesn't make me happy they got in, nor impressed.

But really. The empire strikes back?