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I officially christen the Roman Polanski apologist and derailment effort "RapeFail"
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...only it's not, really.

LJ sacked about 25% of the San Francisco office staff. Not the 30-60% (and higher) that's been floating around in the rumorsphere. What's particularly ironic is that this was being reported by Gawker Media's ValleyWag, the victim of huge layoffs (60%, well, 3 of 5 people) back in October.

Gawker has since revised down their original numbers (20 of 28 staffers fired!) after Livejournal, Inc. released a statement to cnet.
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It is, not surprisingly, bovil.


Feb. 8th, 2008 05:22 pm
bovil: (Default) anticipation of all my high school classmates checking out my website and my journal (yeah, right) I've done a bit of housekeepling.

I've changed my website to just link my LJ instead of embedding it, and to also link to my

Since my LJ isn't embedded into my website anymore, I switched from the dirt-simple layout I had before to the almost-as-simple "Chopsticks" Expressive style. The big bonuses? Expandable comment threads and the sidebar tag list.

Oh, I also posted my bio on the classreports site, and sent the class administrator a link to the current photo so he can post it.
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...the purchase of LiveJournal by the Russians by listening to James Bond soundtracks.
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...and we'll see if it's a bad thing or a good thing. I'm hoping it's a good thing, but the road to hell is paved with bad implementations.

What they've done is implemented "adult content" flagging and filtering capability. What does this mean to you?

Well, there's finally a reason, if you're an adult, to go in and set your birthdate (at least to something that resembles your birthday). I've set my birthdate, but I hide the year (yes, it's ridiculous that my complete birthdate might put me at risk of identity-theft, but that's more the responsibility of the crack-addled security teams at the companies we all do business with).

If you're regularly discussing topics that qualify as "adult content" (even if it's not explicit, you have the option of flagging your whole journal as "Adult Concepts" (which, by my definition includes sex, drinking, accounting and politics). If you're regularly posting explicit material, you can flag your whole journal to "Explicit Adult Content." In someone's infinite wisdom, LJ decided to put this setting at the bottom of the "Viewing Options" control page instead of on the profile page.

You can also mark your individual journal entries (currently on the web interface, but I expect clients will add this soon) that may be at an "older" rating than your average post.

What happens? Users with a registered age under 14 can't see "Adult Concepts" posts and users with a registered age under 18 can't see "Explicit Adult Content" posts. Users without an age will have to jump through a hoop verify their age to see flagged content.

You also have the option as an adult, if you wish, to set up your friends page to "collapse" (it's an automatic LJ-cut on the whole post) adult-rated items; a good thing if your company is spying on your web browsing.

I was going to flag my journal "Adult Concepts" but I just checked it out in a logged-out browser. The implementation is a bit ugly, and reading back through a few months of posts there is very little I've got that I'm worried about children reading. I have gone back and flagged some specific posts "Adult" but they're vastly outnumbered.

Let the wild-and-freaky posts flow! Just remember to mark them...
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If you have friended me, and I haven't friended you back, there's probably a reason.

It's probably because I have no idea who you are.

If I know you in real life and I haven't friended you, comment back and let me know who you are and where I know you from. If it's conventions, it takes a while for names to stick in my head (particularly when I'm working a convention with a bunch of new people who are competing for memory cells, which is the last few months), so give me a link to a pic.

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Follow this link. Go down near the bottom and find the "Livejournal" link there...
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So, bovil, your LiveJournal reveals...

You are... 6% unique
(blame, for example, your interest in slash)
and 17% herdlike
(partly because you, like everyone else, enjoy yaoi).
When it comes to friends you are popular. In terms of the way you relate to people, you are keen to please.

Your writing style (based on a recent public entry) is intellectual.

Your overall weirdness is: 50

(The average level of weirdness is: 27.
You are weirder than 90% of other LJers.)

Find out what your weirdness level is!

Apparently having an interest in "slash" is unique, but having an interest in "yaoi" is herdlike. Irony, anyone?

I'm going to guess that "popular" comes from the size of the "friend-of" list. "Keen to please" most likely has to do with "mutual friends" list. It might be based a on count of comments made by me (I think that's an easy-to-retrieve stat). Can't be anything too difficult to get, or it wouldn't have time, the quiz is pretty quick to produce results.

"Writing style" is probably just an external analysis tool.

All in all, another meaningless meme...

...but I'd love to see what's under the covers to generate these results.
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LJ's value is totally in its user base.

Some whack job goes after LJ users, company caves, and look what happens.

It turns the relationship between media company and protesters upside-down, because the audience is the content provider. "My 500,000 members will boycott your advertisers." "Bite me. My 10,000,000 subscribers will boycott our advertisers if we listen to you."
bovil: (Default) [ profile] shulamuth (a.k.a. Sarah, who said that she would get one of these LJ thingies when she retired)!
bovil: (Default) Henry [ profile] agent_milw Osier in Milwaukee-land! Hey der, Cheesehead! Sheril [ profile] sherilrn Harper in Des Moines!
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If you're on Windows, go to [ profile] ljwin32_sema and get semagic. You'll never use the web interface again. It's rock-solid, based on the Brad Fitzpatrick's original windows client (which means it's kind of arranged like the old old interface) and improved over the last few years by an international open-source community. I composed most of my L.A.con IV report offline in the car on the ride home using semagic.

If you're on a Mac, get [ profile] xjournal. You'll never use the web interface again. The latest release has a few bugs (you may find yourself quitting and restarting it once in a while if the journal selector switches off), but it's pretty damned reliable. It's another open-source project, but the developer community is a bit smaller.

You'll thank yourself.

I use both of these on a daily basis. Strangely enough, I actually like the windows client better; it's more sophisticated (even if it's a smidge uglier). Before the main site interface redesign, it provided easy links to sections that were hard to find (it still does, but most of those sections are now easy to find in the Horizon menus).
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...but even posting here, Sid is right.
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...and you're wondering why you went through the trouble of getting a permanent account, you might want to join [ profile] permmembers. It's the community where you can get details on new and beta features only available to permanent members.

There's also a bit of crap-chatter, but very little.
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If you were one of the people who got a bit upset about the proposed changes to the user profile page last week, think about adding [ profile] lj_design to your friends list. This is where the design team posts about new features and interface changes.

They've posted a beta master interface for the website; check it out. I (and probably 2-dozen other people) have commented on a rendering bug in the header.

I'm not sure how I feel about it otherwise; the new menu structure (with dhtml pulldowns) looks pretty decent, actually.


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