After this announcement, anyway.

I honestly don't know how much of an effect the reported move of LJ's servers fully to Russia actually has, given that LJ's owners have had access to all our data since the purchase lo these many years ago, but as there are reports of Russian-language accounts being deleted, it's probably the least I can do.

I will not delete existing public posts, since I hate breaking links, but I am deleting all my old locked posts there.

I have anon commenting on, so if you don't have a DW account and can't/don't want to make Open ID login work, just leave an anon comment! (Say it's you, of course.)

I've just added a direct commenting link to the LJ crosspost to make it easier for those of you reading from there: just click "add comment" in the "[n] comment(s) | add comment (how-to) | link" line.

S2 people, help, please? I think this is easy for someone whose approach to S2 isn't laborious cargo-culting, but I've just spent half an hour on it that I can ill afford and I'm stumped.

details )

I've been meaning to move all my posting to Dreamwidth for a while, and now is as good a time as any. [*]

You don't need a Dreamwidth account to keep reading and commenting on my posts. Here's the deal:

  1. All my posts will still appear here, cross-posted from Dreamwidth.
  2. All the comments, however, will be at DW, because duplicated and separated conversations annoy me. The posts on LJ will have the number of comments on DW and a direct link to reply.
  3. You can comment at DW in three ways:
    1. Get a DW account. Ask me for an invite code, or check out [site community profile] dw_codesharing.
    2. Use your LJ account through OpenID. Go here and enter "your-username.livejournal.com" in the box. Then you'll be asked to set and confirm an e-mail address (so you can get replies to comments).

      Using OpenID, you can read locked posts, comment, and subscribe to journals. You can even have up to six icons. You just can't post entries.

    3. Comment "anonymously", not logged in; you won't be able to do this on locked posts, though, because if you're not logged in you won't be able to see them.
  4. I've done my best to duplicate the current list of people who can read locked posts from here to DW. If you have a DW account and I've listed your LJ account instead under "Access To" on my profile, do please let me know.

I prefer Dreamwidth because the people running it are much better at listening to what people want and not just dumping out new and ill-advised changes, because it's completely ad-free, and because it has a bunch of cool features (the one I never knew I needed until it happened is inline expansion of cut-tags on the reading page: click the little arrow and there the content is).

I think in sum this ought to make it exactly as easy to read and comment on my DW posts as on LJ. If there are specific things that make it less easy, I want you to tell me (comments on this post will remain open).

Questions?

[*] LJ now allows you to cross-post comments to FaceBook and Twitter, even if the comment is to a locked post, thereby making it substantially less work to violate someone's privacy, inadvertently or otherwise; and pingbacks now include excerpts from locked posts. You can opt out of sending or receiving pingbacks, but not of having other people cross-post comments from your locked posts.

LJ is taking any link you have to a non-LJ site, telling a third-party site what that link is when it's hovered over, and then modifying the link so that it has LJ's affiliate code (read: way for it to make money). You can opt-out of this by going to the console and entering "set opt_exclude_stats 1" (without quotes). More details.

You can get Dreamwidth invite codes at [site community profile] dw_codesharing. As soon as a couple of little things are cleaned up there, I am going to make DW my permament journal home (I will cross-post here so you can still keep an eye on what I'm doing). They have many cool site enhancements, no ads, and they stand by their principles.

For not-currently-paid LJ users, $10 off a year (as previously mentioned); I have lots so just ask.

Comments screened.

So apparently I can send ten non-paid users [*] a $10 coupon good towards purchase of a year's paid time (so the discounted amount would be $9.95 on an automatic payment plan or $15 one-time). I don't know who actually wants such a thing, so leave a comment here if you're interested (screened) and if necessary I'll choose at random.

This runs until 1/15 but no-one will remember it by then, so let's say that if I get more than ten, I'll pick on Monday 12/21. If less, I'll send all of them then and update y'all accordingly.

[*] Not currently-paid users who need to renew.

Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] silveraspen and anonymous for the virtual gifts; they are lovely.

Work is now at whatever's past the "deluge" stage, to the point where the only thing keeping me from literally writing "have nervous breakdown" on my work calendar was that I wasn't sure how far into December it would be. So I will be very much less present on the Internet for the next couple months. I expect I'll skim LJ but not participate in conversations, ditch most of my RSS feeds, and probably stop reading Twitter and Facebook except for immediate family. So if you need me, e-mail.

There was a brief security breach caused by content in embedded Flash files (which is why most embedding is currently off); check the most recent posts in your journal to make sure they haven't been edited without your knowledge. See this post for more details.

If, like me, you thought keeping a full backup of your LJ and comments meant you were safe in the event of a hacker or catastrophic system failure . . . well, not really. If entries on your LJ are deleted, you can't automatically recover them: you have to re-post entries by hand [*] from your own backups (you can't get the entries off LJ's servers); and comments are an altogether more complicated question. (You could paste them into the body of a post if you have them backed up with a separate program, like LJArchive. Or if you've imported all your journal into a Dreamwidth account, you could crosspost each existing DW entry to LJ with an auto-generated pointer to the DW entry and its imported comments, which would still suck but would be at least semi-automated; so I recommend importing your LJ into DW as a backup. (You can private-lock all the entries in one fell swoop if you have a paid account.))

[*] Edit: I think if you use LJ-SEC for your backups, you can then bulk repost the entries, but you still won't get comments.

I therefore suggest taking five minutes to:

  1. Check out what e-mail accounts are associated with your LJ and remove any you no longer have control over;
  2. Set a secret question for LJ—I suggest making up your own;
  3. Check the strength of your existing password, and change it if necessary (tips and strength checker);
  4. Back up your LJ (and any communities you maintain); and
  5. Do the same for your e-mail account(s).

Nothing can make you 100% safe, but might as well do what you can.

If you're a paid user, style=mine can now be persistent across the site: go to viewing options and check "View all journals and communities in your own style".

If you're not a paid user, I recommend this bookmarklet.

  1. I moved a bunch of LJs from my "friends" list to an RSS reader yesterday, because I was having trouble keeping up with my reading page.
  2. What an amazing pain it is getting two XP and one Vista computer to see each other's shared folders. This should not be difficult! (But it's done and I feel all accomplished now.)

Some comments on modifications to my journal style, for my own reference mostly.

S2 style stuff, three times fast )

Comments or suggestions (especially how I can get the read-comments link to go to #comments, as I could in S2 managed, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ckd) are welcomed. Thanks again to [livejournal.com profile] rilina.

[livejournal.com profile] rilina rocks. Without her generous help, I would never have a spiffy S2 style, but would just keep muttering to myself about S2's inexplicability and why can't Six Apart give LJ a template-based system like Movable Type's? So, thank you, [livejournal.com profile] rilina.

Now, LJ, if only you would give me a way to display recent comments on my "friends" page in a sidebar, I would be perfectly happy. Well, with my LJ reading experience, anyway.

*falls over*

LJ matters

May. 17th, 2006 07:19 pm

Two unrelated items:

1) I have reduced my reading list fairly ruthlessly (or at least it felt so at the time), because the volume of posts was contributing to my skimming people's entries rather than reading, thinking about, or commenting on them.

2) I would like my LJ to be in S2, and will pay someone to convert it, because S2 is scary. Unless the someone has a permanent account, I think I'd prefer to pay in LJ gift certificates; I'm willing to talk about amount, because I don't know how much time or effort what I want is.

Here are the two options I am considering:

A) Taking the existing layout and adding "tags: " as a paragraph above the current mood & music, and adding a permalink (" | link") after "add a comment." Yes, that's all, really.

B) Taking the existing layout and adding a sidebar, something like the booklog. I don't know what-all is possible in the sidebar; a drop-down menu by month would be spiff, though not that necessary; a list of tags and/or memory categories would be handy; a list of recent comments—especially on posts on my reading list—would be golden (but I suspect not possible). At any rate, what could go in the sidebar would determine whether I wanted one at all.

(In either case, I would want old-style (XColibur) comment pages, unless someone designed really cool pages in my own colors and fonts that still sharply differentiated between comments in the way that XColibur does.)

So, S2 mavens. What kinds of cool things could I do with a sidebar? (Or comment pages?) And would anyone be interested in working on it?

(And a non-LJ matter: Litigants? Please don't tape over staples. Especially don't staple your pages, tape over the staples, and then glue the edges of the pages. If all you have to bind your brief is staples, just staple and be done with it. I promise I'll understand.)

Hi there. I was fiddling today, bookmarking friends-of as I do, and I was a touch surprised to see that friends-of was up to 92. (I hope to write well, but I don't expect that most of my natterings are of deep interest to the wide world.)

So, cribbing from various people—if you're reading this, feel free to tell me any or all of the following, either here or (if you want to be private) in e-mail:

  • What do you read these entries for? Dog stories, book stuff, the law?
  • How did you find this journal? Some of you I know in Real Life or from other communities, or we've commented in each others' journals—but for a few people, I don't see the obvious chain, and I'm curious.
  • Tell me something about yourself. Anything. Even if you intend to lurk forever or remain anonymous, it would be fun if, when I looked at my info page, I could say, "oh yes, so-and-so { raises bulldogs | likes spinach | types with only the ring-fingers } ".

Or not. Whatever you like. I'll be getting back to this draft memorandum of law, now.

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