It's been a while since I last thought about importing my LiveJournal entries into this DW journal. In fact, I make it more than three years ago, and that only as a passing aside.
But the thing is... I've gone so long without doing it that I'm not sure I feel the need to do so any longer. I mean, it would be nice, but I don't think it's absolutely necessary at this point. There's also the problem that it makes it harder to use access groups since I've barely added anybody to access groups over here at DW.
To that end, I think I'm going to finally, definitively say that I won't be importing my LJ journal into this one. I will import it into a separate account (sophie_archive - yes, I have had that account for a long time!), and all the posts there will be access-locked (as they would have been had I chosen to import it into this journal). If you'd like access to it after I've imported, I'll post an entry with a poll that you can respond to; I'll almost certainly be happy to give you access. (Do bear in mind, however, that my LJ stretches back to 2003, so there will be plenty of instances of my old male name and references to me as male, in case this matters to you. On the flip side, it does contain extensive documentation about my transition prior to starting my DW, which you may find interesting! These posts are in a separate filter; I'll ask about filters and who wants to be on them later.)
My LJ will not be disappearing, and I'm going to continue crossposting, so subscribers to my LJ don't need to worry.
Once I've imported into sophie_archive, I'll post about giving access to the journal and opt-in filters, and add people to each as wanted.
I'm seeing reports from people on LJ that automatic payments have been turned on for them against their wishes. If you're on LJ, check your account status. You'll have an option to turn off automatic payments if it's somehow been enabled for the account.
It isn't happening for everybody, but this is important enough that I needed to say something about it.
[this is a public post on LJ]
I don't tend to do new stuff explicitly for LiveJournal nowadays, since I'm on Dreamwidth, but LJ came out with an interesting claim recently regarding the lack of a Preview button on the new commenting form:
Since a Preview button isn't easily/quickly possible with the new form, we have made the ability to edit comments available to all account types.
I was honestly a bit baffled by this, because it's actually really easy to add a Preview button. In fact, I knocked up a Greasemonkey script to add one
in less than half an hour, and I've never previously touched the new commenting code. (Download here.
Greasemonkey script has been tested on Firefox and Chrome; if anybody else knows if it works on other browsers, let me know! To run it on Firefox, you'll need the Greasemonkey add-on
. Chrome users don't need any separate addon!)
But at the same time, I don't think LJ are deliberately and shamefacedly lying, because allowing all users to edit comments is going to put a dent in their bottom line. Lots of people find the ability to edit comments incredibly useful, and there's now one less reason for people to have paid accounts.
Rather, I suspect the reason they're not introducing the Preview button on the new form is because the Preview page includes a subject line field, and they seem to be doing their best to want to get rid of subject lines. (Don't ask me why, I have no clue.)
Anyway, I mainly made this post to get this Greasemonkey script out there, because as much as I'd love people to come to Dreamwidth
, there are some people who aren't going to want to do so, and being able to preview comments is kind of important. That said, if you do read this, do consider giving Dreamwidth a try. You don't even need an invite code if you sign up before the end of the year, because DW have opened up the create flow for a limited period of time. So come on over and give it a try
[edit (Dec 23rd): I updated the code as there were some cases when the code would pop up a "No can do." message box - if the page wasn't using the new commenting scheme. Please download the new version.]
[edit (Dec 24th): I've learned that stuntpilot99
has made a Stylish style that makes LJ a bit easier to read
by replacing the fonts with the fonts used before, slightly widens some margins, and other things. It also puts a soft grey background on everything, but as I don't like that myself, in the version I've got installed I edited it and replaced every instance of "#f7f7f7" with "#ffffff", which makes it white. In any case, go check it out. :)]
I've been meaning for a while to do a post about Dreamwidth and the differences it has from LiveJournal, but for now I just want to point out that from now until the end of the year, you don't need an invite code to join! Just click to create an account and you'll be able to do so. :)
(This post is mainly being done for the people reading this on LiveJournal, but some already-existing dwenizens might find it helpful too!)
This one goes out to all my friends on LJ.
If LJ's latest screw-up with the Facebook/Twitter crossposting options hasn't yet convinced you to jump ship, take a look at Dreamwidth's proposed new Update page. That's a demo, not the real thing (which hasn't been coded yet), but give it a try. Go on.
And then, if you want any Dreamwidth invite codes, I have plenty to give out. Feel free to comment on this post.
Y'know, just sayin'.
For those not on LJ, I made an LJ-only post recently regarding the news post that LJ sent out recently announcing the purging of inactive users. The news post was written to the wrong spec; it's been rewritten since. The post is here, and it's a public post which uses the new repost functionality so you can click the button at the bottom to repost it. If you're on LJ and you haven't seen the post yet, please do. :)
I came across an interesting thought today.
In the past, transgendered people were diagnosed with "Gender Identity Disorder", or GID. This was considered offensive because of the 'disorder' part, and was changed to "Gender dysphoria" later.
But when you think about it, that's not quite right either. A dysphoria is an unease, an anxiety - which is certainly true, but it's not an unease about your gender, it's an unease about your sex. So calling it "gender dysphoria" - as if the problem is that you're uneasy about your gender - is also offensive. I hadn't thought of it like that before.
Personally I'm not sure that a 'diagnosis' as such should even be required, but, meh.
I've been hesitant to post about this, as I know that both Mark and Denise read this journal, but this issue is important enough to me to post it.
So, the application phase for students to apply to organisations participating in the Google Summer of Code begins today. Dreamwidth is one of these organisations.
From the start, I haven't liked the idea of DW taking part in the GSoC, and that's because GSoC, by definition, focuses on the code. Students enter the GSoC to code, and to get money from Google for doing it. They're not there to spend ages learning about the culture.
( Thoughts on DW's community, passion and culture... )
[this is a public post on LJ]
So, the new LJ "promotion" is going on, and it's not really that great. Each Paid+ user gets 10 coupons for $10 off a new Paid account that they can send to others. It doesn't work for renewing a Paid acccount, doesn't work for userpics, can only be used to pay for a one-year account, and the coupon expires in the middle of January if not used.
Essentially, this is hardly a gift at all because all you can do with it is encourage people to spend money that they're not already spending. It's a blatant call for new people to take income from by SUP.
So rather than insult my friends by selecting who might want them and saying "Here, spend some of your money!", I'll offer them here. If anybody was going to upgrade to a Paid account anyway on LJ, let me know and I can send you one of these coupons to make it so you don't have to pay the full amount. If you reply on DW, let me know your LJ username so I can send it to the right place. This offer is open to anybody, not just friends of mine.
If you're enticed by the idea of having a one-year Paid account for $15 and weren't going to upgrade anyway, I can send you a coupon too - just ask - but I'd like to recommend that you try Dreamwidth instead of giving more money to LJ. Let me know if you'd like this and I can gift you an invite code to create a 2-month Paid account at DW, so you can see what it's like. You can crosspost to LJ, too.
Well, I finally went ahead and changed my LJ username. Yep, I finally got over myself and did it.
My LJ is now at http://soph.livejournal.com/ , thus finally getting rid of the male name.
I've opted to forward from the old name to the new one, which might surprise some people. Howeer, I think it actually works out better for me than if it would otherwise, because at least now <lj user=""> tags will match the comment authors. ;p