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15 February 2013 @ 08:51 am
Worried the time to leave is coming  
This post ties in nicely with my old one about The death of communication on the internet. If you missed it read that. This goes beyond now having a crappy post page. Ever since the Russians bought Livejournal the place has been falling apart. You can only take away so many pieces of a ship before it starts to sink. Right now we're majorly taking on water. I have no doubt in my mind this is an agenda to remove all Russian users. They don't give a damn about us, whether we're paying customers or not. Commies don't understand the concept of capitalism so making money or losing paying customers is not a valid argument to use against them because it does not fit into their equation. The discontent has been growing for over a year now. See all the angry English user base Here. It's this incrementalism of changing just a little bit at a time and then people get used to it and forget about it and giving just a tiny bit back that is also a core aspect of communism. "Yes we're changing everything. The friends page will be made worse but to not make you so mad here we will allow you to change colors only in the background because we care." BULL! There should be no tolerance for this type of thing. They don't like people like me that never forget anything and always bring up the old changes so that new people that don't know any better will know what things were like. This is why I made screen caps.

What has me really worried is that I really do see the time coming for me to move. I have been loyal and steadfast to Livejournal, but it got really bad when I was no longer encouraging others to join. I'd love to get new people to make accounts here and I would except I don't think it's right to ask them to join and since they'll be free accounts they'll be forced to put up with horrible ads and lack of flexibility. Not to mention things steadily getting worse.

So I have my Dreamwidth account ready for when the time comes to move. I don't want to move but I think it will happen. Our lovely customized Friends page is next in line to be destroyed. As is the profile page yet again. Wish I had gotten a screen cap before this one. Dreamwidth isn't as good. Tables aren't allowed on the profile page so you can't customize it like you can here. They don't take paypal which is a major flaw. Moodthemes are only for paid accounts when they are free to all here on LJ. That's just wrong. And I wish they had the Flexible Squares layout that LJ has since it's the most popular layout because it's so nice and FLEXIBLE. I don't want to leave but I hate what they are doing here. I am worried and saddened. I do not want to lose any of you either. Most of you already do have a Dreamwidth. Those of you that I called out in the last post, please Please PLEASE get one. Join me there. I'm not switching sides yet but it's always a great idea to have a something in an emergency.

Lots of people are complaining too that everyone has already left. They have nothing to read. Honestly that doesn't bother me as much as not having people comment to me. Sure I'd like to have fun journals to read, but what I appreciate most are those of you that have stayed because of me and comment to me. I even had some people a few years back that joined just so they could read and comment to me. I probably post more than anyone else on your friends list since my posts are almost daily. The art of communication is certainly not dead in me. But as I was reminded since everyone has left I will probably do another purging of my friends list. I have kept some names on for too long because they were good friends. But they aren't here for me now so I have no reason to keep them on. You're just not here. You don't comment to me. Why should I keep you. If you read my journal and I am your most active poster why is it so hard to not say something? So I will prune my page perhaps tonight or tomorrow. Comment to me if you don't want to be removed. You have to because you won't be able to comment once you are removed the way I have my security set. You'll have to send me a PM or an Email then.

But let's say LJ got bought out by a good American company or that DW fixed the few issues I have with them. Would that be enough? Could they steer the ship into harbor or is the damage done? I'm afraid that the answer is No. Even if things went back to the way they were, communication (true communication) is dying. As in my previous article this is because of the dumbing down by facebook and twitter. I'd love to have lots of people adding me again like it used to be. But for that I'm afraid I'd have to join Tumblr. I don't want to join Tumblr. I don't want that at all. It's a meaningless show. It's a twitter for artists. I could end up with 100 "friends", and not a peep out of any of them. I wouldn't be able to make long substantial entries and talk about my day or my thoughts. And worst of all I wouldn't get feed back. I'd get "likes" or whatever they are called there which is NOTHING and tells me nothing. Dreamwidth is as dead as Livejournal but at least they function despite the flaws already listed. So long as they don't get worse they will be default rise to be better.

My Dreamwidth. Join. Add me.

So yes I am worried and I think it will eventually happen that I will have to move. Like Earthmother's eagles. A big ugly owl has started to squat on this site.

Current Mood: worriedworried
Current Music: Therion - Quetzalcoatl
actipton80actipton80 on February 15th, 2013 02:09 pm (UTC)
I think the dumbing down started before facebook and twitter. I think it started when schools became PC, and/or started passing kids who couldn't read or write because holding them back would hurt their feelings.
Des: Thanatos Agreesthagirion on February 15th, 2013 02:44 pm (UTC)
This is very true. You and I have a huge advantage for our real education. We will shine when all others are subpar.
marchskies: raylan's hatmarchskies on February 15th, 2013 06:47 pm (UTC)
How disappointing. I'm heading over to have a look at what the angry users have to say, although taking the time to give feedback seems to be in vain at this point. I wonder if LJ makes more money from ads than from paying customers and that's why they don't care?
Desthagirion on February 16th, 2013 12:35 am (UTC)
I don't know how any site can make money on ads. Don't the ads have to be clicked?
marchskies: sneaky catmarchskies on February 16th, 2013 03:39 am (UTC)
That's a good question. I'm not sure, but I was under the impression that an advertiser pays for a location and then also some money per click. I could be totally wrong though.
Desthagirion on February 16th, 2013 01:09 pm (UTC)
I was always under the impression ads had to be clicked. I remember that's how it was in the 90's when they started and one guy said he made money only when they were clicked.
Cheezey: Liquid(ator) Assetscheezey on February 16th, 2013 04:10 pm (UTC)
It depends on the type of ad. We bought some advertising for our online business that was just a set fee we paid the company per month or per quarter and they agreed to place the ads on their pages. There were no stats on clicks or hits, basically it just was one of those cases where if we didn't get enough additional business from the advertising to cover the costs, we'd decide that particular advertising wasn't cost-effective ad discontinue it.
Des: Budgie Bitchthagirion on February 16th, 2013 04:35 pm (UTC)
Wow that's both good and bad I guess. I don't like the fact that ads I do not support, like democrat ads, will make money just because I am on a certain site. Oh gosh, I've seen so many on youtube. I wish IE had an adblock like FF does since I watch youtube on IE. I may have to change it since that glitch I had seems to be fixed now.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Budgiesilvolf on February 15th, 2013 10:09 pm (UTC)
I wondered if it could be fixed if it was sold to an American company or people who cared a whole lot about the site and was willing to listen to the users here. But sadly most people have jumped ship and won't come back. I was talking about it with some of my family and a friend on the phone today. Mum hates Blogger, she says Wordpress isn't much better. She never gets comments on Blogger and hates that because people she follows get loads of comments. Mum posts about her jewellery and stuff I think and she does contests and swaps and is active but it makes her sad people don't pay attention to her posts. Getting activity and getting known is hard on the net. I don't want to be massively popular but I do love comments and talking to people.
You can talk to people on Tumblr, I'm talking to a girl from Canada about Redakai and it's cool but it's also annoying because when you respond, it leaves the previous responce on there unless you delete it and you end up with a massive long wall of text that slowly goes out to the right and is a pain to scroll down. You reply by reblogging the post and adding your comment onto it. Which isn't the best way to do it really. You can PM each other and chat on there though but it's really not a place to post journal entries. It's just a site for sharing interesting pics and stuff. I have some lovely ones of space from one blog I follow. It's not for everyone though. I hated it when I joined and until I got the hang of it, I wondered what all the fuss was about.
Des: Budgiesthagirion on February 16th, 2013 12:39 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's what I worry about. If it were bought out by a good American company it would have to heavily advertise it some how.
Why doesn't your mom use LJ? It's way better? I'd add her. I think her and I would get along. I never got around to emailing her like I was going to.
Speaking of stuff I've been meaning to do, been wanting to ask you why the link to the Rudedog and the other on your journal is with a snip url instead of my thagirion.org. Why would you cover up that I host you?
Eh, that doesn't sound like a good way to communicate. I don't know if I'd want to join that. Also I bet the name Thagirion is already gone. If I got one I'd have to get the 3 on the end or go as Owen Marsh again.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Chisilvolf on February 16th, 2013 09:01 am (UTC)
Mum thought about using LJ but the way its going, I don't think she'd want to anyway. Plus no one she knows is on here, they are all on Blogger. I did suggest years ago that she got an LJ but she didn't want one for that reason.
The only reason I use the snipurl redirectional URL to link to my sitse hosted on your webspace is because it's easier to remember and as you know my memory is horrible. The snipurl only links to them. When you click it, you can see the thagirion URL at the tops of all the pages anyway. If I wanted to cover it up, that would be hidden on all the pages like kydojewellery is on Silvolf Studios. But no, I don't want to cover it up, like I said, it's just easier for me to remember when I give people the links to my sites.
Once you get the hang of Tumblr and if you enjoy it, it's really addictive. I try not to go on there before bed.
Des: Hummmthagirion on February 16th, 2013 01:14 pm (UTC)
It's too bad she's not on here. LJ is way better than blogger. More flexible in customization to.

Yeah, I remember you told me about your memory the other night. I know my url is there because I checked those out and that's how I knew what they were. I just found it odd and don't think you'd forget your or my character's name. The only different thing about it is it's a .org instead of a .com
I'll think about Tumblr. I know Cheezey is on there too, but she didn't give it a good review either.
Cheezey: Head Hurtscheezey on February 16th, 2013 04:15 pm (UTC)
No, for an overall journal/blogging site, I really don't recommend Tumblr. It's good if you're into a particular fandom or topic, but if you get a large friends list, your dashboard becomes a picture-spam, and a lot of people take following/unfollowing personally. I think the average age of the Tumblr community is high school-college, with a noticeably smaller demographic our age, and it really shows.

Also, the social justice warriors on Tumblr are annoying as hell. If you post something un-PC in a public tag, expect to get reblogged and dogpiled by a bunch of childish never-been-out-of-momma's-basement types championing their pet PC cause.

I've been thinking of deleting my Tumblr account and only keeping the backup one I use to follow a couple of sim blogs.
Des: Malcolm - I Hate Being Right All The Timthagirion on February 16th, 2013 04:33 pm (UTC)
That sounds terrible. Hehe, seems I'm right again. Well I definitely won't be getting one. I support your decision to delete yours and think you should do so.
Cheezey: Cynical Old Witchcheezey on February 16th, 2013 05:02 pm (UTC)
I probably will. My dashboard is such a source of annoyance that I haven't loaded it in a while, because the last time it was a mass of I-love-Obama and we-need-gun-control spam that made me want to throw up. Tumblr is also very, very liberal, and full of those annoying in-your-face liberals.
Calzephyrcalzephyr77 on February 16th, 2013 05:34 am (UTC)
I'm calzephyr on Dreamwidth. I have used it a couple of times and a few of my friends have integrated it into LJ with much success.
Desthagirion on February 16th, 2013 01:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks for letting me know. I have added you. I need to go on there and figure out how to transfer my entries and how to cross post. But I'm not ready yet to start posting there and quit this place yet. I'm just getting it ready for when the time does come.
ericrovveericrovve on February 16th, 2013 08:40 am (UTC)
Yes, finding I'm using LJ less and less, so many peole not around anymore. At least on FB I get responses.
Des: Budgiesthagirion on February 16th, 2013 01:18 pm (UTC)
Well you'll get responses from me. I think that if I watch someone I need to be active and respond. It's just common courtesy. And I like your posts. I get to see cool new birds. I don't like facebook, for the reasons I mentioned in the other post. I want somewhere I can write a lot about my day and thoughts. And then have conversations about it. FB isn't for writing like that. It also seems like a big scary company that just wants to get all your private info, make it public and own anything you put there.
ericrovveericrovve on February 16th, 2013 01:58 pm (UTC)
Well I use FB to promote my book, so I have a lot or potters I don't really know there, but also quite a few personal freinds, too. I don' t put on any personal info on there. Thanks for liking my page, although I've not posted much lately.
Desthagirion on February 16th, 2013 02:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, well that makes sense then. I hope I can publish my book. Hopefully this year if I can motivate myself to make the art for it. That's what I hear often about not putting personal info. It's too bad you don't have the option to lock stuff like here. No prob.
Cheezey: Blow My Horncheezey on February 16th, 2013 04:06 pm (UTC)
Well, I hope you don't delete me. :) I haven't been reading and posting as much on LJ (or anywhere online, really) because of just how things have been going for me lately offline, but I still enjoy your posts when I do get caught up. But if I'm not active enough, I understand. I have you friended on Dreamwidth, still, although I don't use that for much right now. None of my friends on there are all that active, probably because most of them came from LJ and still use that more.

You're right, between Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook, actual blogs are just dying out. People won't read anything longer than a paragraph for the most part. Tumblr is annoying and I've unfollowed a lot of people I used to on there just because their posts are mostly reblogs of stuff I don't care about, so it's like a feed of spam.
Desthagirion on February 16th, 2013 04:31 pm (UTC)
Nope, you're fine. Hehe, how could you even think that when you're one of my close personal friends? I've removed everyone now pretty much that needed removing. Only one person I left them a message and am hoping to hear back, but if not then I should really take them off too. I know you're pattern and that you come and do a huge catch up every few weeks. I just miss seeing you is all. The only thing I am thinking of "removing" you from is DA because for some reason it isn't work. I didn't get any messages from your art or journals and only found out about them when I went to your main page. I'm thinking if I remove you and add you again perhaps it will fix the glitch in my inbox.

Hehe, all these aweful things you've said about Tumblr just reinforces and proves my hunch about why I shouldn't get one. Why would I want that and if I want to say what I want no one's going to stop me. Sounds like it's not a place that can handle the truth. And the fact you can't decide who can post is a big negative against it. I like being public with restrictions on my comments.
Cheezey: Sunflowercheezey on February 16th, 2013 04:55 pm (UTC)
I didn't think you would remove me, but since I hadn't been active in a while, I wanted to just let you know that I haven't abandoned LJ, since I noticed you sent me that poke on my journal, too.

That's fine if you want to try that on DA. I haven't been there in even longer than LJ. I need to check that soon as well.

Yes, the lack of a friends only option or not being able to block people is annoying. I think there's an ignore feature, but it's not the same thing and it doesn't stop others from seeing trolls or jerk posters even if you ignore them.
Des: Purple Coneflowerthagirion on February 16th, 2013 05:22 pm (UTC)
I know you're busy with you job, which I really admire that you did all that. It's so cool. Yeah, was thinking about you and wanted to poke you.

That sounds awful. I hate not having control and it seems so many places are going for that. They want you to have less privacy and everything be open to everyone. No way.