May 31st, 2007

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official word? maybe.

Acquired from thecaelum:

Anildash speaks on metafilter.

I think this is legit.

The total number of communities and journals affected is about 500 out of 13 million registered accounts. I'm not saying that to diminish the seriousness of the issue, but to give you some perspective. That may have been lost in translation at CNET between the person who actually talked to someone at our company and the other person who wrote the really slanted story.

Listen, we know and love that one of our core communities is the plethora of fen that flourish on LJ. Hell, half of our volunteers and team members actively participate in fandom. We're not going to every deliberately do anything to endanger that. But we do make human mistakes from time to time, especially when we're under the gun to Do Something To Protect The Children.

Read the entire thing.

Nothing on news yet, though the second entry down now marks off at 3315 comments and rising.

fandom_counts at 20,890 and still rising. That's about .15 of all lj's roughly. Need to correct for communities though.

Going to bed. The public statement should be interesting. And by that, I mean, actually tell us something.


news has updated.

It's up. Read, blinked, going to bed officially now.

God. That only took a day. Jesus.
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before i blankly try to find something to wear today...

Still have not slept. However, I did stare at the ceiling for several hours. That was enlightening.

My reply to news, possibly coherent, possibly not.

I do believe you're sorry, but I'm not sure if it's for the right things.

For sending a shockwave through ljs by what appeared to be a witch hunt, for not taking the time to post some kind of explanation, or for the discovery that we would revolt.

I--what did you *expect*? You set up deletions and thought no one would notice? Did you have some kind of statement ready and decided not to post? It's kind of inconceivable to me that you'd put together a purge of five hundred ljs and not have something to say about it even if every damn one of those ljs had been active pedophiles bent on predatory intent.

And just for the record--you put your volunteers in a horrific position of being the public face without the authority to speak, taking the brunt of users' bewilderment and anger for almost two days and shaken our trust in them. That, too, is something I feel you should address with them, both with an apology and a policy that never leaves them again as the focal point of user anger without the ability to respond.

I'll reserve actual belief in what's been spoken until I see the mistakenly suspended ljs restored.

You failed us, the users, the community members, and your own volunteer staff.

I can't think of one place you didn't fail.


I have to get ready for work now. *blinks at closet* I am so seriously tempted to see if I can get an extra day.
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okay, seriously, post now

Okay, this entry was originally written at three-fourish CST. Could not post. Bitter. But I'd finished it, so might as well post it. A couple of things added, as flist is being less cagey.

Okay, my comments are coming in at five to nine hours late and I can't seem to answer them or check my flist with any consistency. If any of this has already been said, my apologies.

I'm going to be in and out of lj for a few days, so if I don't answer comments for a bit, please don't take it personally. It's RL stuff and I think I burned out all my distractions from it.

Quick update while LJ is still letting me post:

1.) anatsuno said:

as for counting communities, a friend of mine suggested that we add the interest "fandomcommscount" or something like that to the interests of all our comms. Then the infamous interests search engine that landed us here in the first place could give us a good idea of how many comms we own... what do you say?

I agree. As many have stated, the one I remember being mina_de_malfois, may she continue to forever write and entertain the heck out of me, a wake-up call, yes, but also I think for many of us, a revelation. In theory, we knew there were a lot of us, but we don't exactly interact with the entirety of fandom itself.

fandom_counts currently stands at 27,859 user accounts. And that still isn't all of our accounts and doesn't include our communities.

So let's count them like this.

2.) pornish_pixies is back!

3.) From news"

Journals being restored

As promised below we have reviewed the journals that have been suspended and are now in the midst of unsuspended about half of them.
The class of suspensions that are being reversed are;
1. All Fandom journals
2. All fiction journals
3. All journals who that had problems in their profile only

A large number of journals that are clear violations of our policies will remain suspended.

I will write a post in more detail soon but I wanted to get this up now as promised.
We are truly sorry for the mess, we have more work yet to do.


4.) From me, sending support to the fen who also work for lj and who got caught up in the middle of this mess. It must have sucked for you immensely and I hope you're never in this kind of situation again.

5.) For all further Strikethrough 2007 information, catrinella is the place to be. Check here.

And that's--possibly the end of Strikethrough 2007. Please return to your regularly scheduled porn. Of which I hope there is much, and that it is celebratory. tropes mentioned telephone sex. We should strive for new achievements in this worthy genre. (Is this a genre?)

Seriously. Let's try for seven days without a fannish--thing. I mean, all this unity and outpouring of affection is great but extremely creepy. Plz to be returning to usual bitter flamewars and vicious infighting now? I think we will all breathe easier.

Seriously. I got teary when I saw someone criticizing slash on FFR. You go little anti-slasher! You just fight the good fight.

(and yes, I got a full hour of sleep this evening that *killed* my ability to sleep now. i think i see bunnies. i'm fairly sure they are not mine. or in fact, real. vive la hallucinations)

ETA: svmadelyn is home. If anyone wants me, I will be in a yahoo chat box, telling her that sbandoning me to die was wrong, wrong, wrong.

Welcome home. *g*