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To anyone considering leaving

This is an open request to anyone who's been affected by the LiveJournal down time in the past two weeks.

We've all become unwitting bystanders and casualties in an information war. According to Time and other sources, the DDoS attacks are part of an ongoing campaign in Russia, where LiveJournal's servers are hosted. An organized group, likely backed by the Kremlin, has been mounting attacks on all major free speech blogging sites in Russia. LiveJournal, with about 5 million Russian accounts, is the largest. It seems to be an attempt to shut down the entire Russian blogosphere for political reasons.

I've seen some people thinking about leaving for Dreamwidth. Instead I say stand your ground - especially if you have a paid account, but if you have a free account too. You're funding and supporting grassroots activism in the name of free speech. More than Julian Assange's antics, this is the kind of ground on which the future of viral information will be forged.

If you believe in global free speech unhindered by national boundaries, please pass on this message to any of your friends who are considering moving to other venues. By all means, back up your blog on Dreamwidth, but do not bail on LiveJournal.

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jimnightmare
Apr. 8th, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)
Man... crazy situation out there.

Don't worry, we aren't leaving. We can't. We kinda accidentally superglued our brain to livejournal. We'll be here forever. D:
lb_lee
Apr. 8th, 2011 04:20 am (UTC)
You and us both, Jim. This place is fucking addictive.

--Rogan
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lb_lee
Apr. 8th, 2011 04:21 am (UTC)
Thanks for the context of what the hell's going on with LJ; I knew there was some spambot thing going on, but no details.

We won't be leaving, though. LJ seems to go through some clusterfuck every couple of years, but our friends are here, and so we stay.

--Rogan
shashigai
Apr. 8th, 2011 04:25 am (UTC)
...
downtime?
*scratches head and wanders off to the asperger's commnity*
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rhymer_713
Apr. 8th, 2011 09:51 am (UTC)
We post our main content on DW. However, all of it crosses to LJ and we've had this journal since 05. Not going anywhere, but will pass on the message when we're more awake.
pyraxis
Apr. 8th, 2011 12:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)
tigerweave
Apr. 8th, 2011 12:50 pm (UTC)
We reacted the same way once we knew why the attacks were happening. Fuck that, the kremlin or whatever they think they are can take their political ideology and stuff it up their arse so far it comes out the other end.

Um, I am not feeling too polite tonight. But I blame people trying to stifle grassroots activism on giving me a bad mood.

- Leonie
pyraxis
Apr. 8th, 2011 12:58 pm (UTC)
*cracks up laughing*

Yeah. Ditto on the stifling.
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liedownlovely
Apr. 8th, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
There's not much LJ can do to make us move. Heh.
aubergine_pilot
Apr. 8th, 2011 03:22 pm (UTC)
Still might move my writing over there, but... yeah, you've got a good point. (My original reason for wanting to flee was the whole "multiple accounts attached to one email? OH YOU MUST ALL BE BOTS" thing, but that got corrected quickly enough that it got tossed out.)

I do find it darkly hilarious that there're people I know were flailing about like the world was on the verge of ending back during ~Strikethrough~ calling on LJ to ban the activist who apparently is being targeted. Apparently free speech is only important to some when it has to do with sexy fanfic? I don't know. I don't want to know.
pyraxis
Apr. 12th, 2011 03:42 am (UTC)
Heh. I'm not surprised, though I wish I was.
ksol1460
Apr. 8th, 2011 03:44 pm (UTC)
This is just about the way we saw it even before we found out who was doing it. We don't use LJ enough to bother moving to another service.
jaywalkermaybe
Apr. 8th, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC)
Nice post.
I'm staying (for what it's worth)
pyraxis
Apr. 12th, 2011 03:41 am (UTC)
Thank you.
thirteen_ravens
Apr. 9th, 2011 07:16 pm (UTC)
There's a Kremlin on the Wing!

Ahem. Old Twilight Zone reference... ;)

I've been on LJ since 2005, and don't want to go, because it has far better blog communities than any other site, and more people by far. Of course like many I've archived stuff on DW and warned my Flist of my username over there; it's only sensible to have a backup of thousands of my entries that I've spent hour upon hour writing, and a link to people on my flist, if LJ should sink.

So while I'm very concerned at the severity of the situation, I'll not stop using LJ unless the site's starts going down 99% of the time...in which case at least with DW there's somewhere else to blog and talk to people. ;)
angiedub
Apr. 11th, 2011 06:03 am (UTC)
I haven't even read the other comments, but I LOVE LJ. I can back up my journal, but in the short time I've had a blog here, I've met some interesting people. I'm sure I'll meet more. This is much better than FB or MS or Twitter. I like that it's a real journal site. My writing is more solid here than elsewhere.
I won't be leaving.
pyraxis
Apr. 12th, 2011 03:40 am (UTC)
Good to meet you, and glad to hear it. How did you find your way here?
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rabutill
Apr. 15th, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
I don’t usually reply to posts but I will in this case.

pyraxis
Apr. 15th, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
...And?

Tell me where you got your name, spambot.
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