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msilverstar

my take on LJ Genderfail

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Dec. 15th, 2009 | 09:18 am
mood: worried

For quite a while LiveJournal has had three profile options for gender: male / female / unspecified. Someone decided to "fix" that, for whatever commercial or gender-normative reason, and limit choices to male and female.

But LJ is full of people who do not fit into either of those two options, and get righteously pissed off. rm posts about how wrong this change is, and [dreamwidth.org profile] synecdochic explains more and suggests polite but firm feedback.

This works: LJ backs down and promises to remove the offending code.

Crisis averted, but people may want to take a look at Dreamwidth, http://dreamwidth.org They have split off the code into something better than an LJ clone, and are building a sustainable business based on subscriptions rather than ads. They keep adding cool new features, the most important of which is separating a subscription (see someone's journal posts on your reading pages) from access (let someone see locked posts of your own). I have a bunch of invitation codes, please just let me know if you want one.

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afra_schatz

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from: afra_schatz
date: Dec. 15th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
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This is probably rather ot but since you mentioned the subscription and access thing would you maybe explain to me what the advantage of that is? I mean I get what it intails now (thank you for that btw :)) but how is that different from creating a special filter in LJ for who I want to see on my flist? Isn't that the same thing?

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Dec. 15th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
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I like that it separates intimacy from attention and gets mostly rid of the strong connotation of the word "friends".

The main advantage is that I can follow someone's posts without giving them access to my locked posts (and vice-versa).

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afra_schatz

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from: afra_schatz
date: Dec. 15th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for explaining! I understand the issue with the connotation of the word "friend" even though I don't share it :). I do the same thing (following but not necessarily giving access) with different friendsfilters here though, so I see that I don't need to change for that. Thanks again!

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