2007
05.31

I have been posting on LiveJournal since March 2002. Five years. In Interweb years, that is like a century.

I am not leaving LJ, but I am getting my stuff backed up with all possible speed.

As many of you probably know, a group calling itself Warriors of Innocence (don’t visit their site – it is rife with spyware) did some Google searching for LJs that listed rape and pedophilia as an interest and then complained to LJ parent company 6 Apart. BAM! No warning, 6 Apart swept in and wiped out all of the groups that listed these as interests.

Good, right?

Well, no, because they didn’t bother to discriminate between journals that listed this as an interest. For example, a community focused on discussing Nabakov’s Lolita was deleted along with some sites that were pretty icky.

They also managed to wipe out a bunch of fan fiction communities – basically saying “if you write something about Hermione and Ron Weasly getting it on, you are as bad as a pedophile.”

Now, mind you, I haven’t written anything that was especially salacious on LJ – at least not publicly – but I have talked about my pre-18 sex life (limited though it may have been). I propose that this in so far as that is a discussion of illegal sex, it could very well result in my five years of writing – most of which is not about sex – being deleted.

Yes, yes, Computer 101 says “back everything up,” but one of the understanding of having a LiveJournal was that they wouldn’t, you know, wipe everything out. Maybe that was a false assumption on my part. Indeed, it seems pretty clear that that was a false assumption.

So, I will spend the next couple of days backing everything I have on LJ up and moving it someplace secure. I advise you all to do the same if you have an LJ and your entries are of any value to you.

  1. *goes and checks my LJ* ok mine is still there. I was raped and I tend to talk about this a lot in my LJ. there is also a community called what happens now.. Damn this sucks I mean its a good thing that they are trying to be safe but this is getting over rated.

  2. This is almost like the Nipplegate thing many moons ago. Instead of actually investigating the situation, they just started to over-monitor everything.

  3. Whatever happened to freedom of speech anyways. I mean don’t you have to be in a certain age group to use livejournal? and there are things like Blurty, Deadjournal, greatestjournal etc that would allow things like that AND what about domains, websites on free servers, blogger etc. What about role plays? Erotica… yea that’s absolute bullshit.

  4. I’m sure that the thinking was, “Oh holy shit we are about to get ass raped CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN!” Then they just abused the delete button. Don’t they have some kind of complaint system where people can submit material they think is questionable?

  5. Comment moderation!? John really, COMMENT MODERATION!?

    *So. Offended.*

    KIDDING! ;)

  6. RIP LJ.

    Uh is John moderating comments? Damn him he needs a collective ass kicking.

    (ranee thinks he moderated because of curse words:)

  7. hahah Yeah, I think it was probably for the two word version of ‘forced anal copulation’. And I also said the dirty word for poop. Because I’m so totally classy.

  8. [quote post=”1159″]hahah Yeah, I think it was probably for the two word version of ‘forced anal copulation’. And I also said the dirty word for poop. Because I’m so totally classy.[/quote]

    Not everyone is as cool as me and likes to joke about things like “ass raping”.

  9. Hey! Why weren’t YOU moderated?!

  10. [quote post=”1159″]Hey! Why weren’t YOU moderated?![/quote]
    Because she has pictures of… um… hey look at that, a cute little rabbit!

  11. [quote post=”1159″]Hey! Why weren’t YOU moderated?![/quote]

    Because John is my baby momma (scratches own head)

  12. [quote post=”1159″] Hey! Why weren’t YOU moderated?!

    Because she has pictures of… um… hey look at that, a cute little rabbit![/quote]

    hahah John that’s funny… its supposed to be OoOo look a butterfly…

  13. [quote post=”1159″]hahah John that’s funny… its supposed to be OoOo look a butterfly…[/quote]
    Given the choice, what would you look at? A cute little bunny rabbit, or a stupid butterfly?

  14. I can’t believe it. I am definitely going to back my journal up, though.