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I love LiveJournal, I really do. It has become so much a part of my life, I cannot ever leave it - not voluntarily at least. It's the source of my inspiration, my creative flow, my social encouragement. It expands, if not substitutes, my social life, my real-life friendships, my support network. But LJ is also a major political scene (mainly Russian, because nowhere else, among the countries I care for, is political opposition self-exiled to blogs). I dig it, yes, I read some communities etc., but these recent DDoS attacks highlighted two major trends for me:

1. In life, you have to try very hard not to take sides on an issue - political or not, - and no matter how hard you try, you still may get lumped in with one side or another based on the things you did not say, did not do, or simply based on your proximity. So if one side is attacked and you have not been strongly and openly against it - prepare to go down with it. Many ordinary users of LJ had been affected by this sudden blow of DDoS even though they had nothing to do with Russian opposition. Heck, some of them downright hate it! But by virtue of sharing the same blog hosting... Well, to cut the long story short: watch carefully who's your neighbor. Association matters. Me, personally? I was honored to feel the pinch together with the people I respect, if that is all not a rumor. But...

2. ...but I really don't want to loose my entire 'internet footprint', i.e. virtually die for the cause. I don't care enough for that cause to do so. And the major exodus from LJ onto here only proves many people feel the same. That is a lesson to LJ: if they want to be a business first, political platform second, they have to stop favoring Russian top-bloggers over the majority of low-impact users who generate 99.9% of income. It is us 'blogger plankton' who splurge on paid accounts, extra icons and all that stuff. And it is us who come there to read those top bloggers and ring up LJ ad income. If a handful of LJs and communities are being attacked, bringing down the whole service - by all means, suspend them! No matter what they stand for and what it's all about! If I was one of those, I'd expect nothing else from my host, acting as a business. The fact that LJ stood by them and took a hit as well, dragging us all down along the way, shows that the service no longer sees itself as a mere business. Which is very noble, but hey - they still charge me for the service like a business would! ;)

So, in closing... I'll stay on LJ for as long as it lives, but I won't trust it to act as a business and make decisions in favor of the majority of its customers any more. Hence this Dreamwidth back-up: no ads. No political affiliations, implicit or explicit. Full LJ compatibility. New level of freedom... This is what we cosmopolites do: we take the best from every source and live the worst behind. That is why many patriots, including those of LJ, hate our guts :)

Date: 2011-04-09 06:56 pm (UTC)
pax_athena: (computer)
From: [personal profile] pax_athena
Hm, very mixed feeling about that. I hated the disruptions. But business means protecting ones customers. Would one stay with a service that is going to let one down if somebody from the outside, for whatever reason, decides to attack one? I would not, no matter what political views or whatever are behind it (I have neither an idea about those not feel very much inclined to spend my time finding out) - to me the suspension of affected accounts would have meant that I would think about back-up-ing somewhere else. That's one of the reason why dreamwidth was created in the first place and got so much influx from the fandom site, because LJ behaved as a "business" once already ... I guess there will always be people with both kind of opinions there, there is never a way to make it right for all.

But oh well, added you over there anyway. A good way to stay in touch just in case.

Date: 2011-04-09 07:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This post was largely inspired by recent comments from several Russian top-bloggers who say that we, regular LJ users, are nothing but "mindless hamsters" who don't even "know what it's all about". I agree with you here: I don't even wanna find out what it's all about, much less have a service I trust support people who allow themselves such comments at the expense of us, "the hamsters".

If I was the account attacked, I would totally expect to be suspended until the issue of attack is resolved. After all, that way I wouldn't be able to access my stuff temporarily, but then everything would be back to normal once the trouble is over. As opposed to, you know, *everyone* not being able to access to their stuff temporarily. Standing by them and keeping them open didn't keep them for being affected by the attack - it only 'spread the misery' around the entire service. And that was a great statement of support with no practical outcome :)

..Well, actually, there was one practical outcome. The way LJ supported them made them puff up even more and think they are some kind of 'elite' that is much more valuable than us. Sounds crazy, except that LJ's just proven them right :)

Date: 2011-04-09 07:54 pm (UTC)
pax_athena: (choices)
From: [personal profile] pax_athena
Well, that kind of opinion is that one would call "unter aller Sau" in German. I'm glad I'm not following any of the people and I've not seen the posts, that would not have been good for my blood pressure and general mood.

I'm still not sure however that what you suggest would have been the right way. Especially I'm not sure that suspending a certain number of accounts would have made a difference. There have been a few opinions (I've read a few English/American articles on that) suggesting that the attack was against the whole service as a platform for free speech, since most of the attacked accounts were top, but far nor all political. Whether this way to see LJ is true or not, there is a good possibility that the attack would have just switched to other accounts ... And suspended accounts did tended to just disappear on LJ before.

But as said: there never be a way to make everyone happy, whatever decisions are made.

Date: 2011-04-10 06:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm glad you see how such comments can make one's blood boil. And perhaps, in my rage I did misjudge LJ's actions... I couldn't bear the thought that they fed into such an arrogance, but as you say, the other way could have been wrong as well.


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