May 30th, 2007

[Hamilton]Lafayette

Join the fight!!

Livejournal has over 13 million journals created.

How many of those journals belong to members of fandom?

Let's find out.

Join http://community.livejournal.com/fandom_counts/profile and be counted!!

[EDIT1]:  The community's reached almost 9500 members within a few hours of creation, lj really stepped on a landmine this time.

[EDIT2]:  The time is 8:25 pm eastern Time (Canada), fandom_counts was created at 12:30pm EST, within 8 hours we have just crossed the 10, 000 members line and counting, AMAZING!!!

[EDIT3]:  A mere half an hour later fandom_counts has 11500+ members.  Not to mention the outrage being expressed on the news community is incredible, the first five pages or so isn't related to this incident as that post was made prior to all this, but currently we're on page 74 and going strong, I'd venture to say lj might've hit a hidden bomb on this one, we'll see if it can escalate into a nuclear bomb or even possibly a hydrogen bomb, fandom's pretty amazing when it has the will...and kind of scary too, note to any of you innocent readers on my journal, never mess with fandom, they'll literally tear you to pieces O___O.
[Hamilton]Lafayette

Strikethrough '07 in the news

The lj mess has made it to the news at:
http://news.com.com/Mass+deletion+sparks+LiveJournal+revolt/2100-1025_3-6187619.html

There's a few remarks in there from head of Six Apart for those anxiously waiting to hear something.  Frustrates me, however, that he doesn't issue an apology at all to the users for having been inconvenienced over this whole ordeal.  I think I'm going to start using GJ more from now on instead of lj, and once this paid account expires I really doubt I'll be renewing unless the staff team does something super amazing to make up for all this crap.

[EDIT1]:  AND WE'VE FOUND THE BIG BOSS!!  The CEO of Six Apart (mother company for livejournal) has apparently made a comment on a girl's journal here (now keep in mind this is the net so the username could be faked):
http://ataniell93.livejournal.com/818441.html?thread=7531785#t7531785

And in their sudden vigilant aspiration to purge lj of the evils of pedophilia and questionable content by stiffling the creativity and freedom of expression of tens of thousands of writers and artists, livejournal apparently forgot to actually get rid of some of the more concrete-seeming threats:
http://ohbutyouwillpet.livejournal.com/profile
[Hamilton]Lafayette

The 7-day Plan

One of the main problems with any social movement is that it starts big then whimpers and fades into nothingness.  Everyone's pumped for a protest at first, but to keep pressuring those in power until they take action can take weeks, months, even years and decades.  The same goes for this current incident involving lj.  My personal fear is that if the lj team ignores the users long enough it'll blow over, people will lose steam and interest and everything will just continue.  Hence my joy when I found this post:
http://www.greatestjournal.com/community/fandomtossed/13080.html

This person has listed out a 7-day action place from targeting lj sponsors to invading contacting local medias about lj's decision to infringe on our freedom to express and create.  Each day only involves one action that'll take perhaps 10 minutes at most but if even half the people on fandom_counts do it, the results would be massive.  I highly encourage you to take a read and even if you don't want to commit to all 7 days, doing just one or two will make a difference.  We live in a democracy and democracies are held up by the voice of the people.  Times like these are when the democratic process that so many in this world yearn for but cannot reach must be treasured and put into action.