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Welcome to lj_policy!

We're glad you're here. This community will be used to gather your opinions about social and community policy.

We understand that there is a lot to absorb and process right now with the creation of LiveJournal, Inc. Since this is a transition for all of us, we want to initiate a dialogue with you, the users. We feel it is very important to hear your concerns before we release any changes to current policies, and we want to start this process right away.

As a starting point, we don't want to just guess what's important to you; we want to hear about it directly from you. Please take a moment to answer the questions below:


1) What is your greatest concern about LiveJournal's current policies?

2) Regarding your primary concern, are you aware of a site that handles that issue in a way that you like?

This is just a starting point to get your initial ideas. We know you have a lot more where these come from, and in the coming days and weeks we will make sure you have a chance to voice your opinions. We look forward to your comments.


Also, one of my major concerns with LJ? is the fact they keep hiding information members need to know in accounts that aren't automatically added to everyone's existing account, or any of the newbie's accounts.

For an example of these types of communities: LJ Biz, LJ Policy.

Yes, LJ Biz does have some posts that not everyone wants to read, but in the past, LJ Biz has given updates on the Terms of Service, which is information that should've gone into news, since that's the community/account that everyone has automatically added, and that's expected to have announcements about things like Terms of Service change.

I'm also concerned (as I said earlier) about 6A's need to reinvent the wheel. I understand you'll be concerned about content that's not appropriate for children (who shouldn't be on the 'net unsupervised anyways...), and the easiest answer is to go with a popular rating system that most people already know, and then have people set the ratings for their community/journal in accordance.

I say go with a popular rating system, because otherwise, everyone has to re-learn another one. You get bonus points for being able to configure which users are from which country and to use that country's rating system for those users.
IE: Users from USA would use USA Movie ratings (G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17, X, etc). Users from Canada would have Canadian movie ratings (no idea what these are). Users from China would have Chinese movie ratings (no idea what these are either), etc.

Another concern people had was with 6A's inability to comply with California law. For example, they didn't update their TOS to mention that they would email everyone the next time the TOS was updated (something they were/are legally required to do by law).

They also neglected to make their anti-harassment policy match the one in California's law (I'm sure if you go through old comments, someone even mentioned by section which law that was and what it states). If I recall correctly, their anti-harassment policy was only if you were being attacked because of race/ethnicity or age (or something like that, I'm sure someone who's far more competent than me will reply with what it really was, if someone hasn't already).

A concern that I had was that 6A refused to hand out refunds to services if we didn't like their new TOS and wanted to terminate our service with them.

Some people had bought permanent accounts (that cost $150), only to disagree with a policy 6A made a month or so after, and 6A refused to give any money back.

6A also didn't seem to care how many people they pissed off, and gave bogus answers when people asked questions. An example of this is when people pointed out that 6A's TOS didn't comply with California's law. 6A told us they were "working on it." I'm confused about what there was to "work" on. When you're in US jurisdiction, you *have* to follow US law. Plain and simple. There shouldn't have *been* anything to work on. If there was anything to work on, it should've been figuring out how to translate complex law into simple terms for the TOS, which couldn't possibly take *months* the way 6A wanted us to believe.

These are a few points off the top of my head. I'm hoping SUP will be better for LJ than 6A was, and I'm hoping if they're not, that they're at least willing to give refunds for the people that paid. I'm also hoping that if they're not, they're more willing to state *in public* "Yeah, we screwed up. We're sorry."

I'm also hoping that if SUP asks for people's advice (which I'm assuming this is what this post is about), they'll actually *follow* it.

Movie ratings won't work

Movie ratings, aside from being hideously arbitrary, are designed for movies--not text.

The US has no limitations about who can read what text. There is no "not suitable for minors" book rating system. A 10-year-old can buy (and read) The Joy of Sex, or Anne Rice's Beauty series, or The Anarchist Cookbook, or books depicting graphic wartime violence.

It's ridiculous for LJ to declare its standards for textual content are more limited than those of US public libraries. It's even more ridiculous for a small pack of people, all working for one company, to decide what's "not suitable for minors."

I'm sure everything I am going to state here has already been put forth by other users, but just in case you are choosing what items to deal with by the number of people mentioning it, here are my main concerns:

1)Knock off adding the bells and whistles just for the sake of adding bells and whistles. I signed up for a JOURNAL...not a YouTube account, not a MySpace account, not a Facebook. New "features" that cater to anything but text entries and are not **asked for** by at least 75% of the user base are just not needed or wanted, however nifty they might be.

2)Get rid of the new flagging system; it's nothing more than a nifty new tool for the cyberbullies out there. No matter how much you assure us that you have taken steps to prevent it from being abused, you cannot do so. I have seen the system used and abused on many messageboards and forums over the years. All it takes is a small group of people, creating multiple sockpuppet accounts to repeatedly flag a victim's journal, and there you have it. Instant abuse of your well-intentioned system.

I'm a 40-year old woman that runs crying to Geek Housecalls for the simplest (so I'm told) of computer issues. If I can think of a way to make the "flag" system into an abuse system instead, then you can bet hard money that some 14-year-old with l33t h@x0r skilz can come up with at least a dozen other ways to abuse the flag system.

3)Create and stick to a list of clear, black-and-white items that are and are not allowed as regards to fiction and artwork, particularly in the fan sector.

Actions speak far louder than words, and no matter how much LJ/SixApart has SAID they are not targeting fanfiction/fanart/homoerotic content, the sad fact remains...that's exactly how a huge number of your users see it. Banned artworks have been fan-created artwork, while photos of museum pieces that are much more objectionable have been ignored. Erotic artwork depicting two male fictional characters have gotten banned, while erotic artwork depicting two female fictional characters have not. Artwork depicting two legally adult male fictional characters have been banned, but artwork depicting a legally adult male fictional character and a legally UNDERAGE female character has been left alone.

Then there's the defensive argument that it was all child porn. REAL child porn SHOULD be insta-banned with no appeal. But more than enough legal experts have made it known that fictional characters are not, and cannot by any stretch of the imagination be viewed as child porn in a court of law, no matter how objectionable it may be otherwise.

4)Enforce your TOS equally and consistently. It is clear to many people over this past year that fanfiction and fan artwork saw a lot of bannings and deletions despite nothing clearly forbidding any of it in the TOS, but journals promoting and celebrating anorexia, racism and child abuse have been left alone, despite repeated complaints by the majority of the user base.

5)And while you are at it, UPDATE THE FREAKING TOS!! Right now, it has more holes in it than a wheel of swiss cheese. You have no right to make any more changes or "clarifications" to these TOS until or unless you rewrite what is there now. I've seen staff remarking that it is not out-of-date? Yes, it is. The users have spoken.

Please, please, please, please. Fix these issues before you trot out anything new.

Updating the TOS is legally tricksy.

Because it's illegal to change the TOS without notifying customers first--which may include giving customers the rights to a refund if they don't agree to the new terms.

LJ doesn't want to send 14 million emails (many which would no doubt bounce from dead accounts), and certainly doesn't want to give refunds for Paid or Perm accounts to anyone who demands it. (Especially since the people who now own it aren't the ones who got paid for those accounts in the first place.)

So they're going to try to continue to claim they're "clarifying" existing policies, instead of creating new ones. However, aside from all the content interpretation changes (like LJ/6A deciding it would now interpret whether erotic artwork has "serious artistic merit"), the new Flag-As-Explicit feature opens the door for a legal claim that LJ has, in fact, changed its TOS: it now requires that content "inappropriate for minors" go behind a cut tag--and may force that cut-tag on posts or entire journals.

Nothing in the TOS says that some content is required to be hidden from public view. There's mention that some content is illegal (and therefore not allowed), and some legal content is not allowed (i.e. content that reveals someone else's personal information, certain kinds of commercial/spam content, trying to get people's passwords, and so on), but nothing about content being permitted on the site but not visible to the public.

No word in the TOS about any restrictions on content "not suitable for minors," whatever that is. (I'm sure my ideas about that don't match SUP's.)

There's a note in the FAQ about inappropriate default userpics</i>, but until the Flag feature came into existence, there was nothing about other legal-but-unsuitable-for-minors content.

(Do you a link to, or to a mention of, the explicit fictional M-F picture?)

My most serious concern about LJ's policies revolves largely around what I perceive to be a increasing tendency to impose the views of the management or corporate sponsors or advertisers on the content of user's blogs.

In particular, I find the follwiong statement about your proposed Advisory Board disturbing:

"The LiveJournal Advisory Board will publish and update on a regular basis a clear a set of aims and values. This will address such vital community issues as privacy, security, taste and decency. It will also provide a forum to consider any relevant legal, political or religious concerns. It will also focus on access issues including usability, technology, interoperability, open source, social graph, and more."

Note the following phrases "a clear set of aims and values," "such vital community interests as privacy, security, taste and decency," and "consider any relevant legal, political or religious concerns."

While there is little objectionable or worrisome about any single phrase here, taken together they seem to suggest (to me at least) that the Advisory Board's "values" will lean toward the imposition of "taste" and "decency," and that the outlines of that "taste" and "decency" will be subject to religious and political considerations.

If this is the case, then LJ should expect to see users whose sense of decency or whose taste do not line up with the currently prevailing religious and political norms in the U.S> and/or Russia to leave en masse.

I come from a very conventional background (as my userpic should make clear), but my standards of taste and decency do not in the least represent the prevailing norms in this country. I like LJ because I can read and converse with the widest cross-section of opinion available. Please keep that possible.

General service technology +1


http://community.livejournal.com/by_volunteers/1189.html
I would kindly ask LJ team to include a brand new neccessary feature in the LJ policy.
This is about useful content and information sharing among local users all over the web.

Details:
This is making LJ collections by pasting marked content of the web page directly into the LJ stream i.e. extensive LJ Syndicated service.
Why it is neccessary now? This is because of many useful information we meet and pass over.
Let us a quick opportunity to mark and to copy an original content of the page into the syndicated stream, keep an original source address, attach a comment to information, mark useful information with tags by structure and category, and send it to the LJ service directly with browser plug-in operatively, respectively to the experience of Google Notebook for making individual web content collections.
(more focused details)

Google Notebook: Collaborate and share with others (Collaborate with others, Publish your notebook, Discover others' notebooks, too)

Hey, wake up, guys, what are you doing there?!


Just curious. Any point to this journal?





*crickets chirp*

Right. Didn't think so. Carry on, then.

Is anyone actually answering anything on here? I saw rachel on the first page, and then nothing.

I, like many others, would like clarification on the TOS. As well as having the ability to opt-out of things, or opt-in, whichever is best for the "feature".

Also, I grew more and more annoyed at the way 6A just seemed to piss off more and more people without a thought to how they felt. Customer service obvioulsy lacks in that company. They seemed to lie to people, and then fall over the lies they'd already told with more lies. It's not good and I, for one, am glad that 6A doesn't have a part in LJ anymore.

I'd like LJ to go back to how it was run...oooh, in the days of 2001. Those were the days. Even 2003/04.

Someone else said it on here, but if Livejournal/Livejournal Inc/Six Apart/SUP/whoever owns this thing now, are so concerned about people having access to things that they shouldn't, LJ should be taken back to the days of invite code. Or something.

The strikethrough thing was appauling, and the ultimate show of how much 6A didn't care about their users.

This new flagging system just begs for abuse. Like others, one of my favourite communities, ljsecret has been affected, and I think that people could end up being banned for the minorest of things. All it takes is a lot of people to click on that flag. Also, the flagging system was brought out with no warning and no collaboration or prior discussion with the readers and users. That...well, again, it's bad customer service.

This phrase is most worrying:
"The LiveJournal Advisory Board will publish and update on a regular basis a clear a set of aims and values. This will address such vital community issues as privacy, security, taste and decency. It will also provide a forum to consider any relevant legal, political or religious concerns. It will also focus on access issues including usability, technology, interoperability, open source, social graph, and more."

Mainly because...well, are we going to be lectured on what we should be saying with regards to religious views? It's just...you're so unclear. Whoever wrote this really should have had it proofread with someone with a mind. This condition, like so many other new "features" on LJ, is wide open to abuse.

Man, everyone else is far more eloquent on these issues.

This is me, basically, agreeing with what has been said.



As to what I am most concerned about...I'm worried what this SUP thing has to do with me, the average LJ user. May I point out, an ENGLISH LJ user, who neither resides in the USA or Russia. I'm English, and I live in England. And I think that, sometimes, that gets forgotten around these parts. USA isn't all there is to LJ.



Are the questions and concerns on here ever going to be answered? Where can we go where our voices and thoughts will actually be heard?

I've already got a backup InsaneJournal, as well as one at JournalFen. If something else happens that I'm not happy with, it will be another user lost for you (one who has been with you for many many years).

Waiting for your response.


PS. Making this edit.....why have you filtered search results? Doesn't that just defy the whole point? I can't search for anything to do with 'Spice Girls', for example. THIS IS STUPID! (Not that I really want to find anything about them, but because you have prevented any searches with the use of the letter combination 'spic', this makes it impossible. Stop fucking up, LJ.

Edited at 2007-12-08 12:59 pm (UTC)

I have a number of concerns about LiveJournal's current policies. Firstly, they are still unclear. Earlier in the year we were promised that in a matter of weeks we would we given a single, clear policy document which would tell us exactly what definitions LJ was using, exactly what was and wasn't allowed. We were told that changes would be made in how the abuse team handled cases, and responded to user's queries. We were made all kinds of promises, just before the permanent account sale - and since then, we've heard absolutely nothing on any of them.

Over the last year, LiveJournal has consistently acted first and thought later. In fact it is not evident that the people in charge thought at all. LJ users' concerns have been brushed aside, answered with PR speak which didn't answer anything.

Now LJ has introduced new policies concerning flagging, introducing vague terms such as "offensive content" and "adult concepts" with no definition of what these mean. These policies have met with near universal condemnation from LJ users. If SUP/LiveJournal, Inc expects LJ users to believe that our voice counts at all, these policies will be scrapped.

The lack of communication with users has been disgraceful, with important announcements hidden away in lj_biz instead of being posted on lj_news. Just today I discovered that various interests are now blocked from interest searches - there has been no announcement from LJ about this change.

There is still no accountability or transparency within the Abuse Prevention Team. There needs to be a real appeal process with abuse cases. Instead, if you ask the abuse team to explain their action, and ask for answers to specific points, you get a standard reply not answering any of your questions. If you ask the questions again, you get told that they've already answered you and that they're not going to reply to you on the matter again. Abuse team members have expressed open hostility towards specific LJ users in the past, with no apparent repercussions.

Get off the censorship, "protect the children" bandwagon. Seriously reform the "Abuse Prevention Team". Listen to what your users say instead of following the Six Apart policy of issuing meaningless pablum and hoping we'll shut up. Those should be your first steps.

Now LJ has introduced new policies concerning flagging, introducing vague terms such as "offensive content" and "adult concepts" with no definition of what these mean.

I would venture to suggest that the definitions of "offensive content" and "adult concepts" are almost irrelevant; the latter is entirely discretionary (you can set it on your own journal but there's no flagging mechanism for it), and the former has no effect other than exclusion from search results.

These policies have met with near universal condemnation from LJ users.

Nowhere near universal. I for one don't condemn it. It's just that the biggest reaction to anything always comes from those who are opposed to it.

LiveJournal has always had policies relating to "adult" (i.e., mostly porn) communities which placed a huge burden on their maintainers to make sure all members displayed their dates of birth at all times; therefore there was quite a big demand for some sort of automatic "adults only" mechanism on LiveJournal. This system provides it. What has caused the big outcry is the little flag symbols allowing you to potentially censor other people's content. But really I don't see the big deal. Anyone who is over 18 is in no way affected by this at all.

See also: http://hairyears.livejournal.com/131331.html?style=mine

1) What is your greatest concern about LiveJournal's current policies?

I would dearly love to put my interests back up along with my bio.

I can't do that yet because it still means "I LIKE __________". So if I put in there rape, child abuse, sexual abuse, or any number of other things that means I like it. But in reality, I'm a rape survivor, an adult survivor of child abuse and of sexual abuse.

Just because I put it in my user info doesn't mean I like it. It just means it is an interest of mine. I don't want the next banning free for all to include me just because I have rape as an interest.

I have been asking for this to change as soon as possible but it still hasn't.

I would like to see a policy that says you can list any interest and not be banned because of it. Listing it as an interest should not mean "I LIKE _____". It should just be a way for others to find a support network. In reality that is all it's used for.

If I put "MP3" in my interests that should only mean you're interested in it and nothing more. It shouldn't mean you steal music. It shouldn't mean your selling them. It shouldn't mean you're trading them. It shouldn't mean....anything else except the simple thing that you're interested in it.

If any criminal wants to come on LJ to network for support and/or help then so what. Let them, or us, talk about it all we want. Talking about something and doing it are two different things.

Let us have whatever interests we want, without a public disclaimer in our user info stating that we are not intereted in rape but rather just 1) Have had it happen to us, 2) Know someone who has, 3) Support those that have, or 4) Seek more information about it.

What would you like done about it

1) Remove the "I LIKE ____" and redefine what an interest is.

2) Don't ban anyone for putting something in there interests section.

3) Don't make people have a disclosure statement in there user info stating that "I'm not interested in raping anyone, I'm just a survivor/victim/helper/seeking information/whatever" and that is why rape is an interest if mine.


I hope you can get this done quickly because the last people have been dragging there feet on it for quite some time.

Thank you for reading my suggestion and I hope I have done something besides waste my time because I miss my interests.

i'm concerned over these internet perverts slandering lj. YOU'RE DOING GREAT KEEP IT UP.

Regarding the latest ban on certain interest-searches (like Spice Girls and spicy foods, come on lj get it together), I must say that Livejournal's been made up of all sorts of fail this year hasn't it? I would like to request that the staff at lj just leave well-enough alone and stop tinkering with what doesn't need to be fixed. The user base was generally happy with how things were minus the few hitches this past year so I suggest that lj just leave it be, stop messing around and trying to "clean up" the freaking site. This is a blogging community and a key feature of any blogging community is the users' ability to express their opinions freely and openly, regardless of what they are and regardless of whether or not others agree or disagree. Therefore, let people write what they want.

Yes there will be racist freaks and morons promoting things generally deemed unacceptable in current society, but they will exist regardless of what lj do. Censoring is always looked upon with disdain, let people decide for themselves what they want to read and form their own opinions with the information they find. People cannot make informed decisions if authority figures consistently attempt to censor what they deem as unacceptable. We don't need the lj staff making our decisions for us, please stop insulting our intelligence level.

I sincerely hope 2008 will be a better year for Livejournal. As a paid account holder I have been time and again angered with the actions and decisions of the staff this past year. I can simply pray that this is not a permanent condition with Livejournal and that the coming year will bring better judgments on the part of those in authority. Thank you.

My primary concern is that, for many years, LJ users have simply not been consulted or warned about major changes. Danga and 6A have spent so much time trying to figure out how to monetize us that they seem to have forgotten to ask us what we actually *WANT*.

(For example: nobody wanted or asked for Winnie Wong's new update page, and there was no need to implement it when she no longer even worked for the company; current evidence suggests it could have been scrapped. It was supposedly going to be a basis for new features that didn't make sense on the old update page, but I don't think those new features have arrived in any meaningful way.

Now that LJ no longer belongs to 6A, I doubt they will... but everyone has adapted to the new page by now. It forced users to adapt to a different flow of information -- in other words, buttons were no longer where you expected them to be. That wasn't necessarily about monetization, but it was annoying.)

Other examples of "monetization": I would say that the larger percentage of LJ users A) do not want ads, B) do not want sponsored journal styles, C) do not want for there to be LJ commercials (we don't need an Idiot Influx).

Just FWIW, I don't mind 6A as the owners of Vox; I use and like that service. I did mind them as owners of LJ; they fundamentally didn't seem to "get" LJ. I've been here long enough that I remember when paid accounts were introduced; I remember what we were told the purpose of paid accounts was.

Basically, it seems like LJ's various owners no longer understand that there are plenty of people around who remember that, when they were created, paid accounts were presented essentially a way to donate to an independent project, a way to be involved and supportive, NOT an establishment of the company's right to receive money from us because we were using their service. The latter was the attitude of 6A, or at least the one they projected.

So:

- Do not make decisions and policies behind the scenes. Make a poll, if you have to. See what people want. Present us with options. If you don't want to ask the entire userbase, ask the paid accounts, permanent accounts, and early adopters. We're the ones with the most capital of various kinds (intellectual, emotional, historical) built up in the site, and we get massively ticked when we're treated like our opinions don't count.

- Send out a monthly newsletter to all account, and/or send out a mass email to all account holders whenever there is a major change. No email whatsoever has arrived to inform me of the fact that A) flagging has begun or B) LJ was sold. Where is this email? You can't count on readers keeping up with a pile of communities (news, policy, biz, etc etc); you can't count on them visiting the log-in page (because some of us stay logged in and others don't visit often); you can't count on them having enough time to read their friends page and hear it secondhand. You have to inform them yourselves via mass email, which cannot be optional for you to send or for them to receive. And you can't abuse this email announcement list: it has to be for important policy changes only, not for "gee you can buy your friends a picture of a can of Mountain Dew to put on their profile page!"

- Much more clarity and transparency is called for w/r/t rules and procedures.

- Insist on professionalism from your employees, and volunteers who have power that should really be reserved for employees. When professionalism is not shown, relieve these people of their duties. Otherwise, they make you look bad and erode user faith in the site.

One more thing, which won't fit into this comment, below.

- Rework the availability of permanent accounts:
Sell permanent accounts at a fair price.
Discount them for users who have bought more than X years of paid accounts - like, escalating percentages off if you've paid for more than 3 years or received them as a gift.
Permanent accounts should be perpetually available so that people can buy them when they can afford them, not just offered in occasional surprise sales that favor the relatively economically privileged (IE, the people who always have $100-150 to throw around).
I realize that this is a balancing act, because too many permanent accounts available means that there is no ongoing paid account revenue stream. This could be handled with permanent accounts being available for the first five calendar days of each month.
The point is, they should be available regularly and predictably, not arbitrarily.
(Also, you do realize that the value of purchased extra userpics diminishes the longer you've paid for your account? What I mean is, if your paid time earns you 70 userpics, and you pay extra to have the full amount, you are actually paying MORE per extra userpic than the person who only has 52 alloted to them. I like having the extra userpics for paid time, it's a nice little token reward, but come on.)

ALL of the new thought policing concerns me. All of it. It's vague and disturbing. Adult CONCEPTS? What political and religion conversation is appropriate? Major red flags.

Insane journal and Greatest journal appears to handle that issue better, basically by being what LJ used to be. A place where people didn't have to censor themselves. Where people felt safe to be whatever political and religious affiliation they are, and whatever sexual orientation they are, without having to worry about the extremists turning them in for any little thing they don't like. Artists in particular being an easy target.

More and more people are moving over there, so much that Greatest journal is now suggesting people use Insane journal because they're running out of space. And I know a lot more people who are considering joining them... myself included. Despite 6 years here and considering LJ my second home. I'm loathe to do it, but the trust is really waning.

You have screwed up. Period.

My biggest concern, if I had to limit myself, is flagging. That has genuinely made me angry. From this day forward, I will not give LiveJournal my money, until they show that they have respect for me. If they do not, I will encourage every single one of my 1,000+ readers to leave with me when I go.

The flagging system infuriates me. I am frankly gobsmacked that anyone should be allowed to pass judgment on my work in some sort of tattling network, instead of relying on the abuse system to report truly heinous violations. Nobody is forcing anyone to look at what I write in the first place. The idea that ignorant clods are now allowed to pass judgment on what I write is more offensive to me than any user content I have ever seen on LiveJournal, and that's including the Malfoy skullfucking fic.

Placing a warning on adult material is fine, but I would have appreciated the opportunity to do that in my own way instead of having LiveJournal force my hand. Allowing others to flag my entries says to me that LiveJournal does not trust me.

I want it EXPLICITLY STATED AND SPELLED OUT IN SPECIFIC, CONCRETE TERMS:

1) precisely how many flags it takes to send a post to be evaluated. If you don't reveal this number, I'll be forced to conclude that it's because you want to be able to do it at will; without being notified our entry is flagged, how could we contradict you? Nauseating as that implication is, that's what this looks like.

1b) I want the option of being notified when any of my entries has been flagged by another user, for any reason. I strongly believe that if objections are being raised to something I have written, I should damn well be notified of it.

2) exactly what standards will be used in making the determination; I want specifics of language and content, not a nebulous taste and decency clause. Again, you CANNOT ask us to abide by a rule, or give someone the ability to flag our content as objectionable, if you do not define that rule, or what you consider to be objectionable. That is disingenuous. It is allowing YOU the benefit of persecuting your users without giving your users the ability to avoid persecution or the means to defend themselves.

2b) exactly what constitutes "Adult Concepts" and "Explicit Adult Content." EXACTLY. BE VERY SPECIFIC.

If questionable entries are all going to be subjected to the same standard by your mod crew, why not make that standard available to everyone, to cut down on unneccessary flagging, enable people to properly flag their own posts if they are so inclined, and give us something to use in disputes over what is and is not "explicit?"

Frankly, guys, LiveJournal had a perfectly effective system for dealing with offensive content. For blatantly awful stuff, there was the Abuse Team, and for anything else, there was the scroll bar and the back button. If the Abuse Team wasn't cutting it, that wasn't ineffective user reporting, that was a problem with the Abuse Team itself, or its management, or its internal policies. The former method worked for us. The fact that you couldn't make it work for you in no way excuses you saddling us with this off-putting bullshit.

I want answers, I want clarification, I want explanation. If you can't give it, I want to know when it will be available. If you do not know, ballpark it. THAT IS WHY YOU ARE HERE.

Y'all don't know what's going on, and don't want to provide answers to your users for fear of actually being held to your word?

Maybe you should have thought of that before you brought this on yourselves.

Oh, and stop filtering search results at once. The majority of your users are not infants. Stop insulting our intelligence.

What is this LJfind crap?

http://ljfind.livejournal.com/9924.html

This is such a violation of privacy. 'Friends Only' and 'Custom Filter' entries show up in their search function. Completely inexcusable... please DO something about it.

LJ needs to do something about this leak in their security.