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theljstaff wrote in lj_policy
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.

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Two things are tied for my greatest concern, and I suppose they're connected.

For one, I am very concerned over the recent, rapid decrease in tolerance and increase in interference 6A has shown. The unilateral deletion of journals and, just lately, the flagging system that attaches to each post as well as the whole journal, both seem to me reactionary and quite unnecessary.

For another, I am equally concerned by the apparent inability of 6A upper management to understand the speed and intensity with which the LJ community reacts to changes and the absolute need to articulate clearly and in detail what those changes will be, and the rationale behind them, well in advance. And repeatedly, just to be sure.

As for sites that handle these issues well... I'd say LJ used to handle the first issue just fine. A link on site pages that offers a way to lodge any complaints seems quite sufficient to me, and most blog services seem to operate that way. Most services also, in my experience, only respond punitively to problems that are actually illegal, not merely to content that is marginalized and disapproved of by the Moral Majority.

I do not think I have seen a service that communicates as well as the recent, rapid changes at LJ require, though WordPress comes close. The News feed on the WP user log-in page is a feature I find very useful for tracking changes and upcoming changes. Perhaps that could be a major panel on the LJ user home page?

I certainly hope this "moral majority" wouldn't object to breastfeeding icons as the liberal types have. Apparently using a breast for porn is ok but not for what it was made for: feeding a child. Why LJ does not allow breastfeeding icons is a mystery since they allow other kinds of nudity (and pro anorexia sites and icons, I might add.) I don't think any of this has to do with a mythical moral majority. Liberals seem to be capable of being as pig headed as anyone else.

I quite agree about the universality of pig headedness, but I think you missed the reference.


Not at all; I know of the "Moral Majority" as it's called, but I think there's a difference between that particular org and the population of more conservative folks at LJ specifically.

I'm super concerned about this new move by Six Apart, considering they haven't even owned LJ that long and it was hard to deal with it being bought and plastered with ads. I'm sure they made a nice pretty penny on the deal and all their dramatic "we'll miss LJ!" is just a bunch of crocodile tears. I don't think they care ONE WHIT about the people who use LJ. It's all about money to them.

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