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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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I actually have several concerns all of which have arisen from the events of "Strikethough" through the implementation of tagging features.

These include:

- Whether LJ believes that writers and artists -- professional, amateur and fan -- have the right to express themselves openly and freely. 6A repeatedly made confusing policy statements, asserted that they were competent to evaluate the artistic merit of work produced in genres they did not understand and cast aspersions on users who create, study or simply play with media properties. As a professional writer and performer whose livelihood is deeply intertwined with fandom -- I need an answer to this on both a personal and professional basis. As of now, I have explicitly asked my publisher not to advertise my book, The Book of Harry Potter Trifles, Trivias and Particularities, on LJ because of the utter incivility and incompetence evinced by 6A on these issues.

- Whether I am, as a gay woman, welcome on this service. Homophobia (along with racism and sexism) has been an issue that has repeatedly reared its head with regard to the content issues described above. Now, with the new flagging "feature" (which has its own set of somewhat bottomless problems I'll let others address), we discover that currently LJ only identifies hate speech as that which promotes violence against a specific racial or ethnic group. Under your ownership will it remain acceptable to advocate physical harm against individuals or groups if the reason for advocating that harm is sexual orientation, gender or gender identity?

As a columnist on Gather.com and IllustionTV, I've written about the disregard and hostility 6A repeatedly showed LJ's userbase. I'm hoping the change in ownership means these issues will cease.

Time to convince us you're actually willing to do better.

Seconded. Could not have put any of these issues better.

thank you! Thank you for stating that all so very much better than I could.

Well said. :D Thank you

Agreed. I think the first point is particularly relevant to those who use LiveJournal for creative works. Not all fictional content is going to be non-offensive. Often that's even the point. I mean, how many people here write/draw/otherwise express themselves as a reflection of life? And life is sure as hell going to hurt the delicate sensibilities of most. I much preferred when LJ only went against stuff that was actually illegal, (ie, was actually harming someone in real life, as opposed to fictionally) rather than playing the part of morality police. The idea of basing things off what an unnamed group of people may or may not like is troubling.

Hi. I assure you, sexual orientation is never taken into consideration when something is reviewed (because it's been reported). I've never been made aware of any content that was acted upon because of it's sexual orientation (being homosexual in nature).
And I haven't been made aware of anyone abusing the flagging on homosexual content.

The issues you raise (advocating physical harm against themselves, child porn, etc) are all policies that will be discussed and reviewed. If you'd like to participate in the discussions (and i encourage you to do so), please join the lj_policy community.

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rm speaks for me, as well.

These are exactly my biggest concerns at the moment, as well.

Also chiming in to say I agree with every word.

Brilliantly phrased, especially your first point. I hope SUP listens to this comment. Adding my voice of assent.

Like everyone else, I'd like to say thank you. This is one of my biggest concerns at the moment.

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