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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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When you ask people to express their concerns, and they tell you, you shouldn't then immediately tell them that their concerns are not valid. Whether it's been LJ's intention or not, LJ is current being perceived as homophobic by some users. That perception is *real* and it came from somewhere. Instead of just saying, "we don't have that problem" you should be asking yourself why you're giving this impression to users and what you can do to fix it.

Sexual orientation of users may not be taken into consideration, but there's some evidence that sexual orientation as expressed in the *content* has been an issue.

During the Strikethrough incident many members of fandom noted that the overwhelming majority of fannish communities and LJ users penalized were done so on account of fictional homoerotic content. Few, if any heteroerotic communities or pictures of comparable nature and explicitness were penalized.

That's bound to make people suspicious.

And, of course, there's the problem with LJ's definition of Hate Speech.

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