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Oh well. Livejournal was fun while it lasted.

Now they have started an April Fools joke that is nowhere as funny as the one offered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Had no idea until Dreamwidth started rejecting crossposts. Went over to the Dark Side for a peek at the problem and this ghastly pop up ticky box is there like some pesky padlock. No navigation of the site is possible, clicking on links to read comments or anything.
You now have to enter the URL to get to any pages now.

So so glad that I imported LJ to Dreamwidth a few months ago even if it did mean having several years worth of duplicate entries. Had tried to reverse and repeat the procedure several times over the years but always ended up with the double entries since 2009.

Now that particular door has been shut.


Gone are the days when introducing advertising to the service was only ever a sick April Fools joke.
Now they taunt us with legal gobbledygook

7.4 Please note that, User shall be subject to Article 10.2 of the Federal Act of the Russian Federation No. 149-ФЗ if more than three thousand Internet users access the Blog (the Blog’s page) within 24 hours.

Of course this translation of the user agreement is NOT legally binding
But this one is

7.4 Администрация обращает внимание Пользователя, что если доступ Блогу (странице Блога) составит более трех тысяч пользователей сети «Интернет» в течение суток, на Пользователя будут распространяться требования ст. 10.2 Федерального закона Российской Федерации № 149-ФЗ.

This Federal Act of the Russian Federation No. 149-ФЗ seems to appear suspiciously often and anything with Putin's paws on it, is probably going to be an exceedingly nasty piece of work

I guess that any post that becomes too popular too quickly arouses suspicion as a possible pretext for protest. Nothing like using the sledge hammer of the law to crack a nut.

Also strange is the apparent absence of any discussion of this stuff over on Livejournal. Maybe all the Drama Llamas are long gone because they used to go to war over mere trifles and now they are all missing in action.

But there are much more important things to worry about in Russia these days. If they are not meddling in elections or bombing Syria back to the stone age, then there are the attacks from countless enemies.

With so much FAKE news out and about these days, it is hard to know which bombings are committed by terrorists and which are False Flag Reichstag Fires.

We can only be sure of one thing.
When elephants fight, the grass gets trampled.

Date: 2017-04-04 03:48 pm (UTC)
catness: (fuckupfairy)
From: [personal profile] catness
What do you mean LJ navigation is not possible? Works fine for me, at least after accepting the license agreement. Not that I give a fuck. I personally don't consider any license agreements to be binding, and they can't do anything to foreign users anyway. At worst, they'll block the account, good riddance. (Not that my posts will ever become too popular, LOL.)

I think comments to that news post are screened to avoid the usual flamewars that arise with every news announcement.

As for the real news, I dunno, I'm tired of conspiracy theories, so I'd rather wait and see. Maybe someday we'll know the truth.


Date: 2017-04-04 05:17 pm (UTC)
catness: (catstare)
From: [personal profile] catness
Here's the news post: http://news.livejournal.com/151767.html "This decision stems from the urge to become closer to our users, most of whom live in Europe and Russia." Bwahahahaha XD Everything for the good of humanity :)

I understand your disgust at our new lawyer overlords, but I honestly believe that clicking the infernal checkbox will not bring Putin's minions to your door (or, in fact, change anything at all). Of course the user interface is guaranteed to become more and more user-hostile, but this is nothing new. In the worst case, you can accept the agreement and delete all your stuff, just in case.

Re: Spooked

Date: 2017-04-06 12:14 pm (UTC)
catness: (matrix)
From: [personal profile] catness
Here's a lot of gossip about the new LJ agreement. Yeah, there's been a lot of talk about new laws proposing to destroy anonymity on the Internet in Russia. So far it's baby steps, like altering license agreements that no one complies with anyway, but who knows when the hammer will fall. Especially that the American Big Brother appears to be sympathetic to the idea of surveillance.

Funny - I feel a little like a renegade, sticking with LJ when all the good and progressive people abandon the ship ;) It's partially my rebellious tendency (which, in this case, is a rebellion against rebellion, an expression of "I don't give a fuck either way"), and partially the morbid wish to witness its final demise first-hand. Of course, LJ has been struggling for years, it's not the 1st fuckup and the 1st mass exodus... but now it's hovering dangerously close to extinsion.

To be fair, I'm not really "using" LJ. Everything gets xposted from DW, except for a couple of super-friendlocked posts. I browse the friends' feed, but there's less and less active friends, not counting the noise (auto-xposts from Twitter etc). I don't pay for my account anymore, either.

Date: 2017-04-10 04:33 pm (UTC)
reg_flint: (Default)
From: [personal profile] reg_flint
You: "With so much FAKE news out and about these days, it is hard to know which bombings are committed by terrorists and which are False Flag Reichstag Fires."

Marinus van der Lubbe or Nazis, the effect is the same, with misinformation and lies, the flames are there.
Edited Date: 2017-04-10 04:34 pm (UTC)

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