icewolf: snowy wolf (Default)
Dreamwidth just gave me about 9 invite codes, if anyone's interested.
icewolf: Toby and Sam discuss refugees and blankets (000 Cubans in rowboats)
Tonight, I turned off automatic payments over at LJ.

I've migrated 15 of my most often used icons over here.

I'm probably always going to crosspost, but after this, my LJ is going to be pretty boring looking--same userpic on most (if not all) the entries, no spiffy extras, etc.

Onward into the new frontier!
icewolf: snowy wolf (Default)
Here's the very speedy reply I got to my support message last night...

Thank you for taking the time to contact us with your concerns. We understand that gender is not binary, and intend to respect that understanding for our users.

At this time, the code you reference is not live on the site, and will not become so in the future. We know that you, and many other users, have serious concerns about any requirement to specify gender, so we'd like to take a moment to explain events and our position further.

The intention of this code was to change the sign-up process to include a field for the selection of gender; that the code would completely disable the "Unspecified" option at the same time was deemed unacceptable. While the code in question had gone to our beta (testing) server, it had not gone to our production server, and will not do so due to this problem. Furthermore, we'd like to clarify that code posted to the changelog community is not always final, as such code must then go through the beta testing process and can often be changed before actual implementation.

Additionally, some erroneous information has been spread regarding the potential public display of the gender field. We would like to clarify that gender is not currently publicly displayed on the profile, nor anywhere else on the site, and there are no plans to change this behavior.

Regards,
LiveJournal Community Care Team


That being said.... I got a Dreamwidth invite. And I'm using it. I will still be cross posting between the two for the foreseeable future (especially since I just reupped my paid account), so don't panic about me disappearing. But, while I initially understood the need for ad revenue--hey they need to make money, right?--having gotten a taste of directed marketing over at Facebook, I'm kind of nauseated. And LJ's headed in that direction if they're not there already. It just makes no business sense for them not to do it. Also, over at Dreamwidth, I get to be [personal profile] icewolf. Just [personal profile] icewolf. No numbers, just... me. Which is honestly kind of cool.
icewolf: snowy wolf (gods grant me the strength...)
Okay, LJ is getting into major Gender!Fail.

Long story short, in the next code push, probably, LJ plans to a.) remove the ability to choose "unspecified" for gender (meaning you have to pick male or female, and that's it), and b.) You HAVE to choose a gender. Source.

This is just getting silly. You can leave feedback, and I encourage you to do so civilly and politely (the first line of defense is actually on the users' side on this one, so be nice).

However, while I've generally been happy with LJ as a blogging program, and been reluctant to move just because of the sheer size of my archive, I'm starting to seriously consider jumping the fence to Dreamwidth. The most likely reason for the change is the ability to target ads with more precision, and I detest all the diet and Barbie ads I'm getting over at Facebook. I sure as hell don't want to look at them here. Not to mention the whole leaving trans/questioning/etc. folks out in the cold, and yanking a level of camouflage some women use to avoid online predators (not to mention day-to-day creeps).

So, if anyone were to find a dusty old invite in the back of their virtual closets, I'd make good use of it...

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