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[sticky post] I'm leaving LiveJournal (but I still have a blog at Dreamwidth)

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Apr. 11th, 2017 | 01:46 pm

I'm no longer posting here. Visit my Dreamwidth blog to continue reading my blog, or join my e-mail list to receive my posts by e-mail.


The details of my decision:

As some of you already know, LiveJournal moved its servers from the USA to Russia in January (without announcing its move at that time). It has just updated its terms of service to require users to comply with Russian laws. Russian laws are more restrictive in freedom of speech than U.S. laws are, especially in regard to LGBT topics. You can read more about the LJ change here:

https://puzzling.org/politics-and-society/2017/01/if-youre-still-maintaining-a-livejournal-your-journals-now-in-russia/

http://chipotle.dreamwidth.org/206239.html

https://crazyscot.dreamwidth.org/444040.html

https://www.themarysue.com/livejournal-russian-federation-tos/

https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/04/10/lgbt-bloggers-forced-to-agree-to-abide-by-russian-anti-gay-laws/

My recommendations to everyone:

If you haven't already done so, download stories you like at LiveJournal. A lot of LJ users are deleting their accounts, and though I haven't checked, some LJ communities may shut down too.

If you haven't already done so, back up your LJ account. You can find advice on how to do so here:

https://puzzling.org/politics-and-society/2017/01/if-youre-still-maintaining-a-livejournal-your-journals-now-in-russia/ (at the end of the post)

https://zelamorre.tumblr.com/post/159194449935/importing-your-lj-to-dreamwidth

https://meeedeee.tumblr.com/post/159419381546/livejournal-backuparchive-tools

http://penaltywaltz.tumblr.com/post/159213776178/demberly-and-anyone-else-wanting-to-delete (on deleting your community)

http://copperbadge.tumblr.com/post/155573088751/a-note-to-fanfic-readers (on finding missing fic)

As far as I can tell, the worst I have to fear as a U.S. citizen is that LiveJournal will delete my account. (There's also the possibility of Russian spies accessing information I gave privately to LiveJournal. Frankly, I'm more worried about the possibility that American spies have been accessing my information here for the past decade.) After looking over the new terms of service, I've decided on the following course:

1) I won't be posting at LiveJournal anymore. (*Chokes up, because this was my fandom home for so long.*)

2) To prevent the breaking of old links to my LJ posts, I'll be keeping my older posts here (till LiveJournal decides to delete this account, which seems entirely possible).

3) You can still read my journal! I have mirror blogs at Dreamwidth and InsaneJournal. My Dreamwidth blog (which is the main one) has all my old posts from LJ; I imported them at the time I joined Dreamwidth. Go over to my mirror blogs for my latest story announcements. I posted more fic today! Alternatively, you can join my e-mail list to receive my posts by e-mail.

4) If you don't have a DW or IJ account, you can still comment at my blog (I suggest at Dreamwidth). You can either sign in to DW via OpenID (which is a system that allows LiveJournal users to use their LJ passwords at other sites), or you can simply post anonymously (though if you sign your name to your post, I'll be able to keep track of your comments better). Anonymous posts get screened (simply so I can keep out spam advertisers), so expect a delay before I unscreen your post.

5) If you have a Professional account at LJ, you can set up a syndicated feed at LJ of my Dreamwidth RSS feed, so that you can continue to read my entries on your Friends page. (If anyone does this, let me know in the comments, so that others can make use of this syndicated feed.) Note, however, that if you want me to see your comments, you need to post them at my blog at Dreamwidth or InsaneJournal.
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