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Ce n'est pas une rant

Argh, have run out of time to update again. People keep making me work.

I'll comment on the journal deletions scandal later, but I think it sucks. More so after reading what the Abuse team has to say about it, actually, because they're not talking about just paedophilia or whatever - which is bad enough; one of the deleted communities was a Nabokov fanlist, FFS - they say they can delete your journal if you have anything illegal listed in your interests, because that means you're "promoting" it. I don't know if that's "illegal in the US", "illegal in the state 6A is based", "illegal in the majority of countries", or what. If 6A is in Texas, is "oral sex" banned? Who knows?! (Note: oral sex might not be against the law in Texas any more, I can't remember...) It means, presumably, that researchers into the pharmaceutical or social effects of heroin can't list "heroin", etc, etc, etc. Bishops probably couldn't have "the devil". I used to have "demonology", though I don't think I have anything obviously illegal now. But anyway, back up your journals, because who knows what they'll take exception to next. And it's not like they're giving warnings, here.

I don't think they've thought this through at all. And the Warriors for Innocence (who complained to 6A and brought this on) are freaky as hell. I'm not linking, because they trackback links and come and comment in your journal, but you can google them. Links later to good posts about this. (Er, and apparently I do have time to comment on this. Heh.)

Pub last night, and a friend I hadn't seen in over a year has, for some inexplicable reason, taken up hill-running. Which is the most insane, bizarre "sport" I've ever encountered. How odd. Pub was fun, though.

And I'm a level 3 Undead Mage in Wow. Heh.

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redatt
May. 30th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, grr! The thing that got me was this line from the form response LJ Abuse are sending out 'This is because if someone were to remove the illegal interests from his or her profile'.

'Illegal interests'? Is LJ to be a victim of The Thought Police?

I realize that they feel that they must view listing an interest in an illegal activity without a disclaimer as an attempt to 'solicit that illegal activity', but if that's the case then I think LJ shouldn't be facilitating soclisitation in this way by allowing certain interests to be links in the first place. Oh, and I hate retroactive policies especially when you only learn about them after you fall foul of them. It's like being entrapped.
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pickwick
Jun. 1st, 2007 01:18 pm (UTC)
You've probably read all about it by now, but this is a good starting point.
luckykaa
May. 30th, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC)
What does the abuse team have to say about it?
pickwick
Jun. 1st, 2007 01:18 pm (UTC)
"It's not our fault we're just stuck in the middle don't hit us", mostly :D
rintheamazing
May. 30th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
The somewhat alarming thing is that technically the TOS says (and has always said, as far as I know) that LJ can shut down your account at any time for any or no reason, and does not need to refund your money. And since we've all agreed to these terms by signing up here, we're pretty much SOL.
camtarn
May. 30th, 2007 05:33 pm (UTC)
Good grief at the LJ thing... I can sort of understand the positions on all sides, but the way LJ went about it was really pretty dumb.

Also - what's your character name on WoW, and which server did you end up on?
pickwick
Jun. 1st, 2007 01:19 pm (UTC)
My character name's Ickwick (I'm easily amused) and I can't remember what server I'm on. Um. Will get back to you!
spiderpixie
Jun. 2nd, 2007 09:06 am (UTC)
I think it's probably completely unrelated; but there was a big clamp down at work just before I left on ALL of the community based websites. Meaning that from the Cornish libraries you cannot access LJ, myspace, Bebo, Facebook or anything like that. They had reviews and meetings just to discuss this (only cos we got so many complaints) and they aint changing it.
Though it's probably more to do with the anonymity of public access pcs than anything else, the council wouldn't want to be held accountable. And libraries do attract a disproportional amount of weirdos :) (in my last week they had to ban someone for defecating...)

You know I had to email Rosy to get her to friend me on Bebo as they won't allow someone with an age gap of more than 3 years message an under 18. She had to friend me. I am old, eeep.
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