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Farewell to LJ

For me, the love of LiveJournal began to fade when it was sold to Russian business interests. It became, well, something else. Maintenance wasn't great before but it became much worse during the transition. Stability suffered. It was no longer "our" long-form conversational space, but became "theirs," and while that isn't a bad thing in itself, it felt like the welcome mat was gone. Still, while I had migrated everything of consequence over to Dreamwidth, I didn't have a compelling reason to shut down my business with LJ.

In recent years and months, however, the Russian government has become more autocratic & paranoid, less tolerant of politically acceptable speech, and more aggressive against people who didn't offer proper deference to government wishes. I wish I could say the US government was better in that regard, but since last November, it's fared little better. While the US' executive branch has lost its mind and the legislative branch is flailing like a drunken chimp, the institutions of gov't haven't completely fallen yet.

And then there's this.

I'm done with LiveJournal. It's been a good run, but its operation & government oversight have become too dodgy for my tastes. There is a good chance I'm just being paranoid, but there are plenty of good alternatives out there so there's little reason to embed myself in a sketchy system.

If you're looking for me, I'll be at bjarvis.dreamwidth.org.

Thanks, and good night.


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Apr. 7th, 2017 11:30 pm (UTC)
Apr. 10th, 2017 02:29 pm (UTC)
I already accepted the new EULA but had started cross-posting from dreamwidth a while ago. I'll continue cross post but I suspect LJ is just about done.
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