Well, this is it.
I'm sure all of you have heard of the latest debacle. You've probably also heard that we haven't had any reply back. My Dreamwidth account is up and ready to go, so this is my last post. I'll be keeping track of my flist (DW is working on integration, yay that), and I hope I can entice a few of you to follow, but I know I won't be able to. You'll see me hanging around here and there, no doubt.
Before I leave, I'd like to explain why I've made this decision.
Just to say, I am not comfortable with my posts, especially my flocked posts, appearing on Facebook. I have worked very hard to keep public and private separate, and I feel that a locked post is locked for a reason. In order for me to feel comfortable remaining on LJ, I would have to have the ability to restrict that, at least when under lock, but I do not, and it looks like I won't. I have also seen some comments that can be summed up as, "If you can't trust your flist not to repost your flocked content, then you should rethink your friends". To that, I have two replies.
1) I have been wrong before. It's horrible and impolitic to say, but it's true. I've let someone on my flist and given hir access to my personal info, and later that person used it against me. My home has been (and is still being!) barraged with annoying junk mail. My work is getting the same. Both private and work e-mails regularly receive spam mail. I have a fraud case open with USPS, and am fighting a charge for a magazine I never ordered and to close the account on a debit card which I did not request. If this person had been more creative, ze could have done much, much more damage. Luckily, my bosses are wonderful people, and the troll has been more annoying than harmful.
I trust you all—if I don't, you've been banned. But I've made mistakes before, and goodness knows that trolls can be slick. I prefer to trust first, and clean up the mess later. Which brings me to #2:
2) Even for the people who are trustworthy, we are all human. (Except those of us caught by reCaptcha.) It is not hard to miss the flocked icon, or to not think things through. Human error abounds, after all. A good portion of my job is dealing with things that seemed like a good idea at the time. Not callousness, but carelessness is the beast of the day.
Beyond both of those, this incident and its handling signal a fundamental change in LJ that I am not comfortable with. The way LJ corporate has handled this has been shameful, and that makes me angry at their cowardice. I do not want to give money to a business that treats their customers this way. They could at least apologize and day that they are keeping the feature. You can see my final comment to them here. Beyond that, it comes down to a matter of LJ's social norms. Please correct me if I'm putting forth a false dichotomy, but I see two major readings of them:
It is considered intuitive that it is acceptable to post comments from a flocked post outside that flock without permission.
If this is true, then I will have to consciously ask for no crossposting on every locked post. It will not remove my discomfort with the situation, and I will be forced to be much, much choosier about my friends. I am not in the "LJ mainstream" in my attitudes, and will be happier elsewhere. However, I believe that...
It is considered intuitive that it is not acceptable to post comments from a locked post without permission.
If this is true, then I have to ask why it happened in the first place? Why is LJ not understanding this and removing the crosspost option from flocked journals? Why the silence?
In this case, regardless that common sense and LJ-brand manners speak against it, this option will be forced upon us. Their silence says as much. In either case, crossposting will become acceptable, as newer users come in with the feature enabled and prominent, and the current protest fades. Those that remain will either not care, be resigned or be enthusiastic about it, and posting habits will adjust accordingly.
Please don't read this as an indictment on those of you who remain. What you want from LJ is different than what I want, that's all. This service holds something of value to you, and that's wonderful. I hope that, as LJ changes and grows, it becomes even more valuable to you.
LJ is a place with a lot of good features still; they are just not the features I want, and the sacrifices I would have to make for them are not worth it. Regardless of how this plays out, a Livejournal entry is no longer a place I feel comfortable pouring my heart into. And so I am going, because this is a good place in my life to make a major change, and LJ has lost the lure it once held for me.
None of my posts are being removed, and tsukinoniwa is still up, so if you have links to my fanfic, those will remain as long as LJ does. New fanfic of mine will be posted under my name at Archive of Our Own. My personal journal will be on DW.
Goodbye, LJ. I loved you, but it's time for me to let go.