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31 October 2012 @ 10:15 pm
Sigh, oh, Livejournal  
Well, if they really do go through with the icky friends page, then yeah, I'll probably be done here. I do have a dreamwidth account (http://arabian.dreamwidth.org/). I'll have to upgrade my account for my icons and stuff. I'll try and post both places, but if LJ goes icky and stays icky, well, I probably won't post here long. Hopefully, I'll be able to get a set-up/layout I like there. We'll see.

ETA: Or maybe it won't be that bad? Just got this from lj-release news:

(~) Infinite scroll will be able to be turned off. If you turn off infinite scroll, the feed will have regular pagination as it does now.

(~) Customization options will be provided to allow you to configure the look and feel of the feed. This will include at least text size and background images.

ETA ... here's more info about something that had caused some concern:

Then, one note unrelated to the Friends feed, I noticed a lot of concern in the comments to news and lj_releases yesterday about comments that were made in the Russian news posts. Some comments by staff members there were being auto-translated as saying we would be 'canceling paid accounts next year'. The Russian terms used in these comments were being translated as the English word 'cancel', which of course has a specific negative meaning (to take away something that someone already possesses, etc).

That is not what will be happening -- no accounts will be canceled or revoked, no already-purchased paid time or paid features will be lost or anything like that. What is happening, is that we will be making some changes to the existing account structure next year. That is what these comments were referring to. This will involve changing things so users have a standard LiveJournal account to which they then can add the paid/extra features that they want separately (or feature packages/sets). The concept of buying something that's called a "paid account" is what will be removed -- extra features will be done as add-ons and add-on packages. Existing paid or permanent accounts at that time will be treated as premium/elite accounts that will have access to even more features than exist right now.

I really, really hope this works out because I can't access dreamwidth at work and I can access LJ.
faith5by5_1013: Doctor Who: Nine/Ten/Rose: Bad Wolf Bayfaith5by5_1013 on November 1st, 2012 02:40 am (UTC)
They actually listened? Wow. I guess we'll see.

I added you over at dreamwidth, by the way.
kaffyr: Look for Exitskaffyr on November 1st, 2012 03:12 am (UTC)
(~) Customization options will be provided to allow you to configure the look and feel of the feed. This will include at least text size and background images.

I'm not trusting them, not one little bit. I note that they don't say "you'll be able to opt out" of the "feed" and simply go with what you had before. Whatever they provide will likely be a poor second in terms of usefulness. And given the all too real possibility that they're going to get rid of paid accounts (as per information found on the Russian LJ site) ... it's just not worth it. I've been cross-posting from DW and letting folks comment there or here, but at this point, DW feels a whole lot more fandom-oriented and fandom-responsive than LJ.
Arabian: ATttD - Sorryarabian on November 1st, 2012 04:09 am (UTC)
I didn't include that part, but they actually talked about that supposed getting rid of paid accounts and that's not the case. It was a language miscommunication. I don't have that info here, but when I get home tomorrow morning, I'll edit that info into the post. I'm actually cool with what they're doing for paid accounts.

And I've been with LJ so long that I'm really hopeful it will work out.
kaffyr: Free for Use of the Publickaffyr on November 1st, 2012 04:20 am (UTC)
If it turns out to be a language miscommunication, it's at least one thing off their plate of doing-it-wrong.

I didn't use the DW account I got back in 2009 for a long time. Now, though, it feels as if I'm being respected more over there. I've only been on LJ since 2006, so I haven't got as many years invested in it as a lot of folks; still, I understand the idea of not wanting to leave a beloved neighborhood.
Vickie: White Collar - Peter Neal Promsarcasticcheese on November 1st, 2012 12:56 pm (UTC)
Added you on dreamwidth. :)
vanimy: Damon/Stefanvanimy on November 1st, 2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
Hope you stay on LJ, I've been on LJ for too long I can't picture changing now.
Frust-sheep: sheep: pumpkin-Frust-Sheep-anifrust_sheep on November 1st, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
I really, really hope this works out, too. Shakeshead to: that they mess with what works.
Anyway I hope it is ok, if I add you to my DW account, too. If not, then just let me know.
Florencia: DE (I Like You Now)florencia7 on November 2nd, 2012 12:30 am (UTC)
I really hope the new friends page won't be as bad as it seemed at first glance ^^ These new updates give me hope. Maybe it will be OK.