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Friending & LJ Flags

Posted on 2007.11.30 at 10:05
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
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Hello folks,
I'm cleaning house and have unfriended a few folks on my f-list with whom I've had no contact over the years and wasn't sure how they were on the list. There is no intent of malice or any hidden meaning in this. If I unfriended you and you want to be back on my list, simply put a post here to that effect and I'll gladly put you back on.

On another topic, I now grouse along with everyone about latest LJ attempt to control adult content. I don't mind the ability to flag one's journal as having adult content, although many have noted how little good that will do as underage folks just click yes they are of age and then party on, dude. However, if it keeps grade school kids who have LJs from accidently clicking on adult content, fine. It is a pain however that not only is the journal as a whole flagged and one has to confirm one's age, but EACH entry is also so flagged with an LJ cut and that obliterates the cuts I've created in the entry which doesn't allow for any nuances with the warnings.  What does "adult content" mean anyhow? Offensive is a relative term.  What's offensive to you may not be to me and vice versa.

I also object to the ability of others to flag content as offensive, thus opening up whole new cans of worms and allowing the rabid thought police out there more tools to cause trouble. I just had the experience of Photobucket marking a pic as offensive in my own LOCKED account and the pic in question was the CGI altered pic of Angelina Jolie in the movie Beowulf which has been shown all over with a PG13 rating. It simply wasn't offensive to most sane people but Photobucket pulled it out of my private account and there's nothing I can do about it. (If you want to see the pic in question and judge for yourself, go to previous post, although if you're not on my f-list, you won't be able to see it.) So, an example of how completely subjective it can be.

What I find most offensive on all the latest LJ flaps, is the lack of communication on the part of LJ and the sneaky nature of their changes. No one informed us about these changes, we have to discover them through the grapevine.  After reading erestor 's post  I went to my account and changed the settings. However, LJ had defaulted one setting to "collapse adult content and explicit adult content" which would mean I couldn't look at a lot of my friends posts and I had no idea how to change that. I discovered by poking around in the comments on various friends journals that the reason was I didn't have a date of birth listed on my profile. Fixed now, but well, crap that's been an hour of my life I'll never get back.  Maybe I should go to LJ Maintenance and start flagging their entries as offensive.


nienna_weeper at 2007-12-01 08:27 (UTC) (Link)
"Maybe I should go to LJ Maintenance and start flagging their entries as offensive."

Good idea!
elfscribe5 at 2007-12-02 05:47 (UTC) (Link)
Sigh. None of it does any good as they'll do whatever they think they need to do to avoid lawsuit. I just hope people don't abuse the abuse button.
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elfscribe5 at 2007-12-02 05:50 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. I experimented with putting my LJ on the adult status and then looking at it without logging in. Didn't like the warning on the cuts. So, I'm going to continue f-locking anything that might be remotely questionable and that's the way it is.
Hope all is well with you. Hugs!
vitna at 2007-12-02 02:50 (UTC) (Link)
Ummmm... I thought that not being in someones friend list would lead to that you wouldn´t be able to read the posts from this particular someone, but I did receive this post even that I have never ever contacted to you, or does it owrk on some other way???
elfscribe5 at 2007-12-02 05:44 (UTC) (Link)
Hi there. Well this is a public post so you would be able to see it. I'm happy to friend you if you'd like to read private posts. All my stories are friends-locked.
vitna at 2007-12-02 21:15 (UTC) (Link)
Wel of course I would be happy! I am big fan of your fics! :)
Wow?! Didn´t know that I am that famous. :D
elfscribe5 at 2007-12-03 00:05 (UTC) (Link)
I was just looking last night at sketches you sent me a while back of elven clothes. Very creative. I was using them as inspiration for clothing in a fic I plan to write. Thanks so much for doing those.
vitna at 2007-12-05 22:24 (UTC) (Link)
My pleasure! It is always flattering to me to hear that talented writers like my works and may even use them! :)
But truth to be told I didn´t even remember sending any sketches for you. :P
elfscribe5 at 2007-12-06 02:02 (UTC) (Link)
emailing . . .
elfscribe5 at 2007-12-02 05:56 (UTC) (Link)
Hey, I just checked out your LJ and I didn't know you were Ulla who did all these great sketches for Dragonfever a while back? Glad to have you here!
chaotic_binky at 2008-02-26 14:45 (UTC) (Link)
Hi Elfscribe,

I have read some of your fics on OEAM and would like to friend you - a couple made me laugh and I liked your sense of humour, however I was really impressed with Wind and Fire. Definitely one to read again.

Hugs Binky xxx
elfscribe5 at 2008-02-26 18:33 (UTC) (Link)
Hey Binky,
Glad you liked some of the fics. Have added you. Welcome aboard.
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