I'm very sorry I've been absent for a couple of weeks! Mostly it was to do with stress, illness and other such horrible things I won't bother you with, but I do have something important to say about the comm...
OK, so I was very disturbed by the new Livejournal TOCs that we all have to agree to in order to carry on. I'm worried because...
1) I feel there is a real data-related risk. OK, so nobody's going to find out anything about me that's important to anyone else, I don't suppose. But (esp. but not only given that I have to maintain a public academic profile) I should at least worry a bit about what sort of information about me is on LJ, and where it might end up.
2) That's not just a concern about me, it's an ethical concern for all LJ users, which probably means I ought to protest in principle.
3) As Railise pointed out last week, LJ now supports LGBQT suppression as per Russian laws, and that's something I'm actively opposed to. I strongly feel I cannot to support LJ for that reason.
So, I think what this means for me is that I will end up deleting my journal and saying a sad farewell to LJ after all these years (13 years for me!). I don't like the idea but I don't like what LJ has officially become :(
But on the other hand I don't want to lose touch with all you wonderful people, and I don't want to lose our weekly spam sessions
That leaves a couple of possibilities, and I'd like your help choosing between them:
a) Someone takes over from me as mod and chief spam-poster at hllocksley. (And then I just drop by each week using Open ID)
b) We move hllocksley to Dreamwidth. (I will be there, and it's possible to comment on posts there with Open ID if you don't have a DW account. But I'd really like to not be the only one over there with spam-posting duties because the next few months involve some pretty horrendous workload for me.)
[ETA that I have now backed up all previous hllocksley posts over on DW at https://hllocksley.dreamwidth.org]
c) Something I haven't thought of.
I'll keep my LJ open for a short while, while I'm moving things to Dreamwidth. It would be lovely to have some feedback from y'all.
I'm really sorry to spring sad things on you though :( I suspect I'm not the only person worrying about these things.