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LJ's little enforcement herd [Apr. 1st, 2009|07:31 am]
e_moon60
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LJ, for those of you not on it and thus not aware of its plans, is unrolling another set of bright! shiny! new ideas! they know we will all love!!!   (What they love is bragging on themselves.)

As before, they haven't fixed any of the things that bug me, nor have they ever replied directly to me when I've either complained or asked for help.   They are proposing (among other things) to institute an automatic "LJ cut" so that ALL posts are truncated behind a "read more" line after very few characters, because, they announce brightly "nobody" wants to read more than 140 characters on their Friends Page and now we won't have to suffer if someone has a long post and we have to scroll past it.

They didn't ask this "nobody."   So I (along with x-thousand other people) commented.  I said  I didn't like or want the changes.   Why?  Because when a post is partly behind an LJ cut, I don't know how long the other part it, or what's in it, and therefore waste time clicking on the link to look--and then having to click another link to get back to the Friends Page so I can scan the rest of the posts.   LJ cuts slow down reading the Friends Page.  I can easily scroll through, ignoring posts that a quick scan shows to be uninteresting.   But if people want to use them, fine--only it should be the user, not LJ, who decides where the cut goes. 

This brought forth a bunch of snarky replies to my comment.   So I gather that what LJ staff does, instead of dealing with any of the far more serious issues in their software and management, is watch eagle-eyed for anyone to complain and then pile on (along with their best buddies)  to teach them their (lowly) place in the LJ world.   Apparently they don't want anyone to step outside the lines of total adoration of everything LJ does. 

Tough.    If I like something, I say so.   If I don't like something, I say so.  If a million other people like something I don't like, that doesn't stop me from saying (and having the right to say) that I don't like it.   If a million other people don't like something I like, that doesn't stop me from saying (and having the right to say) that I do like it.  I don't care how many others like/don't like what I like/don't like.   Sucks to be you, running a business,  if you can't accept a complaint with equanimity when you wanted kudos.  







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From: bibliogirl
2009-04-01 02:04 pm (UTC)
Um.... date... check the date....
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[User Picture]From: timill
2009-04-01 02:32 pm (UTC)
2009-03-31 19:07:00

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From: bibliogirl
2009-04-01 02:40 pm (UTC)
(US time; at which time it had already turned midnight in Europe.)
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[User Picture]From: aiela
2009-04-01 02:05 pm (UTC)
(It was 4/1 in Europe when they posted that, btw.)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-04-01 02:11 pm (UTC)
So? They've done enough stupid things in the past that "joke" doesn't stand out as the most obvious possibility, no matter what the date is.

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From: sizztheseed
2009-04-01 02:27 pm (UTC)
Well, paint me curmudgeon green, but April Fool's or not, I think you're spot on about that inability to acknowledge criticism. I see it an awful lot in the tech world now. The bright spot of the current economic downturn is that the lovely little indigo snowflakes will be needing to adapt or melt into little purple puddles.

Did I just write that? Very grumpy this A.M. 'pologies.
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From: sunfell
2009-04-01 02:32 pm (UTC)
Seems like 'twitterification' is an ongoing theme this year:

Guardian switches to Twitter Technology
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[User Picture]From: aiela
2009-04-01 02:52 pm (UTC)
That one right there is my absolute favorite April Fool's joke this year.

"Heard second shot from grassy knoll! WTF!?"
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[User Picture]From: fabozz
2009-04-01 03:13 pm (UTC)
"So I gather that what LJ staff does, instead of dealing with any of the far more serious issues in their software and management, is watch eagle-eyed for anyone to complain and then pile on (along with their best buddies) to teach them their (lowly) place in the LJ world."

You've just described the national sport of the Internet.

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[User Picture]From: comrade_cat
2009-04-01 03:16 pm (UTC)
I *think* it's an April Fool's joke. That wasn't really made clear. Now I'm not sure if it's actually an AFj or if most posters just think it is...

I think it's annoying either way.
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[User Picture]From: coleoptera
2009-04-01 03:18 pm (UTC)
Poor attempt at a joke or not, it's not funny in the slightest and too in character. I think it's real, and I think it's people who don't get it, period.
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[User Picture]From: torrilin
2009-04-01 04:10 pm (UTC)
This is why I don't like a lot of April Fool's jokes. All too often, it's a power play.

I have seen one this year that I *liked*... an online forum pulled together a selection of at least a dozen hats (Carmen Miranda, cowboy hat, wizard hat, top hat...), and randomly decorated everyone's avatar with 'em. The art is nicely neutral, and a lot of posters are thrilled to see what hat they got. It fits in, since your avatar gets a cupcake on your birthday.
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[User Picture]From: djonn
2009-04-01 04:13 pm (UTC)
FWIW, for those uncertain, it is an April Fools joke -- but it takes two clicks (one on the "feedback" link in the message, one on the first cut on the resulting Frank-the-Goat LJ page) to get to the "April Fool". [There's a clue up front, though, in that the "feedback" link goes to a URL with "twitbook" in it rather than "feedback".)
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[User Picture]From: chris_gerrib
2009-04-01 06:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, neither a good idea nor a particularly good April Fool's joke.
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[User Picture]From: jenrose1
2009-04-01 07:20 pm (UTC)
I always miss the good April Fool's jokes and get stuck with lame ass ones like this instead.

That said... The way I deal with cuts is this:

Using either Firefox or a recent version of Internet explorer, I skim down my friends' page, and right click-open in tab. THen I catch up on the longer ones after I've caught up on the whole list.
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From: ozdragonlady
2009-04-01 10:44 pm (UTC)

in the unlikel event ..

that this is Not an APJ .. you can disable cuts so all your friends show full length - LJ-cut page
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[User Picture]From: ebeeman
2009-04-02 01:52 am (UTC)
They're making fun of Twitter users. Which is fine... as I am one, I can see the humor in people who think they can say anything meaningful in 140 characters.

I will say that I agree with you on how they seem to solicit feedback and ignore it, though. I posted a request for a minor change to the mobile version of LJ, got lots of "I agree!" comments to my post, and... nothing has ever been implemented.

---Ellen
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[User Picture]From: farmgirl1146
2009-04-02 06:39 am (UTC)
April Fools jokes should be punished.

BTW, I could never figure out how to use the lj cut. I just do not want to learn anymore tech crap. Whoops. I used to be a beta tester for software. One day I never wanted to see another piece of half-baked software again.
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