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Another nail in LJ’s coffin

Originally published at BunkBlog. You can comment here or there.

As if the Livejournal abuse team hasn’t been useless (read: counterproductive) over the years, and the acquisition by SixApart has been anything but joyous and pain-free, now they are attempting to shoot themselves in the back of the head once again.

Community tagging of “offensive” content will allow complete strangers to make your LJ posts invisible to non-adult viewers.  Presumably, this means that your public posts will be restricted to logged-in LJ users with their over-18 age listed on their profiles.  And, how many people will just start sending packs of assholes to assault any community or user who counters their prejudices about the world?  I can see the leftie blogs being completely tagged as “child porn” if that’s an option the wingers could use.  And vice versa, there’s no end to the abuse that can occur when people think they are anonymous.

Naturally, to prove the point, the post that has started all this will soon be tag-bombed with “offensive” and “adult content” tags.  Wanna bet?  Wanna join the fun?


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 30th, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC)
*snorts* no, but it doesn't surprise me...*sighs*

Funny, I just added a comment to a friend's lj when I just noticed that little taggy thing there.....

Btw, I like owe you a huge apology for not calling and stuff. Things here got very....stupid, then very....for me, kind of scary. *sighs*
Nov. 30th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
I see how you are. *pout* No ham for you!
Nov. 30th, 2007 04:48 pm (UTC)
yeah, it's probably gone now lol, besides, too much salt...

no taters for me either....

I have to rethink the things I eat. Oh joy.

Well, at least everyone else can enjoy the things I can't, right?
Nov. 30th, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC)
Community tagging of “offensive” content will allow complete strangers to make your LJ posts invisible to non-adult viewers.

That isn't how it works.

You can tag your own stuff to control who sees it, if someone else tags your stuff, it remains visible but the abuse team is notified to look at it.
Nov. 30th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)
Actually, it becomes inaccessible to logged-in minors. Strangely, if you log out, you can get to it, after going through a "yes I'm an adult" screen. So, what kids are going to stay logged in then? Seems like something that will annoy people but not actually do anything valuable, so far as I can tell.
Nov. 30th, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC)
Their explanation of it says two different things... I skipped over the bullet points assuming that they would be captured/elaborated on in the paragraphs. The paragraph says
Please note that content visibility will NOT be affected just because someone flags it. Only after the content has been reviewed by the Abuse Prevention Team will a decision be made as to whether or not it warrants an adult content setting.
Note that leaves out the "to adults" provision in the bullet statements.

My misreading.

Edited at 2007-11-30 09:16 pm (UTC)
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