Hello. I am Vincent. I was one of the hundreds of webloggers on
Live Journal of which Six Apart, capitulating to the whim of an anti-erotica vigilanté gang, "permanently suspended". (It sent me two E-Mail messages, five minutes apart, telling me this. It never E-Mailed me that I was reinstated.)
My terminated LJ was my hidden journal. I was astute in keeping it separate from my acknowledged LJ.
I have no intention to ever make another entry on LJ. Six Apart probably has all its internet surveillance technology, maybe even including a keystroke logger, awaiting my next logon. (I shall leave it up as a ruined monument, similar to a bombed-out monastery; since vigilanté gangs frequently claim a religious foundation.) The bean counters of Six Apart have only one definition of "free speech": That which will not scare away the investors and advertisers who want to profit off the exertions of its members.
I went to Greatest Journal; but then it directed one of my friends there to remove some verbiage from his User Info page. Now, I am here on Insane Journal. I am clicking on links of other IJ'ers who have the same Interests as I.
One of my Interests is "role playing". But this is actually in the meta depth. I do not play RPG on-line or in the real world. But on the World-Wide Web, I am hiding my real name & location behind this personae. If, at some future point, I actually meet any of you in the real world, then you might learn the actual person behind this mask. But I would have to trust that you wouldn't "out" me here.
I apologize if this reply seems to be boilerplate. But the people I am friending deserve more than a one-liner reading, "Hi. Add me, please?". I invite you to read my User Info page(s) (both on here, and on LJ as smooot4) to see if I am o.k. with you.
One warning upfront: Here on IJ, I have friended littlegirllover, who seemed to become the crucible of the entire
strikethrough attack. That may be pushing the envelope a little too far for you. (It may be pushing the envelope a little too far for littlegirllover.) It does not mean I am uninterested in reading your scribblings.
I migrated over here after the Strikethrough partly because I was affected - through my fandom and my survivor communities. I was affected from the mass panic that these deletions caused. I was affected by the outpouring of anger and rage that 6A's actions caused. And I was affected by the solidarity of the populace at livejournal. The fact that the news travelled quicker than any news the LJ staff might feed the users.
I am outraged that the news reports coming out of 6A seem to play down the whole event when it was a violation of so many rights that it isn't even funny. The proper protocal for deleting any of those journals would have been to receive a legitimate legal letter from law enforcement or an agency like such and then taking action.
But they didn't do that. They proceded to wipe out several communities and user journals without so much as a "thank you for shopping with us" or a quick journal read to determine what was in fact being discussed. I know that takes time, but time is what it takes to do something right.
I still have my account at LJ, I am waiting until my paid subscription runs out and then I will go down to basic and eat their bandwidth. Some of my friends have follwed me here, but for those that have not, I will stay at LJ to read and comment only.
I am insanely bothered by the new LJ main layout. I consider it a violation of my privacy that when on a public terminal everyone can see what my friends last comments were and mine too for that matter. I am also pissed off that LJ has moved all pertinent news to the bottom right corner. It's almost like they are hiding from us. And they don't include and "opt-out" option so that I can have my news first.
So here I am, friend following or no, for the better I am hoping. My trust in LJ is shattered beyond all repair and I feel violated and dirty every time I talk about them.
I am making a new start, a new life so to speak here. I have created some fandom communities over here and hope they continue to gather new members.
I wish all you other refugees the best! We have been through a right bit of hell, haven't we...