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18 April 2017 @ 03:23 pm
The Great LJ Migration...  

So I have a question and I want some honest opinions.

Why does everyone seem to think Live Journal is going under?

Maybe I'm missing something but it seems like ever since LJ moved to Russia people just assume it is going under. However, I feel the migration from LJ is going to be a self-fulling prophecy. If you fear LJ is going to disappear the worst thing you can do is abandon it. Now I'm not saying you can't take the precaution of backing up to Dreamwidth, and I admit I've done this for my journal and several comunities, not all yet, but I have no intention of leaving LJ because then I'm just making it's downfall a reality.

Now, having said that maybe I'm missing something? Has something major happened that pretty much ensures it's downfall? Or are we just so upset they are now in Russia because frankly it matters very little to me where they are based as long as I have my Live Journal.

Please be respectful when responding, I have been absent for a bit so it is highly likely I've missed something.

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Jo Ann: Spring: Cat w. flower crownyeuxdebleu on April 19th, 2017 12:50 am (UTC)
Personally, I don't think LJ is "going under." I just don't like their new terms of service and the fact that all disputes and mediation will be handled in Moscow. They even give a Moscow address for snail mail. There used to at least be an office San Francisco, but it's gone now.

Many people post slash fiction and slash photos and since Russia has laws about that, they're afraid their LJs will be deleted. I'm at DW for the same reason many others are: backup for LJ.

The two people who own DW (Denise and Mark) are former LJers and have designed DW using the same platform as LJ, as much as the open source coding allows. It doesn't censor anything, has no advertisers, and is entirely supported by its membership. Its similarity to LJ is why, I think, people who leave LJ are going there rather to a journaling site like WordPress.