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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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ringlatringlat on April 23rd, 2017 08:16 pm (UTC)
LJ was always slowly dying but now everyone's jumping ship (again) due to the new terms of service, from what I've heard. Some are afraid of censureship and stuff that's going to happen due to the server location but now there's stuff like they're shortening how long you can be inactive before deleting your journal... Russia's doing stuff like falsely imprisoning people and claiming stuff like "well we think you did it x y and z, you're just good enough at computers that you could delete your info!" and ignoring all proof to the contrary, so I can really see why GLBT-interested Russians would immediately leave for DW. I think us people in other countries are pretty safe at least, but I also understand that we don't know how it's going to be 5 years from now. I mean even YouTube and Google are "censoring" tons of stuff now.

For me personally, the last straw was when my LJ account was somehow "caught in their spam filter" a few weeks ago, so they suspended my account without any explanation or notification Email despite that they supposedly always notify you unless you "did something super bad". A few other people had this happen to them too. I managed to get my account back but even if there was no weird, secret reason for doing it that just screams ineptness to me.... I have basically no friends left here and those that ARE here already have a DW account (or were really easily convinced to switch), and I'm only following one actually active comm on LJ and they're switching to DW as well.

I've only ever been on LJ because of the comms. I'd come to LJ every day if I just had really active friends here, but apparently all the comms are dead and Twitter/Tumblr people just CANNOT be convinced to get a LJ account. So, self-fulfilling prophecy, yeah maybe.

Edited at 2017-04-23 08:23 pm (UTC)