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30 November 2007 @ 12:34 am
From the desk of your mostly absentee mod...  
If you're not already aware or if you've been following lj_biz, in their infinite wisdom LJ has decided to make it easier for anyone to flag anything they don't deem appropriate.

Hence, I've already changed the community setting to "adult concepts" (the moderate setting) in an effort *not* to have to put the whole community behind a lock and have people grovel for permission to join and also to preempt anyone from deciding for me that you're all not responsible enough to make your own decisions. I may change it back but for the meantime, we'll run it for a test drive and see how it works.

So what does this mean for you? Is you'll likely to have to change your personal settings from the default to accept anything beyond Club Penguin level to be able to read and access the community. killabeez has a pretty decent run down of what you need to do to change the settings.

If you still have any other questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to ask and/or rail here.
Current Mood: pissed offtesty
Skyler: CrushonGirlzvernajast on November 30th, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)
*stares at club penguin website in horror*

Oh. Force. /cheese/ Can't the let kids see this!! I'd never hear the end of it!!

I can only shake my head at this new policy. I came here to make my stuff available to friends on dA who couldn't access it because they weren't 18 (they were 16 and 17).

For now, the 14+ setting (Adult Concepts) is okay (on my own journal), but only because I have to settle for one of them. I'd much prefer to let parents take responsibility for what their kids see. According to http://www.livejournal.com/legal/privacy.bml:

LiveJournal is not directed at children under 13 years of age but, we recognize that with proper adult supervision some parents might permit their children to visit LiveJournal and use our Service. COPPA requires that we obtain the consent of parents and guardians in order for children under 13 years of age to use certain features of LiveJournal.

So it's their damned responsibility if they let their kids on here. *roll* Or am I completely out-of-order? Sorry, but I have kids. I know I'm responsible for what they see and hear and I wouldn't blame an artist or writer if they saw something they weren't supposed to. It would mean I wasn't supervising them correctly. The Internet is not a babysitter like the TV was for my parents when I was a kid.

Thanks..uh...sorry, but you said we could 'rail'.
Prima: KotORModprimad on November 30th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
I have a twelve year old and an eight year old myself. Do I really want them to read kotorslash? Not particularly and that's why I have a SonicWall that can block any site I don't feel that's appropriate for them. Why? Because I'm responsible like that and I don't feel the need to make other people responsible for my children. Especially, the one's that make it their life mission to be obnoxious assholes by usurping my parental duties unsolicited and unwanted.

(aside: And I'm really looking forward to LJ being flooded with the results of their decision from people who find everything from the words "Pro-choice" to "Evolution" and everything in between inappropriate.)

That being said, if people legitmately are finding it difficult to access the community with all the hoop jumping, I'll change it back. I just want to know about it.

Heh. And rail away. I know I am.

Edited at 2007-12-01 03:52 pm (UTC)
Zhou Tai's Day Offzhoutaisdayoff on November 30th, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
Hm, I was afraid of this. And at the same time, expecting it. With this whole kerfuffle going on. =/
NeekerBreeker: black adder-fornicate off!skinship on December 1st, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
Thanks for the heads up, Prima; I for one was unaware that this was going on. What an absolutely moronic and disrespectful decision from the LJ staff, but since we're playing in their yard, all we can do is grit our teeth and bear it. Your mods will keep an eye out for trouble, but if you've run into difficulties while in the comm due to these new LJ settings, please let us know and we'll see how we can help.

I'll take this opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of using lj-cuts and labelling adult content as such. So far, everyone's known how to act responsibly in this manner without any neck-breathing from the LJ staff, and I have utter confidence that you'll continue to do so in the future. But it might be good to add in an extra dollop of carefulness, in light of these recent events.
Zhou Tai's Day Offzhoutaisdayoff on December 1st, 2007 03:14 am (UTC)
I guess nowadays, we can never be too careful.
Prima: KotORModprimad on December 6th, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I suspect it was on the downlow simply because it was going to be so unpopular after Strikethrough 2: Electric Boogaloo.

That being said, I've been thinking of different options just in case this turns out to be an unmitigated disaster but unfortunately even those don't hold much promise at this point. There's rumors that Greatest Journal is going to go belly up simply because they can't handle the influx of new users due to LJ's recent woes and now the sale...and I have to wonder how Insane Journal is handling the deluge because GJ is sending new users there instead.

And unfortunately, perhaps OTW might be an option in the future but they're not even close to ready yet.

So while I'm not optimistic for what the future holds with LJ, I guess we'll just keep hanging here for awhile until a viable option opens up.

Edited at 2007-12-06 05:36 pm (UTC)