Tove :)
26 October 2012 @ 11:22 pm, reposted by vampslayer04
So, after nearly a decade at this site, LJ finally does something that makes me actually rage. No popcorn and laughing as the masses storm to news posts complaining, this time I'm actually worried.

A while back I was invited to help out with BETA testing new LJ services (I got this invite via lj_releases).

They have just announced BETA testing of a new friendslist.

LJ is planning on redoing everyone's friendslists in the style of the new comment page and update page. They want to copy tumblr and make your friendslist into a dashboard-like system page (infinite scrolling and all). It's also been renamed to "feed" (this I don't mind too much, though). In fact the whole dashboard idea with infinite scrolling wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the fact that everyone will be locked to one specific layout. The system style comment pages are bad enough, but now I'll have to strain my eyes reading my flist? That defeats the purpose of this entire site. The font, use of whitespace, oversized boxes and UI elements ... all contribute to making the page difficult to read, on a site where all you do is read. Aaaah. Even just the possibility of adjusting the font (style and size) would make this suggestion easier to swallow, but it's still not something I'd want for my journal. It would not improve my LJ experience in any way (in fact it would most likely make my daily LJ activities more time consuming).

Now, I wasn't able to make the BETA page display my own friendslist, so I apologise to the random users who are featured in the screenshot, but to give everyone an idea, the below image shows you what your friendslist probably will look like in a couple of months.


(Click for big)

[A couple of more screenshots]
I never switched over from Dystopia, so that adds to the weirdness. You're going to have to picture this with the standard LiveJournal drop down navigation + no blue sidebar to the left. Click the screenshots for bigger versions.

Top of page with links to journal, archive, profile


Example of text heavy post as displayed on friendslist


New buttons to the right replace the navigation strip. One tab for filters


One tab for Archive/Calendar, you can filter your feed to display posts from one specific date. These buttons follow along as you scroll down the page (infinite scrolling).



All friendslists will look the same.

Snippet from the locked post at lj_releases:
The friends page has been redesigned as a system page for all users, and is now available for Beta testers. There is a link at the top of your friends page allowing you to switch between the new and old versions, and will later go into public beta testing. You can switch back and forth between both versions throughout beta testing.

PUBLIC POST AT lj_releases ABOUT THE NEW FRIENDSLIST: http://lj-releases.livejournal.com/79480.html.

You can also see the proposed changes for yourself by enabling the BETA on your own journal (instructions from ruljautonews):
It's trivially easy to test beta features.
1) Go to lj_ru_beta and request to join.
2) Wait to get confirmation that you've been accepted into the community (this could take a few hours.)
3) Go to this page and choose Go To under Beta.
4) That's it, you're now testing the beta release. All site-scheme pages should now display a big "BETA BETA BETA BETA BETA BETA" in yellow letters across the top.
5) You could make comments in the lj_ru_beta post, but if you do please keep this in mind: the majority of commenters there don't speak English and if they do it's not their primary language. Machine translation of Russian is lousy. "My hovercraft is full of eels" lousy. While you can engage in basic dialogue and get a feel for what the other person is saying, don't get too hung up on anyone's phrasing.

You can easily switch back to the old version.

Make sure you let LJ know what you think of these proposed changes, I can't be the only one who thinks this is a horrible idea.

ETA: It's nice to see that I'm not the only one worried about the proposed changes, but please direct your feedback through the proper channels. This is a private journal, I have no affiliation with LJ. Please also be respectful when addressing the LJ staff. They are just doing their jobs. Thanks!

ETA2: Russian news post about the BETA test: http://lj-ru-beta.livejournal.com/7013.html

ETA3: Added more screenshots.

ETA4: Additional info at ruljautonews: http://ruljautonews.livejournal.com/27964.html

ETA5: An update on the new site scheme.

ETA6: Public beta has now been announced. Official announcement.

ETA7 (really?): RUSSIAN NEWS POSTS CONFIRM PAGINATION AND ABILITY TO CUSTOMIZE FONT AND BACKGROUND IN THE FUTURE, ruljautonews HAS MORE: http://ruljautonews.livejournal.com/28207.html
 
 
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Am I the good one now?
Originally posted by moerlin at As of tomorrow, no more subject lines in comments on LJ
I was gonna update this with much happier stuff, but for the past week I've just been so enraged with LJ's asshattery that I've had it to here.

In case you didn't know, on 12/12 they first announced sneakily on the Russian journal of LJ's design guy that with new changes being implemented tomorrow, there will be no more subject lines in comments and that this change was "non-negotiable" (good round-up and translation here). I'm sure you all realize that this will basically make fandom and RP communities unusable. LJ's staff, however, doesn't give a shit. At least 18 pages of 100% negative feedback didn't sway them.

They've backpedaled some and will make keeping comment subject lines optional in some S2 styles, but the default (that 99% of communities are running right now) will decidedly be subject-less! Not to mention that their new and frankly, fucking ugly design will take forever to load and make the site a pain to use on mobile browsers.

And oh, it looks like they might be taking away the drop-down menu to select icons as well, so you'll have to load all your icons as pictures to select them. Lovely. (I will beta-test tonight to see if this is actually true.)

Really, I don't know why I'm surprised. LJ is always fucking with the parts of the site that actually work and breaking them, so this is just another instance of that. Because seriously, who are subject lines hurting by just being there? (And no, it can't be a matter of server strain, considering the new "graphic" interface will definitely be using up more resources - so much fun when there's DDoS attacks!)
As far as I know, they've never once listened to their customers, so those thousands of comments already posted probably won't do shit. I've left a message expressing my concerns about the new comment pages here anyway; so if you want to do that too, go for it! If anything, it helps with the rage. ;)

FYI: Dreamwidth is feeling Christmasy has reacted to LJ's bullshit and has open account creation (no invite codes needed) for the rest of the week. Might be a good idea to get your back-up or new home, whatever the case may be, up and running now.

 
 
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Am I the good one now?
22 November 2011 @ 10:56 am
Originally posted by kylecassidy at post
Via Citykitties (emphasis mine):

A good samaritan found this cat today in a gutter by Clark Park, half dead. He is now at the Cat Doctor with a body temperature of 90 (normal is 102) and blood PCV of 8. The Cat Doctor housecat, Diamond, is currently donating blood to save his life. During the exam, the vet found that this cat has a microchip. When called, his "owners" reported that he was acting sick, so they put him outside. If this makes you as angry as it makes us, please channel your anger in one of two ways: visit our website at www.citykitties.org and make a donation to help us pay for his care, or share this post and encourage others to do so.




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Am I the good one now?
16 October 2011 @ 02:48 pm
Originally posted by gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment


Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.


 
 
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Am I the good one now?
23 March 2010 @ 01:18 am
If a catastrophe struck and you had to leave your home in a hurry (and never return), what items would you grab in your last ten minutes, and why?


The cat, the cat's food, the cat's carrier, harness and leash. Food for me, plus a backpack so I can carry that stuff. Anything else is definitely secondary.

Though if I had a chance I'd probably grab my PS2 and some of my rarer games. I'm not likely to find an original PS2 or some of those games again.
 
 
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Am I the good one now?
09 November 2007 @ 05:07 pm
stolen from koohii_cafe.

Your Masculine Side
[x] you love hoodies.
[x] you love jeans.
[x] dogs are better than cats
[ ] it's hilarious when people get hurt.
[x] you've played with/against boys on a team.
[x] shopping is torture.
[ ] sad movies suck.
[x] you own an x-box.
[x] played with hotwheels cars as a kid.
[ ] at some point in time you wanted to be a firefighter.
[x] you own a DS, PS2 or sega.
[x] you used to be obsessed with power rangers.
[ ] you watch sports on TV.
[ ] gory movies are cool.
[x] you go to your dad for advice.
[ ] you own like a trillion baseball caps.
[ ] you like going to football games.
[ ] you used to/do collect baseball cards.
[ ] baggy pants are cool to wear.
[ ] it's kinda weird to have sleepovers with a bunch of people.
[x] green, black, red, blue, or silver are one of your favorite colors.
[x] you love to go crazy and not care what people think.
[ ] sports are fun.
[ ] talk with food in your mouth.
[ ] wear boxers.
Total = 12

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Your Feminine Side
[ ] you wear lip gloss.
[ ] you love to shop.
[ ] you wear eyeliner.
[x] you have some of the same shirts in different colors.
[x] you wear the color pink.
[x] go to your mom for advice.
[x] you consider cheerleading a sport
[ ] you hate wearing the color black.
[x] you like hanging out at the mall.
[ ] you like getting manicures and/or pedicures.
[x] you like wearing jewelry.
[ ] skirts are a big part of your wardrobe.
[ ] shopping is one of your favorite hobbies.
[ ] you don't like the movie star wars.
[x] you are/were in cheerleading, gymnastics or dance.
[x] it takes you around 1 hour to shower, get dressed, and put on make-up and accessories.
[ ] you smile a lot more than you should.
[x] you have more than 10 pairs of shoes.
[x] you care about what you look like.
[ ] you like wearing dresses when you can.
[x] you like wearing body spray/perfume/cologne.
[x] you wear girl underwear.
[x] used to play with dolls as little kid.
[ ] like putting make-up on someone else for the joy of it.
[ ] like taking pictures of yourself with your cell phone/camera when you're bored.
Total = 13

Feminine side wins, but just barely. *laughs*
 
 
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Am I the good one now?
05 October 2007 @ 02:43 pm
Halloween Meme
_thatfatgirl_ shows up with burning torches, pitchforks and dip
catystorm TPs your Wings Greatest Hits
cryogenia carves velvet_mace's effigy in the medium of brains
dragonalchemist eats tv_elf's spicy, spicy brains.
etcetera_cat calls dragonalchemist to let them know the psycho killer's in the State Penitentiary
eyesthatslay swoops on _thatfatgirl_ and drains their Bank Manager's lunchbox
guardrailslayer haunts your candy
macsauce runs around screaming for hours until abruptly silenced by etcetera_cat, wielding a sharpened axe
mercy_slays summons the undead armies of macsauce to steal your candy
senashenta gives you a toothbrush
sky_dark buries senashenta at the crossroads with a gerbil through their heart
trouble_is_goodtrouble_is_good creates an unholy monstrosity from cryogeniacryogenia, senashentasenashenta and _thatfatgirl__thatfatgirl_
tv_elf tries to pick up Phantom Hitchhikers
velvet_mace puts real eyeballs in your socks
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Am I the good one now?
01 April 2007 @ 09:00 pm
Can you believe I almost forgot it was April Fool's Day? Yeah. Tells you where my mind's been.
 
 
 
Am I the good one now?
30 January 2007 @ 10:25 pm
Romantic Seme
Romantic Seme
Take Are you a Seme or an Uke? today!
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You are the lowest level seme. A true gentlemen, don't even think of approaching the Badass Uke unless you want your ass kicked. You're safest sticking with a partner who is gentle and can appreciate your mature, loving ways and protective nature. Most often found with a handful of roses and wine, you are committed to your partner and their happiness, which makes you a perfect match for the Innocent Uke.
 
 
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Am I the good one now?
20 December 2006 @ 03:06 pm
bunnies aren't just cute like everybody supposes.
they've got those hoppy legs and twitchy little noses.
and what's with all the carrots?
what do they need such good eyesight for anyway?


(\__/) This is Bunny.
(='.'=) Copy and paste bunny onto your LJ.
(")_(") Help Bunny gain World Domination.




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In other news, still hate the new update page. Why oh why is userpic choice at the top? It's confusing.
 
 
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