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December 20th, 2011


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02:44 pm - As of tomorrow, no more subject lines in comments on LJ
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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From:tree_and_leaf
Date:December 20th, 2011 11:41 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, are you over on DW? So am I (same username).
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 22nd, 2011 01:55 am (UTC)
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I'm not yet. I don't have the brain power to try to learn a new blogging system right now. But if LJ's going to make themselves no better, than.... I may have to try, in a few months.
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From:tree_and_leaf
Date:December 22nd, 2011 12:57 pm (UTC)
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Actually it's very similar to LJ (the update screen is a bit clunky, but the comment handling is substantially less ugly). But I know how it is when it feels like there's just too much Life happening....
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From:scorptilicus
Date:December 21st, 2011 03:45 am (UTC)
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Huh. Blogspot is starting to look pretty nice. Though now I won't have to come up with "clever" subject lines. Well, we'll see.
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From:feliciakw
Date:December 21st, 2011 04:14 am (UTC)
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So, are you going over to DW?

Also, did you once upon a time say that you had a program for saving your LJ to your hard drive? If so, I'd be much interested in such a thing.
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 22nd, 2011 01:55 am (UTC)
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Not yet. I don't have time. But if LJ's going to take away the things that make it easy to use....

I'll look again. I seem to have lost the link for that download, grrr.
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From:jhall1
Date:December 21st, 2011 10:09 am (UTC)
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It's now tomorrow here, so I thought that I'd check. And it's true, no opportunity to insert a subject line. :( Why would they want to do that?
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From:kerravonsen
Date:December 21st, 2011 11:22 am (UTC)

I Can Has Subject Line

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I think the idea is that one can still fill in subject lines, but they won't be displayed?
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From:jhall1
Date:December 21st, 2011 06:13 pm (UTC)

Re: I Can Has Subject Line

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Interesting. This comment that I'm typing now offers me a subject line field while my earlier one did not provide one. Two possible explanations:

1. With the earlier comment I was using my Friends view format, whereas this time, by using the link from my notification email, I'm using Izhilzha's journal's "native" format.

2. There's been so much protest that LJ have had a rethink and made subject lines available once more.
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From:scorptilicus
Date:December 22nd, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)

Hey, look at this. An old fashioned box. This antique could be worth something someday!

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After seeing the new comment box on some journals I've come to realize that I cannot bring myself to care either way.
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From:sarcasticval
Date:December 22nd, 2011 11:12 pm (UTC)

Re: Hey, look at this. An old fashioned box. This antique could be worth something someday!

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This comment header is made of win.

Edited at 2011-12-22 11:12 pm (UTC)
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From:sarcasticval
Date:December 22nd, 2011 11:11 pm (UTC)
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I'm so pissed about this. I'm hoping they'll change it back after a few more days of hate, but I went ahead and registered the dw account just in case.

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