Hey, people.

  • Dec. 29th, 2011 at 2:20 PM
la_vie_noire: Yuuko, smoking and looking pensive (Yuuko thinking)
Where are you migrating? I mean, platforms besides LJ/DW?

I'm just curious because I feel I'm missing a lot of fandom things.
la_vie_noire: (Stop with the idiocy)
The memory of sexist abuse online.

Memory of pain is a peculiar thing. There’s no doubt that the online abuse I got then, hurt – but I have difficulty remembering what it felt like. I remember the disgust I felt at those cartoons: I don’t think I was afraid but I’m not sure I would remember feeling fear any more than I properly remember feeling pain – they’re both essentially visceral emotions, not easy to remember with your head years afterwards. What I do remember, from both then and now, is the anger, the frustration, at not being able to do anything to the men who were enjoying themselves hurting me. Reporting them to LJ Abuse ceased to be satisfying as an act of retaliation when it became clear after a few days that LJ Abuse intended to do nothing about them. Banning them from my journal was not satisfying when I knew they would simply create a new journal and comment again. I wanted those men to be stopped. I wanted them permanently off livejournal as their playground. I wanted the ones who’d posted the worst threats reported to their local law enforcement. I wanted LJ Abuse to take action, as according to their own TOS they were obliged to do. And I do remember exactly how it felt to know that they wouldn’t.

As a direct result of my experiences as a product that didn’t fit in the eggbox, I became an early adopter (2007) of the Internet proverb that if you’re not paying, you’re not the customer, you’re the product. Website corporations will only care about online abuse of “the product” if it makes “the product” less saleable: and the online abusers, let’s not forget, are also “the product”. And it appears quite likely to me that they are considered a better “product” than we are – this is a gendered situation, with women overwhelmingly those being abused in this way. Women are traditionally, simply not considered as valuable an audience for advertisers. Why would our corporate overlords care if online abusers drive women away from their site, so long as the men stay?


The reality of online abuse is that some men hate women. As Sian at Crooked Rib points out, there is a recognisable set of excuses by men to make out that it doesn’t happen. The reason why so many website hosts ignore it or treat it as unimportant – we’re not useful product. Of course that perception too is rooted in sexism, and the use of sexist abuse to silence women is, as Laurie Penny points out, Older Than Dirt.

DW codes, people. Because LJ is a scary shit.

  • Oct. 28th, 2011 at 12:29 AM
la_vie_noire: (Stop with the idiocy)






Feb. 26th, 2011

  • 7:14 PM
la_vie_noire: (Anthy flower)
Via [personal profile] timeasmymeasure:

Dreamwidth open account creation week! From now until 28 February, creating an account won't require an invite code =D


Nov. 14th, 2010

  • 6:22 PM
la_vie_noire: (Anthy flower)
Via [personal profile] the_future_modernes, this is kinda awesome.

Infographic of the Day: What the Bible Got Wrong

So to anyone who thinks the Bible’s the last word on anything, remember this: It isn’t even the last word on itself.

I have a paid account for a month. And I'm so lazy to upload icons.


  • Nov. 8th, 2010 at 1:18 AM
la_vie_noire: (Yamamoto - Jirou - Kojirou)
Thank you so much to the anon who gave me 40 DW points. I'm going to try the 1 month paid account. But soon, when I'm really going to enjoy it. (This is the last week of classes, yaaaay!)

Seriously, this is amazing!

Sep. 2nd, 2010

  • 4:54 PM
la_vie_noire: (Default)
Since LJ is unashamedly making war against privacy, I have 6 DW codes if someone wants them:










Also, I don't need to tell you to NOT crosspost private things on my journal, or private comments of mine elsewhere.

Jun. 7th, 2010

  • 2:46 AM
la_vie_noire: (kashira kashira)
Okay, people, I know I'm spamming you. I'm so sorry. But I need to know...

How much time has Dreamwidth had this Expand/Collapse arrow for cuts?

Now I'm going to sleep. I guess I will know the answer tomorrow.


Feb. 26th, 2010

  • 6:06 PM
la_vie_noire: (leyendo)
DW is still under attack of trolls because they showed some ethics that LJ never had with their users.

In a repeat of last month's situation, we have once again come under attack by the same group of people attempting to extort us out of business. We've been back and forth in discussion with Google Checkout, our current payment processor, but they've decided to terminate our business relationship unless we alter our Terms of Service to prohibit all adult content.

This means that we are once again temporarily unable to accept credit cards to buy paid time for your Dreamwidth account, since prohibiting all adult content on the site goes against our Guiding Principles of free expression. We're really sorry about the problem, believe me, but we think it's important to stick to our promises to you. More than important, really: it's a requirement. We're not going to go back on our promises simply because Google and PayPal are unwilling to work with us.

We are in discussion with several alternate payment processors who share our commitment to free speech, and we will have another -- hopefully more permanent -- solution implemented as quickly as we can. In the meantime, the offer we extended the last time this happened still applies: if your paid account is about to expire, email us at accounts@dreamwidth.org and we'll extend your paid time for you.

So meanwhile, via [personal profile] rydra_wong: 101 Ways to Help Dreamwidth Grow. (They aren't things you have to do by any means, just things that will help if you do them.)

I have seen people doing Friday recs of people to read online. It's interesting, but I just want to say that if you have to read someone on internet, I will always maintain that that person has to be [personal profile] the_future_modernes. Oh Great Linkmistress.

Here, read her at [community profile] the_world_around_us. Or watch one of her hundred of comms, she has a lot of them. I guess I will miss something if I try to name them.


  • Apr. 14th, 2009 at 2:54 PM
la_vie_noire: (Anthy)
Here! Thanks to the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] usomitai. &hearts As you can see, I have nothing there, but I will. Soon.

Anyway. I swear was studying.


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