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30 May 2007 @ 08:34 am
No Lockpicks Required  
I checked my f'list this morning and saw that so many people had posts up that they were locking their journals. If anyone cares, I won't be locking down here. I can't conceive of anything that would make me do that. I'm sure there's something, but in general... If I locked this LJ, I'd miss out on meeting new people, and one of the best reasons to be on LJ, IMHO, is for the relationships. And I have no intention of losing that. This is my front porch, and I'm going to stay sitting here in my rocker, chatting to all who pass by, till they kick me out.

One of the things I do like about LJ, as opposed to my blog, is the ability to lock entries. Because there are times when you feel the need to be able to do that. But, I've had a blog for more than five years, with no privacy function at all, and I've pretty much just let it all hang out there. Maybe that makes my tolerance a little higher, I don't know. So for what it's worth, the majority of the posts here will remain unlocked and open to all.

I've had a website of my own for nearly ten years, and my own domain for more than half that time (that I share with ninjababe. My fiction archive is there, my blog, my website, my email lists. So if I ever disappear from here, that's where you'll find me :) I'll put a notice on my archive with new contact info if the need ever arises.

I think that about covers it.

A Little Bit Later: Yes, I do know what's caused so many people to lock down their LJs. I'd have had to live in a cave the last few days not to! Last week I'd said to Nin, after hearing about what was happening on MySpace on the news, that LJ was probably next. I believe something similar happened on Yahoo Groups a few years back as well.

Just wanted to clarify I was aware of the current situation.

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Maybe I'm the plucky comic relief...?: Titanic going downagentxpndble on May 30th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
People are locking down like mad because of a recent mass-purge:

Today it emerges that a group called Warriors for Innocence have, indeed, targeted livejournal and those users with obvious interests in child pornography, rape, paedophilia and the like. Livejournal today suspended pornish_pixies (which appears to be permenant) and several other smaller groups. One livejournal user has had both of her RPG journals suspended for listing things like "beating people up" on a character journal of a villain. Livejournal's "legal team" say that they cannot handle individual journals on a case by case basis and that anyone with content thought to be promoting illegal activity is at risk.

I'd point you to the entry which that is taken from, but it's locked. I have at least one friend (perfectly innocent) who's journal has been deleted - There is talk that locking journal entries is effective in protecting yourself from googling and persecution.
Ithithildyn on May 30th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know why everyone is locking down. I'm just saying I'm not willing to give up the part of LJ I enjoy most by following suit. Which is why I added where you can find me were I to dissapear from LJ.

Maybe I'm the plucky comic relief...?: Penguin - Keyboard Bangagentxpndble on May 30th, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC)
Cool.

And not a bad idea, come to think of it... People are being deleted suddenly and with no appeal.
Ithithildyn on May 30th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC)
I actually save a copy of my f'list, so if I had to, I could visit every single one and let them know where my new digs are. Yeah, I'm paranoid that way [g] I know the internet can be a place where people you're fond of can just dissapear over night. It's happened enough that I try and take precautions. I have a few good friends who are charged with contacting places I hang out if something were to happen to me, so people would know what happened.
She went that-a-way...: Beretjinxed_wood on May 30th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC)
As far as I can make out, as long as one doesn't have the more extreme words listed in one's interests, one's pretty safe; which must mean there using LJ's search engine to track journals down. So, it isn't the posts one should be toning down, it's the interests page! I figure I'm pretty safe (unless they're really, really, really extreme!)

Like you, I'm not going to start locking down posts I haven't before (I reckon there isn't anything there that is that</i> offensive)- but I'm keeping my Beret on, nonetheless :-)
lillie: nicknatlilliew on May 30th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC)
I locked mine down a few years ago mainly due to political harassment on LJ. I was very active in a few conservative communities, a moderator of one, and then started to get trolled on my own personal journal. Several conservative friends of mine had similar harassment and even had their personal journal posts copied and ridiculed elsewhere. One friend was a semi-public figure and had to quit his LJ because of the harassment and threats to make his political beliefs and posts public (one troll even called his agent). Thus, I made the decision to keep all my posts locked. Things are probably not as bad now, since there isn't much of a conservative base (or vocal one at least) anymore. But similar to what is going on now, bad things can happen because you just don't know for sure who is out there reading.

Locking down is useless against LJ itself, as they can look at anyones pages any time they want. But others could go on witch-hunts probably, not to mention search engines crawling for content and find questionable content, especially if they are feeling vindictive.

If you're like me, you don't have much that you post that you don't mind if others read anyway and its not that big of a deal. This is why using pseudonyms and keeping your RL data private is important as well. However, I tend to go a bit more onto the personal side, mainly because I do keep my friends list pretty small, which is why I also keep mine locked now.

Similar things have happened before on LJ. Some major thing happens and people freak and start locking accounts and leaving etc. etc. This will pass and settle down eventually.
Ithithildyn on May 30th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
I remember when you were having problems. I do lock stuff to do with work, because that just seems sensible. The internet is not a safe place.
captnofmyheartcaptnofmyheart on May 30th, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC)
Ive been so caught up in the illegal immigrant travesty that Ive kind of ignored LJ lately...when did all of this start??
Ith: Media - Watanabe: Horseithildyn on May 30th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
A few days ago as far as I can tell.
Ithithildyn on May 30th, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC)
And here's a link to the most recent meta fandom roundup, if you're looking for background from all over: http://community.livejournal.com/metafandom/114420.html