matt1993: (conga of the apocalypse)
[personal profile] matt1993
Now that I know a lot of people are leaving LJ and moving to DreamWidth now, I feel the need to make a probably incoherent ramble about how I really don't want to have to move to DreamWidth, or even create a backup journal on DreamWidth just because everyone else is. (Unless there's a way to transfer ALL of my old entries and ALL of the comments on them there, because I'm a nostalgic guy who likes having a LJ because I get to look back at old entries and comments from several years ago and DO NOT want to lose that, especially not while I'm still not done with my trip through memory lane / catching up on things I'd went on a hiatus from checking) So if you're moving to DreamWidth or another site, PLEASE don't leave LJ entirely, okay?

This is making me so sad... In 2015 or so, LJ was already a lot less active than it used to be - now it feels like everyone who hasn't already left is leaving! :(

Date: Mon, Apr. 10th, 2017 03:39 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm not leaving. And you don't have to worry about your LJ being taken down, because it looks like the only ones that could possibly have that happen are ones that are criticizing the Russian government or posting political things (actual political things, like gay rights stuff, etc). You don't do any of those things. But there's no harm in opening a DreamWidth account to stay in touch with people who DO choose to leave. :)

Date: Mon, Apr. 10th, 2017 03:48 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Helpful stuff:

"Of course, concerns about the TOS come with some caveats. The terms don’t apply to permanent, paid accounts, so some of the platform’s most popular users – who would otherwise be in danger from the 3,000 viewers rule – don’t have to worry yet. In addition, realistically, these changes are aimed primarily at Russian users. LiveJournal is one of the country’s most popular blogging platforms, and Vladimir Putin faces an upcoming election in March of 2018. Given that timing, this certainly seems like the beginning of a domestic pre-election political crackdown, rather than any sort of international censorship effort."

Date: Tue, Apr. 11th, 2017 00:36 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Okay, no difference though.

Date: Mon, Apr. 10th, 2017 04:24 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Let me check my DreamWidth... yes, you CAN transfer all your entries and comments! You can even set it to cross-post on both sites if you want.

Date: Mon, Apr. 10th, 2017 23:14 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The answer is yes to almost everything, I believe. If you have more than 15 userpics, it might not be the same, but don't quote me on that. Yes, I do mean the comments you got from other people on your entries. Your LJ friends will be imported as OpenID accounts.

Haven't tried it myself, but I would imagine it's possible to make more than one account on DW.

Date: Mon, Apr. 10th, 2017 23:52 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Not off the top of my head, no. Maybe InsaneJournal (which I haven't used in YEARS) or DeadJournal...

Of course your icons are part of who you are! I think most people would agree with you!

Yeah, all the world news and LJ news is making me sad, too. Not that it's drama as my icon would indicate!

At least my Photobucket pictures are now viewable again, so there's that!

Date: Tue, Apr. 11th, 2017 00:43 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm personally not worried about random people hating me for those things, but I can understand why you'd feel that way!

Hmm. I think that yes, you probably do need some time to calm down and collect your thoughts on the matter. I don't think it will affect people who don't post about Russian news, but who knows?

Date: Tue, Apr. 11th, 2017 02:01 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, I can understand that it's affecting you personally. That's okay. :)

Oh no! That's probably not a good feeling!

Date: Tue, Apr. 11th, 2017 00:22 (UTC)
christina_maria: (ass kickin boots)
From: [personal profile] christina_maria
Sorry to just jump into your thread, but if you do the paid Dreamwidth account you get I think 100 user pics available to you, and they also let you buy additional user pic packages (similar to buying extra LJ user pictures). I don't know if that is any help to you, but thought I'd mention :)

Date: Tue, Apr. 11th, 2017 01:14 (UTC)
christina_maria: (ass kickin boots)
From: [personal profile] christina_maria
That's good to know. I had no idea you could have so many, of course I barely am using the 100 my account has so that may be why I hadn't found that info *lol*. =)

You are welcome.

Date: Mon, Apr. 10th, 2017 05:25 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hello! Your entry got to top-25 of the most popular entries in LiveJournal!
Learn more about LiveJournal Ratings in FAQ (

Date: Mon, Apr. 10th, 2017 06:11 (UTC)
cactus_rs: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cactus_rs
The reason everyone is moving to DW is because you can easily import your journal (including comments) and keep it as a backup over there. The only thing you lose are the photos and videos (and I guess voice entries?) that you've uploaded to LJ.

Date: Mon, Apr. 10th, 2017 06:40 (UTC)

Date: Mon, Apr. 10th, 2017 07:55 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hi~ I saw this entry on my lj homepage and I just wanna say that there's a way for you to transfer/import your lj entries and comments into dreamwidth.

Date: Mon, Apr. 10th, 2017 09:24 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Date: Mon, Apr. 10th, 2017 09:59 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You can indeed import all your years of old posts with all the comments that go with them onto DW. I did it last week as well and I am also one who loves to read my old "diary" from years ago. The tags also come along...

Date: Mon, Apr. 10th, 2017 10:55 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, there's a way to transfer ALL of your old entries and ALL of the comments on them, with their dates. The queue is backed up right now, so it takes a couple of days running in the background, but it's fairly straightforward: you give DW your LJ password so it can log in as you, start the transfer job, log out, and you'll get periodic inbox messages about the job's progress while continuing to use LJ and/or DW as usual.

drive by comment

Date: Mon, Apr. 10th, 2017 11:42 (UTC)
plicease: (Default)
From: [personal profile] plicease
Just fyi, you can import all of your entries and all comments from LJ to DW.

(I apologize for the drive by comment, just wanted give you the info, I know a lot of people who don't want to migrate).

Date: Mon, Apr. 10th, 2017 12:22 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I feel ya on this. I'm so nostalgic. Even though I rarely use LJ anymore, the thought of leaving and never coming back, ever, is disheartening... especially when some of us are still here.

Date: Mon, Apr. 10th, 2017 14:31 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am staying. I don't think we, a tiny minority of international users have much to worry about with the last changes. Also, I do not think I will be punishing LJ or Putin or taking any meaningful stand by leaving. And I will be posting photos of London Pride and not marking them 'adult' as I always have. And if I fall victim of Putin's evil regime and censorship, then be it. That would be going with a bang (and I will have a story to tell) rather than fading away into oblivion on DW , haha.
Edited Date: Tue, Apr. 11th, 2017 00:01 (UTC)

Date: Mon, Apr. 10th, 2017 14:52 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I backed up my LJ to DW, and it brought over everything, including locked entries and comments. Only things it didn't do was profile info and icons (so save those). And I really don't want to leave LJ either, but I might have to, since they're already banning users for political and LGBT+ entries. Though I doubt Putin is going to pay too much attention to journals that have under 3k followers.

Date: Mon, Apr. 10th, 2017 15:17 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
No one wants to, but many people believe that they cannot, in good conscience, agree to follow "the laws of the Russian Federation" which seriously curtail free speech.

Date: Mon, Apr. 10th, 2017 15:38 (UTC)
lore: hermione/me shy and peeking over a wall (Default)
From: [personal profile] lore
Unless there's a way to transfer ALL of my old entries and ALL of the comments on them there...

There is. The importer can grab your whole journal, tags, icons, profile, comments and all. Good luck!

love, lore

Date: Mon, Apr. 10th, 2017 19:37 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well said! I'm not going anywhere either. I love my LJ and I'm staying right here.

Date: Mon, Apr. 10th, 2017 22:22 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm not leaving, I just have DW for a backup. If LJ stays around, it'll all be fine :)

Date: Tue, Apr. 11th, 2017 02:21 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've been on LJ since their popular days, before the company began to switch hands so often and I'll always have a soft spot for it. For me, it just began to feel like screaming into the void because so many of the amazing people that I came to know here left, and now with the TOS change, even more of those people are leaving. Dreamwidth is a good alternative, and I'm pretty sure I have a journal over there that I don't remember the details to, and maybe I should dust that thing off. Right now, I'm trying to make a home on It's up and coming and in a stage where members feedback is being heard quickly, and being responded to, which is something that I like. I like to feel like I'm building my presence at a site that is also building itself up at the same time. It's not for everyone, but I like new and shiny sometimes and feeling like I have a say in things.


What has ten fingers, autism, synesthesia, a crush on Enya, lots of Mario games, thousands of regrets, a feeling of worry about being judged for almost everything, and a tendency to write blurbs that become outdated quickly?


...You're not laughing. Have you heard this one already?

Anyway, in my journal, at first almost all of my entries were public, but lately I've been making more and more of my entries friends-only, usually if they're about things I worry (MAYBE too much) about. I never really intended for it to turn out that way, hence why I didn't put up any sort of "this journal is semi-friends-only" notice until just now (July 2015).

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