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The recent Livejournal redirection unpleasantness
As a number of people have noted, Livejournal placed into their software for a period of time code which would do two rude things:

1. Alter links to ecommerce sites to forward users to a particular company's URL.
2. Replace affiliate markers on such links with a different affiliate marker.

...and do these things on every link on Livejournal, regardless of context. shatterstripes looked into this from the technical side, and made a series of relevant informative posts, but the implications are clear: they were mining money from everyone on Livejournal without telling anyone that's what they were doing.

I personally like my Dreamwidth+crosspost solution, and have three invitations on hand, but I'm not going to remove all my LJ content. If you are staying on LJ, I will still be paying attention - if you are migrating elsewhere, please let me know so I can find you there.

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From:majoru
Date:2010/03/06 0540 (UTC)
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What's Dreamwidth like? How would you compare it with any of the other major blogging sites (e.g. Blogspot, Wordpress, etc.)? I've seen a few people mention LJ's changes in the last few days... and I could probably stand to move to another service anyway and just keep this one to watch friends... damn moneywhoring.
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From:packbat
Date:2010/03/06 0601 (UTC)
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It is another LJ clone, possibly with wider divergence in codebase than the others. As a corporate entity, is supposed to be much less trigger-happy and friendly to its users than Livejournal.

Notably, it supports mirroring archives and crossposting new posts - most of my posts are made on the Dreamwidth page and automatically reposted here. I suspect that is the feature which makes it most attractive to a lot of users; you can switch over without switching over.
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From:majoru
Date:2010/03/06 0609 (UTC)
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That's pretty good of them, the crossposting bit... Might I ask for an invite, if noone else asks for one? No rush or worry if others ask.
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From:packbat
Date:2010/03/06 0612 (UTC)
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Check your Google Mail - should be there.
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From:majoru
Date:2010/03/06 0621 (UTC)
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Schweet! Danke!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:2010/03/27 0221 (UTC)

this kind of thing happens ...

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... when you entrust your content to somebody else and don't pay them (and have a contract that requires them) to keep their word ... you should set up your own domain where you would have full control, perhaps ... ^z
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From:packbat
Date:2010/03/27 1209 (UTC)

Re: this kind of thing happens ...

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That would be a future step - I'm not quite ready for the commitment, though...
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