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"Darling you gotta let me know \\ Should I stay or should I go?" - cetan
"Darling you gotta let me know \\ Should I stay or should I go?"
My paid status on LiveJournal expires in 8 days. Ever since the infamous Duck Howling incident, I've been working on/slacking on a wordpress blog install for my bernhard.us domain with the idea that I would abandon LJ. (This also goes along with a plan to consolidate domains and unify my online presence)

And now that (for all intents and purposes) the blog is done and ready, I'm wondering if I should even bother leaving LiveJournal.

What I would gain:
1) Freedom. No mindless Abuse staff with little to no understanding of law and no asses to try and cover.

What I would lose:
1) Friends-Only Posts. Not insignificant.
2) User Icons (I could probably hack something into WP if I were not a slacker)
3) Phone posts, phonecam posts, polls, all the other silly stuff not available to free users. I hardly use these features but they still would be a loss.
4) Simplicity (aka, one-stop-shopping). I would have to still maintain a LJ account (albeit free) in order to read friends posts, add comments, etc. but all my content would be on my server and (even though it would be syndicated on LJ) people would have to leave LJ in order to comment.

Posting under a free LJ account isn't an option because I would have even less leverage with LJ staff if /another/ problem came up. Plus, a free LJ account wouldn't be a lot different than my wordpress install, except for keeping content together.

So, I guess I have 9 days to ponder this.

(As an aside, I wish WordPress currently supported OpenID [a sort-of-working-plugin is here.])

Current Music: QCD: [243 -0:34] Maximo Park / The Night I lost my head

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schmuckythecat From: schmuckythecat Date: September 19th, 2005 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm extremely interested in your answer to this, as my paid account expires in about a month. The abuse staff issue still bugs me ("people like you are what make lj bad for everyone else.")

The interlinking of the friends page with comments and clickable users - the whole thing is like glue. Getting the people that read your LJ to read some other blog, even if they can add the RSS feed to their friends list, is impossible. Inertia, inconvenience, whatever. And of course, even with a trackback feature, LJ comments to an RSS feed don't feed back to the RSS published entry. Everyone is too lazy to make the two way communication work.

cetan From: cetan Date: September 20th, 2005 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Inertia. That's the word I was looking for. :)

Still pondering...
nugget From: nugget Date: September 20th, 2005 02:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Against my geekier judgement, I've decided in favor of sticking with LiveJournal. The value of getting user comments for everyone and being able to do friends-only posts is more than enough to look past the significant downsides of using LiveJournal.

We're all just trapped. :)
decibel45 From: decibel45 Date: September 20th, 2005 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)
kookamess From: kookamess Date: September 20th, 2005 02:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know I should know...but why exactly was the LJ Abuse team mad at you. It never made sense to me what you did "wrong."
cetan From: cetan Date: September 20th, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
According to them, using any persons full name in a post (not limited to LJ users) is a violation of that persons privacy.

Any person. They can have a website with their full name all over it, but if I post about it here, and include their name, I'm violating their "rights to privacy."
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