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Oh, LJ

Wow, the new version of the friends page on LJ is hideous. I don't mind the infinite scroll, but not being able to see my flist in my style is probably going to be a dealbreaker for me. (See, I'm even crossposting, which I keep forgetting to do). I remember in one of last iterations of LJ flight, someone posted something about making your LJ flist into an rss feed for DW--anyone know how to do that?

This entry is crossposted at http://norwich36.dreamwidth.org/248125.html, but feel free to reply at either place.

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rsadelle
Oct. 30th, 2012 11:26 pm (UTC)
Ugggghhhh. It broke my custom css too, so even though I still have it in my own style instead of the beta thing, everything that's supposed to be in the sidebar is at the bottom of the page instead. If they really do implement this thing, I might actually switch to DW, even though I find it generally ugly.
norwich36
Oct. 30th, 2012 11:45 pm (UTC)
Well, on the bright side DW does have a lot more available styles now--I even found one I liked!--but I hate moving and most of the people I read who are still posting are over here, so it's a major pain. I'm hoping that with user pushback changes will be made, but honestly I don't think they care about their American userbase anymore.
rsadelle
Oct. 30th, 2012 11:54 pm (UTC)
Hmm... I will have to use some of my upcoming free time to play with their style system again.
norwich36
Oct. 31st, 2012 04:36 am (UTC)
Hey, you got an icon! I can't believe I only just noticed that. Congrats!
rsadelle
Oct. 31st, 2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
I did! I got tired of the blank userhead here and on Tumblr so I wrote my initials out and took a picture.
bradygirl_12
Oct. 30th, 2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
The only reasons I'm still here is that it's a major pain in the ass to start over on DW, though I've imported my journal. Still, I have to learn new ways of doing stuff over there. They're similar to LJ but they're still confusing enough to force me to have to study what to do, which is another pain.

Quite a few of my comms are still here, though my flist is much leaner now as a lot of people have left. Which is probably good, because once we have infinite scrolling, my computer will crash.

LJ doesn't give a flying fig about American users or even the Russian ones, since they complain nearly as much. They're trying to be Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook, which I'm not a fan of. And so are many of the people here on LJ: they dislike those sites and that's why they've stayed here.

I honestly believe that the new LJ overlords don't have a clue as to how business works.

digitalwave
Oct. 30th, 2012 11:30 pm (UTC)
That's weird, sweetie. I'm seeing it the way I always have.
bradygirl_12
Oct. 30th, 2012 11:37 pm (UTC)
You have to switch to the new version to see it. If your toolbar is activated, you can see 'Switch To New Version'. It's the fugliest, impractical thing!
digitalwave
Oct. 31st, 2012 05:27 pm (UTC)
I see! I added back in the toolbar so I could take a look at it.
bradygirl_12
Oct. 31st, 2012 06:27 pm (UTC)
So, what do you think? :)
digitalwave
Oct. 31st, 2012 06:30 pm (UTC)
The color loss wasn't too bad but I can see the endless scrolling slowing down a lot of people's 'puters. If I wanted that I would have migrated to Tumblr.
bradygirl_12
Oct. 31st, 2012 06:42 pm (UTC)
That's what people are complaining about. Once this goes in, they won't be able to read their flists because of crashing computers! And people would go to Tumblr if they wanted that. Ironically, Tumblr allows an OFF button.
digitalwave
Oct. 31st, 2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
Which probably means that lj could, too. And would be smart to do so and then advertise the heck out of that feature.
bradygirl_12
Oct. 31st, 2012 07:07 pm (UTC)
I wish! Every change they've made (user profiles, comment pages, posting software) has been rammed down people's throats despite most people disliking the changes. They won't give us an option. They probably don't even read the comments on the entries about the new releases.
frelling_tralk
Nov. 1st, 2012 01:56 pm (UTC)
You will be able to disable the unlimited scrowling apparently

http://lj-releases.livejournal.com/79629.html#comments
norwich36
Oct. 30th, 2012 11:42 pm (UTC)
You have to switch right now to see it, since it is "in beta," but the word is that everyone's going to be forced to use it soon.
bradygirl_12
Oct. 30th, 2012 11:39 pm (UTC)
Ever since the Russian company bought LJ, they have been deliberately driving away the old userbase. They have nothing but contempt for the English-speaking users, because they announced this flist change only in the Russian pages and finally got around to announcing it in English. They also shut down the U.S. office.

Apparently their business plan is to drive away all the old, loyal users. I can't figure out anything else. *rolls eyes*
norwich36
Oct. 30th, 2012 11:43 pm (UTC)
The latest rumor is that they're doing away with paid accounts, which I guess would mean ads everywhere? This really is pushing my migration to dreamwidth, I think.
bradygirl_12
Oct. 30th, 2012 11:59 pm (UTC)
Yep, that's the latest. So are they going to refund paid users' money? Har de har har!
digitalwave
Oct. 31st, 2012 05:28 pm (UTC)
I can't see them doing away with paid accounts. There are too many of us that they'd owe money to if they did. But, being smart doesn't seem to be one of their strong suits.
bradygirl_12
Oct. 31st, 2012 06:24 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing they won't refund and what can American users do? Sue them in Russia?
digitalwave
Oct. 31st, 2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
I think that would be their death blow if they purposefully screw that many people over.
bradygirl_12
Oct. 31st, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
They don't care. With ads on the free accounts they don't care about paid accounts or the American users. If they screw over Americans, they'll just stick with Russian users. Stupid, but there you go.
digitalwave
Oct. 31st, 2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
I hate seeing this happen to lj, so much.
bradygirl_12
Oct. 31st, 2012 07:03 pm (UTC)
I know! It makes me sad to remember how thriving this place used to be. I had a bad feeling when I heard about the new owners when they bought LJ. Sadly, those feelings proved prescient.
frelling_tralk
Nov. 1st, 2012 01:57 pm (UTC)
http://lj-releases.livejournal.com/79629.html#comments goes into it more

That is not what will be happening -- no accounts will be canceled or revoked, no already-purchased paid time or paid features will be lost or anything like that. What is happening, is that we will be making some changes to the existing account structure next year. That is what these comments were referring to. This will involve changing things so users have a standard LiveJournal account to which they then can add the paid/extra features that they want separately (or feature packages/sets). The concept of buying something that's called a "paid account" is what will be removed -- extra features will be done as add-ons and add-on packages. Existing paid or permanent accounts at that time will be treated as premium/elite accounts that will have access to even more features than exist right now.
digitalwave
Nov. 2nd, 2012 05:58 am (UTC)
That's good to know, sweetie. Thanks!
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