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Let's all go Insane - Words in the Heroes' Tongue
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Let's all go Insane
Thoughts on the Permanent Account sale:

I have regretted getting my Permanent Account for a long time. I feel as if I no longer matter to LiveJournalSixApart at all; I've given them my money, I can't take it back, and I don't see their stinking adverts so I'm of no value to them as someone to whom they can try to sell useless tat.

I'm not specifically urging you not to buy Permanent Accounts, but I would like to point out that Permanent Accounts on Insane Journal are only $30, plus $10 for extra Userpics - making 300! - and, most importantly, Squeaky who runs Insane Journal is a really nice guy and positively welcomes Fandom people.

Okay, Brad was a nice guy too once, before he sold out to the Minions of SatanSixApart, but even if Squeaky were to sell out too it would doubtless be a long time in the future. And if all the people who are seriously pissed off with LiveJournal voted with their feet and moved to Insane Journal it would put Insane Journal on a totally sound financial footing and make any such sell-off an even more distant possibility.

The interface is the same as LiveJournal, and although the default layout totally sucks it's quite easy to change it to a better one. YouTube embedding isn't yet active but Squeaky has promised that he's working on it. That's the only missing feature that I've noticed. Most of LJ's fancy new bells and whistles are of rather less interest to me than studies of the sedimentary deposits at the bottom of the Marianas Trench. Written in Serbo-Croat.

Someone on my F-list posted a link to an explanation of how to export your whole LiveJournal to a different Journal service. Alas, I can't find it to repost the link. ETA: see the comment by liz_marcs below for the link.

I would no longer recommend Greatest Journal, although the interface has a couple of features that are vastly superior to the LiveJournal equivalents; the management are corporate drones with a nasty streak just like SixApart, only poorer, and my GJ is being plagued by comment spam.

Obviously I'm continuing to use my LiveJournal; I have paid for the damn thing, after all. But if I had a normal Paid account I would have let it lapse down to Basic. However I'm gradually stocking up the speakr2customrs Insane Journal with more and more content; and eventually I'll start posting new stories there before I post them here.

ETA: I've just posted a sneak preview of a scene from the next Tabula Avatar chapter at the Insane Journal version of speakr2customrs' Words in the Heroes' Tongue. If you're interested go there.


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liz_marcs From: liz_marcs Date: June 21st, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Here's the instructions on how to export your LJ to another LJ-based service: http://brown-betty.livejournal.com/284083.html

There's also an export tool available for LJ to WordPress, but I'm not sure how to do it.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: June 22nd, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I don't think I'll export my own journal like that - too much of it would be birthday wishes and so on, no longer relevant - but I can see the attraction for other people.
gillo From: gillo Date: June 21st, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd toyed with the idea of getting a Permanent Account, but even with the two-dollar pound it's a hell of a lot of money, and I really can't be confident LJ will be a place I want to be around far enough in the future to make it financially sensible. If my flist moved en masse, I certainly wouldn't stick around. It's the people and the communities, not the platform that matters to me. Even before the latest PR ballsup fuss and nonsense.

My only whine is that it's hard enough checking one flist. Extra tabs open all over the place make IE7 crash. ::sigh::

I kow, I know, I oughtta get Firefox...
hobbituk From: hobbituk Date: June 21st, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Firefox does it too if you have enough open... I use both IE7 and Firefox. Double the tabs!

I also have an insane journal (just a free account at the moment though) but haven't really posted there. I'm being all indecisive about it because I am a bit of a stick in the mud and I am kinda comfy here. But if everyone goes, I am also a sheep so will no doubt follow!

gillo From: gillo Date: June 21st, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's all about the people for me - I'll go where they are. Sheep? Wild free spirits compared to me! I have a Vox (virtually never used), IJ and GJ now, but LJ is where it's still at for me really. But no permanent account.
evilawyer From: evilawyer Date: June 22nd, 2007 12:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Okay, since you so highly recommend Insane Journal, I'll start doing more there. I just can't stand those cutesy anime-ish cartoons that you have to see, though.
diachrony From: diachrony Date: June 22nd, 2007 04:39 am (UTC) (Link)
You mean the site viewing options (separate from journal layout) and that's my one current beef with IJ ~ I hate *all* of their site viewing options and am using Lynx because it's the only one that doesn't make me want to spork something ... but it's very spare and lacking in features.

Here's where you can try out the different site viewing options:

I am pretty sure Squeaky would be willing to offer more site viewing options if asked ... I just haven't gotten around to it yet because I haven't spent a lot of time there so far.

The one thing I like about GJ is the multitude of choices for site view (same basic layout, but many color choices, and no annoying overdecorations.)
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: June 22nd, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Squeaky made an appeal recently for volunteers to help him develop more viewing options.
evilawyer From: evilawyer Date: June 26th, 2007 08:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I'll check out the Lynx one. I think GJ looks clean, too.
alwaysjbj From: alwaysjbj Date: June 22nd, 2007 03:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I had opened a Insane Journal a little while ago, but not really looked into it...just claimed the name and used it as a place-holder.

After reading this I went over and had a closer look at it, and ended up paying for a permanent account; it is certainly cheap enough. Other than the fact that it doesn't have the layout I like, it definitely looks like a better option than Greatest Journal. So I shall TRY to maintain both LJ and IJ for now, and may even down-grade my LJ back to a freebie account.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: June 22nd, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd rather have a layout that I don't like and a management I can trust than a lovely layout and a bunch of wankers running the place.
sammywol From: sammywol Date: June 22nd, 2007 11:16 am (UTC) (Link)
With you 100% on the permanent account issue. I have rarely been more grateful for being short of cash as I was when I was able to let my paid account lapse last summer.

Haven't really got into GJ but a lot of fandom people seem to have built boltholes there. Thanks for the InsaneJournal rec. And if you do come across that link about backing up an LJ over there please tell us all as I tried a couple of suggested methods back in the days of Nipplegate '06 and they were both clunky and very imperfect.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: June 22nd, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
See the comment by liz_marcs above for the link; and her own journal for her account of how using that procedure went.
sammywol From: sammywol Date: June 22nd, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thankyou! am blind obviously
From: cloviss Date: June 22nd, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh the joy of Wikipedia! According to Jacques Piccard, who went on a day trip to the Marianas Trench 1960, not much in the way of sedimentary deposits at all: "The bottom appeared light and clear, a waste of firm diatomaceous ooze".

Enquiring minds may wish to know. Be grateful I stopped short of plugging the report into a Babelfish Serbo-Croat/English translator.

P.S. I was arrested in Croatia, and kicked in the head in Serbia. Subsequently my empathy for their troubles has been slightly diminished.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: June 22nd, 2007 07:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was a fascinating insight into the world of the Marianas Trench. I wonder, though; if Piccard thought that it was "a waste of firm diatomaceous ooze", what else would he have used it for?
From: cloviss Date: June 23rd, 2007 06:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Excellent garden fertiliser I should imagine. Though transport costs might make this unfeasible as a business prospect.
ozma914 From: ozma914 Date: June 24th, 2007 05:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Wasn't Piccard the captain of the S.S. (Sea Submarine) Enterprise?
ozma914 From: ozma914 Date: June 24th, 2007 05:12 am (UTC) (Link)

bells and whistles

But ... I don't understand. The Discovery Channel made the study of sedimentary deposits at the bottom of the Marianas Trench seem really interesting. Granted, it was in English, but still. :-)
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