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Dec. 27th, 2016

LJ Scrapbook alternatives?

What are you all doing for image hosting these days? The recent news about developments with LJ brought home again the fact that there's a life cycle to websites and LJ hasn't been on an upswing for quite some time now. I haven't given LJ money for a while, reserving that for DW, but its Scrapbook is still what I use most to embed images.

(I haven't found a proper news announcement about their server move, but comment threads in the last DW maintenance post and on fail-fandomanon said that they've just moved their servers fully to Russia, and that they've been suspending/deleting LJs for political reasons? When looking for more info I've found mostly posts by Russian language LJs, some by former employees, like Anton Nossik, that I could only half-decipher via Google translate.)

Relatedly, does anybody know an easier way to back up your LJ Scrapbook than through the obnoxious interface? I've found some scripts from a few years ago, but they've changed Scrapbook since.

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Oct. 21st, 2015

has LJ gotten rid of the f-lock icons in older styles?

I don't see the lock icon anymore in my style or the older default site scheme I use to display entries (I'm still sticking to XColibur there iirc), though I do see them in some other journal styles and the style I see when I use a mobile device. Is this a new way to hassle users to switch to their new site and f-list styles? Is anyone else having this problem?

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Oct. 30th, 2012

LJ changing even further?

It seems there are even more fundamental changes on the horizon for LJ than this "improved" friends page. In this thread of the LJ release post a user links to a thread from the ru_news announcement in which apparently someone from LJ says that for spring next year they are planning to discontinue paid accounts.

If that is true it makes sense how they keep leveling the differences between free and paid accounts, like with the Scrapbook now being available for everyone, and the customization options (that were more flexible with paid accounts) being abandoned.

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Oct. 25th, 2012

Thank you anon DW fairy!

I totally forgot to post a thank you note for the anon DW fairy who gave me some points a couple of days ago. I only now renewed my account and realized that I hadn't posted a thank you. Well, better late than never. So thank you.

(The latest news of LJs upcoming "improvement" projects make me happier than ever that DW exists as alternative. Infinite scroll and site style for all flists, seriously LJ?)

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Jul. 27th, 2012

more spider wildlife in my bathroom

I wanted to take a quick shower before bed, because it was actually quite hot today and I feel sticky, but unfortunately my shower was already occupied by two spiders of different types. One of the kind that had young a while back in my toilet (most of whom seem to have shed their skin and then died or vanished, at least one day I found some husks in the net) and which seemed to retreat from another spider, which is about the same largish (for here) size, but sturdier with thicker legs and actually looks kind of scary, because it has fairly large mouthparts and is striped and stuff. I took a photo to share, and hope the spider will have used the time it takes to post this to move from the floor of my shower, because otherwise I will have to bother to catch it and throw it out somewhere to not drown the thing.

a spider )

Also, is anyone else having a problem with LJ's Scrapbook? The upload link is just not working for me right now, even though I still have space and have javascript enabled and everything. I had to upload the spider photo to my own webspace.

ETA: I had to catch and evict it to the outside after all. It didn't seem to be able to climb smooth surfaces to get out of the shower tub, at least when I caught it, it kept sliding down the side when it tried to flee. So it was quite unsuited to life in a bathroom anyway.

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Jun. 1st, 2012

argh, Scrapbook

So, LJ migrated my Scrapbook, which is a good thing, because apparently the old system had already corrupted ten of my pictures so they couldn't migrate them now, when I myself had only noticed two that had been messed up while I happened to look at old posts. However I would have liked the migration report a little more informative when listing the damaged ones, because if you haven't titled your pictures, the report doesn't even give you the folder. Or, you know, if LJ's Scrapbook hadn't corrupted my pictures in the first place, but I've learned not to set my expectations too high when it comes to LJ.

The thing is, when the old Scrapbook was still around and destroyed one of my pictures, I could usually still see the preview picture that had been created, and of course the folder and the position the picture was in. I asked support whether they might be able to give me that information at least about the pictures they corrupted, but the reply, while prompt, wasn't helpful. They could just tell me that they passed this on to the migration team as suggestion, so that maybe the log could become more informative for others who aren't migrated yet.

Thanks to the DW search function I have at least found posts for about half of the images when they were embedded or linked, and could reconstruct what they had been, and restore those. But I'm still at a loss what some of the other pictures were. Well, hopefully the new system won't eat any more of my stuff from now on.

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Jan. 18th, 2012

odd spam?

I think I just got spammed through a poll on LJ? I mean, an openID account that links to some tattoo-related domain replied to one of my polls. I didn't click on the URL, but the poll was very old and asked which icon to draw next, and I have already drawn almost all of them, including the one the responder just picked. So as a genuine poll response it makes no sense. Does this come up as spam vector for others? And can you delete or report it?

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Dec. 23rd, 2011

words English is missing:

Verschlimmbesserung, i.e. a portmanteau of Verbesserung (improvement) and Verschlimmerung (deterioration/worsening), to describe intended improvements or upgrades that end up making everything worse. Also used as a verb ("verschlimmbessern"), cousin to the equally useful "kaputtreparieren" (repair/tinker with a thing to the point that it becomes broken). Not entirely unrelated to this language observation, I'm still trying to decide whether I should opt to display everything on LJ in my style (which I find confusing, because I'm used to comms and journals all having their layout), or deal with the new comment pages on comms that have not disabled them, which unfortunately includes a number of fest comms I'd been browsing.

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Dec. 21st, 2011


Like almost everyone else I loathe LJ's new comment pages. I've always disliked the customized comment pages and preferred the site style, but I now had to turn the customization on in self-defense, because those are slightly less awful. For many years now I had used "Smooth Sailing" as layout but the custom comment pages there are worse than the "Minimalist" style ones, so I switched my layout and then spend almost two hours trying to get my basic requirements customized again. It should not be this hard to get the icons to display on the left of an entry. I'm still trying to figure out how to make that serif font go away that goes with that layout in some places.

Anyway, in wake of this mess I decided to turn on these crossposting footers linking to DW, to encourage people who so far follow me on LJ to comment elsewhere. I used to find them vaguely obnoxious, because I figured people who wanted to follow and comment on DW would just read there in the first place, but that was before LJ's continuous attempts to make their site unusable had reached quite this level. I'm still considering whether I should just turn comments there off entirely.

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Dec. 2nd, 2011


It's rather annoying that LJ is under DDOS attack just when I wanted to check out the [ profile] xmenbigbang.
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Nov. 26th, 2011

is LJ down?

Is it just me or does LJ have trouble right now? Earlier this morning it loaded fine, but now it gets stuck or gives 503 errors, even though their status page claims everything is fine. *pokes*

Aug. 29th, 2011

LJ trouble?

Is anyone else having trouble to load LJ correctly? Since yesterday most of the time style sheets and icons don't load for me. I've tried clearing my cache and reloading the pages, but the problem persists. Sometimes the whole page loads, but most of the time some or all style is missing, and icons even more often.
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Aug. 24th, 2011

I hope DW gets on the whole image hosting soon

Purely by chance I noticed that one of my pictures that I had stored on the LJ Scrapbook just vanished, i.e. my title and tags were still there put the picture was just a broken image link.

So I contacted support about this, and they tell me they are sorry but "Unfortunately, after investigation, it appears as though this image has been irretrievably lost from Scrapbook." Okay, that doesn't fill me with confidence in their data storage, but I have a backup of that one (it wasn't one of the unfortunate images that I lost with my previous laptop and which I only copies of in the LJ gallery). So then I ask whether there is a way I could reupload in the same place somehow through the image editing, so my links aren't all broken, but that isn't possible either.

This is really inconvenient. First they randomly vanish my picture into some void, and then I can't even restore it, but have to start over and edit all links manually.

ETA: And as I reuploaded, I noticed they vanished another one, only for that one the preview still works, just not the full size, so I didn't notice right away. WTF, LJ?
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Aug. 5th, 2011

about LJ scrapbook, also looking for friending memes

I'd been looking for a way to download my LJ Scrapbook, because when my last laptop died I lost some of my local image files. Additionally if the Scrapbook was gone, I'd have a hard time to restore my posts properly even with the pictures I do still have locally, because with the cryptic Scrapbook file names I don't know which picture it is I linked in a post. Of course I can deduce that something was a for example a rat photo or a comic page scan, but which rat photo is not always obvious from my entry text or the image alt text. So it would be good to have the photos backed up with those file names somewhere.

But when I asked LJ Support whether there was a way to do a backup other than manually (and I have several hundred pictures), they were no help. However looking around I found this post how to download the stuff from Scrapbook with wget. It's still less than ideal, because this method duplicates the byzantine file structure with a folder for every image, but that's still better than downloading from my browser. If anyone knows of a better method, please tell me?

To counteract the quiet on my flist/dwircle I thought maybe I ought to just expand my reading list, so I wondered whether there are any XMFC friending memes around, preferably on DW, but I'd take LJ too. Or maybe there is an fanartist friending meme somewhere? I've seen one for writers during the three weeks for DW thing earlier this year, but one for artists would be fun.

Unrelated, I feel really apprehensive about the antibiotics dosage I'd gotten for Noah to start him on once the course of Baytril is finished this weekend (Noah unfortunately has declined in health recently and has something in his lung, which is not myco, but from the way the lung looks on x-ray they took today either a localized infection or a tumor, so as the tumor couldn't be helped, he gets antibiotics). Due to their schedule he was treated by a different vet from his usual one this morning, and the dosage they gave me seemed high, but I wasn't sure I had seen this antibiotic before. But then I checked at home in my records (well the pile of paper recording previous vet visits, but I keep good track of which rat gets what, because after death breeders usually want a feedback on the illnesses to see problems with their breeding lines down the road), and I had been given the same antibiotic for another rat before by another vet at the same practice and then it was 0.2ml twice a day while Noah now is supposed to take 1ml three times a day. So with that huge a difference (0.4ml vs 3ml daily) I feared some sort of decimal point error, so I called back obviously, and mentioned my fear and also that the previous dose was so much lower. So the assistant told me the doctor would check, and when she called back the vet said she checked the dosages and redid the calculation, and that the amount was right, though she has no idea why the other vet (who wasn't in just then) prescribed so much less that last time. This makes me really uneasy. :/
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Jul. 17th, 2011

disabling anon comments on LJ

I've decided to disable comments from non-registered users on LJ, because I've had to delete spam comments all the time, even though I had screening and since January also captcha enabled for anon comments. It's no use. On both DW and IJ anonymous commenting is still possible, because spam there isn't as bad.

Jan. 31st, 2011

spammers suck

There has been a sharp increase in spam comments in my LJ and an also some on DW. I screen anon comments, but having to delete amd report bunches of them is getting rather tedious. Okay, it's a couple every day, so not a flood, precisely, but still. I don't like the idea of turning off anon comments entirely, but if this keeps up, I'm not sure what else to do. Has anyone else noticed more spam than usual recently, or is it just me?
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Nov. 2nd, 2010

has LJ changed the site scheme?

Is it just me or is in the LJ site scheme for comments suddenly the blue background bit shorter, so that the icon appears to be hanging over and everything looks more cramped?

ETA: I just looked at the LJ help page, and they list "Comment pages in some site schemes are displaying incorrectly. LiveJournal staff are investigating." in the Known Issues section. So it seems this isn't intentional at least, and might get fixed. Though how they managed to mess up their default layout for half their schemes (it doesn't show for me in the Horizon scheme, but when I'm logged in and use the old XColibur scheme I cling to, it does, ditto for the light style) without intending to, I don't want to know.
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Sep. 4th, 2010

eyes LJ worriedly...

I've always found the LJ notes feature really useful. Like for example if someone changes usernames I can add a note with the old one. And of course you can make a note if you have less than pleasant run-ins with someone and many other things.

Only just now I'm seeing one of those note stars behind a name for whom I have not added any notes, and yet when I hover I see a note. I don't see the star behind the name in all places as I would if I had added the note, but I do see it in one community post where the user name is linked. I had met the fan online before (the post I noticed it in was notice in [ profile] kirkspock that [ profile] easilymused1956 died and the note is behind that name, maybe you see the note star too?), so I double checked, but I really do not have any such note visible on my note management page (also it doesn't make much sense to me). So now I wonder what happened there that made the note, that I assume someone has for this person, visible to me, when it is not mine.

Also I worry whether something could make my own notes visible, or whether I could do something inadvertently that shares my notes. Do you know what happened there?

ETA: It seems to have been due to something the poster did when inserting the name rather than the worst case scenario of LJ randomly displaying notes, and the poster has fixed it now, but I'll certainly make sure to take extra care how I'll insert LJ username codes in the future.

Jul. 2nd, 2010

*kicks LJ*

Is anyone else getting their LJ comment notifications with much delay? Okay it could be worse, currently mine seem to lag behind between six hours and a day, but still. Unhand my comment notifications LJ!

Also, why on earth has the goat picture on the new LJ site pages (status page, page not found, no access and so on) eyes with round pupils? It took me a while to realize why the goat looked so creepy and wrong, and then I noticed that it did not have goat eyes with horizontally slit pupils, but eyes that don't match the animal. It's like a Franken!Goat that stole its eyes from someone else.
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May. 27th, 2010

weird LJ hiccup

For some reason LJ set the number of entries displayed on my f-list to ten, which wasn't what I had it set at, and I haven't been fiddling with any settings there so, I can't accidentally have changed it. I corrected this again in the style settings, and now it displays more entries again, but I wonder why LJ did that. Has anyone else had this happen to them?

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