LiveJournal - Fanlore
LJ::Faq::load_matching — Finds all FAQs containing a search term and ranks them LJ::RelationService::MysqlAPI::_mod_rel_multi — Sets/Clears relationship LJ::Support::get_request_log — Get data from supportlog with special mark to. I detest being referred to as Dolorosa_12, but it strikes me as a bit special If I'm particularly anxious, I'll search Fandom Wank or a snark community for posts. LiveJournal (Russian: Живой Журнал), stylised as LiVEJOURNAL, is a Russian social Two users can have no relationship, they can list each other as friends to the average user; there have been occasional sale days or special offers, but such . LiveJournal provides an option intended to reduce the chances of search .
I squirm for them, and I hasten to flee the site: They also felt that LJ removed the intimidation factor of posting to a list of potentially hundreds or thousands of people. A fan in wrote of increased communication and community: I've been an LJ user for years, so I'm very familiar with the technology; when I got into fandomI was really excited to learn that I could join the community by using a format I already understood.
LJ makes feedback really easy and it's part of an accepted community practice already ; it makes publishing your work really easy, and formatting is a snap; you don't have to worry about hosting or any of that drama.
At the same time, it puts you immediately in touch with a community. Because it's a social space as much as a place to post, it really draws me in, as a participant, and I feel more connected to the fannish community because of it. For example, I'd read everything Dasha K had ever written, but I never said anything to her, because it was too weird to email someone out of the blue and say, hi, you write good.
But we met on LJ, and not only have I told her how much I like her work, we've also become actually friendly LJ makes people talk to each other! Yeah, because if it was your space I mean there weren't any rules for what was off-topic. You could talk about anything. You could post your fic in more than one fandom. Comms and Other Efforts at Organization Even as some fans on mailing lists were decrying the lack of organization on LJ, other fans on LJ were working to fix that.
Byfans were creating centralized places for fannish engagement, either by using a regular journal as a non-personal LJ, or by taking advantage of LJ's community feature . For example, in mid, the dsreporter was created to track due South fandom across Livejournal, blogs, and archives: A few months earlier, Lorelei F. As LJ-based fandom grew, such communities quickly became invaluable.
Communities being formed included fic communities for people to post to a central location, noticeboard communities where fans in a given fandom could announce posts made to their personal LJs to make them easier to find, challenge communities to encourage more fiction, etc.
The new infrastructure, echoing centralized mailing list structure in many ways, made Livejournal easier to adapt to, and even more fans switched. Newslettersnoticeboardsflashfiction communities, and fandom-specific, multifannish, kink-specificand other rec LJs were all formed to create fannish order out of disorder. In addition to being, typically, fandom-specific, these communities are easy to friend and defriend at will, while individual people are not.
Savvy fen also used the community's membership lists as reading lists; this provided a quick and easy way to find people who are likely to have an interest in the same shows as you. By the mids, LJ was a thriving center for fandom, as large sections of fandom had moved to Livejournal, and new fans were starting out there without ever having been on mailing lists or newsgroups. Those who consider LJ their fandom home generally conduct all or most of their fandom activity there.
Most mailing lists had strict rules about what could and could not be sent to the list. For example, some lists didn't allow WIPssome lists didn't allow stories with more than a PG ratingand some lists were slash -only, or no-slash allowed.
Mailing lists were also restricted by their text-only format. LiveJournal allows writers to post whatever they want, regardless of whether it's rated, titled, or even finished. This gave writers the freedom to experiment with form and length, posting multimedia pieces, or stories that were under words.
It also meant that a lot of the formality had been taken out of publishing a piece of fic. Writers on Livejournal habitually post snippets of works-in-progress, deleted scenes, and chatroom fics, things that would have been rare or unlikely in the days of centralized archives and mailing lists. For a more in-depth discussion read the series of essays The Impact of Blogging on Fandom posted across Livejournal and dairyland in One consequence of the fannish shift to Livejournal is that comments were no longer linear--that is, in the order they were posted.
A comment could be addressed to whichever comment it was in reply to, but unlike on mailing lists it would not be sent to everyone automatically. This facilitated sub-discussions that could be joined or ignored, and it was no longer necessary for the entire line of comments to shift discussion together.
It is possible to dethread a comment page on Livejournal; add? Memes A major facet of LJ community is participation in memes. Out-of-fandom memes include things like quizzes and surveys e.
Fannish memes have a similarly rapid growth. Whether a format like 5 Things or a challenge like the first kiss drabble challengeit is easy for one idea to propagate rapidly across fandom. This usually sparks a backlash after a certain point, with users complaining that the bulk of the posts on their friendslist are just duplications of the meme.
Format memes are considered part of the lemon-garlic hummus syndrome. The friendslist replaced the mailing list, which immediately broadened the scope of a fan's participation because she might have friends who wrote in different fandoms from the ones she participated in off-LJ.
As more and more fans migrated to Livejournal, people were commonly "getting into" new fandoms, as well as becoming multifannish and writing and participating in multiple fandoms at one time. Many fan artists, viddersand more LJ-specific fan participants like icon-makers, and fanmixers created similar journals for their fanworks. Disadvantages of LJ as a Fannish Home On mailing lists, you could usually count on people talking about stuff you found interesting, since you were all there to talk about whatever the ML was made for.
On LJ, people talk about a variety of topics, not all of which every person who has them friended will find interesting. So if you want to friend someone because of their posts on A, but they also talk about B, C, and D, which bore you to tears, you're kind of stuck. This problem remains even when all the journals are fannish -- the LJ multifannish culture means that you can have fourteen Supernatural fans friended and all of them will talk all week about American Idol RPF. One fan summed it up this way: So when you post in your LJ about something that happened in your life -- do I owe you a story of my own?
Even if I don't know you, and don't particularly want to invite you into my life? If I make a filter for NUMB3RSI want everything that appears in that filter to be about NUMB3RS, and I would really like it if the posts were related to each other, part of a single ongoing conversation with many voices, full of tangents and offshoots but all connected. Nevertheless, the diffusion of the culture and the voyeurism inherent in the system remain. Livejournal is not optimal for archiving fiction or any kind of fanworkas many people don't tag properly or at all or keep a master list of their fics.
Fanworks can also disappear whenever someone temporarily deletes their journal to gafiateor when someone migrates to an LJ clone. The unfortunate " friends " terminology. Because of the real or perceived connection when calling someone a "friend" on LJ -- which elsewhere would simply be considered someone whose blog you enjoyed reading, or someone who read yours -- blurs the line between social connections and simply culling fannish information.
Therefore "friending" or "de-friending" someone comes with unfortunate emotional connotations and can cause anger and resentment and sadness and woe.
As an additional negative side-effect, you can end up with huge, unwieldy flists out of fear of hurting someone's feelings by not friending them back or by culling them.
It can be difficult to find the right balance between public and private on an easily searchable blog site. Photos and voice posts that have been uploaded there are easy to include in the log entry. User interaction[ edit ] As ofLiveJournal in the United States had 10 million monthly uniques, 30 million monthly visitors, and million pageviews.
All users, including non-paying users, can set various options for comments: They can also screen various types of comments before they are displayed, or disable commenting entirely. Users can also have replies sent directly to their registered e-mail address. In addition, LiveJournal acts as host to group journals, dubbed "communities" frequently abbreviated as comms.
Anyone who joins a community can make posts to it as they would on a regular journal; communities also have "maintainers", ordinary users who run the community and oversee membership and moderation. LiveJournal Community[ edit ] LiveJournal community is a collective blog in which different users can post messages. Users who are interested in a particular subject can find or create a community for this subject.
All the users of the communities are divided into: Owners  who are supervising the community and capable to use all administrative functions that are available for managing the community. Maintainers  usually use their own user accounts to supervise a community, control its settings and Community Info, perform some administrative functions.
Moderators  can approve or reject messages left by participants, add existing records label or tags, approve requests to join a community, hide and freeze comments. Members  can see the community's members-only entries. For Communities with fewer than members, the entire Members list will be displayed on a Community Info page. Watchers  can assign permissions, allow entry into the community, delete posts messages or hide comments on posts.
Contributors[ edit ] Some areas of LiveJournal rely heavily on user contributions and volunteer efforts. Similarly, the website is translated into other languages by volunteers, although this effort is running down due to a perceived lack of involvement from the LiveJournal administration.
The development of the LiveJournal software has seen extensive volunteer involvement in the past. In February and Marchthere was an effort, nicknamed the Bazaar, to boost volunteer performance by offering money in return for "wanted" enhancements or improvements. Nowadays, voluntary contributions to the software are considered for inclusion less and less as the company has acquired more and more paid employees who focus on the organization's commercial interests.
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This has led to the formation of several forksmany of which introduce new features that users would like to see, especially features that are brought up repeatedly in LiveJournal's own suggestions journal. There is also a sizable Russian contingent. During the early years of the site, Frank was treated like an actual living being by much of the LiveJournal userbase, and his brief "biography" as well as his "journal" reflect this.
The Comic Strip" community on LiveJournal. As of July the community has roughly 8, members, and is watched by more than 7, LiveJournal users.
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Privacy[ edit ] LiveJournal provides an option intended to reduce the chances of search engines indexing a journal; however, the only way to make it completely impossible for such indexing to occur is to set the entry security to "friends only" or higher when first posting the entry. If an entry is first posted publicly, and then edited to reflect a higher security level, it may have already been indexed by a search engine in the time between the security edit.
The popular "friends only" security option,  which has since been adopted by Xanga and Myspacehides a post from the general public so that only those on the user's friends list can read it. Some users keep all their posts friends-only except for a single post explaining that the journal is friends-only.
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Still, such features as tags and userpics cannot be hidden. LiveJournal also allows users to create custom user groups within their group of friends to further restrict who can read any particular post, and to allow reading of subsets of a user's friends list.
LiveJournal additionally has a "private" security option which allows users to make a post that only the poster can read, thus making their LiveJournal a private diary rather than a blog. It is also possible to choose a default security setting for one's journal, so that all entries are posted at that security level by default even if one forgets to alter the security setting at the time of posting.
Users may restrict who can comment on their posts in addition to who has the ability to read their posts. Comments on a given entry may be allowed from anyone who can read the entry or restricted. Commenting may be restricted by disabling commenting altogether or by screening comments.
These restrictions can be applied to just anonymous users, users who aren't listed as a friend, or everyone. The IP address of commenters can be logged as well if the journal owner wishes to enable it.
An option allows users to hide their "friend of" list from public view, but leaves the list visible to the user. In this case, only the friends list is shown. When "friend of" is allowed, journal accounts who have friended the user and who are also friended are listed in neither "friend of" nor 'friend", but rather a third category, "mutual friends".
This function just freezes specific comments. You can also limit this to only return comments of a certain state. This does all the work to make the user join the community as well as sets up privileges. This updates the authactions table as appropriate as well as does the regular join logic. This also generates an e-mail to be sent to the user notifying them of the acceptance.
This is meant for use on single entries at a time, not for calling many times on every entry in a journal. It just sets a flag to clear the caches at the beginning of the next request see LJ:: There should be no need to ever call this function directly. Returns a block of HTML that summarizes the user's current display options.
Common HTML for the "save changes" button in a tab. Common HTML for links on top of tabs.