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Shelby irritable...

I am thrilled to see people on my f-list are concerned and willing to openly allign themselves firmly on one side of a specific political issue, especially when they're standing with me on an issue that is very dear to my heart. That being said, I think there's so much more to supporting gay rights than copying & pasting some generic message of support into your livejournal, which is why I haven't done it. I say support gay rights by voting for people who do the same. Support gay rights by fighting bigotry and openly chastizing those who speak and act out of nothing more than prejudice and/or ignorance. Support gay rights by being active at a local GLBTA center. Oh, and please, for the love of God and all that is good, righteous, and edible... support gay rights without being patronizing. Actions, as always, speak louder than words. That's how I roll.

I am in a foul mood. I hope the above paragraph doesn't get me into trouble. I got a troublesome e-mail from Matthew, and have been doing some research into the new sponsored community wank, and I am thoroughly disatisfied all around.

As you all know from my previous Sponsored Account rant...I despise the notion of ads, but I'm trying to get involved in the dialogue for change and development, now that we all have to deal with them.

As it stands, maintainers of sponsored communities can perform searches based on interests, but cannot contact you on your personal journal or invite you to join their communities. Nowhere in the discussion has it been stated that they cannot take your e-mail, AIM SN, or any other contact information listed.

While this information has always been either public or not disclosed, my concern is that companies are more likely to search for it on LiveJournal now than they were before simply because LiveJournal is allowing itself to become an advertising tool for companies and corporations to use in order to reach its customers and other consumers. For this reason, I think (and have suggested in the discussion forum) that paid and permanent users be able, at the very least, to be able to choose whether or not to be included in interest searches performed by the maintainers of sponsored communities. I also think that paid and permanent users should be able to select whether or not sponsored communities appear in searches.

What do you guys think? I feel very strongly about this, and I'm thinking about making a petition for it.
Poll #836535 Search inclusion/exclusion

Should I create a petition for this specific feature?

Yes!
6(100.0%)
No, dude. That's dumb.
0(0.0%)


Until next time, I do want to share a nifty little tool that I have used for as long as I can remember to fend off spybots. It's called Spam Poison, and I keep it in my userinfo at all times. I know it may seem shady to use a spam!killer that has ads on the same web-page it's offered on, but I tell you no lie when I say I haven't had spam (minus the all-caps crazy) in longer than I can remember.

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emmoyenne
Oct. 4th, 2006 09:09 am (UTC)
Well, personally, it's hard to not feel spiteful when there is more than one person close to me who wholeheartedly thinks that he/she is doing a good deed for judging me and working to take away one of my basic civil rights, and then treating me like the one who is in need of moral counseling. That kind of self-righteous hypocrisy would more than just annoy anyone.

Granted, ranting or copying and pasting a meme doesn't change any of that. Patronizing ranting makes me feel a little better, though. :P
virtuistic
Oct. 4th, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, I guess I don't really feel it was patronizing? I tried to keep it short and sweet just to push people toward action.
emmoyenne
Oct. 5th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC)
It wasn't a meme but my last post was incidentally on the topic and I wasn't exactly being the Martin Luther King, Jr. of gay rights. More like the Malcom X. Jenni X. Future founder of the Pink Panthers, Raah-wr. *paws at the air*
virtuistic
Oct. 5th, 2006 02:08 am (UTC)
Hahah. You rock my socks.
aaskie
Oct. 4th, 2006 02:35 pm (UTC)
You are right about this. Just copying and pasting won't do anything. Anyways, I posted the meme because it was my waying of making my position clear on the subject.

As for doing something, there is nothing that I can do. Literally, in India the govt. doesn't say anything about homosexuality. You are free to marry anyone as long as its a human being. Some parts of the society to discriminate between the gay and straight people, but we have no problems with it. We make no attempts to change the mindset on anyone as long as we have the legal rights for everyone.
virtuistic
Oct. 4th, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC)
See, I think that's amazing. I want to hold India up as an example for the United States to show these bigots that gay marriage does not cause complete and total moral degredation, societal disintigration, and the eventual climactic apocalypse. I get so unbelievably frustrated with my country and government sometimes.
boho
Oct. 4th, 2006 03:44 pm (UTC)
1. The 'Gay Rights Meme' - It's just... wtf? Why should I have to put that in an entry to 'prove' I'm pro gay rights? Shouldn't what I do and who I am be enough? And if you're in my journal and think I'm anti gay rights you can fuck right off.

2. LJ sucks balls lately. D:
virtuistic
Oct. 4th, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC)
1. Exactly.

2. Exactly.

Urg! I'm so frustrated right now.
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