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Quite recently, livejournal has undergone a number of irritating changes. I'm here to talk to you about some of them, and one in particular.

Minor Grievances
I have never been a fan of the My LJ addition; however, I will allow that during the great LJ Comment Crisis of '05, when many and most comment notifications were lost to the vanishing beyond, it was helpful. Still, I know how to update my livejournal and how to navigate it, thx verreh much. Still, there is a conceivable use for it, and I'll keep my irritation at bay with that fact.

Yet, a few days ago I went to my userinfo to click on the hunger-site links and noticed the second most annoying thing that livejournal has done in a long time, taking form as a new link underneath my userpic that says simply, "view all userpics" and linking you to all of them. Honestly, if y'all didn't know to just click on the default userpic then know that I am shaking my head in shame at you.


HOWEVAH! There is something far more dubious and disturbing, and it has merited the following notice:

*Evidently livejournal has added a new function to the userinfo of anyone on your friendslist, allowing you to "nudge" them. The button looks like an enlarged finger prodding a livejournal user icon that is desperately trying to escape.

It's function is akin to the facebook poke, and you all know how much I loathe that vile thing. Except this "nudge function" will e-mail a form letter (and we all know that form letters are the tools of Satan, created to bring mass-produced misery and angst) to the friend in question if they haven't posted in over a week, let them know that you noticed they haven't posted in over a week, and ask them to "Be a friend and post."

WARNING: If you ever do that to me, I will smite you. I'm talking screaming, raging and completely inescapable hellfire, man. You'll be on my notice board, possibly off my f-list, and you'll have the guilt of your transgression hanging over your head for the rest of your life. And you will be smote. Smitten in the past tense. I am totally serious about this. I am most emphatically not ok with the nudging.

Look, I love you all dearly. You know this. s, and all that. C'mon though, if you notice that I haven't written in awhile and are concerned or miss me or similar, just e-mail me or message me. Feel free. I've got loads of contact information in my userinfo, and most of you already talk to me on some form of messenger anyway. I totally appreciate concern, but "be a friend and post" crosses my line.

Most of y'all know me. I don't not post to play mind games with you and make you feel forsaken. If I don't update, there's a specific reason and I probably want some quiet time (or am on vacation?). So "Be a friend and post" will result in one or all of the following.

1. Be a friend and get the shit off my back if I don't feel like writing an entry!
2. Be a friend and talk to me if you're concerned about my absence.
3. Be a friend and punch yourself in the face for even considering "nudging" me, plzkthx.

This just irritates me a lot because it seems a titch pushy to me. Not only that, but I think this function is a total waste of time seeing as there are multiple ways to personally contact people on your friendslists that do not include evil satan-spawn form letter spam. Plus, shouldn't they be trying to fix the fact that some of us still aren't getting our comment notifications? Or the fact that the memories function still says it's temporarily unavailable, even though it's totally not because when you refresh it suddenly it's right there? Priorities, y'all. I'm just sayin'.

Anyway, that's my two cents and my warning.

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Jan. 13th, 2006 08:35 am (UTC)


and also, i completely am smitten over your usage of smite and all of it's forms.
Jan. 13th, 2006 08:38 am (UTC)
Heh, I am smitten over youuuu! ♥

Did you see the comment I made on your most recent entry? It contains a link I think you'll thoroughly enjoy.
Jan. 13th, 2006 07:28 pm (UTC)
*is smittened* you, in fact, may rock the casbah. and yes, i saw the comment, i MIGHT just have to partake and then pass it around, i know a lot of people that would love that idea as well.
Jan. 13th, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC)
*sings* "That's what friends are foooooorrrrr!"

Oh, I have indeed sunk to a new level. Oh well.
Jan. 13th, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
Ahahaha this is awesome.

Do not worry, I will never nudge you.

But some of my LJ friends are in for it. Not because nudging is uninvasive, but because mockery is funny. If that makes sense.
Jan. 13th, 2006 07:26 pm (UTC)
Hah, right. Well, to each their own but I thought livejournal already had enough wank and didn't need any more drama.

Evidently, I was wrong.
Jan. 13th, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC)
No no, you're absolutely right overall. It's just that some of my friends and I still have that sort of sixth-grade, annoying-means-fondness sort of relations.
Jan. 13th, 2006 07:33 pm (UTC)
Aaaaaah. I got ya.

*yanks hair and flees*

Jan. 13th, 2006 07:44 pm (UTC)
*chases you around the playground*

So, on another note, if I said I was conscriptingrecruiting friends for an LJ RPG about institutionalized psychic teenagers, and I'd already tricked Jen into it, and you were next on my list of potential recruits, you would say....
Jan. 13th, 2006 07:46 pm (UTC)
Honestly, it'd really depend on how busy this semester is going to be. Because I really tried to do the marauders/just out of school rpg and then never had time and ended up giving the journal away to a girl who wanted it.
Jan. 13th, 2006 07:50 pm (UTC)
Fair enough. You're still more than welcome to join anyway; we can always boot you out later, :-P
Jan. 13th, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC)
N'awwwwwwwww! ♥

Maybe I'll escape the institution and become a psychic supervillain.
Jan. 13th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)
Could work. Though really, the villains are probably the staff. Anyway, the game is a sequel of sorts to the game I used to run- I just moved it to a different wing in the same institution.

http://www.livejournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=brain_trust_rpg is the old RPG, and a good intro to the type of environment is here: http://www.livejournal.com/community/brain_trust_rpg/2817.html#cutid1
Jan. 13th, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
Ahahaha-and now I want to nudge someone just to see if it reallyhonestlytruly does that. Has someone already done it to you? I just don't even understand that.

Jan. 13th, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC)


Jan. 13th, 2006 08:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, you can go to hell.
Jan. 13th, 2006 08:36 pm (UTC)
*comes back home, then*

Jan. 13th, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
I didn't even know it was there! That's how awesome I am. I never use mylj either, except to check on birthdays.
Jan. 14th, 2006 01:41 am (UTC)
I'm really bad about wishing people birthdays. Always have been.

But I read everyone's el jay, and comment on almost every entry so it makes up for it!

...Ok, so not. But, SAD.
Jan. 14th, 2006 04:59 am (UTC)
Me too, really I am. I usually either do it last minute or like the day after. And then I feel bad.

But maybe the nudge thing is only a paid account thing? Maybe that's why I can't see it? I don't know.

And it totally makes up for it! =D
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Jan. 14th, 2006 06:47 pm (UTC)
A) You can't nudge me until I've been gone for a week.
B) Check the other comments
C) No.
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