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Jun. 3rd, 2003

05:01 pm - Sanctuary at LiveJournal.com

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So before I had live journal I had notesfiles. A tightly knit online community centered around my my old high school (from class of '89 to current students and staff). I spent hours a day posting to notesfiles until a month or so ago the server went down for a month's worth of maintenance. Thats when I really started playing with livejournal and I became completely hooked on the form that online community takes here.

I just posted the following to one of my forums on the notesfiles.

I find it interesting that after over a month's hiatus notesfiles are just the same as they were when we all lost them. It's still a bunch of testosterone addled hyper-competitive smartasses fighting for position constantly claiming moral superiority.

There've been times in my life where this was a fun game to play and other times when I could ignore it in favor of the highly valuable metabrain information flow. But since I've been without it for a month I just can't start caring again, yet.

It doesn't help that there's no emacs.

I'm so much happier with the culture of livejournal.com. People there are So much more productive and cooperative and interesting and diverse. My addiction has changed.

I'm sure notesfiles will grow on me again.

Let me know if you want an account on livejournal.

Zarf Mouse

I wonder if people (and here I mean "the people I communicate with...I make no claims about the vast unobserved datapool of people whose journals I don't read) on livejournal.com have more respect for each other because everyone has their own little turf (so if you're a jerk on someone else's turf you can get your comments deleted) BUT also if you are a jerk on your own turf no one will be your "friend".


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Date:June 3rd, 2003 05:40 pm (UTC)
There is certainly that, at least. I put somebody from wednesdaycomics on my Friends list, and then discovered a few days later that he was kind of an ass. I dropped him.

But you're right, even the user interactions in LJ communities, in my experience, is astoundingly well-behaved when compared to Usenet, or any of the random messageboards on various websites. Which is unusual, since the post-reply-reply-infinitum here is really the same format of interaction.

I think it might lie more in the restriction that LJ places on creating a journal. To have an LJ of your own, you need to either pay for one or be specifically invited by a friend. Kinda cuts out a lot of the assholes, ya know?
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Date:June 4th, 2003 01:48 am (UTC)
LJ is just a big puddle of LOVE to splash around in.

What do I know, it's almost 4:00am and I have to work in 4 and half hours.

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Date:June 4th, 2003 06:46 am (UTC)
Hmmm - I haven't given this much thought until now. The only other on-line community I've been involved in started off as a wedding planning board and morphed from there into more of a free-form women's board. I still check in there every day or two, because there are women there I like a lot, but the stuff I post there is definitely designed to be general interest material. The thing I like about LJ is that I write about whatever wacky thing is in my thoughts and don't really care if anyone else ever reads it. In fact, I purposely didn't tell many of my friends about this, because I wanted to be able to speak freely about whatever was on my mind. Although, interestingly, I have come to enjoy the back-and-forth that sometimes arises, and have been considering looking for a few more "friends." It is fun to read the journals of some folks who have 50+ friends and always get lots of comments on anything they write. But the downside for me is that, if I did that, I think I would inevitably become more concerned about what I was writing again, thinking about its audience.

Certainly, though, this format seems to have less dissension. I assumed that maybe I just was too isolated to see it. But it makes sense. In a message board format, everyone has to read what everyone else has to say - unless they make a concerted effort to avoid a certain person's posts, and even then I think some must slip through. Here it is easy as pie to avoid folks who annoy you.
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