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I don't really expect that many Tumblr refugees will see this post, even with the tag, but I know there's at least one person already on my reading list who cross-posts from there, so there may be a few. There may be some G+ refugees, too. In reality, all I'm doing is taking advantage of the occasion to post a few links. Hopefully more than just a handful of my readers will find them interesting.

Let's start with the useful stuff. (People who have been on DW long enough to remember the Livejournal exodus will probably want to skip ahead to the fascinating stuff.)

We can start with the DW community [community profile] post_tumblr_fandom and ilyena_sylph's About tumblr and DW, mostly news post answers. Good overviews. Another great summary is staranise | Basic Dreamwidth for Tumblr users. (Which comes by way of umadoshi | More using/getting-to-know-Dreamwidth, fandom-migration, and WTF-Tumblr links.)

That's probably enough to get most people started. On my personal reading list, the posts I've seen lately are:


Okay, now the fascinating stuff. Watch out for rabbit holes.

Let's start with jesse_the_k's post, Remember when Fandom Spec'ed Pinboard?. Well, no, I don't -- I wasn't using Delicious at the time. But apparently a lot of fans were, so when the site's owners (Yahoo) made some "improvements" like disallowing several punctuation characters in tags (in particular, "/" -- just try tagging fanfic without slash), there was a mass exodus to Pinboard.

Jesse links to Fan Is A Tool-Using Animal, which tells the whole story very entertainingly. It's a transcript of a talk given at dConstruct 2013 by Maciej Cegłowski. The talk included a reading from this hilarious bit of fanfic and, more relevant to our current topic, this amazing collaborative Google doc which is a list of features (with votes and use cases) that fans wanted for Pinboard.

So, finally getting back to Tumblr, (remember Tumblr? this is a post about Tumblr) here's the Tumblr-inspired version of the Pinboard spec: Fandom platform of the future - specs and features, on Google Docs.

How much of that gets into Pinboard, Dreamwidth, AO3, or anything else is anybody's guess. But fen are amazing, and anything can happen when you dive down a rabbit hole.

Date: 2018-12-08 04:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mxsupermarinespitfire
I'm not a refugee so much as an escapee, because I saw the writing on the wall a while back. I backed up all my stuff before bailing, too.

I do use Pinboard for some stuff, mostly resources that I might make use of later.

I'm going to bail out of Facebook soon. My usage is already minimal, but I just feel really uncomfortable being on there now.

Date: 2018-12-09 08:44 am (UTC)
mxsupermarinespitfire: Mx Supermarine Spitfire (Default)
From: [personal profile] mxsupermarinespitfire
I'm in a similar position, but I've decided that I'm better off putting the time and effort into keeping in touch with those folks than battling against the creeping horror that is Facebook.

Date: 2018-12-09 08:55 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] madfilkentist
I've looked multiple times at Facebook's "sexual solicitation" standards to try to convince myself they're not as insane as they seem. It says that "acts identified by other suggestive elements such as any of the following" constitute "implicit sexual solicitation," where one of those "suggestive elements" is mentioning "sexual preference/sexual partner preference."

Facebook has ordered gays back into the closet. At least I can't see a way to escape that reading.

Date: 2018-12-09 10:30 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mxsupermarinespitfire
And they're doing so purely for the distraction factor. They don't want people, especially legislators, dwelling on the sordid details of Facebook's modus operandi and how that is a much greater threat than 'the gays'.

Date: 2018-12-09 09:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] septemberlilac
Wanted to say thanks for still cross-posting to LJ since that's where I usually read you. Only come here if I want to comment - there are things about using DW that I Still Just Don't Get. FB annoys me because they require something resembling a real name...fortunately, I have several to spare. Don't tell them I said that :-)

Rabbit hole sharing ftw

Date: 2018-12-09 10:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jesse_the_k
...on the one hand, it's a great rabbit hole.

On the other hand, I did nothing else for two solid days and my body is complaining now. Thanks to Time Out I have enforced breaks on my laptop, and there's only so much phone-writing I can tolerate, but still, two days on the couch was 30 hours too many.

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