morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2jNExsh on January 15, 2017 at 12:40PM

Tags:some of these may be borrowed tags, fandomtrumpshate, fanlove, charity, DWCrosspost

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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2jyNNl4 on January 15, 2017 at 12:21PM

Tags:not a reblog, netflix, DWCrosspost

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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2jsrDRo on January 13, 2017 at 11:04AM

Tags:some of these may be borrowed tags, so lovely, art, star wars, luke skywalker, leia organa, DWCrosspost

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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2jgpWZv on January 13, 2017 at 11:06AM

Tags:some of these may be borrowed tags, suricattus, DWCrosspost

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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2j8chl7 on January 13, 2017 at 08:29AM

Tags:not a reblog, politics, activism, the affordable care act, medicare, PDWCrosspost2

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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2ikTG3q on January 12, 2017 at 10:34AM

Tags:some of these may be borrowed tags, our artists, previews, petite-madame, DWCrosspost

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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2jo0AXf on January 12, 2017 at 10:33AM

Tags:not a reblog, politics, activism, affordable care act, PDWCrosspost2

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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2iFUQau on January 11, 2017 at 07:00AM

Tags:queued, original post by me, politics, activism, stop jeff sessions, PDWCrosspost2

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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2j26waF on January 10, 2017 at 12:00PM

Tags:not a reblog, politics, activism, PDWCrosspost2

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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2iae0JF on January 10, 2017 at 10:34AM

Tags:not a reblog, activism, PDWCrosspost2, politics

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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2j1QRZ6 on January 10, 2017 at 10:31AM

Tags:fan conventions, confabulation, DWCrosspost

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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2j3Uz4H on January 10, 2017 at 07:00AM

Tags:original post by me, lgbt, poltics, activism, stop jeff sessions, PDWCrosspost2

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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2jwAbtR on January 09, 2017 at 03:00PM

Tags:not a reblog, politics, activism, PDWCrosspost2

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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2jl2mYh on January 09, 2017 at 07:00AM

Tags:original post by me, stop jeff sessions, activism, politics, PDWCrosspost2

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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2i8W3cH on January 08, 2017 at 09:07PM

Tags:fanzines, fandom history, fanlore, DWCrosspost, Fandom Love

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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2iRTRqD on January 08, 2017 at 09:19AM

Tags:not a reblog, fandom history, DWCrosspost, star trek history, fanzines, fan art

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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2i3EyXU on January 07, 2017 at 09:38PM

Tags:not a reblog, news, feedly, want to know more?, PDWCrosspost2

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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2iVbJ4C on January 07, 2017 at 09:01PM

Tags:not a reblog, Emergency Preparedness, tom lehrer, DWCrosspost

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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2ipZCsz on January 07, 2017 at 08:32PM

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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2iUoVqj on January 07, 2017 at 12:45PMN/b>

Tags:some of these may be borrowed tags, trump, news, mexico, donald trump, politics, democrats, republicans, woc, women of color, poc, america, people of color, mysharona1987, not a reblog, PDWCrosspost2

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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2iQ5qg0 on January 07, 2017 at 12:40PMN/b>

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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2jfG0r0 at January 07, 2017 at 12:37PM

Tags:some of these may be borrowed tags, Key & Peele, Obama, Obama's anger translator, Keegan Michael Key, Jordan Peele, sketch, comedy, trump, the daily show, lol, arts, tv, news, not a reblog, PDWCrosspost2
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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2i15AUS at January 07, 2017 at 12:38PM

Tags:some of these may be borrowed tags, Trump, tyranny, robertreich, not a reblog, PDWCrosspost2
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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2i15AnQ at January 07, 2017 at 12:36PM

Tags:some of these may be borrowed tags, blast from the past, livejournal strikethrough, livejournal, fandom history, also 07 doesn't feel like that long ago, bomberqueen17, not a reblog, PDWCrosspost2
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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2i1jXs7 at January 07, 2017 at 12:32PM

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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2ioIBiH at January 07, 2017 at 12:24PM

Tags:some of these may be borrowed tags, bring it on 2017, chibird, PDWCrosspost2
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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2jodrw3 at January 07, 2017 at 12:22PM

Tags:some of these may be borrowed tags, fandom life, AO3, onyourleftbooob, PDWCrosspost2
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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
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January 07, 2017 at 12:11PM
morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2iO8X0w at January 07, 2017 at 11:33AM

Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2iO8X0w at January 07, 2017 at 11:33AM

GOP resistance grows to Obamacare repeal without replacement:

It is always difficult to find detailed analysis of the GOPs plan to repeal the ACA in the comment section of news/blog articles:

But this comment caught my eye:

Read more... )
morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2iPH5qK at January 07, 2017 at 09:00AM

Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2iPH5qK at January 07, 2017 at 09:00AM
 

the-anxious-activist:

Look, we know—it’s not fair. But these days, the “ways you can help” all seem to involve making phone calls. For some of us, that’s the worst. Personally, I would rather have my teeth drilled than make a phone call.

If this is you, you’re not alone. As we speak, thousands if not millions of Americans with social anxiety are eyeing their phones and wondering if they can do it. Even people without anxiety find it daunting to call their Congressional representatives. It’s normal and okay to find these calls nerve-wracking.

If you need some encouragement, first read this delightful webcomic about how to call your reps in Congress if you have social anxiety. If you finish that and still need more, come back here and keep reading.

Read more... )
morgandawn: (pic#10804831)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2je3HQH at January 06, 2017 at 10:58PM

1. Call your Senators and ask them not to defund Planned Parenthood

2. Ask them to hold off repealing The Affordable Care Act until 

A. there is a replacement plan that 

B. budgets for the costs of repeal and puts protections in place for people who are currently covered under the ACA.

And then…ask your family and friends to do the same.Read more... )

morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2jjsR4A at January 06, 2017 at 07:43AM
Jeff Sessions’ Coming War on Legal Marijuana:

meeedeee:

This is the man that the Republicans want to serve as US AG. A man who once joked that he liked the “KKK until he found out they smoked pot.”

Please call your Senators to tell them to stop Jeff Sessions. Congress refused to confirm him as federal judge in the 1980s and his record has only gotten worse.   Confirmation hearings are next week (Jan 10, 2017). Scripts and who to call here: http://ift.tt/2j8qGww
Read more... )
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January 06, 2017 at 07:43AM
morgandawn: (Default)
 Last year I found an IFTT recipe that allows me to cross-post from Tumblr to Dreamwidth by tag (yeah!!).

Big problem - the method (which sends a properly formatted email to Gmail with then uses DW's post by email feature, strips out all the links and formatting.   Is there any way we can post by mail to DW using Richtext? 

Example: This is how the text was formatted when it was sent via Gmail to DW

For me, the next space is Dreamwidth – it is already fan friendly and has half of the features that I want.  And for the other half – well, if I want something, pay for it, right?  So, here is my plan of action:
1) 
buy a DW paid account, even though I don’t have any use for its current paid features.   Because its developers need money if I want them to improve the site.  (And heck, I pay much more for Netflix.)
2) 
make some suggestions to DW for features that would make the site better.  (Top on my list: option to buy image hosting, ease of posting to different accounts, ability to reblog)
3) start consolidating my creative content on DW, and crossposting there.  (Maybe other people might slowly move there, as well, especially if the site is given the financial strength to improve.)
4) pay for fanart, fanfics, original writing, original art, etc.  Because the work we create is also worth something

This is how it appeared:

For me, the next space is Dreamwidth – it is already fan friendly and has half of the features that I want.  And for the other half – well, if I want something, pay for it, right?  So, here is my plan of action:
1) 
buy a DW paid account, even though I don’t have any use for its current paid features.   Because its developers need money if I want them to improve the site.  (And heck, I pay much more for Netflix.)
2) 
make some suggestions to DW for features that would make the site better.  (Top on my list: option to buy image hosting, ease of posting to different accounts, ability to reblog)
3) start consolidating my creative content on DW, and crossposting there.  (Maybe other people might slowly move there, as well, especially if the site is given the financial strength to improve.)
4) pay for fanart, fanfics, original writing, original art, etc.  Because the work we create is also worth something

edited: there seems to be little rhyme or reason to how the post by email "converts" (or does not convert).

I did find my older support request:


https://www.dreamwidth.org/support/see_request?id=31560

If you want to post by email, you have to manually hand code every email with html code or markdown. This severely limits the ability to use DW except via their web interface. The mobile email post method cannot be used to pass through emails with formatting intact so it limits my ability to allow DW to interact with the rest of the online services.
morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)

Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2jinq5E at January 06, 2017 at 03:00AM

Effort to defund Planned Parenthood threatens Obamacare repeal:

Do you live in Wisconsin? Or any other US state (yes, I know, we all live somewhere)

If you live in Wisconsin, call Representative Paul Ryan along with your local Representative (there are 8 for WI) and tell them not to defund Planned Parenthood. And to hold off repealing The Affordable Care Act until there is a replacement plan that budgets for the costs of of repeal* and puts protections in place for people who are currently covered under the ACA. 

Basically what they are doing is slipping these changes into the budget approval process to prevent a filibuster. And once both the ACA is gone and Planned Parenthood has been defunded, millions of women will lose access to birth control and cancer screening. 

*Congress has refused to include the costs of repeal in the budget. And by repealing the Affordable Care Act and defunding Planned Parenthood at the same time through the "budget" process, there will be no negotiating or ability to reduce the harm to women across America.Read more... )

morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)

Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2iQaWlv at January 06, 2017 at 07:00AM

Jeff Sessions’ Coming War on Legal Marijuana:

This is the man that the Republicans want to serve as US AG. A man who once joked that he liked the “KKK until he found out they smoked pot.”

Please call your Senators to tell them to stop Jeff Sessions. Congress refused to confirm him as federal judge in the 1980s and his record has only gotten worse.   Confirmation hearings are next week (Jan 10, 2017). Scripts and who to call here: http://ift.tt/2j8qGww

Tags:original post by me, stop jeff sessions, politics, activism, PDWCrosspost
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January 06, 2017 at 07:00AM
morgandawn: (Cat Basket Going To Hell?)
 So after much testing (and thank you to everyone who has helped and a special thank you to everyone who has not fled in horror), my plan for tumblr cross-posting is this:

Limit tumblr cross-posts to 1-2 a day, focusing on activism.  These posts will be tagged "activism" and if you have a paid DW account, you can filter them out.

Encourage everyone else to read my tumblr via the DW feed.      If you are on LJ, we have a feed there too.   My tumblr  has lots more fandom content and pretty pictures.  If you leave a comment at the RSS feeds, I won't be able to be notified, but I think that is a good compromise. 


morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)

Call your Senators and ask them not to defund Planned Parenthood. And to hold off repealing The Affordable Care Act until there is a replacement plan that budgets for the costs of of repeal and puts protections in place for people who are currently covered under the ACA.

”The decision to add the controversial Planned Parenthood language, which is opposed by most Democrats, could have a major impact on getting the Affordable Care Act repeal legislation through the Senate because supporters need the backing of at least 50 of their 52 members and two pro-choice senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, won’t commit to approving the bill with the Planned Parenthood provision in it…

Further complicating matters for Senate GOP leaders is Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, who announced this week he plans to vote against the Obamacare repeal legislation because the underlying budget measure it is attached to doesn’t balance and adds to the deficit. If Murkowski, Collins and Paul all voted against the budget bill, it would be enough to torpedo the Obamacare repeal legislation.”

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/05/politics/paul-ryan-planned-parenthood-obamacare/

Finally, even if you don’t live in these states, call your Senators anyway. http://www.whoismyrepresentative.com/  

If you don’t like making phone calls, fax a quick email using one of the free online fax services (printed paper carries more weight than an email. Phone calls are best)

morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2hYX2fC at January 05, 2017 at 10:04PM

Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2hYX2fC at January 05, 2017 at 10:04PM
 

probablyintraffic:

I have been rereading the MsScribe saga today, which I now believe was so much more than an account of fandom because to have been able to write it is to understand fandom as it operated. This is important because we spend a lot of time on this website talking about how fandom should be, not about how it currently exists, as actual fact. Charlotte Lennox’s analyses of fandom, particularly, of how MsScribe was able to manipulate fandom, were very sharp, and talked about things that fannish people were not necessarily willing to talk about. 

A few things struck me as particularly prophetic about this current state of fandom.

  1. The fandom community is completely defenseless against bad faith actors who know how fandom works. 
    1. Consider MsScribe’s meteoric rise. Consider how knowing the right words is the one and only condition to being considered Good.
  2. Fandom operates on a couple of perverse incentives:
    1. Trauma will earn you not only sympathy, which it should, but also earn you authority to speak to a number of topics. 
    2. Trauma had become the only way that you earn authority to speak to those topics.
    3. In the times of MsScribe, this manifested in her story about her accident and her stay at the hospital, but it was very interesting how she trotted out the story in irrelevant contexts.
    4. MsScribe has also claimed to have experienced sexual assault.
    5. Now, this is combined with fandom’s de facto policy of Always Believe. This set of rules on which fandom operates does not mean that Always Believe should be done away with, but that we have to understand that it should come as no surprise that bad faith actors will exploit this rule.
  3. Accusations of racism and bigotry elevate fandom to a higher level of importance than it actually is.
    1. I have a post or two about how fandom is not actually important in the grand scheme of things, so I will not belabor the point here.
    2. Fandom still plays a huge part in the lives of fans, however, so it must be important, right? How do we make it seem more important?
    3. I believe MsScribe’s stunt with the racist and homophobic sockpuppets presages fandom’s abuse of social justice language. This is not a new point, but by elevating shipping wars to the levels of racism and homophobia, people can claim righteousness and justify their overzealous reactions.
    4. The thing is that nowadays, fandom no longer even requires sockpuppets to be made. Offences in order to generate appropriate outrages do not need to be odious neo-fascist statements; they are everywhere, manifest. You need to keep up with the latest non-ablest language, or you’re out. This is why fandom will never be able to surpass MsScribe’s sophisticated level of wankatry–there is simply no need for it.
      1. Separately, it amuses me to no end that fandom remembers Dan Savage as the guy who said some unwise things about asexual folks, and not one of the media dipshits who championed the Iraq war.

So a lot of the dynamics that we’re talking about right now have already been in existence in fandom, literally as early as the first true fandom history was written. Scary, no? But this is also why I completely reject analyses like Devin Faraci’s that paint this generation of fans as particularly “entitled,” as though “entitled” is not the right wing’s favorite bludgeon with which to hit Millennials. I also reject Aja Romano’s lol-tastic version of how fabulous and important fandom is in her numerous, brazenly ahistorical posts for Vox.com. I invite the likes of Charlotte Lennox, who has a real understanding of fandom and its history, as well as a willingness to talk about oft avoided things, to contribute to the discourse instead.

****Coming to you soon, maybe: A long ass post about everything wrong with Faraci’s and Romano’s takes on fandom.


Tags:some of these may be borrowed tags, fandom meta, fandom history, probablyintraffic, DWCrosspost
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post-security: public
morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
*Is there a DW users/support community?* I know I submitted a help ticket
on this last year about the problems I am having with post by email, *but
don;t remember if it was resolved.*

Basically, where can I get some user support/eyes on my problem: namely
when posting by email, all formatting is stripped. <http://dreamwidth.org>

edited: there seems to be little rhyme or reason to how the post by email "converts" (or does not convert).

I did find my older support request:


https://www.dreamwidth.org/support/see_request?id=31560

If you want to post by email, you have to manually hand code every email with html code or markdown. This severely limits the ability to use DW except via their web interface. The mobile email post method cannot be used to pass through emails with formatting intact so it limits my ability to allow DW to interact with the rest of the online services.
morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2iMn7jc at January 05, 2017 at 09:15AM


Massive recall of cat food underway:

meret118:

Multiple cat food companies have voluntarily recalled dozens of their products over concerns the pets could get sick from eating them. Certain cans of cat fold from 9Lives, EverPet and Special Kitty did not have the proper amount of thiamine, which is also known as Vitamin B1, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which announced the recall Tuesday.

The products affected were all distributed for retail between Dec. 20 and Tuesday. A full list of the canned cat food recalled follows below:

9Lives

Meaty Pate Chicken and Tuna 13 oz.

Meaty Pate Seafood Platter 5.5 oz.

Meaty Pate Seafood Platter, 4 pack of 5.5 oz. cans

Meaty Pate Super Supper 5.5 oz.

Meaty Pate Super Supper, 4 pack of 5.5 oz. cans

Meaty Pate Super Supper 13 oz.

Meaty Pate with Chicken and Seafood, 4 pack of 5.5 oz. cans

Meaty Pate with Chicken and Tuna 5.5 oz.

Meaty Pate with Chicken Dinner 5.5 oz.

Meaty Pate with Liver and Chicken, 4 pack of 5.5 oz. cans

Meaty Pate with Ocean Whitefish 5.5 oz.

Seafood Poultry Variety Pack 5.5 oz.

Meaty Pate with Chicken & Tuna, 4 pack of 5.5 oz. cans

EverPet

Mixed Grill Dinner 13 oz.

Special Kitty

Beef and Liver Dinner 13 oz.

Classic Tuna Dinner 13 oz.

Mixed Grill Dinner with printed wrap, 12 pack of 13 oz. cans

Mixed Grill Dinner without printed wrap 13 oz.

Super Supper 13 oz.

As of Wednesday morning, there was no information about parent company J.M. Smucker offering any refunds for the potentially affected cat food. Instead, the company instructed customers who purchased any of the above products to stop feeding their cats the food and to call 1-800-828-9980 or email consumer.relations@jmsmucker.com.

Low levels of thiamine could result in a cat having symptoms ranging from a lack of an appetite to seizures. While thiamine deficiency can be serious for cats, it can be treated if detected early.

A separate recall of cat food was issued in June when products from the Rad Cat Raw Diet may have been contaminated with either Salmonella or Listeria, or both, the FDA announced at the time.


Tags:some of these may be borrowed tags, psa, dogs and cats living together, meret118, DWCrosspost
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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2iUqx0g at January 05, 2017 at 09:00AM

Fanvid History Stash, II:


Tags:original post by me, fanvids, vidding, fandom history, vidding history, DWCrosspost
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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2hVgPJD at January 05, 2017 at 08:37AM

Dreamwidth is a good place, we need to keep it going and alive, so if you can, buy a paid account to support a fan friendly environment with a great track rerecord on privacy and fair use, then please do so.

Right now I’ve been cross-posting mainly political posts to DW, which understandably has caused a few people to unsubscribe there.  I wish there was a way for DW readers to filter out specific posts. I also wish there was a way to cross-post without stripping all the embedded links and formatting (I have to manually replace the text with each cross-post and only after the cross-post which comes at irregular hours).  But I will try cross-posting a few more fandom posts and see how it works.

Tags:not a reblog, original post by me, dreamwidth, tumblr, DWCrosspost
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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2hVhpH3 at January 05, 2017 at 08:29AM

potofsoup:

So, I had a shared blog on tumblr called learningtocomic, where me and a couple of friends would occasionally post things about our comicking shenanigans, and oftentimes use it as a platform for thinking through various aspects of the comicking process.  It had a respectable 200+ followers.

And then it got deleted due to tumblr stupidity.

That’s…. that’s a lot of content that has now disappeared into thin air.  I’m still waiting for a response from tumblr support before I go around salvaging what I can, but in the meantime, I’m thinking a lot about the content that we create here, for free, and put up on this here website.

Server space isn’t free.  Designing and maintaining a web platform isn’t free.  Any web platform needs developers to make it usable, support personnel to keep it a safe and sane space, and good management who actually considers our needs.  When a service is “free”, it means that at least one of those things is missing.  Tumblr doesn’t consider our needs.  LJ is poorly managed.  DW could probably use some more personnel, and has very little server space.

Right now, what with the LJ servers moving to Russia, and some predictions that the Russian company wants to gradually phase out the American (money-losing) side of LJ, I hear that many LJ people are decamping to DW.  With Yahoo basically in freefall, I think tumblr will die in a few years.  Already, various fandoms are going in different directions: imzy, discourse, etc.

Further fracturing of fandom aside, that doesn’t solve the problem that we keep expecting hosting and web platforms to be free.  Fandom, which generates a lot of free content (and accompanying wank), requires hosting and web platforms that aren’t free.  Because free actually means “our sales and marketing team is bigger than our development team”.  Free means “we are selling your information to the advertisers”.  Free means “oops we deleted all of your content but we don’t give a fuck because you’re not actually our customer.”

So we are faced with two options:
(1) migrate from site to site like digital vagrants, losing content and communities along the way, or
(2) pay.


I’m not saying that *everyone* has to pay.  Half of fandom are still in school, and another quarter are working 2 jobs and barely making ends meet.  But my experiences in fandom has also really shown me its generosity.  I recently was putting together a fan anthology, and had a payment process that was “pay what you can if you have financial trouble” coupled with “chip in $5 or $10 if you can help”, and the donations not only covered the people who couldn’t afford full price, but also covered incidental printing and shipping costs.

Which is to say – it’s doable, if we don’t take web platforms for granted.  If, when we migrate to the next place, we say “let us pay what we can” instead of diving straight into creating beautiful works of art (and then scrolling past the flame wars.)

For me, the next space is Dreamwidth – it is already fan friendly and has half of the features that I want.  And for the other half – well, if I want something, pay for it, right?  So, here is my plan of action:
1) 
buy a DW paid account, even though I don’t have any use for its current paid features.   Because its developers need money if I want them to improve the site.  (And heck, I pay much more for Netflix.)
2) 
make some suggestions to DW for features that would make the site better.  (Top on my list: option to buy image hosting, ease of posting to different accounts, ability to reblog)
3) start consolidating my creative content on DW, and crossposting there.  (Maybe other people might slowly move there, as well, especially if the site is given the financial strength to improve.)
4) pay for fanart, fanfics, original writing, original art, etc.  Because the work we create is also worth something. 



Tags:some of these may be borrowed tags, dreamwidth, alas, just after I'd moved back to LJ, good thing DW allows crossposting, jsyk -- if you report someone's blog, a careless tumblr support person might delete all of that person's blogs, even the completely unreleated blogs that they're a member of, fandom meta, potofsoup, fandom history, DWCrosspost

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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2hVln2g at January 05, 2017 at 08:27AM
man-from-uncle-slash-recs:

The weirdest muncle zine covers I’ve found so far. They are, in order, The Dunwich Affair (1985, 1990), The P.U.N. From U.N.C.L.E. # 1 (1991), The Curse of the Round Robin (1989), and Hello…Goodbye (1981). The Curse of the Round Robin is slash. The rest are gen. The sheer diversity is fascinating. The first is a novel-length Lovecraft crossover, the second is a book of jokes and puns, the third is, presumably, a round robin, and the last is the script for a muncle/Beatles crossover play. (Images from fanlore.)

Tags:some of these may be borrowed tags, man from uncle, fanzines, fanart, fanfic, fandom history, man-from-uncle-slash-recs, DWCrosspost
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2iFIguH at January 04, 2017 at 07:29PM
escapadecon:

A new scholarship for 2017 has been endowed through the efforts of our transgender mistresses of technology, Evelyn D.

The scholarship is need based and applications are open to anyone identifying as non-binary or transgender.

To apply or nominate a fellow fan email EscapadeEvelynScholarship@gmail.com with name and preferred pronouns of the potential recipient, the best way to contact them, an introduction, and one thing Escapade or slash fandom in general could do to improve visibility or awareness of gender non-conforming issues. The ideas will be shared with the fan community so be sure to let us know if you do not wish to be credited.

Please limit applications and nominations to those who would otherwise be unable to attend for financial reasons.

Please reblog, retweet, and otherwise help signal boost!

Escapadehttp://ift.tt/2iFxp47

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Tags:escapadecon, fan conventions, slash convention, lgbtq, DWCrosspost
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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2hWAYSz at January 05, 2017 at 08:04AM

Fanvid History Stash, I: "Us" (Free, how?):

Tags:fanvids, vidding, fandom history, vidding history, DWCrosspost
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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2j8iCfp at January 05, 2017 at 07:00AM

The very bad reason Jeff Sessions is ‘very unhappy’:

This is one of the many reasons US citizens are worried about Jeff Sessions being US Attorney General. For one, he supports government forfeiture without due process:

“For Christos and Markela Sourovelis, for whom the worst thing was losing their home, “Room 101” was Courtroom 478 in City Hall. This “courtroom’s” name is Orwellian: There was neither judge nor jury in it. There the city government enriched itself — more than $64 million in a recent 11-year span — by disregarding due process requirements in order to seize and sell the property of people who have not been accused, never mind convicted, of a crime.”

Please call your Senators to tell them to stop Jeff Sessions. Congress refused to confirm him as federal judge in the 1980s and his record has only gotten worse.   Confirmation hearings are next week (Jan 10, 2017). Scripts and who to call here:  
http://ift.tt/2j8qGww

Tags:original post by me, stop jeff sessions, activism, DWCrosspost
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morgandawn: (Ariel Yes?)
 Someone kindly pointed out that there is a way for paid subscribers on DW to filter out posts on their reading pages by tag.

I will try to tag my political posts either "politics" or "activism" - since I am cross-posting from tumblr, the tags will have to be applied manually so there may be a delay.

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I wish there was a way for DW readers to filter out specific posts.

People with paid DW accounts can filter which of your posts they see based on your DW tags.

When I go to "Manage Filters", choose "Default filter", and then click on your name, I get these choices:

Show only content that ...
... is rated [anything(show all content)/safe or non-explicit/safe for work only]
... and the entry is tagged with [any/all/none]
of the selected tags:
(no tags selected)
Available tags (click to select):

activism[18] resistance[1] ......

So, you can tag your political posts, and readers who are burnt-out on politics can filter them out (but that is only available to readers with a paid account. Still, better than nothing.)

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