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2nd-Jun-2007 11:28 am - LJ Outage, IPOs, and Strikeout Statistics That'll Make You See Red
El-Jay is officially pissing me off. Still can't post anything other than very short posts, and I still can't do anything even perform administrivia like backing up my journal.

If you're in the same boat I am, open an LJ support ticket following these guidelines over on LJ. Then check out the support boards and see just how many of us appear to be having issues.

It appears that SixApart/LJ is getting hosed by the DDoS attacks.




stewardess has done some additional digging on the whys behind the Great LJ Strikeout of 2007, and sees a link between it and SixApart's possible upcoming IPO. (Note: Link goes to the more updated version on GreatestJournal, since she's locked out of editing her posts on LJ.)

Although stewardess is speculating, a quick Google search indicates that there have been IPO speculations about SixApart for awhile now. Plus, having worked for two privately-held small trade publishers that sought venture funding (which isn't an IPO but has similar pressures), I'd say her speculation makes sense, and explains quite a bit about SixApart's behavior over the past week.

Between the Great LJ Strikeout of 2007, which has been bookended by DDoS attacks that prevent many users (like me)from posting entries of any length, backing up our LJs to our hard drive, or even doing basic tasks — I suspect that the migration from LJ that had been sparked by anger is only going to get reinforced as people get "into the habit" of posting on other journaling sites.




[info]jmthane has some statistics about the Great LJ Strikeout of 2007.

How many journals got suspended, and how many were restored for being unfairly suspended?

Read the post and feel your blood boil




For people and fandoms looking for altenative homes, [info]bubble_blunder (who has the same username over on LiveJournal), reviews the InsaneJournal ToS and notes that IJ may be the better alternative for fannish activities.

Fan sentiment is leaning toward GreatestJournal right now, but I honestly do agree that InsaneJournal might be the better option, if only for its better interface.
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