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Pet Peeve of the Day / PSA

Dear “Get the fuck out of my LJ”-sayers,

There is a rule, and it says “Your LiveJournal is a public journal by default.”  If you want your LJ to be a private space (like you do), by all means make it friends-only; until then, shut the fuck up and suck it up that strangers may eventually stumble upon your LJ, leave comments, or initiate various forms of relationship with your “friends” without you in between them.

You see, there's this thing called “free will.”  It's not just you that have it.  Your friends do.  Strangers do too.  So stop thinking strangers invade your “privacy” if they start talking to each other through your LJ.  They do not require your authorization to do so.  Just suck it up, and STFU.  Or make your LJ friends-only.  Worried the “OMG this journal is friends-only, ask me to add you” post would make you look uncool?  Suck it up too, because that's a price you have to pay.

Just remember, whining about such things only makes you a tantrum-throwing crybaby.

Hope this helps (you grow up),

P.S.  *sigh* This is what I get for deciding to try the “Latest Posts” ] feature on the front page, which, given the vast number of LJ users, essentially serves as a “Jump to a random LJ” feature.


Seems that people forgot one of the basic rules of using their 'puters:


I believe it said that your LJ would be public by default when you signed up. Maybe if LiveJournal had one of those obnoxious and unavoidable tutorials like every RPG has had since Final Fantasy VII, people would get it. You know, the ones with a stupid-looking mascot saying, "Hi, my name is STFU the Moogle, and I'm going to teach you the basic of LiveJournal XII! Press this link to begin your magical journey...Go ahead and try it! It's fun! I promise!"
You know what'd provide an ultimate form of entertainment?  Someone trying to sue Six Apart, alleging that the company misled its customers by having “journal” in the name of the service, while the entries are public by default.

… Come to think of it, this sounds much like a successful Stella Award candidate… *shudders* _-_
Well, isn't it that journals are just open books with lined pages while a diary is the one with a lock and key to it? If this was called LiveDiary, then maybe things would be different. =P

http://unabridged.m-w.com/cgi-bin/unabridged?va=journal says:

Main Entry: 1jour·nal
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): -s
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from journal, adjective, daily, from Latin diurnalis, from diurnus of the day, daily (from dies day + -urnus, as in nocturnus nocturnal) + -alis -al -- more at DEITY, NOCTURNAL

1 a : a usually daily record of a journey b : a record of current transactions usually kept daily or regularly: as (1) : DAYBOOK 2 (2) : a book of original entry in double-entry bookkeeping either for recording transactions of a particular class (as sales or cash transactions) or for recording transactions not cared for in specialized books c : an account of usually day-to-day events written down regularly or as they occur or presented as if written down in this way d : a record of experiences, ideas, or reflections kept regularly for private use e : a record of transactions kept by a deliberative body or an assembly; specifically : the record of daily proceedings of a legislative body kept by the clerk f : LOGBOOK, LOG

: )

But yes, diary refers more specifically to a private journal, so things would look much uglier if LJ were called LiveDiary indeed.  : )
Doug always wrote "Dear Journal," because he knew that some day he'd upgrade to a LiveJournal.

(sorry, that's a Nickelodeon joke...)