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Last updated 6:10 PM EST 5/31/2007. CHECK ioldanach's post here: MASS REINSTATEMENTS, INCLUDING pornish_pixies! Thank you, SA/LJ and barakb25, for keeping your word. See also Barak's new post in news: all fandom LJs, fiction LJs, and LJs only with problem profiles (including survivor journals) are being reinstated.

A personal note from catrinella: thank you, all of you who commented and tracked down links and linked this post and came back to check it more than once. We built this resource together, with almost NO wank in the comments...and it worked. A group of intelligent, angry, polite, and articulate people can move mountains and change minds for the better. This wasn't just an HP fandom effort, though this post started out that way. People from all over LJ joined up to speak with a relatively uniform voice. You have no idea what a gift it's been to watch this happen. Although there are hundreds of people who contributed links and thoughts, I particularly want to thank ceresi and qfemale, who chased links and answered comments while I was editing the post almost constantly on Wednesday night, and onewavebreaks/alowtimidvoice for her amazing personal strength. I am honored to have met you here in the comments. Finally, my thanks to barakb25, for taking the time to figure out the problem, get a solution on track, and then talk to us directly without waiting for a PR team to polish the statement into pure glass. You behaved in good faith today, updating news to tell us what was going on and what was being restored. [end personal note - back to the mostly-neutral info gathering.]

I'll be editing the headers to this post later on, as the reinstatements continue. There is more to come - more to learn and more to record. Please note that I'm not able to answer every comment, but I'm reading them all (I am currently not receiving email comments for at least a 2 hour delay) and linking what's provided in the appropriate sections of this post. --cat.

Welcome. This post is an attempt to consolidate information about Six Apart/LiveJournal's decision to "permanently suspend" user accounts and communities for Terms of Service violations related to illegal sexual activity. The decisions to suspend appear to have been linked to user interest entries containing particular words, regardless of whether the account/comm advocated such behavior, described it in fiction (fannish or original), or discussed the realities of surviving sexual abuse. I wish this post to be an accurate and neutral resource. While I am obviously unhappy with SA/LJ's chosen method to manage this situation, I ask visitors and commenters to focus on the facts when posting here.

Feel free to update comments as you learn of suspended journals and comms, hear a rumor you'd like to have verified/debunked, or have anything else to share. Links to this post are OK.
  • If you are commenting with links to suspended comms or user accounts, please let me know if these are RL accounts or fandom ones. I track them separately, and I don't always have the time to go hunting.
  • Before reporting a suspended comm, check to see if it's already been reported.
  • SA/LJ staffers: your confirmations/debunkings or comments are welcome. Email me if you'd prefer.
    Please know how much I appreciate your help in compiling this list, and your general polite interaction on my LJ. And thanks to all who've linked this post on their LJs, on fandom_wank, and elsewhere! &hearts &hearts &hearts

    Below the jump, you'll find a bulleted list of info points and sections for deleted LJs, current best practices, and links. As of the morning of 5/30, I have divided the links into Information, Technological, and Advocacy sections.

    [NOTE: Some usernames and community names listed below may be offensive to you. Activities described in these LJs may be offensive to you. You know your own tolerances, OK? Thanks.]

    GENERAL INFORMATION
  • LJ is sending form letters to community and account owners explaining the reason for permanent suspension (related to user interests). PLEASE NOTE that they are being helpful and giving community owners a tool to download all posts to the community, which helps a great deal in restoring lost material. Please do not blame the LJ Abuse team, who are mostly volunteers and who are charged with managing cleanup after what appears to have been a decision at higher levels.

  • The group Warriors For Innocence is claiming responsibility for the SA/LJ decision. Although I previously had a link to WFI that redirected through anonym.to, I am no longer linking them due to their declared IP tracking and associated LJ user concern about having the URL listed here. Google is your friend should you wish to know more.
  • Please note that I do not have proof that Warriors for Innocence is the cause of the deletions; we simply do not know whether SA/LJ's decision was caused by WFI, made in spite of WFI, or some blend of the two, and therefore I am reluctant to say that WFI caused this situation. Economic boycotts are effective protest tools, whether used by people with whom we agree or by those with whom we disagree; WFI claims to have placed economic pressure on SA/LJ, but we have no proof that their actions and the permanent suspensions are related. Remember that coincidence and chronology are not causality.
  • http://pedoblogtracker.blogspot.com/ is also tracking deleted LJs. At least one of the people listed as a contributor to this blog is also listed as a contributor to WFI. Note that fandom journals are on their list of deleted LJs, including pornish_pixies - since LJ has not posted a comprehensive list of deleted LJs, it is my understanding that only the person(s) who filed complaints would know that these journals were being targeted.

  • DEBUNKED: the claim that WFI's site has active malicious software installed (as of Thursday evening EST). See this comment, and also this and this. [My thanks to scarlete.]
  • DEBUNKED: the claim that multiple survivor communities were suspended. People, this isn't true. Yes, individual survivor journals were deleted (two have been noted in comments here, one by its owner and the other by people who knew the owner, although she has not posted here). I have not seen a suspended comm named here that was explicitly a survivor comm; one anon commenter did say that her comm, intended for teens to ask question about sex, was deleted, but she did not name the comm. Please stop repeating this. I've seen it on Slashdot, Digg, Fark, and all over LJ. I'm not listing suspended survivor comms, as there aren't any - I do separate out RL comms, but the ones I currently have listed are legitimate targets. Sensationalizing the situation further doesn't help. Thanks.
  • DEBUNKED: that Perverted Justice is involved, at least on the fandom angle. They work with law enforcement to target actual illegal sexual abuse/activity. Their cases are prosecutable and verifiable. I've removed them from the paragraph above. While they have targeted LJ journals in the recent past, they have posted about this on their front page and they do not have kind words for SA/LJ. It's the second item in the middle column, so you'll have to scroll.
  • DEBUNKED: Rumor that all accounts with "pedophilia"/"paedophilia" as a user interest were deleted. I also checked "incest" and "rape" along with other user interests that describe illegal activity (I ignored comms/LJs that were clearly survivor-oriented).
  • DEBUNKED: Rumor that fandom_wank was deleted as part of this situation. In fact, fandom_wank has been over at JournalFen for several years: http://www.journalfen.net/community/fandom_wank/

  • A user reports that some of her user interests disappeared, although she did not delete them herself. I would appreciate more information from kinenbi or from any other users who have experienced this. [Appears to have affected more than one user. The interests reported to be removed are "yaoi", "yuri", and "yazoo". Unclear if other interests have also been removed without the journal owner's involvement.]
  • The owner/moderator of uesugicest reports that the LJ has been deleted (and the message associated with user deletion appears on the comm profile). She did not delete the comm, and it does not appear in her dropdown at http://www.livejournal.com/accountstatus.bml.
  • The owner/moderator of letterstonapoli also reports that s/he did not delete the journal, but it appears as deleted and purged on the profile. (Do we know the date of the last LJ account purge?)

  • Clarification on LJ support comms: suggestions is for new services, not for comments (have edited the Advocacy section below). To dispute your own deleted journal, contact the LJ Abuse Team at http://www.livejournal.com/abuse. To give general feedback about the situation, email to feedback@livejournal.com. [My thanks to the anonymous commenter for the clarification.]

    NEWS LINKS

  • The story's broken into the mainstream media. CNET reports a conversation with Barak Berkowitz, Six Apart CEO & chairman, and also links to this post, here.
  • BoingBoing: http://www.boingboing.net/2007/05/30/lj_purges_incest_sla.html
  • AnimeNewsNetwork: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2007-05-30/shota-community-other-livejournal-accounts-suspended
  • Firefox News: http://firefox.org/news/articles/408/1/Six-Apart-Deletes-500-LiveJournals-Many-Fannish/
  • Metafilter: http://www.metafilter.com/61636/livejournal-suspends-hundreds-of-accounts#1712054 [NOTE: anildash says "Listen, we know and love that one of our core communities is the plethora of fen that flourish on LJ. Hell, half of our volunteers and team members actively participate in fandom. We're not going to every deliberately do anything to endanger that. But we do make human mistakes from time to time, especially when we're under the gun to Do Something To Protect The Children." Significantly different from that we saw in the CNET story.]
  • Fark: http://forums.fark.com/cgi/fark/comments.pl?IDLink=2835992
  • Slashdot: http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/05/31/0329200
  • Digg:http://www.digg.com/tech_news/LiveJournal_deletes_hundreds_of_illegal_rape_survivor_LGBTQ_communities

    PERMANENTLY SUSPENDED ACCOUNTS
  • I have not yet had the block of free time necessary to import all the LJs listed on the pedoblogtracker blog (cited above in the WFI section) into this section. ioldanach has done so here at innocence_jihad - my thanks to him for the link and for his work in extracting the data.

  • Deleted vs. Suspended: To determine whether an account has been permanently suspended by SA/LJ or has been deleted by the comm/LJ owner, go to the account's userinfo page. If the account has been self-deleted, you will see the message "This journal has been deleted." If the account has been suspended by LJ, you will see the message "This account has been either temporarily or permanently suspended.". Some community/account owners are voluntarily deleting until more information is available and this situation eases toward resolution. You may also be able to hover your mouse over the icon in a deleted username to see a pop-up with the LJ's current status.

  • Fandom/fiction/text communities currently permanently suspended as of 1:40 AM EST 5/31/2007: ageplaywithsex, afamilyaffair, artsnarry, boysfuckingboys, brokenboys, fetishconfess, heterocest, incestories, lol_porn, lolita07, ____loli_lovin, master_badtouch, porn_debate, pornish_pixies, rape_porn, razorblade_jinx, resident_pervs, riddle_torture, sbrb_blackcest, shota, sugarmamas, violentboylove, we_nympholepts, wonkaslash.

  • RL communities currently permanently suspended as of 12:04 PM EST 5/30/2007: childlove, disgusting_lust, ljincest, incestuouslove, and little_children. If groups listed in the preceding paragraph belong in this list instead, please let me know - I'd like to keep fannish and RL groups separate so as not to perpetuate the problem.

  • Individual user accounts currently permanently suspended as of 1:30 AM EST 5/31/2007: 1strangeman, athena2693, brygid, cannibaldearest, cybermuffinx, daddies_toy, elgorgo, fuckable_angel, homenudist, kiota, littlegirllover, joelovesaznz, k9time, lynntownsend, malakijr, malewhosucksdog, mattybear, mordoz_valois, nepipeo, onewavebreaks, pushtyber, rayathn, rend_asunder, seri_sama, shivabrazil, takowasabi, terislave, tommy_the_goat, xandercage2006, xironfistx, xdaddysgirl19x, yaoi_slut. [NOTE: This list contains fandom journals, survivor journals, and consenting-adult ageplay journals, as well as RL journals that describe/seek illegal sexual activity (the apparent target of this action). Because individual journals often wander between topics, unlike communities formed for a particular purpose, I am not breaking this down as I did for comms.]

  • RPG character journals currently permanently suspended as of 1:40 AM EST 5/31/2007: boot2thehead & seventhsnake (player journals for the lightning_war RPG - see ataniell93's LJ for details), ogata (game = bnf_brawl).

  • bookshop would like to hear from owners of permanently suspended journals and communities in order to coordinate a response from directly affected users.

    CURRENT BEST PRACTICES
  • Remove or edit your user interests, or at least the ones that are obvious triggers (incest, pedophilia, child molestation, rape, etc.). This includes other languages; "shota" was reputedly a trigger interest for at least one suspended account. [NOTE: Please don't ask if a particular interest should be removed. We don't know the list of trigger interests, and it's highly unlikely that SA/LJ would release that information.]

  • Remove userpics that advocate or illustrate potentially troublesome practices. While userpics are not part of the current situation, last year's breastfeeding-icon debate is a reminder that visual images resonate very strongly for a large number of LJ users.

  • For those who posted to deleted communities and did not save a copy of their posts: the text of the post should have been included in emailed comments made to the post. If you received, but did not delete, emailed comments, you should still have a copy. Check your email - AOL and Gmail, in particular, do not delete old messages unless you explicitly delete them or turn off mail archiving [AOL only]. If you have lost fic, ask your beta if s/he has a copy in inbox or sent-mail. [Thanks to thermidor, heidi8, and others for this reminder.

    LINKS
    Separated into three sections: Information, Technology, and Advocacy.

    Information
    http://liz-marcs.livejournal.com/266024.html (fabulous post re: Warriors)
    http://liz-marcs.livejournal.com/266996.html (liz_marcs follow-up)
    http://lolaraincoat.livejournal.com/253978.html (another tracking post)
    http://ataniell93.livejournal.com/818441.html (Abuse response to ataniell93)
    http://femmequixotic.livejournal.com/292480.html (Abuse response to Femme)
    Abuse response to mod of lolita07, the Spanish-language Nabokov comm
    http://www.greatestjournal.com/~exodus_07 (reconnecting people moving to GJ)
    http://thescarletwoman.livejournal.com/347337.html (fandom people moving to GJ)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LiveJournal#Account_deletion

    Alternate LJ-style sites: GreatestJournal and JournalFen. NOTE: JournalFen is currently closed to new free accounts. The only way to get a free account right now appears to be getting a friend with a paid JournalFen account to set up a new account for you. To buy an account, go here. JournalFen is 18+ only.

    Technology
    http://fawx.com/software/ljarchive (LJ backup for Windows)
    http://www.ljbook.com (Web-based backup to PDF - not just for Macs, but for all!)
    http://connectedflow.com/xjournal/ (Mac-friendly backup; see also xjournal. The resulting file is stored at ~/Library/Application Support/Xjournal/History.plist)
    http://antennapedia.livejournal.com/238132.html (antennapedia has written a wonderful how-to for extracting your LJ posts from the XJournal XML output file. Thank you!)
    http://hewgill.com/software/ljdump/ (yet another Mac option)
    http://logjam.danga.com/ (Linux LJ backup!)
    http://www.livejournal.com/export.bml (LJ's tool is cross-platform)
    http://www.livejournal.com/editprivacy.bml (Paid and Permanent members only)
    http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=234 (Comm security settings)

    Advocacy
    reasoned_speech
    innocence_jihad
    fandom_counts
    strikethru2007
    fandomuhaul
    http://syndicated.livejournal.com/fandomtossed/ (feed for the GJ community below)
    http://jamoche.livejournal.com/28973.html (collecting responses from Abuse [screened])
    http://community.livejournal.com/fandom_lawyers/36677.html (ongoing discussion)
    http://fandomtossed.greatestjournal.com/ (ongoing discussion)
    http://news.livejournal.com/98960.html (reasoned and calm objections in the comments)
    http://cordelia-v.livejournal.com/188534.html (ongoing discussion)
    http://ancarett.livejournal.com/265710.html (complaints that make a difference)
    http://ladybrighid3333.livejournal.com/222207.html
    http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/MLJS
    http://www.journalfen.net/community/fandom_wank/1084243.html
    http://www.livejournal.com/poll/?id=994171&mode=enter (a poll: will you renew?)
    http://usouthal.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2376467601 (advocacy/infor Facebook group)
    http://adis723.livejournal.com/91375.html (compiling a list of SA/LJ advertisers)
    http://laceandtea.livejournal.com/50294.html (survivor post)
    http://omen1x2.livejournal.com/108023.html (survivor post)
    http://strigoia.livejournal.com/259231.html (multifandom friending meme)
    http://ankha.livejournal.com/266863.html (ongoing discussion of TOS)
    Many folks appear to be deleting their user interests and supplying only one: "freedom of speech".

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