||[Apr. 4th, 2017|08:37 pm]
Who thought it was a good idea to warn users that they might suffer downtime because of maintenance, and then to welcome them back with a cheery: "Sign here, or else!"
That post to the News feed, explaining what's going on - wouldn't it have been an idea to let peope see it before they decided whether to click 'accept'? How hard would it have been?
Too hard for LiveJournal, apparently.
Reading those terms & conditions, I don't actually think there's anything sinister going on. Yes, there are things there that I can imagine being misused, but I always can when I read T&C. I'm inclined to believe the News post, that this is a piece of legalistic tidying up after a change of ownership. But you don't have to believe changes have been made with evil intent to decide you don't like them, and I'm not happy to be told, if I'm understanding this correctly, that I no longer have a paid account: instead I have a free account, on which I am purchasing additional services. This puts my relationship with LJ outside a specific piece of legislation, and I'm not too worried about that: if it comes down to litigation, things are already broken beyond repair. Will it have unintended results (as changes usually do)? Wait and see.
And I will wait, and I will see. I don't want to leave LJ, which has given me many good things, good friends and good times. But having had a Dreamwidth account for quite a while, and made minimal use of it, today I'm taking a couple more steps towards using it.
At least, I am if this works...
ETA: Partial success: now I have to work out how to set the 'cross-posted from Dreamwidth' footer...