Signal Boost: Return of the DDoS

Originally posted by at Signal Boost: Return of the DDoS

For those wanting to know more about the recent DDoS attacks, yes, it looks like it was the Russian government trying to shut down the dissidents again.

As I said last time, while it’s frustrating not to have access, LJ is a lot more than a social network platform. From the article:

“LiveJournal isn’t just a social network. It’s also a platform for organizing civic action. Dozens of network projects and groups mobilize people to solve specific problems — from defending the rights of political prisoners to saving endangered historic architecture in Moscow.”

So while I know many are considering the move over to Dreamwidth and other such sites, supporting LJ is a way we can help support those who use it for more than a writing/roleplaying/social venue.

Also, as a FYI, LJ is giving paid users effected by the outage two weeks of paid time as compensation.

(I don’t know if my addendum is going to get carried over with that “Boost the Signal” button — which, btw, is a beautiful little device — but yeah. While I am likely to be fiddling around with my blog setup in the near future, I am not abandoning LJ, and one of my reasons is what’s described above. This isn’t a situation of “LJ sucks,” it’s “LJ is used heavily used in Russia for political activism, and those who don’t like it keep attacking their platform.” Perversely, therefore, every time they attack it, I get more determined to stay. I will likely set up something on my own domain, because I really ought to have my own blog directly under my own control, but right now, I have no intention of leaving LJ.)

0 Responses to “Signal Boost: Return of the DDoS”

  1. shakatany

    I feel the same way. When I “boosted the signal” I added: I plan to stay with LJ until the bitter end. I don’t want to go elsewhere as most of my friends are here and here is where I feel most comfortable. If these attacks are aimed at LJ by the Russian government I want to stand with the protestors against those trying to silence them.


  2. houseboatonstyx

    Luckily it’s not an either/or choice, since the best way to support LJ is to continue posting at LJ, and when the attack is going, the best way to get a post up at LJ is to crosspost from DW. Easy to make that a default at DW.

    Thanks for your summary and button!

    • Marie Brennan

      I’m probably going to go the WordPress route (hosted on my own server), because as I said, I really ought to have my blog under my own control. But yes, fortunately it doesn’t have to be either/or.

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