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09 June 2009 @ 02:20 pm
This community is still quiet.

How many of you joined LJ as a result of the Independent?
And for those of you that did how are you finding it? Is LJ to your liking?

How about the Independent "official journals", has anyone actually had a response to a comment they posted. It seems to me that it is still very much a broadcast model as whilst comments are around the columnists I have seen don't respond.
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grondficgrondfic on June 9th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
I was on LJ yonks before the Independent got involved. I joined this community because I thought it would be good to have a UK base - rather than all the USA and Russian stuff that wafts past me on LJ generally.

Sadly, no dice really (although, let's face it, I haven't done much to activate a UK-LJ power-base either)).

IN OTHER NEWS - what's about the finale of Ashes to Ashes, eh?

And - anyone else watching Primecal or Robin Hood on Saturdays?

And *sigh* do we HAVE to talk UK politics here? If so - ahem - does anyone really CARE about what happened last Thursday?
Aarona_pawson on June 9th, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
If you are looking for a UK based community, livejournal_uk is far more active.
Mat Bowlesmatgb on June 9th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
does anyone really CARE about what happened last Thursday

My taxes are now supporting a former nazi and admitted racist for quite a large sum of money. He's one of my MEPs.

So yes, I care, but not enough to post about it a lot here.

But yes, watch Primeval for the pulpy silliness, can't be bothered with Hoodie, it just got too annoying (what happened to Keith Allen's Sheriff?)
DCradiantsoul on June 10th, 2009 10:36 am (UTC)
I second livejournal_uk. It is poorly moderated and promoted, but has a reasonable level of traffic.
eleanoreleanorb on June 9th, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
No, I joined years before the Indie knew lj existed. At the beginning it was pretty much a fandom place.
DCradiantsoul on June 10th, 2009 10:37 am (UTC)
I have been here since 2001. Never really regarded it as overly fanfic-y until recently.
Cesycesy on June 9th, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
I was on LJ long before the Independent.

I don't even know where the official Independent journals are - there were announcements about the sponsorship, but none of them told us where to find the official journals.
Mat Bowlesmatgb on June 9th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
If you go look at one (say, rmarsden) then the rest are all linked in the sidebar.

The big problem I think is that the staff that arranged the deal were fired by LJ very soon after in the big layoff they had to do, so the integration was never fully finished.

jleach is good for an occasional read, rmarsden is also lont time LJer rhodri and normally responds well, j_rentoul replies when he thinks you've a good point, but he's so up-his-own-arse it's hard to be anything other than snarky at him (I do try).

ctownsend friended me back but has never commented or replied that I'm aware of.

There was definitely an uptake in LJ accounts when it was set up and still now, but I think they're mostly used as comment accounts for the paper—I've no direct problem with that, more readers=good and long term health for the site is something I support, this is definitely a better model than plastering ads everywhere.
DCradiantsoul on June 10th, 2009 10:35 am (UTC)
So it is basically yet another idea LJ started, but failed to ever properly complete.
Mat Bowlesmatgb on June 10th, 2009 12:24 pm (UTC)
Well, really the Independent is buying the service from them, so if the Indy's happy then it's good, the real failure was that aspects of it wasn't translated to the rest of the site (the Indy accounts all get proper domain mapping, which could be done for everyone but won't be).

But yeah, effectively, LJ had another good idea, and failed to follow through properly (although they're doing something similar in Singapore apparently).
hybridartifactshybridartifacts on June 10th, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
I agree its still pretty much a broadcast model which rather misses the whole point...