Social Networky

2037-Jan-18, Sunday 00:00
thorfinn: <user name="seedy_girl"> and <user name="thorfinn"> (Default)
Here is where I exist on various social networks:

  • ([personal profile] thorfinn) is where I put more useful things like actual recipes, discussions of more substance, and similar actual blog-like things; If you're coming from LJ over to Dreamwidth, log in after reading DW OpenID Help to you can comment. If you're on DW and I've subscribed to you, I've most likely given you access too. Please don't feel obligated to give me access back unless you want to. I use tighter filters for any seriously sensitive content, so my access list is just for "I don't want this content permanently cached anywhere else".

  • ([ profile] thorfi) is where I put random micro thoughts, general chatter and some types of linkspam;

  • is where I handle social events, gossip, more link spam, some photos and suchlike;

  • Apple Game Center Nickname: thorfi
  • ([ profile] thorfinn) is where I originally kept all of the stuff that is now on Dreamwidth, but I have migrated all content to DW and will be posting on DW and crossposting to LJ. I still read LJ. (My old post Migrating from LJ to DW has some mumbling about why.)

I do not auto gateway any stuff between the various social networky places, since I am using them for quite different purposes.

thorfinn: <user name="seedy_girl"> and <user name="thorfinn"> (Default)

Migrating from to (if you want to)

Why you might want to migrate (an incomplete list of possible reasons)
How to migrate (if you want to)
  1. Obtain an invite code (either by asking me or going to codesharing) OR Buy a new account (a simple USD3.00 for 1 month paid time will get you in).
  2. Create your account
  3. FAQ: Import your LiveJournal (content, comments, even access controls for people from LJ if you want)
  4. Optionally change LJ privacy settings to turn off search inclusion, and possibly Turn off comments on your LJ account (especially if you are worried about the FB Connect issue and have imported comments)
  5. Set up FAQ: Crossposting to LiveJournal
  6. Check Dreamwidth FAQ: Tags and Markup for some new markup you may want to use
  7. Just go ahead and start posting on Dreamwidth
  8. More details to check out if you're coming from LJ: FAQ: A guide to Dreamwidth for LiveJournal users
  9. Optionally even more bits to look at if you want to: Collection of things to help people new to Dreamwidth (by [personal profile] kate)
thorfinn: <user name="seedy_girl"> and <user name="thorfinn"> (Default)
... details cut for those who are bored of the issue or are not on LiveJournal... )

So, in short, I'm still on LJ for reading and crossposting my blog posts, and I don't plan to change that. However, if you want to comment on content that I post, I really am sorry for the inconvenience, but you can either sign in on with OpenID (for unlocked posts) or obtain your own DW account (for all posts included locked ones). If you don't want to do that, I am sorry, but that's what I feel I must do to protect my privacy.

ETA for anyone who wants a DW account: news from [site community profile] dw_news Weekly Update: 8 September 2010:

Speaking of promo codes, Six Apart has recently announced that their Vox service is closing doors as of September 30. If you or a friend would like to move your Vox blog to somewhere that has the fine-tuned privacy controls that other options such as TypePad or Wordpress doesn't have, Dreamwidth would be a perfect fit! You can use the account creation code "VOX" to create an account.

thorfinn: <user name="seedy_girl"> and <user name="thorfinn"> (Default)

Hello, especially to anyone reading me who is on LiveJournal. LJ have recently started purging accounts that are idle inactive/suspended (Edited for accuracy).

This means that those account names can be claimed by people other than the original owner. (ETA: This has already been the case since 2005 with deleted accounts and renames, apparently, but I failed to notice that.)

Unfortunately, this fundamentally breaks the trust relationship of OpenID - which is based around the URL of the logging in site. Essentially, I cannot trust that the OpenID user will remain to be the original user, without continuously checking that that is so. I can't do that for more than a few users, so essentially, my only effective solution is to be unable to trust any OpenID from

So, becauseĀ I cannot trust OpenIDs from, I cannot allow those OpenIDs to access my DW content. This means if you are on LJ, you will be unable to see my locked posts on DW, even if you log in using OpenID.

Most of you will get to read the post anyway, because I will keep cross-posting to LJ, but as I will not be allowing comments on LJ, there will be no commenting.

In short, I'm sorry for the inconvenience, but due to the lack of security of LJ OpenID introduced made even worse by this new policy, I can't allow LJ OpenIDs access to Dreamwidth directly.

If you wish to discuss anything in my locked posts, then come to Dreamwidth. For further references, see:

thorfinn: <user name="seedy_girl"> and <user name="thorfinn"> (Default)
LJ-news: Media embedding change - important notice
DW-maintenance: LJ web security exploit

In short, LJ had a "cross site scripting hack" which infected a bunch of people's accounts. Check the LJ news post and verify you're okay if you're on LJ.

However, Dreamwidth wasn't vulnerable.

Yet another reason to Dump LJ in favour of Dreamwidth.

ETA: If you're not running some kind of flash blocker, you probably want to be.

Safari - - (Was:

Firefox - - or

Opera - -

Chrome - - (run a local proxy) or switch to one of the above.

Internet Explorer - - (run a local proxy) or switch to one of the above.
thorfinn: <user name="seedy_girl"> and <user name="thorfinn"> (Default)
Okay. I'm officially dumping LiveJournal - my paid account there will not be renewed, and my Dreamwidth account is now a paid account.

Crossposting to LJ will still occur, and you can comment from your LJ account in my DW account using OpenID.

The prompt for this is that LJ has quietly broken the comment exporter, which I was using to back up comments. If I can't retain an offsite backup off my journal, I'm not interested in paying for the service.

There's a number of indicators that have demonstrated to me that the quality of the software engineering around the LJ codebase has deteriorated quietly for some time, this is simply the last straw on the camel's back.

Dreamwidth, on the other hand, has a great set of principles and a functioning, diverse, high quality, developer community.

If you're over on LJ, here's: A Guide To Dreamwidth for LiveJournal users.

Also, here's a list of Dreamwidth compatible clients.

I have a few invite codes for free accounts, so if you want one, drop me a comment over there. (ETA: All gone for the moment.)

(ETA2: You can just pay for one month if you can't find yourselve an invite code and want to start cheaply - see the Dreamwidth FAQ: What are paid accounts?)

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