So I just applied to be a close-beta tester for Dreamwidth
. Who knows if I'll get a spot - I expect a lot of people with more time than me will be applying - but I'm so excited about this and I want to at least try to do something useful. I had a go at the site scheme but in the end, I just didn't have the mental energy once my course kicked up again in November but I don't have to get heavy with it again until late April so it could be fun.
There was a time when I had a real sense of community with the LJ team. I felt like even when we didn't agree on the best plan, they were genuinely committed to the community and excited about the system. They were users
. Sadly though, over the last few years it's just drifted further and further away from that to being managed by a corporation of people who don't really understand the community. Don't get me wrong, LJ still has great people working for it, but in the end, those people are not at the top of the tree and they get over-ruled.
So, in come synecdochic
with a plan to go back to creating a real community site, run by users for users. A site which will actually implement user suggestions and respond to user concerns. Which would all sound rather pie in the sky if it wasn't being run by these guys who are some of the most practical, smartest people I know. This is going to be good. I have no idea how much of the TW fan community are aware of the project, but I suspect a huge chunk of the SG1 fandom will be migrating over there from the go-get and I plan to do the same - I'll be picking up a permanent account over there and just posting to any comms over here using Open ID*. Seriously, it's going to rock.
* And that's another exciting thing - the plans for actually figuring out a working interoperability solution are really cool. The balance between useful and skeevy is hard, but they're figuring it out.