miss_s_b: (Blogging: Internet forever!!)
2017-04-22 09:32 pm
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New Twitter Muting Policy

There's an election on.
I tweet about politics.
I have over 3000 followers, and several of them RT me on occasion.

This all means that I quite regularly attract... People who wish to engage in debate. Some of them in a less than friendly manner.

Now, sometimes, these people are just asking a question. And sometimes, when I answer their question they say "oo, I didn't know that! Thanks!" and we both carry on our merry way after a positive interaction.

Sometimes they are just outright hostile or insulting, and those people I mute straight away.

Sometimes though... Sometimes they are asking a question in the hopes of trapping me, or pissing me off, or just wasting my time. So I answer their initial question, and then they say "yeah but..." and bring up something unrelated, but still opposing, or they build a straw man (or a battalion of straw men), or employ any number of other tactics designed to irritate me.

Life is too damn short for people like that.

Therefore, from today, I have instituted a Three Strikes and You're Out policy for twitter. If you ask me a question, and you respond with "yeah but...", I'll answer. If you respond to the second answer with "yeah but..." then I will know that you are not debating in good faith, you're trying to irritate me and/or waste my time, and I will simply mute you.

Like I said, life is too short. I confidently expect lots of "yeah but..." replies to this post, btw...
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2017-04-20 10:24 am
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A snipping from Google Analytics

Holy shit, you guys...

a screencap from google analytics

My regular readership is not tiny. Yesterday was... impressive.
Most people looked at more than one post, too.
And links came from EVERYWHERE: obviously, twitter was by far the biggest source of links; Lib Dem Voice, HuffPo, and fellow LDs like Zoe O'Connell and Nick Barlow were also expected, but... Mumsnet? Two different Liverpool local websites? Outpost Gallifrey? And DuckDuckGo, which implies people were searching for me...

Genuinely kind of bowled over here.
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2017-04-17 01:45 pm
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Short note for new folks

If I've subscribed to you but not given you access, don't worry. The vast vast majority of my posts are public, and f-locked posts tend to be very rare and only for people I know in real life. If I've subscribed to you, that is a pretty strong mark of my interest ;)
miss_s_b: DreamSheep/Matrix icon (Blogging: DreamSheep: Matrix)
2017-04-15 11:13 am
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Three quick DW tips for LJ refugees: Things you may or may not have noticed

  1. A thing I've not seen many people mention is the "Popular in your circle" feature. Once you've added a few people, this will tell you what is popular with your friends, and then you can reinforce your bubble find things you might have missed but that you're likely to like.
    ETA: It's a paid account feature, apparently, which might explain why I've not seen many ppl mention it.

  2. I know I've mentioned this before, but this post on [community profile] 2017revival is an excellent resource. In fact, the whole comm is ace. Find your LJ friends, and add yourself so they can find you.

  3. The list of popular feeds that you may remember from LJ is here.
Hopefully some of that is helpful :)
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2017-04-08 04:41 pm
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A Getting To Know You X-Posted from [community profile] 2017revival

... which comm I fully rec to all those of you who are LJ refugees looking for familiar names :) Original post here.

Name: Jennie
Age: 39
Location: Yorksher
Tumblr/Goodreads/IG/etc: I have a list of accounts in other places and how active I am on them here

Describe yourself in five sentences or less:
I'm an SJW cliche: Liberal in the British sense rather than the American or Australian, and reasonably high up in various bits of the Liberal Democrats - I'm on regional exec, I'm the acting chair of the LGBT+ faction, I'm on one of the 3 ruling committees of the party, and I'm one of the 3 regular hosts of Glee Club.
Autistic, depressed and anxious, and mother to an autistic and anxious daughter.
Bi, poly, and (mostly) happily ensconced in a poly household with an extensive polygon.
Geeky about all things scifi and fantasy.
Multicoloured hair, many tattoos, lots of piercings.

Top 5 Fandoms:
Doctor Who (except 10)
Red Dwarf
Music of most kinds but expecially things with heavy bass and/or lots of guitar.
Doggies, especially my doggies, but also (for example) Arthur Whippet on Twitter and WhippyJim and Moose on Instagram.
And I suspect I ought to put British Politics here, because it basically IS a fandom, isn't it? With all the BNFs and backstabbing that implies...

I mostly post about:
Most of what you'll see on my blog day to day are my daily linkspam posts, which are links to anything I have found interesting, and are done (mostly) automatically. Actually typed posts tend to be mostly politics, but really, it's whatever comes into my head to post about that's too long for twitter.

My last three posts were about:
(not counting linkspams)
Supergirl TV show and how ace it is
A local by election that my party came second in
Barry Manilow and the media's response to his recent news.

How often do you post? How about commenting?
Linkspam is daily. Actual posts are much more sporadic - some weeks it's several times a day, some weeks it's not at all. This is almost always a reflection of how my mental health is. The iller I am, the more I tend to drop off everything except Twitter. If I'm ever not-on-Twitter you know things are REALLY bad.
I almost always reply to comments on my own posts, usually quite quickly, but email is the first thing to stop checking if I'm Having a Mental, so not always.
I comment on other people's posts generally when I read, and I always read back after I've made a post myself. So If I'm posting a lot, you'll see an uptick in comments from me. If I'm in a non-posting phase, you'll not see any.

A GIF to describe how your day has been so far:
Stewie Griffin streaming with snot
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2017-04-05 07:03 pm
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Automation in the age of Twitter (a howl of frustration)

You might have noticed of late that my linkspam posts are much sparser. There's a bunch of reasons for this, and they all boil down to the services I use.

99% of the link posting I do is on Twitter. I share links and RT links a LOT. Twitter is very much an in-the-moment service, so I don't feel spammy for doing this.

In order to get the automated links posts, I use pinboard, which scrapes twitter (and can also scrape a bunch of other services I don;t use), and then feed it through [personal profile] andrewducker's clever Daily Link Post Automater which magically makes me a blog post.

The problem is pinboard picks up everything from twitter which remotely looks linkish - so every tweet that has a picture in, every quote tweet, etc. This means that either I have to do a lot of manual editing of pinboard to prevent ENORMOUS linkspam posts containing little of interest to anybody (you'll have seen a few of those on days when I didn't wake up in time to do the manual editing), or (as is currently the case) I just don't let it pick up from twitter - so any links which I want to get fed through to my blog I have to add to pinboard manually. This isn't SO bad, because it means I think about it more, and am only genuinely adding interesting stuff, but it also means a lot of the time I can't be arsed.

THEN we have my stuff, which I produce in various places, and it would be nice to have in the links posts.
Instagram, Goodreads, and this blog get their URLs collected by dlvr.it and posted to twitter. It'd be nice if that could get put into pinboard - and it was, when pinboard was collecting from twitter, but that's not happening now.

Pinboard, of course, does not and will not collect from dlvr.it, and Andrew's daily post thing doesn't either.
I used to use Delicious, which did lots of the things that pinboard doesn't, but they started putting advertising links into users' feeds, which was a redline for me.

Goodreads will autopost to Wordpress and blogger, but not to DW.

So, you know, IN THEORY I've got the possibility of a great setup. In theory. In practise, however...
miss_s_b: (Blogging: Mod hat)
2017-02-04 09:06 am
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A Gentle Reminder

I do not publish anonymous comments. My comment policy can be found here. It's almost certainly a lot easier to put "Dave" or "Sally" at the bottom of your comment than wiffle on for two lines about your reasons for anonymity ;)
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2017-01-02 04:41 pm
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Due to interesting political situation in Soviet Russia...

... I am finally deleting all traces of myself from LJ. A ready reckoner for those uninformed about the situation can be found here, if you're at all interested.

If you've had the urge to migrate here from LJ yourself, do comment below, especially if you're someone I know well. I made the move years ago, and while I do miss some aspects of LJ, there's loads that's better here, I promise.

The other thing you'll notice is that I'm migrating stuff over which I wrote, so there's going to be a few posts in the next hour or so. Hopefully I won't swamp any RSS feeds.
miss_s_b: (Mood: Facepalm)
2015-07-21 03:19 pm
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Couldn't resist this #SorryNotSorry

Anon is back. (S)he says: it's not acceptable to say you're not publishing [my comment], and then pick out selected comments for ridicule. I'd have expected you to know better than that.

* points and laughs *

Oh dear, sweet anon, I think you'll find it's acceptable for me to do whatever I like on my own damn blog. If you don't like it, you're perfectly free to set up your own, or even adhere to my comments policy, which is not exactly difficult. All it would take would be for you to click on the link I have helpfully left you on several occasions, read it, and stick to it. Given that you seem singularly incapable of doing this, while leaving repeated nasty, vituperative and passive-aggressive comments on my blog, I think it is perfectly acceptable for me to treat you like the stupid entitled arse you clearly are.

I know you are the same person, because my blog records IP addresses. I have been politely asking you to adhere to my comments policy for ten months now. You steadfastly refuse to do so.

I think I am perfectly within my rights at this point to single you, and bits of your comments, out for ridicule.

You don't like that? You could always stop leaving nasty comments on my blog. Surely you can think of something more productive to do than leave comments which only one person is ever going to see?

ETA: still commenting on this post. Still incapable of clicking a simple link yet magically capable of typing screeds of bollocks. Oh dear.
miss_s_b: (Politics: Democracy)
2015-05-29 11:34 pm
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PSA: Anon Commenters

While I am happy to host debate in the comments to my blog, I do have a comments policy and I would be obliged if you'd all stick to it. None of it is particularly onerous, and certainly not as onerous as dealing with an anon commenter who persistently refuses to adhere to said comments policy, and who is verging on nastiness towards one of my regulars.

I will no longer be approving any anon comments with no handle attached. And even with a handle, don't be an arse.

Thank you.
miss_s_b: (Blogging: Mod hat)
2014-09-16 04:16 pm
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Just a reminder of my Comments Policy

After a few recent comments I thought I would remind everybody of this:
  • Anonymous commenting is enabled, although anon comments may be screened before publication; please, if you comment anonymously, give yourself a name. It gets very confusing talking to two anons at once.
  • I don't censor comments unless pushed VERY hard. Red lines include racism, misogyny, homophobia, unjoking advocation of violence, and being horrible about or to people I love.
  • If you want to point out cock-ups I have made, please direct them to Pedants' Corner; likewise if you want to ask me something off the topic of the post please go to this entry - this saves readers' scrolling fingers.
There have only been TWO comments from anons who haven't identified themselves, and I've not been too stringent about it, but I don't want to be pushed.