Cross-Posting should not be Rocket Science
I felt pleased to get a prompt response when I opened a ticket about Dreamwidth's new failure to cross-post to Livejournal. This problem arose for me on May 11, after a long space of time in which such failures were rare. The response to the ticket was less than satisfactory. The response went like this:
"LiveJournal's abuse detection systems have gotten significantly more sensitive, they're no longer responding to our contacts about this and are claiming to Dreamwidth users who contact them that they're no longer able to whitelist our IP addresses the way they have for the past decade, and we're very limited in what steps we can take to work around the blocks when they impose them. We're doing what we can to work around the issue, but I'm afraid it may be a while until crossposting works reliably again."
I have never seen anything posted on Dreamwidth about LiveJournal that did not have kind of "sky is falling" sense that all the world's problems are to do with LiveJournal. I do not know the story from both sides' perspective. But I suppose I must start manually cross-posting.
Dreamwidth and LiveJournal start from the same open source code, but the implementations have different trade-offs. LiveJournal offers much better photograph hosting. Dreamwidth has a great search feature. I originally started my Dreamwidth account years ago as a fallback. Later, I began posting to Dreamwidth and then cross-posting to Livejournal during the "russian ownership--the sky is falling!" marketing campaign. I hope someday cross-posting returns. In the meantime, I will need to take on manually cross-posting. If LiveJournal offered the search function, I would just switch back to LiveJournal.
Sunday I walked the Ridgeview Trail near my home. This trail is a huge sidewalk that largely follows Ridgeview Drive. But near the corner of Ridgeview and Exchange, it veers north into a wooded area and then heads under the Sam Rayburn (121) expressway and finally comes out in a residential neighborhood in Frisco, Texas. I saw my 82nd Collin County species, a family of Loggerhead Shrikes. This pandemic year my bird count is a bit below past years, as I tend to bird based on lack of people and proximity rather than abundance of birds. But I suspect my slower but steady pace will still get me above 100 birds by year end. I also took walks in our neighborhood Glendover Park and in small Green Park nearby.
Yesterday afternoon I got some work done. Yesterday evening we ate sandwiches and watched Call the Midwife.