gurdonark

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.

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