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I love this week's friday 5 questions - suggested 10 years ago (!) and brought in today!

1. Are your "LJ friends" friends to you, or just acquaintances?
Depends on the friend! I can name several though who I've cared enough about to meet IRL... now I know I'm going to forget someone and feel terrible, but aliki, mrs_dragon, & astrogeek01 are the still active ones who are way more than acquaintances. let's face it they could live in my house if they ever needed a place, we'd do geeky science fair with our gaggle of kiddos every single day in some kind of bizarre livejournaling commune.

2. How do you feel about modern feminism?

3. Do you look down on people for their LJ habits, or do you think everyone's entitled?
"Look down" is a strong word - maybe "don't relate" makes more sense for some people. This doesn't happen as much anymore but there used to be more drama, someone would write a fairly controversial post and get some critical comments back, then they'd follow up with "this is MY JOURNAL I write what I WANT I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU THINK IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT DON'T READ IT."

Well come on, I'd say, if it was really just purely your journal, you'd use MS Word and save it to your desktop and be done. Or you'd program robot commenters to say "another great post, spacefem. right on." If you write on livejournal, you're wanting real people, and with real people come different opinions. Real people are a great motivator to write. I think you're really self-denying if you say, in a livejournal post, that you don't care what people think.

4. Have you ever been flamed? If so, what for?
Oh gosh yes all the time. On here? It's not so bad. My entry asking why aren't there female minions made the main page and somebody came to comment to say I was "bitching" and went on about "militant killjoy feminists". I was just asking the question, man. Not firebombing a movie studio, not even even staging protests. Settle the hell down. But it's the internet, that kind of thing happens all the time, if it really touches a nerve for me to ask why women aren't represented in places then maybe it's a sign that we need to keep exploring the questions?

5. What is it about LJ that keeps you posting here?
I like the format. I like the archiving capabilities.

I really like the people. They're not all "oooh we have to be on the hottest site with a million followers!" - nope, we're over that bullshit here. We write, in actual paragraphs, with introductions bodies and conclusions. And the comments I get on entries aren't just a like button, they're actual well-thought out advice, brilliant even. I don't get that anywhere else, and I definitely still get it here.

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Feb. 13th, 2016 01:56 am (UTC)
I'm not friends with astrogeek01, but I am friends with mrs_dragon, and I think a giant Livejournaling commune with kiddos while doing geeky stuff would some awesome. Pity we live so far away from each other.
Feb. 13th, 2016 02:17 am (UTC)
Oh my gosh! I just watched Minions and was so confused by that exact question! Especially since they implied in one scene that the minion thought a woman was sexy. Like, what's up with that if they reproduce asexually? Which I'm assuming they must? Either that or they eat their women after they give birth or something?
Feb. 13th, 2016 04:09 pm (UTC)
or they're clones? or something? but yeah...
Feb. 13th, 2016 11:57 am (UTC)
Oh, yes, for #5! Formats like Facebook's drive me crazy. Even if you do want to respond with more than a sentence or two, it doesn't seem as if it really wants you to, not with the "five words in a line" set-up. So many sites seem to be more for just cheerleading, not actual conversation.
Feb. 13th, 2016 02:17 pm (UTC)
I gotta make me some of those robo-commenters!
Feb. 13th, 2016 03:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks. This was great. I used this one in my own blog.
Feb. 13th, 2016 04:29 pm (UTC)
if we do an awesome science geeky commune let's go somewhere warmer than here... ;)
Feb. 13th, 2016 04:51 pm (UTC)
No. 3. I have this issue with Tumblr, besides the interminable scrolling thing, I mean. I'm so used to LJ, where people WANT you to comment, then on Tumblr I'm always seeing posts about how annoying it is when someone reblogs your post and adds a comment. If you want a private blog, I don't think Tumblr or LJ or Wordpress is the way to go. I don't care what it is, if it's available to anyone with an internet connection, it is never going to be private. I love LJ, just because you can strike up a dialogue with someone and get to be great friends and it's just a really great platform.
Feb. 14th, 2016 01:08 am (UTC)
Yep, #5 is pretty much why I keep posting. Even when my friends list was a veritable internet graveyard I still wrote here just for love of the format, even if comments were low.

I agree, LJ is a lot less ... emotional than it used to be. Other sites seem to have helped siphon off much of that high-drama energy.
Feb. 15th, 2016 11:30 pm (UTC)
I also think a lot of lj's population has aged with the site and so the teens/twenty somethings are now twenty somethings/thirty somethings/forty somethings and ya know? We just don't have time for that shit. :)
Feb. 16th, 2016 02:07 am (UTC)
That probably helps!

I know I was a much more obnoxious poster almost 15 years ago when I started here!
Feb. 15th, 2016 08:53 am (UTC)
Archiving capabilities? Oh wow, that is so cool!

I always assumed that Gru had male minions because those are the ones that decided to work for him, but there would be female minions living elsewhere in their own society or something. I am very disappointed to learn that that's not the case.
Feb. 15th, 2016 11:32 pm (UTC)
1. I feel famous!
2. Geeky science commune would be AMAZING.
3. At first I was like "with all our kids? I don't...oh! Wait! I totally have kids too!" I'm assuming by the time they are a year old I will consistently remember that fact? Like with how it took me awhile to get used to being a "wife" instead of a "fiance"?
Feb. 15th, 2016 11:51 pm (UTC)
lol yes... do you just see babies in your house and ask, "HEY who made these and just left them here!"
Feb. 21st, 2016 12:21 am (UTC)
I missed the Lewis' Law when I first read this, but it showed up in your feed... excellent point!
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