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Kimberly Chapman
Official Sucromancer of the Realm
Official Sucromancer of the Realm


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I am a cranky, liberal, intersectional feminist who has no time for bullshit. Do not comment with unsolicited advice, 'splaining, derailments, unnecessary pedantry, bigotry, come-ons, or other assorted crap in my space. All such comments are at risk of deletion without warning, bitingly expletive-laden retorts, and/or blocking.

I owe you nothing. Freedom of speech is not a mandate to be heard.

Now if you can behave, come on in because there's cake and snark and geeklove.

I used to have several opt-in notify circles but G+ killed that. I do not run collections because they have poor functionality that I'm not going to rehash here.

Now that G+ doesn't let me see if a given person has me in circles or not - a sure-fire way to identify drive-by trolls - and has taken away my ability to limit comments to Extended Circles, all while still failing to grant users reasonable methods of controlling trolls, I have decided to set my posts to circles only for commenting. I'm just too tired to deal with endless bigots and bullshit. I apologize if this means nice people I don't have in circles can't comment anymore, but I'm just tired of it.

In fact I'm getting really sick of G+ in general and posting on FB more ( FB is evil, but functional. G+ is broken unless you're a straight white guy.

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Ugh, going through the tedious work of leaving all of my ancient Yahoo groups.

Once upon a time, a lot of my online social activity was through those groups. Hell there are people I know now on other social media whom I met through those groups. For ages it seemed like this was the future of online communication and so many of us spent so much time talking about so many subjects in those groups. I mean I can see the numbers in these groups as I go through, and some of them have thousands of participants.

But with the exception of one so far (knitlist seems to still be actually going strong), none of them have had any messages in 5-10 years.

Because Yahoo screwed it up. They messed around with settings and made it harder to do what people wanted. They made decisions about how we communicate which weren't how we were communicating. They didn't listen to suggestions, requests, or complaints. They told us how to be, and most of us went elsewhere.

I predict in 10 years a bunch of us will get a random alert to a group or community or something here on G+ and think, "Oh yeah. I remember when that was my prime social network. I remember a lot of good times on that. But I also remember frustration, the constant screwing around on features making me have to re-learn crap unnecessarily all the time while never addressing the actual, systemic problems I needed addressing. That's why I stopped using it so much and ended up doing my socializing elsewhere. Oh look at this group...I remember when it was thriving. I remember when it was a big deal to be a person of note in this group. Hrm look, last post was seven years ago. Oh well, let's clean this all up and get out of here..."

As mentioned before, I used to be a very loud evangelist for the G+ brand.

Now I can't be arsed to come in and check notifications more than a couple of times a week. And when I do, a significant proportion of what I see is people complaining about yet another tweak, yet another needless UI change on one platform or another, and still no reasonable harassment controls.

So...yeah. Going to go finish the tedious task of unsubscribing from all of those once-precious Yahoo groups so I don't get the occasional spam messages that come through anymore.

And then I'm going to check Facebook. Which is evil and nasty and shitty. But still more functional, reliable, and better for my and my friends' needs than G+.

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