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Mama Deb
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I just joined fandom_counts

And even while I was doing it, I was thinking how useless it could be.

Why? Because the vast majority of LJ users are still high school and college students using LJ as a social interaction network - same as fandom, but in much, much greater numbers. If we disappeared, LJ would notice. For a day or so. Because maybe the site would run a tad faster with all the communities gone. Maybe. But, see, I could be wrong, so I joined it.

Okay, I'm doing the math here. 13 million livejournals. I could be wrong, but a *generous* estimate for the fen here - 10K. That's 0.8% - and even if as much as half the ljs are actually not active or just puppets or comms (and LJ just did a purge, so who knows?) - that's 1.6% of the total.

We'll basically be showing LJ that we are essentially meaningless. Go US!

And I'm not convinced that putting notices in your userinfo will stop them from suspending your lj - assuming they even read the userinfo beyond the interests.

Question - have any survivors of child sexual abuse communities been deleted? I've heard rumors, but none of the posts that list suspended communities mention those. Because if they haven't, then it's not just interests, or maybe it's a combination of interests.

And, yeah, I did clean up my interests a little bit - I got rid of "slash", "yaoi" and "pretty boys." I also added "freedom of speech." And I archived my fiction journal.

Comments

I've run across one person clearly stating that they were an abuse survivor and their journal was deleted: http://cordelia-v.livejournal.com/188534.html?thread=2901622#t2901622 Other than that, there doesn't seem to be any substaniated examples of survivor comms yet. At least not linked through f_w although there could be something I can't read in the comments since the servers are so robust over there right now.

Nod. I saw her. This actually leads me to wonder if it *is* combinations of interests that does the trick - fannish plus triggers. Or fiction plus triggers, or *something*.

Otherwise, I'm completely at a loss.

It's nothing to do with fandom. The journals which have been deleted were selected by an outside group of fanatics based on interest searches. They did not complain about every journal that had incest, lolita, rape or paedophilia as a keyword, but combinations of the above interests plus general weirdness did seem to attract them. Among the deleted are at least one survivor, multiple RPG characters and a Spanish-language community for discussing the book, "Lolita". Most of the best collections of links are in innocence_jihad or liz_marcs.

They don't seem to be interested in plain old gay porn.