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LJ has been owned by a Russian company, SUP, for some years, but until recently, the servers were in California, and thus subject to US law. This is no longer be the case. Links on the ramifications of this (English speakers will need to use Google Translate on the last two):

http://madfilkentist.dreamwidth.org/77455.html
https://mdlbear.dreamwidth.org/1584905.html
http://siderea.livejournal.com/1330106.html
http://lynnenne.livejournal.com/285076.html
http://dolboeb.livejournal.com/3079690.html
http://dolboeb.livejournal.com/3081385.html

I have done a traceroute ( http://ping.eu/traceroute/ ) on my own LJ, and it appears to come through a Russian server now.

There are unconfirmed reports that journals with 'objectionable' content, such as pro-Ukraine blogs, are being deleted. There's also what looks like a mass migration of Russian users into Dreamwidth over the last week or so.

There are all kinds of ramifications for this move, most of them bad. For people located outside Russia, I think the greatest risk is simply that SUP has decided that the non-Russian side of LJ hasn't been profitable in ages, and is never going to be profitable, and this is the first step in shutting it down entirely. So if you have a Livejournal with content that you'd like to preserve, now is a real good time to back it up.

HOW TO BACK UP YOUR LJ:

https://www.dreamwidth.org/support/faqbrowse?faqid=127 (importing personal blogs)
https://www.dreamwidth.org/support/faqbrowse?faqid=230 (importing communities)

You can import tags, icons, filters, posts, and comments – the whole shebang. You can also set up crossposting to Livejournal (I've been crossposting to LJ from DW for years.)

If you have no Dreamwidth account, if someone imports a comment you made, it will be made under your Open ID account. If you make a DW account, you can claim these comments:

http://www.dreamwidth.org/support/faqbrowse?faqid=84 (How can I claim my OpenID account with my Dreamwidth account?)

If you're already on Dreamwidth, or is you're setting up a backup account there now, please let me know so I can friend you over there. I'd hate to lose track of everyone if we wake up one morning and find a big ol' 404 error where LJ used to be.

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rahirah
Dec. 30th, 2016 09:54 pm (UTC)
I just went and imported comments, since I'd fallen a bit behind on that. But yeah, I seriously doubt that non-Russian users are in any kind of real danger. It's just that the risk of the service going away entirely, for boring economic reasons, has gone up considerably, I think.
slaymesoftly
Dec. 30th, 2016 11:35 pm (UTC)
Yes, that would be my fear. But since I almost always (except for some LJ communities, obvs) post to DW with a crosspost to LJ, I won't lose anything except comments.

I find DW hard to use, so I've no idea how I would even get comments on there from LJ. I guess if they get lost, they get lost.
rahirah
Dec. 31st, 2016 12:06 am (UTC)
You can import comments in the same way you backed up your journal there to begin with -- go to Import Content (under the Organize menu) and click the Start Another Import button, then just check off the Comments option on the list of things you can import. That will automatically import entries and tags as well, I believe. Any comments made since the last time you imported will get attached to the correct DW entry. It doesn't duplicate your entries, either -- you can re-import everything multiple times to catch new comments.
slaymesoftly
Jan. 1st, 2017 12:54 am (UTC)
Huh, well that's cool.

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