SUP has apparently decided - with no notice, as is their wont - to
stewardess says here: "Using the wayback machine, I was able to compare Livejournal popular interests from May, 2007, with those of today. In order of size, these are the interests SUP has disappeared from the daily popular interests report:
Sex, Boys, Guys, Girls, Fanfiction, Yaoi, Hardcore, Porn, Bondage, Faeries, Pain, Depression, and Bisexuality.
Thanks to silver_ariel at InsaneJournal, I've viewed the raw data, confirmed those interests were censored, and I have their real numbers."
She does a very comprehensive analysis, and asks an important question: "What is up with the HOMOPHOBIA, SUP?"
What's Wrong With This?
* As Stewardess notes: homophobia like whoa.
* As upstart_crow notes: "...depression appears to have been censored from LJ's popular search list. However, I'm pretty sure that life-threatening diseases such as cancer and diabetes haven't been censored. This is discrimination and worse, stigmatization. And discrimination and stigmatization against a group of people who are not only large in number across the world, but who popular culture and the average citizen already view as fakes and liars, and who are routinely held up to be targets for discrimination. She has more to say, and you should read it.
* And, y'know, it's not like bisexuals are silenced enough. Not like we're routinely told we don't exist or anything. Oh, wait...
What Should We Do?
belenen says: "Help me do something about this. Click here and enter in this text (edit the last paragraph to suit you):
I just discovered that SUP has removed these interests: "Sex, Boys, Girls, Fanfiction, Yaoi, Hardcore, Porn, Bondage, Faeries, Pain, Depression, Bisexuality" from LJ's daily popular interests report, and I am outraged by this censorship. I want LJ to reflect its users, not the prejudices of its owners. I have seen a large number of my friends moving to another journaling site, with more threatening to do the same, and I think that LJ needs to pay attention to this before it loses a large chunk of its paying customers.
I am a _______ (plus, paid, permanent, basic, early adopter) account holder, and if I left, you would be losing the revenue I bring in by ________ (viewing ads, paying yearly, inviting new people to join LJ)."
I say postcard 'em. Addresses again :
576 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94105
Six Apart - Sales Department
548 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
16th floor, Smolensky Passage
3 Smolenskaya Square
Moscow, Russia 121099
+7 (495) 981-8000
email@example.com, LJ@sparkpr.com (English-language media)
beckyzoole suggests a content strike.
What About Something More Permanent?
*sigh* People are fleeing to InsaneJournal and JournalFen and all of these other places. I am conflicted. I cannot support LJ/6A/SUP. Nonetheless, this is where my community is,and I do not believe that community can be shifted elsewhere intact. If anyone has any Ideas, let me know!
To End With a Laugh
apocalypsos says: "What I find really amusing about SUP's censoring of LJ interests is that it doesn't actually eliminate discussion of any of the topics or fanfiction or talk about boys making out, it just hides it from public consumption. Which is great, because when advertisers and new customers sign up, it'll be a lot like showing up at a family-friendly chain restaurant -- you know, the kind with old board games and metal lunch boxes with old TV show pictures on the front -- ordering your fancy cheeseburger, and getting comfortable. And then when Mom gets up to run to the bathroom, she takes a wrong turn in the back and stumbled onto a big gay orgy with ten naked college boys, two teenage girls in Japanese school uniforms, a monkey, a guy in a furry costume, something with tentacles, a pregnant Captain Jack Harkness, three gimps in full leather attire, a rack, seven pink dildos, a barrel full of lube, and the Scissors Sisters playing on the stereo. Which means that either Mom goes back to the management and demands their money back, or she takes one look at the scene in question and says, "Hey, is that cherry-flavored lube? I love cherry-flavored lube! Hold on, I'll go get my husband! And maybe Grandma!""