Actually . . . I didn’t even know the denial of service attacks were going on, because I hadn’t tried to post or read while they were happening. Real life intervened. However, I kept reading that people were flouncing out and leaving because of the inconvenience.
I did get a DreamWidth account (thanks, Green Knight, for the code!) and have been meaning to set that up. But it will be as a backup to LJ. I dunno . . . despite the ads that my non-member readers have to put up with, and the spam that we occasionally get, I still like the place. Go figure.
However, I have now learned that in Russia, the entire fight is over freedom of speech. There’s the reason to support LJ right there, eh? So here’s what I heard.
Just in case anyone thinks LJ’s downtime is just TPTB being incompetant, read this:
LiveJournal, Russia’s blogging platform of choice, is sustaining biggest cyberattack attack in its history. Bloggers say the Kremlin wants to crack down on political discussion.
“LiveJournal, Russia’s most popular blogging platform, has been under a massive DDoS attack for the past few days. The attack has effectively wiped out Russia’s main refuge for unbridled political discussion, a hugely lively and extensive domain frequented by politicians, opposition activists and social commentators alike…
“The reason for attack is more than clear in this case — someone wants LiveJournal to disappear as a platform,” Ilya Dronov, development director at SUP, wrote in a post on his LiveJournal blog earlier this week. He said the hackers were hoping to push bloggers from LJ to social networks where “it’s easier to fight individual users.””
ETA, One more link, ganked from norwich36 about the importance of LJ to russian bloggers: