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The Russians Are Coming!

Head's up courtesy of abbylee. LiveJournal 2008 FAQ - Six Apart has sold off LJ to SUP, a Russian based company.

Another post brought to you by Tin Man not really holding my attention. Now off to check on my banana muffins...
I just... I really don't know what to think about this SUP thing, but apparently their existing users hate them and I just do not have a good feeling.
Their existing users hate them more than we hate 6A? Simply because I hate it when LJ users tend to overreact every time something goes wrong or there is a change, I guess I'm going to see how this really affects us. We've reserved our names EVERYWHERE so it's not like we couldn't move.
I guess LJ sold off or licensed the Russian LJ site to them two years ago, and their users are not happy with SUP, but I don't have much of a sense of how that stacks up against what we feel about 6A. Apparently SUP has ties with the Kremlin, so there's also that angle. I think wait and see is the best policy now, but this could conceivably be a lot worse than 6A.
I'm not saying that there aren't reasonable concerns about their actions, because I haven't researched them nearly well enough, but I also remember a lot of the hate translating into "omg, they have staff who are openly involved in being Jewish."
I've heard an extremely different version of possibly the same story, which is that the SUP CEO, when asked about why Russian LJ users were opting out of being under SUP in large numbers (I gather this was an option?) because of various quality of service issues, said those who were opting out were stupid and antisemitic. I have no way of independently verifying that right now.

The main concern that leaps to my mind with this sale involves the security of my credit card information, frankly. Russian web companies have a reputation for being extremely lax with privacy and financial information, and my understanding is that under Russian law, consumers don't have much protection or recourse.
I recall it being hard to google for information about why they were bad without also finding information about how they were Jew-run. Which for me made it hard to focus on what might have been legitimate complaints. Hey, *I've* got legitimate complaints. But also legitimate praise.

I'm also kind of regretting making that comment publicly, because I really don't have any idea of what's going on.

Your other concern is why the only thing I posted was:

Will my personal information remain in the USA?

Yes. LiveJournal, Inc. is an American company based in California and is subject to the laws of the state of California, USA. All relevant state and federal regulations will apply.

http://community.livejournal.com/lj_2008/1343.html
It's good to know that is the case now. The idea that SUP will keep development and other corporate operations in the US completely flies in the face of my experience in Silicon Valley, but I guess we'll see. Among other things, the falling dollar might make that more likely than it would otherwise be.
Don't worry about commenting publicly, I got an email this morning about the sale. You were just twelve hours ahead. ;)
Oh, no, my public post went up pretty much 10 minutes within the news post going up. You didn't receive the email until this morning, but it went public last night. That's why the link to news in my post.

I meant commenting publicly on the motivations of the Russian userbase's reaction to SUP.
Oh, but, OH, the one thing I *do* know.

I've seen many those opting out requests, because I read the support board. I have *never*, *ever* seen one complaining about quality of service when opting out. They've all just said "I do not want another company involved" or "I do not like SUP" but in different words.

And trust me, users are quick enough to comment on quality of service complaints about anything else that the lack of comment about that for SUP is pretty telling.

(I have seen accusations about quality of service from SUP. I can think of one specific example, where the person who was accused of giving bad quality of service from SUP was not a SUP representative. And the other was a legitimate complaint about their lack of involvement on the Support Boards, which I think has since been resolved.)
Oh, no. Not SUP. they might ruin everything. But the good side - they don't seem much concerned about Six Apart 'strange' politics with all that flags... Could be wrong of course but for now it look like some oligarch want to 'clean' his money.
Hey, I forgot that you would have some experience with them. I'm just taking a wait and see approach right now. Though I don't like to think about helping launder money for a company. :/
Oh, i didn't mean it's dirty money - it's just the way to gat them out of the country so you can stop worry about that :)
I don't know much about them - i just think they're more businessmen than i-net guru so i hope they just leave us be as we are.
Ooh, banana muffins... Share? I tried banana muffins once but they were not very tasty. So should you happen to have the recipe lying around...
Truth is I had some overripe bananas I wanted to get rid of so I just googled for a recipe and picked one. The muffins actually turned out pretty good! So here was the recipe I used:

3-4 Bananas (I used 4 since I think it makes the muffins moisture)
1/3 Cup melted butter
1 Cup Sugar (I think you could use less)
1 Egg
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
Pinch of Salt
1 1/2 Cup Flour

I mashed up the bananas and added to that some nuts and granola cereal, then let it sit for a few minutes so the cereal would soften

Then I added the melted butter, egg, sugar, and vanilla

I mixed the flour, salt, and baking soda then added all that to the wet ingredients

Finally, I cooked at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about twenty minutes. I'm actually not good about looking at the clock so I just keep checking with a toothpick to see if they are done.

Hope that helps. :)
Oy. Not really sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing yet. Certainly, LJ has always been more of a testing ground for 6A to develop vox, and I don't think there was much interest in developing the platform beyond that. But selling us off to the Russians? That's just kinda...well, odd.

Totally forgot Tin Man was on last night. I had a prior engagement with the Steelers ;)
You didn't miss much by skipping 'Tin Man'. It wasn't horrible, just not very interesting and a few aspects were juts plain dumb. Like continually referring to DG (Dorothy) as a "kid" when it's established she's twenty.