July 30th, 2008

running, bomb tech

Daily randomness of Miss Lunatic

  • 15:50 suggestions bunny: maintainer can close/open community polls. #
  • 15:56 @mayerman Maybe deaf on that frequency, if it's very very high? And did someone leave a **** book on a keyboard? #
  • 20:56 @mayerman I had to mute my computer because I was trying to focus on the post! #
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love the fish

fish of iron


Tonight I meant to say "fist of iron" when talking to someone. Not in Typo City. "...with a fish of iron!" I proudly instructed. That and a pillowfight need to get up on the website.

This morning, I had occasion to need tech support from one of the Red Cube Badge Guys. I called and got Neo. When his branch of the Red Cube Badge Guys get called, they need name, rank, serial number, and commander. I fed him the commander's name. "And your name?" he asked.

It was the end of a shift. I was punch-drunk. "Joan Lunatic," I said, as straight-faced as one can be when being that 7am and chipper.
"And how do you spell that?"
He noted it down, and I could hear his confusion start to widen as he clicked through his Handy List of People Who Should Be Calling Him.
"But you'll probably find me under my maiden name, $LASTNAME," I said, smirking.
It really shouldn't be this easy. He'd bought it.

When I write these LJ-things up, even though I'm speaking only from the perspective of a long-time user of the site, I'm writing them with LJ Support volunteering in mind. If I got paid for it, it would be a second job. :D

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Things that are less fun and happy: Grandma's memorial is Sunday. Guide Dog Aunt is flying me out Sunday morning, and back in Sunday night. I am of the opinion that I should probably see if Darkside isn't up for more anime next Monday.
LJ fudge

LJ meta, planned

So, if there were to be a "care and feeding of the LJ user" document written for actual LJ higher-ups, what sort of things should go in it?

For starters: you're going to want as low a bullshit content as is practical (for no company, especially no company involved in IT amirite is going to be operating without a certain level of bullshit). LJ users, the ones that make themselves known, feel like they should be treated more like stockholders, entirely possibly because they are the creators of the content that fuels the whole shebang, see synecdochic's excellent treatise on advertising in social media and how it can go sour fast. Except unlike stockholders, LJ users collectively have the spare time to shred any and every public statement to pieces, spot logical inconsistencies, and generally fling cat macros (and other forms of unhappiness) if displeased. (Because, seriously, we write for fun. If we feel something endangers our fun...)

LJ users operate on LJ time, not on business time. Overnight is enough time for five tabloids to get involved, including Slashdot, The Register, and the Valley Wag.

Since LJ users act like stockholders, don't present something as a fiat unless you're prepared to stand hard on it. Instead, stand pretty firmly in a spot you think you probably won't have to or want to back down from, but have some room for negotiating.

This one is going to take at least a week of hacking on and brainstorming, maybe more of polishing.