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Okay, it's become ABUNDANTLY clear that EVERY community I've ever posted in on LJ is probably going to be gone by the end of the month, so this is definitely the best time (unless I can go back in time and do this several years ago...) for me to finally start creating a backup account on DreamWidth.


Dear owners/maintainers of _dreams_, add_me, asperger, corrupted_wish, goodbandnames, iwish, newfriends, omgrandom, randomthought, strongbademail, suggestions, synaesthesis, the_number_206, and even thequestionclub and ask_me_anything since I know I posted in at least one of those two (and also any community that I forgot I've posted in):

PLEASE LEAVE YOUR COMMUNITIES UP AT LEAST UNTIL I HAVE EVERY ENTRY I POSTED IN THEM SAVED SOMEWHERE.

The sky is falling,
Matt1993


Before I create a DW account, though, I still have a few more questions:

- What happens to the userpics on my entries if I start having them be automatically copied over to DW before I upload the same userpics to DreamWidth? Will the keywords still be there so that if I upload userpics to DreamWidth with the same keywords, they'll show up where they're supposed to? (Does DW even use userpic keywords?)
- Can entries that are automatically transferred from LJ to DW be edited manually when they're on DreamWidth? Because I might have to if something in them doesn't get copied over.
- I want to backup my entries in my own journal AND my entries in LJ communities to DreamWidth so the latter won't be lost if when more communities I posted in disappear. I'm so desperate that I'll even copy every community entry over one by one if I have to (which I will have to for autism, anyway - via email notifications about comments on my entries there, because luckily I still have those), but is there any way to have that automatically be done? And if so, will the comments stay there?
- Which of the communities I mentioned do you think has the highest chance of being deleted anytime soon? That way I can start with those.

EDIT: Created my account on DW - my username is still matt1993. (Is there a way to link to a DW account from LJ or vice versa, like with the <lj> tag?) Anyway, I'm still setting up a lot of things on DW, but if I list you as a friend on LJ and I know your DreamWidth username, I added you there as well. If I didn't add you yet, then add me on DreamWidth and I'll add you back (if you have different LJ and DW usernames, tell me your DW username through LJ or vice versa). :)

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dhatchling
May. 13th, 2017 08:32 pm (UTC)
I'll go in order here:

- They will all port over, no problems.
- Yes.
- Complete journal entries will be backed up. The system will not backup your comments on any community, you will need to handle those yourself. Yes, it sucks, I know, I'm sorry.
- I would guess that communities that have a heavier basis in reality (like add_me, asperger, etc) and less toward things like fandoms and fun (like omgrandom, randomthought, etc) will be the first to go, unless the owners are adamant about not abandoning LJ. I don't know them all, so I can't really speak for them. I'm basing this off of patterns that I have seen so far. I hope this helps.
matt1993
May. 13th, 2017 09:00 pm (UTC)
They will all port over, no problems.

Not even if I start the transfer process before I have a paid account on DreamWidth? (I have 116* userpics and the default limit on DreamWidth is only 15 - will the transfer process replace 101 of my userpics with the default?)

Complete journal entries will be backed up. The system will not backup your comments on any community, you will need to handle those yourself. Yes, it sucks, I know, I'm sorry.

By complete journal entries, though, do you mean even my entries in LJ communities? If so, that works out fine because my community entries are what I'm the most concerned about losing - I still have all my email notifications about comments even from back when I first joined LiveJournal, so I can reread old comments that way if nothing else. (Except for if I posted a comment and no one replied to it, but I'm not very concerned about losing those.)

I would guess that communities that have a heavier basis in reality (like add_me, asperger, etc) and less toward things like fandoms and fun (like omgrandom, randomthought, etc) will be the first to go, unless the owners are adamant about not abandoning LJ. I don't know them all, so I can't really speak for them. I'm basing this off of patterns that I have seen so far. I hope this helps.

It does :) Thanks!

I'm on DreamWidth now with the same username, but all I've done so far is filled out a bit of my profile and picked a style. I was just about to edit this entry to mention that.



*Actually more than 116, but the rest were temporary replacements for some of the other 116 back when I was protesting SOPA/PIPA and later ACTA. Wow, that was five years ago...
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pathvain_aelien
May. 13th, 2017 09:36 pm (UTC)
I hope you get it all worked out. :)
matt1993
May. 13th, 2017 09:43 pm (UTC)
So do I...
pathvain_aelien
May. 14th, 2017 06:15 am (UTC)
For some reason it's just showing your comment, but not which post or what I wrote so I have no idea what you are agreeing with me about. :)
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padabegood2me
May. 13th, 2017 10:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you for adding me, sweetie. :)
matt1993
May. 13th, 2017 10:53 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! :)
padabegood2me
May. 15th, 2017 01:55 am (UTC)
For adding user names, on Dreamwidth, you must type it < user name=" the name " > without spaces. :)
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xxmadsenxx
May. 14th, 2017 01:28 am (UTC)

Why do you think all those communities will disappear?

matt1993
May. 14th, 2017 01:35 am (UTC)
I'm just feeling really paranoid lately because so many websites I like have gone down or shown signs that they might go down, several users and communities on LJ have already disappeared over the years, etc. - so I want to be sure I have an archive somewhere of the entries I posted in communities just in case any more of them disappear...
xxmadsenxx
May. 14th, 2017 01:39 am (UTC)

Oh ok, that makes sense. Well I hope they don't disappear!

glowing_dragon
May. 14th, 2017 01:31 am (UTC)
Yay! I got an email notification this afternoon that you added me on DW! :D

Edit: You can set up cross-posting from DW to LJ, but since I did that years ago, I can't remember how to do it now.

Edited at 2017-05-14 01:32 am (UTC)
matt1993
May. 14th, 2017 01:42 am (UTC)
I know - I have it set up :)


I'm feeling pretty stressed out because there's still a lot I need to do if I want to make my DreamWidth journal look presentable, make it match my LJ as closely as possible, and/or have all of my community entries also be in it just in case those communities disappear like autism did recently, let alone all three.


I JUST got done editing both my LJ and DW profiles to reflect the fact that I'm now also on DW (and updating links to my LJ entries so that they go to LJ entries on my LJ profile and DW entries on my DW profile, just in case), but I still have a lot to do.


My to-do list right now:

- make http://matt1993.dreamwidth.org/278009.html a sticky post like its LJ counterpart (http://matt1993.livejournal.com/282623.html) is

- make sure that my LJ entries imported correctly

- manually copy over my entries from communities and their comments

And that's just what wasn't already on my huge to-do list. I'm never going to finish anything I started, am I? :(
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matt1993
May. 15th, 2017 10:44 pm (UTC)
I don't go on Facebook very often nowadays, though - there's a lot of drama there. Even when there wasn't a lot of drama on Facebook in general, there was in the I Have a LiveJournal! group (or at least it felt like that to me because there were a lot of people yelling about LJ's changes long before the newest ones happened).

Several of my questions are answered now, too.

But thanks :)
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So here's a list of things you'll probably see in this journal, in no particular order:
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- References to random things I'm obsessed with
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- Looking back at things that were made years ago... old posts on LJ, etc.
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- Video game music
- Homestar Runner
- Enya, my favorite singer and biggest celebrity crush
- Too many comics/webcomics to name... Garfield, mezzacotta, Terror Island, and Circle Versus Square might be the ones I'm the MOST obsessed with though. Oh, and Super Mario Maker Crash Course - that counts as a comic, right? It certainly counts as something I'm obsessed with :P
- Speaking of Super Mario Maker Crash Course, my biggest *fictional* crush is Mary O. Yes, I have a crush on the guide to a video game MANUAL. I'm so weird...


For a (hopefully) complete list of interests and Q&A about me, visit my profile. :) (Which is still in need of an update...)

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