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LJ Talk

It's pretty obvious that a lot of people are bothered by LJTalk. Here's a super stealthy 1337 method for removing it completely from your LJ experience:

Step 1: If you have an IM client that supports Jabber, refrain from configuring the LJTalk service. If you don't, proceed to step two.
Step 2: Don't install an IM client that supports Jabber. If you simply must, then consult step one.

There you go. Of course I realize that just knowing it even exists is a complete horror, but we're just oppressive like that.


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Jul. 25th, 2006 06:47 pm (UTC)
No... they complain that it even exists. Check out some of the comments in response to todays news post.
Jul. 25th, 2006 06:53 pm (UTC)
It's Myspace! I hate change that I can (mostly) opt out of! WAAAAH!

I am disappointed that TPTBLJ didn't anticipate the need for an option to replace embedded video with a placeholder, though. And they can't seem to give any reasons for these design changes beyond a general redesign for designing's sake. I can see why these things get a few people pissed off.

But the general whining is so very annoying, and I really don't get that anti-LJTalk opinion. Like that comment that "everyone has e-mail; why can't we just use e-mail to message each other?" bit. Why invent the Internet, when the telephone worked just as well? Luddites.
Jul. 25th, 2006 06:59 pm (UTC)
Why would we need a place holder for embedded video when the embedded video doesn't autoplay, and the loading of the video doesn't break or delay the rest of the page? In essence, THERE IS a placeholder - it's the single frame preview that YouTube shows before you hit play. I don't see how it's any different than an embedded image or meme results or any other crap that people stick in their entries. Seems like the rules of any of those things should apply to this as well: if you drop stupid shit in your blog that uglifies my friends page, and you don't stick it behind a cut, then you get chastised and/or defriended.

Luddites indeed. What the hell happened to the telegraph? Why can't we use THAT for our blogging platform?
Jul. 25th, 2006 07:07 pm (UTC)
Well, 1) It's an easy way to defuse some griping (the <lj-template> tag could probably be replaced easily, right?). and 2) For the same reasons that images can have placeholders (I use them now because wide images mess up my layout): Some people are on dial-up and don't want images to slow down their page loads. I'm not saying that placeholders need to be the default, but why not think of adding the option while you're developing the embedded player functionality?

I saw on one of those threads or maybe on the replacement community for featureannounce that someone made a Greasemonkey or other sort of script for cutting meme results; I'll bet that could be made to also cut embedded video. But that's functionality that would be even better if it just came with LJ.

Anyway, most of my LJ friends are judicious with meme results, but I wouldn't hesititate to defriend if they weren't.
Jul. 25th, 2006 06:33 pm (UTC)
People don't like LJ Talk?
Jul. 25th, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC)
They don't like anything.
Jul. 25th, 2006 06:53 pm (UTC)
ha. Of course not.

Well, I think it's pretty neat, so you can add that one yea to the piles of nays.
Jul. 25th, 2006 07:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks dude. I see you on there lately...
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