spiritchrysalis: (LainCurled)
This morning, I bopped on over to my Google+ account to add some folks and post something. In trying to do so -- add people or post -- I found I couldn't. I couldn't even get to my Circles page.

And then I tabbed over to my Profile page, and found out why. It was suspended for violating their Community Standards.

If one goes to said page, one will see the list of Community Standards. They include:
- Nudity and Sexually Explicit Material
- Hate Speech
- Impersonation
- (unauthorized publishing of) Private and Confidential Information
- Copyright (infringement)
- Illegal Activities
- Spam, Malware and Phishing
- Display Name (aka not using your birth name)
- Profile Picture (including mature of offensive content)

Supposedly, this is to stop people from creating fake accounts and spamming. And I get that. Even so, this is effectively indicating that using something other than your identified name is as bad as copyright infringement, spamming, hate speech, and promoting illegal activities.

There's also the Google+ Project page on one's name and Google profile. It mentions "three different types of use" for Google products: identified, unidentified, and pseudonymous, but it doesn't really get into how those types of use function. (It does mention that you can't use Buzz or +1s without an identified name, though.) Google's public policy page on personal identification also touches on this, but not extensively; all it mentions is that you can use YouTube or Blogger with a pseudonym. (Because, you see, Blogger and YouTube are a form of self-expression that deserves anonymity for reasons of safety and/or privacy. Google+, it appears, is not. At least Twitter got this right, allowing you to call yourself what you like and lock your tweets.)

I've given in and used my real name on my Google+ account. But I'm not happy about it. I've turned off my search visibility in my profile, but that's not really what I was looking for. I just wanted to identify in the way I felt fit me best. And now I can't add people to Circles, or post, or pretty much do anything but read, until they re-review me and deem me appropriate. All I have is this:

"Your profile was flagged for violating our Community Standards and is currently under review. During this time, you will not be able to fully use Google services that require an active profile and your profile will not be visible to others. Check back soon for the review results."
spiritchrysalis: (RigelThessaly)
(Signal boosting.)

Seems one of the updates LiveJournal recently included is a list of your city and country in any post/comment/community that has IP logging turned on . . . including all retroactive submissions to LiveJournal.

http://lj-releases.livejournal.com/67287.html -- A mention of the original feature.
http://scrollgirl.dreamwidth.org/802150.html -- An explanation as to why this could be troublesome for some, including being able to narrow it down to a much smaller location.
http://helens78.dreamwidth.org/1077748.html -- A specific mention of the city/country listing as being retroactive.

I'm not saying that this information wasn't more or less available before. I'm saying that it's now effectively being handed to us, rather than giving us the tools to (relatively easily) find it ourselves.

spiritchrysalis: (Fermata)
I'm considering taking voice lessons again. Does anyone have suggestions for someone who:

* doesn't mind teaching someone who learns by ear/doesn't reliably read music
* teaches in a pet-free environment
* isn't terribly hard to get to for someone mostly using the T and living in Camberville
* has a reasonable hourly cost

spiritchrysalis: (HardShell)
I'm considering initiating radio silence on most social media. If I do, I may still post the rare question or update if I think this is the right medium for it. But all personal posts would be made privately, at least for a while.
spiritchrysalis: (RigelAda)
. . . I'm getting better about writing private entries.

(This photo was solely chosen because it shows me masked. And with a pleasant but nondescript look on my face.)
spiritchrysalis: (SomberRigel)
Does anyone know somewhere easy to access via the T that does professional photogrpahy? I'd like to take a nice, normal picture of myself to frame and give to my grandmother for the holidays since she's complained for a while that she doesn't have a current picture of me.


Oct. 22nd, 2006 01:45 am
spiritchrysalis: (Default)
The older I get,
the more I keep
to myself.
spiritchrysalis: (Default)
A little something that [livejournal.com profile] woodwardiocom posted in his LiveJournal. Certainly food for thought.

A life filled with drama looks something like this:
  • Everything gets a huge, emotional response.
  • The emotional response is often followed by a big action.
  • Peace is seldom experienced and often much wished for.
  • Life is either really great or very terrible.
  • Relationships, work and life in-general feel like a roller coaster.
  • There is a general feeling of being drained.

A life filled with passion looks something like this:
  • Emotions run deep and grow in intensity over time.
  • Actions are thought out and lead toward the object of passion.
  • Peace coexists with elation and excitement.
  • Life is good, even when it's filled with ups and downs.
  • Relationships, work and life feel balanced.
  • There is a general feeling of being energized.

© Rinatta Paries, 1998-2002


Jun. 4th, 2006 03:25 pm
spiritchrysalis: (Default)
I think I've hit my flopping point.

. . .

. . .

Everything is so quiet now.

. . .

Feel free to make some noise. Just reminding myself that there's a world out there. The silence is kinda numbing.

. . .
spiritchrysalis: (Default)
Date grab time!

I will probably be holding two different celebrations for my upcoming Big Birthday:

1) A dinner mob of some sort on the night of my actual birthday, Monday, April 17, 2006. (I will be asking for a floating holiday that day; if I am declined, I'll let you know.) It'll probably begin around 7 - 7:30. Suggestions are welcome for a good Camberville dinner place for larger mobs is welcome.

2) Some sort of party / event the Saturday after before my birthday, April 15, 2006. Ideas are forming. (Yes, this is a change from the original date, as it conflicted with the next TMA run. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] bleemoo for pointing that out.)


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