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Using the LJ-cut feature

If you don't know what the LJ-cut feature is, than you ought to look at the LJ facts page, here.

If you are posting more than one or two pictures (or a very large sized picture over 500 pixels), it is courtesy to use the LJ-cut in order to prevent killing your friends' friend-pages. This doesn't just apply to picture posting; but to lengthy posts that go on for forever plus a decade.

There are also other situations, which warrant the use of an LJ-cut. If you are posting something that you know might be offensive to some on your friends-list, a cut is a common courtesy. It gives them the ability to read it if they choose to. They must intentionally click the link to read it, rather than just nonchalantly bumping into a picture or article that they might not take to. Another option would be to create a custom friends group; but we will look into that at a later date.

The First Topic: Friends-Cut

We've all seen this, that is if you've spent much time on LiveJournal: ExampleCollapse )
Make no mistake… This “friends-cut” is purely a jr. high tactic for gaining attention. Realistically, why would anyone need to make a huge announcement about cutting-off his or her alleged friends? There is only one motive that can be had here, and that is one of calling attention to one’s self.

I’ve seen this numerous times in my three years (or so) of using LiveJournal. It generally just irks me. What is happening here is that a condition is being placed on the relationship, if it can even be called such a thing. Any conditional relationship equates to nothing more than asking for drama.

Here is the question to pose: If you have a person on your friends list that isn’t really a friend, why the hell did you add them in the first place? I think more often than not, the answer is simply that you like the attention, and you also like the attention you get when you place the condition by issuing a friends-cut.

A friends-cut really is an ultimatum of sorts (the condition): “If you want to be my friend, you better make one damn good-ass comment that makes me feel special.” If you are associating with these types of people, it is your number-one source of LJ drama to be had. If you are constantly seeing these friends-cut posts on your friends-page, than maybe you ought to do yourself a favor and cut that friend so as to avoid this ridiculous nonsense.

This friends-cut issue really is apart of a much larger problem that we will talk about another time: People placing their personal/social securities into LJ. Another subject for a future date…

The Blog [LiveJournal] Etiquette Community

Welcome to the Blog Etiquette Community!

Are you weary of all the drama that ensues from being actively involved with LiveJournal and other blogs? Well, what we shall attempt to do here is to establish proper etiquette for your online journaling, which we hope will steer you (or whomever decides to practice such etiquette) away and clear from such [jr. high, fucking] nonsense.

Please note that all entries will be tagged in order to make finding information on specific situations/ordeals easy. It may take some time to build a database [of sorts] for various situations and to develop etiquette for them. All-in-all, what it really boils down to is growing the hell up, and learning how to deal with people, relationships, and establishing healthy boundaries for yourself and others.