solarcat: (Entourage -- Hug It Out)
Hey, y'all! It has come to my attention that I have nearly 300 people friended, and a good number of those are mutual friends. I am also aware that I am no longer active in some fandoms I used to be very active in, and I'm very active in some fandoms I used to blatantly dislike (goddamn you, bandom, for winning me over! XD ).

As such, I am declaring this week to be De-Friending Amnesty Week on my journals, both LJ and DW.

What this means is that if you, for whatever reason, would like to de-friend my journals, you are more than welcome to do so, and I promise I won't hold it against you, or wonder what I did, or start some wankfest about how you don't love me.

I've also done a small friends-cut of my own; if you've been cut and would like to be added back, feel free to comment.

Comments are screened, so feel free to drop me a line if you're leaving, or if you're staying, or for whatever reason. (Commenting is NOT required! If you're totally sick of me and just want to de-friend, that's completely OK.)


Best,
Solarcat

PS--You're always allowed to de-friend me if you're sick of seeing me around, but I know that can be awkward for some people, which is why I have declared this Amnesty Week. <3
solarcat: (Gen -- Pants Down)
Default icons.

Most of us have them, I would venture. But in changing my default icon recently, I got to thinking about how we choose default icons.

I know that in some cases, I associate icons with people almost as strongly as I associate their online handles (which is saying something, since in many cases the only name I have for someone is their online handle!). For example, long before I was friends with [livejournal.com profile] sansets, I knew her default icon (and in fact I had a moment of "Oh, hey, YOU!" during the friending process, which I am admitting here only because it's relevant to the topic at hand *shame*). BTW, [livejournal.com profile] sansets? You are never allowed to change your icon, or I will have to hurt you~, okay? All my <3, Me.

That's just a tiny example, but I was thinking about it. What impact does a default icon have? Do we draw conclusions about users based on their default icon? If, for instance, a default icon isn't overly polished, or if it's pixelated, or hard to read, or not 100x100px, or any number of other things that might be considered "faults", does that affect our perception of the user the icon is representing?

I guess I'm pondering this because icons ARE representational in the LJ/DW-verse, where we often communicate solely by text. The icons a we use may be the only visual representation of us that our friends and acquaintances see.

So besides the question of perception (that is, what impact do you think others' icons/icon choices have on your perceptions of them), I'm also wondering what, if any, consideration goes into selecting your own default icon. Have you had the same icon for years and years, or does it change more frequently? Do you prefer a more general image for your default, or is it a fandom-based icon? Do you mean your icon to make any sort of statement, or represent something about you?


Because I always try to do a bit of self-analysis when I do these sorts of posts, I guess I'll take a look at my own icon, as well as my perception of others'.

Cut to Save Your F-lists! )

Hi there, [community profile] metafandomers! Yipe, okay, so my email didn't bother to give me comments all day yesterday; I didn't mean to ignore all of you!! D= I can't guarantee I'll reply to everybody, I think I'm just gonna hang out and participate in the discussion, at this point, but I really appreciate all of you taking the time to read and share your opinions! Also, I want to make it clear that by making this post, I'm not trying to insult anyone! Your icon is your personal choice; I'm interested in why and/or how you made that choice. *g*
solarcat: (Smallville -- I have superpowers)
It won't do much good. But ... whatever. *throws her hat in with the boycotters*

Not like I'll have time to be on here anyway. AnimeBoston and all.

I'll post something later this weekend. Until then... *tips hat*
solarcat: (Gen -- Angry Kitten)
So I don't really give a fuck about the No More Basic Accounts thing, since my primary accounts have been paid for a while now, and anyway they were all created before the deadline so it doesn't matter for them. I was planning to post about the awesome time I had hanging out with [livejournal.com profile] mayatawi and how much I'm enjoying Season 3 of House. Unfortunately, I can't do that. I was going to ignore your idiocy, SUP. I could ignore the Basic Accounts fiasco.

But this? THIS pisses me off.

http://stewardess.livejournal.com/287615.html

SUP is now systematically erasing the evidence of our existence. (Though, LOLZ over the one word they forgot. XDDD ) THIS pisses me off. Fuck you too, SUP. Fuck you too.


(((I'm leaving this post public, because I feel it should be. But keep that in mind when commenting. And, as [livejournal.com profile] stewardess requests in the linked post - DO NOT MENTION "THE WORD". The less we can do to help SUP in their evil quest for LJ domination, the better.)))

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