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[personal profile] liv
I haven't seen any signs of people doing the [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw thing this year. If we were doing it, I think it would start today, cos it's usually the end of April and beginning of May, around the anniversary of open beta. So let's say hypothetically 22nd April – 12th May.

It's no longer really the case that DW is limited because people here aren't actively enough posting content; people who want to be here are here, other people aren't, and lots of people have drifted away from this type of journalling / community-based long-form blogging altogether and probably there's nothing DW can do to get them back. There are still basically no active communities here other than RP communities, but personal journals seem to be pretty solid, I have plenty to read, I'm meeting new interesting people and most of my posts get lively comment discussions.

This time last year, I posted about community building. Although I didn't do a formal Three Weeks thing, because I was a month from my wedding at that point, I have for the whole of the year tried to follow [livejournal.com profile] siderea's advice and make more frequent "pointer" posts with links to other content. I haven't managed three link posts a week, nothing like, but I have definitely noticed that pointer posts do encourage discussion, and they do encourage me to post fairly regularly even when I feel like I don't have time to make a full, polished post. I was remarking to a friend recently that I love the curate / propagate internet less than I loved the original content internet that dominated a few years ago, but if that's the milieu we're living in, it certainly does seem sensible to participate in curating and propagating to the best of my ability.

Anyway, I don't want to commit to post every day during the Three Weeks, especially not if I'm the only person who has noticed the season, that really wouldn't make for much of a meme! But I would like to increase my posting rate a bit if I can, because I think that's good in general, and the season is just an excuse. In order to achieve this, I need to resolve to be less perfectionist, so I want to make some off-the-cuff posts, not waiting until I have a honed argument with lots of detailed citations (and ending up never posting half the things that come into my head).

What I'd most appreciate would be some suggestions of topics. Please comment with titles, questions, prompts, or just general topic areas about which you'd like a few paragraphs of my random opinions. And feel free to join in with any degree of challenge to post a bit more during the coming three weeks, you're very welcome to borrow my idea or not if some other motivation for posting more suits you better.
Post queue
  1. The Books of Maccabees
  2. Why has everyone gone to Facebook?
    2a... or Tumblr
  3. My research and supervising a PhD student
  4. Anglo-Jewry, politics, the Board of Deputies
  5. Baking experiments

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Date: 2013-04-22 10:36 am (UTC)
wychwood: chess queen against a runestone (Default)
From: [personal profile] wychwood
After a discussion I had this morning - could you talk about the Books of Maccabees? Like, are they part of Jewish scripture? What do they mean to you? I read something about them being marginalised as part of a political agenda, but Hannukah has obviously survived - what's up with that? :) Basically, any thoughts you might have on this subject.

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Date: 2013-04-22 12:45 pm (UTC)
wychwood: chess queen against a runestone (Default)
From: [personal profile] wychwood
Yeah, I actually worded that really badly, too! I think I really meant something more like "what do the Books of Maccabees mean in a Jewish context", how do they work, etc. Partly because I was explaining to someone else about the Torah and the prophecy books and the Talmud, etc, and was trying to work out myself how Maccabees would fit.

I didn't mean it to be too researchy - I'd like to know how it looks from your perspective, as it were, because formal research is something I can do myself but you can give me a good impression!

(...can you guess what topic I'm presenting to the Bible study group on tomorrow...)

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Date: 2013-04-23 09:51 am (UTC)
lethargic_man: (capel)
From: [personal profile] lethargic_man
The Books of Maccabees are on my to-read list; to date I've only read short passages. If you ([personal profile] liv) read them and blog about them, then I won't have to (blog about them).

Actually, that's a lie; I probably will anyway, as I won't react to them the way you do.

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Date: 2013-04-23 05:26 pm (UTC)
lethargic_man: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lethargic_man
Sorry, poor wording on my part. I had more assumed you had read the books yourself already.

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Date: 2013-04-22 12:35 pm (UTC)
damerell: NetHack. (normal)
From: [personal profile] damerell
I came to LJ because everyone was on LJ. Now they've all gone to Facebook, which is just unspeakably awful. I don't understand people.

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Date: 2013-04-22 01:05 pm (UTC)
damerell: NetHack. (normal)
From: [personal profile] damerell
I think part of it is a familiar problem from another context.

Why does Exchange crop up so often in the corporate world, in spite of its unspeakable awfulness? Because it has a somewhat tolerable implementation of shared calendars and early on, nothing else did it at all.

So, what's Facebook do that LJ/DW doesn't?

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Date: 2013-04-22 01:55 pm (UTC)
damerell: NetHack. (normal)
From: [personal profile] damerell
I think the calendaring is the killer, though. I can see people's FB photos without an FB account, and conversely if I sort out my own photo hosting they can see mine; there isn't any lock-in there. I realise this is not true of everyone, but I went to a boys' public school, and the only context in which I would wish to get in touch with the vast majority of my schoolmates would be one in which I had an ironbound alibi. But the event planning is a perpetual drag.

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Date: 2013-04-22 12:55 pm (UTC)
pretty_panther: (pic#4939212)
From: [personal profile] pretty_panther
I always mean to do this and then always miss the start so, yeah I will try to do it! I need to work out what it actually entails a bit more but yes, I shall try. I do post rather frequently anyway but maybe I could do some specific prompt posts where I don't cross post :P Might actually encourage so many that have DWs and don't log in to bother XD

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Date: 2013-04-22 06:50 pm (UTC)
pretty_panther: (hp: home is hogwarts)
From: [personal profile] pretty_panther
Oh thanks for the info! I've gone ahead and set up a friending meme so brb, bugging every comm that allows it about ma meme XD

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Date: 2013-04-22 07:31 pm (UTC)
pretty_panther: (Default)
From: [personal profile] pretty_panther
thanks! i already have :) and i've fixed the code so the things are still pretty (purple) but much easier to read :)

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Date: 2013-04-22 03:47 pm (UTC)
redbird: closeup of me drinking tea (Default)
From: [personal profile] redbird
Is there a good way to post photos (or other images) here directly/only? I know I can cross-post stuff from Flickr, but that's a bit different. (This came up recently when I was thinking in terms of some level of filtering/locking certain photos, but it would also be nice to put entirely public photos here rather than as "here are some Flickr links.")

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Date: 2013-04-22 04:03 pm (UTC)
redbird: closeup of me drinking tea (Default)
From: [personal profile] redbird
Thanks. That's what I'd thought, but I was hoping I had overlooked something.

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Date: 2013-04-22 07:19 pm (UTC)
kaberett: Overlaid Mars & Venus symbols, with Swiss Army knife tools at other positions around the central circle. (Default)
From: [personal profile] kaberett
From the IRC channel, I'm under the impression that we are actually still working on this!

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Date: 2013-04-22 08:13 pm (UTC)
kaberett: Overlaid Mars & Venus symbols, with Swiss Army knife tools at other positions around the central circle. (Default)
From: [personal profile] kaberett
I have no idea about the smartphone app - actually, that's a lie, I have heard people mention it recently in tones of Woe - but the revamped update page (as per beta) is still being tweaked and will SoonIsh be going universally live, I think? I am checking in and will get back to you!

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Date: 2013-04-22 04:31 pm (UTC)
ursula: (icosahedron)
From: [personal profile] ursula
If I had a photo I wanted to share in a locked post, I'd probably host it on Dropbox. That's obviously not completely secure, but it's not as public as adding something to a Flickr feed, and I'd have the advantage that my Dropbox files are already reasonably organized.

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Date: 2013-04-22 04:24 pm (UTC)
forestofglory: E. H. Shepard drawing of Christopher Robin reading a book to Pooh (Default)
From: [personal profile] forestofglory
I'd really like to hear more about how your research is going, how you and your PhD student are getting on.

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Date: 2013-04-23 12:25 pm (UTC)
forestofglory: E. H. Shepard drawing of Christopher Robin reading a book to Pooh (Default)
From: [personal profile] forestofglory
Good point, maybe a post after the three weeks then.

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Date: 2013-04-22 06:10 pm (UTC)
kerrypolka: Contemporary Lois Lane with cellphone (Default)
From: [personal profile] kerrypolka
I'd be really interested in what you think about Anglo-Jewry and its funny internal politics, the Board of Deputies, how well all the branches get along (and don't), all that good stuff.

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Date: 2013-04-22 07:24 pm (UTC)
kerrypolka: Contemporary Lois Lane with cellphone (Default)
From: [personal profile] kerrypolka
As far as I'm concerned, the closer those two things are to each other (in both cases), the better! :)

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Date: 2013-04-23 10:45 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ayngelcat
In fandoms I've been involved in, it is't Facebook that everybody's gone to, but Tumblr (well - so it is said!). Can we talk about Tumblr, generally? I still prefer LJ and Dreamwidth but I'm interested in peoples' experiences.
Edited Date: 2013-04-23 10:46 am (UTC)

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Date: 2013-04-24 03:36 pm (UTC)
moonplanet: Letting a book float in the library, accompanied by a red panda on the table. (library)
From: [personal profile] moonplanet
I've seen some other people on my friendslist doing the 3-weeks-for-DW-thing too (I got here through a friending meme on [personal profile] pretty_panther's journal and I was checking out people's journals...), so you're not the only one :)

The communities on DW are less active than those on LJ - communities are the only reason I'm still reading my LJ friendslist... though if they make the new friendslist with infinite scrolling and no opt-out I'll be gone from LJ.
Facebook is not suited for journal-style discussions, it's more like Twitter with more text and photos, I think. I don't have tumblr but I dislike their layout (too messy for me), so I'm not even going to try :P Hardly anyone I know has a tumblr account anyway (most people have Facebook and Wordpress).

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