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LJ Peeves
Ah, headache is all gone today. Yay! I hope it stays away, that was an icky one.

I've spent a quiet morning in bed, on my laptop. I've been doing a bit of work, I've been reading, I've been browsing... that kinda thing. Soon, I will motivate myself to go to smegs. I don't know what I will bring though.

First though, since I'm not feeling very creative right now, I thought I'd share some LJ pet peeves. Don't worry, I won't complain about all that much. I'll limit myself to just two, so it's not that much of a rant.

One: I don't like quizzes. I occasionally take them, but I never post them myself. When other people post them, I basically just ignore them. It's your journal, you can post whatever you want in it after all. I have my friends list set to initially block images anyway, so mostly my eyes can skip right over a quiz. I am very appreciative of people who put their quizzes behind cut tags though. How considerate! Now here's where we get to the peeve: people who use cut tags for a quiz, but make the cut-text sound like an interesting post instead of a quiz. Arrgh! I don't really like following cuts, because it takes more time and throws off my rhythm, but if you're a friend of mine and it sounds like you wrote something worthwhile or interesting, I'll follow them anyway. I HATE finding nothing but a stupid quiz underneath! I feel cheated out of a good post, and annoyed at being tricked into looking at the darn thing. GRRRRR!

Ahhh, I feel much better now that I've gotten that off my chest. Thanks for listening.

Two: My second peeve is much sillier. People who use icons of the wrong gender. They use celebrities, usually. Like a girl with a Tom Cruise icon, for example. I find myself mixing people up, thinking the girl is really a guy, or reading a guy's post from a female's point of view. I know it doesn't really matter, but it just throws me off because I've constructed their identity wrong in my head -- especially if I don't know the poster well.

Now here's the ironic moment. I was mulling over that second peeve, and thinking how confusing it was for people to iconize themselves with the wrong gender, then it hit me. The majority of my icons are pictures of that little cartoon Sun Mascot -- who is not a human, of course -- but Duke is definitely a MALE whatever-he-is.

Oh no, I'm doing it too!

I have seen the enemy, and it is me. She is me. He is me. Whatever.

So yeah, it turns out I'm not nearly as much of a nobel and self-righteous live-journaler as I thought. Quite embarrassing, I must say. But I can't stop using Duke, I've invested too much time and creativity making these silly little icons. Plus, they're fun.

This is therefore a public apology to everyone who's been annoyed by my use of the wrong gender in most of my icons. I didn't mean to. I didn't think about what I was doing, or the awful consequences it might entail. You can all go create cartoon icons with whatever gender you'd like, and I won't judge you. I promise.

So, now that I've ranted for a bit (not to mention caught myself in my own trap), what are YOUR live journal pet peeves?
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devnul From: devnul Date: December 3rd, 2005 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
An FNT post would certainly clear that up.
:)
pstscrpt From: pstscrpt Date: December 3rd, 2005 07:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cuts for things that aren't offensive. And even more, people demanding cuts for things that aren't offensive. Really, how tough is it to scroll? Given the lag of LJ's servers, following the cuts is a lot more of an imposition.

People who are territorial about their journals. As I see it, my journal is just a place to start threads. I don't think I should have a say in what comments people make.
dagibbs From: dagibbs Date: December 3rd, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I tend to use Firefox to read LJ, and if I see a cut-tag that looks interesting, I just ctrl-click it, and it gets opened in a new tab, without interfering with my normal progress through my friends list.

And, one of Brendand's icons often confuses me, too.

But, one of my LJ peeves is people who post big, long, blocks of text or big images without lj-cutting them.
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dreamattack329 From: dreamattack329 Date: December 8th, 2005 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad you liked my icon! hehe :)
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devnul From: devnul Date: December 3rd, 2005 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
My only LJ peeve is people who post large images and don't put them behind a cut, because it completely screws up the layout in the web browser and will often cause a horizontal scrollbar to show up which makes reading my flist a serious PITA.

Other than that, I don't think I much care. I much prefer LJ to certain moderated bulletin boards, not because of the moderation, but because of the f-starking complainers that force the moderators to take action.
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devnul From: devnul Date: December 3rd, 2005 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Woo-hoo! Someone agrees with me!

(because LJ is all about validation )
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shadowrose From: shadowrose Date: December 3rd, 2005 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
My live journal pet peeves are also people who use a picture of a celebrity or cartoon of the opposite gender as them. It throws me off, and makes me wonder why they do that in a genuinely curious way.

Also, as I mentioned earlier in my journal from today. People who use the first letter of a person's name when referring to them. (R did this to T and K thought that was funny, as an example). I know that a person is wanting privacy but it tends to make me not read the rest of the person's entry if they start doing that.
From: 111466 Date: December 3rd, 2005 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hello. In my other journal I use a photograph of Hugh Grant or Ralph Fiennes because they're hot and I enjoy looking at them. I don't enjoy looking at female icons, that's why I generally don't use them despite being a girl.

:)
shadowrose From: shadowrose Date: December 3rd, 2005 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just thought of one more. People who write a big, long post but who do not break it up into paragraphs. They just run three or more paragraphs together into one big block of text.
From: 111466 Date: December 3rd, 2005 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
PeevCon 2005!

Mainly I feel peeved about spelling and grammatical errors, posts that could easily have been hidden behind a cut, people who carp on about "If this topic offends you, then don't read my entries" and yet don't bother to post a disclaimer sentence or put it behind a cut to let everyone know they'll be talking about pedarists or what-have-you..

.. deep breath ..

and that freaking short-hand style of speech the folks like to use nowadays. I'm sorry, but when did Convention turn into CON, Tournament into Tourney (ack, make it stop for the love o' God) and variations on a theme, such as-

plz
lolz
kthnxbye
goinked, yanked, ganked, etc. and so on.

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From: (Anonymous) Date: December 3rd, 2005 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't really like following cuts, because it takes more time and throws off my rhythm

Sounds like you're not using Firefox. Learn the power of tabbed browsing, and be HEALED! Yeah! Exercise your middle-click authority!
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polaron From: polaron Date: December 3rd, 2005 10:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Right now, the fact that I can't voice post :P It's important enough a feature for me to motivate a search for another blogging platform that enables it and can feed into LJ. I'll be doing some research to find one...if there's one around...

And I don't look at Duke as being a "guy" ! Duke seems to me to embrace everyone, so I think that you're okay wrt that :)
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joline From: joline Date: December 4th, 2005 01:23 am (UTC) (Link)
i also struggle with the gender-of-the-icon thing. it pains me, because i would love to use an eddie vedder icons, but every time i upload one, i always feel very wrong about it.

and, lj-cuts bug me too--though i give in to pressure to use them. i feel like cuts are very considerate when it comes to things that aren't work-safe, or cause the loathed horizontal scroll... otherwise, don't make me do extra work just to read a boring post about work or whatever.

i have left communities because they enforce an "everything behind the cut" rule. i belonged to an american idol community (*cower*) and those bitches spent more time yelling at each other for posting spoilers without a cut than they actually did discussing the show. i always wanted to say, "take the community off your friends lists, morons!"
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nishar From: nishar Date: December 4th, 2005 07:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have two LJ peeves. Well three actually. 1. Trolls. I hate people who like to start flame wars. 2. I hate people who post nudie pictures with out using a lj cut. Unless it is in a community where you expect nudie pictures. 3. I also hate it when someone post a long rant and doesn't use a cut.
jebra From: jebra Date: December 5th, 2005 12:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Soon, I will motivate myself to go to smegs. I don't know what I will bring though.

"Yourself" is one of my favorite things that you bring. Thanks for doing so once again.

Hoping to see you Sunday afternoon, too.

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