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ETA: Gift exchange is here at [livejournal.com profile] pinboard. Thanks to the people who put it together!

Executive summary:
I am thinking about hosting a pinboard account gift exchange and am trying to judge whether people would be interested in getting involved. They don't have an official feature but I emailed them and they said if I sent them a list of recipient emails, gifter emails, and whether the gifter would like to be anon, they'd make it work.

If you want to be involved (PARTICULARLY if you are interested in gifting accounts) please fill out the poll below.

Also here's a list of the features that Pinboard is missing that Delicious has had, to give you a general idea.

More rambly post.

I seriously hope that Delicious is able to get their act together over the next couple of days, particularly with respect to the mangling of tags with commas, slashes, etc. The rest of the problems people are having sound like the sort of thing that seem fixable technically, but that kind of data mangling? Eeep!

I'm not a delicious user, really--ironically I only became bookmarking-obsessed after getting a Pinboard account. So while I really hope that Delicious gets there act together and fixes things for their current users (and I'm sure they were), I also think it's probably wise to back up delicious accounts to other services.

Of course, I have a vested interest in getting lots of people moved over to Pinboard-- more results for my tag searches, more cool fannish extensions getting built (note to self: FINISH YOUR FREAKING AO3-pinboard sync feature), etc. Plus I just *love* the pinboard guys. They're enthusiastic, they're totally transparent about everything, even when all the servers at their webhost are getting seized by the FBI without a warrant. (>_<). And while they aren't fannish, they are genuinely excited about fandom using their system. (For instance: today they tweeted "Just a gentle reminder to fanfic people - / tag works just fine on Pinboard :-)". I *like* them.) (ETA: by "them" I mean "him", because Maciej is just one guy, as he reminded me on Twitter just now.)

Obviously, though, Pinboard accounts cost money--it's currently at $9.42 and will go up over time, since the price is based on the number of users at time of sign-up. A lot of people don't have this money or, if they do, have much more pressing things they could be spending it on. (ETA for clarity: this is a one-time fee that will get you a pinboard account for all time. The more people join Pinboard before you, the more you have to pay to join.)

So my thought was to do an exchange where people who have money they could spend on accounts do so for other people.

Diigo has a "buy an account for a friend" option, but it only works for premium accounts, at the $40/year level, so I'm hesitant to suggest that, although if anyone *really* wants the exchange to include that, I can make that happen?

Pinboard has no feature at all but says over email that they'd be happy to give out accounts and send emails with payment info to the people who offer to give the gift. This means that I'd have to collect email addresses for both senders and recipients, and I'm trying to figure out the best way to do so while letting them keep their addresses private (to everyone except me and Pinboard). Most likely this will involve a google spreadsheets form or something.

So, a poll. This one is completely anonymous and I'll use it only for the purpose of deciding whether people would be interested in this exchange at all. I especially don't want to promise everyone on the internet gifts of pinboard accounts if I am the only one willing to buy them, because that's a good way to fall through on a promise if everyone on the internet decides to collect. In my ideal world, the ratio of gifters to recipients is on the scale of 1:1 or 1:2...

Poll #8169 Collecting interest in Pinboard elfing
This poll is anonymous.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 24

Would you be interested in participating in this exchange

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Yes, as a recipient
8 (33.3%)

Yes, as a donator
16 (66.7%)

Only if I can donate anonymously
2 (8.3%)

This exchange should include paid accounts for

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24 (100.0%)

2 (8.3%)

Other (will mention in comments)
0 (0.0%)

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Poll #6040 Relevant to my interests
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 27

Have your eyes ever "darkened with lust"?

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3 (11.1%)

6 (22.2%)

Dude I don't have sex with mirrors
18 (66.7%)

Have you ever witnessed someone's eyes darkening with lust?

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4 (15.4%)

12 (46.2%)

10 (38.5%)

Do you think that eyes darkening with lust is usually intended to be literal or figurative?

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9 (34.6%)

17 (65.4%)

Is it, like, an eye color thing? One of those things that people with light-colored eyes can do and the rest of us can't?

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Totally. It's a thing. Duh.
8 (32.0%)

No, just because our eyes change all the time doesn't mean we have magical lust-darkening powers
17 (68.0%)

Is it odd that I'm so fixated on this right now? Is it just the frequency illusion that makes me think every single fanfic ever written uses this expression?

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Pretty much, yeah
20 (100.0%)


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22 (100.0%)

epershand: Delirium, following her fish. (Following my fish)
One of the interesting things about reading Fandom Secrets daily is that there tend to be a lot of evolving conversations scattered among the secrets. Most of them are shipwars, but there are also other conversations. Via the medium of FS, people are hashing out their feelings on different topics. Just in anonymous, meme-type-image format.

One of the ongoing conversations in the last week or so has been about whether people feel closer to their "Fandom" or "RL" friends. Which is a conversation that I just can't relate to at all. Because, while I remember a time when fandom was something that only happened in my internet life, that time was a very long time ago. While not all of my friends are actively in fandom, or even in transformative fandom in particular, just about all of them are at least fandom adjacent. And while I haven't met all of my flist and droll in person, I've met a relatively large fraction and would love to meet any of those I haven't met.

Fandom is just a very active facet of my day-to-day life. I mean...  [personal profile] damned_colonial and I talked about bandom slash in the lunchroom at work today. I don't even know how I would DRAW lines between "fandom" and "RL" friends. I can draw a line between "fandom" and "non-fandom" friends, sure, but that would be a really unproductive line that would cut through the middle of groups of people I normally spend time with together.

I suspect that this is true of most of the people in my general-purpose cross-journal access circle things given that they are largely friends and friends-of-friends, but I've gotten to be curious. So, a poll:

Poll #5254 Are people in fandom real?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 20

Do you draw a line between your fandom and RL friends?

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4 (20.0%)

16 (80.0%)

Where have you met most of your fandom friends?

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15 (75.0%)

2 (10.0%)

The wide world
3 (15.0%)

General age-ish?

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Primary/secondary school
2 (10.5%)

College or University
4 (21.1%)

13 (68.4%)

(The killer question... I don't judge) WHO DO YOU LIKE BETTER?

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4 (28.6%)

10 (71.4%)

Gratuitous ticky boxes

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9 (50.0%)

7 (38.9%)

12 (66.7%)

More ticky boxes please
11 (61.1%)

Please feel free to elaborate in comments.

ETA: Aaahhh I had to edit this like 500 times I am never using the rich text editor again in my life.


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