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      09.02.2013 17:23
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      A nice place to set up a blog or join communities.

      Before Tumblr and Twitter came into the picture, there was livejournal. I've been a member of livejournal since I first came to the internet. I've only had two livejournal accounts in my time, but I know some people who have had over seven. I loved live journal because I thought it was a great and secure website.

      It is easy to make an account, but it's not as easy to customize your blog. To make full use of the features of LJ, you either need to have a paid account or a good idea of html coding. There are plenty of tutorials shouts though. The already preset blog designs are nice, but were not fit for my purpose, but I liked to change my layout now and again to suit my mood.

      Live Journal is a really great place to showcase your work. You can do a variety of things on there and the popular celebrity blog: Oh No They Didn't blog is based at Livejournal and is now one of the things that keeps livejournal alive. Many personal blogs and communities aren't as active as they used to be, but some of them are a great archive of work and lovely memoirs.

      Between 2007 and 2011, I pretty much used the website everyday. I also linked my twitterfeed with livejournal so my tweets would show up on it. So my livejournal entries have been dominated by my tweets. I've found that LJ is a great way to keep in touch with online friends and read about their personal lives.

      Which comes to another of the site's best features, you have a choice of weather to keep entries to yourself, friends only or just you. When a blogger says their journal is friends only, it means that all of their entries are locked to friends only. And this is always the case, even if someone posts a link to your entry, only friends can read it.

      About a year ago, LJ lost some popularity due to updates that made the site less easier to navigate, as a result many of these people moved to tumblr or dreamwidth. The type of communities you see on LJ are usually various and the most popular ones include fan fiction and shopping related ones. There was also a really popular community called MP3 Share but that was taken down after the downfall of megaupload.

      And I will be honest with you, my livejournal account hasn't been updated as much and that's because I've been busy with other things and also because I can contact my online friends quicker on other platforms like Facebook and Skype. But I don't have any issues with it, but I think ot can be a lot more user friendly than it actually is.

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      05.06.2010 19:24
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      It's one of many alternatives, but I think I'd rather have a blogspot

      Sadly, I'm a veteran of Livejournal. I joined around 2001, I've had about ten different accounts, and I've used it weekly since. Unfortunately, my love for and involvement with Livejournal has waned in recent times, but I still have a huge soft spot for it.

      Livejournal is a large community, a place where users can own a blog, journal or diary, and write about whatever they wish. Livejournal's features include those found in similar blogging sites, (namely commenting, calendars, polls, photoalbums etc). Brad Fitzpatrick, the founder passed it on to Six Apart in 2005, before it was then bought out by russian company SUP. Since then Livejournal has changed its rules, content, and have since unveiled plans to upgrade its service to launch new products for advertisers and the likes.

      So what does Livejournal offer for its userbase? Well, each user has their own account in which they can do a variety of different things, all centered around blogging on their own customised space. There are pre-made layouts that allow you to choose a design for your journal, but for the more advanced techy-heads, there's a space to add your own CSS codes and all that jargon.

      Other than writing your thoughts, you can find communities based on your interests, users who share the same interests, or friends who already own journals. These all then make up your "friends-list" where it takes one click to view all the entries from anyone or anything you've added to your list on one page.

      Adding someone is easy, really. Though they've made the world of LJ much more complicated these days (I'll admit, it was so much more simple before all this swap-over lark), it becomes clear with time and perseverence. Once you've found the person or community you wanna add, you click on the "add friend" link on their profile and bam, the deed is done.

      There's tons more options to Livejournal, but its quite easy to tinker around with and work out of your own accord. They've even added space for your "scrapbook" which is pretty much just a gallery you can add images to. I've never really used this though, I tend to dump all my images in my entries.

      All in all, Livejournal's a great place for offloading your thoughts to your friends or venting your stresses out privately. I really believe that since the recent swapover to SUP, it isn't as user-friendly as it used to be, but there's still some charm to the world-popular blogging site.

      One thing I wanna add, is that even though I still have a paid for journal, I don't particularly think I'm going to renew that this year. Paid users get a number of special features including slightly more userpics, the option to create polls, the ability to make voice posts, and some fantastic customizing options. In my experience, the voice posting has hardly ever worked, I always get really bored of my icons anyway, and I hardly ever make polls. I do like the customizing part though. Oh well. Free accounts also equal advertising, as everything else these days, but alas, that's life.

      If you're interested in adding me up, just send me a message. ;)

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        09.05.2010 11:48
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        I really enjoy this site.

        I have been a member on LiveJournal (or LJ as it gets called) since 2006. I am on my second account as I grew out of my first account (I was 16 when I made it) and I have been on my current account for 2 years now. I first came to this site because I had heard a few people I know (online) talk about it and I figured I would give it a go.

        As the name suggests it is journalling site. You can share your thoughts, feelings, experiences or anything you want to write about. You can update in html (i.e. using tags such as <i></i> etc.) or in Rich Text (i.e. you press the itallics button and you write in itallics).

        The level of features you have depends on the type of account you have. When you sign up you automatically have a plus account. A plus account is free but features ad's so you get more features than a basic account. You can downgrade to a basic account or you can install a firefox add-on called Ad Block Plus which will remove these ads. I recommend staying with either the basic or plus accounts to begin with until you get used to the site.

        You can buy a paid account which will leave your journal ad free, more userpics with the option of buying up to 210 more, edit comments, insert polls in your entries, a livejournal forwarding address, amongst others. Paid accounts can be bought for $20 a year. I have a paid account myself and this is the second year that I have had one and I will continue to get one. I don't pay for any other site as usually I don't believe in it but I use livejournal so much and enjoy the extra benefits.

        Now it wouldn't be much fun on livejournal unless you have some friends. If you don't have any friends that have livejournal there are 'add me' communities (there are multiple and some designed for specific groups of people). There are also plenty of communities to join that you can search for. Especially if you have a specific interest in tv programmes or films and are up for joining the 'fandom'.

        In my opinion LJ is a site that is best to discover things on your own. You soon learn your way about. I have enjoyed my time on there and I have made some good friends. I enjoy reading about other peoples lives and thoughts and sharing mine with others.

        It isn't a site for everyone and there are other journalling sites out there. I have tried others but LJ is the only one that I use. If you don't have any friends on it straight away or only a few persevere and your friends list will grow in time

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          31.03.2010 18:42
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          If you just want to keep a journal and talk to likeminded people, check out LJ.

          Oh, Livejournal! I've been a member of LJ (as veterans like myself call it) for a long, long time. I've had my current journal since 2004, and I had several before that. All in all, I think I've been a member since 2000 or 2001.

          Back in the day, LJ was a lot simpler and you needed an invite code to make an account, unless you wanted to pay. How times have changed. Some things have changed for the better, and some haven't.

          Let's start with the basics. LJ is, essentially, a journalling site. You sign up and you get your profile and your journal. You can customise the way your journal looks, and you can control who sees your entries - they can be totally public, you can have them set so only 'friends' can see them ('friends' are other LJ users who you can add), or so specific filtered groups of friends can see them, or to private, so only you can see them. You can apply a different setting to each entry if you want.

          To be quite honest, the journalling side of LJ isn't really the most interesting feature. There are plenty of sites where you can keep blogs or journals. What I really love are the communities. These are sort of like forums, and there's a community for just about anything you can think of. I'm a part of 61 communities! Yes, 61. There are fan communities (I'm a member of various Being Human and Glee communities), support communities, general communities for meeting people, communities for various local areas, snark communities (for making fun of other people) and...well, everything else. They're a great place for meeting people who like the same things you do, or getting help with things. I've learned loads of stuff from them and I've also met some great people!

          You also have a friends page. On this page, you can read posts from people on your friends list, and posts in communities you're a member of. You can choose which people/communities you read on your friends list, so if you're a member of any particularly high-traffic communities and you don't want posts clogging up your friends list, then you can just choose not to 'watch' them.

          LJ also has a feature where you can list your interests, and you can also search for other people/communities by interest. The search feature used to be incredibly useful, but they've revamped it and it's actually quite difficult to use now. For the most part, though, LJ is extremely simple to use.

          LJ was bought out a few years ago by another company and there have been a few controversies since then. There was a time when they banned users/communities that had 'incest' or 'rape' as an interest, even though some of those were actually support communities for victims of incest or rape! They've also had a few dodgy issues with privacy policies, and there were some accusations of rigging elections a while back, too. Most of these issues don't affect more casual users, but there was outrage from people who were heavily invested in the site. And there are a lot of people heavily invested in the site.

          Basic accounts are free and most people won't need more than that. For a plus account (free, but with ads), you get a few more user pictures and...I think that's about it. With a paid account, you get even more user pictures and the option to edit comments, as well as a few other things. Paid accounts are pretty cheap, but I've never had one.

          There are a few other features - a daily question to answer, a shop, etc, but communities and journals get the most use.

          LJ is easy enough to use and doesn't require a huge amount of brainpower. The new features they keep introducing all seem a bit pointless to me, and overcomplicate it. From what I can see, most people agree. Just stick to the journal and community side and you'll be fine.

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            24.09.2009 18:59
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            it is a good site if you want to start a journal!

            I have been a livejournal member for around 2 years now and love the site. Its basically a site for where you can write your thoughts and feelings (like most journal sites) and you can view communities and interests as well as adding people to read their journal entries, if you want people to veiw your journal entries they have to add you but if you add some one they usually add you back. The best part about it is that its all free! and you can select your own layouts to persoanlise your journal. You can also put tags on your journals so that they can be put into catagories so its easier to find entries, there is also calenders to look when your last entries are so people can browse through earlier entries. Its SO simple to use and provides hours of interest (if your the nosey type)
            The only thing is that there are not that many people on the site that you might personnally know, so its more reading strangers journals. But you can join local communities (i have joined the nottingham one) so you can catch up and get to know people in your area. functions are also limited as it is the free version, so if you want more features or better layouts for your journal you would have to pay.
            all in all if you like simple and want to start a journal i would deffenetly join this site. so if you join, look me up!

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            24.09.2009 13:37
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            Get one :) Its free!

            I personally have been using livejournal since I was 14, my current journal dates back to the end of 2004!
            It is a lovely (And free!) way to keep an account of your life, either day to day or weekly or monthly, however you like really.
            You can update as little or as often as you like, and add friends who also have livejournal so their newest entries show up on your 'friends page'.
            You can comment on other peoples entries and have them comment on yours.
            You can also choose your background/layout to reflect your mood or personality and really personalise your journal.

            There are writers block questions to help get your creative juices flowing if you can't think of anything to write, and thousands of communities to join to find people with shared interests to you.

            I think that there is pretty much a community for every possible interest or activity.

            I really enjoy writing on livejournal, in comparison to other diary websites I have tried in the past such as OpenDiary, and BlogSpot.
            I'd recommend livejournal over these other wesbites for definate!

            Give it a go, you're under no obligation to keep writing, you can return to update at any time and it can be funny to read back on past entries.

            As well as if you're doing something you want to record the event of (travelling for example) it might be worthwhile opening one.

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            09.05.2009 23:47
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            Easy to use and definitely a good start to blogging

            Livejournal is a web based blogging site that has now been around for ten years. Its primary use is for individuals to keep a diary or 'blog' of whatever it is they feel, whether it be day to day events or more specific things.

            The best part of livejournal is that it offers a very community based feel, with users being able to create their own groups based on absolutely anything, from a shared interest in a book to a shared name. There are thousands of different groups available to browse and join and although some of them are inactive, there is always at least one that anyone can find that will interest them.

            Each user has their own friends list, where they can add other users or community journals to a feed that they can look at, which will show them all entries in the journals on their list. This comes in handy when trying to keep up with friends who you may not speak to all that often, or just in fact for meeting new friends.

            Each individual journal has the ability to be public and open to anyone, friends locked so only people on your list can read it, or totally private and available only to yourself. This feature is very good, especially in this day and age where people are increasingly nervous about privacy and potential identity theft.

            Overall this is an excellent website, whether you want to use it just to keep a personal record of your life or more as a community where you can meet new friends with shared interests. I've been a 'lj' user for nearly five years now going through several different journals and I've personally met many close friends through mutual interest communities - I would suggest for anyone to create their own journal, especially now that blogging has become such a popular activity.

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            18.03.2009 22:50
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            Recommended to look, but not to participate

            Livejournal is one of those websites that make me feel like an outsider...on the internet. Its a blogging community, however if youre not part of that (which takes a lot of time and effort) it can sometimes feel a little overwhelming and I often wish someone had written an 'idiots guide to.'
            The website has its good points. Firstly, its free! And everyone can sign up, although you can pay and have extra benefits. The name of your blog can also be changed and you can choose from many different colours and designs for your page. Its easy to use blogging wise, however unless you already have friends on it, it may take some time to find others with similar interests who subscribe to you.
            Theres almost a group for everything on livejournal and in my experience they are not always friendly to 'newbies,' especially those who havn't been blogging for long. That said, there are loads of specialist groups and if you want to learn how to get a certain alternative hairstyle for example, livejournal is a good place to begin. I like to read others peoples blogs and group blogs on the website, however I find it to 'clique'y and have yet to find a male in all of the site!

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              07.03.2009 23:01
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              One of the best sites on the internet

              Livejournal is, as the name suggests, an online journal site. However, I think it is important to say that diary keeping is just one of its many uses.
              Not only is it a somewhere which allows you to post your thoughts, opinions, or even just the things you've done that day and have people comment on them, it is a great way to chat to new people and find others out there with similar interests to your own.
              As well as that, it houses a huge collection of online stories, artwork and even podcasts, which can be either based on fiction already out there or are totally original.
              It also has a such a widely ranging variety of communities, you can be sure to find one that suits you. For example, there are ones dedicated to TV programs, book reviewing, actors and even knitting!
              I've had my own livejournal for about 5 years now, and I have to say, in my opinion, it is one of the best online blogging sites out there.

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                17.02.2009 01:03
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                The greatest online blogging site there is...

                I have been a 'blogger' on Livejournal, or LJ for short for around 5 years now. It's part of my life now. If something good happens, the first thing I will do is write about it, same for the bad.

                Livejournal is a free online blog, or online journal site. Anyone can sign up and have their own little corner of the internet in minutes. And once it's yours you can pretty much do what you like with it! Your journal is yours to customise however you like. If you are a geek like me you can code your own layouts using CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) which can be a bit fiddly, but you will get the hang of it. Or if you prefer a quick fix there are hundreds of pre-made layouts to choose from, either made by other members and posted in communities, or offical Livejournal settings.

                It's up to you what you write in your blog, but the majority of journals on LJ are 'online diaries' where you write about everything going on in your life.
                You can jazz your entries up with pictures, videos and even voice posts. Your space really is yours to express anything you want.

                One of the best things about LJ are the people. I have made friends on there who are now my best friends in real life. They are so lovely give you so much support. When you post an entry it will show on your friends pages, so they can keep up with your news. You can then comment on each other and give advice etc. It's great getting to know people on there and finding out about their lives, I have friends in lots of different countries and its great finding out about how they live.

                Lastly, it's great because of the communities. These are groups you can join and post on a 'communal journal' and are usually topical. There are communities on every topic you can think of, and are a great way of meeting new friends.

                Overall it's a great site and I couldn't live without it. This year I met my best friend from LJ and we see each other lots in real life now. I urge everyone to claim their little corner of the internet and see where it leads you! :)

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                  11.01.2009 22:49
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                  Livejournal: Blog your life.

                  Livejournal.com is one of the original blog websites that emerged before the 'blogosphere' became a huge internet phenomenon. Originally it required you to have a sign up code from another registered user in order to open a free account, but now it's free for all users to set up a basic account.

                  Livejournal is easy to use, and to set up an account takes minutes. For the more dedicated user you can set up a paid account, and livejournal also sporadically allows a specific time period to purchase a permanent account too.

                  The great thing about livejournal is that your journal page and profile are highly customisable. There are a number of communities that you can join in order to get layouts, or if you are fluent in CSS (cascading style sheets) you can code your own. This requires quite a bit of effort and fiddling around but is definitely an accomplishment if you can do it! However for those not so technically minded there are a huge number of pre-set layouts to choose from and you can change the colours to suit your personality!

                  Communities are a huge part of Livejournal. They are a journal in which all users can write, and comment. There are communities across many interests from music to diary organisation, from animals to hair and from photography to zoology. There's such a diverse range of people on livejournal that you'll never be bored!

                  The user interface is reasonably simple and stable, and updating the journal couldn't be easier. You can either do web based updates or download a client. You can use the Rich Text Mode to format your entry, or you can use Plain Text mode and format using basic HTML tags. You can add pictures and embed images.

                  Overall, Livejournal is a great blogging client, it's somewhat easier to use than blogspot and many of the other clients around, and it has MILLIONS of members too!

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                  08.01.2009 15:28
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                  Nice way to keep people updated on your life.

                  Livejournal.com is a great way to keep an online journal, let families and friends keep up with what you're doing and there's numerous communities to join relating to your interests.

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                  You can have either a Plus account where there's ad's displayed on the site or you can buy a Paid account for around $20 a year.
                  The interface is easy to use to make your posts, you can insert images and youtube videos and can make it easily accessible for your readers by using the tag system on your entries.
                  When you meet other livejournal users you can add them as friends and follow their entries on your friends list (or flist).

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                  By using the search tool you can find communities related to things that you're interested in, such as TV shows, movies, books, music and so on. These communities are user based and if you meet someone with similar tastes to yours you can add them as a friend and follow each other's personal entries.

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                  If you don't want everyone to see your blogs you can use the friend's lock option which allows only people who use LJ to see your posts. If you want it be completely private there's the option that allows only you to see it - a good option if you want something more personal

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                  I've been a user of Livejournal for the past five years and never had a problem with the site. I've met numerous people through the site and have made some nice online friends. It might take you a while to meet a few people if you're new to LJ and don't currently know anyone but by joining communtiies you can meet people pretty easily and I'd definately give it a go :)

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                    09.09.2008 20:02
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                    More intimate than your typical blogging or social networking site.

                    Livejournal is an online site which allows its users, once registered, to create and update their own online journal or blog. Each user must sign up with their own unique username, which then becomes the basis of the web address that links to their journal. Journals themselves can be kept as simple or made as snazzy as you like - those with knowledge of html can create their own 'layout' (background, "header" (fancy photo or design at the top of your journal page), text, layout of the page etc) to be completely unique; those who are less technologically savvy can either use one of livejournal's pre-made templates, or one of many user-created templates which can be found in livejournal's many communities.

                    Which leads me neatly into another of livejournal's features. More than just a blog, it's also somewhat of a social networking site in its own right - you can add friends (whose journals you can then view on your "Friends Page" and vice versa) and join communities which are amazingly wide ranging - whether you're a fan of an actress, television show or a particular hobby, you're almost guaranteed to find a community of like-minded people.

                    With regard to your journal entries themselves, they can be about anything and everything - your life, beliefs, graphic or written creations... you really do get a huge mix. Entries can be made public for anyone to view, or "friends only" if the subject is a little more sensitive or private and it's something you only want those you know to see.

                    As a site, it seems a little more personal than your aveage blogging site - just the name makes it a little more intimate, along with the customisation aspect. I personally have made new friends through the site, and have kept in contact with old friends. It's not quite as effective as your typical social networking site for this, but it does allow you to talk about your life in much more detail.

                    And, in the nature of journals, it's nothing short of perfect if you want a good rant!

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                      10.08.2008 20:15
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                      A fun site that helps you connect with people all over the world.

                      LiveJournal is open-source software that allows users to set up their own online journals. You can either have a free journal (which I did to start with) or pay about £12 for a "paid account" which gives you wider flexibilty in the system. As well as unofficially more "status" within the wider LJ community.
                      "Userpics" are also a big part of LJ and more of these can be purchased.

                      I have been a member of LiveJournal since 2004 and update my journal about 3-4 times a week. I also participate in a wide number of communities on a variety of different topics. These topics can range from celebrity gossip to politics and current affairs. There is something for everyone on LJ and it tends to be through communities that you make "friends" with other people. These friends will be the people who read and make comments on what you write in your journal.
                      With enough time and investment, these "friends" can very easily develop into "real life friends". For instance, last summer I flew from the UK to America to visit a friend I made on LJ and she is coming to me next summer. I am grateful for the friends I have made on LJ, yet it does require considerable man-hours before you can get to that stage.
                      In all, LJ is worth it. Particularly if you update regularly, as it is great to look back on in future years and remind yourself of what you were up to.

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                        Good community and communicative network.

                        Livejournal is a website that allows you to write your own 'blog' or online journal by signing up (which is free and quick).
                        I use mine mainly for the communities as I already had a blog when I signed up, so this review will discuss those.

                        You can distinguish a community from a personal journal as a personal blog's address is www.NAME.livejournal.com, whereas a community is www.community.livejournal.com/NAME.

                        LJ communities cover a massive range of topics and issues, and aim to connect people with similar interests; everything from bad_service to poor_skills to anorexia. In fact, if you want to showcase or ask advice on subjects such as gardening, cooking or DIY, you've gone to the right place as there are active communities with members replying in minutes to problems and questions. The Internet is definitely the best place for free advice these days, and these members are willing to give it. Indeed, even if you're just browsing, you can often come across many useful tips and ideas, and also links to websites to bookmark for later.

                        The communities are different in terms of their owners/moderators controlling what can be posted and who can post it. Some are 'open', which means non-community members can read the posts (but members can still make their posts 'friends only' so only community members can read them). Others require you to join. Additionally there are other options with making posts: some are screened by moderators before they are allowed to appear in the community whereas others appear instantly.

                        One thing I have noticed about the communities is that they are strikingly different in terms of atmosphere and what is acceptable. ohnotheydidnt, a popular celebrity blogging community sees insults between members and of celebrities fly thick and fast. vaginapagina, a support system mainly for women, however, emphasises its empathetic and non-judgemental approach. mock_the_stupid rejects more posts than it allows, whereas customers_suck has tons of instantaneous posts.

                        If you have a particular interest, it is worth using the livejournal community search feature to find active communities to give your opinion, sympathise, ask or answer accordingly. It's a great source for advice and to while away the hours.

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