Livejournal sold; fandom panics yet again

Yesterday, we learned that SixApart had jettisoned problem child Livejournal, selling the site to SUP, an ‘an international media company’ that’s been managing Livejournal in Russia for a little over a year. The new owners have grand plans, but what does this mean for the ongoing controversy with LJ’s fandom elements?

Though Livejournal Inc. will continue to operate out of California (with LJ founder Brad Fitzpatrick on the advisory board, a hopeful sign) many worry about the implications of a Russian company pulling the strings. Those of us jaded beyond belief are just going to watch and see where it all goes.

One-stop rec shop

Attention all fanfic readers: Hie yourselves over to Snacky’s Best Fic Ever poll to recommend your all-time favorites (any and all fandoms accepted) and read what others consider the best of the best. Guidelines are pretty simple:

Occasionally, I see discussions about how this is the best damn fic ever, and you’d give it to people who weren’t even in fandom to read!

Tell me about the greatest fic, the one you’d give to people who aren’t in fandom (although, I’d think they’d need to have at least a familiarity with the source material, but that’s up to you) and say, “OH MY GOD, YOU HAVE TO READ THIS, IT’S SO GOOD!” It doesn’t have to be anything recent – it can be the first or last fic you read, however many years or months or days ago. If you can’t narrow it down, pick two. And please, feel free to discuss the fic in the comments.

The fun never stops on Livejournal

While I don’t find the banning of a couple of Harry Potter porn artists all that personally troubling, Six Apart’s bumbling reaction to fandom’s usual over-the-top flailing is not particularly heartening. (Though there are some hilarious responses.) Nor is the possibility that LJ founder Brad leaving is 6A a good sign. My advice? Watch LJ, watch 6A, but keep your head. And stay away from porn based on children’s books.

On the plus side, it did prompt a silly little quiz. And isn’t that what LJ is really about?

UPDATE; And it’s official.