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[personal profile] vserguey
This post, my first post ever written in English by the way, is some kind of a "I'm sorry"-post for all english-speaking Dreamwidth users, who suddenly discovered their favorite platform covered by unknown language posts. I can imagine how annoying it can be. And I do realize that for some users it can look like an invasion. So here's the deal:

Now in Russia the political situation is close to be critical. Level of life is going down. The distance between small group of extremely reach people and all the others is growing up every day. I mean there's some group of "Abramovich's", which is well known worldwide because of all those yachts, soccer clubs and palaces. All other millions of Russians are barely living. The money the earn is barely enough for food. The middle class almost doesn't exist.

Meanwhile all news on the TV and newspapers are strongly controlled by Putin and all other former KGBsts. So news mainstream is only about how perfect our life is. And about how deep the worlds economy is falling now. No any word about corruption, which is huge. No any word about Russian legal system, which doesn't guarantee any human right. The only information source were blogs. And the most popular was LiveJournal platform.

However that platform is not stable anymore. Nobody knows for which reason. But this year we have a parliament elections and next year the elections of the president. Whatever you think, but Russian LJ-users are 100% sure that LJ was down because of hackers attack, organized by Russian Secret Services in order to clean up the media field for safe reelections. And even if tomorrow LJ officially confirms that those problems were only a technical issue, 90% of all Russians will answer: "Oh yeah, sure, technical issues, like we really believe in that..."

This is why, when those problems with LJ appeared again we all started to search for some other place, where we could post the truth and read the truth about what's really going on in our country. This is the situation. 99% of all Russians here are still posting into LJ but with the backup on DW. Just in case if LJ will finally die.

Date: 2011-08-16 01:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowings
thanks for this

Date: 2011-08-16 01:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowings
Haha, sure, and also for the entry.

Date: 2011-08-16 01:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] finch
Welcome to Dreamwidth! Concerns about disappearing middle class, government corruption, and the rich getting richer should be things Americans can sympathize with. I hope you're able to keep writing, whether it's here or on LJ.

Date: 2011-08-17 01:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thorfinn
My opinion? Keep writing in Russian on DW, unless you actually specifically want to write in English for some reason. :-) Google Translate is not half bad, and there's a heap of browser extensions that let people hit translate on webpages pretty easily...

Here by way of inkstone's link.

Date: 2011-08-16 01:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] havocthecat
I can imagine how annoying it can be.

No, no, not annoying at ALL to me. Welcome!

Re: Here by way of inkstone's link.

Date: 2011-08-16 03:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] flourish
I completely agree. Glad to have you here, [personal profile] vserguey!

Date: 2011-08-16 01:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] brainwane
Thank you for posting this. Zhelaiu udachi.

Date: 2011-08-16 04:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sophie
I really like knowing that Russian users are coming to use DW! Diversity is always a good thing, in my opinion. I'm just sorry about some people here who might do things like equate Russian text with spam and such. :(

Thank you so much for this post, though. I knew some of the situation, but it's much better to hear it directly from people who are affected by it.

So, do Russian users believe that SUP bought LJ solely so they could control what people say, then? Have there been user suspensions/deletions of Russian users? (I don't know Russian and I don't live in Russia, so I haven't heard of any, but I'm guessing there have been some/a lot?)

Date: 2011-08-16 04:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [staff profile] mark
Hi, I'm Mark. [staff profile] denise and I own Dreamwidth.

I want you to know that you are just as welcome on Dreamwidth as anybody else. I don't care what your native language is or where you're from, you are welcome here. Not only is that is the official Dreamwidth policy, but it's my personal belief as well.

Thank you for posting this. If you ever need to get in touch with Dreamwidth staff, please feel free to do so -- you can email me at mark@dreamwidth.org.

Date: 2011-08-16 06:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [staff profile] mark
You're welcome. Nice to meet you. :)

Date: 2011-08-16 05:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sky
Hello and welcome! You should keep posting in Russian if you want to!! :) I'm glad to see Russian users here. I hope Dreamwidth can be a help to you.

Date: 2011-08-16 07:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] holyschist
Welcome to Dreamwidth! Personally, I think any English-speaking user who is bothered by posts in other languages needs to reread the Guiding Statement. DW is for everyone, and I hope you will find it meets your needs.

Date: 2011-08-16 08:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kittydesade
Welcome to Dreamwidth!

I grew up speaking two languages, so, to me, people speaking and writing in other languages means I have one more language to learn.

I hope things get a little better for Russia and the people there with the next elections. From how I remember it's been like this for a little while, I think.

Date: 2011-08-16 09:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] auguris
Welcome to Dreamwidth! Don't worry about blogging in Russian, the people who don't like it are a loud minority. Personally I'd be proud that my favorite website was able to help you communicate the truth.

Date: 2011-08-17 02:29 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] emceeaich
Welcome aboard!

Date: 2011-08-17 02:40 am (UTC)
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From: [staff profile] denise
I would like to agree with what [staff profile] mark said! As far as we're concerned, anybody who's using Dreamwidth to share details about their lives and connect with their community is welcome here, no matter where they come from or what language they're using.

Welcome to Dreamwidth. We're happy to have you here, and I hope you find it a good new home. :)

Date: 2011-08-17 03:19 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] amadi
I hope this makes sense, I don't speak Russian, but I have a desktop translator :)

Добро пожаловать и вы для делить эту информацию с нами.

Annoyance is the complete opposite of what I feel when I see Russian posts appearing here. I celebrate your presence and I am glad that this is another option for you to publish what your "professional" media cannot or will not. Keep sharing your truth! Don't worry if non-Russian speakers aren't able to follow along. Not everything must be for us.

Date: 2011-08-17 06:27 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] feathertail
I wish you luck, and I hope things get better for you over there and that Dreamwidth can help somehow.

Let us know if it does, it'll encourage us. >.>

Date: 2011-08-17 06:43 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] bigbrasskey
Welcome to Dreamwidth! We're happy to have you here, and I hope it can remain dependable for you for a long time.
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