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I just wanted to take a moment to share my squee over the fact that Maciej over at Pinboard thinks fandom rocks! That's just awesome :D

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Hey all, there is a feature survey up here that is geared towards fannish users.  It closes October 7th, 2011 2359 Pacific Time.

ETA: Survey closed, here are the results.
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First of all, let me just link to this:
The Morning After by Ambyr: Anthropomorphic, Pinboard/Fandom.  Teen, 605 words
This absolutely made me laugh.  What a perfect little summary of the situation!  I love the way fandom comes up with little anthropomorphic fics to express ourselves about stuff like this.  Back when Dreamwidth was coming out I loved the anthropomorfic produced about that situation, too.  (Like Open Beta by ArisTGD)

More interesting links 
The Great Delicious Migration - a collection of fans and where they can be found on the net.  It's kept in a GDoc that's open to be edited by the public.  I've put my info in.

Updates on the Delicious situation, and what changes are being made to the features.  Also includes a lot of other social bookmarking related links, including Diigo, Pinboard, AO3, and other stuff.  Great links.

And to add to the list of people talking about what fandom wants out of bookmarking sites, whether they be existing sites or brand new from-the-ground-up sites:  Brand new site, by Kaigou


Diigo
I found that Diigo cut short many of my bookmark summaries, which displeases me.  Also, some of my bookmarks have gone missing, and I have no idea if it's a problem with the Delicious export, or Diigo import.  I don't know if I'm motivated to figure it out, since I'm not sure I'll be using it much.

Also, Diigo will automatically turn porn bookmarks private, and they had this to say about 'inappropriate' language: "As for bookmarks containing bad/inappropriate words such as sex, porn, sexy in title/description/tag/annotation, our system will convert them to private automatically"  That's not really working for me as a policy.  Although I have to say that so far my hate!sex tag is still visible (for which I have very few fics, but it was the first example I could think of), as are bookmarks by others with that tag (though not very many at all).  So... who knows if/how thoroughly they are moderating this.

Pinboard 
The Pinboard people are very welcoming to fandom.  They've tweeted about fandom (here and here) and have been laid back about existing users complaining about the influx of fannish bookmarks (that post made me lol, for real.  I can sort of understand that guy's issue - he just wasn't prepared for the impact fandom can have).  They've asked for our ideas and requests for features for the site, and are interacting with fans in this Gdoc.  That makes me feel fantastic about putting my bookmarks with them, and for paying for the site.

Because of Diigo's porn and 'inappropriate language' policy I've gotten a Pinboard account: Pslasher.  Please comment or friend/follow me if you're over there!  I'm still not entirely sure where I'll end up; I'll keep you updated ;)  In order for others to see that you have bookmarked them (thus making your network public) you have to check the box.

Pinboard does have networks after all, and so far I like their nework view better than Diigo's.  Diigo doesn't show the tags given to a bookmark in the network view, and I find that isn't helpful to me since so much info about a fic is given in the tags.

10 Pinboard features you might not know about

Maybe I'll do a Pinboard vs. Delicious features post after I've fiddled with it a bit more.
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Apparently Yaho put news out on Tuesday that they are laying off a whole lot of people and closing Delicious, MyBlogLog, Yahoo Picks, AltaVista, Yahoo Bookmarks, Yahoo Buzz.  The one that I really care about is Delicious though.  I've been using it for almost three years and have almost 2K bookmarks of all kinds - fic, books, fannish meta discussion, interesting articles spread around the web that I liked.  Plus I've given countless people links to my delicious.  What's more, I have a network that I go to for finding fic and I hate that that's being taken away.  Not to mention the fact that I've got three years of my fannish history dated with each bookmark, and it might sound silly but I like having that history written down so I don't forget when I first started bookmarking fandoms or whatever.  I wonder if the dates will transfer over to another bookmarking site - probably not.  I exported my account, but was dismayed to find that it didn't export my tags, even though I clicked that box.  Must find something better.

Newslinks:  lockergnome.com (with brief instructions for exporting your bookmarks), techcocktail.com,

I haven't seen a timeframe for the closing, so it's probably best to export and transfer everything over to a new bookmarking service asap so you don't risk losing all your links.  It looks like there are several options for bookmarking services, and I wonder if anyone has caught wind of where fandom might be going.  It would be nice to be able to cobble back together a network as much as possible.

AO3:  The archive gives you the option of bookmarking external bookmarks.  They only allow for bookmarking of fic though.  I believe that there will be a large portion of fandom moving there, and I've considered moving all my fic bookmarks there and keeping everything else at another bookmarking site.  I like the idea of keeping my fic and my fic bookmarks in the same place, and there is instantly a huge network for finding fic.  The only thing is the AO3 isn't fully functional yet.  There doesn't seem to be an import function just yet (putting 800 fic links in manually would be tedious) and the filter functions don't exist yet.  For example, there is no way to sort by tags or fandom yet, so you can't search out all the J2 AU's I have bookmarked.  You can find all the J2 AU's everyone has bookmarked, just not the ones only I have bookmarked.  However, I believe that the coders will make that happen, it's just a matter of time.

Netvous:  This seems to function pretty similar to delicious, however they have an automatic link checker that sounds interesting - though I'm not sure exactly how useful it will be for obscure fannish content: Web sites come and go, and they move... Our automatic link checker cares about your links and regularly verifies that all your bookmarks are valid and alerts you in case they are not. And if a web site is moved permanently we automatically update your links to point to the new address.  They have a feature called Hotpicks: Bookmarks that you use very often (such as your favorite online newspaper or your email account) can be marked as "Hotpicks". Hotpicks are always displayed on the top of your bookmarks page regardless of which folder or tag you are browsing.  They also allow you to rate your links and search by rating, that looks pretty useful.  I like the way Delicious looked better, though.

Zigtag:  I tried to look this one up but the homepage wouldn't even load. 

Pinboard:  Works like a stripped-down Delicious.  A comparison of the two can be found here.  They don't have tagbundles, which I really liked about delicious - I've got far to many tags to not bundle them.  They do have a cool Quick Edit feature and they have a network system.


ETA: and apparently delicious isn't closing, but Yahoo will be selling it in the coming months.  I'll continue to use delicious because I like it and everything is there, but I'll probably archive my bookmarks at another site as soon as I figure out which one I like. 

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