sashayed (sashayed) wrote in shoebox_project,
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THIS POST CONTAINS NO EXTERNAL LINKS WHICH IS HOW YOU CAN TELL

IT IS FROM ME, ACTUAL FUCKING RAVE.

i'm rushing from thing to thing today so this is gonna be short, but dorkorific can't be recovered at the moment (ETA 2: omg yes it can, it's me again, GO TEAM. all is back under control there as of now. but i'm still feeling a little freaked, so, you know, whatever; i'm gonna keep using sashayed mostly, for now. ANYWAY) as it was explained to me today in an email from abuse, "The problem here is that hotmail.com is apparently allowing old usernames to be recycled. Someone can register an old email that was validated on an account, and request an email reset. This appears to be the case with your account 'dorkorific'." but it appears that, until something else goes wrong, i now have control over the community, so, you know, EAT IT, EVERYBODY ELSE.

if any other entries DO appear here, and they link to external sources, PLEASE don't click on them. (the only non-lj site i'd send you to is the incredible lomara's .pdf files of the shoebox chapters, an awesome resource which you can find linked somewhere in cult_sbp.) when we get the entries back, ladyjaida and i will both confirm that we've done so.

to anyone who DID click on those links, this is the important thing, via copperbadge, to whom this also happened:

A number of people found keyloggers on their computers after they clicked the russian poetry site link. A few people actually attempted to translate it (the poem is about eating shit, apparently) and are regretting it. We are advising people to go to pack.google.com and download the free Spyware Doctor and run a scan, also running a scan via Housecall if they don't have an installed antivirus program on your computer.

i'm so sorry about all of this, everyone. and, okay, i lied, since i have no time to do anything similarly helpful there will be just one link: to copperbadge's amazingly useful entry on his version of this whole ordeal. (MAYBE HOVER OVER IT WITH YOUR MOUSE BEFORE YOU CLICK JUST TO MAKE SURE I AM NOT LYING, THIS IS A GOOD HABIT FOR THE FUTURE TOO.) http://copperbadge.livejournal.com/1940548.html.

so basically, 1. download a solid antivirus program; 2. check any hotmail accounts you have to make sure they haven't lapsed, 3. change your passwords and set a security question, and 4. don't click on anything you're not sure about.

love you guys. more to come!


ETA ONE THING: this happened to me because i, stupidly, wasn't monitoring which email addresses were linked to my account. i don't think this is unusual, with longstanding ljs, since I hadn't used the hotmail account in question for years and years and years; but even though it's pretty normal behavior, it's (obviously!) not good. so it's worth it for all of you to check and make sure you aren't giving a vulnerable email access to your journal: http://www.livejournal.com/tools/emailmanage.bml

BASICALLY DON'T GET HACKED YOU GUYS ON ACCOUNT OF, IT SUCKS
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When this fic came out, I was working third shift at a homeless shelter and reading updates during the 3:00 hour. Shoebox kept me awake, yes, but also engaged and excited and curious. I remember feeling devastated when the frequency of the updates dropped...then stalled...then stopped altogether. I'm grateful to the authors for sharing their work, and especially for keeping this work available online even after having original fic published in RL. Every time I re-read this fic, or a part of it, I'm reminded of where I was in my life when it was being written, and I'm grateful for that, too. This was the golden era of HP fanfic, and I regard SBP as the jewel in that particular crown. There's simply nothing else like it.

I recently re-read it, and resolved to think of the last update as the Last Chapter. You know, it works. It's the happiest ending possible, I think, with James and Lily engaged and Sirius and Remus finally settling into a relationship that we all know is doomed to be too short and incredibly painful. We know Peter is the odd man out, and we get a glimpse of what drove him to the other side. It's a bittersweet ending, but it does work as an ending.

The HP era is drawing to a close. I'll miss it, but I will re-read Shoebox with the same attention, interest, and nostalgia I would give to any beloved book.
After all this time, I still check this page. I feel a deep heartbreak for things loved and lost, a feeling that no published book has ever given me. I am sure that no fandom and no other story will affect me this way.

So thank you.
...

Just checking. Ten years later.
Remember when we believed the 'this won't become a festering WIP' :(
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coyotegoth

December 4 2014, 09:38:09 UTC 3 years ago Edited:  December 4 2014, 09:39:13 UTC

shoebox_project, I miss yooouuu
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