May the 25th is a day for fans and geeks to hold their heads high. If you're a Douglas Adams fan, you might know it as Towel Day. If you're a fan of Terry Pratchett, and you were there, you might be wearing lilac. And as it's the 30th anniversary of the very first screening of Star Wars, it's also the first Universal Day of the Jedi.
What a perfect day for rumour to get fandom running around, chasing their tails and panicking.
According to this post at lj_maintenance, the trouble many people have had accessing LJ recently has been due to a DDOS (distributed denial of service) attack, now dealt with.
According to this post by a member of the LJ Abuse team, the rumours of a fandom-wide witchhunt all a bunch of hooey. (Not exactly an official source, but probably the closest we're likely to get to one.)
Before you all sigh with relief, there's this news story being linked in several places, talking about Government crackdowns on public networking sites like LJ, MySpace and FaceBook. But as it's dated July 2006 and talking about a crackdown to garner votes in the November elections, I think we're pretty safe. For now.
And just in case you haven't all heard it all before, life_wo_fanlib has links to plenty of posts about the asshattery that is Fanlib and how they could totally screw up our happy place.
I made sure to grab my name there so nobody else can. I'd advise others to do the same. Posting fic there, however, is not something I'd advise.