Diary-X (commonly abbreviated dx) is the name of an online journaling service, which allows internet users to create and maintain a journal or diary online. While similar in form to other services such as LiveJournal, Diary-X attempts to encourage longer, more introspective entries in lieu of the shorter, link-heavy entries that are more prevalent on other services. Unfortunately, these longer entries lack any returns or line feeds. Because of this, Diary-X never refers to itself as a blogging service — it is instead a single paragraph that happens to be online.
Diary-X was launched in June 2000 by a crazed LJ blogger with a group of approximately 100 beta testers. The site went 'live' on August 7th, 2000 when a new webmaster took over, and immediately underwent significant growth. Signups compounded at an average of 1.25% per day for a year, ending in August 2001 with nearly 10,000 users. The growth continued at that rate until signups were closed in late 2002 due the sole administrator going completely mad, killing at least 13 Diary-X users.
When signups came back online in March 2003 with the current webmaster, they contained a roadblock which required users to wait a minimum of 12 hours before their accounts were activated. This functionality was created specifically to weed out people who were not interested in actually maintaining a journal (e.g., those users who were really looking for a blog host).
Today the site hosts approximately 120,000 journals, of which roughly 80 are being actively maintained. Although some say the number is much lower. The site is also going through the process of open-sourcing its code and is moving toward a more community-directed design model. Most say this move will fly as well as the 750 novelty coffee mugs the owner had hoped to sell, most of which are still sitting in his basement. Others say the code will not sell and the only money the webmaster will get, will be the coffee mugs he sells.
Diary-X features a fully-interactive templating system which allows users to specify the look and feel of their journal using raw HTML and CSS, or choose from one of the pre-built templates, from which they can specify a selected number of features, such as the colors, irritating background music, flashing and blinking banner ads, and clever little graphical buttons reading "Bleed... bleed like me.".
The site intentionally limits the number of journal entries that may be displayed per page to exactly one. While this is seen by some as an irrational and ridiculous decision, it helps preserve the pristine layout of the pages constructed by the journal writers. After all, if you're going to use a 1024x768 .BMP file for your background, you may as well reduce the amount of text and maximize your pretty picture.
Users try to sell Diary-X over LiveJournal much to the dismay of other Diary-X users, and many switch every day. The customizing content power of Diary-X is clearly advantageous over their competitor. Users much prefer to avoid writing Blog entries than actually think over non existent events in their lives.
The community aspect is less pronounced than among other sites like Xanga and LiveJournal, but the site offers a set of forums for social interaction and technical support. The community, on the whole, discourages texting language, leet speak, and Republicans in the belief that they are destoying the world.
The Diary-X users refer to themselves as Diary-Xers or DXers.
The Diary-X users also refer to everyone else as Fuckhead or Shitbag.
Bias on the Forum
The forum moderators are highly biased against hypersensitive twelve year olds with persecution complexes. While it is unclear where this bias originated, there is speculation that they are tired of dealing with the rampant idiocy such users cause. Some users are pushing for reform, but since they continue to whine and complain about being persecuted, they are continually expelled from the forums.
More on this riveting story as it develops.