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Date: 2008-03-20 15:32
Subject: OMG: Content Strike
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This is a Live Journal only post regarding something going on with Live Journal. Personally I don't think it's a big deal. This is a company and if they feel they need to stop having basic accounts without advertising so be it. There is no free meal, you don't get something for nothing, and the more they require new accounts to have advertising, the less they will impose on those that have paid. IMO.

I realize that some of you think you are doing some notable thing by deciding to no post for a whole day (wowwee) but if you are really interested in making a statement maybe you should just stop giving them your money and get a real journal/blog.

I only continue to use Live Journal because I have close friends that use it, if I could somehow get them to just go to my website instead of using LJ to communicate with me I would have done it a long time ago (permanent account or not).
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User: beddheadd
Date: 2008-03-21 00:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Haha. I've had a paid account for so long that I couldn't relate to the post!
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I reject your reality and substitute my own.
User: offy
Date: 2008-03-21 05:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
No one that I know of is taking issue with the fact that the company is getting rid of basic accounts. As you said, LJ is now a privately owned company and they can do whatever they want to try and increase their profits. What people have is a problem with how the new change was announced (or not announced) and about how certain interests are now being censored from people's info pages without prior notification.

As an example, a restaurant can stop serving veggie burgers and just serve real meat, but to do so without informing customers first isn't correct.

While this LJ change isn't a major one, people are worried about what major changes will be made down the line without any notification. Some people have shelled out a lot of cash for permanent accounts and now there are big changes going on to what they've purchased starting with new restrictions on what they can write about in their own journals.

While it is true that LJ is nothing without the user generated content, a 24 hour content strike won't even be a blip on the radar. You're right, it is much more prudent to speak with one's wallet. That's what I've done. I've had a paid account for years now, but I chose not to renew this time around. I am using the ad supported version which probably sends even more money to LJ, but at least it's not mine. d8^)
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Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory. Lasts forever
User: dangarion
Date: 2008-03-21 06:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I think it's just a bunch of young democrats that haven't being out in the real world and had a real job and think they should get everything they want and be coddled for the rest of their life, because that's what their parents did for them as they grew up. (this is mainly a joke, but only half joking).

You know what a company can do whatever they want. If the users don't like it oh well. The people that are taking offense are those that were already posting/dealing with fringe topics (for the most part). And although it sucks that their medium for posting what they want to post has been censored, LJ owns the medium these people have used. If they thought nothing was going to change forever they were grossly wrong and were living life with blinders on. I'm all about free speech and minimum censorship, but at the same time it's a companies right to do what they feel is right for their business. No one from LJ is stopping them from leaving. No one is stopping them from making their own site, or from running their own LJ like service (http://www.livejournal.com/code/). That way they can run it the way they want. Unfortunately when you let someone else own the house that you live in you go by their rules, no matter how much of a democracy you feel you have. This is life. Things could be much worse.

Edited at 2008-03-21 06:02 am (UTC)
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I reject your reality and substitute my own.
User: offy
Date: 2008-03-21 06:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
This happens with every big LJ change and most people don't end up leaving. The only reason that I chose not to send any more money from my pocket is that the actions of both Six Apart and SUP show disrespect towards their customers. I've done the same in the past when unhappy with results from banks, restaurants, stores, etc. I wouldn't stop shopping in a store for a day as my protest. I also wouldn't let them remain unaware of my displeasure. My favorite ironic fact of the "strike" is that they'll be saving SUP money from lower bandwidth charges for a day.

The biggest problem with all of this is the both sides are acting really immature at the moment. The whole "strike" (imagine if the writers' strike only lasted a day, nothing would have been accomplished) is pointless and SUP accusing its community of trying to blackmail them isn't so great either. Not a good first impression from SUP and that's the main thing that has me worried.
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