Wait - what's this about removing Basic journals?
*looks at own journal in worry*
I should have been more clear. They've removed the ability to make any future basic journals. All those created prior to March 12th we are told will continue to exist without any changes, though many people are sick of the bait and switch, and feel that LJ will introduce ads to previous basic accounts within the next 6 months to a year. We're told that won't happen, but we've been told a lot of things over the years.
I will be participating. Is not reading LJ or going to the site at all part of the plan? Or just not posting or commenting? Sounds like the latter, but I wanted to make sure.
I believe it's both. The idea that any hits on any website at all for LJ would be bringing them revenue of some sort. Not positive on that, but I know we don't want to go to the main page either.
*nod* I think that they're reallly missing the boat by getting read of the basic accounts, because new users are going to be less likely to sign up, and probably even less likely to get paid accounts do to this situation.
And they absolutely need to work on thier communication skills. That's the main reason I'm supporting this. I want to send them a message.
I'll participate, but someone is going to need to make a banner. ;)
As much as I think you're amazing, and I do, this is nothing more than wankery on a grand scale, reminiscent of the "i'll take my bat and ball and go home' Strikethrough hoo hah from last year, filled with nothing but whiny self entitlement losers.
Who, still are, even after all this time, whining, LJ is now a business, run on business lines, basic accounts without ad revenue is obviously something they feel they can no longer support, fine, their call, demanding that LJ stay the same little cosy 'one man' operation it started out as is stupid.
Install ad blocker plus when and if you have burning need to acquire another LJ or if it worries you that much, migrate to anyone of the other LJ derivatives.
Simple choice. LJ doesn't have to explain itself to anyone, you either accept what they do or you leave.
It's no biggy, and all this 'protest' does is make the particpants look and sound like whiny self entitlement types.
I disagree. *shrug* But that's cool. :) I'm just posting the information for those that want to take part. I think that LJ needs to inform us of changes. I think it was a mistake to do away with the basic accounts in the first place from a business standpoint. I think overall they're going to lose money, and new users. I'm always scanning the entries in the most recent posted area and there's way fewer " Hi, I'm new to LJ! My first post" etc. kind of posts then I've ever seen before, and a lot more of users being frustrated with how we're not being communicated with.
And then when they lied and said that the whole reason behind it was to make it easier for the new users signing up? I thought that was reeeeally a tacky stance to take.
Any business has an obligation to listen to concenrs from their user base, especially when so many people are upset about this. I don't think this particular situation is just wank, and I know a looot of it has been wank in the past.
:much freak-out-ed-ness: I LOVE THE NEWSIES!!!!!!
haha. ;) I love this icon. And the Newsies one..and really all my icons. I'm kind of an addict.
And I agree on both counts. ;)
Happy St. Patricks day! :)
I'm generally not an "activist". My protests are of the quiet sort. If LJ ticks me off, I'll simply leave, and I won't feel any need to tell them why.
That being said, I'm willing to do the boycott, but I think I'll pass on spreading the word, if that's okay.
Oh, absolutely! :) Do as you will, babe. I wasn't trying to order anyone around. I just copied and pasted the DO and DON'T part from what's all ready been going around. Only the first part there is my words.
did you ever get results? you doing ok? xxxx
Hey babe. *hugs* It's not cancer. Thank you. Not exactly sure what it is yet but it's not cancer. I'm sure your prayers help. I appreciate it. How are you? What's new?
Quibble: It's not a strike, it's a boycott. Unless everyone is getting paid now, in which case I'm really pissed no one told me. As someone who takes labor and activism seriously, I'd prefer these words not be misused for dramatic effect, especially as many of those involve pride themselves in precise writing.
I wish I could get on board with this but I'm dubious. Given how inaccurate the interest data is even without the filtering, I'm thinking it's a sub-par function which requires manipulation to work at all. Instead of a company pogrom against fan fiction, it probably relfects whatever genius was tasked with jury rigging the tag cloud and thought it would be funny or cool to exclude certain words. I'm reluctant to attribute to malice what might be explained by poor management.
Not to say the haphazard management of LiveJournal isn't worth some sort of protest, but this one seems a bit self-dramatizing to me, with all the ornate, long-winded instructions, complex scheduling and manifestoing. I can't help but think this energy would be best directed elsewhere, such as maybe protesting Putin's puppet regime.
This sort of sounds like that Onion article about the novelist strike
It seems to me a better way to get SUP's attention would be a simulataneous posting of grievances about bugs and customer service, by email or posting. If enough people hit post at once, it might actually create a server blip which would get their attention.
I definitely see what you're saying, and you're right. It's definitely a boycott. I also think that people commenting with their grievances at the same time would be very useful. I think I will do both.
Well, they all ready got rid of all new basic accounts. As of right now the basic accounts that were created before March 12th are staying. Some people are concerned that they might make a change to make all accounts advertisement based unless they're paid accounts.
Wow. I had no idea they did away with the basic accounts, but it sounds like no one did. I'll cut & paste and put this up in my journal sometime soonish.
Thanks hon. I think the wider it's spread, the better.
Thanks for that info, was hoping something like this would come about. I'll be posting all over the place, it was dodgy what was done to you with the comment rules changing too :(.
As a fandom member, it's becoming more and more apparant how much LJ isn't taking them into consideration, and it's really disappointing.
Hopefully we won't all have to migrate to GJ or something. Though I'd love to kick them in the pants like that. Grr.
*nod* It's definitely a mess. *hugs* Thanks babe. The commenting thing really upsets me personally, but I get that this change affects more people over all.
i'm in. can you put a reminder up the day before? i'm afraid my workweek will leave me screaming for distraction and i'll forget the importance of free blogging in the name of boredom ;)
I cross posted this to my LJ. I hope that you don't mind! Thank you for telling me this, because I would have never known, and while I don't have the basic account any longer, it sucks that they are doing that.
Of course I don't mind! :) Thanks babe! I think the more people that know about this the more effective it will be.
2008-03-18 02:42 am (UTC)
*has her Spike approves icon, but now wants a Muppet Angel hug icon*
2008-03-18 02:43 am (UTC)
Re: *has her Spike approves icon, but now wants a Muppet Angel hug icon*
You're welcome! =)
Oh that's too bad. I didn't even know any of this! Even though I totally understand why a business would do something like this...I agree with your main grunt against poor communication. I've been using livejournal for 5 years now (as a basic account member) and never had to consider being a paid one, only because it fulfils the needs I have of a journal. But at the risk of losing all that I've ever written...well that successfully freaks me out :(
I'll remember to participate in this "boycott" by not participating in LJ extravaganza.
Thank you so much for sharing. Glad you dropped by :)
Happy St. Patrick's Day!!
Happy St. Patricks day to you too! And thanks to you for stopping by as well! All the best to you. :)
I posted this in my LJ crediting you and beckyzoole
. Just wanted you to know the word was getting around.
muppet treasure island makes me HAPPY!!!!! <3333333333
*loves muppets and tim and PIRATES and everything about that movie*
I love big fat ugly baby-eating o'brien.... i think that was the name. i haven't seen it in about a year. :( i need to buy that...
Also, good luck with the striking. <3
I looove MTI. One of my favorites of all time, but my dvd is missing. I need to buy it.
Mer. It's not like I ever post on my journal anyways, but I will make a special effort not to on that day.
Also, I haven't watched the clip, but I know exactly what movie you're talking about. I loved that movie! I watched it over and over when I was a kid. I should watch it sometime soon.
And isn't it awesome? :) I need to buy it again, I can't find my copy.
I still see no ads...and I do not pay...
That's because you created your journal prior to March 12th when they made the change. It's for all new accounts, but a lot of people wonder how long it will be before they add them to all basic accounts.
Glad to see you're on board! :)