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And the world will know... [Mar. 17th, 2008|04:24 pm]
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Two posts in a day! Something must be going on with Livejournal. ;)

Strike time.

I've debated posting this, and decided.. all right. It can't do any of us any harm, and hopefully it will bring some attention to LJ/SUP about how their revenue is based on user content, and it will send a clear statement that we're not happy about the removal of basic non ad-based accounts, and that we're not happy about the way it was told ( or as the case may be... not told) to us. Nor are we pleased with the snippy response when we caught them in their lies.

The user Beckyzoole originally proposed that we do a strike on March 21st from midnight GMT - midnight GMT March 22nd.

If you wish to participate, here's the plan, copy and pasted from many LJ's, and compiled into this:

Content Strike Friday March 21, from midnight to midnight GMT

We are holding the Content Strike because we want to demonstrate that LiveJournal is content-driven.

We are holding the Content Strike because we want the new owners of LiveJournal to better understand the power and resolve of the LJ Community of Users.

We are holding the Content Strike because all of us, Paid, Permanent and Plus users as well as Basic, want to demonstrate our solidarity as a Community of Users. We do not consider Basic users to be freeloaders, we consider them to be valuable content-providers and Friends.

We are holding the Content Strike because we ache to do something to show our displeasure, and commenting on the news post -- even with cat macros -- just isn't powerful enough!


The strike has four terms:

Restore basic accounts for new account creation.

Inform users before any change to the site that affects how we use the site or demands on our resources.

Run change proposals by the Advisory Board and take their advice into account before implementation of any change.

NOTE: I'm aware that there may be good business decisions for eliminating Basic accounts. If Basic accounts are to be eliminated, though, that action should be taken only after approval of the Advisory Board and consultation with the LJ Community of Users.


The 24-hour strike will begin at the following times for the following locations:

Thursday, March 20, 2:00 PM -- Honolulu
Thursday, March 20, 4:00 PM -- Anchorage
Thursday, March 20, 5:00 PM -- San Francisco; Los Angeles
Thursday, March 20, 6:00 PM -- Mexico City; Denver
Thursday, March 20, 7:00 PM -- Chicago
Thursday, March 20, 8:00 PM -- Montreal; New York
Thursday, March 20, 9:00 PM -- Buenos Aires
Midnight -- London
Friday, March 21, 1:00 AM -- Paris
Friday, March 21, 2:00 AM -- Istanbul
Friday, March 21, 3:00 AM -- Moscow
Friday, March 21, 4:00 AM -- Dubai
Friday, March 21, 5:00 AM -- Islamabad
Friday, March 21, 6:00 AM -- Bangladesh
Friday, March 21, 7:00 AM -- Bangkok
Friday, March 21, 8:00 AM -- Singapore
Friday, March 21, 9:00 AM -- Tokyo
Friday, March 21, 10:00 AM -- Brisbane
Friday, March 21, 11:00 AM -- Sydney
Friday, March 21, 12 Noon -- Suva


The one-day content strike is on for this Friday, March 21, from midnight GMT to midnight GMT.

For 24 hours, we will not post or comment to LJ. Not in our own journals, not in communities. Not publicly, privately, or under friends-lock.

This is a protest that will have long-lasting effects, showing up forever in the daily posting statistics.

This is a protest that will not harm LJ in the long run, as leaving LJ might do.

This is a protest that will demonstrate the power of community, as all users unite to support Basic users and the concept of adfree space.

This is a protest that will educate the new owners that LJ is driven by user-created content.


How Can I Help?

DO post about this in your own LJ.
DO post and comment about it in appropriate communities.
DO remember that it's based on Greenwich Mean Time, which may not be your local time.
DO turn off LoudTwitter and your RSS feeds for 24 hours.

DON'T forget to get permission from community mods before making an off-topic post or comment about the strike.
DON'T be spammy with your posts or comments about the strike.
DON'T forget to turn your LoudTwitter and RSS feeds back on when the strike is over.

-- Soo.. that's what we've got so far. I'm going to post about it here, and then I'll make one post on the 20th, in my time range, before this all goes down just to remind about the strike for those that want to participate. I'll catch up with everything anyone who isn't participating wrote in their journals the following day after the strike. :) I think it could definitely send a message, which is why after a lot of thought I have decided to post this, and take part in this strike.

I'm interested in your opinions and things that you think would help, so please feel free to share anything here.

And oh.. have some Tim Curry and muppets.. as pirates. :) That always brightens my day:


I hope you're having a lovely St. Patricks Day all. :)

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[User Picture]From: twelve_pastels
2008-03-17 09:42 pm (UTC)
Wait - what's this about removing Basic journals?

*looks at own journal in worry*
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-03-17 09:44 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: gem77
2008-03-17 10:04 pm (UTC)

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.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-03-17 10:05 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-03-17 10:47 pm (UTC)
*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.
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[User Picture]From: amazingadrian
2008-03-17 10:57 pm (UTC)
I'll participate, but someone is going to need to make a banner. ;)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-03-17 10:58 pm (UTC)
A banner? ::)
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[User Picture]From: dharawal
2008-03-17 11:03 pm (UTC)
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.

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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-03-17 11:08 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: romeokid
2008-03-17 11:09 pm (UTC)


:much freak-out-ed-ness: I LOVE THE NEWSIES!!!!!!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-03-17 11:10 pm (UTC)

Re: OMFG!!!

They freaking rock. ;)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-03-17 11:18 pm (UTC)
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! :)
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[User Picture]From: harmonic_motion
2008-03-17 11:35 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-03-17 11:36 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: chollywell
2008-03-17 11:36 pm (UTC)
did you ever get results? you doing ok? xxxx
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-03-17 11:38 pm (UTC)
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?
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[User Picture]From: fengi
2008-03-18 01:19 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-03-18 02:10 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-03-18 02:12 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: skafunkmelt
2008-03-18 01:50 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-03-18 02:13 am (UTC)
Thanks hon. I think the wider it's spread, the better.
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[User Picture]From: katrina_splat
2008-03-18 02:04 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-03-18 02:14 am (UTC)
*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.
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[User Picture]From: marguerlucy
2008-03-18 02:06 am (UTC)
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 ;)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-03-18 02:14 am (UTC)
Absolutely. :)
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[User Picture]From: pandora_blue
2008-03-18 02:40 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-03-18 02:41 am (UTC)
Of course I don't mind! :) Thanks babe! I think the more people that know about this the more effective it will be.
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