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That recent non-announcement [Mar. 13th, 2008|09:57 am]
Douglas Spencer
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It seems quite likely that other people on your friends list have mentioned this (and jasonshellen's reply hidden under the news post here). If you can't see the the change in FAQ 38 that may be because it hasn't been translated into your language -- try looking at the EN_US version. The UK English version, for example, isn't up.

The short form of the news comes in three parts.
Part one: LJ accounts newly created as of today can no longer be turned into "basic" accounts -- free accounts which don't show adverts.
Part two: The businessmen in charge of LJ made this change without consulting the LJ advisory panel which they'd set up specifically to give advice on matters of this type, and then made the change without announcing it anywhere.
Part three: When it was announced, hidden in a second-level collapsed comment thread on the most recent news post, they wrapped it up in some waffle about how the reason was to make the sign-up process simpler.

This news, parts two and three in particular, seem to have made people a little cross. They seem to resent the inference that LJ management have assumed the readers of news are thick enough to be taken in by the waffle.

In other unrelated news, a couple of days ago someone on my friendslist was asking "Does anyone who knows more than I do about LJ politics have any opinions on whether or not LJ will still be the system of choice in a year?". My reply read "There are two meanings of "system of choice" -- for blogging, you want a site that stays up-and-running most of the time and already has all of your previous posts; for social networking, you want the site where all your friends hang out. For me, LJ wins on both counts".

Hence a poll...
Poll #1153438 Other LJ-codebase sites

I'm on deadjournal and I'd like dougsdougs to friend me there. My deadjournal name is...

I'm on insanejournal and I'd like dougsdougs to friend me there. My insanejournal name is...

I'm on greatestjournal and I'd normally like gjdougsgjdougs to friend me there but everyone knows GJ is broken. My greatestjournal name is...

And...

There's another site based on the LJ codebase which I think everyone should join -- I've linked to it and mentioned my name in the comments.
0(0.0%)
I'm not on any other LJ-codebase sites, I just wanted a box to tick.
8(28.6%)
My answers are as above but I don't intend to move off LJ because of this.
2(7.1%)
Do not tick this box.
3(10.7%)
My new LJ account can't be reverted to "basic" you insensitive clod.
0(0.0%)
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[User Picture]From: gaspode
2008-03-14 09:45 am (UTC)
Isn't adblock on the local client ? In which case they can't see and can't do anything about it any way ... But you just get a load of red x's in stead ..
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[User Picture]From: andrewducker
2008-03-13 10:11 am (UTC)
Aaaand once again LJ have done something which might not seem that unreasonable (if they need the cash then adverts aren't a terrible way to go. Not the decision I'd have made, but it's not my company.) and then ballsed it up completely by treating their users like idiots and not communicating clearly.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2008-03-13 10:22 am (UTC)
Exactly. And it's difficult not to imagine that they'll continue to do so repeatedly in the future
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-03-13 11:54 am (UTC)
It does seem that some companies (possibly most) don't get the whole customer loyalty thing.

When companies selling real world goods like baked beans change the recipe or whatever they get letters of complaint. All the customer has done is paid for and consumed the product yet they have a strong enough link to write in and complain.

But with something like LJ, the customers create the value of the product and have a large emotional investment in it. Any company blind to the backlash any change, even a well handled one, will provoke should find a new line of business. Yet you constantly see LJ type companies pissing off their user base.




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[User Picture]From: bohemiancoast
2008-03-13 11:49 am (UTC)
I have some hopes that the new Tor site will provide some measure of social networking function for SF authors, readers and fans (in which count are 90% of my LJ friends). But I still like LJ, for all sorts of different reasons. Until they stitch up permanent accounts, which they certainly will at some point, I'm likely to continue to use the site.
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[User Picture]From: stevegreen
2008-03-13 02:36 pm (UTC)
Likewise my paid account. £1 per month doesn't seem too much of an outlay to avoid getting buried in ads.
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