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March 20th, 2008

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10:38 am
I try to avoid LJ Politics, but the new owner company is really not continuing the traditions well.
LJ content strike. No posts, comments, etc all day friday, aka tomorrow.
Maybe we'll get a little notice.

HEY! Ownership!
Permanent account holder here, saying "you're out of touch!"
This is not "[a random account made by a disgruntled user trying to spam LJ with a strike]" as you're suggesting.
mood: annoyedannoyed

(10 bits of drivel | babble incoherently)


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Date:March 20th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
It's open source. You could always switch to one of the forks like thegreatestjournal. Or use the other sixapart service that has the same feature set but a different UI -- what's it called?
[User Picture]
Date:March 20th, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
yeah, but it's the community I'm here for.
If there's a mass exodus I'll be going with it.
[User Picture]
Date:March 20th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
He has more to say here:

I dunno about his tone. It could be the language barrier at work, but some of the hair splitting is pretty fine ("I never said 'blackmail!' Don't quote me as saying 'blackmail'! You see, I was speaking in Russian and blackmail is an English word! The translators are the ones who put in blackmail when they translated my Russian word for blackmail.")
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Date:March 20th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
I've read a couple translations at this point, and the tone is different in all of them, but the words speak pretty clearly. They appear to have every intention of adding banner ads to all of LJ and turning it into an ad-based profit stream instead of continuing in the tradition of an open community.

They own it, they have every right to do so, but if they do they'll lose a lot of the content generators and LJ will eventually go the way of myspace, friendster, etc. as another has-been.
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[User Picture]
Date:March 20th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
That's another approach... lol
Date:March 20th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
i'll strike!

[User Picture]
Date:March 20th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
...because obviously they care if we stop whining on LJ for an entire 24 hours. Giving their servers a break for a whole 24 hours is really "sticking it to the man." If folks wanted to ping-flood the servers, or orchestrate some grandiose DDoS attack, I might be able to get behind that. This is the LJ equivalent of holding one's breath until you get an extra cookie.
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Date:March 20th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
yeah, I know. But it's something.
I suspect there'll be a lot of both tomorrow, based on the Pr0n initiative in the above comments.
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Date:March 20th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
I used to be a paid user but didn't see any reason to continue. I don't really care how many user icons I have and I can't remember what other bennes I got for being paid up. It's been a couple years now...

That said, I think in general LJ has really went downhill over the past year or two. I know the content on my flist is about maybe 20% of what it used to be per day. Nobody seems to post anywhere near as much as they used to. I know I used to do four or five posts some days and now it's rare that I would have that many in a single week.
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Date:March 20th, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm kind of pissed I'm a permanent account holder right now, too. It makes it hard to just say 'fuck it.' Besides, this is the best way I have to keep in touch with certain groups of people.

I am compressing my fandom journal, moving people from there over to my main, and possibly removing my fandom journal entirely - I do so little fandom now and I don't trust the Russian oligarchy AT ALL with regards to fair use and personal rights - and I've moved my personal real writing over to InsaneJournal.

I'm not a fan of facebook, although I use it - it's very, very different feel. I don't give a shit about 'exploring' LJ and I wonder how popular those new features are anyway. I don't care about featured communities; if I'm interested in something, I'll go looking.

As it is, I have so much Adblock on everything I can barely use other people's browsers. I want my internet to be vaguely 1999 all the time - backgrounds, colors, images, but none more of 'the all-singing, all-dancing crap of this world.' The more people using things like Adblock, the lower their retarded-ass revenue, and the better.
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