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LJ Content Strike

Many of you have probably heard about the LJ content strike.

I'm all for it.

This post by beckyzoole explains the reasoning


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Mar. 20th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
i'm not.

you really think LJ is gonna give a crap if no one posts for ONE day? it's like those ridiculous gas-outs that never work either. what WOULD make an impact would be a ton of users deleting and purging their journals and never using the site again. unfortunately that's not going to work, because these changes don't REALLY affect LJ users all that much so it kind of defeats the point.
Mar. 20th, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
Just like how some people think boycotting buying gas for a day will help....

Everyone can post the next day about how they boycotted livejournal!
Mar. 20th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
I think it will make a statement, and therefore a difference.

Maybe not a big one, but I'm glad to support the basic/free users.
Mar. 20th, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC)
I think it's fun. And I think it would at least show that we as a community value our basic/free users.
Mar. 20th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
there's still "free" accounts, they just have banners on the pages.

i don't mean to be bitchy, but i don't see what the fuss is about. you still DON'T have to pay to use LJ if you don't want to. so you have banners on your page, welcome to 2008. i don't think it's a big deal at all. :-P

Mar. 20th, 2008 09:07 pm (UTC)
I've been keeping up with this and all the LJ change of ownership issues in the LJ_speaks comm... and sorry, this is not going to work.

A one day boycott has zero effect on a business. Just look at related gas boycotts, etc. Users will simply shift their usage to the day before or after, so it's no threat.

While I disagree with the changes ownership has made, the way to really make a difference it to boycott lj completely until changes are made, encourage users to not renew their paid accounts, and drive membership to other *.*journal sites such as InsaneJournal. A boycott with an end-date is just a paper tiger. :/
Mar. 20th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
I agree that a one-day boycott won't do much to hurt LJ's economic bottom line. But if it's widespread enough, it will get them to take notice of the problem.

To sum up: The boycott isn't a punishment, it's a threat. Hopefully they'll change course, and we won't have to actually move.
Mar. 20th, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
this isn't a gas boycott. this is a community banding together to show support.
Mar. 20th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
Count me in. If their posting numbers drop, if their ad revenue drops, they'll notice.

And if they don't notice, or keep trying to squeeze money from the people who provide their content, well, maybe ellie_kay's idea of deleting, purging, and moving elsewhere has some merit.

Anybody have scripts for migrating a stack of LJ back entries to wordpress or another blog?
Mar. 20th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
reposting this
Mar. 20th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
Meh. Resounding meh.

What they've done isn't very cool, but a boycott seems sort of crazy. Especially since they HAVE apologized for the main source of the issue; not notifying users of the change in not letting new users sign up for basic accounts. It's something they have a chance to learn from.

As for the idea that LJI sees Basic users as "freeloaders", I don't see that at all as part of the change. No one said that they do. Forcibly changing their accounts to Plus would give that impression, but they haven't done that. They simply see a need to increase revenue. As a business, they have that right.

In closing, I'm neither for or against the boycott. I won't be participating, but I won't be ramping up my participation for that day as some have suggested.
Mar. 21st, 2008 07:38 am (UTC)
I guess I shouldn't comment then, seeing as it's March 21st here.
Mar. 21st, 2008 12:38 pm (UTC)
*Technically*, LJ users can't "strike" ... they can boycott. I'm just amazing that people are still using the terminology "strike" for this.

...beyond that. I'm glad they're going to boycott. This will make a day with nice, fast, server response when I use LJ.

But, even beyond that, what corporation wouldn't like a break on server strain and, thereby, a decrease in overhead for 24 hours. Hell, if I was the current owner of LiveJournal, I'd be stoked for this. Because, even if you "strike" (God, I hate that terminology for this) - they've still got your money. And they'll still get your money next year, unless you want to move to a Blogger account, or a WordPress blog, or the like...

LJ might be made up of content from users...but so is any service or business. The point is that LiveJournal IS still offering free accounts to users: if they want the services, they can have them at no charge - and just take some ads. If they want extra services, and convenience features like not having ads, they can pay to get them.

Business is business...free services are free. That's the exact reason why your webmail services have ads in them, even if they are text only (but if you're still using yahoo, hotmail, msn mail, they're banner ads). Ads pay the bills. That's the reason YouTube has banner ads - that's the reason ads exist. SOMEONE has to pay the overhead of offering a service; if it's not the user, it's got to come from somewhere. Should they jack up the cost of having paid account benefits so WE can pay for the cost of hosting free users' sites? Color me crazy; but I don't think that's a valid option.

Edited at 2008-03-21 12:40 pm (UTC)
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