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Livejournal's just done the first dumb thing since it was bought out by SUP. 100 days without pissing people off is pretty good compared to the SixApart days, but that's hardly much of a comparison.

What have they done?

New account holders can no longer create Basic accounts.

Note that this only applies to new accounts. If you've been enjoying a "Basic" (what was, in my day, called a "Free" account and required a friends code... back when this were all fields) account for a while and never wanted to plaster ads over your personal journal or flist, then you continue doing so.

Personally, this is not the massive betrayal that drama-whores are pretending it is. Far greater was when SixApart started plastering ads all over the site's infrastructure rather than only in ad-supported journals. Anyone who thinks this is worse can blow me. Imposing ads on those who have paid to not see them (on the login page, f'rex) is worse than saying "you can use all our features and see some ads, or get rid of the ads and get some more features for $20". It's the same as subscribing to RPG.net or SA or anywhere else that lets you pay to get rid of ads.

Or you could just use a browser that comes with built-in ad-blocking, because ads turn a site's readers from consumers into a product that is sold to advertisers.

But yeah. Not yet as evil as 6A.

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mythicfox
Mar. 13th, 2008 10:48 am (UTC)
Or you could just use a browser that comes with built-in ad-blocking, because ads turn a site's readers from consumers into a product that is sold to advertisers.

I was at a friend's house the other day, who doesn't have an ad-blocker plugin for his copy of Firefox... I wanted to show him something on Penny Arcade and realized I'd completely forgotten that PA ever had banner ads to begin with. Not two minutes later, I was pointing him to Adblock Plus and my world was back to its previous balance. I was serene again.

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