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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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figg
Mar. 13th, 2008 10:50 am (UTC)
Note that this only applies to new accounts.

If you've been enjoying a "Basic" account for a while and never wanted to plaster ads over your personal journal or flist, then you continue doing so.


Yes. New accounts. I do not wish to encourage people to sign up to livejournal if the only way is filled with adverts.

Also continuing the obnoxious policies of 6A is no better than the introduction of them.

It's the same as subscribing to RPG.net or SA or anywhere else that lets you pay to get rid of ads.

It is now the same as other sites run for profit. I mean, who doesn't like captialism?

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.

Blocking the adverts does not stop websites selling infomation for market research purposes.
digitalraven
Mar. 13th, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC)
Ahh, hyperbole and drama.

Yes. New accounts. I do not wish to encourage people to sign up to livejournal if the only way is filled with adverts.

Except that isn't the only way. You can also pay twenty Yanqui pesos. Just as it was when friends codes were the norm. You got a code||put up with advertising, or spring for a paid account.

Also continuing the obnoxious policies of 6A is no better than the introduction of them.

No, it is much better. Because it's not introducing other obnoxious policies.

It is now the same as other sites run for profit. I mean, who doesn't like captialism?

Companies require money to operate, fact of the capitalist world economy. Water wet, sky blue.

Blocking the adverts does not stop websites selling infomation for market research purposes.

Which is nowhere near the point at issue, which is the presence of ads.
figg
Mar. 13th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
"Also continuing the obnoxious policies of 6A is no better than the introduction of them."

"No, it is much better. Because it's not introducing other obnoxious policies."

What? You're not better by being no worse.


"Companies require money to operate, fact of the capitalist world economy. Water wet, sky blue."

News just in, large community site spotted at urban75 without subscriptions or advertisements. There is a difference between running a website and running one at a profit.




figg
Mar. 13th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
Secondly, I don't see this as 'outrage of the week' but 'continual signs of decline'.

I didn't like the ads, or the sponsored communities, etc. It is impossible to provide a social forum without exploiting the members for cash in one way or another?

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