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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.

Comments

coaldustcanary
Mar. 13th, 2008 12:49 pm (UTC)
It's still pretty damn bad. Saying, "Well, it's not as bad as when they fucked us over last time" while insinuating that anyone who finds it problematic is a flaily drama queen is ridiculous.

I didn't like the ads all over the place, and I don't like that ad-free accounts have gone the way of the dodo, either. It speaks to SUP, just like 6A, totally lacking any sense or understanding of their customer base. It also speaks poorly of SUP actually heeding the words of their much-touted Advisory Board if Brad isn't digging it and actually spoke against it.
digitalraven
Mar. 13th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
Finding it problematic is one thing. Being a flaily drama queen because it's something that LJ management has done is quite the other.

Brad is an example of the former. 95%+ of the whining bullshit around the issue at present is the latter. And quite frankly, they can fuck off. Getting whiny doesn't help at all and actively hurts--ad hominem is not a way to start a reasoned dialogue.
coaldustcanary
Mar. 13th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
It's LiveJournal. What do you expect? :P

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