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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.


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.

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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