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Content Strike: Friday March 21

The one-day content strike is on for this Friday, March 21, from midnight GMT to midnight GMT.

For 24 hours, we will not post or comment to LJ. Not in our own journals, not in communities. Not publicly, privately, or under friends-lock.

This is a protest that will have long-lasting effects, showing up forever in the daily posting statistics.

This is a protest that will not harm LJ in the long run, as leaving LJ might do.

This is a protest that will demonstrate the power of community, as all users unite to support Basic users and the concept of adfree space.

This is a protest that will educate the new owners that LJ is driven by user-created content.

How Can I Help?

DO post about this in your own LJ.
DO post and comment about it in appropriate communities.
DO remember that it's based on Greenwich Mean Time, which may not be your local time.
DO turn off LoudTwitter and your RSS feeds for 24 hours.
DO feel free to friend me for updates, and defriend when the strike is over.

DON'T forget to get permission from community mods before making an off-topic post or comment about the strike.
DON'T be spammy with your posts or comments about the strike.
DON'T forget to turn your LoudTwitter and RSS feeds back on when the strike is over.


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Mar. 16th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
*thumbs up* I'm going to post this in my LJ along with your original post.
Mar. 19th, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
doing the same!
Mar. 16th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
Definately doing this and I'll post about it in my LJ, too.
Mar. 16th, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC)
Mar. 16th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
Here via friendsfriends, and I wouldn't comment, but this actually annoys me. I'm not asking for change, or even consideration of my point: I just want to make sure that I've spoken, somewhere.

March 21 is Good Friday this year in the Western Christian tradition - second holiest day in the year (or holiest, depending on one's tradition). One of my personal observances of that day is to not use my computer. At all.

As a result, I would be seen to be participating in a strike that I'm not sure I even agree with. Now, if news of this strike makes it to my flist (and since I'm reading it on friendsfriends, presumably it will), I'll probably put something up to the effect that "I'm not on strike, it just looks like it" and I'll be happy.

As I said above, I'm not asking for a date change (given that it wouldn't affect me anyway, except in my own personal stubborness, which would probably see me posting on purpose on the day of the strike), I'm just expressing my personal reservations, and my discomfort with the day chosen. But I want to emphasise that my non-use of a computer is a personal observance, not one that anyone else necessarily has.
Mar. 16th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
Point taken, and it's a legitimate one. I was vaguely aware that "Easter is early this year", but hadn't realized it was quite this early.

I do apologize for putting you in a difficult position.

(This Friday happens to be a Jewish holiday too, Purim, which overlaps with Good Friday once every 200 years or so. It's not a holiday in which Jews abstain from using electrical devices, though.)
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Mar. 16th, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
I haven't been reading the LJ communities lately, and I have no idea what this is about. Can you point me to a link that explains the purpose?
Mar. 17th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
My guess would be here. SUP no longer allows new users to create Basic Accounts- you now have to sign up for an ad-supported Plus Account, or a Paid Account.
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Mar. 17th, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)
Here via flist.

I am terrifically dense when it comes to time zones, so if you'd be so kind:

This site says, if I'm reading it correctly, that 12AM GMT Friday equals 8PM EST (my time zone) Thursday, yes?

Will definitely be posting this to my journal.
Mar. 17th, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
Posted to my journal with a link and a bit of explanation.
Mar. 17th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
I'm copying some of m03m's text and linking to this entry, too.
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Mar. 17th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
What makes you think "The Authorities" will care about a one-day blip in their statistics? If you're not doing something that hurts their bottom line, it's pointless.

BTW, found this post via the_xtina

Edited at 2008-03-17 04:56 pm (UTC)
Mar. 20th, 2008 08:10 am (UTC)
Exactly. They won't notice one day at all. Leaving the site for any of the competing LJ clone sites would be a far more effective way of showing how upset you are with the way this site is run.
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Mar. 17th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
Definitely not posting on the 21st. I can't believe this crap. It's so retarded. Seriously, what were they thinking? It's stupid to get rid of the basic accounts, and the censorship crap? C'mon. What kind of bullshit is that? I'm in full support of the strike. I can't believe they would risk offending so many people with this.
Mar. 17th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks for all the details !(I found your post totally randomly)

I'm going to translate some few bits in french on my LJ, to warn the french community as much as possible! (I'll redirect them to your post)
Mar. 17th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!

Look at the posts just before and after this one, too, for more details.

Feel free to friend me for more updates, and defriend when the strike is over.
Mar. 17th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
Damn fine idea! :) I'll do my bit!
Mar. 17th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
Popular Interest list is complete again!
Have you heard? The list is back to the way it used to be! Seems there was a filter put in place 'by accident', and it's off now, but there's no official word on what happened and how.
Can't wait to hear it....
Mar. 17th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Popular Interest list is complete again!
Mar. 18th, 2008 05:46 am (UTC)
I'll join you.
Mar. 18th, 2008 06:37 am (UTC)
Posting to my own journal.

...It's sort of odd, but this gets me even worse than strikethrough did. I like and use LJ because of the (former) lack of ads.
Mar. 18th, 2008 06:46 am (UTC)
why not do say, a strike for a week... someone commented a day may not work and I agree... we need to do it for a entire week, and itd give us more time to get as many more people as possible (esp paid users) to be involved in the strike?
(will be joining the strike anyway)
Mar. 20th, 2008 12:56 am (UTC)
Why would paid users want to go on strike for something we paid for?
Mar. 18th, 2008 10:48 am (UTC)
This has been posted in my LJ; my friends may or may not know about it, but I'm taking no chances.
Mar. 18th, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
hello! I heard about this through a friend, I didn't know anything about changes LJ is making. I hope they won't change it completely so you HAVE to pay - right now I have the Plus account, I can't say the ads trouble me too much as they are mostly small. Is this action because of them doing away with the basic account, or are they doing anything else?
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Mar. 18th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
Agreed on all counts except the knowledge of user behavior bit. I don't think they care about it, and quite frankly... nor do I, beyond the eyerolling over it. A day strike is pretty pointless, IMHO. I agree with others that you'd need a month minimum, and a tremendous amount of the community to do it.

A day strike is just going to create some weird patting of the back for the people who do it, with no other point to the matter. Lots of "dude... I was THERE" stuff like Woodstock. Only less cool, and less of a point.

Few people left after Strikethrough, when everyone was declaring they were leaving LJ. I don't know of anyone. I just know of a lot of people who created secondary accounts, bitched about LJ on their secondary accounts, but still posted regularly over here.
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Mar. 18th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
I will agree that I think that one day is too short. I also feel that people should cancel their subscriptions and NOT buy subscriptions as well to make more of an impact. However if they don't listen it can be expanded to a week and then to a month.

I've posted to my journal about it and will be taking part in it. (Somewhat by default..)
Mar. 18th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
I don't see the point. If you don't want adds, you have to pay. That is not unusual.

If you want something and you are willing to pay for it, you can expect a certain quality. But if you get something for free, you just have to accept what you are given.
If LJ gives us accounts for free and we want that, then we have to accept their conditions. If the condition is that we get adds, then that is the condition.
We can take it or leave it, but complaining is not in order.

Where do we get the idea that we can complain about what we get for free?
Mar. 18th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
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Mar. 18th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
I'm not entirely sure how the new system works, but I agree that a one-day dip in activity won't do much.

I wonder if it would be more effective (and much more of a sacrifice) if everyone who can still switch to basic, does. I mean everyone. For a month. This way, the content is being generated but there is a SIGNIFICANT reduction in income (no ads, no subscription payments).
Mar. 20th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
I think that would be a much more effective idea.

If you switch to basic with paid time left, can you reswitch back later?
Mar. 18th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
Please! Can you come on talk_show tonight or some time tomorrow? contact me at ljpenpusher at gmail dot com so I can talk to you about it. Thanks very much!
Mar. 18th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
I'm a paid member. I like to support by fellow web programmers.


I'm not participating in this meaningless strike.


Someone's got to pay the bills, so if not ads, why not subscribe and support this great blogging platform?
Mar. 19th, 2008 05:02 am (UTC)
I agree. I've been a subscriber for years and I see no problem with paying to avoid the adds and get the extra content/space I need. And honestly, the cost is QUITE minimal.
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Mar. 18th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
Hi! You don't know me.

Livejournal doesn't pay me in any way, shape, or form. I pay them to host my content.

Livejournal gets paid - by me - whether I post on a given day or not. My content is still there. People can still read it.

Many people who pay LJ to host content do so because they post /a lot/, and don't make money off their own content. They communicate with friends. They organise social events. They rally political movements. They collaborate on fiction or merely provide an outlet to their fans uncensored by other corporations.

Many people don't read Livejournal, and don't post to Livejournal, on the weekend or while they're off on vacation. Page views and thus ad revenues dip on those days. People read LJ more on the days they come back to their home, or their work, or their school - the increased views those days compensate somewhat for the weekend or Spring Break lull.

As with a one-day boycott on gasoline filling, the gesture - while pure - is impractical. People will still use the same amount of gas over a two-week period. LJ will still serve roughly the same amount of ads when viewed over a two-week period. They're (hopefully) not running their company so that unpredictable and as-yet unaccounted-for ad revenue affects their actual operations, and affecting actual operations is how actual strikes work.

I think that a single-day strike by a small percentage of LJ readers (the ones who agree with your aims and who are willing to forgo a day) will send no more signal to Livejournal your discontent than Spring Break or a three-day weekend signals your discontent to Livejournal.
Mar. 20th, 2008 01:13 am (UTC)
This comment made me think. It's a good one. Besides a strike of one day being pointless (you can't add terms to a strike that's already scheduled to end, as there's no incentive to negotiate the terms), the traffic/content will probably go back UP higher over the next day or so, because the people who boycotted on Friday will have two days' worth of friends' lists, communities, and RSS feeds to catch up on -- and they will.
Mar. 18th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
Mind if I leave a link to this in my LJ? cause *thumbs up* im doing this for sure.
Mar. 18th, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC)
Please do link!

And feel free to friend me for updates, and defriend when the Content Strike is over. :)
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