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Why are we holding the Content Strike?

Content Strike Friday March 21, from midnight to midnight GMT

We are holding the Content Strike because we want to demonstrate that LiveJournal is content-driven.

We are holding the Content Strike because we want the new owners of LiveJournal to better understand the power and resolve of the LJ Community of Users.

We are holding the Content Strike because all of us, Paid, Permanent and Plus users as well as Basic, want to demonstrate our solidarity as a Community of Users. We do not consider Basic users to be freeloaders, we consider them to be valuable content-providers and Friends.

We are holding the Content Strike because we ache to do something to show our displeasure, and commenting on the news post -- even with cat macros -- just isn't powerful enough!

I will be emailing and snail-mailing SUP that the strike has four terms:

  1. Restore basic accounts for new account creation.

  2. Inform users before any change to the site that affects how we use the site or demands on our resources.

  3. Run change proposals by the Advisory Board and take their advice into account before implementation of any change.

  4. Homophobia, misogyny, and racism must not be a part of the decision making processes about appropriate content of the site, including what user interests are deemed appropriate.

NOTE: I'm aware that there may be good business decisions for eliminating Basic accounts. If Basic accounts are to be eliminated, though, that action should be taken only after approval of the Advisory Board and consultation with the LJ Community of Users.

ETA: Credit and thanks due to lavendertook for the wording of the terms, with which I am in full agreement.


Mar. 17th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
I'm a paying member, pay for the LJs of others, and buy things from the Gift Shop, because I'm proud to support a free, adfree, service.

I personally could live with no more Basic accounts, since SUP does need to make money to keep LJ going. I wouldn't like it. But I could have accepted it as a business decision... if it had been made with the approval of the Advisory Board, and with notice given to the Community of Users.

At this point LJ is bleeding users. They are taking their content away and going to other sites. They are leaving because they feel unwanted, insulted, and overlooked.

Without that user-supplied content, and without the social service of basic adfree accounts, LJ won't be worth supporting anymore.

I want to save LJ as we know it. At this point, I'm afraid the only way to do that is for the new owners to roll back this decision at this time.
Mar. 18th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
I was actually sent to your posts from a friend...

i too am a bit confused but from what i can see, i'm not happy about changes they have been making.

it didn't realize that all of this was going on. i knew something had to be up when lj sent me a message stating they were going to automatically charge my credit card for renewal. umm no. i don't mind paying for my account but no where did i agree to have you automatically renew my shit.

and if i'm paying (and even if i'm not), i really don't want to see ads and pop-ups everywhere...if i wanted that, i would blog on *gag* myspace.

is there anything else to do other than not posting/commenting on the 21st?
Mar. 18th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
If you can stand it, don't log in at all on the 21st.

Post about this in your own LJ, and ask your friends to spread the word.

(Feel free to friend me for updates, if you'd like, and don't hesitate to defriend once the Content Strike is over.)

You could send an emailed Feedback to LiveJournal. It appears that the lower-level staffers and volunteers who handle the feedback are basically against all the latest changes anyway -- so please be polite!

I hope you don't leave LJ, or stop paying for your account. I love LJ and I want it to succeed. Besides, you post good stuff! :)

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