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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. 18th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
Hrmm... are you sure you're logged in? I've never seen any ads on LJ! (Paid acct.) Maybe I just don't have any plussies I read?
Mar. 19th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
Paid accounts are pretty well shielded from ads -- we'll still see them here and there, on the login page and such, but LJ has done a good job so far of keeping its word to paid users.

Basic users, on the other hand, might not have ads in their own journals but still see the ads in Plus journals and general site pages. Even when they're logged in. (The userinfo page of the no_lj_ads community explains it better than I can.)
Mar. 19th, 2008 08:19 am (UTC)
I'm permanenetly logged in :) Some are on flock entries, and always the same ppl. Maybe paids dont get to see the plussie adds, but basics do? o-O

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