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El pueblo unido jamás será vencido

Below is a post I've submitted to the moderators of ljspeaks. Cross-posting widely.

Here's an alternate idea, one that will have a permanent effect without damaging LJ:


For one day, make no posts. Make no comments. Let there be NO new content added to LJ.

SUP obviously does not realize that Basic users have given something of value to them, that it is content that drives the site.

So, for one 24-hour period, from midnight GMT to midnight GMT, let's see how many people we can get to pledge to contribute NO CONTENT.

This will create a permanent downward spike in the daily-posts statistics, a permanent reminder of the power of the userbase.

Who's with me, and what date shall it be?

Edited to add: This Friday, March 21, from midnight to midnight GMT.


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Mar. 16th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
LJ has recently removed the ability to create new Basic journals -- adfree spaces with minimal goodies. This affects the many users who like to create new journals and communities for alternate uses. (Seriously, I was just about to create a new Basic journal for my extended family to use to keep in touch with one another -- now I can either pay for features we won't use, or get a Plus journal with ads... and my 70-year-old mother has a hard enough time figuring out the internet without ads cluttering up the page.)

Removing the Basic option was a faulty business decision. The new owners of LJ want money, and Basic users didn't contribute to the ad-viewing rates. Therefore, they thought, Basic users contributed nothing.

But what I am really protesting is the way in which this change was announced.... It wasn't announced. Users had to ask about it in the comments to a news post.

And then the new VP of Product Development -- a man who ought to know the Product, right? -- made a comment full of marketing spin and bullshit, about how having THREE options was just too hard for users to understand.

You know, if they'd come right out and announced it in news openly as a business decision, there would have been some protest but at least it would not have insulted their customers.

LJ is nothing without content.
(no subject) - chrystie69 - Mar. 17th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - jcalanthe - Mar. 17th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Mar. 16th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
Are you talking about free users, or everyone?
Mar. 16th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
Everyone. I know that I pay for my journal and throw money at LJ in other ways because I am proud to support an adfree service.
(no subject) - finding_helena - Mar. 16th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - beckyzoole - Mar. 16th, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 16th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
This is powerful in a way that one-day boycotts against monopolies are not. There's no escaping a monopoly, not without a lot of work.

SUP is not entirely in the same situation as an oil company.
Mar. 16th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
Yep. A one-day boycott against gasoline is useless, since you'll buy that gas anyway whether it's by topping off your tank the day before, or getting a little more the day after.

But content uncreated cannot be replaced. The day-by-day statistics will be there. The precious ad-click-through counts will be down.

Man, I hope this takes off!
(no subject) - beckyzoole - Mar. 16th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 16th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
You won't want it on the same day as the gay rights Day of Silence. To be noticed, it should be on a weekday. And this must include private, locked, and community posts.

Are auto-posting things, such as LoudTwitter, allowable for the purposes of the protest, or must one silence one's hands there too and/or turn it off for the (brief) duration?
Mar. 16th, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
It would be best to turn off auto-posting things, like LoudTwitter and RSS feeds. But I know that that can be a pain -- especially to remember to turn them all back on again -- so...

And you're right: this must include private, locked, and community posts.
(no subject) - beckyzoole - Mar. 16th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC) - Expand
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(no subject) - beckyzoole - Mar. 17th, 2008 02:19 am (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 16th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
I'm with you, and I'd suggest some day this week, say Friday (which is probably a high-volume day for them in terms of posts). The sooner the folks at LJ get the message, the better.
Mar. 16th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
I'm in.

Just let me know when.
Mar. 16th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Please post about it in your journal, too. Got a good Gaelic protest song?
(no subject) - veronica_milvus - Mar. 16th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 16th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
I'm with you!
Mar. 16th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
Yay! Please ask your friends to join in!
Mar. 16th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
Hi, coming over from rm's journal. I agree this would be lovely thing. How will we promote this across LJ, however?

Mar. 16th, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
The best way to promote is across LJ is to post it in your own journal, and ask your friends to post it in theirs. Also, post and/or comment about it in communities where it would be appropriate.

Another good thing would be to leave comments on posts and articles off-journal, wherever the latest LJ dust-up is mentioned.

This Friday, March 21, is just six days away. That's not long at all for a normal marketing campaign, but the internet moves fast.
Mar. 16th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
I'll join, even though I'm more pissed about recent censorship than the basic account shenanigans. Just let me know when, and I won't be there. :)
Mar. 16th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
Yep, the interests censorship has me steamed as well.

Be not there on Friday, March 21! :)
(no subject) - qilora - Mar. 17th, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Mar. 16th, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
Just let me know the date and you can count me in!
Mar. 16th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
This Friday, March 21. It's soon, so it will use the momentum of protest, and it's a Friday, normally a high-posting day.

Please spread the word!
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Mar. 16th, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
You might want to add this link so that people know this actually starts on Thursday night for everyone in the USA. :)


Edited at 2008-03-16 10:15 pm (UTC)
Mar. 17th, 2008 12:03 am (UTC)
I like the notion, though as someone who analyses stats for websites, I would say two things:

1: This needs to go longer, or it will be seen as a blip. I'm not sure 24 hours is enough to be properly notices.

2: To really make the point, it should be a "dark" time. Meaning no new content/comments/etc, and also a lack of traffic entire. Meaning you stay off your LJ and other people's LJ for that time. That will create a very noticable down spike in their key traffic KPIs.
Mar. 17th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)

*is doing this strike*

Are you?
Mar. 17th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
Okay, I posted this in my journal. I will ask to post the same thing in xfiles, and fortysomething which are both huge comms.
Mar. 17th, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)
Works for me; count me in.
Mar. 17th, 2008 12:58 pm (UTC)
Excellent idea. I'll post this everywhere I can.
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