riari: (FFVIICC Zack Vs Soldiers)
Screw it. It was going to be an ETA for this, but now it is a whole new post. Sorry if I'm spamming.

RE: the previous post: [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda lists out what's been going on.

BUT!

[livejournal.com profile] theljstaff aka LJ official posters, just posted in [livejournal.com profile] lj_2008 an apology. It's not in [livejournal.com profile] news, which is where it probably should also be, but it is an official LJ community. Huh.

The announcement last Wednesday was a mistake in regards to Basic accounts, as the change was not clearly stated, it did not allow for you to provide feedback, and went into effect immediately. Many of you have pointed out that the decision worried you less than the way it was communicated. You should have been given a voice, and you were not; we didn’t follow our own rules, and we apologize.

At this point we are working on a solution to enable existing LiveJournal users to create new Basic accounts as so many of you have requested. Nothing has been decided yet, but we are considering options which would allow existing users to continue to create new Basic accounts.


I'm beginning to wonder if it is two different people posting this stuff. Considering the tone of the last [livejournal.com profile] news post. Maybe the two should meet and trade PR tactics.
riari: (LJ Stopit Cookies)
[livejournal.com profile] sarcastic_elf, I think your Hope Diamond analogy is sounding more and more true everyday.

Okay, yes, this is another "What did LJ's owners fuck up now?" post. If you're not interested at all, that's fine. I'm not certain how everyone's friendslist are so I'm passing the info along.

There's a content strike on Friday brewing for LJ. Current outrage is due to this (article within) and LJ not letting its customers know upfront about a change to the accounts. (Another less incendiary translation of the article by [livejournal.com profile] furiosity, with some helpful cultural points. )

So, want more info?

Here.

I like [livejournal.com profile] femmequixotic's view here.

An industry POV of all this by xie_xie_xie (IJ).

Personally, with so little time to spread the news, I don't think it's going to do much. But I probably will be inadvertantly participating by the fact I really don't post much on Fridays. I look at my friendslist...unless I'm trying to fit in some game time before I leave for the gym. Last week I saw my friendslist on Thursday, and didn't see it again until Sunday.

Or they can go by [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge's suggestion and post the heck out of LJ til one of the servers goes down.
riari: (LJ Stopit Samurai)
As usual with certain LJ news lately, its being found out by word of mouth.

The End of Basic Accounts on [livejournal.com profile] no_lj_ads.

And on the most current [livejournal.com profile] news post it is very briefly and vaguely mentioned that: "We streamlined and simplified things so that now it’s faster and easier than ever to create a LiveJournal account." Statement from VP of Product Development Jason Shellen. With more spin of course.

Entire thread where someone first brought up the no Basic accounts anymore.

I think if they were upfront about it, it wouldn't have been as much as an outrage. There are LJ Support volunteers even posting in that thread advising them that they should have been upfront about it.

So far Basic users are okay. I'm not sure if they can continue to create more Basic account, but now the options are all Plus and Paid. I just started reading the [livejournal.com profile] news comments and it'll take a while since those commentors are fast.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] isiscolo for pointing this out.

Man, and this day was so awesome too.

ETA Thursday: Oh, they updated the [livejournal.com profile] news journal with another post. That was posted today. And oh wow it's got 22 pages of comments already. No apology, just more spin along the lines of "We're still working out how to strike just the right tone when communicating with such a diverse and complex collection of communities." Not that I expected an apology. Or much really. I'm shocked they posted so shortly after the original post.

The comments I've seen so far? Seem mostly to be "Tell us before making such a change." That was four pages in. I'm not tackling the rest.

PS. I really debated making this a new post, but decided on an ETA. I may regret that later. ^_^
riari: (KH2 Death from Above)
Here's some fun.

Bookstore Chain Puts the Screws On Small Publishers

This is all in Australia, but I must say, Mr. Rakusin's reply letter is the absolute best and polite way I've seen of saying "screw you." Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda for linking to it.

And for the not so great news, concerning the most recent kerfluffle (like that word) with LiveJournal and their new policy, I have to make new journals elsewhere to follow the communities I read. I'm still staying on LJ, because all of y'all are here. There are also communities that aren't moving yet. I'm definitely letting my paid account lapse though. I agree that this is their company and they can definitely do whatever they want. I don't agree with their methods as much though.

(You'll also note that said new policy is only located on the [livejournal.com profile] lj_biz journal latest post, and note: even linking to anything deemed such will get you suspended if reported, but that's mentioned somewhere in the five thousand comments. (Unless they changed the TOS behind our backs again.) Though having a paid account renewal might not be the greatest thing in January if I for some reason don't have a job yet.)

I'm under the same name at GreatestJournal and InsaneJournal. (Though the last one is not liking the current installation of Java on my machine. Every click on their page causes an error.) It's sad but I do follow parts of Harry Potter fandom who seem to be getting hit harder than most. So to keep reading, new journals elsewhere.

Now, off to see Stardust!
riari: (KH CoM Silence)
And this, ladies and gentlemen, is what we do not do as a company employee. The first commentor? Is an official LiveJournal/SixApart representative.

There's the words epic fail in there somewhere. (And possibly schadenfraude in the future.)

People get fired for less. When you are hired on a representative of the company and you use your journal making announcements on official communities, you represent the company. Using said official journal to make comments indicating, possibly in jest, that half or more of your users are pedophiles? Not on.

What do I mean by people getting fired for less? I've heard so many stories in my classes about people working for one beer company, going to the bar in their uniform, and drinking another company's beer. When you wear the uniform, you represent the company. LiveJournal is a bit different since it's an online community. But [livejournal.com profile] burr86 is an official representative, and should not be making such posts, even in jest. Basically this is fanning the flames.

(There are so many responses to him that I can't even get LJ to show the entire thread for the first comment.)

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge for pointing this post out.

ETA: The mod at [livejournal.com profile] efw deleted the post. For those curious what he said, click here.

ETA the 2nd (August 6): And there' are two online articles about this now:
LiveJournal arouses the ire of its users…again.
Livejournal Employee Publicly Mocks Fandom I didn't know that Firefox had a news thingy?

Sorry if anybody is sick of this. I'm sick of it too but I keep going back just to see if something has been done on LJ/SA's side. Monday's the start of the business week. We'll see I guess.

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