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Er, about that planned LJ strike...

(Warning!  Potentially flammable content ahead.)


Further on my need to be contrary, I'm not going to do it.

My initial reaction to the removal of basic accounts was "OMG HOW DARE YOU BASTARDS," mostly because I hate change and I don't understand why sites always have to add new content and new features (see also: Neopets) on a continual basis.  Can't they just stick with what they've got?  It seemed to be working just fine.  I find that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" is a good cover to use for my hatred of change.  But even when I was agreeing with public opinion, I wasn't really.  Everyone else claimed that the problem wasn't with them removing basic accounts, but with the fact that they did it without telling anyone. 

What?  Um, no, if I'm going to get mad, it'll be because they took away the option of free accounts without ads.  Who cares if they did it sneakily or not?  To be perfectly honest, I think "a person is smart.  People are dumb, stupid, panicky animals" and it was probably smarter to try and sneak this under the radar so as not to cause mass hysteria and revolt (which...happened anyway, but only because some people insisted upon turning it into a public announcement).  That's what I would have done.  I mean, if my flist hadn't erupted in outrage, I wouldn't have known about it, and would have remained blissfully ignorant.   This obsession people have with knowing the whole truth, I do not understand it.  Anyway, um, the point is: LJ is misbehavin' and needs to knock it off.

And then everyone decided that we should stage a 1-day mini protest and not blog or post comments on Friday, to which my initial reaction was "HAHAHA LOL NO."  I am thoroughly addicted to blogging and will not deliberately keep myself away for even 24 hours.  Besides, it's not going to change anything.  I know that you know that, and are merely trying to call a tiny bit of attention to the situation in ways that make you feel big and important, but it's silly and pointless.  And deep down, I'm very fond of businesses coming up with ways to maximize profits and manage their customers, so subconsciously I'm probably on LJ's side.  (though, I usually am, as I was when it came to censorship and things - part of this strike involves some hullaballoo about interests/search terms being censored now.  Unless and until such a thing has a direct and negative effect on me, I don't care)

That, and I tire of all this grandstanding and "I'm going to Greatest Journal if this keeps up!"  Nobody's actually done it in a permanent manner yet, but come on.  Don't talk about disrupting my happy little blog world and making me run all over the internet to find you.  Stop with the self-righteous protesting and...suck it up?  As long as LJ hosts my personal entries, gives me at least six icons and doesn't force me to pay a red cent, it's doing all right by me.

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mrstater
Mar. 18th, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking of having an anti-strike and posting all day and urging my f-list to do the same, lol. I'm quite happy with my LJ, and there are always ad blockers, right??
rainbowstevie
Mar. 18th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
Hah! An anti-strike sounds excellent. And ad blockers are a thing of wonder indeed.
lieueitak
Mar. 18th, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
To be fair, the first LJ strikethrough did end up being reversed because of the public outrage. Obviously, that strategy hasn't continued to be as effective. I'll probably do it, because the ads piss me off. I have a really good ad blocker, but it doesn't block everything on this site. And going to a random journal, like this one, which has ads, isn't a big deal. But when I have to edit the claims list on wilson_fest? Half the time, the ads threaten to kill my computer and kill my attempts to update the post. *grumbles*

So... I will probably do the black out. But then again, dealing with LJ formatting as of late has made me less likely to post. So it's not like I'm really giving anything up, hehe. :-)
rainbowstevie
Mar. 19th, 2008 03:24 am (UTC)
To be fair, the first LJ strikethrough did end up being reversed because of the public outrage.
It did? *thinks back* Oh, I suppose it did. But that took away people's smut. I'm sure it induced a lot more people to take action than this will.

The ads only took me about a week to get used to, and they're really not as much of a bother as I expected...they don't talk, or move, or suddenly expand over the entire screen (an effect that's actually worse than a pop-up, XANGA). But then, they're not completely innocuous either, and I know that they can be a drag on a lot of systems, so you have my sympathies in that respect.

And I'm really not trying to wage war against anyone who feels like going along with the protest, especially seeing as it's all of one day. I just wanted to make it very clear that I wouldn't be.
lieueitak
Mar. 19th, 2008 05:34 am (UTC)
But that took away people's smut. I'm sure it induced a lot more people to take action than this will. There have been so many strikethroughs that it's hard to keep track, lol. But I think what really pissed people off was the random banning of folk... and I don't remember how the smut played into it. Though I know that played a big role in subsequent strikethroughs, lol.

But I agree with you on the fact that at least the ads are pretty innocuous over all. Of course, you have to wonder how long before we do have full-screen ads and that ilk.

And I'm really not trying to wage war against anyone who feels like going along with the protest, especially seeing as it's all of one day. I just wanted to make it very clear that I wouldn't be. No need to clarify that. I totally understand what you're saying. Of course knowing me, I'll probably forget about the ban and end up posting anyway. :-P
rainbowstevie
Mar. 19th, 2008 05:55 am (UTC)
here have been so many strikethroughs that it's hard to keep track, lol. ... and I don't remember how the smut played into it.
Oh...I thought that was the on where they were deleting things like pornish_pixies. Maybe I have my strikes confused. There have been a lot.
eleigh
Mar. 18th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
As long as LJ hosts my personal entries, gives me at least six icons and doesn't force me to pay a red cent, it's doing all right by me.

That's pretty much my way of thinking.

Besides, it's not as if the ads are evil. They're really the least intrusive and harmful ads I've seen. I've had a Plus account since they released them and it's never bothered me enough to switch back to a Basic. I'll put up with a few ads if it gets me 15 icons without paying.
rainbowstevie
Mar. 19th, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)
Yeah...comparing the ads here to Xanga, they're not bad at all, mostly because they tend to be relevant to site content. I may even have been known to enjoy seeing the Doctor Who ones.
dreamingwriter
Mar. 18th, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC)
I don't think I'm doing it, but I'm posting a link to the information in my LJ incase someone does want to. We'll be the only ones on LJ! It'll be so exciting!

(I didn't really care whether they took the basic account away or not, but upon further reflection I've decided I don't appriciate it. And I'm not saying anything about what anyone did was wrong -although we know some of it was-, but I can understand people wanting to know what's going on with this site.)

Random: I don't read the posts from the LJ maintence crew or whatever they are because as long as I can still post I'm okay.
rainbowstevie
Mar. 19th, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)
Oh good, so it'll be safe to comment on your journal then. (despite the whispering of the Voice devil on my shoulder, I'm at least going to be respectful enough not to leave comments on the striking sites that day) Ghost town blog site!
death_ofme
Mar. 19th, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
Let me get this out of the way first - I respect your opinion, and if you don't want to protest, whatever, I respect your stance on that too.

But I just want a couple things cleared up. One of those searchable interests that became blocked was "fanfiction", doesn't that affect you?

And
Don't talk about disrupting my happy little blog world and making me run all over the internet to find you. Stop with the self-righteous protesting and...suck it up?

How does this disrupt/affect you that much? If certain members of your f-list want to post their opinions about the protest, aren't they entitled to that? As you are entitled to your argument against it? You don't have to read their posts or respond to what they're saying. If you don't want to hear it, then don't read it. And if they decide to migrate, why should they be concerned with how it inconveniences you? It's their own personal choice and they shouldn't be losing sleep over it. So, suck it up?
rainbowstevie
Mar. 19th, 2008 03:08 am (UTC)
1. Since I don't search for fanfiction via the interest search...no. If they start deleting fanfic without warning, that would affect me.

2. By "disruption" I meant people actually taking their journals to other sites. Which, no, I'm not expecting people to actually base their decisions on what I want, but in a perfect world (i.e. one in which I am Divine Ruling Empress), it would be nice if everyone stayed on the same site. And whether I read the specific posts or not, I can still see people jumping on the bandwagon, so after noticing half a dozen I opted for public rebuttal to bring in a little balance.
death_ofme
Mar. 19th, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)
And if they started deleting fanfic, then what would you do?

I understand that they've removed the block from the searchable interests, but it disturbed me enough to support the protest when I found out "Holocaust" and "genocide" were terms that were previously blocked. No, perhaps that doesn't affect the majority of users directly, but that is the sign of a very slippery slope we're all going down if the hosting site is going to start policing content such as that.
rainbowstevie
Mar. 19th, 2008 03:33 am (UTC)
*claps hands* Oh, the slippery slope! I love that argument! (...that sounded facetious. It really wasn't. I'm writing this all with a very benign and no-longer-at-all-riled attitude) Like I said, if and when that happens, I'll happily join the seething protesters. Meanwhile, I'm big on living in the moment. With blinders on. Projecting and planning for the future only causes fret and worry, and I get enough of that with school.
death_ofme
Mar. 19th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
*sigh* Yes, I suppose it was quite a cliched turn of phrase.

I do concede that many of the LJ wankery is alarmist. I was making the point that in this case it was not a matter of if, but it did bloody happen, and it was due to lots of people writing up angry posts and sending angry letters that LJ un-blocked those searchable interests.

Then again, I suppose it goes back to what directly affects us. How much needs to happen before you make a move, is of course, your personal matter. I'm just in one of those hairier parts of fandom, so I'm used to being on edge about these sorts of things. The littlest ripple is a warning, we send a ripple back to cancel it out. (lol, a change in cliche!)
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