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Paid time extension [Aug. 17th, 2009|03:04 pm]
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As many of you may already know, LiveJournal experienced about an hour of downtime on Thursday, August 6th due to a DDoS which affected LiveJournal and several other web service providers. In the days following that event some users may have noticed some site slowness or experienced connection problems as we worked on blocking "bad" traffic and making sure that all of you could access the site. We want to apologize for any inconvenience or frustration this caused.

Although the circumstances were out of our control, we greatly appreciate the patience and support you've shown us over the past week or two as we worked to mitigate the effects of this attack. For those of you who support us by owning a Paid Account, we'd like to express our appreciation by extending your Paid Time for a few days. Anyone who was an active Paid member as of any time Thursday, August 6, 2009 is eligible for a 3 day extension of Paid time. You can claim this extension anytime from now until 12:01 GMT on September 10th.

The extension isn't automatic so that people who weren't affected can have the option to choose whether or not they want an extension. You can choose to claim your extension by going to this page: http://www.livejournal.com/pay/claim.bml

[User Picture]From: ayoub
2009-08-17 10:09 pm (UTC)
I have a permanent account, and I was blocked for a couple of days.

Can I give an extension to a friend, or maybe a free vgift voucher?
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[User Picture]From: afrocurl
2009-08-17 10:21 pm (UTC)
I'd take the vgift voucher, though I admit the message I got when I clicked the link brought me a laugh.
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[User Picture]From: loganberrybunny
2009-08-17 10:30 pm (UTC)
What was said message?
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[User Picture]From: afrocurl
2009-08-17 10:32 pm (UTC)
This journal is a permanent account and as such has free time forever. You cannot give extra paid time to permanent accounts.

At some point long ago, it used to give you ∞+3 or something like that.
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[User Picture]From: kellzilla
2009-08-17 10:22 pm (UTC)
Ditto...I would love to give my extension to someone else who was affected.
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[User Picture]From: i
2009-08-17 10:26 pm (UTC)
i'd do this as well.
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[User Picture]From: caricature
2009-08-17 10:28 pm (UTC)
me three.
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[User Picture]From: marta
2009-08-17 10:30 pm (UTC)
We can't offer an extension to Permanent Accounts, not even to share - but I do believe that as limits and other items are reviewed over year we'll be giving some extra love to Permies to show appreciation that way.
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[User Picture]From: afrocurl
2009-08-17 10:33 pm (UTC)
Ooh, that's nice to know at some point, Marta. Thanks for the information (however far off it may be.)
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[User Picture]From: beunydd
2009-08-17 10:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks...my account is permanent too and I understand how you can't give us more time...but an extra user pic might be nice ^^

OTOH, I know the DDoS attack was not your fault or responsibility to give us anything for something out of your control. LJ is one of the only services I can get that's not blocked by a firewall at work, so the outtages are painful...there's nothing else to "waste time" with...LOL!
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[User Picture]From: shadadukal
2009-08-18 09:41 am (UTC)
I second the request for an extra userpic. :D
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[User Picture]From: schnee
2009-08-17 10:57 pm (UTC)
Yay! :D
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[User Picture]From: moonrise
2009-08-17 11:06 pm (UTC)
Yay! Good to know!
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[User Picture]From: matopa
2009-08-17 11:17 pm (UTC)
Definitely good to know. Thanks for all the hard work! :)
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[User Picture]From: constituent
2009-08-17 11:20 pm (UTC)
Oh good. It's nice to see that the permanent account holders aren't slanted. Granted, we all know "permanent" means as long as El Jay is alive, so it would be nice to see some type of perk for us, rather than paid members getting all the consolation prizes.
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[User Picture]From: darsynia
2009-08-18 03:10 am (UTC)
Exactly :)
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[User Picture]From: childcage
2009-08-17 11:21 pm (UTC)
I look forward to that!
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[User Picture]From: lady_astrocat
2009-08-17 11:39 pm (UTC)
Ah, that's nice to hear - I look forward to it! Thank you so much for all of the hard work :)
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[User Picture]From: _touched
2009-08-18 04:43 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hone in here, but I have seen you guys give love to the Permanent account user's, being a paid account user myself. You just got through giving them a boat load of extra user pics not too long ago. And, while you guys were doing that, the paid user's didn't even get one thing at all. I can tell you from my own personal opinion and from talking to a few friends of mine who are paid account users, that we would have rather been given more user pics instead of this three day extension. So, I feel like I've watched over the years being a member and being a paid user, the permanent accounter holders get a little bit more love than the paid users who still have to pay for everything, even when you guys are calling them perks. I'm just sayin', that's all. It does get to be frustrating a bit.
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[User Picture]From: muko
2009-08-20 01:40 pm (UTC)
Oh really, no shit? Paid account users have to pay to get extra things, while people who forked over $200 for a permanent account get the odd perk? How blasphemous. How dare LJ give extra things to the people who handed over enough money for 6 - 7 years of paid time all in one go?! Disgraceful. It's not logical in the least.

I don't know, it may be just me, but something tells me that you're missing one of the crucial points to actually having a permanent account.
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[User Picture]From: crackpig
2009-08-18 06:59 pm (UTC)
That's awesome.

Thank ye kindly!
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[User Picture]From: ajlordnikon
2009-08-18 10:44 am (UTC)
I agree, us perm members pay the most, and get boned the hardest it seems.
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[User Picture]From: crackpig
2009-08-18 07:00 pm (UTC)

In 100 years you'll have paid less than paid members.

And by the time you finish reading this, that'll be a second closer. Now maybe two.
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[User Picture]From: harmonatrix
2009-08-18 06:06 pm (UTC)
Yes! I lost time as well...I learned about the DoS attack becuase Facebook went down a few times as well, and was up before LJ came back up. It would be nice if we could either donate our time to someone else, or get a vgift voucher.

Edited to add: Or as others have mentioned, even more UserPcs..as I have actually filled all of mine (A feat I honestly thought was impossible). It seem the more you use the more you need..they are wonderful perks!

Or better yet...can we have a way to organize our Userpics? Like the link list, keep the keywords section but be able to switch the order in which they are displayed! (For instant all pics by the same creator/community can be put together, or alphabetical order, etc).

Edited at 2009-08-18 06:14 pm (UTC)
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