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Hurricane Katrina [Sep. 9th, 2005|09:12 pm]
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Our thoughts and best wishes go out to all of our LiveJournal family affected by Hurricane Katrina. To help take one of the worries off the minds of our users in the affected areas, we've extended any paid accounts held by anyone who lives in the areas by one month, to prevent anyone from losing time during disruptions, outages, and other problems.

If you know of anyone in the affected areas who didn't receive an email from us this afternoon, please have them contact us at accounts@livejournal.com so we can help them out. Our system let us identify most of the accounts affected, but not all.

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[User Picture]From: mavhedgehog
2005-09-10 04:24 am (UTC)
Good show LJ crew... it's nice to know that there are people who aren't soley driven by money.
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[User Picture]From: angelinfishnets
2005-09-10 04:26 am (UTC)
I realize that you are trying to make a nice gesture here. However, I highly doubt that people who have lost their family and all of their possessions in a hurricane are worried about the expiration of the livejournal paid accounts. Instead of extending their accounts for one month, take the money that you would be saving from not doing that and donate it instead. I'm sure the thousands of people who are homeless and can't even afford to buy a computer would much rather appreciate some medicare or food and clothing.
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[User Picture]From: jayfo
2005-09-10 04:40 am (UTC)
if you don't live in the affected area,
I guess you don't get a vote.
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[User Picture]From: shredsofvanity
2005-09-10 04:26 am (UTC)
Rock on.
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From: jthee
2005-09-10 05:00 am (UTC)
Much <3.. I'm sure everyone appreciates it!
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From: sapphire_stephy
2005-09-10 05:02 am (UTC)
That's very nice of you.. but some of these people won't be returning for a long time because of their houses damaged...

We had to evacuate for almost 2 weeks. :( But since I am not *in* those areas, I guess it doesn't apply to me. It's cool though.
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[User Picture]From: selphish
2005-09-10 05:12 am (UTC)
A lot of us are transferring to universities that have internet access. Me? I'm at LSU at the moment and have internet access. So do many of my friends who no longer have homes in New Orleans. One of my friends whose house is completely waterlogged was over in my dorm room when I got the e-mail and was quite happy to see that his paid time was extended a little longer.

The paid account thing was a nice gesture on LiveJournal's part, and all those affected that I've talked to thusfar have been really appreciative of the gesture.

At the moment, I can't afford to do anything more than buy food and even then, I'm trying to be as stingy as possible. Crackers and peanut butter and jelly have been my primary staple of choice.

Not having to worry about paying for LiveJournal is a great relief.
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From: _operator_
2005-09-10 05:33 am (UTC)
Although this is a slightly nice gesture, this is a pretty dumb offering. I hardly think anyone who has been affected by Katrina is worrying about their livejournal account expiring. in fact, they probably don't give a damn - they're probably too worried about finding somewhere to stay, finding food and water, finding their lost families and friends, worrying about what they will do with the rest of their seemingly destroyed lives, not getting raped, and just staying alive among all the anarchic chaos...

don't let them have a free month and instead use that money to get them things they actually need right now.
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[User Picture]From: selphish
2005-09-10 05:44 am (UTC)
I appreciate it and so do my other displaced friends. LiveJournal is our main means of communication with friends that are moving across the United States and letting those online know that we were all right during the storm. Without PhonePosts, I wouldn't have been able to communicate at all with my friends for the past two weeks or so.

Trust me, it is appreciated.
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[User Picture]From: _1313
2005-09-10 05:39 am (UTC)
this is cynical
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[User Picture]From: red_mage_jerry
2005-09-10 06:00 am (UTC)

Good call

Especially, as Selphish has pointed out, having the ability to do phone posts is probably the most important part of this -- for many people, that's the only way they're going to be able to keep in touch with their more far-flung friends until they can either resettle or rebuild. Phone lines are a dime a dozen compared to internet hookups, and a phone is much more likely to survive a catastrophe than even a laptop, much less a desktop...and it's easier to find a free/cheap phone and take the 60 seconds to call up the local LJ line than it is to try and find free/cheap internet hookup in a strange city. Having that drop out all of a sudden would be Not Good for those involved.

Bravo to LJ, and thanks for thinking ahead
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From: magret55
2005-09-10 06:25 am (UTC)
Ooor... they could give a small percent of every paid account whose money they receive in just the next week and donate it.
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[User Picture]From: selphish
2005-09-10 05:12 pm (UTC)
They already are. See news.
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[User Picture]From: prittyvacant
2005-09-10 06:52 am (UTC)
LJ is the best,you guys are great :)
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[User Picture]From: lierre
2005-09-10 07:35 am (UTC)
That's so generous and thoughtful of you.
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From: ex_casteylan314
2005-09-10 07:44 am (UTC)
That's great, but I wonder how many of them are going to even get their email? If they are living in emergency shelters without power, money etc... They'll probably never know. Do they still get their free time even if they don't respond to the mail?
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[User Picture]From: qfemale
2005-09-10 09:47 am (UTC)
do they have to respond? I didn't read that anywhere.
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From: shamess_the_elf
2005-09-10 07:55 am (UTC)
That's such a nice thing to do! Just... omg, you guys rock. Scratch that, you rawk.
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[User Picture]From: lilboiblue
2005-09-10 08:03 am (UTC)
That's awesome, LJ. 200th post.
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[User Picture]From: glowing_dragon
2005-09-10 08:46 am (UTC)
That's great!
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