Good show LJ crew... it's nice to know that there are people who aren't soley driven by money.
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.
if you don't live in the affected area,
I guess you don't get a vote.
Much <3.. I'm sure everyone appreciates it!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Ooor... they could give a small percent of every paid account whose money they receive in just the next week and donate it.
They already are. See news
LJ is the best,you guys are great :)
That's so generous and thoughtful of you.
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?
do they have to respond? I didn't read that anywhere.
That's such a nice thing to do! Just... omg, you guys rock. Scratch that, you rawk.
That's awesome, LJ. 200th post.