Like everyone else said: timing. Maybe by Christmas this might've blown over if you added some shiny incentives to get us to fork over $150. And I respect that you guys kept your word for those who were really excited about the sale coming up in June. But... seriously. It's a slap in the face for the rest of us who've seen so little progress in resolving this mess.
The main group of people who would consider Perm accounts are Paid users. The vast majority of those people are involved in fandom, and/or were affected in some way by Strikefest '07. (At least
2500, given the polls at fandompays
, and that's not even touching fandom_counts
.) You alienated pretty much your entire marketbase. Way to go.
I'm adding my name to the "lolz r u srsly?" camp. My decision to not get a permanent account is based on a number of reasons, but this whole mess was the closing point. Had this not happened, I'd still feel a sense of community, home, and loyalty to LJ. I'd be in the "omg i want one!!!1" camp, viciously debating the pros and cons and staring at my online bank account for a while.
But I don't feel loyalty to LJ anymore, and what should have been a strong internal debate has descended into an, "Ehhh, no."
So instead, I'm going to donate with fandom_gives
, whether or not it's officially "ended." More than the $25 6A would donate to a charity of my choice if I jump in quick.
By the way, what's up with that? "We're selling all week, but if you don't buy within the first 36 hours, you miss your chance to help out a charity." Shouldn't it be all
perm accounts, regardless of when they're purchased? I mean, that comes off pretty dickish. This is charity
. For many organizations LJ has duly offended and/or encroached upon what they stand for. It's not some one-day-only sale.
Pretend you give a shit a little better. Please.