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This Time It's Permanent [Jun. 19th, 2007|03:30 pm]
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[ljkrissy]
Hey everyone. I wanted to give you a quick heads up that we just announced details of the Permanent Account sale in news. Click over to read all the details! There's also a related post in lj_biz.
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[User Picture]From: moonvoice
2007-06-20 01:24 am (UTC)
You're completely right, at the end of the day LiveJournal can (and evidently will) do whatever they want. At this point, I have a precarious relationship with this site, and while I still have a paid journal, I don't have enough sense of security to fork out $150. Their timing to launch this was sadly awful.

I stay in the meantime because it is a good resource, but I'm holding out for something a little less obviously corporate, or perhaps just with a more sophisticated way of weeding out the genuine deviants (as opposed to the fiction writers and rape survivors).
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[User Picture]From: usekh
2007-06-20 01:29 am (UTC)
Which is your right. But lets not turn this into a huge civil rights issue like some are seemingly trying to make it. It was a kneejerk reaction by a organisation that can't seem to decide if it wants to be a professional operation or a kind of more 'homey' group of geeks.

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[User Picture]From: moonvoice
2007-06-20 01:32 am (UTC)
I suppose when you're someone looking into the debacle, it is easy to brush it off to the side.

I believe that corporate policies should be informed by the opinion of a majority of citizens (democracy + capitalism don't always go together, which makes me glad I don't live in the US actually), and while that might seem idealistic and naive, it's the way I am. I am a rape survivor, and I was lucky not to get suspended without notice, I am painfully aware of how easily corporations can show their lack of concern for their actual clients.

It is those clients that give the paycheck, so all we have at our fingertips is the statement 'you are not worth $150, you are barely worth this paid account, sorry.' If enough people do that, maybe the corporations will start to listen. So if people start dropping words like 'freedom of speech,' it might seem like they're making a mountain out of a... smaller mountain, but it just might start enough changes to get LJ caring about their clients in a more meaningful way again.
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[User Picture]From: kiri_l
2007-06-20 01:41 am (UTC)
Of course there is always the other angle of "Pardon me I paid $150 for a permanent account" and that may get you listened to faster - than NOT paying.
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[User Picture]From: moonvoice
2007-06-20 01:44 am (UTC)
Mm, I'm sure that if we followed that philosophy, LiveJournal would then have plenty of money to pay for the PR campaign that steamrolls us and our opinions all over again. :) Best just to not help them out with that.
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[User Picture]From: anysia
2007-06-20 05:18 am (UTC)
Of course there is always the other angle of "Pardon me I paid $150 for a permanent account" and that may get you listened to faster - than NOT paying.

No, it doesn't. You still get the same condescension and lack of support, and treated as if your IQ was that of a shoehorn. That I can state from personal experience.
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