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Question for Paidmembers [Mar. 19th, 2009|11:58 am]
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We've had some conversations recently about some of the reasons people buy Paid Accounts. Rather than try to guess, we wanted to ask you why *you* have a Paid (or Permanent) Account. Hence, a poll.

On the first question, we're looking for the handful of top reasons you have a Paid Account, so please check any of the options that were motivating factors for you. On the second, we ask that you try to narrow it down to the single biggest reason. If there was a primary or motivating reason for you that we haven't listed, please do add it in the text box provided.

Poll #1368228 What motivated you to have a Paid Account?

Please select the three to five biggest reasons you have a Paid Account

No ads when I read or use LiveJournal
55(0.5%)
Other people don't see ads when they view my journal
3(0.0%)
More userpics
79(0.7%)
More customization options (more styles/advanced customization)
12(0.1%)
Polls
1(0.0%)
Scrapbook
4(0.0%)
Mobile features (text via profile, voice post, TXTLJ)
3(0.0%)
@livejournal.com forwarding email address
1(0.0%)
Mass-edit security level of posts
21(0.2%)
Custom mood themes
2(0.0%)
Embedding/domain forwarding
1(0.0%)
Ability to edit comments
9(0.1%)
Copies of my own comments emailed to me
1(0.0%)
I just like Live Journal and am happy to pay for it
80(0.7%)
I've had a Paid account for long time and am used to it
10(0.1%)
I like the status of being a Paid user
3(0.0%)
My paid account was gifted to me by a friend
74(0.6%)

Please select the single biggest reason you have a Paid Account

No ads when I read or use LiveJournal
2786(26.1%)
Other people don't see ads when they view my journal
193(1.8%)
More userpics
2942(27.6%)
More customization options (more styles/advanced customization)
1063(10.0%)
Polls
122(1.1%)
Scrapbook
251(2.4%)
Mobile features (text via profile, voice post, TXTLJ)
71(0.7%)
@livejournal.com forwarding email address
30(0.3%)
Mass-edit security level of posts
202(1.9%)
Custom mood themes
60(0.6%)
Embedding/domain forwarding
26(0.2%)
Ability to edit comments
325(3.0%)
Copies of my own comments emailed to me
33(0.3%)
I just like Live Journal and am happy to pay for it
1343(12.6%)
I've had a Paid account for long time and am used to it
770(7.2%)
I like the status of being a Paid user
126(1.2%)
My paid account was gifted to me by a friend
320(3.0%)

Anything not on this list that was a primary reason you have a Paid Account?



Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: submarine_bells
2009-03-19 10:04 pm (UTC)
I first switched to Paid some years ago, before most of these benefits were available. (eg nobody had ads on their ljs then...) I made the choice partly to support lj, and partly because the lj servers were somewhat flaky at the time and my understanding was that Paid accounts got priority acesss in times of heavy load.

I don't know if that's still the case; but these days I stay Paid partly because that way I avoid ads, and partly because of some of the other benefits such as polls, more usericons, that sort of thing.
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[User Picture]From: lovedforaday
2009-03-19 10:12 pm (UTC)
I've been paid before most of the features I liked were implemented (sracpbook; no ads; comment editing). The main reason why I originally got a permanent, and before that, paid account was for more icons, polls and custom mood themes.
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[User Picture]From: jpegasus
2009-03-19 10:16 pm (UTC)
I have a permanent account. When I used to buy continual paid time, it was for icons. I had the permanent account before ads became an issue, but that would be another reason I would have purchased paid time.

I initially bought the permanent account because I genuinely liked LJ and could see myself wanting to use and support the service for many years. As it stands, if given the same choice today, I would not purchase the permanent account. I no longer feel like LJ-as-a-company has the same sense of community that I felt good about supporting, and how long I can see myself continuing to use the service varies by day. I have seen too much customer jerking-around and all-around poor customer support to be able feel good about it.
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[User Picture]From: etfb
2009-03-19 10:17 pm (UTC)
I'm amazed how few people are using AdBlock. I can barely remember what the web was like with advertisements; I don't miss them at all.

But not having a blank spot on my LJ where the ads would be if they were visible - that's a good thing. And one must consider the poor sad sacks who don't (yet) have AdBlock, even if it's generally because they clueless.
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[User Picture]From: naeko
2009-03-20 12:44 pm (UTC)

seconded

I don't know about IE, but I have SafariBlock and I never see ads, so ad-free isn't only for people willing to put up with firefox's BS :D
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[User Picture]From: ihateswine
2009-03-19 10:22 pm (UTC)
wow, 27.5% of LJ users are too retarded to install AdblockPlus!
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[User Picture]From: tinylegacies
2009-03-20 10:39 am (UTC)
Or some of us browse from computers we don't own and don't have the luxury of customizing.
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[User Picture]From: gemfyre
2009-03-19 10:32 pm (UTC)
Many things I like about paid accounts, but I could bear to lose them all except scrapbook, where I have over 1000 photos uploaded.
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[User Picture]From: lady_astrocat
2009-03-19 10:35 pm (UTC)
I had a paid account for a while and now have a permanent account. I've always liked the extra userpics and the customization perks, and Scrapbook is quite nice (although it could stand to be tweaked).

I suppose the main reason that I paid for this account is that I just really enjoy being on LJ and wanted to have the full benefits of a permanent account, both for the convenience and to show my support for the site. I spend a lot of time on here every day to keep up with communities, and thanks to feeds I can have a bunch of my favorite websites rolled into the same page. I sometimes worry about the future of LJ, what with the current economy and the proliferation of Russian bots/spam, but I'm hoping things will improve.



Edited at 2009-03-19 11:17 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: littleroo27
2009-03-19 10:37 pm (UTC)
I bought someone else a paid account because they'd reached 1000 friends and needed to be able to friend more people.
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[User Picture]From: soaerang
2009-03-19 10:51 pm (UTC)
like many other people here, i'm on the fence with renewing my paid account when the time comes round. if it weren't for the history i have here and the ability to make specific comments private, i wouldn't renew. lj doesn't offer as many layouts, doesn't allow you to easily edit the html settings (i know NOTHING but was still able to navigate around blogspot), is in general, pretty unuser friendly and the home page is aesthetically boring. (in my opinion).

i love the fact that lj makes editing comments so easy to do and read, but lj definitely needs to step up their game in being as easy to use and creative as some of the other blogging websites out there.
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[User Picture]From: saintcheney
2009-03-19 10:53 pm (UTC)
I originally got a paid account because I really liked LJ and wanted to support it. What it has become is a way to avoid ads (among other things, but every time I am not logged in I am horrified by the ads). And I hate that, and I'm not even sure if that's reason enough anymore. I'm not too thrilled with the way you've handled things in the past, I'm not impressed with the way you do business anymore, and if I didn't have eight years of my life on here I'm not sure that I would bother. As it is I may not bother when renewal comes up, because I don't like paying for products I don't like. Maybe I'll just adblock everything for free.
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[User Picture]From: amagdalyn
2009-03-19 10:57 pm (UTC)
Like many others, I voted for the reasons why I originally got a paid account, not necessarily why I have one now. If I had to see ads, I'm sure I would use LJ a lot less.
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[User Picture]From: inmemoriam
2009-03-19 10:58 pm (UTC)
if the price goes up, i wouldn't renew. for the price we pay, though, and for what we get, i like having a paid account very much.
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[User Picture]From: ironed_orchid
2009-03-19 11:04 pm (UTC)
I initially signed up for paid so I could access more styles and customization, and then I got used to it. But since the introduction of ads, avoiding them has become a big motivator.
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[User Picture]From: chershey
2009-03-19 11:13 pm (UTC)
No ads is an EXTREMELY close second to advanced journal customization. Ads suck.
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[User Picture]From: ebonypearl
2009-03-19 11:30 pm (UTC)
The one and only reason I have a paid account is so I can create rss feeds so I can add non-lj blogs to my reading (aka friends) list. I don't use any of the other features and don't particularly care about them.
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