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Question for Paidmembers [Mar. 19th, 2009|11:58 am]
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[marta]
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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: marta
2009-03-19 05:27 pm (UTC)
"We" in this context is "staff" - many of us had our own Paid Accounts before becoming staff, but the reasons might have been different.
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[User Picture]From: love2loveher
2009-03-19 05:40 pm (UTC)
Sorry, I belatedly noticed the "staff" in your icon!

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[User Picture]From: unixronin
2009-03-19 11:57 pm (UTC)
Marta, let me expand on my poll replies a moment.

When I joined, there were no ads and there was no comment editing. There was Free, Paid, and Permanent. At that time, I went with a paid account primarily because it gave me more userpics and let me customize my style and my mood icons (and in principle even create new mood icon sets, though I've never gotten around to building my long-planned set of Easter Island mood moai). Subsequently, I've been very glad that my paid account kept me from ever having to see the ads of sponsored accounts, and eventually comment editing (something I've been wishing for almost since I joined) got added too. Frankly, none of the arguments against it ever made a lick of sense. ("People might edit their comments to make a following commenter look bad." Uh, explain to me again why people can't do that with their posts already? Think of it as a public asshat-detection feature.)

There's basically two main things I don't like about LiveJournal.

1. Styles - The style system is cryptic, poorly documented, and difficult to make extensive customizations to beyond tweaking the color theme and a few exposed settings. Better documentation would probably help with both of the other two problems. As far as I can tell, the last time I looked there was no documentation whatsoever on how to, for example, create a complete new style from scratch, or even just add a new property to an existing style.

2. Security model - The combining of the concepts of "People whom I trust to read restricted entries" with "People whose journals I want to read" and conflating them with the concept of "Friend" is just ... wrong. It's awkward and a source of unnecessary drama. I have no particular problems with the idea of declaring other LJ members "friends" - but it'd really be nice to get the security and subscription aspects separated out. Instead of just a blanket "friend", we should have "subscribers", "subscriptions", and "trusted", my "trusted" list should NOT be public knowledge - it should not be visible on my profile to anyone but me, and "subscription" should NOT imply "trusted" as it does now. If people want to keep the existing "friending" mechanism as a purely social network of people they publicly declare to be friends as well, that's fine, but splitting up the security model as I've just described would finally make it work. Right now, it doesn't.

(Yes, I know I can set up defined friend groups and restrict a post to one or more of those. I already do so, but that only partially addresses the issue.)
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[User Picture]From: gargoule
2009-09-15 11:33 pm (UTC)
Dreamwidth is where you want to be then.
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[User Picture]From: unixronin
2009-09-15 11:43 pm (UTC)
Indeed. And I've had a Dreamwidth account (two, in fact) for some months now.
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[User Picture]From: gargoule
2009-09-15 11:44 pm (UTC)
I really have to say that I do like what they're doing over there.
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