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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: daev
2009-03-19 05:29 pm (UTC)
Around the time that invite codes went away, Brad defended his changes by saying that he wanted LiveJournal to be really free, to offer all the good stuff to everyone without ads. (Obviously that didn't happen...) He said that if only a small percentage of users paid, the LiveJournal business could afford to support everyone else. The benefits offered to Paid members were more in the nature of tokens of appreciation for their contribution to the LiveJournal cause.

Basically, Brad implied: LiveJournal = PBS.

I'm big on PBS and do-gooder causes like that, so I signed on. SixApart and SUP have made it a lot harder to see Brad's original vision, but I persist in contributing to LJ in hopes that the original project of "let's build something great and give it away for free" might re-emerge someday.
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[User Picture]From: swift535
2009-03-19 05:53 pm (UTC)
I didn't join until 2004 or so, but that was the same mentality I approached it with. At the time, there were no ads, no apparent focus on profit. I became a paying member to support that communal mindset. Since then things have seemed to change pretty drastically and frankly all the efforts at extracting more money out of people have just made me kind of resentful, and haven't made up my mind if it's worth sticking around or not with all the free sites available that do the same things (primarily facebook).
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[User Picture]From: lizzie
2009-03-19 05:55 pm (UTC)
This pretty much sums up my sentiment, too. When I started a paid account, it was because I wanted to support a product that I liked and I wanted others (free users) to benefit from my support (by the fact that the community can remain free to people who choose that route). But once 6A and, later, SUP took over (and especially once ads appeared), having a paid account was no longer about paying for the good of the community. Now I'm paying in hopes that one day LJ will go back to its roots.
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[User Picture]From: foxfirefey
2009-03-19 06:05 pm (UTC)
LJ is never going to go back to that model, and it's not fair to expect it to. SUP is a company that's mostly interested in jockeying into the nascent Russian web economy, and they want to make as much money as they can--that's it's purpose. Right now I don't even know if they're making money off of LiveJournal, despite having a good majority of unpaid accounts Plus and the rest showing ads to any logged out users, and that worries me.

In order to find a smaller business that focuses mostly on sustainability and do-goodness, you'll have to go to somewhere like Dreamwidth.
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[User Picture]From: tallblue
2009-03-19 08:39 pm (UTC)
I want to try Dreamwidth, but would want a permanent account and I am not sure on their prices or if I will even have a chance at it. If it is as good as LJ was and we have great themes to play with with a good amount of users pics and a scrapbook I am going to try and go for it.

I wish I knew more so I could have contributed to the project :(

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[User Picture]From: foxfirefey
2009-03-19 10:16 pm (UTC)
You can see the account levels, their features, and their prices and more info about the perm sale here. I'll also note that DW won't have Scrapbook to start out with--the Photobilder code is not integrated well into the main code, and so our goal would be to replace it when we come to it.

I think we're pretty well covered for volunteers for right now, except for always needing more coders. This will change as the project progresses, however, and there will be plenty of opportunities for volunteering.

Edited at 2009-03-19 10:16 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: claireylouisa
2009-03-19 06:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah when I first got my paid LJ it was just to support the site, the staff doing excellent things and allowing people to have free accounts.

Now it is so I don't see ads!
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[User Picture]From: keristars
2009-03-19 06:58 pm (UTC)
Yup, I think this is exactly why I originally bought my account. The customisation and icon options were a perk, like the free symphony tickets my local PBS/NPR station give out if you donate a huge amount.

Now, I keep paying because I don't want to deal with ads, plus I'm so used to having a paid account that I'm not even entirely sure what features are only paid and I'd miss if I stopped. (and every now and then, I remember Scrapbook and use it for photos I don't want to share with Flickr)
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[User Picture]From: horosha
2009-03-19 07:13 pm (UTC)
That was my thinking exactly. I loved Brad for taking that attitude and really seeming to care about the quality of service, even if at the time LJ was missing some basic things like comment editing (even bug trackers let you edit your comments). Giving a little to help keep a good service going was all the justification I really needed (particularly since I'd found a home here).
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[User Picture]From: beeooll
2009-03-19 09:57 pm (UTC)
I like PBS too but I'd be upset if livejournal always tried to sell me motivational DVDs.
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