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From now on, it's see ads on LJ, or pay up

As of NOW: Basic Account is an option available to accounts which were created before March 12, 2008. No account created after this date can be turned into a Basic Account. Basic Accounts will not have any advertising displayed on their accounts, but will have fewer benefits and features.

The official statement is buried at: FAQ #38 Did they announce this in news? lj_2008? lj_releases? Nooooo they did not. This was discovered by the folks at no_lj_ads!

And "Jason Shellen, VP of Product Development for LiveJournal" says it was to make the registration process "easier for new users to understand" To which I say, Apparently they think their users are STUPID. The new ones for needing it "easier" and the old ones for taking that crap.

ETA: No one asked Brad. And he's on the LJ Advisory Board -- that was the whole point of the advisory board!
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Mar. 13th, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
As I was saying to mrkinch the other day: I trust completely in 6A/Sup's continuing ability to drive customers away.
Mar. 13th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
They are so UNCLEAR ON CONCEPT! I guess it's good they didn't announce this on Friday evening, but still. They do think their customers are too stupid to notice what's changed. Assholes.
Mar. 13th, 2008 11:55 am (UTC)
LJ sucks more and more.
Mar. 16th, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC)
The only reason I found out about that was that was that Cee mentioned that she was glad she had hoarded all those basic accounts and that now she was going to be rich. I never did find an announcement or anything, I just signed up for a new account to see what it looked like, then I went, "Oh-ho-ho."
But you know, maybe its a metrics thing. Maybe most of the people with basic accounts are the people who a) cause them problems by demanding they be fair and upright. b) write our questionable but so far legally innocuous material in said journals. Maybe this is some kind of tactical move to drive away the people they like the least.
Or they're retards. I dunno.
I still say mass exodus is a viable option. It's just logistically tough to organize I guess.