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And yet another feature that made LiveJournal unique vanishes... [Thursday 13th March 2008 at 7:04 pm]

[Feeling |disappointeddisappointed]

For those of you who haven't been paying attention, a few months ago LiveJournal got sold to SUP, which had been for some time supporting the russian community. At the time they promised a grand 100-day plan, complete with an advisory board formed of some of the most influential figures from LiveJournal's history.

And now we've come to the end of the 100-day plan, and while there were many grand changes announced (and some good ones, like reworking and clarifying the abuse rules), there's been a small but extremely significant change that was very quietly made. FAQ #38, What are the different account levels on LiveJournal, was updated, and the following was added:

"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."

Back in ye olden days, one of the core tennants of LiveJournal is that you would not have to pay to have a journal on it. Free accounts were just that - free, while you could, if you wanted, pay for extra features. Then came adverts, but they were very carefully added, such that you only saw them if you were logged out or using an ad-supported account, and paid users *never* had or saw ads anywhere. The basic free account still existed, and was still ad-free.

Now the basic free account has gone, and LiveJournal's joined the ranks of sites that plaster you with adverts unless you pay a subscription.


'Tis a sad day for Livejournal.

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[User Picture]From: omgimsuchadork
Friday 14th March 2008 at 12:36 am (UTC)
Man, and I just upgraded. I can change it back, but still, it's sad to know that some people won't ever have that option. :::sad face:::
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[User Picture]From: link077
Friday 14th March 2008 at 1:41 am (UTC)
It's disappointing, especially how they handled the announcement (or rather lack thereof). In the past few years LJ (under various new ownership) has made some poor decisions, and now I'm starting to consider dropping my paid account.
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[User Picture]From: sarshin
Friday 14th March 2008 at 5:38 am (UTC)
Eh, the ads don't bother me so much...since I guess the internet is plagued with ads. You learn to ignore them.

But yeah, all this is kinda...eh. Made me stop getting a Paid Account anyway.
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From: (Anonymous)
Wednesday 26th March 2008 at 4:05 am (UTC)

thanks much

thanks much, dude
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From: (Anonymous)
Saturday 5th April 2008 at 10:53 pm (UTC)

thank you

thats it, brother
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