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No more Basic Accounts [Mar. 12th, 2008|05:26 pm]
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I'm on SUP's LiveJournal Advisory Board. Apparently SUP just killed the Basic ("Free") accounts. Before my commentary, some history of LJ account levels:

When I started LiveJournal, there were two account levels:
  • Free Account -- no ads, no cost, but minimal features.
  • Paid Account -- no ads, costs money, get everything.
The paid users, while minimal, paid enough to keep the site running, and brought in enough revenue to keep growing the site, and paid our salaries. The free users, while not paying, were extremely valuable because they produced the content that the paying users were there to consume. You know, the whole network effect thing? Anyway....

When SixApart wanted to do advertising, they made a new account level in the middle that users could choose, and also renamed "Free Account" to "Basic Account" to disambiguate what "Free" meant. Now we had:
  • Basic Account -- no ads, no cost, but minimal features. (the old "Free Account")
  • Plus Account -- ads, no cost, medium feature set.
  • Paid Account -- no ads, costs money, get everything.
I was happy with this, because it was optional and ads would only be on their journals, and paid users would never see them. In theory. In practice, ads started leaking all over the site and paid users would see them whenever they logged in because they no longer had their cookies saying they were paid. The day SixApart decided that the site itself (not user's journals, but the chrome of the site itself) would have ads was a sad day for me... I cried a little tear.

And today, SUP has apparently removed Basic accounts altogether:

http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=38&view=full
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"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."

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I advised against this (when I heard a rumor about it awhile back). I hadn't heard anything recently about it. Perhaps they interpreted my advice as "well, okay, then maybe we'll at least grandfather the existing Basic users, and not convert them all to Plus..."

In any case, SUP apparently sees no value in freeloaders not looking at ads, not paying, and oh wait... producing most the content for other members to read, other members who are looking at ads and paying for their accounts.

Let's hope my permanent account is grandfathered.

Yours truly,

Brad Fitzpatrick
LiveJournal Advisory Board Member
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[User Picture]From: ginger_maya
2008-03-14 12:11 pm (UTC)

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As a person blatantly racist towards the Russians you're being very hypocritical in accusing someone of antisemitism.

[User Picture]From: abba_ueban
2008-03-14 10:39 pm (UTC)

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I'm just paying them with their own currency just to see them drown in their own bile.
[User Picture]From: ginger_maya
2008-03-14 10:41 pm (UTC)

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You spew far more bile than anyone else, combine it with terrible manners and come off as petty and racist.
[User Picture]From: abba_ueban
2008-03-14 10:42 pm (UTC)

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Perhaps you're not very well acquainted with the Russian part of LJ, which is filled with nationalism, antisemitism and utmost stupidity.
[User Picture]From: ginger_maya
2008-03-14 10:45 pm (UTC)

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I may or may not be that, but to generalise for the whole Russian people based on your experiences with an online group, that is downright immature.
Do you even know any Russians in real life?
[User Picture]From: abba_ueban
2008-03-14 10:51 pm (UTC)

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And to generalize for the whole Jewish people based on some prejudice, not even knowing any Jew in real life is very mature and patriotic!
[User Picture]From: ginger_maya
2008-03-14 10:53 pm (UTC)

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Doing the same with the Russians makes you the same sort of person - a racist. Hence, you lose your moral right to judge.
[User Picture]From: abba_ueban
2008-03-14 11:10 pm (UTC)

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Now we're back to where we started from. I'm just paying them with their own currency to show them what they are.