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On Today's LJ Strike 
21st-Mar-2008 01:39 am
Who besides me knows that LJ user stats get done by the week or by the month, not by the day - and that consequently if, and it's a big if, a noticeable percentage of people would actually stop using LJ for a day, it would go completely unnoticed?
21st-Mar-2008 05:40 am (UTC)
Yeah... I don't pay for my LJ, and I don't notice anything really obnoxious, so really who cares? There's so many other things to think about, this is kinda petty really.
21st-Mar-2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
Actually I wish they would look at the stats for just today, because its turning out to be quite a high traffic one, by the look of it . .

Edited at 2008-03-21 01:37 pm (UTC)
21st-Mar-2008 05:42 am (UTC) - there is a strike?
I didn't even notice.

what do they hope to solve?
21st-Mar-2008 06:00 am (UTC)
I understand some of the frustration people have, but I don't believe a one day strike will have any impact. It reminds me of the idea of not buying gas a particular day of the year which equally has zero impact. I respect my friends you choose to strike, but I just don't see the logic.
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21st-Mar-2008 12:00 pm (UTC)
SUP asked for advice. SUP ignored, or at the very least didn't take, the advice. Big fuckin' whoop.

To me, this is not much more than trying to stir the Net.Drama Cauldron with a big 'ol "WAAAAAAAAAAH! I sold my company to someone who then sold it to you, and you act like I'm no longer in charge! WAAAAAAAAAH!" temper tantrum. And I'm amazed not only at the number of folks who "bought in" to it, but also at the specific folks themselves who have chosen to carry the Tantrum Torch.
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21st-Mar-2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
Or...just accept the plus account, get something like the free version Spybot Search & Destroy which will redirect about 99 44/100% of ad sites to the bit bucket (and is a good program for anyone on Windoze to have and regularly run anyway, to boot), and be done with it.
21st-Mar-2008 07:16 am (UTC)
The strike is pointless to me.
21st-Mar-2008 07:50 am (UTC)
From the start, this "strike" has seemed like so much breath-holding and foot-stomping rather than effective protest. Good luck to 'em, I guess.

21st-Mar-2008 09:15 am (UTC)
This includes 24-hour info:

But it doesn't matter anyway. The standard response is "I don't care, at least I'm doing something" *eyeroll*
21st-Mar-2008 10:47 am (UTC)
Plus, the guideline of "if you can possibly stand not logging in for 24 hours, do that!" If you can't avoid a website for more than 24 hours over something you are supposedly VERY PASSIONATE about there are other problems here.
21st-Mar-2008 11:27 am (UTC)
I dunno. I got a comment on my Wednesday post that's about the best defense I've been given of it so far, but even then, yeah, I don't know either. And the threats of striking have gained attention -- but perhaps not the desired attention?
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21st-Mar-2008 12:04 pm (UTC)
Two of the long-ago "founders" of LJ are upset that SUP is no longer offering an ad-free "free" account and instead are "forcing" ads upon those who choose not to pay for this service. *eyeroll*

As I said above - it's not much more than a "WAAAAAAAAAAH! I sold my company to someone who then sold it to you, and you act like I'm no longer in charge! WAAAAAAAAAH!" temper tantrum.
21st-Mar-2008 01:23 pm (UTC)
Although most of the reasoning I've seen flying through my friends pages has morphed into a censorship issue -- that LJ has blocked searches on controversial topics (like bisexuality). This would bother me more if I could get any real corroboration that it has happened.

As of yet, I haven't seen anything.
21st-Mar-2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
I've seen that on my flist, too - and the only concrete examples that I've seen provided are from the "delete anything mentioning or presenting pedophilia" decisions, including a shitload of fanfic slash porn involving Harry Potter and Dumbledore (ewwwwww BrainBleachNow, plskthx), from last year right after SUP took over LJ. As for keyword searches, the only references I've seen are that "So-and-so says in this post that it happened", but when I've gone to So-and-so's post, it's says "So-and-so-else says in this post that it happened", serve, volley, lather, rinse, repeat.

Somehow, and I don't understand how, that morphed and mushroomed into "SUP is CENSORING any and all GLBT content everywhere on LJ!!!" which is demonstrable bullshit. I'm with tonethbone - it's Spring, so it's time for the Annual Vernal Equinox LJ Drama Explosion. Last year it was the Bear411Brouhaha; this year's it's CENSORSHIP!.

Now that's it's Spring, I really wish that the DramaLlama would tell all of these folks to back away slowly from their keyboards and go outside for "recess".
21st-Mar-2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
I'm rather apathetic about the strike. There are other things more important to me - such as trying to get myself appointed as Sen. Obama's privacy czar once he takes office. *nods*
21st-Mar-2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
I've read the post about the strike and by posting today, I'm breaking how many rules...but I digress. What are they talking about when they say that LJ is censoring GLBT sites. I'm in a few of those communities and they look fine to me. I kinda think this whole thing is a little off. Like so many are saying, the ads really aren't a big deal...they aren't interfering with our daily posting....idk....
I think that if they want to really make an impact, have the strike for a week or two...but I don't think many people could last that long....or could they....
Well I'm done pissing off the masses today :)
21st-Mar-2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
I'm not happy about the change. I sent an email saying so. That ends it. I have every right to let them know I am not happy. But you know something they have every right to tell me I can like it or lump it. I CHOOSE to use this service and I can choose to accept their changes or leave. Its that simple. I hate to say this to my friends who are up in arms, but its not worth the angst or drama.
21st-Mar-2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
the stats published on the site might be weekly -- but lj uses omniture (remember that big privacy debacle over it a while back?) to track their traffic, and they can watch trends down to the hour if they want. :)
21st-Mar-2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
But they don't, and they wouldn't. Trust me, I know - used to volunteer with support/abuse.
22nd-Mar-2008 02:48 am (UTC)
Actually not to spoil all the teasing fun, but I used to run Web Trends for a large company and stats are are kept by hour, day, week, month and year to date.

So all those stupid, foolish, asinine, spoiled, "whatever" people did get their blip.

Just to bring the facts to the table on the web metrics...
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