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LJ Content Strike - Friday, March 21

Posted on 2008.03.18 at 13:55
Current Mood: bitchybitchy
Current Music: birds tweeting
I have been reading about the latest LJ flap on erestor 's site.   Nicked the following from heartofoshun
I do think it's a good idea for LJ users to make their concerns known, otherwise we will continue to have things done to us that we don't like.
[grumble - why do the corporates always gotta ruin it]


The one-day content strike is on for this Friday, March 21, from midnight GMT to midnight GMT.

For 24 hours, we will not post or comment to LJ. Not in our own journals, not in communities. Not publicly, privately, or under friends-lock.

This is a protest that will have long-lasting effects, showing up forever in the daily posting statistics.

This is a protest that will not harm LJ in the long run, as leaving LJ might do.

This is a protest that will demonstrate the power of community, as all users unite to support Basic users, the concept of adfree space, and our right to enjoy any interests we choose.

This is a protest that will educate the new owners that LJ is driven by user-created content.

How Can You Help?

DO post about this in your own LJ.
DO post and comment about it in appropriate communities.
DO turn off LoudTwitter and your RSS feeds for 24 hours.
DO feel free to friend me for updates, and defriend when the strike is over.

DON'T forget to get permission from community mods before making an off-topic post or comment about the strike.
DON'T be spammy with your posts or comments about the strike.
DON'T forget to turn your LoudTwitter and RSS feeds back on when the strike is over.

Appropriate Times

The 24-hour strike will begin at the following times for the following locations:

Thursday, March 20, 2:00 PM -- Honolulu
Thursday, March 20, 4:00 PM -- Anchorage
Thursday, March 20, 5:00 PM -- San Francisco; Los Angeles
Thursday, March 20, 6:00 PM -- Mexico City; Denver
Thursday, March 20, 7:00 PM -- Chicago
Thursday, March 20, 8:00 PM -- Montreal; New York
Thursday, March 20, 9:00 PM -- Buenos Aires
Midnight -- London
Friday, March 21, 1:00 AM -- Paris
Friday, March 21, 2:00 AM -- Istanbul
Friday, March 21, 3:00 AM -- Moscow
Friday, March 21, 4:00 AM -- Dubai
Friday, March 21, 5:00 AM -- Islamabad
Friday, March 21, 6:00 AM -- Bangladesh

Why Are We Striking?

We are holding the Content Strike because we want the new owners of LiveJournal to better understand the power and resolve of the LJ Community of Users.

We are holding the Content Strike because all of us, Paid, Permanent and Plus users as well as Basic, want to demonstrate our solidarity as a Community of Users. We do not consider Basic users to be freeloaders, we consider them to be valuable content-providers and Friends.

We are holding the Content Strike because we ache to do something to show our displeasure, and commenting on the news post -- even with cat macros -- just isn't powerful enough!

The strike has four terms:

1. Restore basic accounts for new account creation.

2. Inform users before any change to the site that affects how we use the site or demands on our resources.

3. Run change proposals by the Advisory Board and take their advice into account before implementation of any change.

4. Homophobia, misogyny, and racism must not be a part of the decision making processes about appropriate content of the site, including what user interests are deemed appropriate.

NOTE: We are aware that there may be good business decisions for eliminating Basic accounts. If Basic accounts are to be eliminated, though, that action should be taken only after approval of the Advisory Board and consultation with the LJ Community of Users.

Will This Make Any Difference?

The protests are making a difference. Within the last three hours (as of 3pm March 17, '08), the censored interests have been restored! If you look at the Popular Interests page, you will once again see the formerly filtered "fanfiction", "depression", "bisexuality" -- even "faeries". LiveJournal is once again presenting its true face to the world, not a sanitized blandness.

Please continue to spread the word about the Content Strike. We are not merely consumers. We are a Community of Users, and we will be heard.

LiveJournal Content Strike, Friday, March 21, midnight to midnight GMT.

No posts. No comments. No content.

[Unknown LJ tag]


erfan_starled at 2008-03-18 22:12 (UTC) (Link)
*embarassed* how do I make links? not the first time I've asked someone... want to copy this with the links working...
elfscribe5 at 2008-03-19 01:30 (UTC) (Link)
Hi Erfan,
I don't think there are any links in this. But for future reference, to create a link, you need the original URL. When you're posting, highlight the text that you want to link with your cursor and then click on that icon at the top of the tool bar that has the world with the chain. It will bring up a window and ask you to type in the link address. You can just copy and paste it in. That will create a link. Is that what you needed to know? (And btw, it took me a while to figure that one out too.)
elfscribe5 at 2008-03-19 03:36 (UTC) (Link)
Did you mean to copy the LJ journal links?
erfan_starled at 2008-03-19 07:06 (UTC) (Link)
Heya - I meant both, I have the lj user links learned now and thanks to you I also have the other which I wanted too. Thank you :)
phyncke at 2008-03-18 23:53 (UTC) (Link)
I have posted about this on my communities and will post it on my personal journals. I am trying to see if the graphics communities will join in. If those go dead...well woo hoo.

See what that does.

Where did this originate. It does not say in your post.
elfscribe5 at 2008-03-19 01:32 (UTC) (Link)
Where did this originate? I'm not sure. I saw it in posts on erestor's and on heartofoshun's LJs.
phyncke at 2008-03-19 03:11 (UTC) (Link)
Hmm. I just wonder where the whole thing started. If it came from a community or something. Hmm.

Laurelin (who wants to be a spatula)
pilgrimskiss at 2008-03-19 07:42 (UTC) (Link)
I won't be able to join the strike because I'll be asleep. :) Well, at least I won't be posting then, eh? I'm in full agreement though. LJ must be saved before it self-destructs.
elfscribe5 at 2008-03-19 19:45 (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure this will do any good at all or if LJ will notice or care. But, it doesn't hurt.
erfan_starled at 2008-03-19 19:59 (UTC) (Link)
Why does Erestor say that the community will break up? (Yes, I know I should ask Erestor but I'd rather admit I'm stupid to someone I know than a stranger.)
eveiya at 2008-03-20 07:33 (UTC) (Link)
First of all, I hope you don't mind a random, driveby reply here!

Of course I can't speak for erestor or anybody else apart from myself, but my own thinking is that SUP's management of Livejournal may over time bring about its demise because although they claim to be making "business" (revenue-based) decisions, they seem to fail to understand their "product" and its market. In the changes they've introduced (or attempted to slip past everyone unnoticed), they appear to be hoping to attract a younger, more mainstream, more profitable in terms of advertising/marketing revenue, user base - they're aiming to turn LJ into another Myspace, Facebook, Bebo, etc. However, what they're actually doing is pissing off their existing userbase to the extent where people are abandoning LJ altogether, while the mass influx or migration of schoolkids/mainstream social networking users SUP want isn't happening and isn't likely to happen in future. Basically, I think SUP don't realise they've already missed the boat as far as popular worldwide social networking websites are concerned, and if they continue as they're doing, they're likely to end up with an exodus of LJ's current users and nothing much left at all.
erfan_starled at 2008-03-20 18:09 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. No, I didn't mind the drive-by. I was glad to read this, though I had to go out and couldn't reply till now. You shed some light :)
elfscribe5 at 2008-03-20 18:28 (UTC) (Link)
Always good to get a drive-by. Good to hear from you and thanks for the thoughts. I don't pretend to know enough about whether a strike-out will cause anyone up top to notice or care. I think your comment about the owner's desire to have a product like Myspace is insightful. Obviously if you are a corporation, you want your product to make lots of money. But you also have to consider your customer base. I think people are reacting badly because we've seen a series of disconcerting moves and we all liked things how they were before all this started about a year ago. I don't know at what point things would become so hostile to my being here that I would want to cut and run. Probably if they really started censoring people's LJs. I don't have a problem with removal of some of those interests off their main page (not that I even ever knew they were there before) as I'd just as soon fanfic and all our other stuff we do stays under the radar. Any time public attention is drawn to our little hobby, people do not understand and want to shut it down.

Edited at 2008-03-20 06:31 pm (UTC)
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