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I pledge to post as much as I feasibly can, even though I will be at work and won't have access to my livejournal.

I pledge to read my friends list and comment on as many posts as I possibly can within reason (no, I will not spam your entries, I'll just actually show that I do read your LJs everyday).

I pledge to contribute to communities I am a part of with helpful suggestions or poignant questions.

I pledge to use my PAID account to the fullest. Maybe even throw up a poll, maybe even a phone post, and possibly add a few more icons to my collection.

I pledge not to listen to the whiney emo kids who are unclear on the concept of the business world in which servers + bandwidth = money, free accounts + ads = money to make up for the fact that you are using an awesome service for free and basically freeloading off those members who wish to pay for their service, and that consumerism is, on the whole, not a bad thing.

Will day of silence make a difference? Nope, not at all, not in a little bit. Why? Because the people who participate in day of silence are too lazy to move over to the "free" sites that use the same LJ open source code but not lazy enough not to whine about the whole "unfairness" of the situation.

I will also point out that one days strikes rarely do any good. Union strikes, hunger strikes, sit ins - all of those usually go on until their demands are met or until the police come to break them up. If you REALLY wanted to make a difference, you would deny LJ your business for as long as it took for them to realize that you and your community mean what you have to say.

And really, all you participants of Day of Silence are deluding yourself into thinking that SUP actually cares about you, your journal, your information, or what you post. They are just a business. And, with any business, you can chose to take yours elsewhere. Yes, it is a burden on you, and yes, you may lose some information (however, there are many free programs out there that will allow you to archive all your past entries), but if you are REALLY serious about "sending a message" to SUP, the removal of your money will send a greater message than the removal of your content..

If you would like more information on countering the LJ Day of Silence, I recommend this post by cortana and this post by theanklebiter. A quick google search for "lj day of silence" brings us this entry by theredzebra1. "content strike live journal" brings up a lot of pro-content strike links, but also a few "hey guys, let's not be lemmings" posts, such as this one by al_fuego.

Over in the "real world," there is an article posted on c.news, LJ to be mute tomorrow.

Everybody has the ability to make their own informed decisions on what to do about their LJs tomorrow. You can chose not to post anything - efficiently silencing yourself in the hopes that SUP will listen to voices it never heard to begin with; you can chose to post a lot which could conceivably use up their bandwidth even more (this is particularly good if you have a non-paid account); or as one user suggested in the c.news article, you can delete your account for one day - I'm sure they'd see THOSE numbers. Or, better yet, delete your account for the full 30 days...but...but...could you live without your livejournal for THAT LONG?
 
 
 
 
 
 
But maygra posted a rather interesting post on the LJ business and such. http://maygra.livejournal.com/373865.html

Personally, I think the LJ/SUP isn't a very SMART business, seeing how they appear to be going after "how much money can we make?" and avoiding "how can we make our clients happy?" However - seeing how many people are on livejournal, active or not, I can understand why they don't care as much - I don't think there is one, solid, unified MAJORITY on LJ. Everybody's a minority in some sense when you get to be as huge as you are. However, despite LJ/SUP being stupid businesswise, they still aren't fucking up to a degree where I need to take my business elsewhere.

Now, without any research, I would hazard a guess that a majority of LJ users are probably teenagers, perhaps female, who honestly don't care that much about the business practices of this company.

Also - with a keen eye to Godwin's law - When do you think the comparisons to nazi german will be made? Am I a nazi supporter just because I happen to stay because things haven't gotten bad enough to leave yet? Will they close the border and make it IMPOSSIBLE for me to take my business elsewhere? When will they start the ethnic cleansing (or have they already attempted to what with the earlier strikethrough epidemic and then, more recently, the filter on the search page that was recently removed?)
Everybody's a minority in some sense when you get to be as huge as you are

And that's it exactly. LJ/Sup is big. Bigger than people realize. They don't need to cater to the individual groups. It would be a good idea to stop pissing them off though.

Most people don't care about the business practices of the company. I understand that they are a company and they will make money and really they haven't done anything to impede my ability to enjoy LJ so why do I care? I think that's most people's stance.

And really they may have crappy customer service, but they still offer the best product. I have wordpress, insanejournal, and journalfen accounts and frankly the main reason for not moving is that LJ provides the best service. I'm not gonna move to a site that doesn't offer me the services I want unless the majority of fandom moves. And fandom (as a whole)only moves when better technology comes along.

Godwin has probably already been invoked. Go check out the lj_biz or lj_policy posts. Bet there's something there.
I would imagine it would take A LOT to get all of fandom off of LIveJournal (although that strikethrough incident definitely got a lot of panties in a wad).

Somewhere in my search for anti-content strike posts I came across a comment that basically stated people who were participating in this "strike" were taking themselves far, far, faaaaaaaar too seriously. I agree with this, because the community that follows LJ policy seems to be a community all on their own.

Questions - is LJ a fandom? y/n

As for Godwin and perusing the Lj_biz/Lj_policy posts - while I have the day off, I think my time is better spent doing the dishes and cleaning then wading through sixty five billion posts of WAAAH WAAAH WAAAH! although the offer is rather tempting. However, I need my brain cells to get me through grad school.
I think LJ could be considered a fandom. Certainly has enough wank for it.

Fandom only migrates with better tech. Things that make the fannish experience better. People may move, but fandom doesn't.

Maybe the f_w write up has it?
It's not really a fandom until someone writes fanfic about brad and the goat....wait, I said it so it must already be out there...I...I hazard to look *bites nails in fear*

I don't think anybody could really make the LJ experience better outside of livejournal. ALthough, in the world that most of the LJcrazyfans live in, LJ would be free, have the best customer service availble, admins that scramble to their every whims, no trolls, no crazy folk, and nobody that doesn't act or think like the rest of the 13billion journalers...or something like that....

I didn't see any godwin on the f_w write ups, but maybe I'm not looking hard enough?
I'm sure someone somewhere has at the very least speculated about Brad/Frank. I know there is Frank fanfic as I've seen it.

A lot of LJers use crazy troll logic don't they? Course I'm not sure how many of them had to find an invite code to get onto lj in the first place. The Brad run LJ was not the Utopia people like to think it was.

Maybe it actually hasn't been invoked. That'd be weird. I was sure this had been going on long enough for that.
would writing slash about the admin be considered RPS? As much as we like to *think* that those admin are real people, I don't think they are. SUP ROBOTS! SUP ROBOTS!

We need a good fandom name for the batshit LJ users who actually care about this stuff. I think my brother is an early adapter and I got into LJ before the invite codes, then had the invite codes to give away, and then they got rid of them again. As for all these new online journals that use the same code as LJ, I really do wonder how long they will remain free. I mean, JF was free - I got in without paying and without a code, but I know that's not the case anymore. I have a feeling that will be the case for GJ, IJ, and others if they really do open their gates to the LJexpats.

I think something really, truly EPIC has to happen in order for Godwin to be invoked. I'm still amazed that the whole filtering of interests went so unnoticed. Granted, it was fixed, but there still hasn't been (to my knowledge) an official appology or an explanation for why they decided to filter out anything that appeared to be LBGTQ centered.
I thought there was an apology on lj_policy? I could be wrong though.

blogshitters? LJbats? I don't know.

GJ is practically dead now. It couldn't hold up to the strain. Anyone who's tried to go to f_w during an epic wank knows that their servers can't handle it. IJ is much like LJ back in the day only with ads. I don't hold out hope for them being able to take the strain.

And that's the thing. In order to take the strain they'd have to do something to pay the bills. And then we'd have this situation all over again.
You know this, I know this, anybody who has actually thought about the issue knows this. However, blogshitters live in their own little entitlement world in which all services are free, FREE! FREEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Because, you know, ideas are free. *insert some comment on freedom of speech, or something*

I like blogshitters, I really do, but I wish there was a way to get LJ inthere somehow.
The problem is that the vast majority of people are not only idiots they are sheep. So they see someone they think is smarter then them making a post about STRIKE and thus go STRIKE.

Thinking for yourself is hard.

Blogshitters has a nice ring to it, but something with LJ in it would be more appropriate.
PS - I really want some sunchips right now. Just, you know, because I have a taste for them.
Sunchips are delicious.
I saw this article from Sun and thought of you.

Last night I had a dream where Daleks suddenly appeared in the back yard of my parents house in Davis (only after we read a really weird version of a Spin and Speak) and then the Doctor arrived, along with a magical flying robot, and we rode a giant dog to victory (I say "we" because there was another person involved but I dont know who it was).
That is brilliant. Both the article and your dream.

Which Doctor was it?
Ten, in all his geeky brilliance.

He also seemed to be friends with the magical flying robot (that looked like a cheep transformers knockoff). Too bad it was right at the end of the dream. This is what I get for sleeping for 12 full hours (I passed out at about 8:30 last night. I was going to wake up to watch TopChef but my body had other plans).
Then perhaps the other person was Martha. Or Mickey. Maybe your dream took place when during the time that Rose went off to spend the day with her mom and the Doctor and Mickey went off in the TARDIS.

Yes, that is my official fanon.
I love the fact that you are now turning my dream into fanfic :)

WAIT! WAIT! THIS IS PLAGIARISM! THAT DREAM IS MY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY! I'M SICING MY INTRAWEBZ LAWYERS ON YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOU!

No, really, I kid :-P

YOu know the all the Doctor and Mickey did when Rose went off with her mom was lay about the tardis eating funions and watching porn.
Not the Internet Lawyers! How will I ever survive them?

No, they went off and had adventures and stuff and were actually gone for three months. That's why there is the complete change in personality between Girl in the Fireplace and that really bad rip off of Spare Parts/The Reaping.

and my Internet Lawyers have mad skillz, w0rd.

I always felt bad for Mickey, well, up until the end when he actually stood up for himself. Rose was nice and all, but I always wanted to smack her silly. And, really, we can't BLAME Rose for changing the role of the companion - it's not her fault, she was just written that way! :-P
Rose was the victim of horrible and inconsistent writing. The likes of which have not been seen since Wesley Crusher.

Mickey was better then the rest of them. He actually had a character arc.
I liked Mickey too, I liked how his character grew. Rose stagnated. It was sad :(
I can't watch episodes of S2 because of Rose's characterization. It pisses me off way more then it should. But that's okay because I don't much like those episodes anyways. Except Fear Her.
This whole things is getting onto crazy levels, which is not to say that I think that anti-Semitism is crazy (because it's not) but that this whole ordeal is snowballing into something very, very....odd.

I should go on record saying that if people want to participate in the content strike, I'm not going to stop them; I just think that a one day strike is completely pointless, especially when it really won't accomplish all that much. For example, the writers strike lasted what, four months? Everybody felt that, hollywood felt that, god bless the oscars for saving the day (she says jokingly, or maybe not). What will one day of LJ silence really do? And let's not ignore the fact that SUP knows it's happening and doesn't seem to care.
It's worrying that people are being pro anti-antisemitism because it's also anti-SUP. That's some fucked up logic. I'm not in anyway comfortable with this turn of events. But as we all learned a few months ago people feel perfectly okay using the term kike in response to someone's post. And then don't understand why that's not okay.

SUP doesn't care because they know it won't do anything. viciouswishes got quoted on meta_fandom with her excellent post about why they don't care. One day will mean exactly nothing.

I'm not against advertising at all, I'm intensely displeased by things like beacon and what the +account advertising targeting that's going on, cause LJ needs to stay the fuck out of my content creating basic account's business and what I'm doing on the Intarwebs. There's a difference between a concept like adSense where you look at what I'm publically entering or saying to you, and respond by pulling advertisements b,d, and k out that are theoretically similar to me. However, following me around for the rest of my activities online while I go look at whatever porn I feel like, etc does not sit well with me.

Additionally just setting up random blogs and an RSS reader now enables more or less exactly the same service that LJ provides
And that's a fair statement to make, although I have not seen any proof that they are going to use beacon. I know that someone used beacon as an example, but from what I've read, I have not heard that LJ is actually going to use that.

By all means, moving to another system is more than fair for you to do, and setting up an RSS feed is also easy and simple. There are a lot of other blogging services out there and while most of them are free, I highly doubt they will stay that way for very long.

My main problem with the content strike is that it really is a pointless "attack" against LJ an SUP and people are jumping on it like a heard of lemmings without really thinking the matter through. I'm not about to stop them from what they are doing, but I think it's silly and that people are taking themselves way too seriously.

Now I highly doubt that my own activity tomorrow will do anything, and perhaps my own statement is just adding gas to a fire full of irate and overly serious bloggers, but I like to balance the scale of rational thinking.
indeed, the content strike is useless. Aside from it not being particularly useful, I'm not doing it since I most likely wouldn't post tomorrow anyway XD

even just Blogger is perfectly useful and sponsored in such a way that I'm not offended by. Failing to just setup my own blog with like typepad etc and actually get paid to create content myself =O (which I really should do)

I'm really only just displeased from a privacy standpoint. If they want to do away with basic accounts being created fine, I'd get slightly emo if they retroactively fucked up basic accounts as that would effect me more. But I still use shit like deviantart that is a hideous advertising place. About the only worse thing that place could do that they don't get is use douchetastic interstitials.