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16th-Mar-2008 01:10 pm
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Here's an alternate idea, one that will have a permanent effect without damaging LJ:


For one day, make no posts. Make no comments. Let there be NO new content added to LJ.

SUP obviously does not realize that Basic users have given something of value to them, that it is content that drives the site.

So, for one 24-hour period, from midnight GMT to midnight GMT, let's see how many people we can get to pledge to contribute NO CONTENT.

This will create a permanent downward spike in the daily-posts statistics, a permanent reminder of the power of the userbase.

Who's with me, and what date shall it be?

Edited to add: Friday, March 21, from midnight GMT to midnight GMT. No posts, no comments, in journals or communities, whether public, private or friends-locked. Spread the word!
16th-Mar-2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
This is a good idea and I'd be up for it. Maybe if you tried to get it posted to somewhere like ohnotheydidnt it might help get the message to more people?
16th-Mar-2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
Please post it wherever you think it's appropriate, to get the message out to as many people as possible.

Tell them to friend me for updates: normally I'd make a new basic journal for this bit of social activism, but as things stand I'll run it out of my own LJ. I promise to keep the personal chatter to a minimum until after the strike.

But please get permission from the mods before you post it in ohnotheydidnt. They have pretty strict rules against off-topic comments and posts. I hope they agree!

Edited at 2008-03-16 07:15 pm (UTC)
16th-Mar-2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
This is something I'd be up for. I can't go several days without visiting and causing hits on LJ, but I can go a day and not add any content. I would also be willing to try to get the word out on this where possible.

As for dates - Sometime soon? ;)
16th-Mar-2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Please post in your own LJ, asking your friends to post as well.

Friend me for updates about when.

(Normally I'd create a protest journal for this, but as things stand I'll have to run it out of my own.)
16th-Mar-2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
I'd be game, and I can try to pass it around, though I'm not sure how big a network I have to reach.
16th-Mar-2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
Every little bit helps. Your network may be small, but each friend has their own friends... and it spreads. That's the beauty and the power of LJ.
16th-Mar-2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
I think we need to choose a date before spreading information around
16th-Mar-2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
I'd like to get user input into which date will work out best. What do you think about March 21?
16th-Mar-2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
Good idea. May I include you in the links of my currently-in-composition post o doom about the whole situation?
16th-Mar-2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
May I include you in the links of my currently-in-composition post o doom about the whole situation?

Please do! Anyone who wants to join in the strike can temporarily friend me for updates.

ETA: The strike is scheduled for Friday, March 21, from midnight GMT to midnight GMT.

Edited at 2008-03-16 08:36 pm (UTC)
16th-Mar-2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
I quite like this idea. I could even avoid going on LJ at all. I'll be adding you for further information.

And may I suggest, for those adventurous ones, stretching this 'strike' further than the one day, possibly encompassing the whole weekend (of March 21)? I believe that this might be an even greater show of the effect it could have.
16th-Mar-2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry but from a business standpoint single day strikes never work. First of all they are too difficult to co-ordinate on the scale necessary to even achieve notice. Secondly the general response from corporations is that "Ho hum, they'll be back tomorrow". This is why those one day gas strikes that run around every couple of months don't work.

Another thing to point out is that you're deliberately picking Good Friday and Easter weekend. Many people are on Spring Break. Most Christian families are spending the time together as well. It isn't exactly a boom time in terms of postings and a drop off would normally be expected during this time frame.

Now, if you're insisting on getting this through, despite it's high probability of failure, then you need more than a week to disseminate the information. Even on the internet it takes time to move and be seen. Unless you've got people in the top 50 friended on your side, the time it would take to get to everyone is probably in the order of nearly a month to get to the 2 to 3 million active and passive users. Hell, my wife on checks her journal infrequently, posting rarely at best and that's not uncommon with a lot of users.
16th-Mar-2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
Gas strikes don't work because people are going to buy that gas anyway, either the day before or the day after the "strike". A content strike, though, will create a negative blip on the daily-posting stats that might make more of an impression than yet another comment on the news post.

I hadn't thought about it being Good Friday -- I'm Jewish, myself, with a lot of Pagan friends, so I'd realized it was both Purim and Ostara, but Good Friday is of course much more widely celebrated. I'd think that it would normally be a high-posting day, wouldn't it? People posting their weekend travel plans, their spiritual musings, the family-togetherness dramas and the cute things the kids said?

I think that we need to catch the momentum of the current wave of outrage. I've got a couple of the top 50 involved. This just might work.

Would you give it a try?
16th-Mar-2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
I'm with you. What are our terms though, and shouldn't we be stating those terms beforehand?

I could see three, keeping it simple.

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.
16th-Mar-2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
There might be room for one more, related to the removal of interests concerning fanfiction, depression, and homosexuality from the daily popular interests report. Something about treating users as the adults we are, not the teenagers they hoped for.

But you're probably right to keep it simple.

Edited at 2008-03-16 10:20 pm (UTC)
16th-Mar-2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
Hate to be a nay sayer, but I don't think this will have much effect. Similar one day boycotts (gas, phone, whatever) don't have any effect because the thing being boycotted is bought either before or after. Likewise, people here will just post the day before or the next day. Sure- there is a one day dip (maybe), but it will average out over the weekend.

At best, even if the one day boycott does cause a noticeable dip, what will it prove? People don't HAVE to have LJ? Will that be news to anyone? Or on a worse case situation, if there isn't an effect then it will show that people DO have to have LJ.

If you want to LJ to notice, what about a "try a new social network" day? Have a mass signup on Insane journal and do all the blogging there for a day. Or a week. LJ should know that will create a far greater risk of people leaving. To remind them not of the power of their user base, but that they are a company dependent on the content they are freely provided. If they insist on pissing off the content providers, the providers can and will go elsewhere.

With this protest, there is no risk of that to LJ. And that is the only thing that will affect them.
16th-Mar-2008 10:17 pm (UTC)
I hope that people will take their blogging elsewhere for the day, to discuss the strike and to support each other.

I hope that everyone will return to LJ, though. Without the content provided by all the other users, I certainly wouldn't pay to be here.
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17th-Mar-2008 06:52 am (UTC)
Congratulations. You win funniest post of the hour award.
16th-Mar-2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
I don't think this is a very effective idea. Everyone involved is just going to come back, so what is the point? Also, I think that the most people don't post every day anyhow, so it's not like this will be very noticed anyway.

In some ways, though, I kind of feel like there isn't any point in "speaking" to LJ anymore. For most users, this isn't a deal-breaker. I was talking to a friend who likened it to finding out that the free-ware she was using had gone to an adware or thirty-days free shareware deal. For most people, LJ is a product, and when you don't like what the company is doing, you throw it away and then go to another company. I think people will truly stop using LJ when LJ messes up on a core function. When it becomes routine for there to be problems with payment, when LJ loses data on a vast scale, if there are pervasive security problems, if LJ is down for hours and hours. I think honestly that's what it's going to take for people to stop using LJ for a meaningful amount of time.
17th-Mar-2008 04:24 am (UTC)
I feel the way you do--that it's a lost cause. But I'm willing to support the people doing the strike and participate. I'm tying to ween myself toward my IJ anyway, so it fits in with my plans, so what the hey--I'll join it.
16th-Mar-2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
I'll be doing this.

I believe Pacific Daylight Time is 7 hours behind, correct?
17th-Mar-2008 12:49 am (UTC)
I think Pacific is 8 because, at Mountain, I'm 7 behind.
17th-Mar-2008 01:18 am (UTC)
I can do that but only bc I'll be gone anyway. Otherwise I'm sure I'd forget. :-D
17th-Mar-2008 02:08 am (UTC)
I'll be participating and spreading the word.
17th-Mar-2008 02:34 am (UTC)
I'll participate -- ever since Strikethrough I've been trying to make the move to a Wordpress blog on my own website, so I'm up for the "blog elsewhere for the day" idea, too. I also posted about this to my own LJ to spread the word a little more.
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