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18 March 2008 @ 03:58 pm

For those of you who don't already know, there has been a strike scheduled for Friday, March 21st, 2008, during which we hope to have many members of LiveJournal provide LJ with absolutely no content for twenty-four hours. This means no posting and no commenting. If you post elsewhere and have it set up to be posted through a feed on LiveJournal, don't do it. Stay away from LiveJournal for twenty-four hours. That can't be too hard, can it? I know some of you are probably quite active on LiveJournal and will find it hard to stay away for an entire day, just as I will, but this is something that needs to be done, to show the people running LiveJournal that we're watching the changes they are making, that we're paying attention, that we're discontent, and that we want to be heard and taken in to consideration. We are not simply users who can be tossed to the side and ignored. We are the people who make up LiveJournal. Without us, without the content we create, without our words, our voices, our creativity, our participation, there would be no LiveJournal. This is a fact, and it needs to be realized and understood and then taken in to consideration when making decisions regarding the way that LiveJournal is run. The strike is only a few days away, so there isn't all too much time to prepare. While this is unfortunate, it isn't enough to keep this strike from taking place. It will take place, the second it is meant to, and it would be best to have as many people take part as possible. Please, spread the word. Spread it fast. There are only a few days to organize this. If you find that you care about LiveJournal or care about the people you interact with on LiveJournal or simply want it to remain a place where you can entertain yourself without constant censorship and money-hungry practices being thrown in without the consideration of those who use the service, act now. If you don't wish to spread the word, that is fine, but please: refrain from using LiveJournal on Friday, March 21st. Do something else for a change. It's for a good cause. (:

For background on this strike and why it is being held, please read the following posts:

To find out exactly when the strike begins and ends, depending on where you are located, please see this:

What's this about?

* It's about free and ad-free LiveJournal accounts being abolished for new members, ignoring the advice from the newly-formed Advisory Board.
* It's about LJ staff trying to sneak this decision in under the radar, and when people found out, telling the users it was done 'to make the signup process less confusing'.
* It's about LJ staff failing to apologize for trying to hide the facts from view and for lying about the actual reasons for their actions.
* And finally, it's about the latest decision to hide certain user interests from the list of Most Popular Interests, some of them being fanfiction, bisexuality, sex and depression. This decision was not announced or explained in any way. Users found out for themselves.

-Taken from the journal of m03m



tigerdear on March 18th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
wow I really hope lots of people do this, I don't like the way LJ has been going recently, it just seems like one bad decision after the next. Hopefully this will make them pay attention to the users.
etienne on March 18th, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks for letting us know!
I will definitely do that and am spreading the word, too.
tiger_tyger on March 18th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
<3 for helping spread the word and give people the choice to join in or not.
jetaimemoncheri on March 18th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that. I will pass it on.
chocobomb on March 18th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
yay, got it. from 21 in morning till 22 in the morning, exact hour ;) no LJ.
thanks for mentioning!
butterflysnf on March 18th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
I am sharing in my journal friends only.
If that is a problem I guess I can make it public for a bit?
I am taking off for some shopping.
Please let me know.
_remains on March 19th, 2008 12:15 am (UTC)
i'm not really sure what you mean but feel free to share this message with whoever you want or don't want to. :)
(no subject) - butterflysnf on March 19th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC) (Expand)
luminaires on March 18th, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
Count me in! I'll include this post on Tuesday Shoes (my community) and credit you :)
_remains on March 19th, 2008 12:15 am (UTC)
aw, don't credit me! i got it from somewhere else too.
(no subject) - luminaires on March 19th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC) (Expand)
hidethe_cutlery on March 18th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
well i dont post anyway, so, this should be a snap.
good to know whats going on though (L)
jessstretch on March 19th, 2008 01:23 am (UTC)
brilliant. reposted in my own journal.
love the icons too. :)
nonbeast on March 19th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
lol, yeah this'll work.
kanaetkassad on March 19th, 2008 01:53 am (UTC)
i'm in!
lilacwine on March 19th, 2008 03:50 am (UTC)
I'm in for sure. I linked to this page from a post in my graphics community, vanillablossoms, hope you don't mind.
fortune on March 19th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC)
Thanks for knowledge of this. Like everyone else, I am EXTREMELY discontent with the current changes going on here at livejournal. I've already linked this entry to a few people and have re-posted it to my own journal and will be taking part in the strike. It's time for a change. A good one.
bitterpanda on March 19th, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)
will repost in my lj,thanks!
rockit_rocket on March 19th, 2008 05:44 am (UTC)
Is everyone really going to do this?
held___together on March 19th, 2008 06:32 am (UTC)
the answer to that is no.

but people who care enough will.