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11 November 2011 @ 03:33 pm
Predict the next Permanent Account sale!  
Poll #1795587 Next Permanent Account Sale?

What is your prediction for the date of the next Permanent Account sale?

By the end of 2011
6(6.2%)
Early 2012
6(6.2%)
Mid 2012
9(9.3%)
Late 2012
14(14.4%)
Early 2013
1(1.0%)
Mid 2013
1(1.0%)
Late 2013
4(4.1%)
2014
0(0.0%)
2015
1(1.0%)
After 2015
2(2.1%)
Never
53(54.6%)
 
 
Current Mood: curiouscurious
 
 
 
Yáng Yuǎn Zhìadudeabides on November 17th, 2011 12:42 am (UTC)
Sorry about the delay on approving that. I was without internet while moving.
zamn zaddyzaddy on November 17th, 2011 12:55 am (UTC)
No problem!
Brother Flaming Sword of Moderationjohno on November 17th, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)
They do it when they need a quick infusion of cash.

A more important question is:

With all their recent issues, will any care or buy them if they are offered.
Esprix: LiveJournalesprix on November 17th, 2011 07:00 am (UTC)
I'm afraid they're going to use a permanent account sale as a last-ditch effort to save the damned site entirely. :(
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★Tommy★: Good Morningsatyresque on November 25th, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC)
Just because I am curious
Since the obvious reasons may not be that obvious, what might those be?
Shandrewshandrew on November 29th, 2011 10:10 am (UTC)
Re: Just because I am curious
Back when I got my permanent account (2002 or 2003), LJ was one of the most amazing sites on the internet. The community was wonderful, the developers and staff were the cream of the crop, and the tech was impressive (for example, memcached, which today speeds up pretty much every social site). LJ was exciting and cutting-edge. Buying a permanent account was a no brainer because I felt like I was contributing to a great project, good people, and something which would be useful to me for a long time.

Today, LJ (for the non-russian side) is largely stagnant. Long-standing bugs, such as ads showing up on paid account pages, don't get fixed. The RSS reader is awful. Basic features that people expect nowadays like search don't exist. Other sites have eclipsed LJ. The communities are fading--most of the friends I met on LJ have left.

A permanent account is a long term investment and a contribution, and a statement of trust.

(Oops, deleted my original comment that you replied to, which said:
Why do you think LJ is short on cash? Or needs saving?

While certainly on the decline in the US, LJ is now a majority Russian
site. LJ is HUGE in Russia.

(Of course, I'd definitely advise anyone to avoid buying a permanent
account, for obvious reasons...)"
)
Esprix: LiveJournal - serious businessesprix on November 29th, 2011 06:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Just because I am curious
I'm disillusioned by the U.S. side of LJ as much as you are, for the same reasons. To me, a perm account sale would *feel* like the end of the road to me. (I didn't say it was rational.)
lay your heart out, we're not coming backwinks on November 17th, 2011 01:45 am (UTC)
I would imagine it will be soon as LJ is getting very slow.
Niya the Frazzled, yofrazzled_niya on November 17th, 2011 06:10 am (UTC)
Would be nice...But it would be nice to see some of the issues that some users have voiced seen too :\ it's chasing a lot of people away from LJ.
C Eagle: wot?c_eagle on November 17th, 2011 07:16 am (UTC)
Not even sure what to think about this. I see LJ the old way, the good old fast-loading S1 style, and without ads, but once in a while when not at home, I access it like non-paid non-perm users, and it's the miserable experience they say it is. :|

I'm not sure what sort of future LJ has... just based on that alone.

Horrible pop-up ads are the WORST, and annoying ads of many other kinds while browsing... completely against what LJ said it stood for years ago. It's a classic case of give them an inch, they take a mile.

So while I still think it's the best thing out there for what it is to me, and paid journaling with friends, I don't know if that's enough to get new people to continue crossing over, if the awful Ad experience is what they see at the doorstep before even coming inside the house.
prideandprejudiceandcheese: [superman] KNEEL BEFORE ZODfirewalkwithme on January 3rd, 2012 10:07 pm (UTC)
Weird, random question that is probably answered in a faq somewhere but how do I switch back to S1?
C Eagle: wot?c_eagle on January 4th, 2012 07:17 am (UTC)
uhhhhh.... well..... *ulp* ... I can't really be sure, but, I think that may have been one of those one-way things... I hate those. I've seen so many things where you can't go back, that I kept the original style (after trying the S2 one) in a test account way way way years ago...
So I don't recall exactly, but maybe you can't go back :|

Good Luck, especially if you are successful!
prideandprejudiceandcheese: [ac] jugheadfirewalkwithme on January 15th, 2012 02:27 am (UTC)
And thank you!
prideandprejudiceandcheese: [tp] birdyfirewalkwithme on January 15th, 2012 02:27 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)
Schneelockeschnee on November 17th, 2011 10:53 am (UTC)
I'm going with "Never" — I think they'll only sell these when they're really strapped on cash, and that they'll otherwise want to rely on steadier income streams where people keep on paying regularly. And since SUP seems a bit more competent than 6A, I'd wager a guess they might not have one again at all, ever.
Jack Wilkinson: Snarling Bearadminbear on November 17th, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
I wish they wouldn't sell any more permanent accounts. Leave those of us that have them in our own little private club.
Knorg Knorgsson: Sandwichcrackpig on December 14th, 2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
Stuck in a private club with a bear?

But what if I get eaten?

Jack Wilkinsonadminbear on December 15th, 2012 12:47 am (UTC)
You'd enjoy yourself!! ;-) GRRRR!