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01 April 2007 @ 03:15 pm
Upcoming LiveJournal Developments  
As announced in a previous news entry, LiveJournal will be selling Permanent Accounts in the near future. Rumors have been floating around at the alleged prices of these new accounts, with the most common figure being 250 USD, and some "guesstamites" reaching 650 USD.

In a recent IM conversation with 6A staffmember, the price and date for the next sale were confirmed. Permanent Accounts will go on sale 28 April for the amount of -- are you ready for this(?) -- 75 USD. The conversation/source can be viewed here (hopefully I set the securtiy right on that entry so you guys can read it, too.

Now, that's bound to infuriate some permies who paid for their permanent accounts previously -- and, to a lesser extent, those who earned theirs -- because it is significantly cheaper than what accounts previously costed. There will be no refunds of the difference, obviously, for those who previously paid a higher premium.

Sadly, it may not make a difference. As stated in the above-linked conversation, 6A has made tentative plans to phase-out permanent and early adopter accounts by the end of this calendar year. Early adopter accounts will revert to basic/free status and permanent accounts will revert to soon-to-be-coded "Sponsored Elite" accounts. That is, a second-tier sponsored account (with advertisements) with paid account benefits (you read that right -- less perks than permanent accounts currently have). The advantage is that you don't have to pay, like paid accounts. All account types will see advertisements. Expect a preliminary code change in the next 60 days, to allow for this change in advertisement policy, and a larger code-push in September.

Tentatively, these changes will be made between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, to take advantage of the "lessened user activity trend observed in major holiday periods." In English? Less people to complain. Users will get a heads-up in a news post in July or August. Petitions are expected, but will be disregarded in favor of a "changing corporate profile" (I'm not sure what that means, exactly.) Consequently, I expect this community will become deprecated by the end of the year. Bleh.
 
 
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Tobey Cooketherpunk on April 1st, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
And if you did, you'd be right.

Just by posting that last line :P
Yáng Yuǎn Zhìadudeabides on April 1st, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC)
The last line was confusing, so I deleted it. It wasn't an indication, sorry.
Charmander: tom brady - hmphpokecharm on April 1st, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
oh God, please tell me this is a joke...$75 for what we paid way more for...that really burns my toast...and less perks - what is their stupid problem? may be I need to find a new site to waste my time at...
You're stabbing my cortex when you know I'm insaneglowing_dragon on April 1st, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC)
Check the date of this post.
.: L Word (Alice) Broken/Cryinglovedforaday on April 1st, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
75 USD

I think I'm going to be sick.
(Screened comment)
Yáng Yuǎn Zhìadudeabides on April 1st, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
That's weird. qfemale is able to read it. I wonder why you can't.

Hrm...I'll try to fix that.
(no subject) - qfemale on April 1st, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(Screened comment)
Yáng Yuǎn Zhìadudeabides on April 1st, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
Huh? If you read the linked convo...
(no subject) - grahams on April 1st, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - grahams on April 1st, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - adudeabides on April 1st, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC) (Expand)
qfemale: Misc - Death shall have no diminionqfemale on April 1st, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
What.. I mean.. WHAT?

And they don't even plan on letting the news out before they sell the perm accounts in a month?

S.H.I.T!

That's really low!
Guess the 'give us money' link in the current news post isn't that far fetched!

Thanks for the link to the convo. That was an eye-opener!
:-(
You're stabbing my cortex when you know I'm insaneglowing_dragon on April 1st, 2007 11:21 pm (UTC)
Check the date on the post.
Malmalnpudl on April 1st, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
When I click on the link I get "You are not authorized to view this protected entry".
Yáng Yuǎn Zhìadudeabides on April 1st, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
I know. I'm trying to fix it. Some people can read it and some can't, and I don't understand why...
(no subject) - malnpudl on April 1st, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - kellzilla on April 1st, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - glowing_dragon on April 1st, 2007 11:21 pm (UTC) (Expand)
ZJRwinterknight on April 1st, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
I do hope this is an April Fool's post.
Abe Hassanburr86 on April 1st, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
Yep, it is. :P
(no subject) - winterknight on April 1st, 2007 08:44 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - jojobear99 on April 2nd, 2007 05:59 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - burr86 on April 1st, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - winterknight on April 1st, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - glowing_dragon on April 1st, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - 7rin on April 2nd, 2007 01:54 am (UTC) (Expand)
Carostarryskies on April 1st, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
I can't get to the conversation. I really hope this is an April Fool's joke...
Karisu | カリス ("sama" = facetious ^___^): I aim to misbehavekarisu_sama on April 1st, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
I'll bet the "conversation" will be visible tomorrow, and will read thusly:

"April Fools!"

*rolleyes*
Michael Jablonjablms59 on April 1st, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
I hope this is an April Fools Joke....
Sonic Alphasonicalpha on April 1st, 2007 08:40 pm (UTC)
It's still April 1st, right?
subbes: MST3KLJsubbes on April 1st, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
Hint: the best April Fools jokes are the ones whose perpetrators don't have to delete and screen comments to keep up the illusion.
xiahou bieber: you are ****hezul on April 1st, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC)
Signed. :<

(I don't mind a good April Fool's joke, but a lot of the ones I've seen today have been kind of sad. Sigh.)
(no subject) - adudeabides on April 1st, 2007 08:48 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - melsmarsh on April 1st, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - adudeabides on April 1st, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - fidgety on April 1st, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - glowing_dragon on April 1st, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Schneeschnee on April 1st, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC)
Nice try.
Johnwibbble on April 1st, 2007 08:48 pm (UTC)
Bit late in the day for this sort of thing - normally it's done before midday.
Sonic Alpha: All Seeing Eyesonicalpha on April 1st, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC)
Indeed
(no subject) - glowing_dragon on April 1st, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - heinous_bitca on April 2nd, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Cold Spaghetti: Cococoldspaghetti on April 1st, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
Crap, I fell for it.