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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
Early 2012
Mid 2012
Late 2012
Early 2013
Mid 2013
Late 2013
After 2015
Current Mood: curiouscurious
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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.)