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Passing this on from several sources (primarily [livejournal.com profile] leora who used to volunteer for LJ support). Her comments on this issue are here, here, and here. Comments from Advisory Board Members are here and here.

I got the following response from [livejournal.com profile] wanderingpixie and [livejournal.com profile] penumbren. I expect to see [livejournal.com profile] leora post about it soon.

LJ-Strike info

The one-day content strike is on for this Friday, March 21, from midnight GMT to midnight GMT.

For 24 hours, we will not post or comment to LJ. Not in our own journals, not in communities. Not publicly, privately, or under friends-lock.

This is a protest that will have long-lasting effects, showing up forever in the daily posting statistics.

This is a protest that will not harm LJ in the long run, as leaving LJ might do.

This is a protest that will demonstrate the power of community, as all users unite to support Basic users, the concept of adfree space, and our right to enjoy any interests we choose.

This is a protest that will educate the new owners that LJ is driven by user-created content.

How Can You Help?

DO post about this in your own LJ.
DO post and comment about it in appropriate communities.
DO remember that it's based on Greenwich Mean Time, which may not be your local time.
DO turn off LoudTwitter and your RSS feeds for 24 hours.

DON'T forget to get permission from community mods before making an off-topic post or comment about the strike.
DON'T be spammy with your posts or comments about the strike.
DON'T forget to turn your LoudTwitter and RSS feeds back on when the strike is over.

Appropriate Times

The 24-hour strike will begin at the following times for the following locations:

Thursday, March 20, 2:00 PM -- Honolulu
Thursday, March 20, 4:00 PM -- Anchorage
Thursday, March 20, 5:00 PM -- San Francisco; Los Angeles
Thursday, March 20, 6:00 PM -- Mexico City; Denver
Thursday, March 20, 7:00 PM -- Chicago
Thursday, March 20, 8:00 PM -- Montreal; New York
Thursday, March 20, 9:00 PM -- Buenos Aires
Midnight -- London
Friday, March 21, 1:00 AM -- Paris/Amsterdam
Friday, March 21, 2:00 AM -- Istanbul
Friday, March 21, 3:00 AM -- Moscow
Friday, March 21, 4:00 AM -- Dubai
Friday, March 21, 5:00 AM -- Islamabad
Friday, March 21, 6:00 AM -- Bangladesh
Friday, March 21, 7:00 AM -- Bangkok
Friday, March 21, 8:00 AM -- Singapore
Friday, March 21, 9:00 AM -- Tokyo
Friday, March 21, 10:00 AM -- Brisbane
Friday, March 21, 11:00 AM -- Sydney
Friday, March 21, 12 Noon -- Suva

A more complete list of local times can be found here.

Why Are We Striking?

We are holding the Content Strike because we want to demonstrate that LiveJournal is content-driven.

We are holding the Content Strike because we want the new owners of LiveJournal to better understand the power and resolve of the LJ Community of Users.

We are holding the Content Strike because all of us, Paid, Permanent and Plus users as well as Basic, want to demonstrate our solidarity as a Community of Users. We do not consider Basic users to be freeloaders, we consider them to be valuable content-providers and Friends.

We are holding the Content Strike because we ache to do something to show our displeasure, and commenting on the [livejournal.com profile] news post -- even with cat macros -- just isn't powerful enough!

The strike has four terms:

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.


4. Homophobia, misogyny, and racism must not be a part of the decision making processes about appropriate content of the site, including what user interests are deemed appropriate.


NOTE: We are aware that there may be good business decisions for eliminating Basic accounts. If Basic accounts are to be eliminated, though, that action should be taken only after approval of the Advisory Board and consultation with the LJ Community of Users.

Will This Make Any Difference?

The protests are making a difference. Within the last three hours (as of 3pm March 17, '08), the censored interests have been restored!

If you look at the Popular Interests page, you will once again see the formerly filtered "fanfiction", "depression", "bisexuality" -- even "faeries". LiveJournal is once again presenting its true face to the world, not a sanitized blandness.

Please continue to spread the word about the Content Strike. We are not merely consumers. We are a Community of Users, and we will be heard.

LiveJournal Content Strike, Friday, March 21, midnight to midnight GMT.
No posts. No comments. No content.



Date: 2008-03-18 10:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leora.livejournal.com
I wasn't planning to because I honestly don't think it will make a difference. The only actions that will make a difference are not buying paid time (or other paid things) and transferring currently sponsored accounts to basic. Also, for volunteers to quit. I'm not sure how much of any of that will happen. And even if it does, I think the only way things will become halfway decent again is if SUP decides they can't handle LJ and sell it.

If I wanted to post about disturbing things, I'd post about this, but I'm not sure I should just become a relay for links.

And none of that touches on the fundamental problem that LJ is run by SUP... In some ways, I think I'm glad they're messing up in ways big enough for Americans to be affected, because if they were only going to harm Russians, I think it'd work.

Date: 2008-03-19 03:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sue-n-julia.livejournal.com
Pulling your paid account only encourages them to find alternate funding. If SUP thinks users are willing to pay their own costs, perhaps they will be less interested in ads. Pulling out of LJ completely might send the message you want, but then the community is less rich.

S

Date: 2008-03-18 10:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leora.livejournal.com
Someone who I trust and may or may not be good at judging (I trust her to be honest and care, I don't think anyone I trust knows how to actually get outcomes I'd be satisfied with, just their best guesses) thinks the postcard write-in might get some attention. I do think the postcard write-in campaign has more hope than the strike. I really don't think the strike will do anything. It probably won't even be noticed. Especially given the timing of the strike.

Date: 2008-03-18 10:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] d33ann.livejournal.com
This stupid strike will be about as effective as those "don't buy gas today" or deciding not to shop at store because you and your friends don't like it. Boycotts for one day don't work, and this isn't even a boycott because, well, one, it's not a boycott, and two, no one has informed the people running the site about it in an organized manner, which is the only way boycotts work. I'm betting that less than 1% of LJ users will participate, and it will be less than a blip in the year's traffic.

Also, why do you have an minors warning on every post? I've been meaning to ask that...

Date: 2008-03-20 03:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leora.livejournal.com
I have just changed my opinion on this strike from thinking it silly to participating. What changed my mind was a SUP employee in an interview saying that real users aren't striking. That he won't say that nobody will strike, because it's easy to create 100 fake journals and say they are striking and then give people something to point to, but he doesn't think real users will do this.

While I think the majority of users will not - LJ is huge - I find it offensive that many of the people I know are deemed either fake or likely to be cheating.

They just gave it relevance it didn't have, and that is while I will strike.

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