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5th-Jan-2007 04:14 pm - Official Communities showing ads
Skittish Eclipse
Some official communities are starting to show ads. Current official communities showing ads include:

lj_spotlight
lj_maintenance
tipoftheday
lj_feedback

And now news, just in time for State of the Goat.

No comments yet from staff, but it has only been a short while since the comments were made, so it's possible one might be forthcoming. (Although, of course, there's no obligation to give one, so maybe not!)
Comments 
6th-Jan-2007 12:49 am (UTC)
Ouch. I really don't like the way the whole thing truncates to the left and leaves a massive column of white all the way down the right hand side.

It's been ages since I looked around logged out.

Still, if it helps pay for the wages of whoever is trying to fix the server response errors that have had me hit refresh FIVE TIMES in order to get the reply page open...
6th-Jan-2007 01:26 am (UTC)
I'm getting near constant "The connection to the server was reset while the page was loading." for some reason, but my internet has been pretty wanky of late, due to last night's power outage.
6th-Jan-2007 01:31 am (UTC)
No, I'm getting them constantly as well. Initially I thought my dial up, but it's only for LJ :-(
(no subject) - foxfirefey - 2007-01-06 02:11 am (UTC)
(no subject) - matgb - 2007-01-06 02:19 am (UTC)
6th-Jan-2007 02:48 am (UTC)
Ouch. I really don't like the way the whole thing truncates to the left and leaves a massive column of white all the way down the right hand side.

That reminds me, there's a CSS fix for that and I need to update the wiki page on it, but it was on UserStyles.org which is down now.
(no subject) - janinedog - 2007-01-06 03:04 am (UTC)
(no subject) - foxfirefey - 2007-01-06 03:58 am (UTC)
(no subject) - janinedog - 2007-01-06 04:30 am (UTC)
(no subject) - foxfirefey - 2007-01-06 04:32 am (UTC)
(no subject) - janinedog - 2007-01-06 04:31 am (UTC)
(no subject) - foxfirefey - 2007-01-06 08:18 am (UTC)
(no subject) - ex_uniquewo - 2007-01-06 04:02 am (UTC)
(no subject) - foxfirefey - 2007-01-06 04:06 am (UTC)
6th-Jan-2007 01:21 am (UTC)
State of the Goat: Bad.
6th-Jan-2007 04:39 am (UTC)
I emailed feedback@ a little over 4 hours ago to ask why this change was made, since I haven't seen a single staff member address it (cynical me, but I'm not surprised). I'll post the response here, when I get it.
6th-Jan-2007 04:46 am (UTC)
It's a pretty recent change and there's probably tons to get done, so.
(no subject) - ex_shattered767 - 2007-01-06 04:51 am (UTC)
(no subject) - ex_shattered767 - 2007-01-08 06:48 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - foxfirefey - 2007-01-08 09:26 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - ex_shattered767 - 2007-01-08 09:35 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - foxfirefey - 2007-01-08 09:44 pm (UTC)
6th-Jan-2007 06:51 am (UTC)
Such a shame it had to come to this.
6th-Jan-2007 06:57 am (UTC)
I dunno, I'm pretty sure most anti-ad folk were expecting it at some point. Putting ads on official communities is low hanging fruit.

Higher hanging fruit, but still within the range of possibilities, is mobile web advertising and ads in RSS and ATOM feeds.

6th-Jan-2007 07:14 am (UTC)
I'm not sure if they can legally put advertisements in RSS/ATOM feeds since technically they're coming from other sites and therefore, the copyright owners of those sites probably wouldn't be happy with LiveJournal making money off their own site. Unless said other site is a site like TypePad, which SixApart also owns, in which case they could probably do it.
(no subject) - foxfirefey - 2007-01-06 07:17 am (UTC)
(no subject) - halfawake - 2007-01-06 08:55 am (UTC)
(no subject) - matgb - 2007-01-07 01:46 am (UTC)
(no subject) - ex_shattered767 - 2007-01-07 05:19 am (UTC)
(no subject) - matgb - 2007-01-07 05:35 am (UTC)
(no subject) - foxfirefey - 2007-01-07 05:43 am (UTC)
(no subject) - matgb - 2007-01-07 05:48 am (UTC)
(no subject) - foxfirefey - 2007-01-07 05:54 am (UTC)
(no subject) - matgb - 2007-01-07 06:02 am (UTC)
6th-Jan-2007 07:32 am (UTC)
I agree. But it is still sad to see, once all the ads are shoved in everywhere(and everything becomes so ugly), I doubt Live Journal will even resemble the site I knew and loved.

It just seems to me that not seeing ads will be the main focus of paid accounts if they get to stick around in the long view of things.

(no subject) - thewhiteowl - 2007-01-06 05:37 pm (UTC)
9th-Jan-2007 01:49 am (UTC)
Before I forget to mention this:

http://community.livejournal.com/changelog/4300801.html

"SUP will also be handling advertising to people in the ex-USSR regions." I think we already knew that but...
9th-Jan-2007 02:38 am (UTC)
Hrm. It's more and more apparent that the deal with SUP isn't really opt outable, at all.

The static files are not escapable and neither is being served advertising from them.
10th-Jan-2007 11:41 pm (UTC)
There's a new post on lj_ads that also has a mention of the official communities turning plus.

Anyway, didn't they keep telling people that they wouldn't put ads on the homepage so paid users didn't have to see them before logging in? And now they claim that putting them up there was always the plan. I'd go searching for the comments but there's like a million of them in the relevant posts and I don't have much idea where to start :(
10th-Jan-2007 11:44 pm (UTC)
I could've sworn paid users concerned about seeing ads before they logged in were told the ads would not be on the homepage. I'm going to see if I can't find those comments today.

Of course, technically that was already broken much earlier with Sponsored Communities and Amp'd Mobile branding, so...I'm not sure how different it really is now.
(no subject) - matgb - 2007-01-11 12:12 am (UTC)
(no subject) - foxfirefey - 2007-01-11 12:15 am (UTC)
(no subject) - solitudinarian - 2007-01-11 12:14 am (UTC)
(no subject) - foxfirefey - 2007-01-11 12:16 am (UTC)
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