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The end of Basic accounts 0_o 
13th-Mar-2008 12:26 am - The end of Basic accounts 0_o
Account creation:When creating a new account you're no longer asked to choose an account level. You're only asked if you want to upgrade to a paid account. It is not mentioned anywhere that you can have a free and advertising-free account.

krysaia tells us why: "Basic Account is an option available to accounts which were created before March 12, 2008. No account created after this date can be turned into a Basic Account."

Limit reached: Support volunteer intrepia adds that "the cutoff is that accounts with a userid below 15136000 can convert back to basic." This limit has been reached some time on March 12.

Paid time running out or opting out of Plus: what happens? When your Paid Account expires or when you opt out of the Plus level, your account will revert to the type you had beforehand. If you went from Basic to Paid/Plus, you will revert to Basic. If you went from EA to Paid/Plus, you will revert to EA. If you went from Plus to Paid, you will revert to Plus. If your user id is below 15136000 you will then be able to switch to basic. Your user ID's on your profile. It's the number next to your username.

Not seeing the same text on the FAQ: some of you may see a different version of the FAQ quoted above if they're viewing the site in another language than American English (because volunteers haven't had the time to update the FAQ in their language). So here's a screencap.

Statements from the LJ Staff:
[x] A statement from Jason Shellen, VP of Product Development for LiveJournal.

[x] Another statement has been posted in news.

Reactions from members of the Advisory Board:
[x] Brad "advised against this" but "hadn't heard anything recently about it.".

[x] Esther Dyson, another member of the Advisory Board, says she wasn't consulted either.

[x] danah boyd's reaction: "Needless to say, Brad's pissed. I'm pissed. Not only because we both vehemently disagree with this change, but because they made such a change without consulting us. Or rather, we were both at a lunch a while back where they asked us what we thought and we both told them that this was the worst idea ever, although for different reasons. I had thought it had been tabled until I learned of this. After it had been posted."

Feedback: SUP's contact page and Jason Shellen's 6A and LiveJournal, Inc. addresses if you need them.
13th-Mar-2008 07:09 pm (UTC) - Re: Esther Dyson not consulted either
yes, given that she said 'you can quote'. Here's the full email exchange:

Hi Dan -

the short answer (which you can quote) is that I was not consulted about
this in advance... and yes, I think I should have been. But I can't say
much more until I find out more, which I hope to do shortly.

Yours from a train, heading for a plane...
Esther Dyson

At 09:09 AM 3/13/2008, Dan O'Huiginn wrote:

> Esther,
> You sit on the Livejournal advisory board. Livejournal have just made a
> major, controversial policy change - abolishing free, advertising-free
> 'basic accounts' [1]. They've apparently done this without fully
> consulting at least one other advisory board member [2].
> So: were you consulted about this move? Did you approve it?
> [also: I'd like to share your answer with other LJ users. If you don't
> want me to do that, please say so. If you could make a public statement
> somewhere, that would be even better]
> best wishes,
> Dan O'Huiginn
> [1] http://community.livejournal.com/no_lj_ads/76062.html
> [2] http://brad.livejournal.com/2368071.html
13th-Mar-2008 07:12 pm (UTC) - Re: Esther Dyson not consulted either
Perfect, thank you. I'll add this right now.

My apologies for not seeing the 'you can quote' part. I've just realized I had completely missed it.

Edited at 2008-03-13 07:21 pm (UTC)
13th-Mar-2008 08:55 pm (UTC) - Re: Esther Dyson not consulted either
Psst, "says she wasn't been consulted either" = "says she wasn't consulted either" or "says she hasn't been consulted either". Which is silly for me to point out because practically all the comments I made earlier this morning have sooooo many errors in them. But editing comments is not possible for me!
13th-Mar-2008 09:40 pm (UTC) - Re: Esther Dyson not consulted either
Oh thanks. So much for trying to make this mess of an entry clearer! ;)
13th-Mar-2008 09:54 pm (UTC) - Re: Esther Dyson not consulted either
I'm starting to wonder if I shouldn't make a FAQ. There are several things that people keep on thinking that may or may not be true.
13th-Mar-2008 08:44 pm (UTC) - Re: Esther Dyson not consulted either
Well done, in tracking her down, asking a very reasonable question and getting a quotable response!

So much for "thought leaders"...
13th-Mar-2008 08:49 pm (UTC) - Re: Esther Dyson not consulted either
Thank you for being polite in this letter! Good job.
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