April 19th, 2006

ui, pastede

In-tro-ducing... *flamewar* (yet another State of the LJ Post)

[Edited to include: update on ad-blocking! 2006 04 20 16 16]

(bottom of this post if you need to skip it)

news: Now that you've heard the back-alley rumors, we're confirming them! It's not just Free and Paid anymore, there's a Sponsored+ level! Be assured that we won't tell you that you need your man-bits enlarged, even though from your behavior in the comments we can see that you're really insecure about that! Anybody want to beta-test? Oh, and if you make an LJ banner ad that is totally t3h winz, we can use it! Have at!
frank: "Will work for pants!"

Refugees from slashdot: "First!"
Someone who's never been to slashdot: "Is there some kind of competition?"
slashdot User: "Welcome to the Internets. Here's your free eyespork. You'll need it."
Refugees from metaquotes: "Icon Love!"
Friends & Family of Support volunteers: *hand out flame shields and asbestos underwear*
Support Volunteers: "Thanks. ...hey, will this give me cancer?"
LJ Staff: "... I'm not nearly drunk enough to deal with this."

Users who missed the rumors: "...WTF."
Broke Users: "Wow, awesome."
Laid-Back Users: "Interesting."
Pervy Users: "No inappropriate ads? No fair!"
Disenchanted Users: "Bloody sellouts."
LJ Supporters: "It's LJ, so it's got to be good."
     Disenchanted Users: "No, it doesn't 'got to be good'. How much crack have you been smoking?"
          LJ Supporters: "Less than you, evidently."
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                                                                 LJ Realist & LJ Supporters: "More likely LJ is a bunch of broke geeks trying to keep everything half-decent for end-users. Did you miss the part where LJ is a business, not a non-profit charity made specifically so you can tell the world about your cat? In short: STFU."
                                                                      Disenchanted Users: "Make me!"
LJ User Trying To Read The Discussion: "Damn this is a lot of comments."
LJ Staff: "OMG. Why did I not remember to buy another bottle of Scotch?"

Paid Users: "Could be worse. At least they're not going all MySpace on us."
Free Users: "Perish the thought."
MySpace Diehard: "When are they going to make it so you can take people off your friend-of list?"
Support Volunteer: "MySpace shows only mutual friends. You, too, can choose to show only mutual friends on your userinfo page! At least LJ tells you when someone's reading you, vs. MySpace where someone can so totally be stalking you without you realizing it if they have you private-bookmarked."
Disenchanted LJ Users: "This ad crap is so totally too much like MySpace."
MySpace Diehard: "So you spend enough time on MySpace to know what it's like? Hypocrite."
Paid Users: "Just glad I won't have to see these unless I get logged out."
Paid Users with Free Accounts: "Or logged in under an alternate free account."
Paid Users: "Who seriously goes around logged in under another username any significant amount of time?"
Locked RP Enthusiasts: "You'd be surprised."

FireFox Users: "Meet my friend ... Adblock."
LJ Technicalities People: "Meet your enemy, the part of the LJ TOS that says you can't."
FireFox Users: "Weeaaall, shit. They can't ban me if they don't catch me..."
LJ Technicalities People: "So what are you doing talking about it in a news post, then?"
brad (belatedly): "Drat those lawyers! I never meant to say that!"
Legally-Savvy LJ Users: "Is it time for new lawyers, then?"

New Sponsored+ Users: "Whee! Features! Thank you, LJ!"
Would-Be Sponsored+ Users: "GHA! It fux0red my layout!"
lj_ads: "Care to give a little more feedback on what isn't working?"
Free Users with Standards: "Not with those features. Now if I got to do X and Y, I'd consider it..."
Curious Users: "Who's got screenshots?"
Curious Paid/Permanent Users: "This sounds nifty to try out. How do I turn it on if I'm paid/permanent?"
Bitter Users: "... you've got to be on crack."
LJ Users with Standards: "Flash ads? Fuck no."

Bitter Paid Users: "LJ is t3h suxx0r."
Pissed-off Users Trying To Read Comments: "Dude. Get a fucking life."
Bitter Paid Users: "The value of my journal has depreciated!"
Pissed-off Users: "The value of my life has depreciated by watching you whine. LJ Geeks, how's about that killfile so I won't have to read this person even by accident?"
LJ Geeks: *probably aren't reading the thread or else they might agree*

GreatestJournal Supporters: "GJ > LJ."
LiveJournal Supporters: "LJ > GJ."
GJ Supporters: "Sellouts."
LJ Supporters: "Your momma."
Old-School LJ Users: "Why did they ever get rid of invite codes?"

Early Adopters: "Where's the love?"
Longtime news Readers: "Page 6? You're slipping."
permmembers: "Yay for permanent accounts!"

alexlucard: LJ, in general, according to my oh-so-scientific poll, has the following overwhelming feeling about the ads: 'PIKACHU!!!' "
alexlucard: *is presented with the Internets*

Seriously Ad-Opposed Users: *create communities*
LJ Realist: "OK, if you think making a community about it is going to make a difference, go right on ahead!"
Disenchanted Users: *join anti-ad communities*
Concerned Free Users: "Wait, so you're advocating that we give the silent treatment to everybody who wants to try out the Sponsored+ thing?"
Seriously Ad-Opposed Users: "If you cared about the INTEGRITY OF LJ, you would too!"

Support Volunteers: *ask intelligent questions*
LJ Staff: *answer*

Trolls Masquerading as Legit LJ Users: *have a field day*
Formerly Decent LJ Users: *start slinging nastiness too*
Sarcastic LJ Users: *mock the typical comments and nasty attitudes*
Old-School LJ User: "Let's just give ads to the slashdot refugees and the trolls."
Lots of LJ Users: "I love you."

Normal LJ Users: *burn out on reading the discussions*
azurelunatic: "I summarize it so you don't have to read all of it! Where'd I put my eyespork?"
LJ Staff: "Still not drunk enough!"
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exhausted, tired, Azzsleep

Yesterday Afternoon: the timeline

12 noon: get started working
1:15pm: get started setting up to monitor
1:45pm: "Ooog, dizzy."
2pm: "OK, going to sit in the bathroom for a while."
2:15pm: feeling lousy; going to finish up monitoring ASAP & then go home.
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5:15pm: *realize there is no suitable food in the house* *realize no energy to retrieve apple sauce from car*
5:30pm: *call work* "Hi, message for figment0: can he please drop by my place after he's done with work?"
5:30-9pm *sleep*

[Edit: credit for the phrase "pink hiccups" is to silmarian and wiredferret's small son Baz.]
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running, bomb tech

Uplifting news; snake silliness; LJ is Serious Business.

Good news: Jerry Falwell bitched about Fallwell.com, but got told to STFU and/or talk to the hand by the Supreme Court.

cadhla has snakes. Snakes are very, very "smart".

And we're banned from LJ just because
We trolled a newspost and started a big old fuss
It wasn't even goatse; it was just a post or four
But LJ doesn't want us anymore.


lj_ads is open and all that good jazz. I went over there and (fairly politely) expressed my nearly unutterable rage that LJ is using flash ads. The top four things that people didn't want were pop-ups, noise, flash, and over-blinkie-ness. There are no pop-ups, all noise is "on explicit turn-on by user, default to off", there is a policy against over-blinkie -- but flash/shockwave is allowed.

This annoys me for four distinct reasons:

  1. I don't like flash being used for ads. Period.

  2. If you don't have the programs installed, viewing a page with a flash ad will prompt you to install it, and there is no way to tell it "I am never going to install it" or "I do not have rights to install it on this computer".

  3. Flash is typically bandwidth-intensive and processor-intensive.

  4. A whole lot of people voiced their objections to flash at the outset. lj_ads chose to ignore that feedback. They did so at their peril; I have lost a lot of respect for them because of this, and am less inclined to view them favorably. User goodwill is a good thing to have. Goodwill of the woman who writes up the summaries of the news comments is a good thing to have. (Am I going to deliberately try and piss off/be hurtful to lj_ads staff, who are the co-workers of my co-workers in Support? No. Am I going to be half as sympathetic as I otherwise would have been? Not now. Not unless Flash goes away.)

If you oppose the use of Flash/Shockwave in LJ Sponsored+ ads, by all means go over to lj_ads and firmly but politely voice your opposition. Bitching in your own journal won't do much. Bitching in your own journal and repeating it over there in a mature fashion might do a little more.