LJ, oh LJ

Mar. 4th, 2010 11:21 pm
pine: picture of big pine tree in California vineyard (Default)
[personal profile] pine
So in reading my dwircle I gather that LJ pulled a quick-trick with the code in a way that rather substantially benefited them financially but was pulled quickly after fans got uber-miffed.

Someone linked to LJ user's Kyle_Cassidy's journal for more info on this. The name sounded so familiar I clicked over there to read. Oh! KC is our LJ user rep. I'm still groping for specific memories around that datum point - my LJ files have been have deleted and the rest are slowly trickling out of sight - so I read farther down the comments and see that yes, many are happy that KC is doing a great job (which he kindly thanks them for but demurs, saying he'll be convinced when they get a User Backup function going).

To someone who says UR THE BEST USER REP EVAH he replied:

i think i'm only the second one and, from all i've heard, the first one vanished immediately after being elected.

Oh rly? Hmmm. Izzat so? How'd that go down? I actually recall voting in the first LJ user rep election - or wait, make that both of them - but without remembering either time who that user rep ended up being. Although I also recall being pleased that the best-qualified candidate IMO, the one I voted for, ended up being elected each time. However, these are but tiny floating islands of knowledge in a sea of HUH WHAT HAPPENED?

Enlighten me O clued-in flist. What, in the varied and vocal opinions of fandom, has been the *concrete* outcome(s) of having an LJ user board and user-elected reps?

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Date: 2010-03-05 02:28 pm (UTC)
elf: LJ bought all the surplus stupid (Stupid)
From: [personal profile] elf
Results of user rep? Less noise from users.

Visible results? None. legomymalfoy was hounded into silence (death-threats were involved, IIRC), and there's a nondisclosure clause about anything they actually discuss.

One of the comments at his journal pegs the problem--wasn't the whole point of the Advisory Board that Livejournal would ask you "Hey, is this likely to get people breaking out the pitchforks and torches?" before doing something like the URL-rewriting thing?

Heh. No. That's what LJ *wanted* people to believe. What the AdvisBoard is really for is "we want to get more money from the userbase; how can we pitch [newfeature] so that it doesn't raise hackles?"

(Also: this icon? Is never going to retire.)


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