The Great LiveJournal Content Strike of 2008
The Great LiveJournal Content Strike of 2008, referred to by its participants as The Content Strike or 3/21, is a protest being made by the more histrionic elements of LiveJournal's userbase, in response to a few policy changes SUP has instituted since buying LiveJournal. It all started when SUP eliminated Basic accounts, followed by a series of news posts not clarifying the changes, followed again by the
blocking of certain interests on the popular interests page. DISREGARD THAT, IT WAS A TECHNICAL ERROR.
- 1 The Road to Drama also cox
- 2 How you could have helped (if you actually cared)
- 3 The Aftermath
- 4 Global Reaction
- 5 See Also
The Road to Drama also cox
March 13, 2008 - 100-Day Anniversary From Hell
- A news post announcing the 100-day anniversary of SUP's acquisition of LiveJournal is made.
- Users notice they are no longer capable of making Basic accounts. The first drama bomb lands.
- VP of Product Development quickly wades into the unwashed masses of fandom and proceeds to tell them that the changes were made so that the average LiveJournal user could understand the account creation process.
- VP of Product Development quickly turns to complaining about personal attacks made against him in the resulting clusterfuck.
—jasonshellen, talking down to LJ users for great justice
- Somewhere in the mess owning 70+ LiveJournal accounts. Not entirely relevant, but still lol. admits to
- Brad gives his thoughts on the matter, claiming that he wasn't consulted prior to the elimination of the accounts. It is expected that fandom will kill him a second time. Lulzy moments include bringing up the LiveJournal social contract in an effort to argue against advertising, and everyone else making remarks about Soviet Russia and the KGB.
March 14, 2008 - Clarifications
- second post to the News feed in an effort to clarify their new policy, only to ramble on and not actually say anything. Enraged furries rush to the News feed to post cat macros in droves. The second drama bomb lands. makes a
- At least 100 LiveJournal users migrate to InsaneJournal. Still, people fail to notice.
- Several users all post the same link to the Russian news site CNews containing a poorly-translated interview with SUP "head of blog" department Anton Nosik.
—Anton Nosik, displaying his immense capacity to care
March 15-18th, 2008 - Interests Denied
- Enraged by the marketing practices enacted by SUP, users continue to flounce in record numbers. Not satisfied with going quietly, most decide to make a scene on their way out.
- As one clusterfuck begins to die out, another one begins when InsaneJournal user stewardess posts a public entry with a table showing a list of entries censored on LiveJournal's Popular Interests page. The third drama bomb lands.
- Attacks on LiveJournal's sexuality and lack of respect for fandoms begin en masse, alongside talks about the beginnings of a possible "content strike."
- And, of course, it isn't long before a community devoted to the technical error is formed.
- Without a second word, SUP backpedals faster than Carlos Mencia in a room full of Mexicans and removes the filter on the censored interests.
- LJ staffer inform everyone that the blocked interests were the result of a technical problem, only to be bombarded with demands for an apology and theories about what happened from qualified experts. proceeds to
- To add insult to injury, Anton Nosik once again speaks out against fandoms in another interview. Inquisitive individuals run choice quotes through Babelfish and quickly take offense at the result.
- entry with a full translation of the interview, taking note of Nosik's understanding of the situation. Responses include insults and death threats. posts an
—Anton Nosik, SUP's head of blog department
- Despite all of this, one user actually posts a positive comment only to get jumped by several people with butthurt, which would later be mentioned in
March 16-20th, 2008 - The Strike is Declared
- Pagan Jew unilaterally declares a boycott. The announcement is posted to communities all over the internet, most of which cover a wide range of unrelated topics like politics and baking. Like with Strikethrough, a whole new set of icons are made.
- Remarkably sane LJ users begin to question the idea of a content strike, noting that it would make more sense for fandom to crapflood LJ's servers with crap entries and voice posts and strain bandwidth. Fandom, not noted for its sanity, ignored the suggestion and plans to go ahead with the non-posts.
- Rumors on the internets about Russian Anti-Semites joining the protest begin circulating on the basis that Anton Nosik is an Jew. However, some argue that these rumors are patently false, as Russian Anti-Semites will be occupied with something else on the 21st.
How you could have helped (if you actually cared)
- If you or your friends have an account back from when you were in middle school, log in and post!
- Post original content in all of the fandom journals you can find on 3/21!
- Upgrade all of your accounts to Plus accounts!
- Be certain to crapflood any one of these fine LJ communities in the series.
- BONUS: Post copypasta for added lulz.
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As of 2am UTC 3-22-08, the Great LiveJournal Content Strike of 2008 has proven itself to be an epic failure.
- Lulz-worthy LiveJournal group child pornography strike by allowing members to post whatever crap they felt needed to be posted... the community was updated 2,195 times during the strike. Many lulz were had. Rickrolls were performed, and furries were trashed. decided to help with the anti-furry and
- Regular lolcow had an Off-Topic Tuesday-like celebration of the strike, with at least 100 posts about very interesting topics.
- Pranksters spammed ' LiveJournal before getting banned.
- Literally over 9000 posts were made to .
- overrun by responsible citizens during the strike. 's LiveJournal was
India joined an international chorus of calls for dialog yesterday after pro-basic accounts protests in cyberspace spilled over into street violence, while Japan urged to consider the implications for the blogosphere.
International condemnation of LiveJournal Inc.'s action was muted.
LiveJournal's peak user community, , was mostly shut down last Thursday, two days after security forces crushed days of protests. said only 10 people were killed, but the blogosphere's government-in-exile, Frank the Goat, said the death toll was closer to 9000.
The spiritual leader of LiveJournal and Nobel peace laureate who fled to India in 2007, Brad Fitzpatrick, said that the international community had the “moral responsibility” to remind LiveJournal Inc. to be a good host for emo, morbid self-absorption and "irony", but added that LiveJournal deserved to sell all your dox.
LiveJournal Inc. has declared a “people’s war” of security and propaganda against support for the Brad, underlining that it will not heed calls from around the globe for a lenient response to the strike.
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