CharlieMC (charliemc) wrote,

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Community Ads? Ouch.

As someone who has a Permanent Account, I apologize for being so clueless about the situation with communities and the way they display for unpaid users...

I don't tend to 'visit' LiveJournal unless I'm logged in, so I had to take the URL of one of the communities where I play and dump it into another browser so I could see...

I'm very annoyed that I can't customize the advertising for any of my own communities, by the way. Shouldn't I be the one who determines placement (etc.) of these ads, as the owner/maintainer (moderator) of a given community?

And isn't it a big pain that I'm not really seeing how a community displays when I tweak (and tweak and tweak) it?

Tell me this: Are we able to downgrade communities to Basic, the way we can with other accounts?

I can't seem to find any way to do that, but I thought it used to be an option (???) here.

I feel exceptionally angry about this for some reason.

I just went back and re-read numerous entries in my blog that deal with changes at LiveJournal over the years I've been a member here. It was a bit depressing, to tell you the truth. I've been warning about the 'Advertising trend' at LJ for years, and it's clearly even worse than I anticipated.

As always, don't get me wrong. I've been a LiveJournal fan for ages (I joined in 2002), and would never think of simply 'leaving' LJ. I have enormous respect for all the work that's done here. I know it's necessary to have advertising to keep LJ going, because none of this is free, after all. I'm here for the long run, in other words.

But I've said again and again that I'm opposed to animated/Flash ads, which I find hard on the eyes. I feel strongly that we need to have as much control as possible over ad placement, as well as ad content. As for placement, what's the point of bothering with a layout and theme (plus lots of customizing) if the ads are going to trash it all, anyway?

Obviously I'll never be someone who shrugs and then ignores changes that disturb me. No, I'm not personally impacted by ads, because when I'm logged in I don't even see them. But it's not all about me (no matter how much I joke that it is) -- never has been and never will be. If others are impacted, friends or no, then I care -- and I'm going to rant about it. (smile)

Actually, it appears I should have ranted about this ages ago! I just didn't know how annoying the situation is for unpaid users... (sigh)

By the way, it's disgusting to see long-time communities (created more than five years ago) that have their layouts ruined by ads! I actually shuddered when I checked them...

Tags: 2008, livejournal-changes, livejournal-communities, livejournal-rant, october-2008

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