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Thursday, July 19th, 2007
7:36 pm
[rubynye]
Here We Go Again
LJ is at it again. And by "at it" I mean they have clarified the "content that would be prohibited under our policy on illegal and harmful activity". Specifically, the post I linked to states that "If it qualifies as obscene, and if it involves minors (people under the age of 18), then it's not allowed." Which would be rather more useful if the qualifications for obscenity were themselves clear; as brown_betty states, "There are no rules that you will be safe if you follow. It doesn't matter what the law is in the country you live in. If it depicts sex, and lj decides that "the average person" would find it obscene, and that it has "no redeeming literary, artistic, political [or] scientific value" (cite,) that's obscene. ". (Her post is well worth reading, not least because it quotes from and points to obscenity expert Violet Blue's discussion of these issues here.)

Some have theorized that this was announced either in anticipation of this weekend's release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and the ensuing surge in fan creations, or timed to be overshadowed by that release. Be that as it may. brown_betty has also written a guide to backing up one's LJ and liz_marcs has laid out options for moving in a clear and useful comparison.
Tuesday, June 19th, 2007
6:28 pm
[froganon]
Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
3:47 pm
[almostnever]
plus to basic poll!
If you have switched any Livejournals from an ad-supported Plus account to an ad-free Basic account because of the recent journal suspensions and/or the way the suspensions have been handled so far, please vote!

Poll #994283 better plus to basic poll!

Please use the dropdown to select how many journals you have switched from Plus to Basic status.

Mean: 2.67 Median: 2 Std. Dev 3.19
0(0.0%)
1
126(49.6%)
2
51(20.1%)
3
32(12.6%)
4
12(4.7%)
5
10(3.9%)
6
3(1.2%)
7
5(2.0%)
8
2(0.8%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
4(1.6%)
11
0(0.0%)
12
1(0.4%)
13
0(0.0%)
14
1(0.4%)
15
1(0.4%)
16
3(1.2%)
17
0(0.0%)
18
0(0.0%)
19
2(0.8%)
20
1(0.4%)

Ticky?

Ticky!
244(100.0%)
3:20 am
[almostnever]
more poll answers
All comments to this entry will be screened. If you would like to participate in the poll but don't want your information to be viewable by everyone, you can comment with your answers here, either under your username, or anonymously.

Also, if you were planning to buy a Permanent account this year and will no longer do that because of the suspensions, there's another poll about Permanent accounts here.
3:52 am
[almostnever]
fandom pays poll
Please vote if you consider yourself to be a part of LJ-based fandom. Whether you are an active participant or a lurker, you might consider yourself part of LJ-based fandom if you got a LJ partly or wholly because of fandom, fan fiction, fan art, vidding, etc.

The purpose of the poll is to get a basic idea how much money fandom pays into Livejournal. (shaggirl points out any LJ user can see their payment history here for reference.) The final questions relate to the recent suspension of fannish communities and journals with controversial terms in their "interests" lists.

Anyone can see the results of this poll and your name will be attached, so if that bothers you, don't take the poll. :-) If you'd still like to participate without making this info public, you can make a screened comment with your answers over here.

Note that most questions below ask what you have. So if someone gave you a paid account or paid icons, your answer to "Do you have a paid account" will be yes, and your answer to "how many of your accounts have paid icons" will be "12" or however many it is.

But then answer honestly when it comes to how much you have paid for your LJ account: if you've never paid a dime, choose $0. There's another question for gift-givers to estimate how much they've paid so that we can hopefully account for LJ fairies.

Poll #993886 How Much Fandom Pays Into LJ

Do you have a paid LJ account? (If you have a Basic or Plus account, answer here and then skip to the last question please!)

Yes, I have a Paid account
2265(76.0%)
Yes, I have a Permanent account
237(8.0%)
No, I have a Basic account
274(9.2%)
No, I have a Plus account
204(6.8%)

Some fans have additional paid LJ accounts for communities, RPG sock puppets, etc. How many paid LJ accounts do you have? (Please don't count paid time gifts to friends here, only your own accounts.)

Mean: 1.25 Median: 1 Std. Dev 1.26
0(0.0%)
0
430(16.8%)
1
1587(61.8%)
2
329(12.8%)
3
108(4.2%)
4
43(1.7%)
5
39(1.5%)
6
12(0.5%)
7
5(0.2%)
8
3(0.1%)
9
1(0.0%)
10
4(0.2%)
11
2(0.1%)
12
0(0.0%)
13
1(0.0%)
14
0(0.0%)
15
1(0.0%)
16
2(0.1%)
17
0(0.0%)
18
0(0.0%)
19
0(0.0%)
20
0(0.0%)

Typically LJ accounts cost from $3 a month to $19.95 a year, plus additional fees for more icons, etc. How much do you estimate you have paid for your LJ account(s) to date?

$0
183(6.7%)
$1 to $20
174(6.4%)
$21 to $40
393(14.4%)
$41 to $60
408(14.9%)
$61 to $80
315(11.5%)
$81 to $100
357(13.0%)
$101 to $120
235(8.6%)
$121 to $140
152(5.6%)
$141 to $160
128(4.7%)
$161 to $180
71(2.6%)
$181 to $200
82(3.0%)
$201 to $220
74(2.7%)
$221 to $260
42(1.5%)
$261 to $300
33(1.2%)
More than $300
89(3.3%)

If you have given other LJ users or communities paid time, please choose an estimated amount you have given in total to date:

$1 to $20
535(32.9%)
$21 to $40
462(28.4%)
$41 to $60
239(14.7%)
$61 to $80
85(5.2%)
$81 to $100
127(7.8%)
$101 to $120
67(4.1%)
$121 to $140
24(1.5%)
$141 to $160
17(1.0%)
$161 to $180
6(0.4%)
$181 to $200
16(1.0%)
$201 to $220
15(0.9%)
$221 to $240
3(0.2%)
$241 to $260
4(0.2%)
$261 to $300
6(0.4%)
More than $300
19(1.2%)

How many of your accounts have $12/year additional icons?

Mean: 0.87 Median: 1 Std. Dev 0.97
0(0.0%)
0
794(31.0%)
1
1521(59.5%)
2
144(5.6%)
3
51(2.0%)
4
16(0.6%)
5
13(0.5%)
6
11(0.4%)
7
1(0.0%)
8
3(0.1%)
9
2(0.1%)
10
1(0.0%)
11
0(0.0%)
12
0(0.0%)
13
0(0.0%)
14
0(0.0%)
15
0(0.0%)
16
0(0.0%)
17
0(0.0%)
18
1(0.0%)
19
0(0.0%)
20
0(0.0%)

How many of your accounts have $24/year additional storage space?

Mean: 0.05 Median: 0 Std. Dev 0.31
0(0.0%)
0
2076(95.9%)
1
75(3.5%)
2
11(0.5%)
3
1(0.0%)
4
0(0.0%)
5
0(0.0%)
6
0(0.0%)
7
0(0.0%)
8
0(0.0%)
9
1(0.0%)
10
0(0.0%)
11
0(0.0%)
12
0(0.0%)
13
0(0.0%)
14
0(0.0%)
15
0(0.0%)
16
0(0.0%)
17
0(0.0%)
18
0(0.0%)
19
0(0.0%)
20
0(0.0%)

If you have bought virtual gifts on LJ, please estimate how much you have spent on them in total:

$0.99 to $1.99
323(27.2%)
$2 to $2.99
167(14.1%)
$3 to $3.99
91(7.7%)
$4 to $4.99
60(5.1%)
$5 to $6.99
107(9.0%)
$7 to $10
181(15.2%)
$11 to $15
54(4.5%)
$16 to $20
69(5.8%)
$21 to $30
50(4.2%)
$31 to $40
27(2.3%)
$41 to $50
29(2.4%)
$51 to $75
13(1.1%)
$76 to $100
6(0.5%)
More than $100
11(0.9%)

Have you considered letting your paid LJ account lapse because of the recent suspensions of fannish communities with targeted "interests"?

I have not considered it
377(14.2%)
I have considered it but probably will continue to buy paid LJ time
341(12.8%)
I have considered it and am undecided
1276(48.1%)
I have considered it and probably will not buy more paid LJ time
661(24.9%)

Are you likely to stop using LJ because of the recent suspensions of fannish communities with targeted "interests"?

I am likely to stop using LJ completely
158(5.3%)
I am likely to use LJ less often
513(17.3%)
I am likely to use LJ the same
882(29.8%)
I am undecided
1404(47.5%)


Thanks for taking the poll! Please consider joining fandom_counts, a community created solely to get a fandom head count.

ETA: Because you demanded it! Another poll to tote up how many people have switched from Plus account to Basic accounts in protest! Plus-to-Basic journalers click here!
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