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Date: 2009-12-17 09:55
Security: Public
Tags:christmas, livejournal, public
Subject: Holiday promotions

[this is a public post on LJ]

So, the new LJ "promotion" is going on, and it's not really that great. Each Paid+ user gets 10 coupons for $10 off a new Paid account that they can send to others. It doesn't work for renewing a Paid acccount, doesn't work for userpics, can only be used to pay for a one-year account, and the coupon expires in the middle of January if not used.

Essentially, this is hardly a gift at all because all you can do with it is encourage people to spend money that they're not already spending. It's a blatant call for new people to take income from by SUP.

So rather than insult my friends by selecting who might want them and saying "Here, spend some of your money!", I'll offer them here. If anybody was going to upgrade to a Paid account anyway on LJ, let me know and I can send you one of these coupons to make it so you don't have to pay the full amount. If you reply on DW, let me know your LJ username so I can send it to the right place. This offer is open to anybody, not just friends of mine.

If you're enticed by the idea of having a one-year Paid account for $15 and weren't going to upgrade anyway, I can send you a coupon too - just ask - but I'd like to recommend that you try Dreamwidth instead of giving more money to LJ. Let me know if you'd like this and I can gift you an invite code to create a 2-month Paid account at DW, so you can see what it's like. You can crosspost to LJ, too.

This entry was originally posted on Dreamwidth, at http://sophie.dreamwidth.org/15335.html. You can comment either here or there.

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Chiara Castelnuovo-McKenzie: middle aged chiara :op
User: cmcmck
Date: 2009-12-17 12:54 (UTC)
Userpic:middle aged chiara :op
Subject: (no subject)

Ah- you've posted publicly at last and I'm on my lunch break, so time to reply....!

You were asking about me a while back when we met on someone else's blog (can't remember exactly where) and I wasn't sure if you realised I'd friended you so you could take a peak at my blog if you like (it's f-locked for reasons that might become apparent)

However- feel free and welcome :o)

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Sophie
User: soph
Date: 2009-12-17 13:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

Hi! :) It was in Becky's journal, I believe.

I think I might have missed it, but as a general rule I tend not to friend people I don't know very well on LJ; I like to get to know people better before I do that. I think I remember looking at your journal at the time, and I remember thinking I'd love to get to know you better. but you didn't reply to my reply in Becky's journal so I wasn't sure.

Are you on any IM services? I'd love to chat. :D

In the meantime, most of my locked LJ entries are public on my Dreamwidth journal: http://sophie.dreamwidth.org/ , if you're interested.

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Chiara Castelnuovo-McKenzie
User: cmcmck
Date: 2009-12-17 14:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

You're absolutely right! Just had a quick look back. I did respond, but for some reason it got shunted to the bottom of the page. Very odd :oZ

I don't do IM but I'm also on DW under the same title- cmcmck

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User: moonspark
Date: 2009-12-17 16:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

Despite LJ being failtastic I am interested.

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Sophie
User: soph
Date: 2009-12-17 16:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

In the coupon, or the Dreamwidth account offer?

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User: moonspark
Date: 2009-12-17 16:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

coupon - i am maxporter at DW :)

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Sophie
User: soph
Date: 2009-12-17 16:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

Okay, sent. :D

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Lauren D. M.
User: danaelaurm
Date: 2009-12-17 17:39 (UTC)
Subject: Interested, kinda

I was going to upgrade anyway and to be very fair only one year, non-renewable, I'd consider since I'm not entirely sure I'd rather go with paid LJ or paid DW (probably more DW, and since I'll be upgrading to Flickr pro for more serious stuff I think I can live without an integrated gallery for now). As an aside - agnosticnixie on DW...

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Sophie
User: soph
Date: 2009-12-17 18:07 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Interested, kinda

I sent you an LJ coupon anyway; it's possible to decline them if you don't want them after all so there's no problem.

If you wanted the paid DW, let me know your email address via PM. :) (not here; it's public)

[edit: Oops, just noticed you're already on DW. But since I already offered, I'm not going to take that away. :D]

Edited at 2009-12-17 18:08 (UTC)

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Explain me what is justice, what is right?
User: lady_angelina
Date: 2009-12-17 16:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

Well, the argument FOR these things is that the giver can also purchase a gift certificate for the recipient to supplement the $10, but...

Honestly? To me, that's a needless PITA for the recipient. Gifts in their purest form don't require the recipient to do ANYTHING to enjoy them. And while gift certificates do require that the recipient go to the store to redeem them, at least they can use them on generally ANYTHING they want from that store. These coupons not only requires that the recipient go to the Gift Shop to redeem them, but they can't be used on anything other than a Paid Account. That's the suckiest thing about this whole thing, IMHO.

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mskala
User: mskala
Date: 2009-12-27 18:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

Another nail in the coffin. Livejournal is running scared.

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