March 19th, 2008
|10:33 am - Content Boycott/Strike -- SUP's view of its users|
For people interested in the LJ Content Boycott on March 21, 2008 -- this Friday -- and who might need information or would not otherwise see these links:
darkrosetiger has posted an accurate Russian translation of the interview Anton Nosik gave (translation done by russianswinga). The contempt that Nosik has for LJ users unhappy with the recent changes to LJ accounts is pretty damn horrifying. This is someone who refers to users interested in contacting advertisers with concern over recent LJ policies "idiots", anyone participating in the strike merely attention-seekers, and basically non-existent (he offers the theory that most of the "striking" journals will be sockpuppets set up by a few people), and notes it is the fault of the users that SUP can't change the policy to allow basic accounts again, "Because of the blackmail that has begun, our hands are tied."
In a situation where people are trying to scare and blackmail us, threatening to destroy our business, there are business reasons for not rewarding such behaviour. This is not just human psychology, which retaliates more the more it is pressed. Problem is that there's never been a successful company whose success was based on bowing to collective resistant forces. No decision - no matter how correct -should be based on pressure.
It would be more prudent to review this decision in the coming days. But smart corporate politics dictate that we must now wait for the boycott. Let it come. So that the subject of people's frustrations, threats and scares will be closed. And then we can discuss the problem in detail.
I think it is a serious mistake to characterize users concerned over this issue as people out to destroy this business, rather than participants in a venture expressing apprehension over such changes. Furthermore, the fact that SUP feels the decision was a mistake, but refuses to deal with users' problems with it directly and immediately because that would be "rewarding" "blackmail"-ing behavior is bad business, bad faith in its users, and freaking bad public relations with not only users but media outlets (read the interview for more evidence of this).
Information on the Content Strike | Time Zone Guidelines for Strike | List of Objectives for Content Strike
ogeecons has icons and banners to express support for the boycott.
Well, duh. I gotta say, preempting the strike with LJ outage is a clever move. I like the way they fight.
*tries to refresh LJ page*
I'm still getting in, but maybe they will give us blips on purpose until then. Meh.