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You know what, I'm sorry if people think I'm an ass for what I'm about to say, but I think it has to be said. I don't feel like sparing feelings.

There are no longer excuses for the crap LiveJournal is going through. I understand that it's a volunteer job, and that was fine when the site was small, but when you are servicing tens of thousands of users who expect to be able to use it properly, you have lots of recognition (thanks to you people who thought it would be sooooo great for LJ to win a Webby), and supposedly you have a bunch of new hardware paid for by all this great new money coming in, there should be an expectation of a site staying up more often than every few hours.

It is no longer acceptable to me, and probably others, to go by the excuse of "well, it's all volunteer". Either make it your full time job or shut it down. It's pointless to deal with continued problems that can't be adequately fixed because of a lack of resources. I would rather see LJ go into the DotCom heaven than stay up and continue to have such issues, because it's far more aggravating this way. I expect to be able to use the damn site - I'm paying for it!! What happened to "paid users have their own server"???? Did so many people pay that it's used up!?!?

See, I'm frustrated as hell. I've met cool people through LJ, so I don't want it to go down, but come on, now. Let's not beat around the bush. This is crap. I'm sorry if 4 guys aren't able to take care of it all. Find a source of revenue and hire a damn staff. You can't reasonably expect a site this big to be able to function like this for any length of time without people abandoning it and/or looking for alternatives. But hey, maybe that's the idea - get it back down to a smaller number of people using it so the resources aren't taxed.

At some point you have to stop treating it as a pet project and start treating it like a business.

Anyone agree with me?
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pillar From: pillar Date: August 14th, 2001 04:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree.
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jesterstear From: jesterstear Date: August 20th, 2001 09:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Very valid point.

Let's also add this to the mix - how many people are going to bother paying for accounts when it's obvious that paid users get the shaft also?

How many paid users will ante up again when their current payment expires, knowing that they get booted just like freeloaders do? My period runs out any day now, and I have no intention of paying any money. Especially after getting screens saying that there are problems, but the paid users servers are running fine. Ummmm, no, they aren't.
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