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Thanks, Brad.

Thanks and good luck to Brad -- can't wait to see what you do next. And a big hearty fuck-you to rumormongers who stir shit up just to demoralize people who do good work. If you don't have enough drama in your life, go make something that millions of people think is valuable.

Just to make it clear, my frustration was with Valleywag gossiping about Brad and LJ and 6A without ever contributing anything positive to our community. I was not complaining about anything that people have said on LJ. (Except giving a bunch of good charities a bum rap, but that was only a few folks.)

That being said, anybody in our community who's got something they want me to pass along to the LJ team (we're definitely listening, and working to improve how we communicate) is more than welcome to comment here or on email or anything else.


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Thanks. :)
Dude, I've run around all day explaining to people that EFF and Creative Commons are GOOD. Am trying to figure out why they can't go to the websites themselves to fact check. OY.

(never mind that EFF has been around longer than half the people bitching about this shit).
oh hell, the EFF predates the *web itself*. don't go looking for logic on this.
well spoken sir!
I wish Brad all the best too, and I certainly haven't been spreading rumours, but...

Well, the thing is, LJ is popular because of its customers. If other people weren't here, LJ would be useless. I came because of other people...they make LJ worth it. Not LJ in and of itself. So, in a way, those people causing drama, right or wrong, are creating something others think is valuable.

And yes, I'm a paid user. I've spent a great deal of money on LJ over the years. And I think that gives me, as a paying customer, a right to not care for the way things are being handled. Not that I agree with the way others are showing their disapproval. But, it comes from anger over the way things are being handled. If people felt they were being heard, they'd have no reason to harass a man that has nothing to do with the mess, in a time which should be celebrated.
Not to mention that the majority of LJ's paying customers are part of a fandom. Why else would anyone need 100 icons, unless it was to pimp out their fandom?

LJ is cutting off it's nose to spite it's face.
Right back atcha there, buddy.
The maturity and professionalism of everyone who works at 6A truly impresses me. 0_o
Except we are the people who create the content that your advertisers think is valuable, at least in terms of eyeballs we draw to the site. The only reason gossip-rag rumours are persisting is that it's been five days now without an official response from you folks.

So, noted, but please do try to direct your rage at those actually responsible for this whole mess: SixApart and LiveJournal.
For every minute LJ/6A fails to officially and publicly address the many, many questions from their paying customers, more and more rumours (be they on LJ or other news sites) will surface and start living their own lives. 6A employees posting big fuck you's in their LJ in response to this isn't going to change anything.

This isn't rocket science, really. It's just common sense.
Thank you. Now that you have criticised the rumourmongers, perhaps you could address the paying customers who are trying to remain calm and ask serious questions about LiveJournal's policies and customer relations.
Wow. A new low. Nice work there VP of Six Apart.
Is it really so hard to just speak to your customer base?? Cause at the very moment, someone standing up and just saying, "we will be with you in a moment, we apologize for the delay," would go done SO well right now.

In conclusion, EPIC FAIL LJ.
Wow, it's nice to know how much you folks really care about your users. We want to be on your side, we really do, but not when you stoop to such levels of stupidity.
Okay. Hello?! Are the concepts of customer service and public relations utterly foreign to everyone who works at Six Apart? As well as the the concept that employees posting publicly using their corporate identity might do well to adhere to standards of polite behavior?

I too am a paying customer and I have yet to hear one word from anyone at 6A/LJ addressing any of the many legitimate concerns that have been raised.

As others have already said, the more time passes before anyone at 6A/LJ manages an official statement, the more the rumors will continue to fly. Because many of us don't know what to believe anymore.

That said, I certainly wish brad luck in his future endeavors. I think all of us here appreciate what he has built.
Classy [2]
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