The Snow In The Summer or So-So

The Snow In The Summer or So-So

Thu 25 May 2006

The continued decline and fall of Livejournal and Six Apart

Absolutely the final word on the National Pest's cockup - a full and frank apology, albeit on page 2.

Richard Younger-Ross introduced a bill to stop large shops from opening on Sundays. I reckon the status quo is broadly acceptable - six hours between 10am and 6pm, no trading on Easter or Christmas Day. Any further liberalisation would be a step too far.

The death has been announced of Lloyd Bentsen, former vice-presidential candidate. He's best-known for taking a national television audience with him to shoot quails in a barrel: "I knew Jack Kennedy. You're no Jack Kennedy."

And once more into Six Apart's descent into the Corporatist morass. Doug Bryan claims to head business operations at SA, and he has scribbled a note regarding the breastfeeding mess. Mr Bryan wrote,

it is important to maintain consistency throughout our service

When, then, will Livejournal get an abuse staff that is professional in operation, if not professional in status?

this is like a police officer having to enforce speed limits in neighborhoods [sic] where kids play.

This is a very poor analogy; breastfeeding, unlike speeding, is not a crime. It is not indecent under any sensible legal system. It is not illegal, and it is grossly misleading for you to imply that it is.

it’s because of users like yourselves that LJ exists, and we want to continue to run a service that enables you to create community, connect with others, and express yourselves in a free, safe, and positive manner.

Translation: We're shit-scared that our bottom line will take a hit. But the clincher came a little bit earlier.

LiveJournal is in no way against breastfeeding or breastfeeding mothers.

Then there is absolutely no argument to be had; if Six Apart is not against breastfeeding, then it accepts without reservation that images are not obscene. Any other action - a promised "review", a policy regarding the specific content - is at variance with the claim.

While I'm on the topic, here are some stats:

Total accounts: 10296172
updating in last 30 days: 1203631 (11.7%)
updating in last 7 days: 721606 (7.0%)
updating in past 24 hours: 253571 (2.5%)

Compare that against figures from March 2005:

Total accounts: 6611141
updating in last 30 days: 1520011 (23.0%)
updating in last 7 days: 970684 (14.7%)
updating in past 24 hours: 367704 (5.6%)

From June 2004:

Total accounts: 3171504
updating in last 30 days: 1153683 (36.4%)
updating in last 7 days: 756888 (23.9%)
updating in past 24 hours: 292198 (9.2%)

And from June 2003:

Total accounts: 1079730
updating in last 30 days: 413602 (38.3%)
updating in last 7 days: 291296 (27.0%)
updating in past 24 hours: 119504 (11.1%)

This is a pen, and a piece of paper. Draw your own conclusions.

posted 25 May 2006, 20.42 +0100

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