recent lj news

Friday, June 10th, 2011 04:22 pm
charmian: a snowy owl (Default)
[personal profile] charmian
LJ also briefly implemented geolocation and then turned it off in the face of massive user dissatisfaction. I suspect based on these staff comments that it might be a culture clash kinda thing. In any case the issue seems to be resolved for the time being.

Also the LJ news comm is moving towards a much more reasonable format. Instead of weekly posts filled with non-news and contests, it's becoming biweekly (twice a month), and focusing on updates and important LJ information. I hope this also marks the end of the annoying "comment to get a free vgift" things too. It always seemed like a HUGE waste of time for paid staff to be administering these things anyhow. I mean, at most a few hundred people participated, which might be a significant amount if we are talking about a userbase the size of Dreamwidth's, but not, I think, in the case of one like LJ.

Date: 2011-06-11 05:36 am (UTC)
foxfirefey: A wee rat holds a paw to its mouth. Oh, the shock! (myword)
From: [personal profile] foxfirefey
Apparently [ profile] bluemeringue isn't staff anymore, so my guess is that's what precipitated the change in format--she was the only one with the wherewithal and patience to run all those things. I know that the news was kinda fluffy, and it may have seemed like a waste of time for paid staff, but to be honest it was pretty good money spent in my opinion--she really managed to change the percentage of comments in LJ news that were nothing but bitching and rehashing of bitching. When she first came in, that was pretty much the overriding tone.

Date: 2011-06-11 05:57 am (UTC)
trixieleitz: sepia-toned drawing of a woman in Jazz Age costume, relaxing with a glass of wine. Text: Trixie (Default)
From: [personal profile] trixieleitz
Well, they could try doing things that don't provoke complaints, I think.

And one of the things that provoked complaints was the presence of fluff in the newspost and the perception that it was intended to drown out the bitching.

Here via friend of a friend

Date: 2011-06-11 10:56 am (UTC)
soukup: Coyolxauhqui scratching her chin with text "ORLY?" (ORLY?)
From: [personal profile] soukup
I know we haven't spoken before, but I found your journal in my quest for more info about the geolocation thing. Could I pester you to share where you learned what you've posted here? Not because I doubt you; I'd just be curious to read more on the topic. Thanks in advance!

Also, I love your snowy owl! So pretty. *sighs*

*scuffs toe against floor*

Date: 2011-06-11 11:53 am (UTC)
soukup: flower-ish mandala doodle (orange doodle)
From: [personal profile] soukup
Um. Since posting my earlier comment I have discovered, a comm of which I was unaware before now. Hence my confusion: I had no idea how you (or other posters) had learned about the geolocator's being turned off, and it seemed really odd to me that LJ had made no public statement that I could find WRT this.

Anyway! Sorry, I guess I was just being dense.

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