This may be a wildly unpopular rant ... deal with it.
Geeze, get over it already. People talk about how they were trying to change things behind the backs of the users. I knew about it in a timely manner, and, other than my friend's list, I don't pay much attention to what goes on on LJ.
Things change ... LJ is a business and they have to make business decisions. Servers aren't free. Programmers aren't free. NOTHING is free. So they have to charge for memberships or sell advertising. They have to, otherwise it goes under. I pay for both of my LJ's. So should you, whether it's a yearly fee, or by having an ad on your free service. It's 25 bucks a year ... if you can't afford that, how can you afford a computer?
LJ is the best of the bunch by a long shot. Myspace sucks goat balls (thank you Matt Stover for that lovely image), even if it is necessary to what I do. I've looked at Facebook, and it doesn't seem much better.
I live in isolation here in Iowa, and LJ is the fastest, easiest way to keep track on what is going on in my friend's lives. But ... things change and mostly for the better. But come on, whining every time that there is a change that you are going to leave ... or have a strike or whatever other gibbering that may be done every time there is a change ... if you can't deal with this on LJ, how do you cope with the real world?