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12 September 2008 @ 09:49 am
This is the most unprofessional, out-of-line thing I have ever read. Ever. Just in case they take it down here it is.

CommieJournal.com is being redirected here for 24 hours, so that all users can read the following important announcement.

The following announcement is from Nebris, one of the two owners of CommieJournal:

In Which Nebris Reads The Riot Act To CJ's User Base

Let me warn you ahead of time that I shall not censor myself in this 'admonishment' and that some of what I shall say will be harsh and even abusive. But you can be certain that what I say will also be utterly honest and that shit can hurt like a mutha fucka.

First things first: Commie Journal is fucked! We, The Management can no longer carry it. Hell, we have been having trouble putting food in out fucking fridge these last few months. And it is those of you who have not coughed up one fucking penny who hold the primary responsibility for that state of affairs.

So we are going to 'go on hiatus until further notice'. It pisses me off to do so, nearly as much as it pissed me off to stick advertising on the Main Page. But we have no choice any more. This will happen the first of October. We can't do this month to month, hand to mouth, bullshit anymore.

I do very much appreciate those of you who have been paying their way here – a total of 10 1-year non-renewing accounts, 2 1-year self-renewing accounts, and 14 purchased permanent accounts . Your CJ's will be saved until we are able to return. I do humbly apologize to you for doing this, but as I said, we have to eat.

As for the rest of you...a total of 8734 free accounts btw...

I said here several months ago that if everyone of you took a dollar bill, stuck it in an envelope, and mailed it to our POB, Commie Journal would not only be able to pay for its servers for years, we could also pay for a professional code monkey to provide CJ with all the bells and whistles it needs. Hell, even if half or a quarter of you did so...but whatever. You didn't,

Only a hand full sent in donations and we will save your accounts also. Thank you.

The rest of you sent us dick and your journals will get purged and deleted. Is that mean and vindictive? Yeah, it is. But shit is tough all over.

Functionally most of you are parasites. You clamored for Full Service, then bitched on other sites about not getting it, all while expecting a Free Ride. You fuckers can go back to Greatest Journal.

So, now as we come up on CJ's first anniversary, after magyar_saman has literally 'burned the midnight oil' to make this site work and we have poured roughly two grand into running Commie Journal, we have to 'put it on the back burner'.

As I said, that pisses me off. It also hurts. We had high hopes and now we have to eat those hopes, never a pleasant meal.

But we'll be back at some point. We're both very stubborn, and I'm too fucking mean, to just bail on CJ. To those of you who will see at that time, Be Well....

At no point should these people have begun a service they couldn't afford to provide at $89 a month, especially not if it meant they couldn't eat to do so. Donations are not something you should expect from every user. They are a bonus. If you wanted everyone to be a paid user, you should have forced people to pay $1 to sign up for an account.

But you know what. Justifying this is not even something I can do. You should never, ever begin a "service" (if you can even call it that, considering) and then blame your userbase for your failings. Financial struggling is never fun, but really, it's nobody's fault but theirs that they couldn't manage to pay their bills.

If I had paid them even one cent (I was actually planning on seeing if I could buy a paid account when I renew LJ), I would have immediately regretted it upon reading this. This is just childish and vindictive, absolutely, and not the kind of conduct you should ever see from people who are essentially running a business. Particularly not people who are old enough to know better.

God, I am pissed. If they don't give us time to back stuff up, they will be hearing from me. Loudly.
Mood: angryangry
{ ha . to . ri ||| マブ達の三人 }: surprise! you're bleeding! :Dcoyotecolored on September 12th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
christ -_- and I was thinking of paying for a paid account soon, myself. 8D
TASHmanian devil: ryo // lunchrobotalarm on September 12th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah. :| Well, what are you doing with GE?
"CULTMONSTER"red_audrey on September 12th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
I think it's worsened even by the fact that it was a website that was started on what is essentially spite :\
TASHmanian devil: hide // genkai haretsurobotalarm on September 12th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
... You make a brilliant point and I loled because I'd totally forgotten that in the wake of my raging.

I guess we shouldn't have expected better. XDXD
"CULTMONSTER"red_audrey on September 12th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)
And I know a lot of people fled from livejournal in the first place just because you can't get a basic account without ads anymore and weren't willing to spring for a paid account, so I'm not sure why they expect people to pay on a different journal website. Very childish of them to say any of this, jeez xD
TASHmanian devil: hide // oshiiiitrobotalarm on September 12th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)

Although they did do it because of LJ being run by the KGB and you know, you should pay to protect yourself from having your RP sniped on by spies. We should know. MAN THAT COULD HAVE BEEN AWKWARD.
"CULTMONSTER": Denred_audrey on September 12th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)

or chatroom or whatever it was

Edited at 2008-09-12 06:51 pm (UTC)
TASHmanian devil: hide // fuck yesrobotalarm on September 12th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
"CULTMONSTER": Keenya whasing hiz harered_audrey on September 12th, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC)
TASHmanian devil: ryo // come to the dark saii~i~derobotalarm on September 12th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
"CULTMONSTER"red_audrey on September 12th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
ex_24cylind on September 12th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
So the site was run by bratty 13 year olds. Lovely. It really is a crock of shit that they're doing this :/ Fuckheads.
TASHmanian devil: dynamite tommy // because.robotalarm on September 12th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, pretty much. With beards and grey ponytails and an unhealthy obsession with lolcats. It's fucked.
ex_24cylind on September 12th, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
Assholes. Just let us save our shit and then we'll be on our merry way, fuck them :|
TASHmanian devil: hide // colourrobotalarm on September 12th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, hopefully. They're kind of vague about it all so I'm hoping they'll uhh... yeah, let us. Sigh.

IJ is looking better and better, but there's some known problems like profiles and comments and userpics getting eaten. At least their guy is actually doing something about it, though, and seems to care and be motivated around having a family to take care of.
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TASHmanian devil: hyde // devilishrobotalarm on September 14th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
They really, totally shot themselves in the foot. In both feet. Well done, guys. Well played.

DJ is totally rock and fucking roll, btw.