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My account should be was updated to a Seed Account today! When I had problems getting one during the first sale (due to PayPal checkout issues), I filed a support request and was told that I could either wait for the next sale or just send in payment for my cart that I wasn't able to checkout with because of the PayPal error. Originally, I decided to just wait and try again during the next sale, but when they pushed the sale back another week, I went ahead and sent in payment for my cart from the first attempt, and they received it today. I'm very excited =)

I have a 'Permanently Insane" account on IJ (which I think was about $50 when I bought it back in '06) but I've never had one on LJ. I gave it a lot of thought each time they held a sale for them, and every time I either didn't have the extra funds or wasn't sure I was going to continue using the site, due to the many changes and fuck-ups they've made over the last few years. Buying one here on Dreamwidth is a bit risky in that there is no guarantee that the site will still be operating in 4+ years, but since the Seed Account sale was so successful and interest in the site seems to be pretty high, I think there's a good probability that the project will succeed. And, with all the nifty tools (like the cross-posting and import of entries, comments and icons, etc.) making it so easy to switch over, I really think more users will make the move.

So, some questions for the group.... how many of you also have permanent accounts on other sites? How many have made the move and now use Dreamwidth for their primary service? I've stopped using LJ completely, because my paid account expired a week after I got this one and I didn't want to give them any more money ~ I also didn't want them making money off of ads placed on pages with my content, so I locked all my entries and put a Dreamwidth banner in my profile ;)

In the spirit of supporting the site, I will probably have secondary paid accounts in addition to my main one. I really want to see Dreamwidth succeed, because it's everything that LJ could have been, but never was.

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Date: 2009-05-10 05:31 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] piscinarii
I bought a permanent account at LiveJournal when they had their $150 sale. I had the extra money at the time, and I'd been using the service since I was 16, so I figured what they heck. It would have technically paid for itself because of the years I'd already been using the service, and I'd have all the nifty features I wanted.

I regret it now - because the features I loved (scrapbook and txtlj specifically) are useless to me now. The scrapbook system is horribly broken because there has been almost zero support for it for the past couple years, and I can't use txtlj because I have Verizon (the issue was supposed to be fixed in a week, then a month went by and they said "Oh, Verizon is fixing it on their end at the end of this month" and then NOTHING... it's been something like 6 months or a year now and ugh).

I've been using DW as my primary journal now, and keep up with LJ for the communities and friends who are there. I am slowly encouraging my friends to migrate. The importation feature was genius on DW's part. I love this service, I already feel more appreciated here in maybe a month than I ever did in my YEARS on LJ, and even if this service doesn't survive four years, I'll consider the money well spent. The interest and support for this service has been tremendous though - I will be very surprised if it doesn't last at least four years.

I wanted a seed account to help fund the startup costs and first year of the site, but plan on getting a paid account for my husband so we can continually support the site through him :)

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Date: 2009-05-10 08:12 pm (UTC)
denny: Photo of me wearing my beloved silly hat.  It's wuzzy! (Default)
From: [personal profile] denny
I have a permanent LJ account that I bought a fairly long time ago... I think it was the second batch they did, but I'm not sure. It's way past paying for itself anyway, as they were cheaper back then.

I've imported my LJ to here, and this is where I intend to journal from now on. I'm currently cross-posting, and removing people from my LJ friends list as they get Dreamwidth accounts. At some point I will stop cross-posting and start just posting here. At that point I'll probably mark all my LJ content as private, and possibly go through and delete it all for good measure. Not that there's anything very interesting in my LJ, but there's no sense leaving that content on the servers of a company I don't particularly trust these days.

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Date: 2009-05-10 09:57 pm (UTC)
pinesandmaples: My hands making the rock symbol.  (knitting: gloves)
From: [personal profile] pinesandmaples
I have a $200 perm. account on LJ that I don't regret because I'd like my thoughts to live until the entire site dies. (This is a little bit of ego-mania on my part, but mostly it's because I don't trust any one computer--including my own--to not lose important data. Besides, most of my back-entries are private in the first place. I don't want my thoughts to live on for you to see!)

I currently cross-post, in part because a number of my friends won't buy into DW. They can't afford it, and I won't pressure them to do so. They are the first people I approach with invite codes, though. A lot of the folks in my circle plan on using LJ for one thing and DW for another. I do not see it quite that way.

I wish my migration could be complete.

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Date: 2009-05-11 03:00 am (UTC)
pinesandmaples: Text only; reads "Not everything will be okay, but some things will." (art: everything)
From: [personal profile] pinesandmaples
Oh, all of my content is imported. Now, I want content-generators, ie friends. That will take much longer, I'm afraid.

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Date: 2009-05-13 05:46 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] piscinarii
Have you posted this over in [site community profile] dw_community_promo yet?
Edited Date: 2009-05-13 05:47 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2009-05-15 03:17 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] piscinarii

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Date: 2009-05-13 11:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] magycmyste
Hi! I have a perm account on IJ as well (two, actually, as I went ahead and perm'ed my writing account there), since it was so much more affordable. For a long time, I never got one on LJ because of the expense, but in the last couple of years, since I've been wanting to get away from LJ, it also just didn't make sense to give them any more money. At the moment, I still spend time on the LJ site because we don't have the code yet for me to read my friends' entries on my Dreamwidth page(plus, there are the communities).

I haven't decided what I'm going to do with my LJ accounts. I'm likely going to close my writing journal there completely, and just link to the Dreamwidth entries when needed, and keep the IJ one for backup. But my main journal... right now, I'm using the crosspost function and disabling comments - it means less comments since a lot of people may not want to have to go to a different site to comment, but I'd like to keep all of my comments together on one entry if possible. I can always re-enable them on individual entries if necessary, after all. I'm afraid I have too many friends from high school that I doubt are just going to be willing to move to Dreamwidth for me to be completely free from LJ, but I'm making the cut as well as I can.

I've also imported my writing account here, so once I get a job and a steady income, I'll probably use that one to support Dreamwidth.
Edited Date: 2009-05-13 11:55 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2009-05-14 11:09 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] moonie
I have a Permanent Account on LiveJournal, got it a year or two in when PAs were still $100. I've been on LJ for 7+ years now, the investment has paid off some time ago. I don't regret getting the PA.

Dreamwidth is the first site that seems to be a real alternative to LiveJournal. I never felt that way about any of the LJ clones that popped up over the years, that's why I have no Permanent Accounts elsewhere.

I hope I will be able to leave LiveJournal (or rather, the large fannish community located on LJ) behind for good one day. That's part of why I got a permanent account on Dreamwidth. I also got one to support DW, and because I believe in Dreamwidth. If I can afford to, I will also buy paid accounts for one or two of my more popular communities here on DW, as soon as there are paid community features worth paying for.

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Date: 2009-05-15 01:50 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] princessofgeeks
hi! i confess to being very curious as to why you thought it would be interesting/useful/whatever to create such a comm. say more about that?

I have a paid account on LJ for fandom stuff and another free account that was kind of an afterthought. I wanted a seed account to support the site up front, because by strange coincidence, denise is in my fandom, but I had pondered and just never gotten around to buying a permanent account at LJ. I would have, for convenience, but I probably won't now.

I have been interested to notice how torn mark and denise seem about having seed accounts; they wanted to raise some money up front but apparently it's better for them to have ongoing paid accounts. So I don't know whether to be happy about getting one or not, LOL.

In any case, I'm chiefly here for fanfic in media fandom. Hi!

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Date: 2009-05-15 12:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] princessofgeeks
thanks for explaining; that makes perfect sense.

what kinds of topics do you envision for the comm?

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Date: 2009-05-15 01:58 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] unit76
I have a permanent account on Livejournal. I've been using Livejournal since early 2001, with some breaks in between. However, I've always felt that Livejournal could be more. I've tried a bunch of different journaling services over the years, most of which are now defunct or never really had too much of a user base to begin with (deadjournal, ujournal, greatest journal, journalfen, diary land, my diary, modblog, and probably some others that I've forgotten over the years) and most of them did nothing new with the code base, or just did nothing in general that Livejournal didn't do, even if they had their own code base).

I like that Dreamwidth has a plan with specific changes they will make to the code base, different features they plan on creating, etc. It seems like a site worth changing to, rather than just another clone. And I sort of just stumbled onto the seed account sale and had the spare credit on my paypal account and decided to spring for it.

I haven't really decided what I am going to do with my dreamwidth account yet. I'm probably not going to abandon livejournal completely, and I don't need two identical journals hosted on two different sites. I do know I'm going to try and prevent this from being as much emo whining as my livejournal tends to turn out to be.

Depending on how much money I have and how active my community winds up being, I may buy a paid account for it later on.

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Date: 2009-05-15 09:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fjbryan
Permanent at LJ about 10 years ago, so long since paid for itself. Over time, ownership issues there gave me serious concern about trust, saw the site leadersrhip caving in to "family values" every time someone hit a button (basically, whitewashing it clean before the sale to 6A). My preferred feature--scrapbook--was abandoned by support. Complaints about not being able to totally opt out of RSS feeds to aggregators made it clear how things would go in future.
Left for IJ about 3 years ago, bought a permanent account there as they were dead cheap and it gave me greater control over layout and more. Watched how DW was evolving and was intrigued, got a free account and played about with it for a while. Decided that if I wanted to support the no-ads mission here, I had better put my money where my mouth is.

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Date: 2011-05-16 03:31 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] eosrose
I'm a new seed account holder! I do have a permanent LJ account and I'll continue crossposting there, but I've decided that I'm going to start giving priority to the communities here on DW over those on LJ. I've been keeping an eye on DW for ages and I really love how things are run over here, so maybe when I have more time and money I'll consider buying friends some paid time or maybe attempt to learn Ruby on Rails and devote some time to helping DW grow!
Edited Date: 2011-05-16 03:32 am (UTC)


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