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Dreamwidth - HUH?
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laurie_ky From: laurie_ky Date: May 3rd, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
if you want a code fluterbev and cybel have some first come, first served.

Me, I'm waiting and let them work the bugs out first, and then I'll buy an account. There has been some problems -- social ones -- with some people feeling that the system to hand these out is flawed and has led to some less than good behavior on the part of a small minority who crowed over other people, and others who don't see a problem because this method of increasing the population so that growth is controlled and doesn't crash the system, is one used commonly for games and other journal sites.

Some folks who weren't really very aware that Dreamwidth was on the horizon, felt kind of left out that they didn't get codes -- But they would have if they'd signed up. Not much help, if you didn't know you should do that. And people have expressed concern that the connections they've made here at LJ will be lost if people migrate, so there's also been a bit of a panic of "don't leave me behind.'

Reading people's comments, there has been a fair amount of triggering of childhood memories of being picked last, of feeling on the outside looking in, of not being cool enough to be chosen. While I acknowledge that people have had those feelings, they are irrational,( as are a lot of leftover from childhood things that influence our feelings as adults) I feel, and if really processed, can be discarded for a more rational, balanced acceptance that Dreamwidth is a business and used this method, I believe, for two reasons.

One, for expediency in handing out the codes to build up their population. Since everybody who validated their ID over there would end up with a free account eventually, they wanted to bring in the population that hadn't signed up -- But limiting it for technical reasons, as they are still fiddling with the thing.

Two. Taking advantage of human nature by making these codes seem like a more exclusive thing. If they'd come to people's doors begging them to sign up, I bet most people would have been suspicous about it. But by having them passed out by somebody you had a connection of some sort with, and having that limited number, it's made them more attractive.

Since anybody could have signed up to get one initially, and now you get a free account by either getting a code from somebody, or you can pay three dollars for one months paid account and let it lapse to a free account, nobody is being excluded.

But some folks on my flist have been very upset by it all.


Edited at 2009-05-03 05:57 pm (UTC)
dreaming_k From: dreaming_k Date: May 9th, 2009 08:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Laurie! Sorry my reply is so late.

I followed your suggestion and got a code. After looking around Dreamwidth it does seem like a fine endeavor, if the can really pull it off like they imagine.

What you described about people being afraid of being left behind and being left in an empty community is what I felt when this started last week. But I wouldn't fault Dreamwidth for this, since - as you said - there were sign up options at the start. If I wasn't this bad at keeping up with things I'd have known about this long before.

Also I do understand, that this restrictions aren't supposed to be kept up permanently and people will be able to sign up later. So, no exclusion.

Let's hope peoples' bad feelings will not last for very long.
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