Evan Martin (evan) wrote in lj_biz,
Evan Martin
evan
lj_biz

Here's some mail I received, with my response:

On Thu, Mar 29, 2001 at 12:06:32AM -0500, Mac wrote:
>   Stumbled upon your journal.  Have one myself, but am looking to playa
> round with its setup.  Just wondering if you have a paid account.  Judging
> on your interest in free software, my guess is you got the freebie version.
> how did you go about playing with your settings?

Look at my user information.  I have a permanent account, which has the
same functionality as a paid account.

You have (a very common) misconception about "free software".

To quote http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html , which you should
read before throwing phrases like "free software" around:

        ``Free software'' is a matter of liberty, not price. To 
        understand the concept, you should think of ``free'' as in
        ``free speech,'' not as in ``free beer.''

It's a moral issue, not an "I want to get stuff for free" issue.

LiveJournal, for example, is now free software, though you can pay for the service.


With that in mind, I'll point out the obvious:
LiveJournal doesn't have any advertisements.  You're getting the entire
service for free.
We can only exist with money from paid accounts, so some features (which
aren't necessary to even use LiveJournal!) are available to reward
people who have sent in money.
When you try to circumvent this, you're trying rip LiveJournal off.
And that isn't some faceless corporation; you're ripping off Brad.
Look at his LiveJournal: http://www.livejournal.com/~bradfitz .  


I don't mean to be an ass.  I'd just like it if you considered what you
were doing.
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