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Broken down by area of change. Comments later.

Name, and concept
< Social Contract
< Our Promise to You
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> LiveJournal.com Guiding Principles

Promises versus Principles
< We at LiveJournal try to ensure that our service is as pleasant as possible for each user, so
< we've assembled a list of promises we will keep.
< We stand firm in saying that we will:
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> Our Principles
> We at LiveJournal try to make our service a pleasant experience for our users, so we've assembled
> a list of business principles that help guide our operation of the LiveJournal service.
> We operate the LiveJournal service with the following goals:

Changes, and Communication
< We promise to keep you informed of changes to the best of our abilities without being
< intrusive. We promise to run our business based on feedback from the LiveJournal community, and
< with the LiveJournal community's best interests in mind.
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> We will strive to keep you informed of changes to the best of our abilities without being
> intrusive, and to run our business based on feedback from the LiveJournal community, with the
> LiveJournal community's best interests in mind.

Accounts, perm and early adopter
< Permanent accounts will be honored for the life of the site. Paid accounts will remain as
< paid accounts until they expire, unless they are renewed in advance. Early adopters will be
< granted access to the paid features that were freely available in the early history of the site.
< (Account status valid with the exception of account termination by means of Terms of Service
< violation.)
---
> We fully intend to honor the status of our users' accounts, as follows: Permanent accounts
> will be honored for the life of the service. Paid accounts will remain as paid accounts until
> they expire, unless they are renewed in advance. Early adopters will be granted access to the
> paid features that were freely available in the early history of the site. (Account status valid
> with the exception of account termination by means of Terms of Service violation.)

Uptime
< Maintain reliable uptime within the limits of technical considerations
< We try to keep things running smoothly for everyone, especially since we use the system just
< as much as anyone else. Unfortunately server hangups do occur, but we will plan ahead as best as
< possible to avoid them.
---
> Maintain reliable uptime
> We try to keep things running smoothly for everyone, especially since we use the system, too.
> Unfortunately, server hangups do occur, but we will plan ahead to try to avoid them.

Ads
< Avoid advertisements
< As it's one of our larger pet peeves, we'll avoid putting advertisements on the site.
< Although our Terms of Service permits us to change our policy in the future, we've found
< throughout the past few years that our "paid accounts" business model has worked wonderfully,
< making banners ads unnecessary.
---
> Avoid banner advertisements
> As it's one of our larger pet peeves, we have avoided putting banner advertisements on the
> site. Although our Terms of Service permits us to change our policy in the future, we've found
> throughout the past few years that our "paid accounts" business model has, so far, made banners
> ads unnecessary.

Spam/UCE
< Never send you unsolicited e-mail
< We strongly believe that spam has no place on the internet, and we promise never to send you
< any e-mail without your implied or explicit consent. We promise to never sell lists of users'
< e-mail addresses or personal information, and we promise never to spam on the behalf of an
< interested third party.
---
> Avoid spam
> We strongly believe that spam has no place on the internet, and we endeavor not to send you
> e-mail without your implied or explicit consent. When you sign up for the Service, we understand
> that to mean you want to communicate with us and hear from us about our products and services. If
> we do send you a message or contact you, we give you an option to opt-out so that we won't send
> you similar messages in the future. We are not in the business of selling lists of users' e-mail
> addresses or personal information, though we may share users' information under certain special
> circumstances, such as with an entity that owns or is owned by LiveJournal, with our service
> providers and vendors in connection with the operation of the service and our business, where we
> think it is appropriate or required by law or to protect our legal rights, or if the business is
> being sold or reorganized. (For more information on these special circumstances, click here.)

Open Source
< All of the code that is used to run a complete, highly-customizable LiveJournal installation
< is available to the public. We promise to keep this source free and open so that we can give
< something back to the Free Software community.
---
> We're big supporters of Open Source software - we have used it and contributed to it
> extensively. As part of our contribution to the Open Source community, we have made available to
> the public a large amount of source code for software that we've used to run the LiveJournal
> service, and that contributed source code will remain free and open. We plan to continue to give
> back to the community by contributing certain bug fixes, testing, documentation and new code. In
> addition, we continue to encourage people to innovate using the open source code we have
> contributed.

Comments

( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
law_witch
Jan. 6th, 2005 10:47 pm (UTC)
Ravan - is the new TOS in effect NOW or will it be at a future date???
ravan
Jan. 6th, 2005 11:37 pm (UTC)
I believe that it is in effect now, as is the change from "social contract" to "guiding principles". I have not had to specifically agree to it in order to post, but it could be a "by posting you agree to our ToS..." type of thing.
law_witch
Jan. 7th, 2005 07:09 am (UTC)
understood

I happen to run a com for a soap (yes, great brain work) and am concerned about our often PG-13/R rated posts.
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