It has been seven years since the CrazyHotelWorkers community was created and a lot has changed during that time. When CrazyHotelWorkers was founded, Facebook hadn’t been invented yet, MySpace was just getting started and rumors of LiveJournal being bought by SixApart were more than a year away. (LiveJournal was owned by SixApart from 2005 to 2007.)
Since late 2007, the LiveJournal service has been owned by a Russian company by the name of SUP. We have been monitoring the changes that SUP has been making to the service since that time. Up until a few months ago, the most concerning changes SUP had made were not changes to the LiveJournal service, but were changes at LiveJournal Inc, SUP’s US-based subsidiary.
In September, LiveJournal made modifications to the community membership system that made it more difficult to accept new members into the community. During the month of December we froze membership applications and made changes to our backend processes and protocols that were intended to compensate for the changes SUP made to the community membership system. Our overall goal was to make it easier to bring new users into the community and to introduce them to other parts of CrazyHotelWorkers. Unfortunately, we failed horribly at that and only made things more complicated for all parties involved.
At the beginning of this month, SUP has again made changes to the way communities on LiveJournal are run. While some of these changes may be beneficial in newer communities, in older, more established communities these changes complicate community management.
As a result of these changes, combined with the upcoming expiration of our paid community account it is our belief that it is in the best interests of the community to leave LiveJournal. Effective as of this MOD post, new members are no longer being accepted to the LiveJournal community. All current and new members should register for the CrazyHotelWorkers forums
. Posting in the LiveJournal community is scheduled to be disabled next Monday, February 21, 2011. If you were registered on the forums prior to May 2010, you will need to re-register if you have not done so already.
When we conducted our improvement survey last year, some users mentioned that it would be nice if they could get emails of recent activity. With our move to the forums this functionality becomes a reality. Each member can pick and choose exactly what activity they wish to be notified about!
Another benefit to our move to the forums is its integration with both chat and the CrazyHotelWorkers wiki. While the wiki isn’t much to look at in its present state, all signed in members have the ability to create and modify wiki articles.
With the move to the forums, we are also looking for more people to join the MOD team. If you are interested at all, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Since there are bound to be many questions, we have setup an FAQ document
on the wiki which we will be updating frequently. Please review the FAQ if you have any questions. If you are unable to find an answer there send an email to email@example.com
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