Ok, so I have always hated deadjournal. For the most part it's just because I get really irritated with all the emo goth-kids in the suburbs whining about their oh-so-tragic lives. But they also have ads on the top of their journals which cause a lot of problems, from what I understand. It reacts badly with pop-up blockers, it invites spyware, and it's just an all around irritation.
Thankfully, as a paid member I don't ever have to see them (unless for some reason I don't log in), but I'm pretty sure this is going to cause some problems that will eventually bug me up too.
In fact, my el jay is already having some problems at the moment. Every time the draft autosaves, the entry box gets bigger. Every time I scroll through moods or icons, it expands further. When I try to go back and re-read and edit, it takes a lot of scrolling back and forth and is really pissing me off. This started happening with the advent of this lovely little ad-whore function.
For some reason, I'm having problems understanding why this is offered in the first place. For some reason I'm having difficulties believing that livejournal is having problems generating revenue. Ads and popups to me just scream "skeezy website." It looks trashy. Especially since they take the ad themes from your interests. Now, I know a couple of people who like porn, or at least enjoy writing porn. I love reading me some fandom porn, but even I don't want to see those ads. Although, as long as I'm logged in, I won't have to. BUT! If I'm replying to a comment notification from my e-mail, and not yet signed in... well, you get the idea.
And it's kind of fishy, the way they're doing it. New or "early adopted" free accounts won't see the ads initially. It's like they're trying to hide it until the new user is hooked to the service before they spring the realization that they'll have to put up with ads if and when they switch over to an lj-cut off their f-list?
Now, don't get me wrong. I love my livejournal, and I'm proud to have it. It doesn't cost me much at all, and I think it's totally worth it. I just can't believe that this new addition isn't going to have some bad ramifications, and I think it already has.
I don't know, I haven't liked the majority of livejournal's new developments. The nudge, the linking of all userpics in the userinfo, and now this? I just don't know.
What do you guys think? Is anyone else having this expansion problem?