April 8th, 2010

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LiveJournal Major Notes: OhNoTheyDidnt, ONTD_AI, Puppy love!

While we prepare for a major release, we want to take a moment to extend a warm welcome to ohnotheydidnt, who recently joined the official LiveJournal family. Long-time maintainer, brenden, will serve as ONTD's Staff Editor. In order to ensure that you never miss a beat of late night star-gazing, we'll be rebalancing our server loads to improve speed and performance, beginning this Friday night (details below). Elsewhere on LiveJournal, we'd like to extend a royal shout out to the benevolent "benches" over at ONTD_AI, who hope to raise $100,000 through Idol Gives Back! Frank is so moved by your generosity that he'd like to honor all of you superstars who donate your passion to support vital social causes. Tell us how you've made a difference, and Frank will celebrate your virtual birthday with a pair of glam shades.



Important stuff to know:

  • Just a reminder that we'll soon be purging accounts that have been suspended for more than six months to bring you faster, more reliable service.
  • We receive so many clever Writer's Block questions that are too edgy to post on our homepage that we've decided to introduce an adult-friendly version of Writer's Block: wb_unplugged. If you wish to submit questions to Unplugged, you can join and post to the community or use the existing Writer's Block suggestion box. We look forward to reading your questions and answers!
  • ohnotheydidnt will be spending a quiet evening in read-only mode starting tomorrow, Friday, April 9th, at 9PM, PST, which will last anywhere from 12 to 24 hours. During this time, you won't be able to post or comment, although you're welcome to catch up on back reading. Once we're done, ohnotheydidnt should do a better job of keeping up with all of your celebrity gossip needs!

ontd_ai gives back to Idol!

The generous benches at ontd_ai are gearing up for their anniversary on LiveJournal (mark your calendars for May 15th), by ramping up their charitable giving! Having already raised tens of thousands of dollars for Haiti and Chile, they've embarked on a mission to raise $100,000 to help provide food, clothing, and shelter for needy children and families around the world in association with Idol Gives Back. They're asking all of us to support their fundraising goal by promoting their efforts on LiveJournal.

April header design contest poll!

We want to thank you for helping us select five finalists for our April Header Design contest! There were so many amazing entries that we couldn't have done it without you! We hope you'll vote for the design you want to appear at the top of LiveJournal from mid-April through mid-May. You can start submitting headers for the May contest at remixed now through the end of the month! In addition to fame and glory, the winner will receive a $25 gift certificate. Finalists will be awarded $10 gift certificates, while all other contributors will receive $5 gift certificates (one per user)! We can't wait to see your work!

We've got Puppy Love for our paid users!

If you have a paid or permanent account, you can send five free cuddly puppies through Monday, April 12th at 4pm, PST! You'll see both the free and the $0.99 puppies displayed until they've scampered off to your friends. Please send only one at a time. In other words, you'll need to complete check-out and start a new order for each fetching puppy. If you're not receiving vgifts (from friends and/or Frank), you may have disabled them. To enable vgifts, visit Edit profile (under Profile), scroll down to the bottom of the page, and check your settings. We wish you oodles of puppy love!


For our featured photo and more fun with Frank & Meme, we'll catch you under the cut! Collapse )
Thanks, again, for spending time with us. We'll see you next week!