June 21st, 2007

Macbeth the Usurper

Perm Account

I bought a perm account. What does that mean? I have an LJ account forever for free, or until I get banned, the hosting company goes bankrupt, the company sells out and the new management screws the perm account people over, the current company screws the perm account people over, or something else happens.

As long as I keep this account longer than 3.33 years, I'm coming out ahead. Everything after that is gravy.

If I may reword this, nothing is forever. I'd be a fool to think otherwise.
Macbeth the Usurper

Clarification of Policy

I am happy with LJ's clarificatio of its policies.

Why am I happy? They could be clearer. Yes, they could, but that gets into legalism, and that opens loopholes and produces unreadable policies. Eventually we wind up with something completely clear, yet functionally useless.

Many laws are unclear for a reason. If you make the law too rigid, then those enforcing it do not have the leeway to decide how to implement the law. They can too easily be stuck implementing the law against people who should not be the intended target, or the intended target is using loop-holes to get around the law. By making their policy general and simple, they retain (for better or worse) discretion.