…but not really18 July 2008
- Introduce a new sort of account, with advertising, though with less than Sponsored Accounts have.
- Eliminate all existing Basic Accounts, moving every user who presently has a Basic Account to this new sort of account.
- Give the new sort of account the name
Most of the comments that I saw to the announcement were the usual, clueless words of thanks, and I'll wager that most holders (even most active holders) of present Basic Accounts will either have missed the announcement altogether, or simply have taken it at face value where it says
Back by popular demand, Basic Accounts will be available to all users again by the end of the (northern hemisphere) summer.
There will be anger in August, when the changes are put into effect and thus discovered, but СУП will claim that users should have voiced their objections during the two-week feed-back period.