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03:04 am - Free as in speech or free as in LiveJournal credit?
As discussed a few days ago, LiveJournal invite codes are now deader than GryffindorTower.net; if you feel like starting an account, fire away, no charge, no invite code required. (Or just go and play with their audio test to ensure that it's people rather than spamming robots who are starting up new accounts. It's kind of nifty.) This means that many people have invite codes left and nothing to do with them.

As discussed, these invite codes can now be converted into LiveJournal credit; the exchange codes for credit page will do the business. You can use the free credit coupon you generate for paid time, for extra icon time or for rename tokens. (Nifty, ne? You can't use the credit towards clothing, though.) You can use the coupon yourself, but you don't have to do so; all coupons are transferable, so if you have a permanent account and don't need to spend money on LiveJournal any further, you can do with the coupon as you will. Christmas comes early for someone with an early present of LiveJournal credit, perhaps.

The rate you'll get is $½ of credit for each of your first ten codes and $¼ of credit for each of your next eighty.
  • 4 codes = $2 of credit = two free months of extra icons;
  • 10 codes = $5 of credit = two free months of paid time;
  • 14 codes = $6 of credit = six free months of extra icons;
  • 30 codes = $10 of credit = one free year of extra icons;
  • 50 codes = $15 of credit = six free months of paid time = rename token;
  • 90 codes = $25 of credit = one free year of paid time.
Gentle but nevertheless sharp intake of breath from around the LJ world, I suspect; not what people were hoping for, particularly for the people with fewer than four codes to convert. You can use a $0.50 coupon (or a $1 coupon, etc.) as part payment towards some item; you can combine coupons generated by multiple accounts and so forth.


I have $25 in my PayPal account which I intend to use to buy a paid account for a year. However, I would rather use this $25 to go to the American Cancer Society Holiday Campaign instead. If the world e-mails me (e-mail to jiggery_pokery att livejournal dott com) a total of $25 worth of valid LiveJournal coupons, I will use the $25 which I have earmarked for this year of paid account to go to the ACS instead.

(Deadline: Christmas Day; if I raise less than $25 then I will return all the coupons unused; if I raise more than $25 then I will use $25 of coupons as exactly as possible and return the rest of the coupons unused; if I use the coupons and fail to donate the aforementioned $25 to charity then you are free to spit and stamp upon me before trashing my reputation as a foul-hearted blackguard; all donations will be anonymous, but feel free to claim having made a donation in a comment. Void if LiveJournal voids it or if it otherwise all goes pear-shaped.)

Why the American Cancer Society? Well, largely because I know they take PayPal. :-) (PayPal highlighted four charities and I picked the ACS from the four by whim.) If you'd rather some other charity got the benefit instead, feel free to go ahead and repeat this scheme yourself. If I raise $50 instead of $25, I'm not going to buy two years of paid time in one go and donate $50 instead, though. :-)

It's an experiment. Let's see what happens, if anything.

Current total: $25¼ - BINGO!

Thanks to your fantastic generosity, we managed to reach the $25 goal (actually, the way it's turned out, an odd number of codes means that we're giving it 101%) in about six hours or so. This is wonderful and far better than I was anticipating. Please do not send me any more coupons; I shall return any further coupons unsent. If someone else wishes to start a similar coupons-to-charity scheme to benefit some charity, I would be absolutely thrilled to promote it here instead.

Many thanks to LiveJournal for giving out the free coupons, but even more thanks to you all for having the kindness not to use the free coupons for yourselves and funding the donation. I'm just the intermediary here; you're the ones being generous.
Current Mood: experimental

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Date:December 17th, 2003 08:06 pm (UTC)
Are you sure you chose ACS on a whim?

When I compile codes together, I'll send you whatever I have. *glomps*
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Date:December 17th, 2003 08:14 pm (UTC)

Are you sure you chose ACS on a whim?

Yes, but an informed one.

Half a dollar in half an hour. At this rate it'll be all over by the 19th and some other charity can pick up the rest of the little coupons.

Just think - we're doing literally $25 of good here!
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Date:December 17th, 2003 08:44 pm (UTC)
I've got six and a quarter, but I had it earmarked toward paid time.

Oh, hell. Consider it a pledge; coupon sent to your e-mail addy.
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Date:December 17th, 2003 10:41 pm (UTC)
Amazing how many invite codes I had lying around when it came to looking for them.
42 left over from the monthly ones after you dismiss the ones I gave away at invitecodes and then one each from opticalillusion, hutt_valley, no_word and vanuatu, some of which have never served any purpose.
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Date:December 17th, 2003 10:42 pm (UTC)
Sorry, that's huttvalley. But ther's nothing there, so don't worry.
Date:December 18th, 2003 01:42 am (UTC)
I can't remember what I wound up setting the uk_nsc password to, but if you can remember it and if it has an invite code unused (not sure whether it has or not), then it's yours.
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Date:December 18th, 2003 01:52 am (UTC)
Somehow that ended up with two months of paid time (presumably so you could play around with the styles and get it to look all Scrabble-y). Two months paid means two invite codes, means 20% cashback. Thank you very much, cha-ching, and that takes us to 101% of the $25 target.

I have changed the uk_nsc e-mail address to my own address in order to get the coupon through. Should I change it back at some point for safety? The change back would need validation again.
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Date:December 18th, 2003 02:17 am (UTC)

Nice One

Gosh, I was just reading this interview with Peter Ludlow this morning. I log on to LJ and here's one already: a perfect example of how not-real currency can become real !

And a good cause too. Hurrah !
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Date:December 18th, 2003 03:24 am (UTC)
Dude! This is an absolutely fantastic idea. Wow. I *just* bought myself a year's worth of paid LJ time and I have like ten codes from that and have been trying to figure out how to spend them and for what--i wish i had seen this post before just now, because this is a wonderful way of bartering for a charity you really like.
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Date:December 18th, 2003 03:28 am (UTC)
Keep a tight hold of those codes. Someone else is bound to do this and you've got $5 of donation right there.

At least, if I keep saying SOMEONE ELSE IS BOUND TO DO THIS enough times then someone else is, indeed, bound to do this, if only to shut me up.


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Date:December 18th, 2003 04:02 am (UTC)
You are great. It won't be me, alas, as I haven't managed to persuade PayPal to change the billing address on my card.

Tip: the official instructions suggest you generate codes, then claim. I bought another year's paid time at the start of this month (coincidence - my account was expiring) but I hadn't generated its invitation codes. So claiming for my original 13 codes, generating 12 more, and claiming for those 12 codes gave me $5.75 + $5.50 = $11.25. Had I claimed for all 25 at once, I'd have scored only $8.75.
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Date:December 18th, 2003 04:14 am (UTC)


I am chuckling at your chutzpah.

Possibly best not to make that one too widely-known, and let's call it a... feature. An Easter Egg, perhaps.

Posting this discovery to lj_nifty would be Bad, Evil, Wrong and Funny. Or, if you're feeling virtuous, you could flag it up in lj_biz, marking it FAO whitaker, though I'm not sure what they would actually be able to do about it. (Perhaps they could rewrite the /claim.bml code so that it automatically does a /gen.bml beforehand?)
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Date:December 18th, 2003 08:33 am (UTC)
Ah. I generated my codes immediately after paying my subscription, as I suspected that if codes were going away I wouldn't be able to do it later. Clearly that's a decision that cost me $1.25 in coupons. :-)

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