Here's my version of the comment-drama currently going on in news with the new limits on posting:
bradfitz: Posting limits start right now. It's my birthday. Gimme money.
random free user #1: You suck!! You're, like, so unfair!! I'm gonna take my ball and go home!!
random paid user #1: Shut up, you big baby!! Free users eat shit!!
random paid user #2: How dare you mess with the Brad!! I <3 BRAD!! BRAD 4-EVA!!!
random paid user #3: *makes a "Happy Birthday Brad" banner that surely eats up tons of the argued-over bandwith*
random paid user #4: If you mess with the Brad I will hax0r your journal!! I am a l33t hax0r!! kthnx
random free user #2: How dare you!! I'm calling my lawyer!!
It's like there are two camps of droolers: the greedy cheapskates and the Brad-drones, drowning out the people who have sensible things to say. It's a drama diva's dream...
Seriously, I'm with alm35 here. Brad and crew need to make a choice. When they want us to be patient with slow service and down servers, we get the "LiveJournal is a big community" argument. But when they decide to make a sweeping change without even mentioning it to lj_dev or any of the other groups first, LJ's a business that has to survive. They can't have it both ways indefinitely. And limiting paid users is just stupid, considering how little of the site they make up. And the sneaky way this was implemented makes people -- including me, I was planning on getting some more paid time because I like LJ and want to support it -- less eager to buy time. I'll end up doing it because I've invested too much time and energy in my LJ to abandon it, but being forced to do it is at odds with the cheery "we're all a big family!!" image that the entry page projects.