Whoa... More off-LJ links
In following links from the CNet article, I found the following:
Stigmatizing your own customer base (which, while I know we're not a HUGE part of their customer base, is still something they should not do. It's bad business practice if nothing else.
Lack of artistic merit Which has a paragraph that is very, very interesting. Does anyone out there know if it's true? (Copied/Pasted under the cut, in case the link goes funny; emphasis mine.)
It all boils down to money: SixApart is shopping for a new buyer, since the current management has borked the company and they want to bail out. Part of finding the next owner is "cleaning up" the community to avoid potential embarrassment in discovery during the purchase. All they need is people like Warriors for Innocence coming along to a potential buyer and presenting a list of 1000 “pedophile” members pushing underage sex and imagery. Makes good business sense to clean it all up. But does it make good business sense to drive away all your longest-lived customers?