Is it just me, or did the only place where they officially say that basic accounts would never have ads mysteriously disappear? Because I could have sworn that it was said somewhere, but after some digging, I can't find it.
Points for actually bringing this up before just up and changing it, but come on, guys. I'm finding it really hard to believe that you'll lose massive amounts of revenue due to having ad-free basic accounts when so many people will eventually opt for a plus or paid account. There's nothing wrong with just leaving the basic accounts as-is, and leaving that option off for new accounts. If you don't, there's no reason for any difference between plus and basic.
Their proposals, particularly the last two, are so funny if viewed in the right light. 'You'll only see ads on pages when you're not logged in, on communities you aren't a member of, on journals that were created after March 2008, on every other Tuesday, and alternating Thursdays, on nights when there is a full moon, and the entire month of August!'
Complicate matters until users go "Screw it, just give us the damn ads!" right? Brilliant!