The short version:
"Because any person can create several hundred fake LJ accounts, comment in them that on the 21st of march I will be silent in protest. Then you journalists can quote those fake users and list the names of those that were silent that day. And add a cute catchprase like "that's just the top of the iceberg"
"Where will you find such idiots that will call serious companies? It's one thing - to call a newspaper in hope that they will give you 15 minutes of fame on their page. But a proper firm? The first thing you'll get asked is "so who exactly are you trying to reach? What is this about and why the hell should we care?"
I do not like to be thought of as stupid. It makes me angry.
Thanks to elizalavelle for pointing this out to me, and changing my mind. In no way am I leaving LJ, which I still believe is a heck of a bargain and a great place to be (unless they're plotting still something else I don't know about), but I'm also over here on InsaneJournal:
Edit for something I wrote in response to a post by vichan:
Maybe they should hire a press secretary?
I agree, the boycott won't make a bit of difference, and I say that even though I'm participating. In addition, I don't have a problem with many of the business decisions they've made -- my problem is with the crappy way they're instituting them, which translates into treating the customers badly, which is in fact bad for business.
But the guy did make a telling point: Business is booming. They're a business; if their actions don't hurt the bottom line, what do they care? I'm not removing my account, after all.
Vichan for Advisory Board! I'd vote for her; her response to all this was wise and reasoned. :-)