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06 May 2008 @ 11:55 pm
Twirly McSwirl- For the People  
Greetings, fellow LJ-ians. I am a 22 year old college senior/archaeologist from Florida. Like everyone else here, I am throwing in my hat for a seat on the LiveJournal Advisory Board. When it first was announced that this position would be created, I knew it was the perfect outlet for me to be the "change I want to see in the world." Or, at least, in LiveJournal.

I have been an active LiveJournal user since November 10, 2002, originally as clarinutter. I changed to this journal shortly after starting college, and it has been a paid account since. I have posted actively almost continuously over the past 5.5 years, created, moderated, or maintained numerous large communities, followed most LiveJournal official communities regularly to keep abreast of the site, and even served a stint volunteering with LiveJournal Support. (While I thoroughly enjoyed the user assistance aspect, I don't pretend to be as technologically knowledgeable as many of the other volunteers, hence why I am no longer active there.)

What can I bring to the board? Unbridled enthusiasm and opinions out my ears. I fully believe not in doing the most good for the most people, but the least bad for the fewest people- as nothing can be worse than alienating users who don't fit into the target demographic. I am also pre-law with a focus on copyright law, so I can bring at least scholastic knowledge, if not practical experience, to that arena.

The most important thing I bring, however, is passion. I have a true and fiery passion for the community LiveJournal has created, and undying determination to preserve it. For some, it's just an online site. But to the users who make LiveJournal what it is, it is our cyber-home. Not the lack of reality, but a very real addition to it. I have formed real, lasting friendships with people I have met on this site. It's not just a diversion, and it shouldn't be treated that way. We all have so much invested in this site- emotion, experience, content- and it all deserves to be protected.

If elected, I swear to you that my voice will never falter in the will to do just that.

Hey! I say a lot more here! Read me!
Secretary of the U.S. Department of Awesomenoctrnalwolf on May 9th, 2008 07:00 am (UTC)
I support this nomination
ファビュラス マックスjai_dit on May 9th, 2008 07:09 am (UTC)
I support this nomination.
Joshpockingell on May 9th, 2008 07:10 am (UTC)
I support this nomination.
Doodle Bugminikin on May 9th, 2008 11:09 am (UTC)
I support this nomination.
thegman169thegman169 on May 9th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
I support this nomination.
Sarahgatorgal1985 on May 9th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
I support this nomination.
girlonthewing__girlonthewing__ on May 9th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
I support this nomination!
martamarta on May 12th, 2008 06:43 am (UTC)
One hundred supports counted. I'm sending your Nomination Certification letter now!
Ashley: Bunnyvillaniousspike on May 12th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
I support this nomination.
Desert_Rosedesert_rose on May 23rd, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)
I agree 100% with everything you have said, hun! You definitely have my full support!

Much luck!
bassmastalpbassmastalp on May 23rd, 2008 04:25 am (UTC)
hey i know you. you post on ufstudents all the time.
Mrs. Twirly McDucktwirlandswirl on May 23rd, 2008 12:42 pm (UTC)
That would be because I go there. :D
Sena Kathrynjesser1975 on May 23rd, 2008 06:03 am (UTC)
I play clarinet, so you have my vote just for your former username.
Mrs. Twirly McDucktwirlandswirl on May 23rd, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
We actually seem to have a lot in common! Thanks for your vote.
(no subject) - jesser1975 on May 23rd, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - twirlandswirl on May 23rd, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC) (Expand)
JeSurgisLacjesurgislac on May 23rd, 2008 07:53 am (UTC)
LJ needs to finally resolve the free speech issues that began with Strikeout and Boldthrough. While as a private corporation LJ has the right to decide what type of content it will and won't allow, my argument is for the broadest range of speech permissible under the laws of California (where LJ is incorporated). This level of free speech should be the right of all LJ users, regardless of location or topic. Political speech needs to be protected. Religious speech needs to be protected. Creative speech needs to be protected. If it's legal speech it should be permissible on LJ.

Since May 2006 - the rules got changed in a 1984-like mode in late April 2006 - anyone whose default icon depicts a baby at breast is at risk of being suspended from Livejournal.

SixApart offered as a defense that they don't believe babies should be breastfed in public, and that in any case that kind of enforcement is something that LJ Abuse do and they don't try to nitpick LJ Abuse's decisions. (LJ Abuse say that the new owners have made no change in the old rules.)

For anyone following the anti-breastfeeding campaign by SixApart, their treatment of Livejournal users in 2007 and 2008 came a reprise: they lied, they were disrespectful, they made clear that their customer base was their advertisers and Livejournal members were product for sale, even Permanent or Paid accounts.

I doubt that this much-touted advisory board will have any power to do anything, but it would be nice to know that members elected will use whatever voice they have to make a thorough stink about the actions by Livejournal's owners - going back to their first cleansing of Livejournal, the purging of icons deemed "obscene" because they depicted a baby at breast.

Is this something you'll do?
Mrs. Twirly McDucktwirlandswirl on May 23rd, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
This is actually an issue I feel very strongly about. While I am not a mother yet, I am engaged and plan to have children in the relatively near future, all of which I plan to birth naturally AND breast feed.

To me, the most appalling part of this entire situation isn't even the banning of breastfeeding pictures as default userpics, but the fact they are grouped in with sexually obscene images! Playing devil's advocate, I can see how they may be forced to create a blanket statement that breasts can only be shown, period, if there is no "pink" (nipple or areola) visible. However, "intent" needs to be part of the consideration here.

It is, indeed, ridiculous, that you can breastfeed in public but not show it on the internet. At the very least, my opinion is the should most definitely not be classified as obscene, however, I feel there is no reason they should be restricted at all, since it depicts a perfectly legal action.
(no subject) - jesurgislac on May 23rd, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Way Back in 2006 - clcradiogm on May 24th, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC) (Expand)
pawsforthoughtspawsforthoughts on May 23rd, 2008 09:58 am (UTC)
It's good to read an entry for the advisory board that actually sounds as if it has come from a fellow human being! I will be voting for you.
Mrs. Twirly McDucktwirlandswirl on May 23rd, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
My programming is set to emulate humanity as closely as possible. ;)
0goldenhearts0 on May 23rd, 2008 11:23 am (UTC)
I support this nomination