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22 May 2008 @ 04:49 pm
First ever LiveJournal User-Representative Election  
PLEASE READ BEFORE YOU VOTE!!!

Eligibility
Those eligible to vote in this poll are:
-Users with accounts created before March 11, 2008
-Users who are not using Cyrillic language services (there is a poll for Cyrillic users at lj_election_ru)
-Users who have accounts with validated email addresses


Voting
Users should select their first choice, second choice, and third choice candidates from the drop-down list.

Determining the winner
The poll will be closed at 9:00 p.m. PDT Thursday, May 29, 2008
-If a user has more than 50% of the first-choice vote, that candidate will be declared the winner
-If no user has more than 50% of the first-choice vote, we will begin using an Instant Runoff process. The user with the lowest tally for first-choice vote will be eliminated, and the second choice candidate on those ballots will be substituted as first choice. This process will continue (drop lowest candidate, reassign to next vote, tally again) until any user has more than 50% of the vote.
-If all ballots are exhausted and no candidate has more than 50% of the vote, we will return to the first round and award the election to the candidate with the most 1st choice votes.

Member Term
The new Advisory Board member will be announced by the end of the day on Friday, May 30, 2008 and will begin their one-year term of service on June 1, 2008.

THANK YOU!

Poll #1192389 Election Poll
This poll is closed.

First choice (the user you would most like to have as your representative):

cambler
802(3.1%)
daniidebrabant
206(0.8%)
deathboy
998(3.9%)
fuzzface00
319(1.2%)
imc
177(0.7%)
jameth
5485(21.2%)
jette
234(0.9%)
jj_maccrimmon
180(0.7%)
jmaynard
140(0.5%)
legomymalfoy
9443(36.5%)
lizyd
340(1.3%)
lordandrei
326(1.3%)
lostcosmonaut
220(0.9%)
mrflagg
669(2.6%)
primitivepeople
140(0.5%)
qfemale
335(1.3%)
randomposting
233(0.9%)
rm
2826(10.9%)
sollitaire
206(0.8%)
squeaky19
1120(4.3%)
tango
166(0.6%)
twirlandswirl
156(0.6%)
vichan
1154(4.5%)

Second choice (if your first-choice candidate is eliminated, you would then choose this candidate):

cambler
1190(5.1%)
daniidebrabant
245(1.0%)
deathboy
713(3.0%)
fuzzface00
296(1.3%)
imc
186(0.8%)
jameth
3358(14.3%)
jette
229(1.0%)
jj_maccrimmon
158(0.7%)
jmaynard
289(1.2%)
legomymalfoy
2408(10.3%)
lizyd
279(1.2%)
lordandrei
465(2.0%)
lostcosmonaut
250(1.1%)
mrflagg
770(3.3%)
primitivepeople
222(0.9%)
qfemale
511(2.2%)
randomposting
360(1.5%)
rm
7485(31.9%)
sollitaire
461(2.0%)
squeaky19
997(4.3%)
tango
298(1.3%)
twirlandswirl
275(1.2%)
vichan
1987(8.5%)

Third choice (if your first and second-choice candidates are eliminated, you would then choose this candidate):

cambler
778(3.5%)
daniidebrabant
329(1.5%)
deathboy
885(4.0%)
fuzzface00
288(1.3%)
imc
176(0.8%)
jameth
2899(13.1%)
jette
208(0.9%)
jj_maccrimmon
187(0.8%)
jmaynard
423(1.9%)
legomymalfoy
1709(7.7%)
lizyd
241(1.1%)
lordandrei
476(2.2%)
lostcosmonaut
287(1.3%)
mrflagg
654(3.0%)
primitivepeople
285(1.3%)
qfemale
674(3.1%)
randomposting
510(2.3%)
rm
1914(8.7%)
sollitaire
621(2.8%)
squeaky19
1505(6.8%)
tango
506(2.3%)
twirlandswirl
498(2.3%)
vichan
6003(27.2%)
 
 
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rachewickedwords on May 26th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
Perhaps it's that the LJAbuse team doesn't set policy, but does have to enforce it. So in voting for her, she gets a chance (maybe) to impact the bad policies that she's been having to enforce. She's got experience with the hell of how fractious it gets and how crazy it is behind the scenes when LJ Administration goes off and sets bizarre policies, and hopefully, she can tell them when they are getting close to doing something like that again, and at least mitigate the problem somewhat. I don't think anyone in this position can chance anything, as it is an advisory board, but at least they can say 'you're going to hit a wall if you do this.'

So where you're seeing a negative, I'm seeing a positive. No starry eyes about what the advisory board can do, and real experience what happens when bad policies are implemented and the behind the scenes fallout. It's a reason to vote for her, not against.
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Amirealamireal on May 26th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
Well some people don't value a job with less importance just because it's a volunteer job.

I can't speak for her but I can speculate. Personally I might find the possible good that I could do to still outweigh the bad they're making me do. I could feel that despite enforcing such a policy as strikethrough that I had a good feeling it wouldn't stay enforced. I.E. It would be overturned on the appeal, or in this case, the mass outrage.

The truth is no one ever gets to do a job where they like all the directives and policies involved in it and just because you're not getting paid that doesn't mean that you don't highly value the job you're doing and the positive affects it can have and want to keep doing it.

As for the freedom of speach aspect, well I'm not really sure in what context you're using it? Anyone on LJ is subject to the whims and conditions of the TOS. They're not infringing on freedom of speech because in general in this context we don't really have it in the first place. If you mean in a more metaphorical level, again I can't speak for the person in question, but I might balance the losses against the gains and think really hard about the end run. But it's all theoretical because I was never in her position.
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Amireal: Grr!amireal on May 26th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
I don't have the time to fully answer your reply, I just wanted to make one clarification as to how I see some things, a more fully formed answer in a bit. (Damn deadlines).

Freedom of Speech is one of those beliefs. And, whether we have it here on LJ or not, if I was asked to implement policies that lessened people's freedoms I would not do it.

Well I already see most of what the Abuse Team does as infringing on freedoms if you take the most broad definition of the word, all laws (to take a broader term) do. It's just a matter of weighing the freedoms lost vs the possible harms prevented. Fire in a crowded room (to slightly misuse the idea), so to speak. I believe we should have the freedom of speech and expression as well, I just don't think that should go completely unchecked. I'm pretty sure (But I could be wrong) that you don't either, it's just a question of where your line is, where my line is, where LJ's line is and where the community consensuses line is and whose lines take priority. Etc.
rachewickedwords on May 26th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
I don't know legomymalfoy, so I can't speak to her motives or the reasons behind why she does what she does. I can only speak in generalities and hypotheticals, and I don't think that's what you want. You'll have to ask her that yourself.

From my own perspective, I can say that I tend to work within systems, if I feel I can make a difference. The LJ Advisory board is a 'within system' sort of approach to making LJ better; the type of person that would have left during strikethrough would not be well suited to the frustration that this position will have. So again, the fact that she stuck it out shows she has the temperament for it, and not everyone does.

I see this as a real bear of a job, one that everyone in LJ will use as a scapegoat whenever anything happens that they don't like. Anyone who has experience in already going through something like that, and still being willing to stand up and sign up for another round, I respect. I wouldn't do it, but more power to those that walk into something like this, eyes wide open. You could not pay me to do a job like this.

eta: edited to fix a typo

Edited at 2008-05-26 04:52 pm (UTC)
laura_holt_pi: Puzzledlaura_holt_pi on May 26th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
Exactly. She knows what it's all about. She's qualified for the job.