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05 May 2008 @ 09:38 am
Andrei "lordandrei" Freeman: running for advisory board  

I'm running for the Advisory Board for LiveJournal.

The reasons I decided I would be a good candidate are:

1) I have been an active user of LiveJournal for over 5 years. I established my primary LiveJournal account in October 2001. In that time I have brought many users into LiveJournal (ah, who remembers invite codes). I have helped develop software clients that work with LiveJournal (iJournal, Xjournal, NewsAccess). I have started several communities, some of which prosper today without my participation (con_central)

2) I have been working researching and developing in the technology area of "Social Networking" for about 20 years. My experience as a net-based user of network based social tools goes back 30 year. (Writing and running BBS software in Basic on an Apple ][ in 1979. Go, go Gadget 300 baud modems!) I work in the software industry as an engineer. I understand how software is put together and what the business end of the software life cycle is. I'm also a user and want to be able to use LiveJournal.

3) I feel I have a balanced view on the topics. I believe strongly in the freedom of speech. At the same time I am the parent of a toddler and am strongly concerned on giving parents working tools necessary to meet their needs for filtering content. I strongly acknowledge that LiveJournal is a business that offers resources to many countries and many legal jurisdictions that may not share the same freedoms. As a result, to keep the service alive, some concessions need to be made that will ultimately be unpleasing to some. Finally, I believe that the end user is the customer. This is the person who will choose to use the service or find an alternative. Being honest, fair, and open with the end user is the most important way to keep them feeling part of the process and not driven to find those alternative services.

4) I am for the most part... sane. My primary journal (for the most part) is open to the public. I filter comments from those who I don't have on my flist. My posts span the range from family updates, technical observations, and the occasional rant, drivel, or (perish the thought) pointless meme.

I don't consider myself the average user. But I strongly consider myself a typical user. And I think that in itself is what we need as a representative on the Advisory Board.

No, funny pictures this time. No begging for support here.

If you support my nomination please comment using (at least) the phrase: "I support this nomination"

Thank you.

With well over 100 comments, I have been approved as a candidate on the final ballot and thank everyone who has supported this nomination. I'd thank everyone individually in the thread below, but would like to keep it as free as possible for easy counting by the staff. P.S. please feel free to tell others that they can keep adding nomination support to the comment lists in support all week.

I have made a post in my own journal where I welcome questions, issues, and discussion of what the next step is in this election process.

Thank you again.
Current Location: Office
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
JeSurgisLacjesurgislac on May 23rd, 2008 07:56 am (UTC)
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?
Andrei Freemanlordandrei on May 23rd, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
To respond with an anecdote
My wife feeds our toddler by breast in public. She doesn't make any attempt to cover or hide what she's doing.

It's perfectly legal. And I'll be more than happy to have words with anyone who tries to intercede.
Dar: powerallmemine on May 23rd, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
I support this nomination.
librrra on May 24th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
I support the nomination of lordandrei
z111z111 on May 25th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
I support this nomination
Aureliepouikysland on May 28th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
you have my vote!!!
booklabookla on June 27th, 2008 05:06 am (UTC)
I support the nomination of lordandrei.