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15 June 2009 @ 10:26 pm
My nomination  
I am nominating myself as a candidate for the Livejournal Advisory Board. I would like livejournal to be an open community where people are free to create whatever they desire. Where tools help them to find and interact with likeminded, interesting people. Where people can discover, discuss and debate the issues of the day. A place people can have control over their content and where troublemakers can be warned, isolated and ultimately removed. I would like it to be easy to use. I want users to feel they are part of the site and have a real say in the future.

I love Livejournal and have been on here since 2001. I met my fiancée on this site. I use my journal as a place to express private thoughts, to write stories, interact with friends, meet new people and discuss the world.

Delivery – Livejournal has too many features that are 80% completed. Examples are Scrapbook, To Do Lists, Portals, Schools, Singles, etc. I believe that features that are beta should be marked as such. Many features need to be reworked or redocumented.
Monetisation – I believe that a site with 2 million active users ought to be profitable without being dominated by advertisements. More work could be done with sponsorship (films, news media, books, etc) which might generate content, although this might need to be opt-in. 
Openness – Livejournal should seek to be open with its user base who are more than merely customers. We have generated the content and virally marketed the series. This means announcing what is planned ahead of any changes. Likewise users should be kept updated on things that have been promised – a la carte user pics for example.
Growth – The future of Livejournal depends on obtaining new users. Attempts should be made to reach out to new members and to ensure that Livejournal has a greater public profile. I would like efforts to be made to reach out to famous people in order to encourage them to join.
Communication – Livejournal needs to develop better ways of listening to its user base. Minutes and the agenda of advisory board meetings should be published.  Any changes to terms of service or account levels should be announced in advance, preferably with a period of consultation.
Archiving – currently LJ Archive is great for backing up Livejournals. But it is not an official tool and it should be official supported. 


silly_narziss on June 15th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
i support radiantsoul's nomination.
Shane: Benjamin Button: Daisy and Benjaminfishingvegas on June 15th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
I second this vote.
Stefmorningapproach on June 15th, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
I support this user and nominate her/him
gunslngergunslnger on June 16th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
I support this nomination.
SMQsmq on June 16th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC)
This om-nom-nomination: it can has my support!

jamethjameth on June 16th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
*koulagirl: recoverykoulagirl666 on June 16th, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
I support this nomination.
kahlan_amnellkahlan_amnell on June 16th, 2009 12:56 am (UTC)
I support this nomination.
John "FuzzFace" McMahon: LJ Advisory Board - 2008 Votefuzzface00 on June 16th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
I support the LJAB nomination of radiantsoul.
guy_jinguy_jin on June 16th, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
Are you a pedophile? I only vote for pedophiles.
DCradiantsoul on June 17th, 2009 08:28 am (UTC)
I guess you will be casting your vote elsewhere!
Jasminetheuncolored on June 16th, 2009 06:34 am (UTC)
I support this nomination.
Gemmaiamnotgemma on June 16th, 2009 06:50 am (UTC)
I support this nomination.
Nicolainspired on June 16th, 2009 07:56 am (UTC)
I support this nomination.
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DCradiantsoul on June 16th, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
Comment on my journal or email me. I would try to post in the official advisory board community. I also would like an official lj_advisory board account rather like lj staff.

I would certainly not lock my journal or refuse to answer any correspondence. On the other hand I cannot promise to answer everything in detail as there might be thousands of comments some of which are likely to be duplicates, nonsensical or merely trying to create drama. I doubt admitting that I would not be able to respond to everything is a real vote winner, but I figure it is best to be honest.
Cesycesy on June 16th, 2009 08:25 am (UTC)
I support this nomination. I like your ideas for improving the site.

How would you deal with keeping communication open with those who elected you, given the restrictions of the NDA you will have to sign? Do you have experience moderating the type of flame-wars that are likely to end up on your journal, or do you have someone to help you who does?
DCradiantsoul on June 16th, 2009 01:23 pm (UTC)
I have asked to see the NDA, without much joy I'm afraid. I can't see why full minutes can be disclosed, removing only details that are financially sensitive or that might damage an individual or small groups privacy.

I quite like the idea of having an LJ_advisoryboard that is a bit like lj_staff. I also think the advisory community should be a bit more active and the post holder should make appearances on some of the official communities.
(no subject) - cesy on June 16th, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - radiantsoul on June 17th, 2009 08:32 am (UTC) (Expand)