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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. 


iddewes: st paulsiddewes on June 17th, 2009 12:44 pm (UTC)
I support radiantsoul's nomination.
Zagellazagella on June 17th, 2009 12:45 pm (UTC)
I support this nomination
Katelittlemissk on June 17th, 2009 12:47 pm (UTC)
i support this nomination
Carrollconverseallstar on June 17th, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
I support this nomination.
duowolf on June 17th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
I support this nomination.
Travtrav28 on June 17th, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
I support this nomination.
at least 10% Discocuntbiascut on June 17th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
I support this nomination!
mercynremercynre on June 17th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
I too would like to see some of the promised changes actually delivered rather than half delivered. Thanks for bringing that issue up. I support your nomination.
Marcy: Cornflake Girlsonadora9 on June 17th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
radiantsoul has my support. :)
carlyinvaincarlyinvain on June 17th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
I support this nomination.
kokosoko on June 17th, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC)
I'll support your nomination.
Just Jillioevri1 on June 17th, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
I support this nomination!
Perfidious Albionmatttt on June 17th, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
I support this nomination.
Kellie: House - oh noespyroyale on June 17th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
I support this nomination.
TWiNKLEpixxelated on June 17th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
This nomination has my support