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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. 

 

 
 
 
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.
Cesycesy on June 16th, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC)
Given that they are not even willing to publish the NDA to candidates now, how will you deal with it when they ask you to sign something including a clause that you can't disclose any of it to the users who elected you?

None of us can see why full minutes can't be disclosed; that's the problem. How do you propose to make LJ listen to you and disclose the minutes, given that they didn't last time?

The community idea sounds good, and I am glad that you have promised to keep your journal open.
DCradiantsoul on June 17th, 2009 08:32 am (UTC)
I would hope to put stronger pressure on. I am not saying that everything should be disclosed, but just explaining why things can be disclosed would be a start.

The advisory board members also have the option to resign...