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18 June 2009 @ 12:04 pm
*** EDIT: corrected some double entries of text and reformatted into cleaner paragraphs

I invite you to take a look through my archive as well as this introductory post.

LiveJournal has been here for ten years and some of its users nearly that long. What LJ does well has never been duplicated -- it's community driven, it's content driven. It's users are content producers. LJ is unique in social networking sites in that it has become a valuable repository for people's memories -- it truly has taken the place of a paper journal and many people have forsaken their handwritten diaries for an LJ which has many additional benefits but one serious drawback -- the threat of impermanence. While many people probably wouldn't consider trying to archive their Facebook status updates, many of us look to our LiveJournal's as an official personal history -- a document that needs to be preserved for future reference and grows in value each day.

The reason that I'm running for this position is that I feel there are gaping flaws in LiveJournal's ability to be able to continue to shoulder these responsibilities.

1) LiveJournal needs a server side backup and restore feature, which includes comments. In the past year I've seen too many people's accounts deleted and replaced with advertisements -- and was shocked to discover that LiveJournal has no method to restore these. Years of people's lives lost.

2) LiveJournal also needs a global search and replace mechanism. Over the years as users move from image-host to image-host (perhaps from someplace like tripod.com to a place like Photobucket, and maybe to their own web server) their images need to stay. Currently, if you switch image hosts the user needs to manually update every entry.

In addition to those are a number of smaller things: It should be easier to look through back entries rather than having to page day by day. The spell-check should be integrated, LJ should investigate a new "read this user" feature to distinguish between actual friends whom you want to share you secrets with, and people who's journals you simply want to read.

LJ asks that I answer the following questions:

What do you think is the value of LiveJournal?
The thing that sets LiveJournal apart from other social networking sites is that it is community based and driven by content producers. It is a place for creative people to write, to produce, to share, reveal secrets, or keep them. The things that are good about LJ have not been duplicated by any other social networking site. It is a precious place which occupies a large place in my heart and I want, desperately, for it to continue.

What changes would you like to see LiveJournal make in the next year?

1) The biggest change the LiveJournal needs to make is in recognizing that its users have spent hundreds or thousands of hours creating their presence here. Recently we've seen a wave of attacks by malicious individuals or groups who delete peoples accounts and replace them with links to malware websites. In the grand scheme of things, this is probably to be expected. But it is inconceivable that LiveJournal has no way to restore deleted accounts. This boggles my mind. What it says to users is "don't trust us with your work." There needs to be a mechanism for backing up and restoring LJ accounts. LiveJournal needs to realize that they are a mechanism for people's memories.

2) Users need to be able to search and replace their old entries.

3) Reading back entries should be easier -- LJ will let you go "back X entries" for a while but eventually defaults to "previous day".

Why do you want to be the elected representative?
It is with great reluctance that I do this. I have plenty of other things I can be spending my time on, but I fear that if I don't do this, it won't get done. This is in large part for selfish reasons because I want to know that in fifty years the work that I've put into this community every day will be somewhere, that it will be readable, viewable, that it won't simply evaporate.

What do you think are the community’s greatest concerns?
Impermanence. Users want to know that LiveJournal will be here in the next ten years. LiveJournal also needs to figure out how to exist in a world with Facebook, twitter, and the other places which have come to glue the Internet community together. Growing the paid user base is important to this primary goal.

What skills, qualifications, or unique perspective do you think you would bring to this position?
I've been a member of LiveJournal since 2002, I've built up a community of friends here, people I care about and people I wouldn't have met otherwise. I understand the dynamics of groups of large people with differing opinions. As the moderator of photographers, a community with more than ten thousand members I've been able to maintain a space which is exciting, informative, welcoming and nearly drama-free under the single guiding principle "be nice". I think that goes a long way. In all this time on LJ I've never treated another user with disrespect.

Rebecca: Fight Clubbeckara on June 18th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
I approve this nomination!
E. M.a_cherry_on_top on June 18th, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
I support this nomination!
Agent Valentine Westphal: <3 bearmcsweeneyfiend on June 18th, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
i approve!!
~ Friday's Child ~: Amanda Jacketbre_anachronism on June 18th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
I support this nomination wholeheartedly!!!
.:Sandra:.anduial on June 18th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
I definitely support this nomination!
theljstafftheljstaff on June 18th, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
300 motions of support counted. You will receive your Nomination Certification Letter shortly.
kyle cassidykylecassidy on June 18th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
That sounds official.

Hopefully suitable for framing!
(no subject) - kylecassidy on June 19th, 2009 03:13 am (UTC) (Expand)
Crystalcistle on June 18th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
I support this nomination!
Oceanographeroceanographer on June 18th, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC)
I support this nomination.
Singing at La Fenice...psychic_serpent on June 18th, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
I support this nomination.
Michaelelmo_iscariot on June 18th, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
I support this nomination.
angylgrrlangylgrrl on June 18th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
I support this nomination.
cobaltikacobaltika on June 18th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
i support this nomination
Marcy: Fight Clubsonadora9 on June 18th, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
kylecassidy has my support.
mercynremercynre on June 18th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
Oh good god, how did I miss this part?

"I want people to be able to continue pouring hours of their lives into this remarkable chalice and know that their love and tears will not simply vanish one morning, replaced by a link to an adult website in Copenhagen."

Please give me your permission to make this quote into a T-Shirt.

I am really amazed by your writing and your various activities, and impressed by this post. I've already put my support, but it looks like I may not get the 300, so if not, my vote is with you. I think you have what it takes to keep LJ going in a good direction, so Good Luck. You have my support 100% despite being my competition. ^_^ Rawr. I am glad you are running.

Please let me make that into a T-Shirt. It is too much awesomeness not to wear.
kyle cassidykylecassidy on June 18th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
Be my guest! & thanks for your kind words.

I feel I've invested too much time here to let it go away.
Μαχομαιmaxomai on June 18th, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
I strongly support this nomination
I strongly support this nomination.