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19 June 2009 @ 04:25 am
Nominating myself for LJ user representative to the Advisory Board  
I would like to nominate myself, theentwife, for the position of LiveJournal user representative for the Advisory Board.

I have been a blogger since 2001 and have been on LJ since 2003 and am an active user of the site and holder of several permanent accounts here. As a member of fandom and also several "alternative" communities, as a representative I would do my best to make sure those voices are heard by the company when they formulate policies. I have also served communities before, as one of the people who ran New Moon New York for almost a decade and currently as a member of the Board of Directors of the Church of the Sacred Earth.

One of the things that make LiveJournal what it is is that it is foremost a site for writers, whether what they write about is their lives, their hobbies, various memes passed around by friends or fanfiction. Social networking, the buzzword of the day in business circles, is a term that can be applied to LiveJournal, but the important thing to remember is that the community here is based on the written word -- something that makes it unique among similar sites. Policies that may work well on Facebook or MySpace will fail here, often spectacularly, because the site owners may not realize that their userbase is different -- and my job as user representative will be to ensure that they DO in fact realize this, regardless of whether they then continue to launch a failboat or not. But at least they'd know they were being idiots, because I'd tell them that, and why the proposed policy was a bad fit for the LJ userbase.

I would like to be your voice -- please leave a comment in support of me here so I can have a chance to represent you.
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jamethjameth on June 19th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)