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05 May 2008 @ 08:54 am
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Q: What do you think is the value of LJ?

It brings people together.

Q: What changes would you like to see LJ make in the next year?

Not a lot, just don't mess anything up. Regain the support of your core userbase, then make improvements.

Q: Why do you want to be the elected representative?

I've been on/am on other, real life advisory committees, and I like it. It's fun. Also, I've been a permanent account holder since 2002 and remember how Live Journal used to be - and miss that.

Q: What do you think are the community's greatest concerns?

Privacy, stability, consistency.

tigersilver asks: But, tell me, what would you really do as a rep? I do like cake, I admit, but I'm an omnivore - I need meat as well as sweet.

If it goes anything like other community participation I've been involved with, there will be an agenda set by SUP a the meetings, and then some time to make comments. My advice to the corporation will include consistent application of the TOS, protection of our privacy, no content restriction, advertising should not be intrusive, the open source tradition should be upheld.

The livejournal advisory committee will also provide input into LJ's charitable work, which is an area where I do have some background as a nonprofit and research administrator. My advice there would be to look at the potential dollars-to-impact return on the investment and a low administration-to-direct-services ratio. In general, I have found grassroots community health projects and neighborhood youth programs are the best at providing this in the US. There are also programs internationally such as the excellent Riverkids Project which has been successful in stopping child trafficking at its source, working directly with parents and kids to provide education and support for a different type of future. Their financials are completely transparent, and would be a gold standard for the type of charitable contribution I would suggest.



WHY JETTE?

1. First!
2. If she wins, there will be cake.






Here is a small sampling of endorsements for my campaign.

smallstages: Besides jette, they are all a bunch of spitters, and one of them even dips snuff. Two of them were wearing filthy dirty underwear upon my arrival -- JUST FILTHY DIRTY UNDERWEAR. One of their children called me fat, and not in a complimentary way. They were all sexist and had John McCain for President stickers on their minvans. One of them was reading the Bible. And all of them pronounced my name wrong (unforgivable!).

But when I went to jette's house, she didn't spit in my presence even once, and just happened to be reading selections from the Koran, the Upanishads, the Talmud, the New Testament, Lady Chatterly's Lover, and The Anarchist Cookbook all at once (all of them in their original languages except The Anarchist Cookbook, which she was reading in Icelandic just for fun).

She was wearing a fashionable outfit made by well-paid workers to whom she rents her guest bedroom on select summer weekends. Her children offered to make me waffles, pronounced my name right, and hung my jacket up on a hanger made of plastic recycled in their own backyard, a process no doubt taught to them by jette.


gordonzola: I'll be voting jette.

She's an awesome person on LJ and irl. She's raised children so she can deal with anything the LJ community can throw at her. She lives close enough to the Russian part of SF that she will know how to deal with LJ's owners. And the very first time I met her she came bearing mixed drinks!

Seriously though, she wants to be on the advisory board and she wants to do what she can. I think jette understands the positive things that online communities can do. She's been on LJ longer than me and I trust her to do as good a job as anyone possibly can on that stacked deck of a group she's running for.


jimbojones:

(Jette is)
1. a longstanding LJ citizen
2. someone who gives a shit
3. agenda-free (not a former LJ employee / Six Apart lover / Six Apart hater / etc)
4. like, seriously MILFy
5. even-keeled, level-headed, and not at all given to crazy half-cocked flamewars
 
 
Current Mood: the cake is not a lie
 
 
 
danisolas on May 8th, 2008 01:06 am (UTC)
I support this nomination.
danisolas on May 8th, 2008 01:09 am (UTC)
Also, I second the movement for chocolate-raspberry.
Science Vixenscience_vixen on May 8th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
I support this nomination
I support this nomination.
Money is Funny, Change is Strange.liltitsrock on May 8th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
I support this nomination
Jette is a (wo)man of the people! tha on-line people!
martamarta on May 9th, 2008 04:11 am (UTC)
Sending your Nomination Certification letter now!
Things Gone and Things Still Herejette on May 15th, 2008 04:18 am (UTC)
Oh damn! I keep forgetting while I'm at work and near a fax machine. Friday is the last day, right? What time PDST do I have to have it in by ?
(no subject) - marta on May 15th, 2008 04:50 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - jette on May 15th, 2008 05:19 am (UTC) (Expand)
Jessispacedoll on May 14th, 2008 08:02 am (UTC)
I wholeheartedly support both the nomination and the resulting cake.
Jessispacedoll on May 14th, 2008 08:04 am (UTC)
Crap. Am I too late? Whatever, I still support the nomination.
(no subject) - jette on May 15th, 2008 04:19 am (UTC) (Expand)
I don't wanna die without any scars...blackestsheep on May 22nd, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
i want cake! i support her!
wicked_sassy: bitchfacewicked_sassy on May 22nd, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC)
i vote yes!
Things Gone and Things Still Herejette on May 23rd, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
YES!!
Insomniainsomnia on May 22nd, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
Hi! My name is Mark Kraft, best known on LJ for being its business manager in its early, pre-dotcom days. (See this Aug. 2000 post by Brad for an explanation.)

I wanted to get ahold of you as you are one of the candidates for the upcoming election, to let you know about my latest project, ljunited.

It basically grew out of concerns I had that something needs to be done soon in order to turn LJ around from the brink, as well as a general awareness that LJ's advisory board election would turn into a popularity contest, unless enough people united in a way to both elect a strong candidate and to give them a strong grassroots organization behind them so that the advice they give to LJ's management would be less likely to be ignored.

LJ United's platform, and the basic beliefs that unite our members, are primarily based on the original promises that were made to LJ... the ones that have been systematically broken by LJs management for years, at the cost of the site's longterm growth and success.

These original promises are:

Working with the community, for the community.
Honoring the status of every account.
Maintaining the uptime and performance of the site.
Staying advertisement free.
Never sending us unsolicited e-mail.
Supporting the Free Software movement.

In addition we also explicitly support:
- free speech for all LiveJournal users
- the privacy of LiveJournal's users
- the rights of fandom in all its forms
- our fellow LiveJournal Code sites, who we view as rightful users of LJ's open source code, and as an essential part of the greater LiveJournal community

Our goal is to work towards defending and restoring the original promises made to LiveJournal's members, standing up for the free speech of LiveJournal's members, restoring LJ's original strong support for community-based Open Source Software development, and restoring community participation in the successful operations of LiveJournal.

To this end, I have attracted about 200 fairly motivated people in the past few weeks from various communities, as well as two of the most serious candidates running for the election. We voted to endorse rm, who is a very knowledgeable, thoughtful individual with a lot of persuasive oomph who has been on LJ since its earliest days.

One person who joined us you might know as Squeaky, the guy who runs InsaneJournal. He has a lot of issues relating to the open source side of LJ that he thinks should be addressed, and I tend to agree with him there... He's also been talking about doing independent development on the LJ code.

I'd like to ask you to join us, as we could definitely use your advice and assistance. We're ideally looking at getting candidates to support our positions, and potentially to urge their supporters to back rm as their alternate candidate of choice, so that in the event they can't beat the most popular candidates, they can at least see to it that a skilled candidate is elected who will specifically address their interests.

Our goal is to see to it that everyone's rights are respected, rather than face the kind of "divide and conquer" scenarios we have seen over the past few years, where some minority of users have their freedoms impinged upon. We should stick together on these issues, as enough people's rights have already been imposed upon.

Thanks -
Mark
Things Gone and Things Still Herejette on May 23rd, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
I agree with these goals.
(no subject) - jette on May 23rd, 2008 02:39 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - insomnia on May 23rd, 2008 06:36 am (UTC) (Expand)
Trouble: johnccjohn on May 23rd, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
I hereby vote Jette (ooooooooooooh ooh ooh, sorry, Paul McCartney comin' thru)
Hey dudette, I voted for you 'cause any pal of Lexie's is a pal o'mine. Plus I think jette is a cool name. And I like your userpic. Plus there is this cool French movie I've never seen that was the basis for 12 Monkeys called La Jete, it was experimental and made up of a series of still pictures.

Congratulations in advance, remember to use your power Only For Good and For Potatoes,

xo


CCJohn
Things Gone and Things Still Herejette on May 23rd, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
Re: I hereby vote Jette (ooooooooooooh ooh ooh, sorry, Paul McCartney comin' thru)
SWEEET
tigersilvertigersilver on May 23rd, 2008 02:55 am (UTC)
YOu are very cute - which is a good thing. But, tell me, what would you really do as a rep? I do like cake, I admit, but I'm an omnivore - I need meat as well as sweet.
Things Gone and Things Still Herejette on May 23rd, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)
If it goes anything like other community participation I've been involved with, there will be an agenda set by SUP a the meetings, and then some time to make comments. My advice to the corporation will be in keeping with what insomnia posted upthread.

Basically, consistent application of the TOS, protection of our privacy, no content restriction, advertising should not be intrusive, the open source tradition should be upheld.

angiereedgarnerangiereedgarner on May 23rd, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
support
Things Gone and Things Still Herejette on May 23rd, 2008 04:16 am (UTC)
Thanks. :-)
lujina on May 23rd, 2008 06:23 am (UTC)
I support the nomination
princess_ironicprincess_ironic on May 23rd, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC)
I support this nomination!!!