Who am I?: My name is Jennifer, and I'll tell you a thing or twelve about my time on LiveJournal.
Personal: I've been an active user of LiveJournal since 2002. I've participated in and maintained communities. I've been an active poster and commenter, and have made lasting friendships with folks on my Friends List. LiveJournal is my online 'home', and as one of its users first and foremost, I feel qualified to speak out as a user on issues that are important not only to me, but to all of you.
Support Volunteer: I've been a Support Volunteer for LiveJournal since 2003, and now serve as a Volunteer Category Administrator for the Entries category. I started out small, leaving answers and not getting approved a whole lot. I quickly received training, and this training enabled me to grow in leaps and bounds, and eventually serve as a category admin. As an admin, I help train other users and -- along with my lovely co-admins -- keep our corner of Support running smoothly.
Now, when something is broken on LiveJournal, they naturally tend to flock to us. We, as volunteers, are extremely aware of what is broken, what is being worked on, and how to best get these issues resolved quickly. I understand the frustration, and would be qualified to work with other board members to work on helping users get the technical help they need.
Abuse Prevention Team: Yes... I've also been a member of the Abuse Prevention Team since 2004. This experience has taught me so, so much. Number one being that when someone tells you "Ew, don't click that!" -- and they're on the Abuse Team -- they mean it!
In all seriousness, I feel that this does qualify me to speak about policy. This does qualify me to help other board members understand how (and why) things are done, and how we can come up with changes that balance user freedom with US law.
Fandom: No, no, don't hit the back button! Yes, I'm an active member of fandom. Yes, I read and write stories, and I view fanart. I have been in 'fandom' on LiveJournal as long as I've been a member. I've attended conventions. I've participated in discussions, and festivals, and meta... I've not always enjoyed being attached to my particular fandom, but I wouldn't trade the experience for the world.
How does this qualify me? Well, I'm aware that fandom comprises a large portion of LiveJournal. We're loud, we waffle between wanting to be understood and wanting to hide out in a cave and hope that nobody comes looking. I understand that, I get it. I'd do whatever I could to ensure that other board members understood that as well.
In summary, I'd love the chance to serve as an Advisory Board Member. I feel that I am qualified to do so. If you have any questions for me, of course, you are welcome to ask here: (http://legomymalfoy.livejournal.com/583709.html).
Thank you for your support.