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12 May 2008 @ 08:40 pm
My name is eddie/liquidclock and i am running for a position in the LJ advisory board. I have been a member of livejournal since january 2003. I have been very active on livejournal for the entire time I have been a member, and I love practically everything about it. I am 19 years old and am a live show production major.

The reason why I would like this position is because I want to represent everyone on livejournal equally. I am a member of several different unrelated communities and i would like to focus not only on the users in these communities, but everyone on the site. TY for reading bbs ;-*
 
 
09 May 2008 @ 04:33 pm
My name is Angie and I'm a 23 year old with a Bachelors degree in media studes. I've been on livejournal since March of 2005. I'm a paid user and am proud to pay to support a site I enjoy so much. I have a few other LJs where I write film reviews and keep track of all my travels. They all can be found on my profile if you'd like to take a peek.

I've been through a lot in life. I find that the livejournal community aren't just blogs that I like to read...they're people that help, care, and inspire. Most of all, they are people that I'd like to call friends even though I can't see them all in real life.

Livejournal is a great place and I'd love to do something more for it.

Please do support my nomination.


Even mah kitteh says so.
 
 
 
09 May 2008 @ 11:35 am
*Freedom. People need to be free to create content as they desire as long as it adheres to law. This freedom needs to be balanced with the ability to protect children. I am not against a system of journal flagging to achieve this but believe it needs to be improved and clearly blanket bans on searches don't work.

*Openness. I want livejournal to be more open with it user base. I would like a period of consultation before any changes are introduced. Especially those to do with account levels.

*Fairness. The way that livejournal deals with people needs to be governed by fair rules that properly adhered to. Suspensions need to be appropriately handled and there needs to be a system of arbitration so people can complain about abuse reports.

*Monetisation. I believe that as business livejournal needs advertising revenue to grow. However I also believe that advertising needs to be properly managed. This means ensuring it is appropriately targetted and not overly intrusive.
In general the gap between advertising and direct marketing is becoming blurred and this is an issue I foresee livejournal having to face. For example Facebook and Google use information gleaned from people's profiles and emails to target advertising.

*Privacy. I appreciate that some people are keen on friend’s discovery tools. But there are many people who don't like the idea of real life colliding with livejournal and I believe this most be respected. There are clear issues in relation to monetisation, but a clear set of guidelines should help to resolve this.

*Delivery. Livejournal has had too many features that seem poorly developed or documented. For example Scrapbook, To Do lists, Birthday reminders, complex style systems.
I would like to see projects goals documented and discussed, timescales for completion and progress reports, documentation being part of the process and proper beta testing and feedback.

*Growth. I would like livejournal to pursue goals that encourage new members to try the service and encourages users to keep coming back. The site needs to be better marketed as the growth of the site has slowed.

I am in the mainstream. I do not want to write slash fiction, nor do I wish to seek slash fiction writers marginalised or forced elsewhere. I am not adverse to adverts in principle and believe they might benefit the site. I understand livejournal is a business and as long as it provides a service I am happy to pay. I am not against every change or even most of them, but believe they need to be properly handled.

On a personal level 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 and discuss issues of the day.
 
 
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
 
 
09 May 2008 @ 04:47 am
I've decided to stand for the LiveJournal Advisory Board.

Although LJ is very much a business, it’s also a wonderfully large and diverse community, (and one that I’m very proud to be a member of). Being part of LJ has enriched me in so many ways. I met my partner, becksydee, here and I’ve formed long lasting friendships with a large proportion of the people I know here. It’s my online home and I care passionately about it. It’s for this reason that I am seeking your vote.

So, why choose me?

Firstly some background on myself:

I’m a guy living in London, working as a designer and photo-journalist. I’d consider myself fairly intelligent, open minded and articulate, (I’m a self confessed Guardian and Observer reader). I’ve previously been a member of several trade unions and also of a housing co-operative. I’ve a very strong belief in equal opportunities and equality. I’m particularly interested in disabilities, (I’m dyslexic, dyspraxic and dyscalculic) and also in LGBT issues, (I’ve been a disabled access officer for PrideLondon for three years) although not to the point where I am blind to all other issues.

I've been an enthusiastic Internet user for around 19 years. I'm fairly geeky, (although not to the point of ridiculousness). I’m on Facebook, Flickr and LinkedIn. I'm pretty much addicted to the Internet, (I surf a minimum of two hours a day, every day) and I think I’ve got a good understanding of it’s advantages and also its limitations. The internet is not perfect, but I think it could be better, which is where this election comes in.

At the moment, LiveJournal is, like a lot of the web, in a state of rapid flux and this election means there will be a members representative on the advisory board who can give some perspective on the issues facing us, as a community and as users. The election hasn’t happened before so I think it’s very important that you cast your vote, and most importantly vote for someone who will really work hard for you.

If elected, I’m fully committed to being both accessible and representative of your views. I’ll listen sensibly to everything that is put in front of me and I will always vote for what is best for LJ members, based on the input I receive from the people I serve. You. I won’t muck around, regard the whole exercise as a joke or take things lightly. I’m very serious about doing this and I’m committed to conscientiously working on your behalf.

I’ll never be swayed by bribe or incentive or self interest and I’m not doing this because I think there might be perks. I’m doing it because I’d like to think that maybe, just maybe I can make a difference.

If you want someone who cares passionately about the internet, someone who will represent you and your views truthfully and honestly, with conviction and enthusiasm as well as intelligence and a degree of professionalism, please support my nomination and vote for me.

Thanks for reading this.

If you’d like to help me, please post a comment and the graphic this nomination entry, (I need 100 nominations to go forward, 52 so far...) and also please post it to your journal. I’ve included the code below as well as the graphic.

LiveJournal Advisory Board Elections

I support cloudwalker_3 to be my representative on the Advisory Board.

Show your support at lj_election_en.





 
 
Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic
 
 
 
08 May 2008 @ 10:54 pm
I'd like to nominate myself for a position on the Advisory Board.

I'm a permanent LJ member, I'm not an utter jerk and I'm open to constructive suggestions.
 
 
 
07 May 2008 @ 08:23 pm
I would like to announce my candidacy for the current lj fad. You should vote for me because I won't take it seriously, and will use the exposure to flirt with people.

Realistically, I would make a better vice-advisory board representative (or possibly a congressional page), or lostcosmonaut's v.p.



Change. It's for the future. A future filled with hope1. And change.



1 and furries, fanfic, slash, anime, gratuitous pictures of stuff, cats, and angsty poetry
 
 
 
07 May 2008 @ 07:47 pm
I have been an lj user for a long time. This account is newer than my old one, but many of you know of me. I am running on an anti-troll pro-user platform.

Trolls should be banned. Trolls like jameth. It is a travesty that he is allowed to run because all he and his friends do is ruin lives. James and Andrew RUINED. MY. LIFE. I shouldn't have let them get to me but I cannot believe that Jameth is being allowed to run. It is a travesty against Livejournal and its userbase. I must not let this stand.

If I win, I will put forth a motion for all users that want trolls permanently banned from livejournal to the board.

Thank you,
Shwah aka Joshua Williams
 
 
08 May 2008 @ 02:46 pm
Let's see if I can put my best foot forward for this position.

*ahem*

I'm running for this position even though I usually never have the guts to volunteer for this kind of stuff. For whatever stupid reason, I never quite take the plunge. This time around though I am making the effort, because I think it's something I would be damn good at, and it's really worth it.

So, why me?

Some historical perspective - I've been using the Internet for the last 11 years. During that time I've participated in so many communities, in so many different arenas. I've been on ICQ and IRC, Bmezine and LiveJournal, I was part of the teen personal website craze of the late '90s, I've got my own domain, I came of age in Geocities chat, I'm a Twit, I'm on Facebook and MySpace and Gmail (of course), LinkedIn and Flickr, hell, I'm all over the place. I'm addicted to the Internet and all that it has to offer, even though I know it's not perfect. I know my stuff, I know our history, and I've seen what can happen to communities over time. LJ's in a state of flux, and it'd be good to get someone like me on board to give some perspective on the issues facing us, as a community, as users, as producers.

But wait, there's more!

I'm so hooked on these online communities and everything the Internet has to offer, I surround myself with it however I can. I'm working in web design and consulting as a Business Analyst, and I'm doing a PhD in online identity and Web 2.0. My job means I have a clue about what companies are looking for from the Internet, and I also know how to communicate with them in a way they understand. If we users are going to have a voice in this whole LJ thing, we need to understand the corporate issues at hand so that we can intelligently and persuasively put our case. My study means that I have evidence to back us up - I am researching how people have constructed identity online, and how important it is to have spaces for us to have our say. This will also help us in supporting our arguments for having rights as users.

So, to sum up.

I've been rickrolled and can speak fluent lolcat, I wear Thinkgeek tshirts, play WoW (sporadically - it's dangerous when trying to study as well!), hell, you name it, and if it's related to the Internet in some way, I've probably done it. So if you want someone who's been around long enough to know more than just how many friends she has on MySpace, and someone who is both an avid LJ user (been here since 2003 I think) and a professional Internet addict, who can represent us not just with zomgs and lols but with a dab of intelligence and professionalism, hey, please, support my nomination.
 
 
 
08 May 2008 @ 07:09 am
Hi  
Nominate myself, antiandrea for this position.
A few things about me:

I've been using LJ off and on since I was 12! That's a long frigging time. I consider myself pretty immersed.

I live in Newfoundland, Canada, which is a teeny island in the Atlantic. We're pretty secluded here so LJ was one of my main ways to meet any like-minded people. I think this would be a great opportunity to give back what LJ has given me :)

I'm a Jew...everyone likes Jews (right?!)

Also, I NEVER SLEEP. I could get loads of stuff done in all that non-sleep time, haha.

So yeah...support meeee
 
 
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