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I'm Kristen.

I have been blogging for a pretty long time, if you consider the fact that 9 years is more than a third of my lifetime. I'm 21 years old and just graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Digital Design & Web Authoring, so I know a bit about websites too.

I started out blogging on scribble.nu and moved to livejournal when ohhello.net disappeared. I'm still sad about that, but I quickly learned that lj offers one key item that scribble did not: interaction with your readers. The ability to comment on entries and participate in communities is what keeps me here.

Sure, I've tested out xanga, deadjournal, blurty, blogger....but I always keep coming back.

It would be an amazing opportunity to work with livejournal in any capacity and I would love to represent you on the advisory board.

If you choose to support me, simply respond to this post with a comment that says, "I support this nomination."
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I is I

I am not a LJ insider

I just joined today and I don't know what's going on.

So lets do this thing and elect me to this thing.

It's like electing the hobo that stumbled onto the White Hous elawn president, but better. Much, much better. And by better, I mean better.



I intend to run for the user-representative position.

I've been running large communities for a while and have received fairly good review. I've been updating my journal and participating in communities since 02, and it's the longest relationship I've maintained. I want to keep livejournal the place that I've come to love: a user-based network of journals and communities where I can find and interact with people of similar interests, whether those interests are gay porn, marijuana, depression, world of warcraft, or sandwiches. More or less, I want to represent the people and their true interests and desires. And I'd probably be pretty good at it.

edit: thanks for your support, efriends. i, along with a few good people, have procured some lizyd-support icons. plus, a couple lovely graphics!

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Why I Rock...

As an LJ member since 2001 and a moderator of several communities, I hope you will consider electing me to your board. I am an educated person (grad school plus) who is able to be fair and decent while enjoying some ohnotheydidnt posts and some tv show spoilers between doses of politics and education.

I know I'll be a great representative of the communities in which I mod or participate in and that it'll be great for LJ members to have someone in the mix who is just like them who has the platform to speak where they may not.

Thanks so much :)

Nomination for Sollitaire

Reasons why you should vote for me:

1. I've been a part of the LJ community since January 2001 and as a result I've been witness to the several ways LJ has changed over the years from invite codes to the addition of ads and virtual walk-outs. I am also a long time paid member and community maintainer. I understand the community from the inside out. I've seen what works, what doesn't, and I have a clue as to what could make it better.

2. I'm a grad student focusing on cyber anthropology a.k.a the study of culture online. Online communities are one of my main areas of study as well as blogging, and gaming. LJ in effect encompasses all three. What does any of this have to do with being on the advisory board? My intentions will always be focused on ways to encourage and strengthen LJ in such a way that all community members benefit from decisions that are made, are made aware of decisions being contemplated, and have a say in them as to whether or not changes based on things decided by the board are actually working. I'll be your advocate, your voice, and the board's conscience in matters that affect you.

3. I'm an interaction designer. As an interaction designer, longtime user, and anthropologist I am someone who has the ability to understand what makes sense within the LJ design and functionality from a users point of view. Why does that matter? I can help improve the functionality of LJ by suggesting new and improved ways for the site to work. I have a post as far back as 2003 laying out what functionality would be handy in LJ and I am happy to see much of it has been added over the years.

4. Above all, I have a sense of humor. I don't take myself too seriously and I just generally enjoy being a part of this great community and all of the things it has to offer. For me, it will always be about the community first and LJ's parent company second. That might be unwise to admit for some, but I think everyone should know where I stand. The way I see it, if there is no community - then there is no company, not the other way around.

Please go vote here! (and yes you can change your vote after the fact - poll closes on the 29th!)

My answers to questions from ljvotes

Why did you decide to run for LiveJournal User-Representative?

My decision to run for LiveJournal User Representative was based on the fact that I am passionate about this community. I firmly support the ideals this community was based on. I also understand that to be sustainable communities have to be able to grow and evolve with their users and the world around them. Also, in order for users to be heard they need to be properly represented. I want to be that person that allows those who have made homes here the ability to be noticed, to be heard, and most importantly to be understood.

In which way do you think you are qualified for the position?

I am qualified for this position not only because of the length of time I've been a member, the fact that I'm a community moderator, or a long time paid member - but also because of my unique position as someone who studies online communities from the users perspective.

To better explain, my academic and work focus is on online communities - their participants, their purpose, their design, their user's needs and their ability to fulfill them, what it is about them that makes them successful and what can be done to make them better from the user perspective. This includes content, features, accessibility, usability, user experience, rights, privacy issues, and more.

I've focused my grad school studies, my external studies, and my job on this. I am entirely dedicated to using these skills in what ever way I can to help LiveJournal focus on the reason why it exists - the people who use it.

What are your expectations for the LiveJournal User-Representative election?

My expectations are that while the most qualified people may not be elected, those that are elected will rise to the challenge set before them as they wouldn't have come this far if they were not passionate about some aspect of the community at large. It is my hope that the people elected recognize that they represent a large body of constituents from all over the world, all walks of life, and with very different voices all needing to be heard.

It is my expectation that those who are elected will make an effort to engage the community in their decision making process and won't forget that the reason why they are where they are is because other people believed in them to make a difference. That they will be our voice, and that we want to not only be heard but also be understood - and only a User Representative can truly do that.

What is your current strategy?

My current strategy is simply to see that whomever gets elected has the backing of the community and is willing to do what is necessary to properly represent the rest of us.

If elected, what are your hopes for the position and for the Advisory Board? What do you think being a LiveJournal User-Representative and on an Advisory Board entails?

My hopes for the Advisory Board are that they put out an effort to be involved in every decision concerning the community at large. That they do it for the benefit of the community members, and that they collaborate with each other, the community, and LiveJournal's parent company in an open and engaging way.

I think being a User Representative and being on the Advisory Board entails representing the LiveJournal community to the best of my ability. To truly listen to the community, to stand up for them, and to be their voice. It will entail making hard decisions on things such as terms of service, censorship, abuse, account status, community improvements, accessibility, features and more.

I always strive to have sound backing for any decision I make based on research both on community members and on best practices / standards, however I seek out new and innovative ways to approach any problem. No community can remain stagnant and continue to be sustainable - it is a living breathing being that needs continual nourishment and attentiveness or else it will disperse to find homes elsewhere. We wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the rest of the people who are here as well. It should be the Advisory Boards goal to see that the LiveJournal community receives the nourishment and attentiveness necessary to continue to grow and evolve.

When LiveJournal announced the discontinuation of Basic accounts - no new Basic account can be created - they were criticized by LiveJournal users for not consulting the current members of the Advisory Board. What do you think of this event? And did it affect how you view the Advisory Board and the LiveJournal User-Representative positions?

At first I was very upset about this event. Not only does this effect new users, but it also effects all current users in various ways. From my personal point of view, I've used LiveJournal for so long it is a major point of contact for me and allows me to keep up with a great deal of real life friends. It is because of this I have continuously brought many people into the LiveJournal fold. I did this not only because I value them, but also because I value this community and have always seen it as having a great deal of worth for those who use it.

With the inability to create new basic accounts, people I value as friends will be less likely to want to be a part of a community I hold very dear to me. This means that not only will there be fewer people coming to join the community, potentially becoming paying members, but also that paying members will be less likely to stay if their growth is limited due to the inability for their personal communities to grow and evolve.

A second point of view is from that of a community maintainer. I help moderate a very large community based on a game that has over 9 million users. We have new people join LiveJournal every day so that they can be a part of this community. Where for any good community this should serve as an entry point that then allows these new users to experience what it is like to be a part of not only this specific community on LiveJournal but also the LiveJournal community at large - users are now less likely to use LiveJournal for anything else thus truly diminishing the context of the community they are a part of and their ability to be able to participate in it in the same way long times users will. This in turn can have a downward spiral effect on the community making it less valuable to all who participate. When the value is gone, the community is gone too.

This very much affected the way I began to view the new parent company of LiveJournal. It seemed that in an attempt to monetize their user base they failed to realize how this decision would reverberate throughout the community affecting everyone in the long run. The lack of foresight to engage the current Advisory Board in a decision as important as this made me realize that they perhaps did not value the Advisory Board as much as they should.

As a user elected representative with with background and skills I can bring to the table I have the ability to add great value to the Board which I hope would make it hard for the parent company to overlook again. If they make proper use of the Advisory Board it can do nothing but good for them. I not only want to show them how important the Advisory Board is but also how to use it to best serve the community which in the end serves them as well.

What are your thoughts on privacy and security on the Internet?

Privacy and security should be the top most priorities of any site on the internet that deals in any personal information including content. LiveJournal is more than a collection of blogs. I would go so far as to say that a Journal on LiveJournal in all its essence is a lot more personal than the average blog you find online. Many of us have been here since before blogging was the 'in thing' to do. Many of us have Journals that are set to 'friends only' giving us a buffer between those who use this community and Internet users at large.

LiveJournal is our refuge, our family, our best friend, our shoulder to cry on, our sounding board, our rant space, our news outlet, our adviser, our entertainment, a place where we can be alone or choose to have an audience, - this is our home online. We should be able to close our windows, to shut our blinds and to lock our doors when necessary - or to let the breeze blow through, the sun shine in and to have a party when ever we want.

We need to feel safe and comfortable in our homes or else we will leave to find another. I would do what ever I could to help perpetuate these ideals into any decision being made on how LiveJournal approaches privacy and security.

What are some new features you would like to see LiveJournal developing?

As I stated in my initial bid to become a candidate I have a post dating back to 2003 of features I wanted to see incorporated into LiveJournal. (http://sollitaire.livejournal.com/159792.html) The amazing thing is a lot of this has come to pass! I think that some of the most important places to focus on in 2008 are making LiveJournal more accessible from wireless handheld devices.

The ability to access our journals from where ever we are within what ever situation we find ourselves in, and in what ever way is easiest for us to do so will only continue to add value to LiveJournal both for current and new users. We want to be able to take our world with us, fit it in our pockets and access it in any way we can.

I have tons and tons of ideas on how to incorporate new features that will help build, maintain, sustain, and grow our community. This is what I do, this is what I thrive for, this is what I love.

What are some improvements you would like to see LiveJournal have?

I think this relates a lot to the previous question as features are generally considered improvements as well. However, one improvement I would very much like to see is better communication between the community members and those who make decisions that affect them. Every uproar I have witnessed has been due to this lack of communication and consideration for LiveJournal members.

And lastly, can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

I am a 30 year old newly wed, step mother, graduate student in cyber anthropology who is employed as a usability and interface engineer for a global company who creates HR software. I love my family, my academic life, and my career. I'm a blogger, podcaster, gamer, photographer, and writer. I've been on LiveJournal since January of 2001, before which I posted my thoughts to my own site. I specifically came to LiveJournal for the community and it is the one reason why after 7 years I am still here.

I have been a system administrator, graphic artist, web developer and information architect in past careers. I am also an active proponent of net neutrality, and gamers rights. I'm an avid gamer both console and computer. I've played World of Warcraft since day one and I run the site for our guild of over 250 members. I'm a geek. I love gadgets. I was practically born into fandom. I'm very open minded and have a great sense of humor - especially in the fact that I don't take myself too seriously. However, I do take my commitments in life very seriously. I'm very passionate and my excitement can become infectious especially when it comes to things I study. I take pride in my work and never do things half assed. I love collaboration and debate with well informed people. Most of all - I love LiveJournal, everything it is and everything it can become.

Please feel free to ask me questions, or to comment on what I've said. I welcome any and all feedback.

In the end, I'm just excited to watch how all of this is unfolding - to see where LJ has come from and where it is headed. Being a part of the process is icing for me.

Please go vote here! (and yes you can change your vote after the fact - poll closes on the 29th!)
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Vote for Jodawi! For example, this is a meme you can do if you are bored.

I trundle sideways for the advisory board, across the tundra.

I have no qualifications:
  1. I don't really give a damn.
  2. Except when I do, and then I make an ineffectual post to my journal that nobody cares about.
  3. I don't expect the position would really do much of use.
  4. I don't have time for it, and will be really annoyed if I actually get elected.
  5. Good lolcats are fun.

In short, I'm just like you! (Some restrictions may apply. Void where prohibited by greedy maw.)

Your interests will therefore be represented with fabulous exactitude and other adjectives of note. Do your part for whatever today. Tell your friends, tell your enemies, tell your parents, tell your pet teacup! Just copy the text below and leave it in a comment on this post. (Do be careful to get the first character, in addition to the rest of the text, or bad bad things will happen.)

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A little about me...I'm a full grown girl with all that that entails. I've been through a lot in this life and have a fairly good understanding of people. I'm college educated and know what it takes to get things done. I'm also honest and blunt and to the point. I don't pussyfoot around, I don't pull punches and I don't kiss up to anyone. I say what I mean and mean what I say. I am my own person.

As for my journal...I've had it since August of 2004. It started out as a therapeutic tool (reference that "I've been through a lot in this life" bit) and now has become more of a family. My friends list is amazing and nothing would give me greater pleasure than to represent them and all users on the advisory board. I post regularly and got my permanent account as soon as they were available to me and have never once looked back or regretted it. I also own and moderate several communities here on lj so I also know how to manage community life as well as regular daily journal life.

I think LiveJournal is a great place to make friends and come together as a community. I'm passionate about keeping it that way.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


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Rock'n the boat since 1977.

Who do you want to represent you? A bunch of fancy pants, grammer Nazi, twinkies, that just want to be heros? No. You want the best, and by "best" I mean me.

No further questions.
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I drink heavily and swear a lot.

I will do my utmost to protect goth_macros and all that is good and lulzworthy for so long as I remain passingly interested.

If it were within my power, I would put a badly drawn picture of a penis on each and every page of livejournal, so help me god.

tl;dr already: VOTE ME!

[edit]: Since nominations are closed and this post could potentially be more convincing, my quite serious and sincere opinions can be found [HERE]. Thankyou for your cooperation.