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Help me help you. :) [May. 16th, 2008|12:00 am]
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Hello, everyone!

Election post time; and I need all of your help. :)

I will need to provide a link to Marta in less then a week in order to share my qualifications, and what concerns I have for the community and what I'm hoping to change.

I would love to have all of your opinions on the following, so that I'm able to make all of YOUR voices heard, in addition to my own. I want to take your concerns into consideration too, because I feel that's an important part of being elected to this advisory board.

1) What do you think is the value of LJ?
2) What changes would you like to see LJ make in the next year?
3) What do you think are the community's greatest concerns?

So if you would please chime in and give me some feedback on these three areas, that would be wonderful. In addition to that, it would be incredible if you were to pass this along to your friends, and onward.

The more responses I have, the more voices that can be heard.

Thank you all in advance, and I look forward to representing you.
~Randomposting

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GAF9E9rLw0&feature=user

And here's a youtube for your trouble. :) How To Play the bagpipe, because I know you've all been aching to learn.
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From: christinaathena
2008-05-16 05:03 am (UTC)
I like the picture!

Hmm ... my answers to your questions
1. The community. Without the people, it's meaningless
2. Listening more closely to the concerns of the users, giving them greater value
3. Censorship, arbitrary rule-changes without consultation, privacy
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-16 05:06 am (UTC)
I like it too! Between my campaign manager making the banner, and google image search supplying the picture, I think it came together perfectly. :)

And thank you darling. I couldn't agree more on every single issue presented. :)
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[User Picture]From: locust_boy
2008-05-16 05:33 am (UTC)
I don't know about the community as much but I can answer 1. LJ is valuable to me because it's a place to share things I'd otherwise have no other outlet for, and because it can help group people with similar interests to work together. That probably sounds way generic, but they're my two cents.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-16 05:36 am (UTC)
I agree on both counts, I feel that's very important. The community is indispensable at how it brings people together. And you can find just about anyone through LJ that has one. I found tooons of high school friends through this site.
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[User Picture]From: thecolourclear
2008-05-16 05:46 am (UTC)
!. It allows for otherwise unconnected people to come together and connect through a variety of interests, through writing. Fascinating concept, really.

@. Hrm. I don't know. Really. I'm ok with it as it is. Oh, wait! Make it so that people who don't have credit cards can electronically process their cheques on site.

#. censorship; changing things without consulting user base; vast disrespect for user base by TPTB; privacy concerns; how far privacy concerns will be taken (I think some of the proposals by the user base go far too far).

I think that's about it! Good luck with everything! How many people are you running against?
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-16 05:47 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for your input, babe! :)

What specific identity issues are you concerned about?

And 16 others. :)
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[User Picture]From: jehannamama
2008-05-16 06:40 am (UTC)
Great choice of graphic!

1. I think LJs value is community... So many different places we come from, and yet we link and interlink and weave together in groups of people to connect in many different ways. It's affirming.

2. LJ is great. I love that they are listening to us, and I would like to see more of that in the future.

3. Censorship laws concern a lot of people, but I see the reason for them.
I think they need to maintain free blogs, even if they do have adverts, because they are going to get more customers that way once they find out how great it is.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-16 06:42 am (UTC)
Thank you! I thought it fit pretty well. :)

And I agree. The advertising really does bother me though. I think they need to readdress that issue and continue to offer a free account for all new users, and if they want to pugrade to plus for the aded perks and see ads at their own will there, I think that should be allowed, but it's unfortunate there's not a non-ad-based option at this time.
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[User Picture]From: chillygator
2008-05-16 09:38 am (UTC)
I feel like my answers should be more serious, but...no (o:

1. I think the value is really the customize lockable posts. It's the reason I started using LJ and will continue to use it even though everyone else I know uses blogger.

2. On that same idea, I would LOVE to be able to lock posts based one each individual friend (I tried making a group per friend but ran out of available groups). I've always really wanted that.

3. Sorry, I've got nothing for you there...
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-16 04:19 pm (UTC)
Cool. Thanks for the input darlin'.
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[User Picture]From: manifestress
2008-05-16 09:38 am (UTC)
1) What do you think is the value of LJ?
I think the value of LJ is both personal self-expression, and the uniqueness of connection - friends and community.

2) What changes would you like to see LJ make in the next year?
I would like LESS changes - more investment in infrastructure, more communication and connection with the users.
I would like the folks now running LJ to understand and SHOW that they respect and value the users.
I would like more emphasis placed on freedom of speech and freedom of expression.

3) What do you think are the community's greatest concerns?
by "community", I'm assuming you mean the body of LJ users...

My personal concern is losing my posts, having a server go bad and having loss of my posts.
Also very concerned and standing in solidarity with those individuals and LJ communities that have been targeted for censorship.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-16 04:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for your input.

From what I understand our journals are backed up pretty well, but that's a concern for me too. I definitely will be looking further into that.

And I think that communication is an absolute necessity, which hasn't been the best over the past year.

Regarding censorship, can you elaborate?
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[User Picture]From: ginahelen
2008-05-16 11:48 am (UTC)
Freedom of speech is what concerns me the most about LJ right now. They've started flagging journals for adult content -- there's nothing *wrong* about that, but I don't want them to start walking down the road towards censorship. Not even under the banner of "protecting kids." (This from a mom of two.)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-16 04:23 pm (UTC)
*nod* Agreed. I think that's just a legal technicality more then anything, but it does concern me about steps that may be taken in the future.
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[User Picture]From: romeokid
2008-05-16 02:20 pm (UTC)
1) What do you think is the value of LJ?
2) What changes would you like to see LJ make in the next year?
3) What do you think are the community's greatest concerns?

1) I believe the greatest value of LJ is letting people stay in contact with friends and to meet new people, such as yourself. But it's alway a great way to let things out, whether it be excitement or depressed thoughts.
2) I don't know too much about LJ past the regular posting business. I've never joined a community or anything, so I can't really say.
3) I suppose privacy could be a concern for most people, but they have the ability to make their pages friends only, so it shouldn't be too much of a concern. I really don't have any concerns, so I'm not sure. Sorry.

Hope this helps at all, but I kinda doubt it.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-16 04:25 pm (UTC)
No, it definitely helps! I want to know what each of you are thinking and feel about this, so that I can address everyone's concerns as best as possible. :)
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[User Picture]From: geminiwench
2008-05-16 02:23 pm (UTC)
1) What do you think is the value of LJ?
Freeform, freeflowing candid communication. Whether insipid or insightful, a chance to be heard (or to feel like you're being heard) is a cornerstone of modern society,... blogging is freedom, and I can prove it. China hates it and blocks livejournal.com access.

2) What changes would you like to see LJ make in the next year?
Is it too much to ask to go back to old sweet loving LJ of bygone years? A time when we used access codes to gain an account rather than force ads onto new users free space?

3) What do you think are the community's greatest concerns?
The balance between freedom of speech and the danger people can get themselves into over it and the push toward censorship to save stupid people from their stupid selves.

RP: You are fantastic and we are all rooting for you!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-16 04:27 pm (UTC)
Agreed on every count!! Invitations are certainly part of the bygone era, but I really think that we might be able to get free accounts to return.

And thank you so much. *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: runeenigma
2008-05-16 03:06 pm (UTC)
I first started using LJ to keep up with my friends who live far away from me; through them, I met more friends, and now I feel close to people all over the world.

Not sure about changes, but I think one of the community's main concerns is freedom of speech. Some of my friends have felt threatened lately, as far as that goes.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-16 04:29 pm (UTC)
*nod* I agree. LJ is wonderful for making connections to those all over the world, I can certainly speak for that. :)

Regarding freedom of speech, I agree it's definitely been a concern recently, but what specific issues concern you regarding FOS?
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[User Picture]From: sensibleken
2008-05-16 03:20 pm (UTC)
in most movies when someone plays the bagpipes, the sound isnt bagpipes but uileann pipes, basically cause they dont sound like shit eg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcRXOxzo-yk
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-16 04:31 pm (UTC)
Oooh! That's fascinating! Thank you. :)

Cool use of color change in the video too.
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From: docjeff
2008-05-16 04:00 pm (UTC)
The picture rocks! :)

1. It's all about the community. When I was considering leaving LJ for another service, I realised one very important fact: no other place has the level of community that LJ does. The reason why I stayed was because of the community.

2. When the users do not want or do not like a change, *listen* to them and don't just fluff it off with another "oh, but you'll get used to it/like it/love it" while ignoring that it's not welcome. Also, I'd like Basic accounts brought back as they were before. Oh, and give LJ Abuse some help in the job they have to do by actually making policy rather than making half-assed proclamations and then adding stuff to the ToS later to accommodate them.

3. Lack of quality leadership, censorship, piss-poor privacy policy, rules that change faster than I change my socks, regular faux pas which create such drama as to make LJ less than a happy place to be
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-16 04:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I thought it fit pretty well. :)


And oh do I agree on every count!! Definitely oncerns I will be bringing up.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-16 04:45 pm (UTC)
I'm concerned about the ads as well. Is that on friends only posts or, on public posts? Do you have a plus account?

And I love being able to share the lives of all my friendslist. Big and small occurences. :)
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[User Picture]From: greenraven
2008-05-16 04:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you for taking this on. Here are my answers.

1) What do you think is the value of LJ? The connections I get to make with people. I appreciate the content that so many talented, articulate people create.

2) What changes would you like to see LJ make in the next year? I don't use a lot of the features of LJ. I usually just read and comment.

3) What do you think are the community's greatest concerns?
The concerns I've heard from others about censorship are some of the most concerning to me. The other thing that concerns me are random changes without community input. LJ, for me, is not about making money. SUP seemed to come in with a money making agenda that made it seem that the users of LJ weren't as important as the advertisers.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-16 05:01 pm (UTC)
*nod* Agreed. The content is what really fuels this site, I believe. And I think there needs to be more recognition that the community and the content is what has made LJ so successful.
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[User Picture]From: may_lyn
2008-05-16 06:38 pm (UTC)
actually, i would love to see an easier spell check. yeah, i've learned how to spell more things because of it, but still!

i have a paid account, and value it very much.

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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-16 06:45 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I haven't utilized the spell check feature at all, so that's good to know. What part of it is difficult?

And I know, right? I love my permanent account. I couldn't afford it, but I had to get it. I spend way too much time here.
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