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Communication, Respect & Honesty [May. 20th, 2008|10:27 pm]
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Hello everyone, thank you so much for your nominations to the LJ Advisory board position, and your continued support. I am posting here to provide more information about my vision of LJ, what I want to see for the future and some more information about myself.

1) What do you think is the value of LJ?

First, and foremost the value of LJ is the community. The diverse and wonderful group of bloggers from all over the world make this site. All of the users are more enriched by their membership. Without each and every one of us there would be a void. We need to continue to make this place welcoming and positive to encourage new users to join, and to keep those of us that are all ready present confident in continuing to live here. We share our most personal thoughts, our art, our accomplishments and our losses on our blogs, and we need to feel safe in doing so. Our content is what keeps this community interwoven.

LJ brings people together; People that might not have had the opportunity to know each other without this outlet. I have made many dear friends whom I love through this site and know many of you have done so as well.

2) What changes would you like to see LJ make in the next year?

I think the most important change that can be made is for LJ to be more candid and honest with their communication. There have been a lot of underhanded decisions made in the past year, and I think it's important that we have input in some choices that are made. Even if they do not decide to change their policies and procedures I feel it is very important that they communicate any changes to us. It is necessary that LJ and their staff and elected members show respect to the userbase.

Specifically I want to see:

-The free non-ad-based accounts return as an option.
-More control over the ability to remove bots and spammers from your profile when they've added you as a friend. I understand that it can be very uncomfortable having a user who represents something you disagree with listed on your profile, and having them list you. This would not change their ability to see unlocked posts, but it would give many people peace of mind.
- Instill very clear terms of service and not change them at a whim.
- Create two more elected user positions next year. I think that if we have more members of the community represented on the board, it would be a positive change.

3) Why do you want to be the elected representative?

I am a very positive person. I feel that is something that has been missing from livejournal recently, and I know that I can be a positive voice of change. I have a broad and diverse friendslist that helps me focus on issues that concern the userbase of LJ. I have very good communication skills, and most of all, I listen. I listen to those things that concern our community and I will bring your concerns to the board, and your voice will be heard.

I am active in roleplay, so I have a very specific interest in fandom, and freedom of speech for those users who participate in that rich and vibrant aspect of LJ. I am also a Mother, and am fiercely protective of children. I think that locked posts are the way to go for those things that are inappropriate for a child to come across on the site, but I also think that it is a parents duty to supervise their children so that they don't happen upon things that are inappropriate for them. Legally, LJ has to be very careful with what they allow and I understand this, but I think there needs to be more communication and clearer guidelines on all levels of LJ.

4) What do you think are the community's greatest concerns?

I have addresed most of this above, but am happy to reiterate here.
Communication, Respect and Honesty.

If all three of these tenets are observed and followed by LJ staff and owners toward the community, and vice versa I think most of the problems that we have been facing will be vastly improved. Many of us have lost a lot of respect for Livejournal over the past couple of years and I know it will be a trial for some to allow that respect to grow again, but I truly believe that it can and will happen. We are all still here for a reason, and that is because this community is incredible. We have the tools and the power to make this community great once again.

I promise to do all that I can to bring my ideals and passion for LJ to the advisory board. I also promise to answer any and all questions that any of you bring to me. I post daily and will respond to your concerns.

Peace and blessings on you all,
Randomposting
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From: christinaathena
2008-05-21 03:32 am (UTC)
I suspect the free non-ad accounts are unfeasible. None of the other LJ-clones that I'm aware of have non-ad-supported accounts. I personally don't think the dropping of free accounts was, by itself, a bad thing. Done underhandedly, yes, but not really such a bad thing itself.

What kind of roleplay do you do?
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-21 03:49 am (UTC)
I think they will definitely consider it. The president, pretty much said that it was something they were cosidering so I think the capability is definitely there. They just have to decide to do it or not.

And I think it would really bring some faith back to the users if they're returned.

-- And oh, lots. ;) Harry Potter, Star Wars, Rhydin... musicals.. lol. I'm a bit of a dork, but I love it. And historical eras as well. I do a lot in the 1800's.
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[User Picture]From: jehannamama
2008-05-21 07:05 am (UTC)
I think you might want to consider rewording "underhanded decisions" because that is just going to make them defensive, and probably not listen to you. I've seen that happen in the past, to me, because I tend to be blunt. It's taken me years to get to the level of diplomacy that I have, (which is still pretty blunt, I'm afraid).
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-21 03:41 pm (UTC)
I think what they did was underhanded, and I think most of the LJ userbase would agree. I'm not one to mince words, so I think I'm going to keep it as is. It's the users that are voting. I do understand what you're saying though.
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[User Picture]From: runeenigma
2008-05-21 02:58 pm (UTC)
I'm rooting for you!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-21 03:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you, love. :)
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[User Picture]From: romeokid
2008-05-21 03:06 pm (UTC)
:standing ovation:
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-21 03:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you, darling. *curtsies*
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[User Picture]From: filmcanister
2008-05-21 06:17 pm (UTC)
i think something else that should be considered is the notion that most non-ljers or ex-ljers consider this place to be a slightly out-of-fashion, emotastic, whiny-blog site. so, who makes up our demographics?

1 - the writers who want to be read. often creatively, fandomly, etc. a lot of these people have since moved to deviantart, etc.

2 - the politicians, who have also moved, though to blogspot.

3 - the daily-lifers, tidbits. sharing small things with friends. they have no reason to really bother going anywhere else. (i consider myself one of these.)

4 - the networkers, who often combine from any of the above groups

i dont mean to imply that an ljer can be locked into a specific category, or even that there are a specific number of categories. but, for instnace, with the role-play idea, yes, that community should be kept going strong. what communities/demographics are we lacking in? what needs nourishment? what is coming in and what is leaving and even if we let lj take it's course and end up as it will ... i'm not sure what i'm trying to say at this point. but who is using it and what do they need and how can we enhance our userbase to form a loving, substantial community of human beings all around the world.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-21 06:21 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure that we're lacking in any specific demographic. The great thing about LJ is how varied it's users are, and what their interests are. I think that and the community that comes from it are why this site has continued as it has.

What demographics do you think need to be represented more?
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[User Picture]From: greenraven
2008-05-21 07:06 pm (UTC)
Very nicely worded. Thank you for all your hard work! :)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-21 07:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, darling. *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: megwings
2008-05-21 08:05 pm (UTC)
Viva la Random! This entry left me smiling so much! <3 You would rock so hard at this.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-22 04:03 am (UTC)
Awww, so glad to hear it darling. And thank you so much. *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: valerie81
2008-05-21 08:05 pm (UTC)
i wish you luck.

i found your respones well thought-out and excellent
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-22 04:04 am (UTC)
Thank you, babe. :)
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From: docjeff
2008-05-21 08:12 pm (UTC)
You've got my vote but you already knew this :) *Hugs*
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-22 04:08 am (UTC)
I do know this. Thank you so much for your support, love. *huggles*
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[User Picture]From: jenniferline
2008-05-21 09:16 pm (UTC)
Communication, Respect and Honesty

Yup, excellent stuff. Not just for LJ issues, but for all of daily life. My writing blog is on Blogspot, but LJ is so much better for creating community. Best of luck to you, my dear. You would be awesome at this.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-22 04:09 am (UTC)
Thank you so much honey. *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: emteee
2008-05-21 09:42 pm (UTC)
*nose pointing in all directions like Madame Beagle scenting a rabbit* Is it time to vote yet? Where? When?
Just want to make sure I don't miss it...
;^)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-22 04:10 am (UTC)
I'll post it. :) Promise. Opens tomorrow in fact, it'll be in the news post.
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[User Picture]From: zibacco
2008-05-21 11:52 pm (UTC)
Random! Random! Random!

*waving my campaign sign vigorously*

You've got my vote.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-22 04:12 am (UTC)
Ooh, shiny. ;) Thank you, love.
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[User Picture]From: ladyofshadow
2008-05-22 04:11 am (UTC)
*applaudes*
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-22 04:13 am (UTC)
Thank you, babe. :)
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[User Picture]From: insomnia
2008-05-22 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
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-22 09:21 pm (UTC)
Hey Mark,

Thanks for giving me more information. :) I would certainly be interested in taking part and providing any advice or support that I can.
I do think I am the strongest candidate, but I do have respect for Rm as well.

By joining your community it wouldn't suggest that I am supporting her above my own candidacy, would it? This is the only concern I have,

Thank you.
~R
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From: emarkienna
2008-05-22 11:05 pm (UTC)
More control over the ability to remove bots and spammers from your profile when they've added you as a friend.

Note that this is already possible - you can remove them from your profile by banning them. See http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=185 .

(Or do you mean something else by "More control"?)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-22 11:07 pm (UTC)
I do in fact, because not everyone wants to be able to ban, and even if you do ban them, your name still shows up on their friendslist and that can reflect badly on you if it's a very offensive LJ.
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