Throwing my helmet into the ring - Jay Maynard

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Monday, 5 May 2008


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1150 - Throwing my helmet into the ring

I've entered myself into nomination for the LiveJournal Advisory Board. Please look over my nomination message, and if you agree that I should represent the users on the board, post your support by adding a comment - but keep it short. From the LJ news entry announcing the opening of nominations:

We ask that you keep your comments on the nomination posts to "I support this nomination" or something to that effect; be kind to those who will need to count the "supports", please.


If you're feeling really supportive, you can add one of the banners in the news post to your LJ, too.

Thanks!

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From:foolscap001
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I, too, support this nomination.
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From:foolscap001
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And for that reason I will go comment on the message where I should... sigh.
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From:howardtayler
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I've posted my support in the appropriate place, AND I've put in a plug for you in my own LJ.

Go Jay!
From:sheryl67
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From:lionsphil
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"I've followed all of the controversies that LJ has had to deal with since that time, and understand how they should have been handled in order to avoid the undesirable consequences that happened in the real world."

While I can reasonably believe this (here via howardtayler, so have seen some of your comments), some examples would be nice. Controversy, correct approach, justification. Or even just a link to commentry at the time.

(Or maybe I'm just calling you on this having seen the local student election go by without a single candidate ever stating a single stance or policy beyond "I have a name"...)
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From:jmaynard
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It's a valid question.

Let's take the most recent one: the elimination of basic accounts. Anyone with half a brain and experience on the net would know that simply making them vanish in the middle of the night with no warning was going to be a disaster. Had I had anything to do with it, I'd have recommended that they announce the decision in advance and give people time to sign up one last time.I'd also make sure to publicize the business factors leading up to the decision, to try to mitigate the reputation LJ is gaining of being just a bunch of money grubbers who aren't interested in the community. (I'm assuming there were, in fact, real business reasons for the decision.)

The strikethrough was poorly handled all the way around. They shot first and asked questions later, if at all. Every single journal that was suspect should have been reviewed by a real live person, and the owner given an opportunity to respond and clean up any illegal - not just objectionable - material before the journal was removed. The pressure group should also have been told to take a hike. Yes, I'm concerned about children on the net, but the way to handle that concern is to have parents ride herd on their kids - it's called parenting.

The recent change to having journals automatically cut, with a line about "content unsuitable for minors", is another bit of silliness like that. Again, the answer is not to restrict or label posters' writings, but rather to put the responsibility firmly on parents' shoulders, where it belongs. Besides, it can lead to silly results.

In general, LJ needs to treat its users like adults, not like kids who need to be nannied, and it needs to stand up to pressure, not cave in like a sand castle undercut by a riptide.
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From:lionsphil
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Cheers. Looks like you've made your hundred. :)
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From:jmaynard
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Well, almost...one or two could be taken as less than the level of support needed for nomination, so a few more wouldn't hurt. Then again, I expect that getting them won't be a problem in the next week.
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From:cathyr19355
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So when's the election? Or is that what the comments are about? I certainly prefer to nominate somebody I know to such a position.
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From:vakkotaur
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From this post: Voting will take place in the form of a poll, which will remain open during the entire last week of May.
From:taeliarose
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Dear jmaynard,

You are cordially invited to join ljelects, a place to bring your campain to the masses. Though we are a small (okay, new) community now, with your help we can turn it into a power for lolocracy. We would love to see you there, and bring your platform to stand on!

(I must be the only person on the whole of the internets who hasn't seen the Tron Guy video. I've heard of it, though; does that count?)

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