I lost the election, rather badly - Jay Maynard

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Friday, 30 May 2008


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0907 - I lost the election, rather badly

Oh well.

As it happens, I was tied for the fewest first choice votes received, and eliminated in the first round of counting. The process went all the way down to two candidates before the winner, legomymalfoy, was chosen.

I've heard noises about ballot box stuffing, and there was a death threat reported against at least one candidate (which one has not been reported, as far as I knowlegomymalfoy, again, as reported here, and jameth, as reported here). It really doesn't make that much difference to me; it's obvious that, regardless of other factors, I wasn't going to be elected anyway.

I do note that one candidate, jameth, seemed like a real troll. Whether he is or not, the winner is not, and I'm happy that the kind of followers jameth seems to attract weren't rewarded.

It remains to be seen whether this whole exercise will have any effect on LJ or not. I hope it does, obviously, or else I wouldn't have thrown my helmet into the ring.

current mood: [mood icon] relaxed

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From:rillaspins
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I voted #1 for you...I'm proud of you for running.
From:msirub
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why do you think jameth is a troll?
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From:jmaynard
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Because he was in it for the lulz, and lots of his supporters were, too. That's not what the election was all about. They all treated it as a popularity contest. That's classic trollish behavior: taking nothing seriously, and accusing anyone who opposes them as being unable to take a joke.
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From:nathew
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go figure, 99% of livejournal is fanfiction-y types and trolls.
From:seeds_of_peace
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Definitely had my vote. Jameth talking about conspiracy on the vote and stuff turned me off quick... plus he like updates 32425345 times a day! annoying :P
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From:julieannie
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Well, he endorsed you for 3rd but I'm glad I didn't follow his recommendation because you were ill-informed about the campaign and his reasons for entering it.
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From:annyong
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Jameth asked people to vote for you for third choice.
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From:jmaynard
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Yes, he did. I do appreciate that, even though it didn't matter one little bit - since, in order for that to count, I'd have had to get more first place votes than he did (and thus remain in the running longer than him).
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From:rhonan
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That's OK, we learned a lot from legomymalfoy, and next year, we'll show her crew how to really sock-puppet an election.
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From:jmaynard
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Remind me to stay far, far away.
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From:parker_wolf
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I have nothing witty to add.

I just cant believe I liked you.

I guess that shows what a mistake I made in making a quick decision about someone before I knew better, huh?
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From:jmaynard
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I'm sorry you feel that way...but if I learned anything at all from the TRON experience, it's that I can't let what others think of me affect what I do or believe.
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From:mistressxenobia
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Awwwww.
This makes me sad that I defended you to my friends who thought you were a worthless furry nerd.
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From:lionsphil
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Given that he has an Encyclopædia Dramatica account, "smells of troll" is not a surprising accusation—ED revels in not taking the Internet seriously, "for the lulz".

Which is at least preferable to taking it deathly seriously.
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From:penpusher
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Hi. I'm good friends with bronxelf_ag001, and I do this LJ interview blog called talk_show where I chat with people about their LJs and their lives.

This week, I was doing a post-mortem on the election, and how the candidates experienced it all. Rather than do my usual method (which is doing an IM interview with a guest), I'm sending out this questionnaire which you can choose to answer any and all questions.

Meanwhile, I'd be pleased to welcome you as a "regular" guest on talk_show at some future time. For now though, feel free to pick and choose whatever questions you wish to respond to, and whatever other statement you wish to make about the experience would be fine.

1. What inspired you to run for Advisory Board?

2. Did you have a clear sense of what you were getting into when you entered the campaign?

3. Was their a base of people ready to support your candidacy? How did they help?

4. How did the LiveJournal staffers help you in setting up for the election?

5. Was there a sense that those LJ staffers were prepared for every eventuality?

6. Was there any cautioning, any sense that anything was considered "off-limits" by the LJ staff?

7. When the polls opened, what was your sense about the process?

8. Did anything surprise you during the election?

9. What was the most challenging issue for you personally, once everything got going?

10. What did you think about the method of voting, including the set up of the poll, the length of time the polls remained open and the publicity effort to make the community aware about the election?

11. Was there anything you think either the election officials or you could have or should have done differently that would have helped voters?

12. Was there anything you think either the election officials or you could have or should have done differently that would have helped your campaign?

13. What was your biggest revelation about yourself, about LJ, about politics generally, from this experience?

14. Was this election handled fairly, and do you feel the results were representative of what the community at large truly wanted?

15. Having been through the process, do you think you would consider running again? Why or why not?

Again, thanks very much.

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