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Memo to the new LJAB Member [May. 31st, 2008|10:10 pm]
LJ United -- Standing Up For LiveJournal's Future!

eruditeviking
[Current Mood |hopefulhopeful]

Earlier today I posted the following message to our newly elected Live Journal Advisory Board member. I have not yet gotten a response back from her, but I am hoping that she may chose to either join our group or at the very least create a forum where we can express our goals and ideas to her for consideration by the board. I will update the group as soon as I have a response and some time to post it.




To legomymalfoy

Since you've won, would it be feasible to ask you to create a place where we can interact with you in a more accessible way? Perhaps a community dedicated to your role as a live journal advisory board member? I was hoping to have a forum where we could bring issues that we wish to have addressed by LJ via our representative.

You may also wish to consider talking to insomnia over at the community ljunited since our group is dedicated to user base oriented goals.
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A note on Free Speech [May. 24th, 2008|03:50 am]
LJ United -- Standing Up For LiveJournal's Future!

magyarok_saman
[Current Mood |aggravatedaggravated]

I posted something similar to this in my own journal, but I decided to write it differently, here, taking into consideration the relationship of LJ to Free Speech.

For a breakdown of the First Amendment, go here.

When Brad first started LiveJournal, he agreed to abide by the rules the government must abide by; e.g., not to restrict free speech except as already dictated by federal law (in other words, you can't incite a riot, or engage in hate speech, etc.). As we all know, upon selling LJ to SixApart, restrictions on free speech were increased, especially after Memorial Day 2007. After SUP acquired LJ, things got even worse.

This, however, never has applied, and was never meant to apply, to individual journals or communities.

Individual journals and communities have ALWAYS retained the right to restrict membership and/or comments. Think of your LJ as your "virtual living room"; you wouldn't let just anyone come waltzing through the door to orate, right? You would especially not allow the annoying neighbor kid down the street free access to, say, stand in your living room and scream colourful metaphors at you and your family.

Since when did support of free speech mean that folks no longer can set boundaries on what they will tolerate in their journals and communities?

It never did, and it never will. WE always retained the personal right to place limits on the materials in posts and/or comments.

Whatever you do, remember this, especially when some troll kiddie comes along screaming "censorship" because they're not allowed to post here (and believe me, there are many; without mentioning names, they're primarily the supporters of a couple notorious individuals).

I just wanted to make this clear before what is truly Free Speech is distorted any further.
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Short intro [May. 23rd, 2008|02:02 pm]
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imc
I am a candidate for the election. I am posting here because insomnia commented on my nomination post. Frankly I think I would have appreciated that more if that had been before the day the poll started while there was still time for discussion, but let's gloss over that.

I am here to confirm that I have nothing against the principles stated in the userinfo of this community.

Working with the community, for the community.
Honoring the status of every account.
Maintaining the uptime and performance of the site.
Never sending us unsolicited e-mail.

Well sure, who doesn't support these?

Staying advertisement free.

I would love LiveJournal to be advertisement free, but sadly I don't think that is going to happen. In my nomination post I mentioned that I support bringing back Basic accounts and reducing the volume of ads in the public areas of the site. I also support fewer ads for Basic users. But realistically, I think no ads is not something which is ever going to be achieved.

Supporting the Free Software movement.

As it happens I'm pretty much exclusively a Linux user (so don't send me documents in Microsoft formats as it really irritates me).

– We explicitly support free speech for all LiveJournal users

Of course. (See my previous comments regarding the interest-search censoring and post about Nipplegate). I don't support breaking the law, however.

– We believe the privacy of LiveJournal's users should be safeguarded
– We strongly support the rights of fandom in all its forms

Tick, tick. However, I do think that all LiveJournal users should be respected, regardless of whether they happen to belong to a fandom or not.

– We strongly support our fellow LiveJournal Code sites, and view them as an essential part of the greater LiveJournal community

Well yes. I don't support code changes made in secret (as I mentioned in one of the above linked comments), and see no reason why we shouldn't all get along. However, for what it's worth, I do think that actually electing Squeaky to the LiveJournal Advisory Board would create a conflict of interest.

The only other thing I would say is… try my thread-expanding Greasemonkey script! No need to thank me, just vote for me in the election. :-D
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Time to reach out and win this. [May. 23rd, 2008|01:08 pm]
LJ United -- Standing Up For LiveJournal's Future!

insomnia
For those who have see the results so far in the election, yes... Jameth has an early lead...but here's the good news. It appears that most of his supporters have voted, and his votes have slowed substantially, while an increasing number of LJers who weren't previously aware of any of the candidates are voting for rm . As a result, she is starting to eat significantly into Jameth's lead!

Also, as more of the several other skilled, qualified candidates make the personal determiniation that they aren't going to win this thing, we can expect to see them pushing their supporters to back a unity candidate who can win... and that is where rm excels, with a LOT of votes for second and third choice.

Based on my projections, if we all kick in and help, we can easily win. It will take just one thing...

You. The person who is going to win this thing is you. All of you, and everyone you help to bring on board. All of us.

Today, the most important thing is to make a short, simple post in your journal, telling people about the election, encouraging them to vote for rm, and to let them know about LJ United.

Please take the time to make a post similar to the following in your journal:
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Hi everyone. As you might know, I recently joined a new community called ljunited  that's dedicated to working towards defending and restoring the original promises made to LiveJournal's members, standing up for free speech on LJ, and restoring community participation in the operations of LiveJournal. It's our goal to work together over the long term to build a diverse movement of people with the power to influence the decisions of LJ's management to prevent the kind of problems we have seen so many of LJ's members face over the past few years.

LJUnited overwhelmingly endorsed rm  , a really great candidate, as their choice for the LJ Advisory Board elections, and she's doing very well, but needs your help. I hope you'll consider voting now and making her either your candidate of choice, or your second choice.

Please take a few seconds to vote, and thanks!
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The HTML code you'd need to paste into your LJ window to make this post is as follows:
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Hi everyone. As you might know, I recently <a href="http://www.livejournal.com/community/join.bml?comm=ljunited">joined</a> a new community called <lj user="ljunited">  that's dedicated to working towards defending and restoring the <a href="http://web.archive.org/web/20040401175244/http://www.livejournal.com/site/contract.bml">original promises</a> made to LiveJournal's members, standing up for free speech on LJ, and restoring community participation in the operations of LiveJournal.  It's our goal to work together over the long term to build a diverse movement of people with the power to influence the decisions of LJ's management to prevent the kind of problems we have seen so many of LJ's members face over the past few years.

 LJUnited overwhelmingly endorsed <lj user="rm"> , a really great candidate, as their choice for the LJ Advisory Board elections, and she's doing very well, but needs your help. I hope you'll consider <a href="http://community.livejournal.com/lj_election_en/25463.html">voting now</a> and making her either your candidate of choice, or your second choice.

Please <a href="http://community.livejournal.com/lj_election_en/25463.html">take a few seconds to vote</a>, and thanks! 
 

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If all of us make this one simple post, I estimate that we will reach about twenty times as many people as we need to win this election.  That will make a HUGE difference in this race.

So, take a few secs, copy the html code above into your journal, and leave a short comment to encourage to this post encouraging your fellow community members to step up! 

All of us, together, can easily win this thing, if all of us work together.  

That's what made LJ work so well in the early days. Everyone, working together, proud to kick in when LJ needed our help, generous with their time and ideas, knowing it was run by people who cared about the people of LiveJournal, first and foremost.

That's what I want us to build here. And that's the vision I want to see restored for all of LiveJournal. 

I want a big response... a willingness to fight for the future of LJ, and a commitment of a tiny bit of time from ALL of you over the next few days in order to win.  So if you're up to the task, give a shout! And if you *REALLY* want to do even more, leave a comment and I will gladly give you ideas on what you can do, above and beyond.

The tide is turning. Let's win this thing! -
 
Mark

 



 
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Time to vote! [May. 22nd, 2008|03:38 pm]
LJ United -- Standing Up For LiveJournal's Future!

insomnia
Hey everyone. Time to vote for our LJ Advisory Board representative!

LJ United endorses and strongly recommends voting for rm, but also strongly encourages those of you who support other candidates to vote for them, but consider voting for rm as your second choice. There are several other candidates that support LJ United's policies as well, and they would be excellent alternate choices.
 
Vote now!... and please, post to your journals and encourage your friends to do so as well. And be sure to tell them about rm and ljunited as well, because we can use all the help we can get!
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Candidate introduction and support [May. 22nd, 2008|02:14 pm]
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lordandrei
I was made aware of ljunited today by insomnia.

I am running for the position of Advisory Board representative.

I had the good fortune to message with rm and think she is also a very fine candidate for the position.

I do agree very much with what LJUnited stands for but figure I should at least list my interpretive caveats:

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.

There's really no debate with any of the above. I support that entirely.

In addition:
- We explicitly support free speech for all LiveJournal users

I strongly support free speech for all people. Freedom is a very special and important word to me. To be honest, Freeman is the family name I took at marriage partially for what the name represents. But to me, Freedom is as much responsibility as it is an open gate. There are countries that do not have freedom of speech and while I think LJ is an amazing tool to help the people in those lands fight the fight to get there; it also puts the company at risk for some very highly dangerous legal battles. I hope as a representative of the users I can put freedom of speech first and foremost without putting the company and the service at risk to all.

- We believe the privacy of LiveJournal's users should be safeguarded

I absolutely agree with this. And find myself at pains with the above again. I would hate to find out that a country would have the power to demand information from LJ without due process. I'm afraid of it enough in the USA to be very aware of it and try to find the technologies to help protect the end users.

- We strongly support the rights of fandom in all its forms

I absolutely support fandoms, lifestyles, and personal exploration. But always in safe protection of others. If one wants to write FanFiction... great. But, I also want to protect free speech and privacy by making sure that fandom is separate from freedom. I have already read of more than one case on line where an actually celebrity was horrified as to what was published in a journal or web service purporting to be by their hand.

- We strongly support our fellow LiveJournal Code sites, and view them as an essential part of the greater LiveJournal community

This is part of the open source nature of the code. People should be able to run the code as easily and freely as they run their our journal or web site.


One more issue I want to stress. Freedom is important to me. Abuse of Freedoms given is also something I am wary of. I am a parent as well as a free speaker. And I want to know and feel that I can protect my child on my terms. I don't want to have blanket protection foisted on me for things I feel my child should be able to see. I don't want a lack of reliable protection to expose my child to things I don't feel he is ready to see.

I have worked in the computer industry for nearly 20 years. I have been using computers for nearly 30. I am aware of technology, software engineering, sales, marketing, how the corporate world tends to behave, and most importantly, how to be an end user, consumer, and independent individual.

And I think I can be a voice to help protect the LiveJournal User in one of the most effective manners to the company.
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spread the word! [May. 21st, 2008|06:54 pm]
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systris
i made a brochure for rm's campaign in MS publisher format...i'm NOT a graphic designer but hey, it's something:

http://www.mediafire.com/?xgmgyy9azbk

it is NOT spam or malware..i promise! i tried to convert it to PDF but the formatting was horrid. so if anyone can spruce it up, feel free
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First Post [May. 11th, 2008|01:16 am]
LJ United -- Standing Up For LiveJournal's Future!

slyfoot
This community looks interesting, and I agree with much of the community philosophy, so I joined up.

Since insomnia has stated in a previous post that squeaky19 supports the goals of ljunited, and squeaky has introduced himself here, I thought that it was worth mentioning that he now has an LJAB campaign community: vote_squeaky.

I'll be interested in seeing how ljunited progresses.
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Hello :) [May. 9th, 2008|08:28 am]
LJ United -- Standing Up For LiveJournal's Future!

magyarok_saman
[Current Mood |happyhappy]

I found my way over here thanks to my better half. I fully support the goals and ideals espoused by this community. I've traded comments with insomnia and it's all cool. Thanks, insomnia!
LJ Advisory Board stuff and stuff about meCollapse )
I also happen to run one of the up-and-coming sites based on the LJ Open Source Code. It is called CommieJournal. I thought it was running around third in LJ clones but I've since been informed it's further down the line. Be that as it may, I am the coder of the two-person ownership and, with the help of some great people on my staff, we're constantly improving the site.

CommieJournal actually became a reality as a result of Strikethrough '07 and contains a lot of fandom and RP journals. We state everything up front in terms of the meager restrictions on content, and we made a promise that we'd never institute advertising.

LJ code is normally run in a Debian environment with command-line interface. I managed to get it to run on Fedora Core 6 with a CPanel interface, which I've been told is no small feat.

I am a very capable and diplomatic person for the most part, and if I did find myself on this Board, I certainly would keep my tongue in check, even if treated badly. However, I wish to take this time to remind everyone that there are real people behind those words and nicknames. Real people, with real feelings. In other words, if one find one's self affronted or offended by something someone else says online, perhaps that will serve as a reminder not to be so cavalier with one's trolling.

I am legendary for my level of patience, but even I have limits, and have been known to give someone the sharp side of my tongue.

I also run an IRC network and several websites. I am well-versed in basic web design and also in some graphic design. Both are self-taught.

Lastly, I spent 2 1/2 years as an AOL Volunteer Community Leader, back when they still had volunteers. I worked in the online roleplay section of the Gaming section (which I believe is either gone, or completely changed) monitoring message boards, online chat (Red Dragon Inn, anyone?) and heading up the website area.

If you would care to vote for me, click the link above. Even if you don't vote for me, please vote for randomposting. I also support rm; all three of us strongly ascribe to the tenets of this community.

What can I do, here? I am joining forces with like-minded individuals who have been protesting ever since the first instance SixApart deviated from the Standard of Conduct hyperlinked in the profile of this community. My protests have gotten louder and louder as time has gone by.

insomnia brought up the idea of cross-linked LJ clone sites, which I found interesting, because the first person I heard that idea from was swisscelt, who is helping me with CJ and at least one other person with a "sister" LJ clone site. I think it would be a fantastic idea and perhaps the "next step" in blogging.

I think we have a nice start to a "Movement", don't you? Let's keep up the momentum!
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(no subject) [May. 9th, 2008|12:22 am]
LJ United -- Standing Up For LiveJournal's Future!

insomnia
To simplifiy matters and avoid unnecessary disputes in ljunited, I would ask that everyone make it a matter of policy with their posts not to specifically address any candidate in this community other than rm or other candidates, such as squeaky19 who choose to join our community because they support what we believe in.

If there is something specific that another candidate is doing that we should be aware of, because it's noteworthy or worth emulating, please feel free to link to it, however. It's just not our job to potentially upset any candidates in this race, as we want to be as inclusive as reasonably possible of those people who support what we believe in, so long as they don't abuse this community. We don't mind people here who support other candidates, so long as they also share our goals. 

While it is true that it's partially our goal to bring skill, substance, and thoughtfulness to this campaign, as I've said before, we need to work our plan... not worry about what others are doing.

afn, 
Mark
 
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