elionwyr: (Default)
Yes, the elections are over.
Let the shenanigans ensue!

LJ staff has yet to comment on the assorted issues/question surrounding the election. I assume that they will not break silence, which is a shame, but is also not a huge surprise.

I do think the election aftershocks will be interesting, and the ones of a legal nature should be fascinating. Watch this space for details, if you are so inclined.

[livejournal.com profile] legomymalfoy is fielding questions about her election here.

A few of the folks that do not support [livejournal.com profile] legomymalfoy's election have decided to express their opinion via a rather offensive interests listing on their profiles - link contains NSFW language!

Discussion of this here.
(This thread, BTW, is full of WTFery and NSFW images, and heeeeeeey, is anyone surprised to see [livejournal.com profile] jameth making an appearance in the thread?
..No, I didn't think so.)

Do I need to say I don't think LMM deserves this treatment?
..Probably not. But I most assuredly do not.

Currently, between the poor voter turn-out and the actions of varied folk concerning the election, I absolutely DO NOT expect LJ staff/Soviet LJ to bother attempting to give us a voice in the future.

Was the "lulz" worth screwing the pooch thusly?
No. Not really, no.
Because, really, anyone with any worth that's paying attention this year would have to be more than a little mad to run next year.
...Dammit.
elionwyr: (bunny)
* LJ Advisory Council

Winner of the election: [livejournal.com profile] legomymalfoy!
I think her election is a sign of the power of fandom on LJ.

I am not sure the election was a success. We had a grand total of 25875 votes cast, which is barely representative of LJ membership. There are far too many people commenting in the latest [livejournal.com profile] news post saying, "What election?" As I just commented elsewhere, Yahoo Groups and Myspace do much better jobs of informing their users about site-related news. LJ staff has yet again been silent in the face of questions from its users, and I find that shameful.

Should role-playing accounts have been allowed to vote in this election? I think that the rules of this election did not say they *couldn't*. As much as I cannot relate to one person having 200 accounts for this purpose, if we are looking at this as if shareholders were voting, then by all means allow each person's account to have a vote. If, on the other hand, the election was supposed to be a one person/one vote poll - which is what I believe was the original intent of the poll - the rules should have stated as such and there should have been more moderators working to make sure this was happening.

My experience working on an association's nomination committee taught me that if there is a loophole in an electoral process, people are going to find it. The burden of making sure the election is a fair one falls squarely on the shoulders of the folks in charge, not the folks voting. I am extremely disappointed in the LJ Staff for choosing to remain silent about the varied shenanigans surrounding this election, as it would not have taken much to have quelled the users' concerns regarding who could vote. (Note I say disappointed and not surprised.)

Personally, I am not sure that LMM will not have a conflict of interests in holding this position as well as being a member of LJ Abuse. She addresses that here, however.

All that said...again, congrats to the winner, thank you to those who voted, and here's hoping for better things to come on LJ.

* New changes posted here!
Issues addressed include an expanded Hate Speech policy, tweaking of the Adult Content policy, and a removal of the Non-Pornographic Image policy.

Issues still not addressed, pending further research include how to deal with communities that are pro-self-abuse (example: pro-eating disoroder communities.)

This is mostly welcome progress.
...And yet, [livejournal.com profile] rape_an_ljer continues to exist, to which I say WTF?

* Harvey Korman

Harvey Korman passed away yesterday from heart-related issues. I don't really have the right words to say what I'm thinking/feeling. Mr Korman was an element in much of what I watched as a child - really, has any skit show come close to being as genius as The Carol Burnett Show? - and the following two links summarize why I will miss Mr Korman so much.

The Carol Burnett Show:



The Muppet Show:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSolu7QA9m4
(Muppets, explosions, Harvey with a whip, and a reference to Balzac!)
elionwyr: (Default)
Voting ends TONIGHT, 9PM PDT!!!
http://community.livejournal.com/lj_election_en/

[livejournal.com profile] legomymalfoy is still in the lead, though by the rules of the poll, she is not guaranteed to be the winner because she does not have 50% of the vote.

Note that [livejournal.com profile] cambler did opt to drop out, but it looks like you can still vote for him.
His posts about the election have been locked until after the polls close.

[livejournal.com profile] legomymalfoy talks about the death threat made against her as a result of running for the council position here.
(She's not dropping out; she *is* asking that if you have voted for her using multiple accounts, that you consider nulling out that vote.)

Voting numbers are still incredibly low. If you haven't voted, please consider doing so - despite the drama, this is still potentially very good for us, the LJ community.

My recommendations are here

ETA:
As you consider voting, and if you choose to read through all the drrrrrrrrrama surrounding the election, please don't forget: Past bad behavior does not forgive current 'concerned' or 'serious' behavior. Some people's gears have changed so quickly that it's almost dizzying.

ETA Also:
Very good summary about why [livejournal.com profile] jameth is not someone we want on the council..
http://friendshipper.livejournal.com/132100.html?format=light
elionwyr: (Default)
In the drama that has become the Advisory Council Election, LJ staff is being rather reticent to give up much information about the purported threats against candidates.

http://cambler.livejournal.com/950060.html

Meanwhile, the polls are still open, and voter turnout is still incredibly light.
Vote!
http://community.livejournal.com/lj_election_en/

Good info from a fannish perspective about the candidates here:
http://community.livejournal.com/metafandom/
elionwyr: (Default)
Hey, folks..we still need to encourage our fellow LJers to go vote.
http://community.livejournal.com/lj_election_en/


Need a recommendation? Wanna know what this whole Advisory Council thing is all about?
http://elionwyr.livejournal.com/1743074.html

Voting has slowed down substantially.
Don't let a small percentage of LJ users decide who speaks for you on the Council!


The most important thing you can do besides vote is to pass this along and make sure that everyone else passes it along.

Consider this the most important Meme LJ has ever had.
elionwyr: (Default)
Current vote count (going off of Poll #1): 14,081 LJers have voted.

As of right now, 150 thousand LJs have been updated in the past 24 hours.

The comparison of those two numbers is beyond disappointing.

We need to get more of LJ membership involved in this election.
Because if they were, the argument about this being a cult of personality election, or the 'sockpuppet vote' issue? These would not be issues.

If you haven't voted?
Please do so!

And encourage others to do so.
This election, this council position, is a chance for the users of LJ to have a voice on the Advisory Council. Don't throw it away.

The most important thing you can do besides vote is to pass this along and make sure that everyone else passes it along.

Consider this the most important Meme LJ has ever had.
elionwyr: (Default)
Well, well, well.

We still have a strong lead - [livejournal.com profile] legomymalfoy continues to be the forerunner, which is a very nice surprise indeed.

Of course, foul is being called and the accusation of fake accounts being used to vote for her has been cyber-screamed pretty loudly. Personally, I cry bullpoop - yes, there's a screen capture suggesting this tampering with the poll has taken place, but I don't place entire faith in such evidence. (I have however asked a question about how possible voting abuse is to be handled. No answer yet.)

(And for a group of people that proudly declare their troll status by declaring their love of the "lulz", the whining strikes me as that much more ill-advised.)

I suppose it's not surprising that there's been a lot of negativitiy lobbied around within the confines of this election. Most of it is NOT actually coming from the candidates - no, the supporters of [livejournal.com profile] jameth are plenty loud enough all on their own. After looking at some of their communities/responses/attacks/graphics...goodness, am I ever appreciating my little corner of LJ!

If all of LJ reflected their vision of what an online community is like? I would have packed my bags years ago.

Fortunately, their world is not the real world.

The overall percentage of LJers taking the time to vote is still pretty low, and so I encourage y'all to vote.

You may not think it will change anything.
It can.
If you vote.

There are some really strong candidates running, people with a lot to offer to the position. I'm sure you all know that I absolutely support [livejournal.com profile] rm; however, there's truly an impressive assortment of folks on the ballot.

http://community.livejournal.com/lj_election_en/

Go take a look.
And then vote, and encourage your fellow LJers to vote.

Let's show the owners of LJ that we do, in fact, care about this site and how it's managed.
We owe it to ourselves to not throw this voting opportunity away.
elionwyr: (Default)
Go vote!
http://community.livejournal.com/lj_election_en/

(In the words of [livejournal.com profile] lordandrei: The most important thing you can do besides vote is to pass this along and make sure that everyone else passes it along.

Consider this the most important Meme LJ has ever had.


So yeah...I'll be posting about this Every. Single. Day. until the polls close. Because it's THAT important.)

For those who don't know what I'm talking about:
The purpose of the Advisory Board
The appointed members and the mandate

Candidates I Support:

[livejournal.com profile] rm - Info about her candidacy here.
[livejournal.com profile] lordandrei - Info about his candidacy here.
[livejournal.com profile] squeaky19 - info about his candidacy here.

(Please note: the above links are completely work appropriate, which cannot be said for some of the platform posts made by other candidates. Click with caution, folks.)

My reasons for supporting these candidates are explained very well in the links I listed above.
Sadly, the election is only for one person, as I feel all three of these candidates would be an amazing asset to the Advisory Council.

[livejournal.com profile] rm has already been intelligently vocal about addressing the varied issues that have come up around the management of LJ over the past year or so. She is a published author, active in fandom, an Early Adopter, maintains several LJs of varied account types...I have absolute confidence in her ability to understand the business aspects of LJ management as well as the ability to represent the vast majority of LJ users. Her varied posts in LJ management communities over time have shown she's able to analyze and address complicated issues, as well as to help bring about change. I can't say enough how much I believe she can make a difference. (Descriptions of varied issues that lead me to believe this is important can be found here.)

[livejournal.com profile] lordandrei also knows the history and intricacies of LJ membership. He has shown himself to be level-headed, intelligent, and - as he self-describes - a 'typical' user. He also has helped develop LJ clients such as the one I'm using right now, and so there is a technical aspect to his candidacy that I highly approve of. I think he would bring much in the realm of common sense to the council.

[livejournal.com profile] squeaky19 is the owner of InsaneJournal, another blogging site that uses the same open source software as LJ. His contribution to the council would, I think, help bring needed improvements to the open source engine. Also, he has an understanding of the business aspects that could be very useful to the council.

These three people have shown an ongoing commitment to the improvement of LJ as a company and as a community. They have shown themselves over and over again to be intelligent, insightful people - they are running for the council because they want to make a difference.

I know there are people reading this post, right now, that do not intend to vote because they don't think it'll make a difference. However, this Advisory Council is a chance for us, the users and community members of LJ, to put someone into a position of influence, to help make LJ a place we want to continue to support.

Thoughts from current Advisory Council members about why this matters so much can be found here.

I hope you vote.
And I hope you can find, in this list of candidates, someone that you feel is taking this chance seriously, someone that will best represent you and your interests.

If you are voting from a work place or public computer, you may not wish to read the comments to the poll, as some of what is being shared there is NSFW.

ETA:
Do not assume that the winner of the election is already a done deal. As of late last night, [livejournal.com profile] legomymalfoy took the lead in the race!
elionwyr: (Default)
Well.
Well, well, well.
As of right now, [livejournal.com profile] legomymalfoy is in the lead!

..Which I think offers much proof that this is anyone's race.

Woo!
elionwyr: (Default)
* Robert Lynn Asprin, author of the Myth Adventures series and co-author of the fabulous Thieves World series, has passed away. :(

Not much info available yet - he passed away this morning, very unexpectedly. Watch this space for more details...and if you're planning on attending MarCon this weekend...well, be gentle with the con committee, 'kay?

* LJ Advisory Council

Go vote!
http://community.livejournal.com/lj_election_en/

(In the words of [livejournal.com profile] lordandrei: The most important thing you can do besides vote is to pass this along and make sure that everyone else passes it along.

Consider this the most important Meme LJ has ever had.
)

For those who don't know what I'm talking about:
The purpose of the Advisory Board
The appointed members and the mandate

Candidates I Support:

[livejournal.com profile] rm - Info about her candidacy here.
[livejournal.com profile] lordandrei - Info about his candidacy here.
[livejournal.com profile] squeaky19 - info about his candidacy here.

(Please note: the above links are completely work appropriate, which cannot be said for some of the platform posts made by other candidates. Click with caution, folks.)

My reasons for supporting these candidates are explained very well in the links I listed above.
Sadly, the election is only for one person, as I feel all three of these candidates would be an amazing asset to the Advisory Council.

[livejournal.com profile] rm has already been intelligently vocal about addressing the varied issues that have come up around the management of LJ over the past year or so. She is a published author, active in fandom, an Early Adopter, maintains several LJs of varied account types...I have absolute confidence in her ability to understand the business aspects of LJ management as well as the ability to represent the vast majority of LJ users. Her varied posts in LJ management communities over time have shown she's able to analyze and address complicated issues, as well as to help bring about change. I can't say enough how much I believe she can make a difference. (Descriptions of varied issues that lead me to believe this is important can be found here.)

[livejournal.com profile] lordandrei also knows the history and intricacies of LJ membership. He has shown himself to be level-headed, intelligent, and - as he self-describes - a 'typical' user. He also has helped develop LJ clients such as the one I'm using right now, and so there is a technical aspect to his candidacy that I highly approve of. I think he would bring much in the realm of common sense to the council.

[livejournal.com profile] squeaky19 is the owner of InsaneJournal, another blogging site that uses the same open source software as LJ. His contribution to the council would, I think, help bring needed improvements to the open source engine. Also, he has an understanding of the business aspects that could be very useful to the council.

These three people have shown an ongoing commitment to the improvement of LJ as a company and as a community. They have shown themselves over and over again to be intelligent, insightful people - they are running for the council because they want to make a difference.

I know there are people reading this post, right now, that do not intend to vote because they don't think it'll make a difference. However, this Advisory Council is a chance for us, the users and community members of LJ, to put someone into a position of influence, to help make LJ a place we want to continue to support.

Thoughts from current Advisory Council members about why this matters so much can be found here.

I hope you vote.
And I hope you can find, in this list of candidates, someone that you feel is taking this chance seriously, someone that will best represent you and your interests.

ETA:
If you are voting from a work place or public computer, you may not wish to read the comments to the poll, as some of what is being shared there is NSFW.
elionwyr: (Default)
Elections start today!
http://community.livejournal.com/lj_election_en/

For those who don't know what I'm talking about:
The purpose of the Advisory Board
The appointed members and the mandate

Candidates I Support:

[livejournal.com profile] rm -
Info about her candidacy here.
[livejournal.com profile] lordandrei -
Info about his candidacy here.
[livejournal.com profile] squeaky19
info about his candidacy here.

(Please note: the above links are completely work appropriate, which cannot be said for some of the platform posts made by other candidates. Click with caution, folks.)

My reasons for supporting these candidates are explained very well in the links I listed above.
Sadly, the election is only for one person, as I feel all three of these candidates would be an amazing asset to the Advisory Council.

[livejournal.com profile] rm has already been intelligently vocal about addressing the varied issues that have come up around the management of LJ over the past year or so. She is a published author, active in fandom, an Early Adopter, maintains several LJs of varied account types...I have absolute confidence in her ability to understand the business aspects of LJ management as well as the ability to represent the vast majority of LJ users. Her varied posts in LJ management communities over time have shown she's able to analyze and address complicated issues, as well as to help bring about change. I can't say enough how much I believe she can make a difference.

[livejournal.com profile] lordandrei also knows the history and intricacies of LJ membership. He has shown himself to be level-headed, intelligent, and - as he self-describes - a 'typical' user. He also has helped develop LJ clients such as the one I'm using right now, and so there is a technical aspect to his candidacy that I highly approve of. I think he would bring much in the realm of common sense to the council.

[livejournal.com profile] squeaky19 is the owner of InsaneJournal, another blogging site that uses the same open source software as LJ. His contribution to the council would, I think, help bring needed improvements to the open source engine. Also, he has an understanding of the business aspects that could be very useful to the council.

These three people have shown an ongoing commitment to the improvement of LJ as a company and as a community. They have shown themselves over and over again to be intelligent, insightful people - they are running for the council because they want to make a difference.

I know there are people reading this post, right now, that do not intend to vote because they don't think it'll make a difference. However, this Advisory Council is a chance for us, the users and community members of LJ, to put someone into a position of influence, to help make LJ a place we want to continue to support.

Thoughts from current Advisory Council members about why this matters so much can be found here.

I hope you vote.
And I hope you can find, in this list of candidates, someone that you feel is taking this chance seriously, someone that will best represent you and your interests.

ETA:
If you are voting from a work place or public computer, you may not wish to read the comments to the poll, as some of what is being shared there is NSFW.
elionwyr: (Default)
Voting poll will be posted at 3PM PDT (about 6PM EDT), per this post.
elionwyr: (Default)
Nominations are now closed, and candidates are being asked to detail why exactly they are running for the LJ Advisory Board.

Please visit [livejournal.com profile] rm's post here to see yet more reason why I think she is such a worthy candidate.

I am posting so much about this because I do truly love this electronic home of mine.
I have great hope that this Advisory Board may be able help combat the varied problems that have arisen within LJ over the past year or so.
And I have complete trust and confidence in [livejournal.com profile] rm's ability to be a part of that constructive change.
elionwyr: (Default)
boosting the signal - please feel free to do the same!

Do you run an LJ community that has been or could be directly affected by unclear TOS on freedom of speech issues (think: political, religious, abuse survivors, creative, academic, fannish, queer, kink, poly, adult lifestyle)?

Do you run an LJ community that has been or could be affected by sloppy attempts on LJ/SUPs part to massage LJ's image (think: mental health/illness, abuse survivors, fannish, queer, kink, poly, adult lifestyle)?

Do you run an LJ community whose users have accessibility issues with the site (those with vision impairments, etc.)?

Do you run a community on any topic whatsoever whose users would be interested in discussion the LJ Advisory Board elections?

If so, I'd like the opportunity to hear the concerns of your users and talk a bit about where I stand on those issues. I promise to make only a single post to talk about the election (unless invited to do otherwise) and my candidacy and not spam the community or its users in any way.

If you'd be willing to let me post in those communities please let me know here or email me at racheline @ gmail dot com. If you're not a community maintainer, but have ties to a community maintainer and want to broach this issue with them, I'd appreciate it.
elionwyr: (formal bunny)

Hi everyone. I just wanted to take a minute to encourage you to join a new community called [livejournal.com profile] ljunited , a community dedicated to working 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 Open Source software, and restoring community participation in the successful operations of LiveJournal.



Although [livejournal.com profile] ljunited is a brand new community, it has grown rapidly and is building a strong, inclusive, diverse coalition, united in standing up for us.

LJUnited overwhelmingly endorsed [livejournal.com profile] rm recently as their candidate for the upcoming LJ Advisory Board elections. I hope you'll consider supporting her nomination. Thanks!

~~~~~~~~~~~~
And also...

Today and throughout the month you can buy an Emerging Sun v-gift for charity. All money raised from purchase of the v-gift will go to the Depression and Bipolar Alliance, which works around the world to provide support services to people and their loved ones living with these illnesses. - [livejournal.com profile] rm

(Stay tuned for similar fund-raisers in the future.)

While this is not an apology for LJ removing 'depression' et al from the top 100 interests lists, it's certainly a positive step. I encourage y'all to consider indulging.
elionwyr: (formal bunny)
As the nomination process continues, a few words:

A lot of people have (expectedly) offered themselves up as candidates for the council.

When you vote - if you vote - please consider who would be an asset on the council. Don't vote based on popularity; vote with an eye cast to your candidate's history on LJ, and her or his awareness of the varied issues that have arisen over the years. Think of how your candidate has reacted. Do you truly feel your candidate is going to be an effective voice?

I do not lightly say that I feel [livejournal.com profile] rm is the kind of person we very much need on the LJ Advisory Council - click here for one more compellling reason why I feel this way.

(If you feel the same, you can still support her nomination here.)

And also, to borrow her words:

[livejournal.com profile] ljunited was founded in reaction to LJ's many broken promises to the userbase and after some tough questions and good discussion they've endorsed my candidacy for the LJ Advisory Board.

One of our big concerns right now is that the issues oriented candidates may split the votes amongst themselves while folks who are very popular or have candidacies that don't address issues people find stressful and emotional walk away with it. We are trying to work together to make sure this doesn't happen, and whatever happens with the election want to make sure we create a unified block to speak out as the userbase relationship with LJ/SUP moves forward.

So, I'd encourage all of you to join[livejournal.com profile] ljunited for the election and beyond. Also, [livejournal.com profile] squeaky19 has just joined us. He's the fellow who runs IJ, and has a lot to say to those of us with concerns about the status of LJ's code, and open source and journal migration issues."


More info about [livejournal.com profile] ljunited here.

We need to do more than gripe about management's bad decisions. Ahead of us are some exciting opportunities to do more than shake our heads, complain, and leave. Let's take advantage of the chance.
elionwyr: (formal bunny)

LiveJournal Advisory Board Elections

I support [personal profile] rm to be my representative on the Advisory Board.

Show your support here.



ETA and reposted:
She's had her nomination accepted!

Have questions for our candidate? Click here.


(She'd be an amazing asset to the Advisory Board. She's eloquent, intelligent, insightful, not afraid to address difficult issues, and she has the ability to walk in both corporate America and many varied circles of Other Worlds.)

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