lordandrei: (Default)
Of course I have no idea how I'll bide my time while it's away.

I mean besides LJ I have practically nothing.

Well maybe one or two things... Yeah not much. Just:

My child, My wife, work, facebook, questionable content, xkcd, wikipedia, slashdot, cnn, the news, current events, entertainment, netflix, videos, books. Oh wait books.

Yeah.. so little in my life without LJ. See you back online this evening.

And I won't even leave you much time to comment.
lordandrei: (Bunny Thwump)
The LiveJournal Advisory Board election is underway. It's really just started... but I think most of my readers will agree... the initial figures are not merely disturbing... they are very disappointing.

I'm going to make some comments that in an election are probably damned inappropriate. They could seriously affect my chances. But then, what is LiveJournal if not a blog that affords social networking over shared topics of interest.

The voting has really just started... but I think most of my readers will agree... the initial figures are not merely disturbing... they are very disappointing. I'm not talking about my electability. I feel competent for the job. I feel there are other candidates just as competent.

What I shouldn't comment on (but will) is the number of strongly supported candidates who really aren't working to add any value to what this position is for.

LiveJournal has become (to some) a rather poor joke. It is the trappings of the depressed teenager who wishes to unload the confusion and (dare I say it? Dare! Dare!) drama of their lives in an exhibitionistic manner to the world at large. Is this untrue? No. Is it the only truth? No.

Sadly, many users are not in this class. If you look at the statistics the bulk of our users (who actually put in a birthdate) are between 20 and 30. Interestingly the number of under 18 users is almost identical to the number of users in their 30s.

So, why does the user base treat this election like a joke? Why is it a game? One could suppose that the company knows the user base as a whole better than the user base wishes to admit. A user base that is comprised of thousands of small independent voices that are too apathetic to care. One that is more interested in the shiny new meme, than caring about the service they play on. People want to go on complaining about frivolities rather than seeing the tool survive and climb to the next level.

The voting has made this clear. Currently [livejournal.com profile] jameth carries 1622 votes. This is over 18% of the votes cast. This is frankly shameful. And I don't think it's shameful because Jameth is making the election into a popularity contest about having fun. There are loads of people that I personally don't think really care about helping the users to have the best voice they can as a whole.

What makes me feel horrible is that in the first 24 hours of voting there have been (by those numbers) just shy of 9,000 votes. Go check that stats page again. That is barely 1% of all the 19 year olds. And it's barely .02% of the active users. Let me spell that number out for you. .02%, not 2%, Point zero-two percent. That means jameth is likely to win because only 2 of every 10000 users cared. To put this in perspective... The US Election gets a better turn out.

I made it very clear in all my posts. Don't just vote. Read what people are hoping to do in the position. Don't just vote. Make it clear to everyone who reads your journal how you feel about having your voice heard on the Advisory Board by the Company. Don't just vote. Make sure everyone who uses LiveJournal votes.

Sure, I want to be that voice for people. But I'm more than happy to see someone like [livejournal.com profile] rm do that as well as her convictions and platform are admirable.

But if we as LiveJournal users let this process be turned into a joke... Then the inevitable laugh is on us. The company will very easily learn that the users really don't need a voice. And then... you can simply accept what happens to the LiveJournal as a service. Because... your voice won't matter.

I don't want to politic. I don't want to slam candidates. (Well, no.. there are one or two I really want to slam. I mean... one person was under 20 and planning to travel to Istanbul from Canada in her 8th month of Pregnancy..... Don't get me started)...

It's not my job to say who is good or bad in the position. It's my job to hear the voice of the end user and act on it. And right now the end users are 'upset' because more people are playing a game than trying to find a good representative.

For the sake of everything you hold dear. When someone puts the reigns to your future in your hands... pick them up and ride the horse.

It's your job to not merely vote, but to get others to vote, and get others to get others to get others to....

To repeat:

My platform is here.

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.

-------

No snappy pictures, no sexual innuendo. No joking ribbing along with groups I don't participate in.

I'm a LiveJournal user. And I intend to continue to be one.
lordandrei: (Default)
Well, this is it.

At 3pm PDT today, the poll will be posted. It will be open for a week.

The poll will be posted in [livejournal.com profile] lj_election_en

I ask that everyone consider reading each candidates platform. Carefully. Some are doing this strictly for fun.

I also ask, that if you find someone you support, you not merely vote for them, but ask everyone in your readers list to also pass this along. We need as much of the LiveJournal readership to vote.

This really isn't meant to be a popularity contest. This is meant to get the voice of LiveJournal heard and acted on by the company that runs it.

If you think that I'm the worthy candidate for this. Thank you.

You can find support graphics: here

My platform is here.

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.
lordandrei: (Default)

LiveJournal Advisory Board Elections

I support [livejournal.com profile] lordandrei to be my representative on the Advisory Board.

Show your support at [livejournal.com profile] lj_election_en.




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LiveJournal Advisory Board Elections

I support [livejournal.com profile] lordandrei to be my representative on the Advisory Board.

Show your support at [livejournal.com profile] lj_election_en.




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lordandrei: (Default)
I want to thank everyone who has commented so far at the LiveJournal Advisory Board Nomination link.

Within nearly 2 hrs. I received over the necessary 100 comments to officially put me on the ballot in 2 weeks.

I do invite you to read the following posts on the Advisory Board:
    The purpose of the Advisory Board: http://community.livejournal.com/lj_2008/2303.html
    The appointed members and the mandate: http://community.livejournal.com/lj_2008/3384.html
but especially-
    The process of the election to the board: http://community.livejournal.com/lj_2008/4233.html

While I will be making web banners to help people spread the word when elections come... I really want this to be an election where you vote for the candidate that will best represent your views on the board to LiveJournal.

In as much, I want to strongly also congratulate [livejournal.com profile] rm who was also approved today. I invite you to read her platform for running.

Because to me this isn't a popularity contest. This is giving the right voice of the users the power to speak to the company that runs, maintains, and develops a tool that a lot of us have grown very attached to using.

In the meantime, please continue to spread the good word. Post in your journals, invite others to post. Educate them about the board, the process, and what we're trying to do.

I will open this post to anyone who has any questions.

Thank you!

Edit: Additional candidates that have been approved and their platforms:
[livejournal.com profile] mrflagg - Nomination link
lordandrei: (Default)
Hello all,

I've been posting about this for quite some time. The nominations for the Advisory Board are posted.

I am looking for the support of you, my readers, the readers of your journal and as many people we can link to from there. But of course, only if you think I'm the candidate to do the job.

My platform and your chance to support me can be found here:
http://community.livejournal.com/lj_election_en/2641.html?mode=reply

I ask that you take a moment, read my post, and post a comment (at the link, not here) of support:
Preferably, "I support this nomination"

And more importantly, I ask you to re-post the link above and a similar message in your journals and encourage your readers to do the same. Regardless of the overlap that you think our readership may have.

Thank you very much for any and all support.

-Andrei
lordandrei: (Default)
Hello readers.

Tomorrow is the nominations for the LiveJournal Advisory Board. I ask that you keep an eye on my journal tomorrow and be willing to post to your journals and ask your readers to do the same.

I think I have a very strong background to represent users well on the board and your support is really what is needed.

As always... (relevant) questions are welcomed.
lordandrei: (Default)
I'm going to keep this one short:

I'm intending to run for the LiveJournal Advisory Board. Nominations open May 5th (Monday)

I'd like your support. If you'd like to support me; here's what you can do.

1) Post in your journal that I'm going to run and request your readers do the same. (Link back here)

2) Read:
-- the post about what this actually means
-- My original statement of intent

3) On May 5th, I will post the link to my nomination; I need at lest 100 different user comments that say, "I support this nomination"

4) Question me, question the process: If you have any questions, concerns, advise, etc... Please feel free to comment here.

I think I am qualfied, motivated, and passionate enough to have a positive effect on LiveJournal and be a fair representative of the different types of users that LJ has.

Thanks

By the way: If anyone would like to help me with graphics or badges for this endeavor.... I would be very appreciative.
lordandrei: (Default)
I've spent several weeks thinking about this since the initial announcement.

LiveJournal, Inc is in the process of assembling an Advisory Board.

This board will have elected two members from the LiveJournal user membership.

The reasons leading up to this decision were based on my qualifications:

1) I have been an active user of LiveJournal for over 5 years. I established my account in October 2001.
2) I have been researching and developing in the technology area of "Social Networking" for about 20 years.
3) My net based experience actually goes back 30 years.
4) I am for the most part... sane

Interestingly, I don't consider myself the average user. But I consider myself a typical user.

If you have any questions, suggestions, reservations, etc... please feel free to ask.

Granted, there isn't a whole lot of details yet on the position or the election process. So... Once more information comes out, I will either elabourate or withdraw. My guess at this point will be that it will confirm what I believe they are looking for.

Okay.. that's my two cents. Back to work at the office.
lordandrei: (Default)
6 Apart and LiVEJOURNAL (I hate the capitalization from the logo) announced new child safe policies and tools for the site.

The full post (and 3800+ and growing comments) can be found in lj_biz

New functionality opens up a big can of "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" these factors once again feed into an innate problem of LJ.

opinions, analysis, and so forth... )

P.S.: Yes.. New default icon to distract you from the actual content of this post.
lordandrei: (Default)
Though mind you.. the pop up 'toast' dialog in the posting window...

A bit disturbing.
lordandrei: (Default)
It looks like the November News is in:

Comment editing now works
Facebook connection.

See the link for more.
lordandrei: (Default)
i won't make this one of the official Blogathon posts because it'd be cheating in my opinion. Especially since this way leads to filtered posts that are not world viewable and thus not really blogathon valid.

But.. I have added a whole slew of new journals... So before I make 'other' posts... I wanted to add this note again...

Usually, when I make this post, it means I'm intending to (though as is my nature, likely not to follow up with a) post to one of these filtered groups I have.

Unfortunately if you want to be on these filters you have to do 5 things.

1) Have a livejournal account.

2) Go to my Administrivia posting which describes my filters (at least the ones I want people to know about)

3) Check off the ones you would like to be on. (Or off if you're a bored old timer.)

4) Make a comment to that post that you've made selections. (You don't need to say in the comments which ones you've chosen. Actually for privacy, you probably shouldn't. I can read it in the poll) But commenting tells me to look at the poll for your current list.

5) Important: Don't be disappointed if you don't see anything. Some of the filters are used rarely. Some you won't be put on despite asking. (OTO for example requires me to know that you're an initiate.)

Sounds like a lot.. But it keeps me just that inch further away from insanity.

Thanks! **Waves**
lordandrei: (Default)
So every 4-8 months I try to post this.

Usually, when I make this post, it means I'm intending to (though as is my nature, likely not to follow up with a) post to one of these filtered groups I have.

Unfortunately if you want to be on these filters you have to do 5 things.

1) Have a livejournal account.

2) Go to my Administrivia posting which describes my filters (at least the ones I want people to know about)

3) Check off the ones you would like to be on. (Or off if you're a bored old timer.)

4) Make a comment to that post that you've made selections. (You don't need to say in the comments which ones you've chosen. Actually for privacy, you probably shouldn't. I can read it in the poll) But commenting tells me to look at the poll for your current list.

5) Important: Don't be disappointed if you don't see anything. Some of the filters are used rarely. Some you won't be put on just for asking. (OTO for example requires me to know that you're an initiate.)

Sounds like a lot.. But it keeps me just that inch further away from insanity.

Thanks! **Waves**
lordandrei: (Why me?!?!?)
So, if it's not obvious... my relationship with LJ has been (in a word) neglectful.

This isn't really anything new... it's been at least 4 years in the making. No really, I did the research. (Cool link)

Which is strange. I like having and giving an opinion. I just haven't.

Posting has become difficult. Work keeps me very busy. So reading and posting at work is unlikely. This of course is coupled with the fact that there isn't a whole lot I'm doing right now at work that I can really give details about. The major facts are out there (yes, Microsoft is shipping an all new version of Microsoft Office for Mac in the second half of 2007)

The smaller details? That's either NDA intellectual property or sufficiently geekish-mac-msft-tech than no one would really appreciate it.

Geeky on the side, I'm playing with Wikis and I really love it.

So.. what about non-work life?

Well, as everyone warned me... I don't have much of a non-work life.

I have life with a nigh-toddler.

Don't get me wrong. Boy fills me with love, happiness, yadda*3.

But he does so at what often-times feels like a cost of everything else.

So... why aren't I Posting more?

Well, the Happy takes up a lot of time and I really don't want to cut into the Happy to post about it. I don't even get to post about the Happy when relaxing over Chai. (Yes, that was an inside joke. You can ask me al about it some other time)

And then there's the non-happy. I don't post about that either. LJ is a wonderful tool. I still to this day adore it, but it's gained such a horrible reputation for being the dumping ground of teen-young adult angst and drama.

So, posting only the annoyances doesn't seem right either.

Side note: I often consider how individual people interact with me. I basically contemplate what I say to specific people to make sure, I'm not always behaving one specific way for one person.

So, yes... There's been happy. There's been not-so-happy. There's been life as a new parent. There's been the pursuit of feeling like me and feeling that me is supposed to be around. There's been feelings of complete disconnect.

There's been me.

I keep IM open as much as I can. It's pretty much my cell phone. (The latter of which I can now report is once again working) But I don't have time to engage people socially. I can interact... but I just don't have the time (and on some level the motivation) to try to create a conversation online. I'm more than willing to participate in them... but sadly, I am primarily messaged by spammers.

Happily, the people close to me in my life have kept me far saner over the last few weeks than they know. And I am thrilled for each of them. I am pretty sure they each know who they are. They have also IM'ed me from time to time.

I'd like to post more. I'd like to make some grand statement that I'm going to start posting more. But this is also part of what is in my life at the moment. Great intention and absolutely horrific follow-thru. Right now, don't let Andrei agree to anything. I suppose it's just safer that way.

Here's hoping July improves a notch.

Written last evening about 4:30 pm.
lordandrei: (Default)
So every 4-8 months I try to post this.

I sometimes (well, rarely) make posts to filters. These filters are things that just will not make the main public page... ever.

Unfortunately if you want to be on these filters you have to do 5 things.

1) Have a livejournal account. (Which makes me feel really bad for Cindee until she hunkers down and bites the bullet.) {Your Auntie Andrei will always love you.}

2) Go to my Administrivia posting which describes my filters (at least the ones I want people to know about)

3) Check off the ones you would like to be on. (Or off if you're a bored old timer.)

4) Make a comment to that post that you've made selections. (You don't need to say in the comments which ones you've chosen. Actually for privacy, you probably shouldn't. I can read it in the poll) But commenting tells me to look at the poll for your current list.

5) Important: Don't be disappointed if you don't see anything. Some of the filters are used rarely. Some you won't be put on just for asking. (OTO for example requires me to know that you're an initiate.)

Sounds like a lot.. But it keeps me just that inch further away from insanity.

Thanks! **Waves**

Updating...

Sep. 4th, 2006 07:34 am
lordandrei: (Default)
Some of you knew we had [info]freeman_spawn. Yesterday, the journal became [livejournal.com profile] aiden_freeman.

For fun I'm trying to put updates there as often as I can. (Which knowing my sleep schedule means.. I have no idea.) New post and picture up this morning.

Also for fun... trying not to use my voice on the posts. This also might mean either of us may do the posting.

Well, back to sleep soon. Need my rest so as not to sleep while driving us home.

[profile]
lordandrei: (Default)
That the site TopBlogArea.com today considers me the 14th top Personal blog.

Ahh, the joy of new blog tracking sites. Zzzzzz

LJ IM

Aug. 4th, 2006 06:50 am
lordandrei: (what is that?)
Oh dear... the two great tastes that taste great together. While I don't have LJ open very often... I do live off of IM. This could be very.... very bad. If you haven't seen it by now... Look at: ljtalk for more info.
lordandrei: (Why me?!?!?)
Starting this month are loyalty pics. One user pic for every 3 months you pay for LJ. Permanent accounts get 32 automatically.

Truthfully, I really don't have that many pictures to denote: emotion, fandom, attitude.

But hey... Mr LiveJournal.. After 5 years can we raise the 150 interest cap? HUH?

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