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May 23rd, 2008

ETA: Let's try this again.

If you're not a member of fandom and you're not going to be voting for one of the ten people we are discussing, go somewhere else to discuss your candidate. I want this comments section on-topic. I have no desire to wade through anything extraneous in this community.

Any conversation not fitting these parameters will find the commenter banned without notice. This community is centered around discussing these ten candidates and NO ONE AND NOTHING ELSE. It's. Not. That. Hard.

If you're going to talk about a person, keep it positive. If you have negative things to say about a person, keep it to your friends/flists.

This is especially true when it concerns a person that is not even in the running for this community's votes. Keep it clean, keep it to the ten people we are actually considering and save anything else for your personal journals. Thank you.

Mini F.A.Q.

Question: What is fandom_votes?
Answer: We are a community of members of fandom trying to get a member of fandom elected to the LJ Advisory Board.

Question: So why are you trying to make people vote for a certain person?
Answer: We're not. The moderator of this community knows none of the people running and as such, has no personal bias. But as a voting *bloc*, if we (fandom) can come to a general consensus on one candidate, we can have a member of fandom on the Advisory Board.

We *heartily encourage* an open discussion. We want to really *understand* the differences between the candidates' platforms. This isn't a popularity contest - we want to find out who is going to best be able to articulate, defend and understand fannish interests.

Our baseline is that a member of fandom has the best understanding of fannish interests, and now, we need to build from there.

Question: What do I do?
Answer: READ THROUGH HERE. There's five steps on what we need to do in order to get a pro-fandom, in fandom candidate selected.

Then come back here!

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Fannish Endorsements, Opinions and Candidate Discussion:

If you want to summarize/promote certain things about your favorite candidate, here's the place to do it. This is an open discussion.

You can find links to all of the candidates platforms here. There's also a few relevant posts in ljunited.

Please note that we are only considering pro-fandom candidates that are in fandom for this community. If you wish to vote differently, that is obviously your prerogative. (You can check out the poll linked below for the names of the candidates we are considering.)

Please feel free to comment on this post if you have anything you'd like to weigh in on for a particular candidate. Think of this as fannish endorsement time. If you've made a post saying why you think so and so is awesome, head your comment with the name of the person you really like, and link us.

Let's keep it all positive. If you have negative things to say about a person, keep it to your friends/flists. I don't feel like watching this get scary, you know? If there's something you don't like about a candidate's *position* though - well. Fair game.

NOTE: We also welcome the candidates themselves to come in here and say whatever they'd like. If the candidates see a certain question or something to address about their platform, they're welcome to comment to other users well. This is meant to be a kind of neutral ground atmosphere, and we welcome their comments.

If you've already voted, you should be able to change your vote (should you wish to), by editing the poll. I'll tell you how to do that when the time comes.

Read through the links to the various candidate platforms, and the threads here in order to figure out who your favorite candidate is.

Then, vote in Round One. This poll will be open until 11:59 p.m. CST Sunday, May 25th, so read and think fast, my people!

We'll narrow down our choices to two options, and then?

Well, it's like Highlander. There can only be One.
Don't know who to vote for? Find candidate platforms, open discussion and fannish endorsements RIGHT HERE.

We heartily encourage conversation and discussion on that post so that you can figure out who you think is going to best articulate, defend and understand fannish interests. In other words? Know who you are voting for. Blind votes don't help anyone here, people!

Then come back to this post and vote.

This poll will be open until 11:59 p.m. CST Sunday, May 25th.

Only pro-fandom candidates who are actually in fandom will be considered for fandom_votes purposes.

If you are not a member of fandom, please do not vote. (Seriously, just go set up your own voting bloc comm, nobody here is going to stop you.)

The top two vote-getters as of this poll's closing will enter into a run off election. This will run from midnight CST on Monday, May 26th until 11:59 p.m. CST Tuesday, May 27th.

We will all then vote for the winner of that poll in the formal LJ election poll from midnight CST Wednesday, May 28th until polls close on LiveJournal at 9:00 p.m. PDT Thursday, May 29, 2008.

(ETA: gfemale is actually qfemale. And solitaire is sollitaire. I was apparently having spelling issues yesterday. Apologies!)

Fandom Votes, round one!

51(13.7%)
1(0.3%)
1(0.3%)
120(32.2%)
1(0.3%)
10(2.7%)
177(47.5%)
1(0.3%)
6(1.6%)
2(0.5%)
Dude, you totally missed someone that is pro-fandom and in fandom. I'm writing them in in the box below.
3(0.8%)

My pro fandom, in fandom candidate of choice is:

I believe in goal-setting!

I've decided to set a goal for fandom_votes.




- 110/128 members/watchers noon on 05.24.

I want us to have 1,000 members in this community by next week Tuesday. I want (minimally) 1,000 votes for *one person* on Wednesday. Wouldn't that be cool? (Answer: YES.)

I think it's an absolutely realistic goal, and if you wanted to show how much I'm *underestimating* fandom, well. I'd welcome it. *grins*

Please take a look at the discussion post and add your own thoughts.

When we get down to two candidates, or have a better idea of who our two candidates are, I'm thinking I'll see if they're perhaps up for a few questions or a post or something. (I make no promises on their behalf or anything though, and have no idea if anything will come of it, to be totally clear.) I'm just throwing it out there and saying I'm open for any suggestions on how to run a productive discussion in all this. There's no reason we can't have a bit of fun here.

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