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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.

Comments

spare_change
May. 23rd, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
RM
I'd never heard of rm before the elections, but I really like her platform. Here's what I think sets her apart from the other candidates:

Fandom-specific issues

- She puts free speech issues foremost. She doesn't make any excuses for strikethrough, boldthrough, or LJ Abuse's treatment of breastfeeding moms.

My argument is for the broadest range of speech permissible under the laws of California (where LJ is incorporated). This level of free speech should be the right of all LJ users, regardless of location or topic. Political speech needs to be protected. Religious speech needs to be protected. Creative speech needs to be protected. If it's legal speech it should be permissible on LJ.

- She is the only candidate who is a member of OTW. (I'm not a fan of OTW personally, but I know a lot of fans find it very important.)

General LJ issues

- LJ needs to honor its original commitments made to the users. I value someone with a sense of LJ history, whose loyalty is in terms of its original community and that sense of promise. Specifically, rm supports the ongoing availability of free accounts and the right of every user to experience an ad-free LJ if they so choose.

- We need a system for dealing with abuse and other user concerns that is transparent and allows users to present their side of the case -- justice without defense or appeal is not justice. The Abuse Team's actions and policies need to be transparent and accountable to the users, and users need to be able to appeal and have a voice in their process.

- I have no personal friendships or loyalties to the staff or other powers that be. I would prefer someone who is not already entrenched in the LJ structure as it stands now.

- I love LJ with all my heart, but I am not a cheerleader. I will call it like I see it, and can be both diplomatic and aggressive. ... Everything that makes me not cuddly in most circumstances makes me perfect for this job.
nicocoer
May. 23rd, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
Re: RM
All are the reasons she came up in my top choices. yay free speech! (She's my Number two, though. . .)
zillah975
May. 24th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
Re: RM
She's my number one. I've already voted in the LJ elections, though, so I don't know that my vote counts - I'm not sure whether they're letting people change their votes.
spare_change
May. 24th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
Re: RM

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