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23 June 2010 @ 09:42 am
Our heartfelt thanks to the LiveJournal Advisory Board  
It is with much gratitude that we wish to announce that we'll be retiring the LiveJournal Advisory Board at the expiration of the current members' positions, in June, 2010. We are indebted to our current and past advisory members for donating their time, expertise, and passion to help steer the direction of LiveJournal. We could never have gotten where we are without them. We have outgrown the ability to rely upon a part-time board of volunteer advisors to make efficient business-critical decisions.

We will continue to welcome input from all of our users and are committed to being as transparent and responsive as possible to our users' evolving needs and wishes.
 
 
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Kentkent on June 23rd, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
I especially appreciated our silent user representatives.
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Clare: labyrinthclara_ty on June 23rd, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
I'm fond of the "big name" advisory board members who were completely silent as well.

Without sarcasm: thank you to Kyle for at least trying to make something out of this total joke.
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.wolfsilveroak on June 24th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
Without sarcasm: thank you to Kyle for at least trying to make something out of this total joke.


This.

Kyle is the only LJ Advisory board member who routinely kept the users up to date on what he knew about. He's done an outstanding job.
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CharlieMC: disturbingcharliemc on June 23rd, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure why this board was created in the first place. But why not 'retire' it, considering it never did anything to begin with?

LiveJournal users aren't stupid and don't appreciate being treated as if they are. Many of us have been here for years and are very familiar with the beginnings of LJ. We'll continue to expect LiveJournal to HEAR our suggestions, HEAR our needs and RESPOND to us. That's simply good customer service, after all.

And many of us do PAY for this service, so it's reassonable to want to be heard.

That's all I have to add to what's already been said by very observant people...
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Matthewemperor on June 23rd, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
expect? Wish, perhaps...
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Schmuckyschmuckythecat on June 23rd, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
Translation: LiveJournal in English is dying so we don't give a shit.
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the ill-tempered cavaliergillen on June 23rd, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
On the bright side, they're announcing an end to sham elections.
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pretty much the nostalgia chick: Dean - embarrassed!facepalmvikki on June 23rd, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
well, thanks for that.
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Sophiesoph on June 23rd, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
We could never have gotten where we are without them. We have outgrown the ability to rely upon a part-time board of volunteer advisors to make efficient business-critical decisions.


Did I seriously just see you say that while you consider that it was only through the board that you got to the point where you are, you think it can no longer be relied on to give useful advice? Is that really what you're saying?

I would consider carefully what you say.

Edited at 2010-06-23 10:56 pm (UTC)
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Skittish Eclipse: girfoxfirefey on June 23rd, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
While the sentences you're quoting in this instance are pretty much tact-pablum rather than actual information, neither are they intrinsically shocking or insulting. In general, a person or organization can take great benefit from a situation that they later outgrow. Like living in your parents house while growing up, or using a really kickass virtual server service until you need your own dedicated servers, or somebody getting emotionally stable enough to no longer need to go a therapist, or having a really great friend in high school that doesn't translate well into college.
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..there are squirrels in my head...elionwyr on June 24th, 2010 12:19 am (UTC)
I'm very glad kylecassidy was elected into this position, and very sad that the apparent response to having a competent, active, pro-user board member is to dismantle the board.

Thank you, Kyle.

We will continue to welcome input from all of our users and are committed to being as transparent and responsive as possible to our users' evolving needs and wishes.

As a paying member of LJ for years now, the ONLY people I've ever felt listened to and responded to has been Kyle, zarhooie, and azurelunatic - all of whom are volunteers. I hope THAT is the lesson you're taking from the LJ Advisory Board experience.

But, hey. If you're saying you welcome input and want to be responsive, let me take this opportunity to repeat the request I've made over and over and over:

Inform your user base of changes you're making before you make them.
We shouldn't have to hear things through the grapevine, or because someone catches a change in code, or because you make a statement to the press before you make a statement to your users.

(And yes, I'm a paid user, and have been for years.)
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the_delithedeli on June 24th, 2010 12:51 am (UTC)
I heard the Knights of Malta will also be disbanding. Anybody else?
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Rob Vincent: darkplace - nodrob_t_firefly on June 24th, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
I hear tell the government of the Confederate States of America is considering calling it quits.
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Not Your Token Brown Friend: Fridafire_fly on June 24th, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
Only you could show this much mealy-mouthed contempt for your users.
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Luke Jaywalkerluke_jaywalker on June 24th, 2010 05:04 am (UTC)
Not a PayPal user, I see.
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Xtina: evil grinthe_xtina on June 24th, 2010 06:11 am (UTC)
*ripsnort*
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zemhitchhiker on June 24th, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
zing!
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zandperl: xkcd - Fuck the Cosinezandperl on June 24th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
I love how they don't actually protect against seller fraud at all, that's my favorite part of PayPal.
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phyncke: Angry SU by mephyncke on June 24th, 2010 04:40 am (UTC)
You do need a board of directors with users on it. This is just silly. Really wrong.

I cannot believe this.
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aelfgyfu_meadaelfgyfu_mead on June 24th, 2010 11:50 am (UTC)
We have outgrown the ability to rely upon a part-time board of volunteer advisors to make efficient business-critical decisions.
Have you ever relied on them "to make efficient business-critical decisions"? I thought they existed to offer you users' perspectives, which you often seem unable to anticipate until you've announced a decision and felt the backlash. Perhaps the key is to listen more to the Advisory Board, before making "business-critical decisions", rather than simply ending the Board.
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Yáng Yuǎn Zhìadudeabides on June 25th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
Oh.

That thing's still around? o.0
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Sophiesoph on June 25th, 2010 04:42 am (UTC)
No.

At least, not any more.

(Well, okay, technically it will be until the end of the term, but, meh)
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