December 4th, 2000

James Dean - Mannequin

* For your viewing pleasure*

Ok not done yet but I figured I would post what I do have right now... Gives me time to work on the others while you all check out the ones that I have so far.

Remember, the main thing that I did was run them through some grammar checkers and try to catch the obvious. I'm not bothered if you find a million things wrong with them - that is why we do it this way after all... Helping each other with what we can. So have fun! :P

Before you check them out:
~ User pics shows up as a new FAQ because I combined the info on uploading your user pic with multiple user pic info. Same with music, how to add current music and how does it work were combined so I named it NEW. All of this is really just for me to keep track of it on my HD. I realize that user pics (and how to get started) are long but not sure if they should be broken up or not).

~ These are just txt files, not formatted since the FAQ upload interface will automatically change URLs to active links, etc.

~ I sort of had my own little - makes sense to me but no one else - way of working on these so yes I know there are some that say (LINK TO FAQ HERE) or something similar. This is because I did bounce around while working on them and now just need to go back in and add the actual links.

~ I know that much of this is undergoing changes (mood stuff, etc)... As things change, we can change them - but until then they should work.

~ The names on the text files are really just for my knowledge, so that I could link them on my site in a way that makes sense to ME. On the actual LJ site they are just assigned a number so you can ignore my lame txt file names.

~ What all should go in Journal settings? (e-mail notification, how to turn off message boards, the modify info, link to developer area?)

~ What should go under Friend list issues? Brad seemed to have fixed them. (info on different time zones and why some will show up as say Monday and then the next one Sunday, scrolling because of large pics and unbroken text?)

~ What should go under Journal appearance issues? (time/date issues, scrolling caused by pics and unbroken text, links to the modify / developer stuff. ?)

~ Under the specific client software section - aside from getting started/where to download what if anything should go there? Hey Linux and Mac users - send me ANY info that you think needs to go under those two! I warned you all I am a Windows loser :P

~ I tried to keep them as simple as possible - I'm a simple person, I learned in college English courses that making anything over say a 6th grade level is often bad because you never know who will read something, and I was married to a tech for a few years (even to me he would explain everything as "now do you know where this is? click it - do not double click though") - but if anything seems too complicated or something just tell me.

~ Still working on the other ones... Should be done tonight or tomorrow. Will post more when they are all done - this should keep you all busy though. Patrick - I still have yours right with the others - don't want you to think I forgot about ya :)

Ok, now that I have all of that stuff said: here ya go.

* For Mark more than anyone else - as it is right now the FAQ updating is done from a web interface (so far usually by me, Brad, Patrick) and then assigned its number and put under the different headings (in a certain order? not sure how that part works). So, by me putting it up on my site for viewing the HTML all makes sense and is easy to edit... As far I as know, we currently (or I anyway) have no way to select the order on the actual LJ page since there is no real way to edit anything but the FAQ itself... when doing the coding for my site I did it with nice boring local tags (example <a href="NEW-creating.txt">Getting Started</a> tags. For the actual LJ site would it need to be the full URL, a local link as I used for this sample, some other way of doing it? Also the FAQ web update interface shows not just a heading for it to fall under but also a Spot for typing the question into... how will that affect this? If I were to update from where I do now... It would not really work with the new page design that you did... Is that changing as well? Once they are done will I need to just turn them into a simple html file so that they will work? or upload each FAQ with the name as it appears on the page you created so that they will show up that way? Hmm, if this doesn't make sense e-mail me... I think I just confused even myself ;)

* For Roshi - double check the userpic one and make sure I have everything in there that you wanted.

* For you all - Like I said earlier if you find anything in here that is not right / doesn't look right / annoys you / whatever please let me know. You can post here or you can E-mail me.
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  • roshi

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Hello. Mark just added me after I kind of volunteered to help with images and userpics and so on. After reading what's in here, I already have a couple of ideas.

A lot of people sign up for journals and never update them. They only sign up so they can comment on other journals - whether they be journals of their friends, or of people they like to pick on. Disabling anonymous posting prevents a lot of abuse, but if the abusive type is really dedicated they'll just sign up and go from there.

My idea is this. Create "Commenter" accounts for people who like to comment, but never actually post in their journal. Email the existing users who have never updated, notifying them of this. even though it is another username and password, I think this will use less server space than an entire journal, even if it is empty. An empty journal still has a calendar, friends page, recent page and profile. If we give people the option to have a comments account [for free i guess] this might free up some usernames and space on the servers.

One thing that i think should be compulsory with these comments accounts, should they ever be used, would be that the user AGREES not to abuse people. i can understand basic conflicts of opinion, but people trolling lj just to find someone to swear at should be grounds for account deletion.

that brings me to another idea - which might sound really sucky to some of you - but I think it would be a good idea to have like a neighbourhood watch thing. an abuse report page. i don't know how you would set it up exactly but it would be like a people's court. really abusive lj users who are repeat offenders would be warned, then deleted. i know you can ban certain users from posting in your lj, but that won't stop them from just finding someone else to rip on. i don't think that sort of behaviour is exactly [nice]. i can understand bitchiness and peole having little fights and things, but just out-of-the-blue comments about really mean stuff, discriminatory and offensive terms, sexism, racism etc. i don't care what other people write in their journal, but if the respond to my posts just to abuse me, well, i'd want to report them somehow....

and you all thought i was gonna post about images and styles...

styles, well, i do like making pages and organising the layout of them, but i'm not that great with the actual lj style editing interface. i don't know how to figure it out sometimes. i'll be making mock-ups of styles and if anyone wants to try making them into public styles, they're welcome to do so. i understand that there has to be more bonuses for paid accounts, as incentive for people to get paid accounts. i know you can edit your own styles if you have a paid account, but still, there should be a better selection of good, user friendly lj styles for the paid user. not everyone is a style genius, not everyone knows html. they just want to journal in peace, and for that journal to look good... so i'll try and do some rough plain html mock-ups of possible styles.

and if anyone does want an image edited or anything, just poke me, and i'll see what i can do.

woo. that's a lot of reading.


Idea Pool

All right I had this idea that emulates Mark's Talent Pool. I wanted to make a few more suggestions when I got to thinking...I don't want to have to post a new idea every time on lj_biz, so I got to thinking and I decided that in order to define a more definite place to post new, raw ideas we can call this the "Idea Pool". Then from here we take some of those ideas and develop them more and then post about them in the actual lj_biz. This could possible an area that we can sift through ideas and see what has already been implemented and what could use some work.

This Pool however would be something not to be read by the programmers, because some of these suggestions can be totally off the wall, and by using this method we can take the good ideas and present it to everyone, work it up a bit, then send it to the programmers. I've just noticed how some ideas get suggested and then Brad or Evan will post in response about the lack of source code or the overall improbability of an idea...this would be the pure thoughts melding here, kind of an effort to keep both sides of writing and coding happy without demanding too much from either aspect.

And besides...everyone can post a reply to this entry and post what they would like to see and suggest

  • steve


For all of you that don't know, I created (along with many others of course) the new TOS for LiveJournal. In it LJ is basically granted the right to terminate a person's account if they do one of a whole list of things. However, the feeling I've gotten is that LJ wants to remain free and does not want people to feel like their content is being censored. So really everything in the TOS is not strictly interpreted, but is more there to protect LiveJournal in the event that something really bad does happen. Tonight, I was checking on the support board, and I came across the following posts, here and
here. Both these posts have something to do with harassment of some type, and the best thing anyone can suggest is for the person to block the offending user. However, I think LJ should have an official page up on what to do if you feel you are being harassed. It could follow logical steps from blocking the user to contacting LJ and possibly the authorities. If the case is serious enough, LiveJournal should have a special e-mail address for such complaints (in the TOS it is listed as, I believe). This e-mail address will obviously get a significant amount of irrelevant mail, but someone should be going through for complaints that are a) intelligent and b) seemingly valid. Then it would be up to the discretion of that person whether action should be taken.