April 16th, 2001

  • jnala

LiveJournal needs a manual!

LiveJournal is a complex piece of software that needs a manual. Poking around in the FAQ and hitting other people's journals works well up to a point, but we're past that point -- there's just too much to know.

The manual needs to discuss how to get started, how to use the clients, how to find other people, how to manage friends lists, how to start, join, and use communities and topics, how to use more advanced features such as styles and themes and polls, how to learn more, use support, make suggestions, and different ways to volunteer in the community (coding, support, writing).

That's just off the top of my head. I'm probably missing stuff.

To make this happen, we'd need a sufficiently nitpicky volunteer to edit the thing, a sufficiently tenacious volunteer to maintain it (track LJ changes and get sections added or updated as needed), and a bunch of volunteers who are sufficiently dedicated to learn everything about feature X and write a clear and concise manual section about it.

Now, this should be do-able. We have lots of talented volunteers, we certainly have no shortage of people who like to write :-), and thanks to LiveJournal's community feature, we have a great way to organize effort. (And it'd make nice resume fodder for anyone interested in tech writing...)

Unfortunately I can't volunteer to coordinate the effort, because I'm already overcommitted between LJ code work and real-job work; so this will only happen if someone volunteers to step up and run the project.

So. Who's in?

A couple of big milestones...

Sometime around Friday afternoon, looks like we blew past 100,000 users... It took us only 74 days to go from 50,000 users to 100,000 users, with little to no real promotion. That is insane crazy growth. I used to say we doubled in size every three months (90 days)... then I started saying every 80 days... and now I have to adjust that again, I guess. Blogger was twice our size when we were at 50,000 users... and they're 50% larger than us at 100,000 users... I suspect we will be about even when we hit 200,000 users in, say, another 74 days or so. One area where we already clobber Blogger is in the number of posts per day. Dunno... I guess people just like using LiveJournal more. ;-)

Also, on Sunday, we topped 1000 new users in a single day... a new record. I suspect we might beat that today, though. Not too shabby, eh?
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  • gregw

What does everyone think

of this story? I thought Trellix already had technology that would do what Blogger does (that is, write content then use a special agent to update your site), but I guess this was too simple for what Trellix was created to do, which is to allow large groups of individuals to manage a web site's content.

Where would LJ fit in such a scheme? We certainly have examples of people using the LJ code on Intranet and perhaps personal Internet servers (a la slashcode), but is LJ in a position, business-wise, to be licensed like this? I'm not too familiar with the internals of the GPL, but can we even 'license' GPL'd software like LJ?