mge (mge) wrote in lj_biz,

LiveJournal: Clean Code, Messy Site.

So Brad spends a weekend cleaning up the LiveJournal Code, and it becomes more apparent to me that while the code that runs LiveJournal may be clean (and lj_audit helping to get it even cleaner and documented) the rest of the site is in disarray.

A while back there was some discussion about cleaning up the main page. I think this is a good idea, but I don't think we should stop there.

I'd personally like it if the front page was more customizable then it currently is (I don't know how much of a server hit this would be). For example, I no longer need to know that Brad, Sam and Erik have integrated their LiveJournals into their own homepages. In fact to me, most of the first page (and the sidebar) is useless.

What I would want on the front page are the headlines from the newest posts in some communities I monitor (news, changelog, lj_biz, lj_dev, etc). Information on downtime, etc.

So who is with me? And who wants to do some actual work to figure out the best way to make the LiveJournal welcome page helpful for first time visitors, and to current members?

Evan are you still interested in doing a clean up of the main page? What would be the effect of allowing the welcome page to be more dynamic for registered users as far as server loads go?

LiveJournal is so large now that it will get confusing, but I'd like to help minimize that.

Comments? (ignore the typos, it's late)

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