badlydrawnjeff (badlydrawnjeff) wrote in suggestions,

Change how userpics are used

Change how userpics are used

Short, concise description of the idea
Right now, userpics appear to be governed by the keywords used when you have them set. They should instead be labeled by a non-changing number.

Full description of the idea
Right now, if you have multiple userpics with keywords, they're chosen and allocated by those keywords. Thus, if you have three userpics (we'll call them "happy," "sad," and "existential"), LiveJournal knows how to bring up the userpic by that keyword when you view a comment page or an older entry.

The problem lies in housekeeping. Let's say you have a picture of a cat who looks happy, and you upload that userpic. Now, you want to differentiate between your userpics, so you upload the new one as "happy kitty" and change the name of the other as "happy me." Any entry or comment tagged with "happy me" is now changed to the default userpic because the code apparently no longer recognizes the userpic - it's looking for "happy" when the image hasn't changed, only the keyword has.

I have an example here: I replied to a comment with my Raptor Jesus icon wearing a Santa hat. The keyword was misspelled as "Rapter," so I commented with the incorrect spelling, fixed the spelling, and now the image is my default icon.

This isn't a bug as much as something that I'd imagine has been overlooked in some way. Important? Nah, not terribly, but it would be a nice way to, for instance, make people look less foolish when they misspell the name of a common dinosaur.

An ordered list of benefits
  • Ease of userpic use.
  • Happy customers.
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • May be a huge revamping of comment code/userpic code/both.
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