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Userpic Keyword Renaming

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Userpic Keyword Renaming

Short, concise description of the idea
The ability to rename a keyword for a particular icon without changing all uses of the original keyword to a user's default icon.

Full description of the idea
This has been brought up once before in 2007 and again in 2008. I'm not sure what the necessary lapse time before resubmission is, but since Dreamwidth has recently implemented this, I thought it was worth a shot.

Many a time I realize months after uploading and use that I've left a typo in a userpic's keyword, or I just don't like the keyword in the first place. Fixing the typo (or otherwise changing the keyword) would result in every use of that userpic in the time since it was uploaded changing over to my default.

While I adore my default userpic, I would much rather be able to keep the original userpic in its original place, just with the corrected keyword, especially when it's been a long time since the userpic was uploaded. I could go back and manually replace all of the uses of the old userpic in posts, but you can't fix the userpics used in comments which have been replied to (or the ones in comments that haven't been replied to, if you're not a paid user).

It would be very useful to be able to rename a keyword so that all previous uses of that keyword/userpic would be preserved with the new keyword.

Dreamwidth's implementation allows the user to choose between replacing a keyword (what LiveJournal allows right now) or renaming a keyword, which would fix every old use of that keyword, by checking a box that shows up when you try to change a userpic's keywords.

An ordered list of benefits
  • Preserves old posts and comments. Sometimes a post/comment can come across very differently if it doesn't have the icon that was chosen attached to it.
  • Less angst involved in deciding if it's even worth changing a keyword
  • Dreamwidth has already implemented this, which might make it easier to do here.
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • Drain on LiveJournal's resources? I don't actually know what kind of pull this would have on databases/what-have-you.
  • I'm not positive whether Dreamwidth's implementation is something LiveJournal is willing/able to do.
  • Could confuse old and new users alike by changing the current functionality.
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