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running, bomb tech

Title
Tools to mitigate aggressive community invitation behavior

Short, concise description of the idea
Community invitations are a means of contact which can be used for evil, but shouldn't be.

Full description of the idea
Most community invitations are legitimate or accidental. Some community invitations are a form of unwanted contact or spammy.

Make sure there isn't a loophole where aggressive promoters can send invitations and then rescind them quickly to generate more notifications than they're entitled to.

Create a way for users to report invitations (especially rescinded invitations) as unwanted.

An ordered list of benefits
  • Users won't have to turn off notifications for community invitations and potentially miss out on legit invitations just to avoid flooding with bogus ones
  • Less gaming the system
  • Consequences for communities which are doing this thing
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • There's already a setting to turn off notifications of invitations.
  • Unhappy maintainers
  • If someone is invited accidentally, they may think it's spammy even though it was actually accidental
1st April 2016 @ 09:42 am - Support secure connections by default
feet

Title
Support secure connections by default

Short, concise description of the idea
All connections to LiveJournal should be over HTTPS, not HTTP; all email from LiveJournal should be via secure connection, not insecure.

Full description of the idea
Insecure web connections are becoming very dangerous.

They do not only secure browsing; they largely eliminate the risk of code injection and drive-by exploits.

Please secure all web connections to LiveJournal, not just the login part. Require https. It's faster, too!

This includes outbound email; LJ comment notifications often contain sensitive information and links, but are one of the few emails I receive that are still transmitted in the clear.

Here is additional background:
https://scotthelme.co.uk/still-think-you-dont-need-https/

An ordered list of benefits
  • Contents of communication are private between LJ and the viewer.
  • Much lower risk of malicious content injection. I hate the thought of having my readers getting their computer hacked just for viewing my blog.
  • HTTPS is now faster than HTTP, in some cases almost twice as fast.
  • Browsers show warnings to users for insecure connections, scaring away potential readers.
  • Google has already started ranking insecure websites lower than secure ones; this harms the LJ brand.
  • Some major browsers (e.g., Chrome) are disabling some features for insecure connections.
  • Let's Encrypt offers free, public, and automated SSL/TLS certificates.
    https://letsencrypt.org/
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • Changing over will require development effort, and require LiveJournal to acquire and maintain a signing certificate.
  • Introduces overhead on the server-side (of less than 1% CPU load).
25th February 2016 @ 02:56 pm - filter banned users from friend-of-friend feed

Title
filter banned users from friend-of-friend feed

Short, concise description of the idea
Ideally, entries and comments from banned users should not be seen anywhere (short of going to their journal directly). Barring that, at least filter them from foaf.

Full description of the idea
LJ already filters the user's direct friends from the friend-of-friend feed (/friendsfriends), so the functionality is there. I'd like the banned users to be included into that filter as well

An ordered list of benefits
  • Banning a user clearly means that the person doing the banning does not want to see anything from that user; the foaf feed is closer to the friends page than to simply wandering around the site looking at random journals; so, this would move LJ in the direction of better consistency in handling the entries from banned users
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • technically - none I can see; the code is already there, it should be a simple enough fix
  • wrt policy - I'm having a hard time imagining that by flipping the default from "seeing banned users" to "not seeing banned users" would upset anyone, but if you want to be extra nice, make the behavior configurable
frank sinatra, mercedes-benz, mb 230sl automatic

Title
Please add IP address and time of the comment in mail notifiaction template

Short, concise description of the idea
Current mail notifications does not contain:
* Full time stamp of the comment
* IP address of comment poster, even if you had enabled to save IP addresses

Full description of the idea
Please add IP address and time of the comment in mail notifiaction template

Current mail notifications does not contain:
* Full time stamp of the comment
* IP address of comment poster, even if you had enabled to save IP addresses

So,
1) you are not able to search by IP address in mail notifications archive
2) you are not able to see anything, if comment was removed by a guy who had posted it (you have the text, but not IP address and timestamp)

An ordered list of benefits
  • 1. You will be able to see IP address immediately, in notification.
    2. You will be able to search by IP address in mail notification archive
    3. You will see exact timestamp in notification
    etc
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • There is no any problems/issues.
    It is easy to do, just modify notifcation template, inserting a few entries - IP address and timestamp
12th December 2015 @ 09:58 am - Repost any post
wyvern

Title
Repost any post

Short, concise description of the idea
Extend the repost feature from communities to all posts

Full description of the idea
Tumblr has been getting worse every release, giving LJ a chance to reclaim lost users. The main feature that Tumblr has over LJ right now the ability to repost any other post and add text and new tags.

Currently, LJ can only do this to a post within a community. I would extend this to any post and add a locking mechanism that can be applied to posts so people can disallow their posts to be reposted if they want.

An ordered list of benefits
  • Allows content to be spread more widely
  • Switches reposting from an author choice to a reader choice, allowing readers to interact with content
  • Makes LJ more competitive in the social media market
  • The locking mechanism would allow authors to control how their content is used
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • Users would see multiple copies of the same post in their Feed potentially. They may wish to have an option to turn reposts off, so their feed is only ever original content.
3rd August 2015 @ 01:31 pm - Tumblr as an option for commenting.
SAKURAI SHO ♥♥♥ [main]

Title
Tumblr as an option for commenting.

Short, concise description of the idea
There should be a feature that allows users to comment using their Tumblr account.

Full description of the idea
While adding Tumblr to the list of account you can use to comment with will certainly be easier for some people, it will also allow more people in becoming interested in LiveJournal itself. This option of commenting on posts in LiveJournal using a Tumblr account should be allowed for a busier and more inclusive network.

An ordered list of benefits
  • More people will be using LiveJournal.
  • The dead communities may be revived with those people who have Tumblr account now because of how easy and efficient it will be for them to use.
  • There will be a better sense of community. If one person sees an account that is familiar they can find each other on other networks thus creating a stronger bond.
  • You can easily find the bots or "trolls" that are making sock puppet accounts that may be harmful to the website through this form of ID.
  • Users can have a better sense of who they are speaking with.
  • For users on the go and who are very busy, this can be a faster and efficient way from their mobile devices.
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • There will be some stimulation aspect for the other website/social media site as well such as is the case for many different platforms of social media. Those that find this through LiveJournal may be interested in creating a Tumblr account as well.
12th July 2015 @ 04:18 pm - Ban notification
barsik

Title
Ban notification

Short, concise description of the idea
Add new category "ban" to notifications page.

Full description of the idea
There are many useful categories in the page http://www.livejournal.com/manage/settings/?cat=notifications such as "Someone adds me as a friend", "Someone removes me from their Friends list", etc.

New category "Someone banned me" will be so useful for social relations.

Notification to sent should contain username which issued ban command. In case of community ban there should be corresponding community name included in notification.

An ordered list of benefits
  • Currently there is no handy way to know if someone had banned you, and when. User who had banned another user usually doesn't notify him about ban action nor explain it. Often one realize the very fact of ban too late.
  • With proposed notification category interested user will be always aware who banned him and when.
  • In community with many moderators it will make clear which one had banned you, and that may help in appeal procedure.
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • Seems there is no problems with my proposal.
5th April 2015 @ 09:38 am - Current Reading
Standard

Title
Current Reading

Short, concise description of the idea
Expand "current location", "current mood", and "current music" to include "current reading".

Full description of the idea
As above, expanding FAQ item 32. http://www.livejournal.com/support/faq/32.html

An ordered list of benefits
  • Readers of a journal will be able to see what a person is currently reading and perhaps will be inspired to comment or read the same text.
  • Journal writers will have a record of what they have been reading and when.
  • Social psychologists may conduct correlations on music, reading, location, and mood ;)
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • Adds another item to the list, which some may dislike (but it's optional).
  • Writers may have to determine which of their stack of books constitutes "current reading".
23rd February 2015 @ 01:43 am - Why can't I track prompts/comments?
Grumpy Cat Vincent Van Gogh

Title
Why can't I track prompts/comments?

Short, concise description of the idea
Whenever I go to track a comment/prompt in a kinkmeme it always has me following the entire post/ALL the prompts rather than the specific comment/prompt I wish to follow.

Full description of the idea
Say I go to the Sherlock BBC Prompting Meme (http://sherlockbbc-fic.livejournal.com/) and I see a prompt on there I really like and want to track. When I click on the "track this" icon it takes me to a page where I can choose the options to notify me for whenever somebody comments on ANYTHING in the ENTIRE post. I don't want to be bombarded by alerts whenever someone else posts another prompt or comments about a different prompt on the post, I just want to be notified when there is a fill or new comment about THAT SPECIFIC prompt.

An ordered list of benefits
  • My inbox/email isn't flooded with pages of updates to prompts/comments I don't care about.
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • None that I can foresee.
4th August 2014 @ 07:54 pm - Cross Post to Google Plus
8Doc, Paul McGann

Title
Cross Post to Google Plus

Short, concise description of the idea
I would like to be able to post a link to my journal entry on Google Plus.

Full description of the idea
Currently, only Facebook has an option to allow for posting a link to an entry. I would like to be able to post it to Google Plus, too.

An ordered list of benefits
  • More places and individuals would be able to view the posts that are made. This brings in more traffic.
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • Getting permission from Google Plus to allow the cross posting option.
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