Site modifier in lj user tag
Short, concise description of the idea
Include site modifiers in lj user tags.
Full description of the idea
When we type in <lj user="username">, it would be nice if we could call a username for a site that is non-LJ. For example, on Dreamwidth, while <user name="username"> will produce a DW-icon-username, one can put down <lj name="username" site="livejournal.com"> and get a LJ user instead of a DW user.
I don't want to be one of those "we should copy Dreamwidth" people, but this is one particular feature I like in Dreamwidth that I haven't been able to reproduce in LJ. If this is a stupid suggestion and the way to do this actually exists, I'd appreciate a how-to and apologize in advance for taking up time.
I checked suggestions and found http://community.livejournal.com/suggestions/818610.html but it has a different suggestion. While that suggestion talks about OpenID users already on LJ, I'm talking about linking to people on completely different sites who don't have any LJ-related usernames. [ETA June 30: It turns out dglenn has already written a great write-up here, two years ago!]
- Make it convenient for LJ users to link to other users from Insanejournal, Dreamwidth, Inksome, etc.
- Provide an incentive for LJ users to stay on LJ because of the above convenience.
- Show that Livejournal is also still a trailblazer on the LJ code base.
- Replacement of core coding (but if DW can do it, why can't LJ?) [ETA June 30: Especially since with the same code base, LJ could just implement DW's code patch...]