Ressurect the Portal; Start Using It.
Short, concise description of the idea
If one is logged in, have the portal be the first thing that comes up on livejournal.com; move the session/permanent cookie to that page.
Full description of the idea
As it stands, the portal is only available -- to my knowledge -- by going to it specifically at http://www.livejournal.com/portal/. Personally, I found it a great idea. Logged-in users don't necessarily need information about the project, or how to create their own journal, or how to update their own. 'Edit Friends', 'Edit Personal Information', 'Edit Journal Entries', etc. could be moved to a few rows of text -- or, a new minibox. If the former, I suggest we do it like Yahoo! does theirs under their search box. For other things found on the main page, move them to the sidebar. Possibly include a link to the 'real' front page, by using the existing Home link on the purple bar by "News", "Help". Also, a choice in User Info(?) between current and portal-style home page would be good.
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