Public / Protected entries
Short, concise description of the idea
A way to tell people who are reading our journal that there is a friends-only entry available.
Full description of the idea
Here's the thing: to see a friends-only entry, the 'friend' has to be logged in, right? Ok... my problem with that is that most of the times you don't really log in when you go just reading journals, specially if you're using the client program (and click 'what are my friends doing?' -it doesn't log you in), so you don't even notice those entries there, unless the owner of the journal says something in a public post or you happen to have logged in before you went there... My suggestion would be to display something in the journal that says ''this is a friends only entry. please log in to read it if you're a friend.''. That way you know your friend has updated and you go there to read it if you want to... And here is where it would have to combine another suggestion I've seen here: There could be a link for the person to log in and then be directed to the entry they were trying to read. I mean, it wouldn't make much sense having to go all the way to the front page, loggin in, then coming back to the friend's journal to find the entry, would it? Also, this could be an optional feature (like: do you want your friends-only posts to be announced in the public journal? yes/no), since there are people who would prefer to keep their friends-only posts *really* secret. :) -> By the way, if there's a way that choice can be overriden for just one entry, it would be nice too. (ie, you chose not to announce the posts and for just one entry you want it done...) This works somewhat like some guestbooks that have private message options... you get there and it says it's a private message, and if you're the owner you can log in from there and read it. So I guess it's something that can be done...
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