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30th April 2003 
Summer Glau

Title
Add a message when buying paid accounts for friends

Short, concise description of the idea
Tha ability to add a short message to be sent to the recipient along with the account upgrade notification email.

Full description of the idea
When you buy a paid account for a friend, you might want to include a short message to send to them when they get notification of their upgrade - similar to sticking a gift tag onto a present. I am assuming that the email says something along the lines of "You have received a gift of 12 months paid account time from LiveJournal user nik_w" (or "from a LiveJournal user who chose to remain anonymous"). Therefore, you could just add "They also included the following message with this gift:" followed by the message entered into the box.

An ordered list of benefits

  • Happier paid account recipients
  • Happier paid account buyers (if they think like me anyway)
  • There may be people who would consider buying paid accounts for others due to this addition
  • An ordered list of problems/issues involved

  • Someone would have to code this (I've not looked at the code for this, but I should be able to do it if necessary)
  • Takes up more space in the database
  • Longer account upgrade notification emails
  • An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation

  • a few new lines of perl
  • a new column in the database where this information is stored (especially for delayed delivery)
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