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26th November 2007 
I'm a square

Title
Searchable Journals

Short, concise description of the idea
I would like to be able to search my own journal.
This is a feature I would pay for.

Full description of the idea
I would like to be able to search my entire journal for words, phrases, etc and have the search engine return a list of posts (title and date) containing the searched-for element.

This is something I would pay for if it allowed me to search my entire journal (from the first entry onward).

An ordered list of benefits
  • Members would pay for this service.
  • My LJ *is* my journal. After this many years, I can no longer remember enough detail to find particular entries using the archive calendar. I would like to search it.
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • I'm not a technical person but this would, obviously, cost money.
Me

Title
Syndication Improvements

Short, concise description of the idea
Several suggestions on making the syndication feature better.

Full description of the idea
Suggestion 1: When a Feedburner (feedburner.com) feed is syndicated, LiveJournal displays both the Feedburner and original URL to the article. It would be preferable that just one of the URLs is displayed, and that it is the Feedburner one. Example from the top 100 list: http://syndicated.livejournal.com/hascheezburger/

Suggestion 2: Disable comments on syndicated feeds:
1) As an external blog owner, I'm not notified when somebody comments on a feed item
2) These comments eventually disappear
3) I have no control over the comments which are associated with my content
4) Livejournal is 'stealing' the community away from my website.

Suggestion 3: If there is a link or image within the feed content that is relative to the domain, but does not include the domain, add it in. Google Reader does this.

An ordered list of benefits
  • Benefits webmasters by allowing them track statistics through Feedburner.
  • Benefits webmasters by keeping their community at their website.
  • Allows feeds to display better, and prevents broken links and images.
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • Loss of community features here at LiveJournal.


[Edit 2007-12-12]: Added supporting arguments for suggestion #2. Added formatting to clarify there were three separate syndication suggestions to this post.
marcus 2013

Title
add lj-user tag

Short, concise description of the idea
There should be an <lj-user="xxx"> tag as well as the existing <lj user="xxx"> tag, since this is a common source of HTML errors.

Full description of the idea
About the most common HTML error I see on livejournal pages is the error message that occurs when someone types <lj-user="xxx"> instead of <lj user="xxx"> when linking to another user's name. Adding an <lj-user="xxx"> tag with the same function as <lj user="xxx"> would fix this, and the new tag would be more consistent with the other livejournal-specific tags.

An ordered list of benefits
  • Fewer HTML errors on friends pages etc.
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • Some work will be needed to add the new code and make sure that it doesn't cause any unforseen problems.
  • Livejournal pages that use this tag won't be completely compatible with Greatestjournal and other blog sites that use the original livejournal code.
sailboat

Title
Editing on comments regardless

Short, concise description of the idea
Editing comments is disabled if that comment is replied to. This is self-defeating.

Full description of the idea
Comments should be editable even if their are replies to said comment.

It's counterproductive to not allow editing at any stage. If the reply to the comment is to point out a problem with the comment, what brings your attention to the need to edit takes away the ability to edit. It's illogical.

Not being able to edit comments with replies completely defeats the purpose of being able to edit in the first place.

If concern is "abuse" of the editing ability, why not address the areas of abuse as they arise instead of trying to predict and pre-emptively punishing? Why hurt the many for the actions of a few? Makes no sense.

An ordered list of benefits
  • Allows correction at any stage.
  • Removes counter-productive nature of comment editing.
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • None I can think of
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