FireCeremony (fireceremony) wrote in suggestions,

Next of "kin" e-mail address

Next of "kin" e-mail address

Short, concise description of the idea
Suggestion for a next of "kin" e-mail address in the personal profile, only visible for friends or specific friends, the e-mail address of someone to contact in case of long time unexplained absence from lj (caused by death).

Full description of the idea
I'm suggesting this because in the 2 years I've been on lj, I've seen lj members die sudden deaths. They had next of kin or friends contact their lj friends and notify them of the lj member's death, but not everyone thinks of or wishes to give out their passwords to a friend or family member in case of sudden death. Therefore, I'm suggesting a next of kin e-mail address in the personal profile or somewhere else that's visible for friends or restricted groups of friends set by the users themselves so lj members can contact next of kin during long term unexplained absences.

An ordered list of benefits

  • to have someone to contact in case of sudden and unexplained absence from lj
  • to avoid having to hand out the lj password to anyone else
  • this way lj users can request news from next of kin on personal initiative
  • An ordered list of problems/issues involved

  • next of kin may not wish to have requests of news from online friends and feel privacy has been breached. However, I don't think this is a problem in case of death, where I think next of kin would like friends of the deceased, including online friends and acquaintances, to be informed of what has happened.
  • possible abuse of next of kin e-mail address by harassers/stalkers
  • An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation

  • Just a simple "alternative e-mail address" box with the heading "next of kin" or "contact in case of emergency", with a short explanation of what the e-mail address is for. This could be placed on the user info page with some kind of privacy feature (since I'm sure most people would want the e-mail addresses of their next of kin to remain among friends only)
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