Chris (clipdude) wrote in suggestions,

Prod new users to follow news and lj_maintenance

Prod new users to follow news and lj_maintenance

Short, concise description of the idea
We should prod new users to add news and lj_maintenance to their friends list, to prevent cross-posting and reduce support requests.

Full description of the idea
Ideally, every user should subscribe to news and lj_maintenance. If this were the case, LiveJournal staff could more easily give out notices like this, and support could would not be flooded when there were problems with the site. When a user is creating an account, they would be told the benefits of following news and lj_maintenance. They would be given the option of not being subscribed; otherwise, by default, their friends list would automatically contain news and lj_maintenance.

An ordered list of benefits

  • New users would be encouraged to join these communities.
  • Important notices would be distributed to the bulk of LiveJournal's users more quickly.
  • Flodding of the support area when there is problems would be reduced.
  • This would encourage a greater sense of community on the site.
  • An ordered list of problems/issues involved

  • Someone would have to implement this.
  • Users might not see the check-box and might resent being "automatically subscribed" to these communities.
  • New and inexperienced usrs might ask support how to unsubscribe.
  • People might still not read the posts to these communities, even though they are on their friends list.
  • Existing users, the bulk of the user base, would be unaffected.
  • An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation

  • A page could come up during account creation explaining the benefits of having news and lj_maintenance as friends. Directly below could be two check-boxes (checked by default), one labeled "Add news to my friends list", and the other "Add lj_maintenance to my friends list". These would act as indicated. (Alternatively, this could be integrated into the pre-exisiting account creation pages.)
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