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.)