Ashley (ashley_y) wrote in suggestions,
Ashley
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Subjournals

Title
Subjournals

Short, concise description of the idea
Allow a journal to have multiple "subjournals" each containing a subset of the journal. Any journal entry may also be marked to appear in any set of subjournals. Each subjournal would have its own page, and could be individually "friended".

Full description of the idea
A number of people have multiple journals for various aspects of their life, perhaps one for trivia and test results, another for geek stuff, or whatever. It would be convenient to allow, instead, the user to define several "subjournals" within a single journal. Each subjournal would be a subset of the journal, and each would have its own page. The user could set any entry to appear in any combination of subjournals. The root journal would always contain all entries. Any subjournal should be individually friendable by others, and only entries in that subjournal should appear on the friends page. Friending a subjournal is equivalent to friending a user for all other aspects of friending. Subjournals and entry protection are orthogonal concepts, and each should not affect the other. The ability to create and use subjournals should be available to everyone. The ability to friend subjournals, however, might be restricted to paying users. An example: I define a subjournal called "software", where I write stuff about software. The subjournal would have its own page. People could friend "ashley_y:software" if they just wanted to read about my software stuff. Or they could friend my root journal, "ashley_y", if they wanted to read all my stuff.

An ordered list of benefits

  • I have plenty of people in my friends list for whom I'm only interested in some aspects of their lives. Plenty of them are naturally organised people who would like nothing better than to be able to mark which entry belongs to what.
  • Finally, we won't have to sift through all those damn survey results -- provided our friends co-operate, of course.
  • An ordered list of problems/issues involved

  • Confusion from the difference between users and journals, since it will be (sub)journals on people's "friends" lists, not users. "Friends" groups would effectively be subjournal groups.
  • Possibility for user confusion from extra complication. It would have to be easy to completely avoid subjournal functionality.
  • It would mean fundamental changes to the database schema (new columns). This might break LJ clients.
  • Since typically the list of subjournals might want to be shown on the root journal page, lastN styles would have to be updated.
  • Should the existence of a subjournal be allowed to be friends-only? It's going to be a give-away if your super-secret subjournal appears on someone else's friends list.
  • An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation

  • Well, let's start with the database schema...
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