Etched with marks but I can deal (finding_helena) wrote in suggestions,
Etched with marks but I can deal

Authorization codes for protected entries

Authorization codes for protected entries

Short, concise description of the idea
There should be a code to give someone access to a certain protected entry without having to add them to your friends list.

Full description of the idea
When someone submits a support request, they will receive an answer with a link to comment back. The link contains an authorization code identifying them to the system as someone who can post comments to a request. I think there should be something similar for protected entries--the author of the entry can generate an authorization code to send to someone else they want to be able to read the entry. This would mean that someone who you don't want to add as a friend, but who you want to be able to read one entry, can read it without you having to cut and paste it into email. Likewise if you have friends who don't have LJ and you want them to be able to read an entry.

An ordered list of benefits

  • Allows user more precise control and a diversity of options regarding who can read their posts.
  • Eliminates having to add someone to your list just so they can read one post.
  • Convenient for people whose friends don't all use LJ.
  • An ordered list of problems/issues involved

  • People may abuse the authorization codes (but it's still possible under the current system for someone to abuse it by cutting and pasting a protected entry).
  • There are possible ways of letting other people read your entry already in existence (but they're messier)
  • May lead to both server mess and user confusion.
  • Takes work to code.
  • An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation

  • I have no idea. Sorry.
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