The Enemy of the Good (eideteker) wrote in suggestions,
The Enemy of the Good
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Posting without Membership (to a Community)

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Posting without Membership (to a Community)

Short, concise description of the idea
It may be possible to set it up so that communities can allow posts from anyone.

Full description of the idea
Explanation is mispelled here. There's an extraneous 'i'.

Community maintainers should be able to set an option so that anyone may post to their community. Likewise, they should be given the opportunity to retain a membership requirement. Also, users banned from the community would still not be able to post to the community no matter what their membership status.

Unfortunately, this will require a redesign of much of livejournal (so it's not likely to see the light of day), not the least of which is changing all applicable clients (web client included) to utilize a setup similar to the present current mood: i.e. a drop down menu (like it is now) AND a text field for manual entry of any community's name.

The usefulness of this idea? Many communities act as forums where people post only once or twice to get advice on a thing or two or to ask a quick question. Many people might not want membership in a community like 'sextips' to show up anywhere; neither in the community's userinfo nor theirs (nor the directory). Also, many users are currently members of dozens of communities they joined to post to once and just never left (hey, people are lazy). And since the default when joining a community is to add it to your friends page, I'm betting this generates any number of unnecessary DB hits every time one of these people reloads their friends page. Of course, people would still be free to watch a community without being a member, but I'd imagine we'll also see fewer "Ok, I made my post now how do I leave the community/how do I get these posts to stop showing up on my friends page?" questions. Also, members only posting (the "friends" security level) would remain intact. You wanna see locked posts, you still gotta join.

An ordered list of benefits

  • A more user-directed livejournal experience
  • Less unwanted traffic. Heck, you can even skip those two pages where people join the community (Ok to Join? and You have been added!) if you just want to make the odd post. That's got to be good for something.
  • Let's see, Live Aid, Farm Aid, The Tibetan Freedom Concert... *rimshot*
  • An ordered list of problems/issues involved

  • Coding, man. That's the hard part.
  • I could see how someone would claim that this could lessen the "community" aspect of livejournal. However, it'd still be an option, and if I had my way, an option that is OFF by default but can be activated in special circumstances. Like in c.promo, I don't care who's a member, so long as I can ban individuals and possibly all IP addresses originating in Cleveland. Wait, did I type that out loud?
  • I could imagine this actually increasing site traffic in that it would be easier to just post to a community without having to slog through the join process (watch out for spam!), but that's why I would leave it off as a default. Maybe make it an admin console only option. That way, we make sure people are at least vaguely responsible and can read a FAQ before activating the feature.
  • An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation

  • As I said, add a short text field for the community to the extended Update page (and other clients).
  • Add a bit/variable/subroutine that flags a community as allowing all posts.
  • Create an admin console command to do so. Do NOT enable it at community creation.
  • Did I leave anything out? You know where the comments go.
  • Tags: communities, § implemented
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