Useful Additions to LJ's Portal Page
Short, concise description of the idea
Aggregate incoming private messages, "add me" requests and comment notifications into sections of LJ's Portal page
Full description of the idea
This suggestion is a collection of a couple of ideas. About a year and a half ago lucretio proposed a private messaging system for LJ, ideal for contacting LJ users with no other contact information. This feature has apparently already been developed behind the scenes; I would like to propose that this system be implemented as part of LJ's Portal. The second part of this suggestion focuses on friends-only journals. The normal method of getting onto such a user's friends list would be to comment on a single public journal entry: if however there existed a mechanism to send that user a generic "add me" request with optional reason (à la ICQ), requests could be displayed on the one page separate from comment notificiations. Responses would be relayed back to the user by e-mail and/or through the Portal. LJ Friend-oholics would benefit from a Portal module that contained a simple list of recent friends entries, with date/time posted, username and short subject in a format similar to LJ's resurrected Latest Posts feature. Finally, for those who don't like receiving dozens of LJ comment notification e-mails, these notifications would also be a useful addition to the Portal.
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