I'll po YOUR lite! (algeh) wrote in suggestions,
I'll po YOUR lite!

Allow members to be added to closed communities without confirmation if they already watch them

Allow members to be added to closed communities without confirmation if they already watch them

Short, concise description of the idea
If a user already watches a community, it's a pretty good guess that they wouldn't mind being made a member. Thus, a community admin should be able to add them without them having to confirm it via email.

Full description of the idea
I run a closed community, squankygurps, which is for people who I know personally and who have an interest in participating in off-line, table-top RPGs. I keep it closed because it is common for members to posts things such as their addresses and phone numbers (since we meet at members' houses). I recently made an offer to members of animepdx, which I also run, that they could join and that I would add them if they friended squankygurps. One person did, and I just found it kind of silly that someone who had already gone to the trouble of friending a community also had to confirm that they wanted to be a member.

An ordered list of benefits

  • Those with email programs which do not make it easy to visit external webpages (such as pine), would not have to copy/paste a link (which is also pretty non-obvious when using the command line stuff in Windows XP, since it doesn't use ctrl-c for copy)
  • Users who were having trouble receiving email from LiveJournal could still join communities
  • It just seems to me that community membership should really be something contained within LiveJournal rather than something that requires emails to be sent
  • Immediate gratification for community admins
  • An ordered list of problems/issues involved

  • Someone might, theoretically, want to watch a community but be really upset if they became a member (I can't come up with a specific example, but it's always possible)
  • Might encourage people to friend communities as a way of begging to become members
  • An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation

  • Add in a check after an admin tries to add a member to a community. If the potential member already watches the community, have the system add them to the members list without further fuss. Otherwise, send it on to the code that sends the emails.
  • Tags: communities, community maintenance, community membership, § historical
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