Magic Magpie (quirrc) wrote in suggestions,
Magic Magpie

Send notifications when user is refferenced in other user's post

Send notifications when user is refferenced in other user's post

Short, concise description of the idea
When someone posts an entry with user tag in it, send notification to that referenced user that he is being written about.

Full description of the idea
Allow users to recieve notifications when this user is being written about in another user's post. I noticed that some people search (using special tools like who writes about them so it seems reasonable to implement such feature at LiveJournal, at least as not search through database but email notifications at the time when that post is made. It should use the same principles that are used in viewing posts/receiving notifications i.e. to allow to set the same settings of users which posts are accounted (i.e. all/only from friends/ not send at all), to check if that user who posted entry is banned by reciever of notification, to notify only about those posts that user is allowed to see. Maybe also it should be checked for direct links to journals which are also used rather often instead of user tags.

An ordered list of benefits

  • To my mind it's reasonable if the person being referenced in a post will be able to take part in the discussion, maybe read some good words about him, especially birthday greetings, or to respond if he is being critisized.
  • An ordered list of problems/issues involved

  • Certain privacy issues that may appear are the same as for usual posting and can be solved using security levels (i.e. notifications from private posts and those that user cant see are not sent etc.)
  • An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation

  • Since all posts are checked for URLs, invalid HTML etc. it seems to be rather easy to add just checks for user tag (only on initial posting, though maybe in comments too) and also similar to things with settings in editinfo.bml that are made for comment notifications.
    In my opinion, most of the code changes will involve just copy/pasting and most likely even I could made it in several hours if I were familiar with Perl.
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