Dana <:3)~ (alsatia) wrote in suggestions,
Dana <:3)~

change e-mail address from which community invitations are sent

change e-mail address from which community invitations are sent

Short, concise description of the idea
Community invitations should come from a different address than all other LiveJournal-related e-mails.

Full description of the idea
Currently, community invitation e-mails come from webmaster@livejournal.com. This makes them appear to be official communications from the site because the same address is used for password reminders and validation e-mails. The invitations are actually communications from individual users through a site feature--more like comment e-mails. Comment e-mails have a separate address of lj_notify@livejournal.com.

Many users get frustrated or angry at receiving community invitations. A recent suggestion (http://www.livejournal.com/community/suggestions/433995.html) described a method of allowing users to opt out of receiving community invitations. I agree with the suggestion there and other ways of improving the invitation system, such as having users request membership and wait for the maintainer to approve them. However, it will take a long time to code and implement these large changes.

In the meantime, changing the address community invitations are sent from to a new address would allow users who don't want to receive them to set spam filters to block that address without missing any of the official e-mails that come from webmaster@livejournal.com.

An ordered list of benefits

  • Users could block unwanted community invitations.
  • Community maintainers may be less likely to harass people with repeated invitations if they know the e-mails can be blocked.
  • An ordered list of problems/issues involved

  • Users who have specifically added webmaster@livejournal.com to their allowed senders list may miss community invitations that they wanted to receive.
  • An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation

  • Select an address for the e-mails to come from.
  • Code the change. I imagine this is a quick and simple one.
  • Announce the change in "news". This is important so people will know to check their spam filters, before the filters have an unwanted effect.
  • Tags: community membership, notifications, § obsolete
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