Allow users to cross post something between journals.
Short, concise description of the idea
Frequently I post things that are of interest to several groups that I'm involved in. For example, next month at dragoncon, in atlanta, I'll be hosting a sleepover night which we'll be watching the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so it will be of interest to buffyfans, as well as to my friends. Add onto that that there's another atlanta group, ljatlanta, at least 3 more buffy groups, and a couple non-buffy sf groups I might want to let know about this, and wham, you have a lot of posting for me to do. It'll take up lots of database space, it'll be hard to keep track of in 10 places, and the conversation will not be as effective as it might be otherwise (if I post it in 10 places that are all appropriate, and 2 people in each place responds, that could be a darned good convo if it was all kept in one place, but it'll likely peter out if it winds up being spread to the winds that way).
I know that the point of 'friends' is supposed to prevent that, but how many people actually read the friends pages of the communities they're on?
An ordered list of benefits
- less db space being used
- more cohesive conversations
- better community
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
- interface will have a small learning curve
- people may cross post inappropriately
- community owners should be allowed to turn off crossposting
An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
What I sort of envision is this; when you pick Journal to post in:, next to that, there will be a 'cross post?' check button. If you select a journal/community that allows non-members to post (which I see as a necessity if you are cross posting), then you can select to cross post. When you 'Update Journal', instead of getting the submitted screen, you'll get a list with all the journals/communities that you can post to. The post will be put in the main journal/community that you have chosen, but will also appear in the others, with a note that it has been Cross-posted from username (also posted to journal, journal, journal). All the comments that get posted to it will go to the original posting place, but will then appear in all the cross-posting places.
That might need to be fleshed out a bit. I've only been thinking about it for a day or so; since I realized how many places I was gonna need to hit with a slumber party announcement in a couple weeks ;-)