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Community Invite Indicator

Title
Community Invite Indicator

Short, concise description of the idea
Add a strip of text to the top of the lj system pages which displays the number of community invitations a logged in user has.

Full description of the idea
Currently, as far as I know, the only way for a user to see if he or she has an invitation to join a community is to periodically check the Manage Invitations page. However, most of the users I know don't even know that such a page exists. Of those of us who joined LiveJournal after emailed community invitations were stopped, few are aware that they have been relatively recently reenabled.

My suggestion is to add a counter to the top of each of the LiveJournal system pages (login.bml, update.bml, directory.bml, etc.) which displays the number of invitations a person has received.

The code could first check to see if the user has invitations, and if so, display something like:

"You have # oustanding community invitations."

and link to the manage/invites.bml.

At present, the Manage Community Invitations page is a little difficult to find. My first inclination when looking for it was to go to community/manage.bml. After not finding it there, I went to the site map where I was again unsucessful. After further searching, I did not find any information about invitations in the Community Center (community/), or any of the FAQ. It took a while to find the link from the Manage Accounts page.

An ordered list of benefits
  • Informs users that community invites actually exist
  • Lets a user know when he or she has invites
  • Provides much easier access to the list of invites a person has

An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • Perhaps there would be a pull on the db if each page executes a query to check the number of invites on each load of the page. --Just a thought: I don't know anything about memcached, maybe this number could be stored?

An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
  • Add counter text to some row at the top of each of the lj system pages. (or somewhere else depending on which theme the site is viewed in)
Tags: community membership, usability, user interface, § historical
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