Data Vortex (datavortex) wrote in suggestions,
Data Vortex

Community Feeds Should Show Authors

Community Feeds Should Show Authors

Short, concise description of the idea
The syndication feeds published by LiveJournal currently show either an unchanging community author name, or no author for all community feeds. I believe it would be more useful to show the actual author's name.

Full description of the idea
The Atom feeds used by LJ communities produce tags such as these, per each <entry> tag:

<name>LJ Libertarians</name>

Additionally, the RSS 2.0 specification allows for the following per <item> tag:

<author> (LJ Person)</author>

We should use these tags to display the fullname and/or the LJ username of the author.

An ordered list of benefits
  • This would cause the actual author's name to show up in peoples' RSS/Atom feed aggregators. User's wouldn't need to click an article to open it in a browser to see the post author's identity.
  • We would conform more closely to the RSS/Atom specifications.

An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • For the RSS 2.0 feed, you're adding a field that is not currently present, so that is no problem. For the Atom feed, it is possible that some users may be using the name element to filter or sort their feeds. They may be momentarily confused by the change.

An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
  • It is important to remember that users can still sort by community feeds in all popular aggregators, because they can still sort according to whatever the individual feed is, so this shouldn't destroy anyone's setup or capability, just make it more useful and granular.
  • We may want to use Atom's <author> tag OUTSIDE of the tag to offer the present "community author" name as a default value, and to sort on.
Tags: community membership, syndication, § migrated
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