Short, concise description of the idea
Basically, give users a way to turn on and off the different anti-comment-spam features.
Full description of the idea
Problem: The anti-comment spam features significantly lower the usability of livejournal when a user wants to allow anonymous comments.
One of the options should be to turn on and off the various forms of anti-comment-spam. For example, there could be a "high", "medium", and "low" level of protection that the user could choose between (realizing that "low" might result in more spam and "high" might result in few people leaving anonymous comments).
Another possibility would be to have each feature available as an "on" or "off" preference. In that case, the user could choose to allow links in anonymous comments or choose to not force humans to complete a degrading test for humanity. This fine granularity of preference would allow the user to customize these settings to only allow an acceptable amount of spam (based on what is found to be effective) without discouraging anonymous comments any more than the user is willing to do.
- 1: Anti-comment-spam features are available to all users at their discretion.
- 2: Users with many anonymous commenters do not have to worry about usability issues resulting from these features. (Implication: readers are not discouraged from commenting.)
- 3: Users feel more in control of their own journal and how they present it (and its responses) to their readers. (Implication: users feel better about livejournal and continue using it/paying for it.)
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
- 1: There are more things that users may need to figure out when configuring their account. (Implication: most users will stick with the default settings.)
An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
- I don't know much about the back end of livejournal, but from a usability perspective, these could be easily integrated into the current user preferences part of a livejournal.