Kevin M. Brooks (lucretio) wrote in suggestions,
Kevin M. Brooks

LJ Usermail.

LJ Usermail.

Short, concise description of the idea
Allow users to send messages to other users by use of special page.

Full description of the idea
Allow users to leave messages for other users. There would be a page where a user can go, type in a user's name, and type in a message to be left for the other user to retrieve when they log into LiveJournal.

Not actual email, only a way to send a message (or comment) to a user, without having to reply to a post. The user would be able to read these online, and delete them, etc. As an example, RateMyFace has a similar usermail service.

An ordered list of benefits

  • Users could leave messages from remote locations, where they don't have access to email.
  • Users wouldn't have to leave comments that are unrelated to the post.
  • Users can be effectively "emailed" without making their email address public.
  • Users could retrieve messages remotely, as well.
  • An ordered list of problems/issues involved

  • Spamming (see last implementation list item)
  • An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation

  • Perhaps make a page similar to tellafriend.bml.
  • Link to it from each user's userinfo page, filling in the username field.
  • There may need to be a way to tell people they have new messages.
  • Create an option to have a copy of the message (like comments) sent to the user's validated email address.
  • Could be a paid user function, but I think this would detract from it's usefulness.
  • Would need an option to remove a user completely or only allow friends to message (or perhaps make that default)

    I would be glad to help out with this as much as I can. I just figured it'd be too big for me to do on my own.

    Update: This post is changing as I receive comments in order to clarify.
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