a cat named Tempest (isabeau) wrote in suggestions,
a cat named Tempest

"Silent"/Legacy Userpic Keywords

"Silent"/Legacy Userpic Keywords

Short, concise description of the idea
Have the ability to associate old keywords with userpics, without having it as an active/selectable keyword.

Full description of the idea
When you use a non-default userpic on an entry or comment, LiveJournal stores the keyword (rather than the userpic itself). Then when someone views that entry or comment, LiveJournal will use the userpic currently associated with that keyword if there is one, and the default otherwise.

This system makes it easy for changing what userpic is associated with a keyword -- if I have a "Flower" keyword, I can change the associated userpic from a rose to a violet -- but it doesn't make a clean transition for changing what keyword is associated with a userpic -- if I change the userpic's keyword from "Flower" to "flower", I can select the new keyword for future entries/comments, but old entries/comments with the "Flower" keyword will display my default instead of my flower userpic.

With the current system, the only way to change keywords (for clarity, consistency with other userpics, capitalization changes, other things that start with c) but retain consistency with old keywords is to have *both*, so you end up with userpics having redundant keywords, which tends to clutter up the userpic dropdown.

There are a number of userpics that I'd like to change the keyword for (to make that userpic easier to find, to move a "made by [user]" bit to the comment rather than the keyword, to change the capitalization, whatever) but I'm hesitant because I'd either need to have both keywords or lose the association for older entries/comments.

It would be nice of having some way to keep a userpic/keyword association but not have it show up in the dropdown box when I'm posting. To indicate "This userpic should be used for entries/comments with the keyword $foobar, but $foobar does not need to be included in the drop-down".

An ordered list of benefits
  • Allows greater flexibility for userpic keyword associations
    Makes it cleaner to change keywords

An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • Potentially confusing (heck, if I can't even *explain* it clearly in a suggestions proposal...)
  • Can lead to some people wondering why the "silent" keyword (for lack of a better term) isn't showing up in the dropdown

An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
  • Have a separate field for keywords that are associated with the userpic but aren't in the userpic dropdown
  • Alternatively, have a separate field that 'remembers' old keywords and puts them in a selector thingie next to the keywords (so that it's not free-enter)
  • ???
  • Profit
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