Short, concise description of the idea:
People's livejournals are more than just the sum of their posts. The comments start conversations which are often as interesting, if not more so, than the posts themselves. A downloadable version of the journal is incomplete without all the comments that go with the main posts.
Full description of the idea:
As an option, you ought to be able to select whether the comments people have posted to your journal will be downloaded so that you can save for archiving and backup purposes. I envision a simple checkbox or something to that effect, which enables you to choose whether your backup will include comments or not.
An ordered list of benefits:
- You can download the ENTIRE journal now, not just the parts that you originally post.
- References made to reader comments in main entries will make more sense, as there will be something to refer to instead of nothing.
An ordered list of problems/issues involved:
- Introduces possibility of someone downloading someone else's comments, editing them, and then re-posting the backup, thereby making it look as though the commenter had said something other than he/she had originally said.
- Increases server load.
- Backups will take longer and take up more hard drive space
An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
State some helpful hints, or clarifications on your idea as to how to get it going.
Not real sure about implementation... coding isn't my thing. I'm just really anal about completeness and think this is a no-brainer of a suggestion that would definitely improve the journaling experience.