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Opt-in friends filters

Title
Opt-in friends filters

Short, concise description of the idea
Have an (optional!) opt-in setting for custom friends groups, allowing users on the friends list to add or remove themselves at will.

Full description of the idea
A lot of people use custom friends groups as a way of filtering based on their friends' wishes: "Some of my entries are about religion/politics/sex/children/writing/etc.; I know not everyone wants to read about that, so I'll filter it to people who *do*." These filters are generally opt-in ("let me know if you want to be in filter XYZ, and I can add you"), occasionally opt-out ("if you're in filter XYZ and don't want to be, let me know and I'll add you").

However, filter methods like this are a pain to keep maintained, because the journal owner has to keep checking back to see if anyone else wants in (or out), and then has to manually add (or remove) them from the filter. Also, people who are added later to the friends list wouldn't necessarily know that there are opt-in filters that can be opted in to.

It would be wonderful to have some sort of flag to indicate that a filter is opt-in -- not set by default, obviously -- and then have an interface where my friends can view the opt-in filters that I have available for them. They can then add or remove themselves, and the interface would automatically add or remove them from the friends list, without me having to intervene.

An ordered list of benefits
  • Easier for journal owners to maintain opt-in friends filters
  • Easier for readers to opt in to (or out of) wanted (or unwanted) topic filters

An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • Requires another option to clutter the page, and to explain
  • Potentially confusing
  • Potentially dramatastic, if the filter name is somehow offensive or rude

An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
  • Create a flag (similar to the public/private flag) for custom friends groups
  • Add a tickybox to the Edit Friends Group page
  • Create an interface, either in a user's subdomain or with a "enter username to view" form, that will allow the logged-in user to view someone else's opt-in friends groups, and to add or remove themselves from each of the groups. (This should ONLY work if the logged-in user is on the other person's friends page; since non-friends can't be added to custom friends groups anyway, there's no point in having the filters visible.)
  • Optionally: Also create a 'description' field for (at least the opt-in) friends groups, so that the journal owner can describe what that filter is used for.
Tags: custom friends groups, ~ submitted - needs retagging
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