Adding 'Journal Default' to the Security field on update.bml
Short, concise description of the idea
"Journal Default" should be an option for the Security field as well as for the Screening and Comment fields on the update.bml page.
Full description of the idea
When using http://www.livejournal.com/update.bml, the current default setting in the security field is "Everyone (Public)". It should be "Journal Default", like it is in the Comments and Screening fields.
If you are given the option to choose "Journal Default" then your post will be marked with the journal's default security setting. But, if you choose any of the other options, then your post will be marked with the security level you specifically choose.
- It's confusing to have the setting shown as "Everyone (Public)" when that is not necessarily the security level that will be applied to the new post.
- In a Friends-Only Journal, you can only choose a higher security setting from the update page - to choose a lower setting, you must post, then go back and edit your original entry.
- It's confusing that the Comment and Screening options are different from the Security level options.
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
- Currently, global changes are applied differently to Security than they are applied to Screening and Comments. However, this should only be confusing for the handful of users who 1) know how global changes are made and 2) think about how possible, future global changes will affect the current post they are making. But, following all suggestions for implementation below will make this issue moot.
An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
- Add "Journal Default" to the security field on the update.bml page.
- Have "Journal Default" mean that the security level of that post will be whatever is the default security setting of the journal in which the post is being made at the time the post is being made.
- If a user chooses a security setting other than "Journal Default" then that is the security setting that should be used, even if that security level is lower than the journal's default setting.
- Correct how global changes are applied to Comments, Screening, and Security - that is, make the change apply only to posts from that point forward (like it currently does for Security).
- Don't assume that users will want their global changes applied to all posts (past and future). Instead, give the user the OPTION to make the change retroactive, whether the change is to the Comments, Screening, or Security level.