~Cat~Ear~Alucard~ (adrono2525) wrote in suggestions,

Offsite Userpics, Take 2

Offsite Userpics, Take 2

Short, concise description of the idea
Use a Client-side script to facilitate offsite userpic posting.

Full description of the idea
Livejournal users want more userpics, but can't justify the high cost of getting a paid account just for userpics.
Therefore, load a script with Livejournal and have it manage the offsite userpic system. Full details of how this script should work are as follows:

-In order for this to work with users, simply instigate a JavaScript instance that pulls all the images for userpics, run locally on the users computer. It would check file sizes and dimensions, and display them if they checked out. If not, then it reverts to the default local icon. If the server times out the request, or fails to load in a timely manner for some reason, then it would revert to the local icon.

-And if users want to opt out, present such an option on the options page (Opting out would make all icons hosted off site revert to the local Livejournal default.) Similar would also happen if they turned off JavaScript.

-To account for Livejournal not being able to sell userpics, simply make this a subscription service, much like the add-on for userpics on paid accounts, except make it to where you don't have to have to have a paid account to buy it. Oh, and I would also make it to where the price would be about half of the current add-on price, since this would have little to no bandwidth or server cost to Livejournal.

An ordered list of benefits
  • -Less users complaining about lack of userpics.
  • -Less server load on Livejournal.
  • -Higher customer satisfaction! :D

An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • -Possible Hotlinking Issues (Not sure how I would tackle this...)
  • -Userpic abuse, such as posting fetuses. (Implement a flag system that would forward the picture to the abuse team, or some other such system. I'll leave the technical details up to you guys.)

An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
  • Nothing I can think of that I haven't spelled out already. I'll tackle questions about it as best I can.
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