(suitablyemoname) wrote in suggestions,

Idiot Mode for community postings

Idiot Mode for community postings

Short, concise description of the idea
Use elementary javascript to prevent potentially embarrassing or disruptive posts to incorrect communities.

Full description of the idea
LiveJournal users have a wide variety of interests, and consequentially, many of us are members of multiple communities. These communities, aside from having different themes or core ideas, will also have different expectations regarding decorum, formatting, use of images, and general attitude. Consequentially, when someone posts something to the wrong community (a very distinct possibility at present), the effect can be extremely disruptive--particularly if they aren't familiar with the process of deleting a post. (Which itself is arguably counter-intuitive.)

What I propose is an elementary javascript box that opens when you submit a post to a community through the general "post" page, verifying that you've selected the right community for the post. While this certainly isn't an idiot-proof solution, this would nonetheless be useful in its own way, especially for those who are members of several communities.

"Idiot mode" (probably named something gentler) would be deactivated by default, and users would self-identify as requiring the added caution and reminder.

An ordered list of benefits
  • The net result would hopefully be fewer accidentally-posted off-topic/irrelevant/improperly-formatted/otherwise well-meaning but disruptive posts in communities, and less embarrassment for LJ users who are most likely to make this error.
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • As this would be limited to users who choose to partake in it, I can't forsee many major problems beyond the difficulty inhere in coding it, including determining if a journal is a community or personal LJ. In the long term, someone who has used Idiot Mode for awhile may start to disregard the popups, but they do so at their own peril.
  • This suggestion may also be seen as "protecting the careless from themselves". However, in this case, I don't think it's appropriate to hold people up to ridicule and embarrassment for making relatively minor (and, in some communities, common) errors.
Tags: community membership, entry creation, entry editor, user interface, § rejected
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