sean (skaneverdies) wrote in suggestions,



Short, concise description of the idea
To make a way for a person (i.e. therapist) that does not have an LJ be able to view your private/friends only entries.

Full description of the idea
I have had my journal for going on seven years now. There is a lot of content here that says a lot about my history and who I am, and why I do the things I do. Unfortunately, it's all been made private and/or friends only, and I intend to keep it that way.

However, I have started psychological therapy lately. I would love for my doctor to be able to access all of my entires without him having to make an LJ. Even if he did, many of the entries are still private.

With that said, I propose the ability to create a "guest password" so that people like therapists can view these entries without having to create a LiveJournal. By allowing the LJ user to create a password that could be told to therapists or spouses, they could be able to do this. Furthermore, I think one should be able to put a time limit on how long the password is valid (i.e. two weeks, two months, one year).

To make security tighter, only the IP address from which the guest password is first entered will work from there on in. The "guest" could NOT do any editing, only viewing, of entries. Moreover, the user could discontinue the password at any time if they feel security has been compromised.

An ordered list of benefits
  • -The ability for clinical therapists to be able to view friends-only/private entries without having to create a LiveJournal themselves.
  • -Could possibly alert therapists/psychologists when there is a possibility of suicide.
  • -Could allow spouses/significant others the peace of mind of knowing that nothing is being hidden from them.
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • -Risk of password being leaked (though it should be noted therapists have strict confidentiality policies).
Tags: account types, entry viewing, security, security: non-member access, § no status
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