Josh (desh) wrote in suggestions,

Allow opt-out of LJ user link renaming

Allow opt-out of LJ user link renaming

Short, concise description of the idea
Create a new user preference that will show you actual usernames rather than renamed ones whenever you're logged in.

Full description of the idea
There's a new feature on LJ to let you "rename" a user when you create an <lj user="exampleusername"> link to them. You can change their name as it displays in whatever text you're writing.

This can lead to confusion, including deliberate confusion. Some users might prefer the old way of only seeing actual usernames in these tags. They should be able to do so, while leaving the neat new feature for other users who want it.

An ordered list of benefits
  • Preserves current behavior when desired
  • Reduces the impact of users who deliberately mislead others by linking to one user while pretending to link to another
  • Won't affect users who like the new feature at all
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • Coding time, as usual
  • Lessens the impact of a long-requested new feature
Tags: lj-specific markup, opt-outs, § no status
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