January 22nd, 2003

Forms and buttons

This is a very very tiny nitpicky thing, but I've been wondering about this for ages, so I thought I'd eventually ask.

The new payment system main page (http://www.livejournal.com/pay/) has three command buttons on it. Let's forget about the "Check out" button for a moment. The other two serve independent functions: remove selected items from the cart, and add new items to it.

I'm wondering: Why is all of this within one big <form> tag? Wouldn't it make more sense if the "add item to cart" bit was a separate form? Is there any particular thing about some browser I don't know that makes it easier when it's all in one form?

Notice: I'm not on about the payment system in particular. This is a general trend I've noticed with many other forms on LiveJournal.

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What would it take to modify the API to:

  • ...allow access to journals besides the user you connected as?
  • ...allow access to user comments, both to read them and make them?

I'm talking about more than the technicals here (though they would obviously have to be worked out) - socially, what would it take?

Quick Reply Box

I was wondering if it has every been considered making a "Quick Reply" box for people replying to comments in someones journal.

It would just be a small code on the "View Comments page" right under the "Post a new comment" link on the comments page.

This could be helpful for allowing a quicker reply to comments. Also it would cut down on the load for LJ because you will not need to load another page...therefore making the site faster...in theory.

It could only be visable if you are logged in and just has a Subject line and the Reply box with a button to "Send Comment." Nothing else. Basic. Keep it simple.

Proposal: dumb down syndication style lastn page

There have been a number of people lately getting pissed off that their RSS feeds are getting syndicated on LiveJournal. Ignore the paradoxical stupidity of this for a second, and consider one really good argument:

http://www.livejournal.com/talkpost.bml?journal=syn_promo&replyto=159817
charles: When deciding to make their weblogs available as RSS feeds, most people envision they will be used for either for aggregation: where many feeds are displayed together; or for summary: where a single feed is displayed in a headline-only, or headline+excerpt format. What most people don't envision is the entire content of the RSS file being displayed in a single, rather ugly Livejournal page. This wholesale appropriation and re-framing of content is rather offensive, IMHO.

The "homepage" of a syndication feed on livejournal should be altered to bring up two frames. At the top, a Livejournal navigation bar, including a link to the feed's userinfo, an "add this feed as a friend" button, and a "break out of frames" button. Below that frame, redirect to the homepage of the page that was syndicated, as read from the RSS feed itself. This would get rid of pretty much all the complaints about LJ's syndication, because all that would be left was the same functionality you get out of any of the other RSS aggregator tools: you can either see the posts out of context in amongst everything else, or you can go see the homepage.

Yes, technically you can do what you like with RSS, provided that there aren't any specific copyright restrictions telling you not to. But there's a significant gap between "what is technically permitted", and "what are the actions of a good citizen".
I agree entirely.

I propose we change the default syndication style LASTN page to just be a list of subjects (no text) and instructions for how to add the feed to your friends list for aggregation purposes.

Pros: will offend less people who think we're "stealing" their content and repackaging it. these people don't understand that the LJ friends/aggregation model anyway.

Cons: none? nobody even reads the LASTN page of syndication accounts. LJ users just read them on their friends views.

Barring good objections, I'm going to ask jproulx to make this change tomorrow.