July 8th, 2003


Communtiy Interest Searching

Currently, free users have no way to search for communities by interest. This means that one of the primary differences between LJ and most other sites, the group/community aspect, is entirely more difficult to use for the free users of LiveJournal.

There have already been a number of users lamenting about the loss of this particular feature, especially since searching for communities using the communitysearch tool is less known about and, as such, most users don't know that it's even there.

http://www.livejournal.com/community/changelog/736406.html instituted this change, it appears. Is this a choice LJ has made - to not allow interest searching on communities by free users of the site? Can anyone speak to this issue, why this was chosen, and whether there are any plans to replace this functionality for free users?

(This issue was also mentioned in http://zilla.livejournal.org/1140 , as was brought to my attention.)

Currently, the answer being given to users is "We know this happened, we don't know why, and we don't know if it's coming back." It would be nice to at least give users a definite answer one way or another.

links panel in livejournals/"disjointed" style

I'm not sure if this is the place to post suggestions; if it is not, I apologise. Also, I'm sure you people are very busy as it is, and someone's probably suggested this to you before, but here goes...

Would it be possible to eventually add a links panel to your recent entries display? I mean like the feature Blogger and ModBlog and other blog sites have. I think it would be nice to be able to show people some of my favourite web sites.

Also... is LJ planning on dropping the "Disjointed" style? I want to switch to the S2 styles system, but it doesn't have Disjointed.

Keep up the good work, though. LiveJournal keeps getting better.

  • evan

status summary

Today (in a rush):

-- Brad talked on the phone a bunch, and talked with Whitaker and Evan about projects, dishing out dozens of projects to Whitaker. He got another Mini-ITX machine to begin evaluation of feasibility for making a memcache farm of low-power cheapo machines. Also worked with Lisa on a plan to manage disk space. Big cluster moves coming up.

-- Whitaker worked on dozens of projects: /customize/ supporting languages, lj_test post, Kevin’s style, helping out Kevin, directory screening out suspended users.

-- Evan finished the talklib patch, which required some LJ-S2 work for translation strings. Also worked on memcache object size optimization for userpic metadata.

-- Lisa converted the syndication cluster to Debian so we could run memcache on it as well because it had spare memory.