November 14th, 2003

phonepost userpic

Proposal: All posts from phonepost have the userpic keyword set to "phonepost", so you just have to assign that keyword to one of your pictures if you want a separate pic for phoneposts.

This is the purist way, the way the system was originally designed (but since abused).

Mart, I know you'd like it..... :-)


Phone Post Abuse Potential?

Reading the translation history of a phone-post on my friends page brought up an interesting issue. Users can write whatever they want in the transcription box. Yet the journal owner has no way to delete or hide (ala screening) those transcriptions if the person writing the transcription is writing something irrelevant, and potentially insulting.

Plus there doesn't seem to be a way to "lock in" the correct transcription so that other people can't overwrite what shows up on my friends page/recent posts page as the text for the post (the post I linked to is a perfect example. the first transcription is just completely off the wall, the second one is accurate, and then somebody decided to change the translation to something again completely irrelevant to what was actually said). If I get it transcribed accurately, or one of my friends does it for me, I wouldn't want other people to continue changing it for me.

Have these issues been looked into from a development standpoint? Any plans to implement some controls to prevent people from potentially saying abusive things and the journal owner having no way of deleting the said comment.

One implementation I could picture is adding delete and maybe screen icons next to the user name of the person who did the transcription. And then if the journal owner deletes the transcription it would say (transcription deleted) or something. And perhaps a checkbox to "finalize" this transcription as the correct one.
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RSS Feeds and Friends-Only posts

Maybe there aren't too many people that would use this, but I sure could. When you look at the RSS feed of someone on your friends list, if you're logged in, you see their Friends-Only posts as well as their regular Public posts. However, most RSS readers aren't ever going to be capable of simulating a login to LiveJournal in order to have the proper cookies set in the proper places so that these entries can be seen in the feeds. Therefore, what would work better is if, at least the RSS page, supported HTTP Authentication. Then, a URL like would allow friends-only posts to be seen as well. If the developers would prefer to keep the LJ password from travelling the network in plain text, perhaps a PIN could be entered somewhere to serve this, and only this, purpose. If none of that is possible or desired, then perhaps the page could simply return an RSS item containing the words "private/friends-only entry" with a link to the entry so that at least notification will be received.

My homegrown RSS reader currently detects LJ requests and sends my LJ cookies along with it so I can get all the information I desire. However, I don't think there is another RSS reader that would.

Just an idea.

VoIP/IAX to PhonePost

I've been getting a lot of offers from LiveJournal users working in the telco world to get us better connected with our PhonePost thing. We've got tentative offers from around the US, the UK, and even New Zealand.

So, I thought I'd throw this out and try to gather more help....

If any of you are in the telco world and could get us a good deal on connectivity, let me know.

There are two ways of going about it:

-- provide a number that just silently forwards to one of our existing numbers (not ideal)

-- provide a number that connects directly to our phone server over the net: VoIP, SIP, IAX... I'm not hot on all the details, but I could figure it out. (this is ideal)

We don't mind paying for it. Per-minute billing is probably ideal.

Feel free to reply either here or to me: