January 13th, 2004

  • evan

category support

Here's a brain dump of what might be necessary to have LJ allow category support, and why it may not be as simple as you first think.

Most LJ features are harder because of the social issues than the technical ones. This may be simply because bradfitz, etc., are skilled programmers, but it's more likely because the social issues are just plain harder. I think a significant part of LJ's success has been the sweet balance between features and complexity, and keeping that is difficult.

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(Also, be advised I'm not intimately familiar with the friends code, so I may be missing some big things... I just figure I've worked with other LJ features enough that I can take a stab at what the issues with it might be.)


Back in the day, there was the http://www.livejournal.com/bazaar/ . LiveJournal volunteers could help increase the amount of money to be paid out, and at the end of a period, money would be divided up by voting among the users who had voting rights.

The current bazaar session is labelled #2 (April/May). However, it's a little past April/May.

There's been rumors in the developer community that this isn't coming back, however, I just wanted to know if there was a reason for it or whether there actually were plans to bring it back or modify how it works so that it's more easily updated or more usable.

If it's an issue of implementation, I'm sure that devs would be glad to rework it. If it's an issue of the powers that be deciding it's a bad idea, that's part of life, but it would be nice to know. Also, if it's going away, should we remove the useless growpot keywords from Zilla?