Kevin M. Brooks (lucretio) wrote in lj_dev,
Kevin M. Brooks
lucretio
lj_dev

Newbie info upon login

I have an idea. I can implement it, but I would like to get others' opinions on it before I do so.

Title
Newbie info upon login

Short description
Give a new user useful info they don't normally get right away.

Full description
Upon login there would be a paragraph or so telling the user about news, lj_maintenance, etc. The user would then be given the option to turn off this information, so they never have to see it again.

Benefits
  • new users would get very useful information right away

  • may cut down on support requests? (Just a guess)


  • Drawbacks
  • more clutter on /login.bml

  • annoyance? (shouldn't be a problem, since one could turn off the message)


  • Implementation
  • new userprop (newbieinfo or similar): 1 by default.

  • have /login.bml include text from a file, similar to the Big Blue Box on /support/

  • following the text would be a button checkbox to turn off the message. Checking the button checkbox and clicking "Save Options" would set the new userprop to 0.

  • I wouldn't suppose there would need to be a way to turn the message back on, but it could be handled in the admin console.


  • What does everyone think of this?

    Update: If this suggestion is liked, could someone from lj_support or lj_userdoc write the newbie information?
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