Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick

suggestion to improve LJ re: recent unpleasantness

In case this doesn't make it to the suggestions community, posting here. Whaddya think? (This assumes LJ won't seize up when I try to post this...)

  • Add "likes" list in addition to "interests" list.
Short, concise description of the idea
  • "Interests" are not "likes."
Full description of the idea
  • A graduate student in my department wrote his thesis about vermin, specifically rats and cockroaches in literature. He does not "like" rats and cockroaches - in fact, he's disgusted by them - but is interested in how we portray them in fiction.
    By adding a "likes" list, we can avoid all the recent unpleasantness about what shows up in people's "interest" lists.
An ordered list of benefits
  • Accurately reflects what users like vs. what interests them.

  • Avoids unpleasantness of late on LJ.

  • Helps users better understand other users and match interests and likes.

  • Allows for more granularity in user profiles, as we can understand what's an interest and what's a like.
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • Requires people to split up interests and likes.

  • Requires LJ to create a new field and allow more listed items in profiles.
An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
  • Create a new field in the User Profile section.
(PS: Wow, this actually posted! I guess the DDoS attack has been beaten.)

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