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21 June 2006 @ 05:19 pm
Private Messages  
while this isn't strictly a topic concerning permenant members, it is something I'd like to hear oppinions on from others who havea permenant account. Who else here would like a method for allowing other ljers to send a private messages to you and vice versa. I know some would argue email is fine for it, but some people don't want to share their email address with others or would prefer something more convient for checking there private comments concerning lj. I don't believe it would be difficult to have an option to disable it for the people that don't really want it.

Anyway, anyone else have an opionion on it?
 
 
 
Sunny Piper, Girl Reporterangriest_girl on June 21st, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)
You don't have to share your email address. You just send it to username@livejournal.com and it's forwarded to them.
kauricatkauricat on June 21st, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
But when I send a message through someone's LJ email address, doesn't my email address show on the mail they get? They get to remain anonymous, but my email is not in their posession, right? Or is there a way for the sender to hide their email address and just have their LJ ID show up?
(no subject) - schnee on June 21st, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Andyveroz on June 21st, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
It's in the works.
kunzitekunzite1 on June 21st, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)

yeah. they haven't been in touch with their inner brad and been reading up on djabberd.
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(no subject) - malone on June 22nd, 2006 03:54 am (UTC) (Expand)
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Ianringbark on June 21st, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
If someone wants to send me a private message, they can send me a text message (SMS) from my profile page. This will be quite short, and it will get to me quickly, usually, even if I'm away from my computer.
However, if I remember correctly, LJ management has always said that LJ is built around community, not private messaging.
David Brailsford (MBA): oddhdofu on June 22nd, 2006 06:47 am (UTC)
not everyone has a cell phone
(no subject) - ringbark on June 22nd, 2006 06:58 am (UTC) (Expand)
.: House (Foreman) Pensivelovedforaday on June 21st, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
Wouldn't that be more of the MySpacification of LJ that a lot of people have been complaining about?

Anyway. I don't care either way as long as there was a way to turn it the feature off/not have it turned on.
.kellzilla on June 21st, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
I actually thought of GreatestJournal, not MySpace, when I read this suggestion. GJ has site-based private messaging.
(no subject) - hdofu on June 22nd, 2006 06:36 am (UTC) (Expand)
Schneelockeschnee on June 21st, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC)
I'm for it if somebody wants to implement it, but it's really quite low on my "list of things I'd like to see". It'd be much nicer if they finally split the "friends" concept into "I trust this person" and "I want to read this person's entries on my friends page".
Sunny Piper, Girl Reporterangriest_girl on June 21st, 2006 09:56 pm (UTC)
Heh. I could see that creating new levels of drama.

The top of my wish list is a way to mark comments as read.
(no subject) - schnee on June 21st, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Default View? - pne on June 22nd, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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You're stabbing my cortex when you know I'm insaneglowing_dragon on June 21st, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)
You mean like the feature GJ has?
David Brailsford (MBA): Friendshdofu on June 22nd, 2006 06:37 am (UTC)
no, like calelida has, phpbb is a poor choice for it.
(no subject) - glowing_dragon on June 22nd, 2006 07:27 am (UTC) (Expand)
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Mel Marshmelsmarsh on June 21st, 2006 10:22 pm (UTC)
Great give the trolls an even easier way to harrass people.
Schneelockeschnee on June 21st, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
Well, you could add a journal option that allows users to specify who messages them, too, kinda like the default comment settings.

Given that, I don't see how this would make it possible to harass people you can't harass with comments already today.
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...: 0.ocookiegirlie on June 21st, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
Maybe I'm naive or just confused, but I thought that LJ was about blogging. It's not a message board, where private messaging is commonly used.

I have a guestbook on my blog for any strangers who want to say hi, leave a comment or ask a question. The comments are screened by default... making it a private message. I also have an lj e-mail addy if someone I do not know wishes to write to me.

I do not see the point of inventing new and better ways for the crazy/needy ones to be a bother. They seem to be doing well on their own.

I am curious about why you would want to contact a person without letting them know who you are.
.kellzilla on June 21st, 2006 11:24 pm (UTC)
OP didn't say without letting them know who they are. OP said without revealing important information (email address.) Take a look at GreatestJournal for an implementation of this suggestion. Messages are sent tagged with the username of the person logged in; you can't send PMs without being logged in.
kahlan_amnellkahlan_amnell on June 21st, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC)
Not needed at all.

If I want to say something to someone, I will leave a comment.

If I want it to be private, I will contact them by another method.
qfemaleqfemale on June 22nd, 2006 04:47 am (UTC)
And what if you can't?
I've come across several journals that didn't have one public entry and no email address in display.
(no subject) - kahlan_amnell on June 22nd, 2006 11:53 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - qfemale on June 25th, 2006 11:08 am (UTC) (Expand)
yndyyndy on June 21st, 2006 11:51 pm (UTC)
er... or you could just post a comment and delete it if the person has email notification...
constitutes a private message in my book...

LJ is already getting myspace-ish enough, thanks
David Brailsford (MBA): humanhdofu on June 22nd, 2006 06:44 am (UTC)
like people don't think about these types of things

Denise: Misc. - Feet Couchniseag03 on June 22nd, 2006 01:35 am (UTC)
Honestly, I've never even thought of this possibility. But recent attempts to reach a co-mod (no email provided nor were they willing to email me, and not something I cared to discuss through comments) that proved to be difficult makes this feature one that interests me.
David Brailsford (MBA): starledhdofu on June 22nd, 2006 06:42 am (UTC)
exactly
I'm just this girl, you know?missakins on June 22nd, 2006 03:03 am (UTC)
I think that all users should have username@lj forward to their address. I think paid users should have webmail from LJ as an option, using some of their storage space. It'd not be hard to configure, hell, I bet they could get gmail to set it up if they wanted.
Nikki: NH Letter Nnakeisha on June 22nd, 2006 07:32 am (UTC)
Interesting question.

However, in effect people can do this anyway with a simple filter. That way you aren't giving out your email address and subsequent comments are emailed to you. It's super convenient, IMO.

Several friends and I use this method from time to time, even though we also use email.

I personally wouldn't see the point of such an option. I'm curious as to what you, or others, think the point is. Maybe I've missed something somewhere in my reasoning.
David Brailsford (MBA): humanhdofu on June 22nd, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC)
The point is simplicity and the fact that some people don't think of things like filters, also some people don't even think of making public entries and yet they manage comunities that become popular and leave no way to contact them. An easy way to get in contact with a perons on lj is the point.
Amanda: Jack Sparrowbyfaith on June 25th, 2006 02:12 pm (UTC)
If that's the kind of service you're looking for, get a MySpace. If you want to talk to someone privately you should email them. If you don't want to give out your personal email address, create a second email. There are dozens of free email services out there (Google Mail, Yahoo, Hotmail). Private messages would make LJ seem way too much like MySpace. MySpace = Gag!
bron't you darenerdork on June 27th, 2006 12:25 am (UTC)
Screened comments?