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LJ asshattery

So the latest bit of LJ drama (in case you haven't heard, Six Apart deleted a bunch of fandom journals because--Think Of The Children!) has me thinking.

How hard would it be to extend the LJ software so that:

  1. Users could friend OpenID accounts.

  2. OpenID accounts could join communities.

  3. OpenID accounts could be associated with new local accounts such that if somebody has friended your OpenID and you create an account, they automatically friend your local account.

  4. Users could import friends and posts from another LiveJournal-based site, and maybe even mirror the remote account for a time.

The resulting "OpenJournal" would be a site that would allow people to join up without having to immediately abandon their existing journals.

Think it would work? If nothing else, it could be another Digg/09F9-like reminder of precisely who's in control on the Internet.


Jun. 3rd, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
OpenID accounts do create a real local account, something like http://www.livejournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=ext_880 but I don't have a journal there http://ext-880.livejournal.com/. OpenID is given anonymous equivalence rather than LocalUser equivalence for several things, including captchas and joining communities.

I'd really like to see #2 come to pass. I've opened tickets regarding it.
Jun. 3rd, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
Ah, but wait, you're not asking about Six Apart doing this, but rather the OpenJournal liberating people from LiveJournal. hmm..

Then all things are possible.

A compare of Wordpress MU and LiveJournal is in order.
Aug. 4th, 2007 12:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it shouldn't be too difficult from a technical point of view to create a modified version of the LJ software that allows OpenID users to join communities. OpenID users are just LiveJournal accounts with a special journaltype value ("I", looking at the code). A lot of the limitations on them are deliberate (due to fear of spam attacks, for example).

Of course, 3 and 4 are much harder.