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Who else remembers when the ability to close lj-cuts was first introduced? Before that, the lj-cut behaviour was just that everything after the cut tag would be hidden, and people were used to using it like that. So, for instance, if they were discussing several things in an entry, and one was a spoiler, the spoily material would always come at the end. When the ability to close lj-cut was introduced, people carried on doing the same thing, but would then close the cut and write "wow! uncut text!" at the end of their entry.

It took a while before people started doing this, and using the feature properly, and during the intermediate timeframe, everyone was driven insane watching as one person after another tested out the new feature.

So with the introduction of comment editing and private messaging on LJ, I'm now wondering: how long is it going to be before we start seeing comments edited to say something other than "look! an edited comment!" and private messages that say something other than "look, a private message!"?

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To be fair, I'll be using the editing comment feature to edit out embarrassing spelling mistakes, and hoping no one actually notices. Of course, the edited message tag will give it away, but at least the mistake will be fixed. ;)

Private messages boggle me, though. What's wrong with email?!

That and the extra email generated when you edit a comment. :|

You can't email somebody who has a free account unless they happen to put their email address in their profile, and most people don't.

I was thinking more that anyone I'd likely to be PMing would be someone I know reasonably well and would therefore know their email. Anyone random I don't know the email of I wouldn't know well enough to want to be PMing them with anything that wouldn't go in a regular comment on their LJ. *shrugs*

I'm just disorganized enough that I know which LJer I want to contact, but not their current contact info — so I'll be using the PM feature shortly :)

I can think of lots of situations where it would be useful, but maybe it's a sign of my age when I remember the time when people on Usenet would take lengthy discussions to email (whether they were acquainted or not) as a sign of courtesy towards the rest of the people in the group. More practically, someone on an LJ community might ask for information about a particular professor, or a therapist, or something, and you might want to reply with details without posting them publicly.

More practically, someone on an LJ community might ask for information about a particular professor, or a therapist, or something, and you might want to reply with details without posting them publicly.

Okay, I'll no longer be boggling about the PM feature. :D

Oh good. That means I no longer have to add the one about where it'd make it so much easier to contact the mod's of a community - on condition they have the PMing feature enabled, of course. :)

See, now that's just silly, because sod's law dictates that they're going to disappear off the face of the net and the PMing feature will send messages to a dead yahoo account. ;)

One use of the private message would be to ask someone who has just friended me - excuse me, have we met? Who are you? - and then they'd send me a private message saying their non-LJ name, and mention where they know me from.

And not even everyone with a paid/perm account since you can disable your @livejournal.com address (for example because you get mostly spam to it from people guessing your email address).

I'm just glad they've used sense and set it as only editable if no-one's replied.

Yay LJ.

*cough*

It was part of the suggestion as submitted by the obvious (and remarkably modest) genius who came up with the idea (which it turned out had been submitted in almost identical manner in 2004).

Can't think who that might have been though.

@rho how long is it going to be before we start seeing comments edited to say something other than "look! an edited comment!"

I edited comment #3 on the news post to link to the suggestions entry after I got the comment in. This may actually mean that vacuous First! comments might now then get some content...

I'll admit to sending two test messages already though.

Hehe. Yay for the genius for coming up with the idea then (and the almost identical submitting genius, of course ;)).

Pffft, I haven't even used the new comment editing feature. It's called checking your comment before posting!

Oh wait, look, I edited! Sorry, but I had to do that. *ducks*

Edited at 2007-11-08 02:03 (UTC)

*mutter*

I'd complain about how you love to torment me, except I know how you'd reply already, so I won't bother...

Hahaha. I will refrain from PMing you just to say 'oh, look! PM!'

Since, I know you'll be expecting it, and I can't torment you too ofent at one time. Gotta keep you waiting for the next instance. ;)

OK. PM from Amanda the minute I've forgotten that it will be coming. Check.

Ahahaha, I know you well enough to know that any torment has to be new torment. Thus, my next instance of torment will be something completely different, and will not involve random PMs. ;)

Ah, but you might just be saying that to lull me into a false sense of security, and then pounce on me when I'm least expecting it. Of course, now that I've realised that, I'll definitely be expecting it, so I'll know that it can't come. Except that that means... *brain explodes*

Oops.

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