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The daily project: mockup three
A bunch of you already know I'm designing a social network where you can only post once per day.

My latest mockup is here.

New today: comments. The first post in the mockup is displayed with comments expanded.

I think Facebook mostly gets commenting right. LJ's comments are overcomplicated for most people's needs.

I did however go with a "send" button, which frees up the enter key for actual line breaks, without having to be a cleverpants who hits shift-enter. I think it's more in keeping with the "longer deeper thoughts" nature of the site.

The deepest question I haven't resolved: do public posts even exist on this site? I like the idea that it's more focused on friends, but I don't want to chase away folks who enjoy having a mixed public/private presence. Like me.

Along with that: should people have public "usernames"?

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ronebofh From: ronebofh Date: July 1st, 2014 05:16 am (UTC) (Link)
"I think Facebook mostly gets commenting right. LJ's comments are overcomplicated for most people's needs."

We can't be friends anymore.
xtingu From: xtingu Date: July 1st, 2014 06:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm with Ron here... assuming you mean simply LJ's threaded comments are overcomplicated and FB's non-threaded comments are preferable.

I gotta say, I like LJs bettah.
ms_violet From: ms_violet Date: July 1st, 2014 11:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I do as well. I like threaded comments and I don't like this.

OP: I didn't submit to the One-Minute Play festival, so I won't be going to see it.
C1: omg! y u no submit to #OMPF?
C2: because ur gay
OP: I feel that citywide festivals shouldn't be curated, because they're too exclusionary, therefore I didn't submit.
C2: ur still gay
C3: Ok, but what about the original mission of the festival? The idea was to create a show which reflects the nature of Philadelphia's cultural scene. Shouldn't the producer be allowed to select playwrights who can best contribute to the mission?
C1: u should have submitted anyway
OP: See, by your own definition, the method of execution defeated the purpose of the original mission.
C3: how so?
C2: gay gay gay
OP: Shut up
C3: If you don't like what I have to say, then whatever, I'll just unfriend you.
OP: No, C3, I wasn't talking to you, I was talking to C1.
C1: Why? what did I do?
C2: GAY
C4: In a city as rich divers as Phiadelfia, shouldn't the voices of LGBT playwrights also be counted? I had no idea the OMPF was so homophobic.
C1: OMPF? WTF?
OP: Sorry, C2 I was telling C2 to shut up
C2: I didn't mean that kind of gay
OP: C3, if the OMPF wants playwrights who can best show the nature of Philadelphia's cultural scene, they can't pre-select playwrights.
C4: I got in, and they know I'm gay
C3: But wasn't the selection process based on past participation?
OP: What kind of gay were you talking about?
C3: You know Michael and I have been together for years and I was with Kevin before that. Honestly, OP, where the hell have you been?
C2: I meant gay like a tennis ball that doesn't bounce
C5: You guys I just lost 40 pounds taking these raspberry keytone supplements they showed on Dr. Oz last week!
C2: or gay like that
C1: all tennis balls bounce
C2: not all tennis balls bounce
C2: sometimes u no when u find a tennis ball like ur out walking ur dog and you find a tennis ball in the park or something and u throw it 4 ur dog and u think this is gonna be awesome and it doesn't bounce? that's gay.
OP: Tennis balls don't bounce on grass.
C2: I didn't say we were on grass some parks have asphalt some have that rubber stuff under the swings
C3: C2, I think you'd better check your privilege. Many of the community centers in this city are in zones which lack suitable funding for safe playgrounds because of City Council's continued fiscal self-interest.
C5: You guys I think my account got hacked.
C1: Change ur password.
C5: I did. Is mrmittens123 a good password?
OP: My point is that in order for theater to truly reflect the nature of a city, the participants can't be pre-selected.
C5: I did change my password
C2: u just didn't get invited and that's gay
OP has left the conversation.


AAAR MATEY! THREAD HIJACKING!!!!

On the other hand, it is kind of like old-school IRC chat.
boutell From: boutell Date: July 1st, 2014 12:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dear lord that's funny. Thank you for making my day. And now I have to rethink comments. Grr.
yendi From: yendi Date: July 1st, 2014 12:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thirded. The only thing worse than conversations on FB are back-and-forths on Tumblr. LJ really does have it right here.
xtingu From: xtingu Date: July 1st, 2014 06:35 am (UTC) (Link)
I like usernames.

Nobody needs to know who I am unless I want them to.

(HAW HAW HAW LULZ there is only one xtingu and the NSA knows who that is)
ms_violet From: ms_violet Date: July 1st, 2014 11:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm late to the party on this, but:

Okay. Special dispensation, ie., if your duck graduates.

let's say that you get up at 6 am and on the way to work you ride the train over the Schyukill Rover and it's very pretty that day and you post, "Today the Schyulkill is very pretty."

Then later the same day, the Supreme Court makes a major decision on something life-affecting and you can't let that slip by without posting something out into the ether, i.e., "OMG SCOTUS SCREWED UP MY LIFE."

However, you didn't qualify for a special dispensation.

Does this mean you just have to learn self-control?

Oh, I get it.
ms_violet From: ms_violet Date: July 1st, 2014 11:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I should have finished my coffee before commenting.
nerdsholmferret From: nerdsholmferret Date: July 1st, 2014 11:57 am (UTC) (Link)
How is "public" distinguished from "hundreds if not thousands of friends, most of whom you wouldn't recognize on sight"?
boutell From: boutell Date: July 1st, 2014 12:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
With private, usernames are less important because people who don't know you aren't trying to figure out your URL. They have to be invited anyway. Even if you're inviting hundreds this is still the case.
boutell From: boutell Date: July 1st, 2014 01:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Please see daily sketch 4, which incorporates comment threading in a Lindsay-compliant fashion, I think. Let me know your thoughts. Thanks!
swingchickie From: swingchickie Date: July 1st, 2014 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
is it wrong that i want you to just keep doing new iterations so i can laugh at all the usernames you create? :)
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