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Here's an idea that I haven't seen proposed before. Please correct me if it has been; I'd appreciate it if you could post the link in that case, because I would like to see what The Powers That Be have thought of it.

GreatestJournal (GJ) is a LiveJournal clone, based on the open LJ source, that I use for my private personal journal. I use that primarily for posting rants, works in progress, and icons. GJ, and perhaps other LJ-based services such as DeadJournal and JournalFen, uses <lj user=username> and <lj comm=communityname> instead of <gj user=username> and <gj comm=communityname>. This seemed technically incorrect to me when I first had to use it ("gj" isn't even a recognized tag on GJ), but I got over it.

Recently, though, sui_degeneris pointed out to me that I tend to embed "lj" tags that came from LJ in my GJ, which leads to File Not Found (404) errors when people click on them. I have since started using "username on LJ" in plain text instead.

That discussion got me to thinking, though. Why not have a <xSj user=username>, where S is one of {d, f, g, l} for Dead, Fen, Greatest, Live? This could even be extended to b for Blogger and m for MoveableType. And just as there were little icons to replace the "human torso" that appears next to a user name such as banazir, we could have a specific glyph for each service. Then people could reference <xgj user=sui_degeneris> from LJ and vice versa, and it would go to the right journal.

What say you?



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Sep. 28th, 2005 04:01 am (UTC)
Glad you think so
Why, thanks!

I'm looking for effective ways to broach the subject to TBTB of LJ. Anyone have the ears of the Low-Numbered People?

Sep. 28th, 2005 04:24 am (UTC)
I think that's a great idea. Seems to follow what they're doing now, with letting people from other journal sites comment with OpenIDs.
Sep. 28th, 2005 04:29 am (UTC)
OpenIDs and compact tags
From what I just read of OpenIDs, they are compatible; perhaps the xSj tag could just be syntactic sugar for an OpenID, the appropriate little GIF, and the designated User Info page?

Some standardization would have to be worked out with non-LJ blog systems, but I think it can be done.

Sep. 28th, 2005 09:13 pm (UTC)
I feel cheated now. I always figured you just never talked much about your private life, but now to learn this, that there is a secret stash of Banarama...it hurts. It hurts me here.

Sep. 28th, 2005 09:35 pm (UTC)
Where? *poke poke*
Come over and make an account, friend the Nazgul Sith, and all's well that ends well!

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