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[Oct. 16th, 2003|11:53 am]
LiveJournal Client Discussions


just a query; are there any lj clients out there (either executables or scripts) that allow the user to interface with livejournal (or any lj sister site) and use it as if it were a personal wiki; either by letting one use wiki text formatting rules [and converting to html formatting like a wiki does for when the page is viewed] (plus a simple 'edit text' interface), or even by letting one display/edit one's journal as a wiki type site (through an automatically generated interface, preferably html), working as a layer on top of the livejournal api?

there's a c2 wiki entry titled WikiJournaling which talks about using a wiki to blog, but i was wondering it was possible to do the opposite by having wiki functionability with lj (rather, something in-between lj and wiki functionability with lj, i.e., wiki style usage but with lj style features). thanks.

From: cyberlizard
2003-10-16 08:03 am (UTC)
I don't think this is possible. LJ is primarily a journalling app, and so the primary key of each journal is the journal date. A Wiki's primary key is the WikiName or WikiTopic. You could implement WikiTextFormatting in your client, but WikiNames become meaningless. Therefore, it isn't a wiki anymore.

A wiki has a graph structure; on the other hand, a journal or blog has an essentially linear structure. So, you can use a wiki to blog, but you can't use a blog as a wiki. The tools just don't fit.
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[User Picture]From: mirukux
2003-10-16 08:29 am (UTC)
but when interfacing with the lj api, the client would automatically link and store the post's actual url with the post title/topic profided by the user, so it would know where to look in future for retreiving page information.
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[User Picture]From: mirukux
2003-10-16 08:35 am (UTC)
the client could also convert things like <lj user="blahblah"> and <lj comm="dootdeedoo"> by using LjUserBlahblah or LjCommDootdeedoo
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From: evan
2003-10-16 05:55 pm (UTC)
logjam has a text styleabstraction that lets you write in StructuredText (which is wikilike) and have it convert to/from LJ-HTML. but it's disabled right now and probably doesn't work anymore.
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[User Picture]From: someoneelse
2003-10-16 12:39 pm (UTC)
Thats really interesting... I'm not getting the concept very much... but I like the idea.

I am working on a ColdFusion livejournal client, and a friend of mine (ibjhb) just wrote a ColdFusion implementation wiki. Sooo we could possibly join forces and make that happen.

Whats the advantage of using LJ for a Wiki? Why not just have a wiki?
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[User Picture]From: mirukux
2003-10-16 01:12 pm (UTC)
well, the main advantage would be that its an lj account one is working with; it's automatically compatible with other people's friends pages, and can use other lj features like having a bio and interests. the main difference is that there would be more editing of older entries (as cyberlizard noted, wiki doesn't really have a sense of time like a blog has). i'm interested in editing one's journal wiki style because it's a much quicker method of notation compared to anything i've come across before; you can have a brainstorm, and add or change a few sentences in a couple of different entries in under 60 odd seconds.
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