I've been looking around at the available LJ clients and not finding one that does what I want. Do I have to write my own? Most clients seem to think that their job begins and ends with helping me write WYSIWYG journal entries, but I find the LJ web interface is fine for that. What I want a client for is
Tell me when new comments have been attached to my friends' journal entries.
Tell me which comments are ones I haven't read yet. (Currently I have to squint at the dates and usually just end up rereading comments I've already seen.)
It seems to me that this is most easily accomplished by adapting a USENET reader, such as Pan, using the following analogy:
And so forth. Of course, there are some differences (deleting a comment has different semantics from cancelling a reply, thread-starting posts can be edited if yours, etc.) but I suspect a decent job could be achieved by "just" replacing Pan's backend and leaving the UI pretty much the same.