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USENET-style LJ client? [Aug. 23rd, 2004|12:48 am]
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[pyesetz]
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:
LiveJournal USENET
User login  → Server
Friend  → Newsgroup
Journal entry  → Thread-starting post
Comment  → Reply post
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.

And I completely out to lunch on this?
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[User Picture]From: xb95
2004-08-22 10:49 pm (UTC)
There is no way to determine if new comments have been posted to entries on your friends page or to determine what the posts on your friends page are without screen scraping, which is expressly disallowed at this point.

As long as you follow the guidelines previously set out in lj_dev about client policy (go back a month or two), you'll be fine.

It'd be nice and cool, but our systme really just doesn't support it right now.
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