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USENET-style LJ client? [Aug. 23rd, 2004|12:48 am]
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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?

[User Picture]From: cryo
2004-08-23 12:42 am (UTC)
The only solution for this is to have the LJ client<->server protocol support it. I'd be happy with having article reference #'s returned in a metadata for the entry. As for maintaining a .newsrc for read 'entries/community entries', you're looking at basically eliminating the web interface to LJ, which does two things:

1) pretty much eliminates the LiveJournal look-n-feel(tm).
2) moves the onus of responsibility more to the client [where I feel more needs to be done on the server side to keep track of things like this (since the server requires you to login and keeps track of your other preferences anyway (the scope of LJ changed when it went from individual journals (email-like paradigm) to having communities (nntp-like paradigm))].


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