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a cryptic post [Jul. 9th, 2007|08:53 am]
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I was reading the LJ front page today, and it mentioned that "not all clients support custom security", when referring to the use of custom friends groups to be able to filter one's readers into groups.

What does that mean? It could be interpreted in a number of different ways!

[User Picture]From: ralesk
2007-07-09 04:30 pm (UTC)

I interpret it as the client being unable to make custom security posts, or edit such (if you’re lucky, it won’t mess with the usermask in this case, although it’s possible that it might clobber it)

My client doesn’t support editing yet — and creating posts is only possible in Public, Private and Friends only.

I can’t seem to interpret it any other way ^^;

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[User Picture]From: silveryrose
2007-07-09 05:35 pm (UTC)
As an Active Directory administrator, I could potentially read it as "some clients will crap on themselves if you attempt to use them with custom security policies applied"

Whether it is logical to read it like that is a different story altogether. Of course being an LJ user, I obviously know to read it as applying to custom friends groups, but the point is that there are some other potential ways it could be read by people less familiar with how LJ post security works :)
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[User Picture]From: ralesk
2007-07-09 05:48 pm (UTC)
Ahhhhhhhh, I see :)
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[User Picture]From: jkrissw
2007-07-09 06:03 pm (UTC)
Ok. I was wondering if it meant that READING people's posts with a client program wouldn't pay attention to their friend groups. I guess that doesn't make sense anyway - never mind. :-)
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[User Picture]From: silveryrose
2007-07-09 06:36 pm (UTC)
I had never considered that as a possible reading, since there isn't direct support for it in the client protocol (if you use the method to generate an authentication cookie, you can emulate it somewhat by pull ing and caching a copy of easy friend's RSS feed, since your friends list is available through the protocol)

If LJ ever implements a method in the client protocol to read friends-only entries, I'm sure it'll force compliance on the clients by just not returning the data to begin with :)

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[User Picture]From: natf
2007-07-09 10:34 pm (UTC)
I think that it means exactly that.
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[User Picture]From: int
2007-07-10 07:39 am (UTC)
Means being able to set custom groups as security on posts (so only certain friends can see certain posts). It takes an annoying bit of binary addition to do it, so some LJ posting clients don't bother with it (ie. Deepest Sender didn't work with them until its 10th release, and had nagging minor problems with them for the next billion releases after that).
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