Thread Logging (or "Dreamwidth Journal History")
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It can be hard to track down all the posts you've made or threads you've started or replied to -- even with tags, commenting in your journal, other people's journals, communities, etc, can make it hard to have any kind of record of your own experiences on the site. If the site can record every one of your posts/top level comments (or the top-level comment you replied to) and report it (somewhere on your console, or into a specific entry in your journal) it will be much easier for people to reread their old posts/threads and track their life on DW.
Right now it's difficult to find everywhere you've posted or commented to and thus track your 'life' on this site. Basically, if someone wishes to do "thread logging", it all needs to be done manually -- you can track threads which sort of does it a little, but that again is a manual task. There's no automatic record, no recorded history, of where you've commented and what you've said.
Especially as the roleplay community gets larger this is something I feel will be more in demand (as rpers frequently like to reread the character development they go through, but sometimes this can be months or years of posts to wade through -- with an RP like CFUD, you've got six years of roleplay! Or, even if they're not fans of rereading, a lot of sites request you turn in your activity every month, which involves wading back through posts trying to find it, using tags liberally to help yourself keep track (but again, tags are added manually, which means human error). Thread-logging is standard but usually involves manual work.
Perhaps there can be an option on the site which outputs (into a console box or an entry that you set up and somehow mark as a "history" entry) the links for your comments/posts. Obviously doing every comment would be frustrating, so I'm thinking:
A) Any post you make, the post link would go in here.
B) If you make a comment, the History console identifies the top level comment in that thread (whether you started the thread or replied to it) and links it, discarding anything after. (Obviously in the case of B it would also check if it has already linked this thread and not link again if so).
Additional thoughts, details, and concerns:
- It would need to be arranged by date somehow, whether just a chronological order (top-down) or with datestamps of the toplevel comment beside them.
- Since what's just a list of links could become unwieldy fast it would be good for the user to either be able to convert into linktext instead of a plain URL, or at least have a field where the user could add a comment beside the link to identify the content if they choose to (ex: (LINK) - "Umeda and Akiha have a picnic. Mood crab sings them a song.")
- Having a list of the number of your total comments in the thread/post would probably be super useful to RPers (obviously this would mean that either it would have to dynamically update with each reply like the comment section in your profile OR the user could manually run to check for all updates you've made with that username).
- If this WAS going to be planned anyway, obviously the fact that people imported journals would make it difficult to have a 'full' list of their journal's history, unless there were a way to run the function to comb back through all appearances of the relevant username on DW (using their ID) and do a link dump. (This would be ideal for me, as a CFUDer who really wants to reread old threads). Since DW has such a strong search function I think this would theoretically be possible using something similar to the search functionality using the journalname ID, but I'm no programmer.
- Privacy issues -- if in a console you need to be logged into to see this isn't a concern, but if not, whatever journal entry this output into might need to be private by default (with the user able to make it public if they chose to?) in case you didn't want the whole world to see what that journal had been up to.
- This obviously wouldn't track anonymous comments, so if users can manually add extra threads (as in an editable entry) for any 'anon posts' they participate in, or if they did a 'bodyswap' with journals or so on, they could help keep track of these extra things as well. Not totally necessary as long as the journal name's history is added but it'd be a nice bonus for completion's sake.
- If this is impossible to do on the site itself, are there any programmers on the suggestions team or reading this otherwise who may be able to draw up an associated client that could run a similar function of outputting posts/the top comment of threads with a journal name? It's currently difficult to get full thread logs without having to manually keep track of things yourself, which is doubly difficult if you have multiple computers you thread from, if your game doesn't use tags, etc.
Poll #9801 Thread Logging (or "Dreamwidth Journal History")
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