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Would Dreamwidth/Livejournal comment pages be possible? - Input Junkie
August 29th, 2012
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Would Dreamwidth/Livejournal comment pages be possible?
Given my druthers, I wouldn't have to check comments about the same post in two different places. Of course, at this point, DW/LJ is only part of the problem, what with people cross-posting the same things to DW, LW, G+, and FB, but the DW/LJ problem is one I run into more often, and perhaps relatively solvable because both of them use the same open-source software.

What I'm imagining is a page with comments from both sites (no doubt with the source marked with a stripe or an icon or something) with the threads in order of posting. (I'd like unthreaded [new|old] as an option, too. And a pony.)

I'm not sure whether this is an option best activated by the reader or by creator of the post, or as an option for both.

I'm inclined to think this would be a lot harder to maintain the conversation for flocked posts because some people might have permission to read at one site but not the other, so lets assume it's only available for public posts.

If it's possible at all, I assume it would also work for deadjournal, insane journal, and anyone else who's using the same software.

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From:madfilkentist
Date:August 29th, 2012 07:55 pm (UTC)
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This sounds possible, given the LJ API, but one problem comes to mind. Let's say it's done by a website harvesting comments from both LJ and DW (just those two to keep things simple) and merging them, labeling their sources so that redundancy or commenting at cross-purposes doesn't look so strange. The difficulty is with replying to the comments. Either the comment-merging site would have to be somehow able to post back to both LJ and DW, which raises security issues, especially for commenters who don't have accounts on both, or you'd have to reply to a comment by going back to the LJ or DW site.
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From:ice_hesitant
Date:August 30th, 2012 02:15 pm (UTC)
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It's technically possible and not necessarily all that hard, but if such a site gets popular LJ could quite plausibly disallow it via updated Terms of Service and block it.

There's also the option of doing all of it clientside via Greasemonkey/user javascript, which would feel kludgier but can neither be commercialized nor blocked.
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From:reddragdiva
Date:August 30th, 2012 04:39 pm (UTC)
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AIUI, Dreamwidth would love to offer this, but they consider that LJ would cut them off.
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From:happypete
Date:September 3rd, 2012 01:13 am (UTC)

Cut them off?

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In his post-LJ work, I know bradfitz worked on something called PubSubHubBub that would have facilitated exactly this sort of crossover commenting. Basically a comment would get a unique identifier, and all of the crossover sites that subscribed to new comments would be notified so that they could add it. The identifier would prevent comments from getting "looped back" to their source, and also allow things like threading to be rendered correctly.

LJ is fighting hard to stay relevant...why would they cut off support to DW?
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