Some of you may have heard that LJ codes are being ditched. metaphorge has been making a few posts about it. I agree with him that this is a bad idea... mostly because of the amount of spim (instant message spam) I get. Anyone can get an account with AIM, and the result is an increase in the noise/signal ratio. Now, I don't advocate not letting people get LJs. It should be an open community, but I want some control.
My solution was this:
Subject: The InviteCode drop/Whuffie and problems therin
The InviteCode drop/Whuffie and problems therin
Short, concise description of the idea
An alternative to ditching Invite Codes
Full description of the idea
Instead of ditching invite codes, we keep them, and differentiate our account types as "endorsed" and "unendorsed". Any one can sign up and get an unendorsed account, but other users and communities can block unendorsed accounts with a simple option. To get endorsed, all someone needs is an invite code or to upgrade to a paid account.
An ordered list of benefits
Does not keep LJ exclusive
Allows current users to maintain a level of exclusivity, based on their desires.
Handles trolls/spammers easily, without a confusing or complicated whuffie system.
Keeps an endorsed account as something special. It means someone still has to earn a place in the core of the LJ community, but even without that, can still benefit from it.
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
Code trading. This isn't really a problem, but we'll probably see alot of on LJ communities swapping codes.
An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
Implementation is easy. Add a flag to every account as to wether or not it is endorsed. Add a page labeled "get endorsed", where a user can cash an invite code, changing their status to endorsed. Heck, users with codes could even have an "endorse a user" page. They can cash in one of their codes to endorse someone.
So it's a nice, elegant solution. I attempted to submit it to the LJ suggestion community. The reply I recieved was:
Please comment to the posts and wait for the systems to be implemented so we know how things actually stand.
In other words, we're going ahead with our plan anyway. I did post it as a reply to the newspost that spawned this whole thing. Frankly, my solution is better; it gives everyone what they want. Anyone else with me on this?