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Inverse filter
I kind of wish LJ had an inverse filter - "Don't show these people this entry."

I know it wouldn't be useful for security, but what I'm thinking is being polite. I like posting quizzes for the world to see - so public - but I know some of my friends don't like them. So I'd setup an inverse filter to keep my quizzes off their pages. The reverse, having to put everyone on my friends list to show them the quizzes, is completely unappealing to me.

Just a random thought before bed.

I am: dead
Current Media: quiet

simonb From: simonb Date: January 20th, 2004 01:26 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

It would be useful, yes. However when this sort of thing is posed to the LJ developers it normally doesn't get much attention since there seems to be a view of "if its public then anyone can see it if they log out".

Anyway, to get it working you'd have to do something like have a meta-friend which is "Public" - i.e. anyone - and then do checks along the lines of:

  • If the viewer is not logged in and the "Public" meta-friend is in the friend's group then they can view it
  • If the viewer is logged in and they are not on your friend's list then treat them as someone who isn't logged in
  • If the viewer is logged in and is on your friends list then do the usual friends groups check

Thus you could create a custom group which would contain the "Public" meta-friend and then exclude anyone on your friends list who didn't want to view quizes and the like.

The other alternative is to create keyword lists for posts - something which could contain words like "quiz", "meme", etc and then update the web client, flat and XML-RPC interfaces to support this. Then you could effectively kill-file posts you didn't want to see. This would require work on the part of the people viewing the journal so it may not fly; people would also have to remember to associate the right keywords with the right posts (that said, you'd still need to do this with the custom group solution above).

You could always make a suggestion; see here for how.

hyuri From: hyuri Date: January 20th, 2004 03:48 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Might this also work better if it were a filter that worked for people who've friended you, rather than (or in addition to) people you've friended? And one that they could add themselves to, and likewise remove themselves from?
broken_gizmo From: broken_gizmo Date: January 20th, 2004 05:28 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I have two meme filters. [meme] and [meme-quiz]. The first is for memes that are more, "Answer neat (FSVO) questions and provide real information about yourself), and the latter is for things off of quizzila, etc. I defaulted to having everyone in both, and pull people from the latter as they request.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: January 20th, 2004 02:03 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Yeah, but it still limits them to people on your friends list - there are people who have friended me and who read my stuff, who I'd like to be able to see such things, but who I don't want on my friends list for various reasons. Or even just random people checking out my LJ.

It was just a kind of late night "wouldn't it be nice if". I think the real answer is some kind of category system that other people could then killfile, etc.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: January 20th, 2004 10:29 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
That would be a nice shortcut.

As it is I have a "not my family" and a "not my mother" filter set up.
From: iwascaite Date: January 20th, 2004 10:38 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
This would be a useful thing.

I used to backdate things that weren't of general interest. Then I realized nothing I was saying was of general interest.

You complained that you had too many people on your friends list. Go ahead, scare away the feeble ones, you'd be better off knowing.