finding my way (lyspeth) wrote in lj_userdoc,
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(49) My protected posts are listed as public memories. Who can see them?
Suggested link to
(24) How do I control who can read my journal entries? What are security settings?
(47) What are "Memories"? How do I use this feature?


I like the first link idea. I'd think of putting it as a parenthetical link after the first clause of the FAQ, but it could also go at the end of that paragraph as a moreinfo link.

I'm inclined to think that the second is less necessary because people mostly go to that FAQ if they already know what a memory is, and 47 already links to 49, so back-linking is a little dubious. But FAQ 47 has a lot of good information besides security, so linking back could be okay.

(77) What is a community?
Suggested links to:
(101) How do I join a community and read its entries on my Friends page?
(76) How do I post in a community?
(79) What are the options regarding open and closed communities? and possibly more.


I think these are all great suggestions, and they mostly fit logically into the flow of the FAQ where it touches on those issues. I'm curious though -- why do we have one FAQ called "What is a community?" and another (45) called "How do community journals work?" Couldn't they be combined into one overview FAQ for greater efficiency? FAQ 45 seems to have a lot of the links that 77 is missing.

(85) How do I find a community?
Suggested links to:
(123) What is the Directory? How do I use this feature?
(76) How do I post in a community?


I like the idea for the first. It could be added after the current info about interest searches, with something like "Paid/permanent/early adopter users can also use the directory to search for communities by a variety of other criteria."

For the second, I'd rather see a link to (101) How do I join a community and read its entries on my Friends page?, because users usually need or want to join communities before posting to them, and 101 already links to 76.

(101) How do I join a community and read its entries on my Friends page?
Suggested link to (79) What are the options regarding open and closed communities?


FAQ 79 mainly concerns things that are relevant to community maintainers. Insofar as users need to know what open and closed communities are, it's already explained right there.

It links to FAQ 81 at the very bottom, but I wonder if users ever panic when they see that joining a community means that your entries appear on its friends page (fourth paragraph)?

(81) If I join or watch a community, can the members see the protected entries made in my journal?
Suggested link to (24) How do I control who can read my journal entries? What are security settings?


This seems good.

(79) What are the options regarding open and closed communities?
Suggested links to:
(101) How do I join a community and read its entries on my Friends page?
(76) How do I post in a community?


FAQ 79 is mainly an FAQ for community maintainers, so it might be better to link it to FAQs like (157) What is the "Moderator" option? How does it work?, (84) How do I remove or ban a member of my community? and other relevant Community Management FAQs.

(93) I no longer want my community. What are my options?
Suggested link to (125) Which journals are officially sponsored by LiveJournal?


I couldn't figure out what the purpose of this link was for a while, but now I see it's in reference to the fact that you shouldn't delete an official LJ community. I guess it would be okay to put it there, not really as information for people who maintain LJ communities ('cause I'd think they'd already know that!) but to help people who may not even know that there are such official communities. Still, that's fairly secondary to the FAQ's purpose.

Is there any reason that this FAQ doesn't tell maintainers that they can think about just leaving the community alone, putting a notice on the info page that says it's not currently being maintained and is up for grabs, and waiting for someone who's willing to administrate it?

Also, it might be nice to tell maintainers that it's polite not to delete the community suddenly -- I saw a support request about this where someone was quite bothered by the loss of the community. Obviously we can't stop maintainers from doing that, but telling them it's not nice...maybe?

Does anyone else ever get the feeling that browsing the FAQs is sort of like doing a Choose Your Own Adventure book?
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