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Yet another question...

Is there any way to view the comment threads in a non-threaded, linear fashion? As in, read them in the order, by time & date, in which they were posted? I've read as much of the FAQ as seems relevant, and I can't see a single thing that would allow this -- but I'm hopeful that I'm just a) blind or b) looking in the wrong place.

And another question: I've been looking at some user info pages -- and I'm overwhelmed at the number of people that people 'friend'. Is it just that most people don't post much in their LJs? Because if I had in excess of 100 (and some people have close to 300) friends who -did-, I'd never get anything done. Not even sleep :/.

I'm trying to read the journals of people who have friended -me-, when I can, and am wondering about the etiquette of 'friending' in the LJ community. It is considered rude not to friend people who friend you? (and friend as a verb... <deep sigh>.) Is it considered rude to just friend someone? Any opinions -- even sarcastic, silly ones -- are welcome.


Jun. 27th, 2004 11:08 pm (UTC)
I'm very new to LiveJournal myself, so the following may not reflect that of the community at large, but here's my take:

Friending someone basically lets them know that you're following their LiveJournal, and tells the system to include posts from that LJ on your "Friends" page (in GEnie terms, it's like MARking an author-topic, with the added twist that the topic-owner can see a list of everyone who's MARked it). Basically, it takes away your lurker's cloak of invisibility -- the LJ-owner knows that you're reading their journal.

I've run into few folk who seem to mind being "friended" in and of itself, -- but I do get the impression that folks like to know a bit about those who've friended them -- it's not unusual to see "if you've friended me, introduce yourself" journal posts by some of the more popular LJ-folk.

There is one additional wrinkle. Friending someone also has an effect when they're reading your journal. You can "friends-lock" journal entries so that only readers you've tagged as "friends" can see that entry; for other LJ users or anyone who's not logged in, friends-locked posts will be hidden, as if they didn't even exist. Depending on what you post in your journal, this may or may not be a useful power, but it's one that's wise to remember, and it's a good reason why someone might not "friend" you back -- if they're posting sensitive stuff, whether personal or professional, under "friends-lock", they may prefer to limit access to those posts.