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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.

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sleigh
Jun. 28th, 2004 04:00 am (UTC)
You can also filter your friends list even further, for reading purposes -- like have a list of friends that you read daily, another that you check sporadically, and so on... I don't use the filters myself, so I don't know much beyond the fact that the filters exist, but if my F-List gets </i>too</i> much larger, I may look into that. I notice that a fair number of those on my F-List don't post every day, and there are some who might post two or three times a day but only with short snippets, so at the moment I'm keeping up well enough.

I usually will friend someone back if they friend me, figuring I can always 'unfriend' them (there's another strange verb) if I really don't care to read their journal -- I've only had to delete one person from my friend's list over the nearly three years I've been on LJ.
haikujaguar
Jun. 28th, 2004 05:21 am (UTC)
I do something similar. I keep a list of filters: people I know locally and have met in person and consider friends, people who are other writers and who often write about writing, and "everyone else." I manage my reading time based on whether I'm trying to catch up with people I know personally, whether I want to read about writing, and whether I want/have time to browse.

The filtering is helpful too because it allows you to lock entries to specific filters. So I can ask the writers about a problem with contracts/agents without having it broadcast to everyone who's reading my journal. :)

Some people are weird about being Friended, but I'm with penmage above about it. Sometimes people will state their Friends policy in their user info, which is helpful.