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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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artbeco
Jun. 28th, 2004 01:26 pm (UTC)
LJ 'friends' lists...
Debbie has the additional problem of being immensely popular within the filk community, which is admittedly filled with many people who may never have developed adequate social skills. My theory is, if they complain, they need to get a life.

I keep my friends list pared down pretty much to close personal friends and long distance friends, and some particularly interesting characters who tend to be friends of friends, who sometimes develop further into my friends as well. ;) I don't 'friend' people I when I don't know who they are in real life. I don't have a fan base of interested readers, though, so I think strangers' interest in my journal would be quite limited. You may be running into the added twists and turns of having your reading public want to devour any words you may care to spill forth in your LJ. So much for your privacy. The filters you can set up might be be useful for posting more personal things that you might not want the public at large to have access to, though I'm not sure how far I'd trust those.

Personally, I find my journal easy and useful as a record of things and thoughts that have been going on in my life, and the added bonus of support in the form of comments from friends can be wonderfully sanity-saving. It tends to be quicker, easier and more personal than the journal I was trying to keep going in my own website, and with the friends' filters I don't have to worry so much about random weirdos reading personal stuff.

I limit my list of who I read due to time constraints, and as a reminder to myself to stay in my real life. Though I will say that I really love hearing about what my long-distance friends are up to, because even if they post only occasionally, I get to hear of their adventures more often than I would if I relied only on e-mail or phone calls. It can become a nice way to stay in touch with long-distance friends, or a way to get to know new people that you think might be cool to know...

And hey Deb, hope the vacation time has gone well! Are you going to OVFF?
ohiblather
Jun. 28th, 2004 02:22 pm (UTC)
Re: LJ 'friends' lists...
We're leaving tomorrow morning; today's been a bit of a panic. :-) Yes, going to OVFF! I assume I'll see you there?

To Michelle: Looking forward to seeing you and Tom at Confluence, yay! I was going to teach Allison & Jodi the "Michelle in Robarts Library" song to perform as a surprise, but sadly, there wasn't enough time. :-( Ah well...
msagara
Jun. 28th, 2004 03:55 pm (UTC)
Re: LJ 'friends' lists...
This is a new definition of the word "sadly" with which I am currently unfamiliar...

(jjc says you will be misremembered as a one-hit-wonder for the "Commandy Andy" song. Jamie makes baby noises, and Kristen laughs. A lot.)

Do you actually remember what the rules about embarrassing me in public are?