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i know that i've said this before relatively recently, but in the past week or so i've developed five to eight more LJ friends/readers (hurray for DDR), so i want to keep everyone up to speed.

there are a lot of different levels of trust that i have for people that read my LJ... not necessarily because some of my LJ friends are less trustworthy, but there are some LJ friends who i feel more of a connection with due to the type of interaction i've had with them or due to how easily we understand each other.

in general, i've discovered that I can comfortably write about Anything to a) close friends, b) people who i feel are similar to me, c) long-term LJ friends who have been with me for a while, or d) complete strangers. This places those in the category of "people i just met" or "people who i trust with some but not all aspects of my personality" in a strange position in my head. i need to make some decisions about how much of my thoughts and my life i want to entrust to those middleground people.

Resultingly, i'm planning on doing a restructure of my friends list as it serves in two different functions: a) those whose trust level i have in them is reflected in what entries i allow them to see, and b) those who i like to read about in detail on a regular basis combined with those who don't post on a regular basis versus those who i read in detail on a semi-regular basis but otherwise more likely skim.

this will most likely involve a temporary deletion of my friends list at some point soon as i sort all of it out.

The problem i'm going to be wrestling with is how to assign filters. For function a) above, filter assigning is easy - i can make filters for each category of people i read and then have a bookmark that points to the appropriate custom friends page. Function b) is trickier. I've previously had what I call "anti" filters, which will filter out one or two people who i don't feel comfortable with certain information - an "anti-jackie" filter will let everyone read the entry except for jackie, or an "anti-florida filter" will let everyone read the entry except for those that live in floridaa. This runs into issues if i want to filter out both jackie *and* florida people, since those filters are inclusive rather than exclusive (as in, if i were to checkbox both filters, it would let everyone see the entry since florida people can read the "anti-jackie" filter and jackie can read the "anti-florida" filter).

I wish that LJ could instead have a filter system where I could click on individual names or groups and decide that they're allowed to see the entry. Since that's not the case, i'm not sure how i'm going to go about creating filters with that sense of exclusion. It might turn into a variant of what i do now - create a filter for each specific situation as they arise, since in reality it doesn't happen a lot of the time.


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Jul. 1st, 2004 06:22 am (UTC)
While the ability to check or not check people to create a filter seems like a good idea, I think it could get overwhelming. Especially if you are one of those people that has over a hundred on your list--

I can't remember exactly how many filters they allow us, but I think it's a large number. So many do your main filters, and then plan for some you think you may need-- or if you end up needing extra ones then do them at the time and just keep them around. *shrugs*
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Jul. 1st, 2004 10:51 am (UTC)
yeah, but i'm weird. i can't keep a private journal. go back to my entry number one.
Jul. 1st, 2004 09:20 am (UTC)
What I did (though I never use it) was make a group for every person, and that seems to work fairly well. :)
Jul. 1st, 2004 11:32 am (UTC)
I had to remove someone from my friends list cause his panoramic photographs were screwing up my ability to read my friends page. But this in no way reflects how your filters are going to get any better. Call Charlie Jackson, he must have learned something since his Word Processor crashed every Wednesday night.
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