Azure Jane Lunatic (azurelunatic) wrote,
Azure Jane Lunatic

Draft for suggestions: Reclaiming RSS Feeds

Problem: RSS feeds get all trolled up and it's not fair.

Elucidation of problem: Seriously, you get a whole bunch of "first post" refugees from /. and then you get the nasty image trolls. Eww. Yet since it's not LJ public space, there are no restrictions on trolling/being gross, and no one can enforce them since there are no moderators. And this is bad, mkay?

Proposed Solution #1: Change TOS to prohibit trolling and other thuggish behaviors in unmoderated spaces.

+ It would give a violation to zap them for.
+ We really want to see them stop it.
+ It's a common-sense rule that should have already been made.
+ It's a change to the code of conduct rather than to the codebase.
+ Makes trolls unhappy

- Hard to enforce
- It's not really "public"
- The content of RSS feeds can be skankier than the trolls trolling it
- 6A's lawyers will have a shitfit

Proposed Solution #2: Use OpenID to authenticate moderators for RSS feeds

+ RSS feeds are content updated as a feed from another site. OpenID makes it possible to authenticate journal owners from another site. In theory, this could allow the owner of the source of the RSS feed to log in if allowed to.
+ Better than arbitrarily appointing moderators for RSS feeds.
+ Saves time & grief moderating for LJ Abuse staff
+ Makes 6A lawyers happy
+ Makes trolls unhappy

- Non-trivial to code
- RSS feed owners may not care to monitor or moderate comments to their feeds on another site
- Potentially difficult to figure out what sort of user rights the RSS feed account owners should hold

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