LJ features not in Dreamwidth
Some features LJ has aren't going to be available in Dreamwidth, at least at launch. Some of these will never be put into Dreamwidth while others are just too difficult for now but will be added later. You may also wish to see the changes from LiveJournal page which lists things that have been added or changes, as well as those which have been removed.
- 1 Working on implementing
- 2 Uncertain futures
- 3 Not to be implemented
Working on implementing
These features all have implementation plans, although we can't guarantee when anything will be finished.
LiveJournal.app iPhone/iPod Touch Client
An iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad client is being developed for GSoC '10.
Scrapbook Photo Hosting
This is absent for technical reasons; we hope to eventually add our own media hosting service with better integration and usability, but it's a big project.
We're working on this one--we don't want to implement it the same way LJ did.
We want to add this, but haven't yet! See more about this feature on LJ here.
This is LJ's new mobile interface; ours is still the old one that was from livejournal.com/mobile.
Integration with Facebook
Haven't gotten around to this yet, either.
These features are in limbo; they either have big problems to surmount in implementing them, or the demand for them is unsure and they haven't been suggested yet.
A la carte userpics
This feature has two great difficulties to overcome:
- They are a very difficult thing to integrate into the codebase.
- They can be counterproductive for business, by undercutting one of the main reasons people buy paid accounts, yet comprising some of the greatest costs of having an account.
We hope to add the phone posting ability some day but would have to re-write it from scratch and negotiate contracts with each country's phone providers which is difficult and expensive, so it's not likely any time soon.
We're in the same situation with this as phone posts.
Automatic Location Detection
We don't have this right now. Read more about this feature on LJ here.
DW doesn't have a Jabber service yet, but it's possible we might in the future.
This never came out of beta on LiveJournal and has not been used much. If we add something similar it will be re-written with better integration and usability. It's possible this may be implementing during GSoC '10 as part of the calendar project.
My Guests and Stats
Dreamwidth does give paid users and paid communities the ability to put Google Analytics on their jorunals, however.
Haven't heard any demand for this one yet.
Not to be implemented
These are features that we have no plans on implementing at this time.
Many of LJ's popular layouts
Many of LJ's popular layouts aren't open source, including popular layouts such as Smooth Sailing and Flexible Squares, and we can't convert those at all to our system.
S1 Journal Style System
Maintaining and documenting S1 is a lot of work that we would rather put into updating and fixing the newer S2 system. This will never be available on Dreamwidth.
Your Journal, Your Money
We took out the ad code, and it's probably not going to be added back.
We didn't want to put this in because it'd required other sites using the code to apply for a license. We also didn't feel comfortable with the TOS requirements.
So far, we haven't heard about a demand for this. MSN's requirements that users sign up for promotional email is also a little offputting.
We're not in the business of getting Brad laid. (and, sadly, it never worked for the rest of us)
If you want to nudge a user, you'll have to do it yourself manually; we don't plan on implementing automatic ways to poke people into posting. However, we do have a planned feature where you can sign yourself up to be nudged to post, which we find to be much more palatable.
Ads can help fund features for users that can't or don't want to pay for a journal, but we feel like we are better served by doing our best to make a service that people want to pay for, instead of depending on monetizing through third party service. By making sure that Dreamwidth's funding depends on being paid directly by its users, it gives us more incentive to make a better service for our users, instead of better opportunities for advertisers.