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In looking through support requests tonight I ran across [personal profile] steve98052, which turns out to be pretty neat, because after five minutes of staring at his username I finally recalled we used to hang out on LJ. Thanks to the nature of his support request, I initially thought he was importing his LJ (but he hasn't, and to judge by things, probably won't be anytime soon) but I clicked through to make sure, only to see an empty DW.

Then I looked him up on LJ, where in fact he's still updating.

Then I checked his friends list, because it's been bugging me for weeks that I had a friend on LJ who's username I can't recall (well, half of it: I can recall half of it, but that hasn't helped) who doesn't seem to be here or there now, but once I saw Steve's name, it occurred to me I think I shared (might have even met this friend) through him. Her and wuchan (also gone) were my closest friends on LJ, and sometimes (OK, I've spent six years in this condition) I miss not having them here.

But this all went nowhere fast. Turns out, checking Steve's friend list, that I probably met him through [profile] bob_deloyd, but other than that, this was sort of just a half hour of me chasing my tail. Oh, well.

Steve's support request is interesting, though, and I'm sorry it didn't/probably won't get much attention, because his request (to find a link rewriter in the importer to point internal LJ links to corresponding internal DW links, or to write the code to do so himself, then give the code to DW!) is much needed and HE'S OFFERING TO WRITE THE FEATURE HIMSELF so why aren't we welcoming volunteer baby devs like this with open arms? It seems not having this feature might be stopping him from moving here, which is really not cool.

(Not to mention I could have SO used this feature before my own import occurred in 2010 - I had to rewrite dozens, if not hundreds, of links over the years, post by post, totally and completely by hand, with all the attendant time waste and errors that involves. It sucked.)

Not that he needs the defense, but he's a Silicon Valley (and/or) Redmond WA guy, and is pretty cool all around....which makes me think Dreamwidth can be totally at odds with what I would expect them to want to do, sometimes.

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Date: Apr. 26th, 2017 02:19 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] darkoshi
The support request sounds like a good thing to have. H2's response to it doesn't convince me it can't be done. But I know nothing about the importer code, so maybe implementing the request would require completely changing the existing logic.

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Date: Apr. 26th, 2017 02:59 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] darkoshi
True. And even a pointer as to where to find the importer source code would be nice, even if only to show "if you look into this, you'll see why it can't be done".

BTW, did you leave out a word in the title of your post?

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Date: Apr. 26th, 2017 01:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] darkoshi
Ah, that's a new one for me (even though checking that link again, it's nowhere near new). Good to know. Your usage did have the right effect though... left me wondering "you what your friends list??" :-)