Sophie (soph) wrote in lj_nifty,

/singles/ is dead. Long live /singles/.

Long-time members of this community will know that there are many hidden or under-appreciated features on LJ. Generally, they're not coded to the same standard as the rest of the site because the code hasn't been touched for ages, but are still there and make for a surprisingly fun exploration sometimes. Some examples are the to-do list and the Six Degrees tool.

Another of those features is LiveJournal Singles. However, if you want to look at it you'll need to do so quickly, because today the feature was officially removed from the codebase. For now, it's still on the live site but as soon as the next code push takes place, it'll most likely disappear.

I don't know about you guys, but I'm kind of in mourning. Not because I ever used the feature, and nor do I think the feature was every a particularly good one. But despite Singles having never been used for many, many years, by now it's a part of the LiveJournal mythos, right along with the to-do list. I can *understand* its removal, but I'm still in mourning.

Goodbye, /singles/. I'll miss you.
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jocosa

June 19 2012, 01:43:53 UTC 2 years ago

What was it? I've never heard of it and since this and several other posts all sat in moderation for ages it is long gone. :(

nomoreprinces

June 19 2012, 02:31:28 UTC 2 years ago

That's what I'm wondering too.

theidolhands

June 19 2012, 02:56:36 UTC 2 years ago

Thirded

qem_chibati

June 19 2012, 05:19:47 UTC 2 years ago

Ive seen it mentioned, apparently it was a listing of single people to try and hook up?


Mostly, in context of the lj founder getting dumped and then implementing this feature.

soph

June 19 2012, 07:55:30 UTC 2 years ago

It was a dating feature. You could use it to indicate your availability to other LJ users and what type of relationship you were looking for, and then people could use its Search feature to find potentially suitable partners.

It was never particularly successful, mostly because it wasn't what people used LJ for, and as such it was never widely advertised.

(And wow, this post sat in moderation for a long time!)

jocosa

June 19 2012, 17:40:08 UTC 2 years ago

Ah, ok, thanks for explaining! I thought it might be something like that. :)

sophiaserpentia

June 19 2012, 02:58:24 UTC 2 years ago

I've been on LJ for 10 years and never heard of this. When the heck was it implemented and what if anything did they do to promote it?

pne

June 19 2012, 10:55:18 UTC 2 years ago

It’s been around for ages, but I can’t recall that it was ever advertised. I heard about it through word of mouth, I’m pretty sure.

(Rumour says that Brad put it in to find himself a date.)

rdfreak

June 20 2012, 04:41:59 UTC 2 years ago

Same; been here for nine years and had never heard ot it

ron_newman

June 19 2012, 03:12:04 UTC 2 years ago

Why am I seeing this today when it is dated 15 months ago?

scolaro

June 19 2012, 05:12:23 UTC 2 years ago

This!

creativecstasy

June 19 2012, 06:27:51 UTC 2 years ago

whoah

trixieleitz

June 19 2012, 07:19:57 UTC 2 years ago

It's been sitting in the moderation queue - the previous moderator has been inactive that long.

azurelunatic

June 19 2012, 09:06:08 UTC 2 years ago

Oh, Brad.

rdfreak

June 20 2012, 04:40:07 UTC 2 years ago

Doh; guess I was too late. What did LJ singles do?