This ties together a few threads that have been drifting around up top lately (read the last half) and a little request. Now that I've had a coding hiatus up north, I think it's a good time to get some feedback.
Here's how it works:
- Joe, a LiveJournal user, is unhappy with using the ToDo interface. He wants something that fits elegantly into the blogging paradigm with all the extensibility of a true memo-pad application.
- As soon as his account is registered, ljNotes creates Joe's management interface - a cleverly designed entry, dated for the future and hidden as private. Through this interface, Joe adds his first note. The form's data is sent to a remote server and processed; Joe is silently authenticated via a special hash that is hidden in the entry's form, invisible to Joe and any attackers, updated regularly to compromise in the event of intercepted communication.
- Depending on the duration and notification preferences for the note, ljNotes can proceed in a number of fashions: firstly, if the note is a simple memo, it is appended to a special memopad entry, also private and future-dated. If, however, it is a reminder or scheduling note, ljNotes will create a new entry for the note when requested; cron scripts ensure accuracy up to the half an hour.
- If the note is a simple memo, Joe can delete it through a form embedded in the memopad entry. If it is a reminder or schedule, however, the note may delete itself after a certain duration or be manually removed just as a simple memo.
Everything is controlled through forms in LiveJournal entries and remote PHP/XML-RPC. All necessary user and note data is stored in-database for editing and cron access. Down the road, there will be plenty of room to tweak note privacy settings, scheduling features, labeling, etc.
This is obviously just a sketch, but the point is that this is for users, and, thus, it would help if I knew what you users wanted! So the first step is obviously to discuss any concerns, suggestions, or excitement the proposal might stir up in you. If you have a little more technical knowledge and wouldn't mind putting in some time to help, send me an email too. If there's enough interest in helping out, I might be motivated to set up a SF account or CVS/SVN server. Thanks!