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June 11th, 2004
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Doh!
The post anonymously meme is doing the rounds at the moment. And although I was interested, it was getting a bit tedious to watch permutations of the same groups of people post over and over in other peoples journals. So it crossed my mind it would be much more effective if everyone just posted their three clues once in their journal, and then we could try and guess who they were. Then I noticed the flaw in that...

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From:fluffymormegil
Date:June 11th, 2004 02:08 am (UTC)
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heh.
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From:emperor
Date:June 11th, 2004 02:19 am (UTC)
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*giggle*
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From:gnimmel
Date:June 11th, 2004 03:01 am (UTC)
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It'd be interestng if people could post anonymously, actually; that is, you'd know that the post came from someone on your friendslist but not who. I guess it'd be easy enough to work out if you had time, though.
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From:simont
Date:June 11th, 2004 03:07 am (UTC)
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I was thinking that. The problem would be that you could winnow your friends list by creating subgroups, and deduce who the poster was by noting which subgroups the post appeared in.

You could fix that by changing the semantics of subgroup views, so that the post appears on your friends list if and only if its poster was in your default view at the time of posting, which would mean you couldn't retroactively vary things to narrow it down.

You'd still be able to compare notes with other users and narrow things down by finding out who else had or hadn't seen the post in question, but it would take a lot more effort.

Still, I don't imagine it would be useful for very many things, so it probably wouldn't be worth the violence it would require doing to the LJ design...
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From:mhw
Date:June 11th, 2004 03:32 am (UTC)
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*giggle* That's a really sweet idea, but...
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From:senji
Date:June 11th, 2004 03:49 am (UTC)
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... has slight implementation problems?
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From:mhw
Date:June 11th, 2004 03:56 am (UTC)
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There is a way to do it, but it's a little more complex.

Persons A and B agree that B will post A's three statements. Obviously we don't want to make it transitive, so we leave B free to make an arrangement with someone else that they'll post B's.

The only remaining problem is that really people's guess-comments ought to be screened. I'm not quite sure of how screening works, never having had cause to use it. Or maybe the guessee should set a deadline after which, and only after which, will they reveal their identity. They can say NO until then, of course, to elicit more guesses.

Or am I too short on sleep?
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From:senji
Date:June 11th, 2004 03:58 am (UTC)
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I *think* that works...
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From:teleute
Date:June 12th, 2004 06:59 am (UTC)
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alternatively you could just pick person A as a host, person B could email (or tell) person A their clues and person A would post them in their journal. then everyone else could reply to that post with their clues, and open the guessing for everyone else. At some point, person A could post their clues, and no one would know.
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