Evan Martin (evan) wrote in logjam,
Evan Martin

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A user wrote:
Another thing that bugs me with LogJam is the login dialog that pops up at startup. Beeing a dial-up user I usually write my entry before I connect to the net. One could expect the "Don't automatically login" preference to suppress this dialog. But that does not appear to be the case.

In the way LiveJournal works right now, you don't really need to log in. You only need to log in to retrieve a bit of information that's stored on the server: the mood list, your pictures, the communities you can post in, etc. LogJam can (and now does) cache this information, so in some sense if you log in once after you change settings, you're pretty much fine to use LogJam without logging in.

However, you still need to choose a user. Your drafts, picture list, communities, etc. are tied to a username, and you need to tell LogJam which user you are so it can fill in the menus and such appropriately.

So I've been thinking about removing the login dialog altogether (or renaming it to "choose user", in which case the "automatically login" option would just choose that user on startup) but I can't think of a way to represent the actual login process (the one that actually connects to LiveJournal and transfers information) on top of that, especially in a way that won't confuse someone who doesn't want to read lengthy posts to logjam explaining why logging in is only sorta necessary.

What do you think?

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