What I want to tell everybody with this announcement is what the current state of LiveJournal is, where it's going, the new people that have been helping, who your contacts should now be, etc..
This is going to be a long news entry, so I'm putting it here instead of putting it all in my journal entry. In the future there will be a feature that limits the length of displayed entries to a certain length and you'll be able to click a "Read more..." link to see all of it. That would be good for this news entry, but I haven't written it yet.
Currently the biggest problem with LiveJournal isn't that the servers get slow sometimes... it isn't that the site organization is confusing as hell.... no, those are nothing in comparison with how poorly organized the LiveJournal "staff" is. (I say "staff" because none of us get paid.)
There are so many helpful people that want to make LiveJournal successful, but unless we organize ourselves well, nothing's going to get done.
I'm going to attempt to illustrate the problem by use of, well, illustrations. Here is the current structure of LiveJournal:
With the exception of the support area, topic area, and revjim helping me with system maintenance things from time to time, I deal with everything. That really sucks, for two reasons:
Here is my proposal of what the new LiveJournal structure will look like...
Mark's now in charge of the lj_biz discussion area, where users can go and discuss the business aspects of the site.
The graphs above do not come close to showing everybody that's been involved in contibuting to LiveJournal. I wish I could thank everybody that's been helping, but I don't know where to start. :-( Seriously, though.... thanks. I appreciate all the help. I want LiveJournal to kick ass, and the more help the better.
Probably the most important issue to everybody is the system performance and when we're getting the new servers. They were supposed to ship out on Fri, Nov. 24th (tomorrow), but there was a shortage on the RAID controller cards, so Dell delayed the shipment until Fri, Dec. 1st. Once those arrive it's just a matter of setting them up and placing them at a colo facility. Also, user ekashp has offered to let me use some hardware of his so we can have servers all over the country, and you'll automatically use the one that's closest to you. Best, if one goes down, you'll automatically use the next closest one in under a minute. More on that later, though.
The search engine is coming back. I just need to make sure it's ultra fast, first, otherwise it slows down the rest of the site.
This is also coming back. Again, it's a matter of redesigning parts of it so it doesn't lock up the database.
The current style and color system has tons of problems. The most noticable one is that you can't customize the look of the userinfo page, or the comment pages. That'll all change soon enough. I'm working on a new style system that absolutely rocks... plus, it's very easy to customize things from somebody else's style.