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Changing Privacy on Posts en Masse [Mar. 7th, 2007|02:11 pm]
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Ever since I started working for LJ it seems that paid users have been asking for the ability to change the privacy of old posts en masse. Well, the brand new Edit Journal Privacy page allows Paid users to do just that. You can change a bunch of posts from one basic privacy level to another.

Here's how it works:

  1. Choose a Timeframe. You can select all posts or a range of posts between two specific dates.
  2. Choose the privacy level to change posts from, and the new privacy level they should become.
  3. Click "Update Entries" and you will get a page showing how many posts match your criteria.
  4. Once you've confirmed your settings, you click "Yes, Update these Posts". Your password might be required.
  5. We'll send you an email when your entries have been updated. The final step doesn't tell you when the changes are complete, because it may take several seconds, or occasionally even longer.

Things to note:

-- Right now this tool only supports switching from and to the basic privacy levels (public, friends only or private). Any changes you make will not apply to posts that are set to a custom friends group (the tool will just skip over those posts).
-- There is no "undo" button for these actions. If you change the privacy level on one or more of your posts by mistake, you'll have to go back in and change them to their desired privacy level.
-- We have two simple security measures in place:
  • Passwords are required when making posts more public. If someone gained access to your computer or hijacked your login session, they would only be able to use this tool if they also had your password. Make sure you keep your passwords secure and hard to crack.
  • Email notifications are sent each time this tool is used. This means you will always know if someone, you or someone else, used this tool to make changes to posts, and roughly what those changes were.

Hope you like it!


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[User Picture]From: daizylibra
2007-03-08 03:01 am (UTC)
Thanks a bunch. I was wondering how to do this.
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[User Picture]From: tallblue
2007-03-08 03:01 am (UTC)
This is great! Thank you for working this out for us.
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[User Picture]From: yndy
2007-03-08 03:10 am (UTC)

Neatest thing to come out of LJ all year!!!
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[User Picture]From: sablecurse
2007-03-08 03:10 am (UTC)
Been wishing this would come around! Hurrah!
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[User Picture]From: grrlypainter
2007-03-08 03:14 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!!! It must have been a pain to program but it's well appreciated! ;D
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[User Picture]From: msqu
2007-03-08 03:22 am (UTC)
Hex freaking yes! I've been waiting for this forever! And pleasepleaseplease don't make it so Plus members can do it, too. I know that sounds catty, but I pay to have cooler perks than everyone else. They can even have their own mood themes, which isn't cool in my book.

But YAY I no longer have to back-edit privacy for my journal!
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[User Picture]From: sparkle_shortz
2007-03-08 03:49 am (UTC)
Thank you SO MUCH.
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[User Picture]From: waterlilly
2007-03-08 03:53 am (UTC)
Thank you! You just saved me hours and hours of work. I've been wanting to make all my old public entries friends only for a long time, and I just couldn't face the tedium. Now I don't have to.

This is the best new thing you've given us in a long time. Thank you for a new feature that is actually useful and practical.
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[User Picture]From: melaniedavidson
2007-03-08 03:54 am (UTC)
Very cool!
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[User Picture]From: sabatoa
2007-03-08 04:10 am (UTC)
Thanks guys.
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[User Picture]From: mortuus
2007-03-08 04:11 am (UTC)

I've been hoping for this for ages.
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[User Picture]From: metalfatigue0
2007-03-08 04:12 am (UTC)
I would like to see a tool that allowed a similar mass edit for userpics, or else the ability to upload a userpic to replace an old one instead of just adding to the list of available pics.
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[User Picture]From: coldspaghetti
2007-03-08 04:16 am (UTC)
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2007-03-08 04:22 am (UTC)


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From: shadowhorizon
2007-03-08 04:23 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for this spiffy new feature! It makes having a paid account much more worth while. =)
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