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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: aka_katya
2007-03-08 04:38 am (UTC)
I love this idea, but when I set it to make all my posts friends-only it sets them all to private. fix please?
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[User Picture]From: burr86
2007-03-08 06:11 am (UTC)
The notes associated with your mass-privacy-change all indicate that you changed them to Friends-only, not private. :-/ Can you let me know if your entries are actually private (like, no one on your Friends list can see them) or if you've fixed the problem, or ...?
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[User Picture]From: theoryoferin
2007-03-08 05:01 am (UTC)
curious: are we ever going to be able to do this by a specific tag on the entry? or to a custom friends group, by chance?

thanks for this tool -- it's amazing!
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[User Picture]From: mylifeasamoose
2007-03-08 06:06 am (UTC)
I would love to see it expanded to allow a search/filter by tags to apply the new levels too, it would make it easier to focus on specific entries... and hey, that'd help the server load, too!
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From: mjskoko
2007-03-08 05:19 am (UTC)
I'm glad people can do this now. I would've liked it if it had been around when I went back and changed all my 1000+ public entries to friends only. XD
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[User Picture]From: angeltabris
2007-03-08 05:23 am (UTC)
OOOOH thank you thank you thank you thank you!!! :D
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[User Picture]From: micahblitz
2007-03-08 05:25 am (UTC)
Thank you for doing this. Now I can finally go friends only!
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[User Picture]From: sara_super_id
2007-03-08 05:45 am (UTC)
Finally! I have been dreaming of this for ages--finally a real reason to go back to paid accounts!
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[User Picture]From: phamos818
2007-03-08 05:51 am (UTC)
Thanks for that! If you guys are going to continue tweaking it, though, may I suggest being able to filter by tags instead of just timeframe? i.e., grab all posts tagged "sex" and make them private? Not to pester you -- it's great how it is! I just thought I'd throw it out there.
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[User Picture]From: overlooked
2007-03-08 05:54 am (UTC)
i wish you didn't have to choose a Timeframe. i wish we could just click to posts you want to change.
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[User Picture]From: mylifeasamoose
2007-03-08 06:05 am (UTC)
very awesome, I've been waiting years for this!
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[User Picture]From: inkquillandhope
2007-03-08 07:27 am (UTC)
I seriously Love you. I;ve been dying for this for months
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[User Picture]From: daynabot
2007-03-08 07:37 am (UTC)
this would have been pretty sweet like a year ago when i changed everything to friends only manually entry by entry :-P
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[User Picture]From: moonstruckangel
2007-03-08 07:47 am (UTC)
Oh my Gah,thank you so much! Gah,I remember when I went through all 500+ of my entries just to change the privacy setting on each one..I always wondered why that option wasn't available. I don't need it anymore but that's so cool to know that there's an option for it now! xD
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[User Picture]From: sabah
2007-03-08 08:00 am (UTC)
We likeses the precious.
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[User Picture]From: potolo
2007-03-08 09:08 am (UTC)
The link displaying to non-paid accounts is bust. The [[aopts]] intended to point to the user's Account Status page... doesn't.

The HTML source for the page reads: Sorry, you may only <SNIP> visit your Account <a [[aopts]]="">Status</a>.

Thought I'd flag it.
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[User Picture]From: burr86
2007-03-08 10:27 am (UTC)
Good catch, thanks! Fixed. :)
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[User Picture]From: claireylouisa
2007-03-08 09:09 am (UTC)
This is wicked thanks so much LJ. You rule!!
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