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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: finglas
2007-03-08 09:28 am (UTC)
I love it! Thank you so much! =)
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[User Picture]From: andy
2007-03-08 11:32 am (UTC)
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.
What does «someone else» mean? If one of my friend uses editprivacy.bml, will I get a notification? Would be awesome. )))
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[User Picture]From: henrylyne
2007-03-09 01:08 am (UTC)
If someone else got on your computer, with you logged-in to LJ, and used this tool to make all your public posts private, you would get an email letting you know. No, you won't get notified if other people update their own posts.
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[User Picture]From: flyboy_fox
2007-03-08 12:45 pm (UTC)
Although I can't see myself ever needing to use this feature personally, a lot of my friends have been longing for something like this for a long time. I'm glad LJ finally went ahead and added an easy way to make bulk changes to privacy levels in their journals :)
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From: ex_a1exas757
2007-03-08 01:10 pm (UTC)
:D nice thanx
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From: exdream_
2007-03-08 01:12 pm (UTC)
Hurrah! This brings back memories of going through every single entry to change the privacy -.-
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From: _debi_
2007-03-08 01:21 pm (UTC)
This is a great tool! Any idea when it will include filtered posts?
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[User Picture]From: lonely_cactus03
2007-03-08 01:38 pm (UTC)


If only you had done this a year ago, before I had to manually go through 4 years worth of entries when I switched to Friends Only.
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[User Picture]From: soft_shoulder
2007-03-08 02:32 pm (UTC)


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[User Picture]From: ethereal_misfit
2007-03-08 01:48 pm (UTC)

Just my initial posts, or also my replies to others?

I thought I'd try this, and it came up saying I had something like 163 posts. I really think that's way, WAY more than I originally posted, so I'm thinking this might also affect any time I replied to someone else's initial posts. Is that true?
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[User Picture]From: henrylyne
2007-03-09 01:13 am (UTC)

Re: Just my initial posts, or also my replies to others?

No, this only affects posts you made in your journal.

Go to your profile page and click on More Details at the bottom, then look at the bottom of the page again, you should see the total number of posts you've ever made.
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[User Picture]From: soft_shoulder
2007-03-08 02:31 pm (UTC)
I would have given anything to have this tool available before I edited two years of individual posts. Great service, wish I could have benefited from it. You will save a lot of people frustrating time consuming agony with this function.
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[User Picture]From: joanne511
2007-03-08 03:22 pm (UTC)
This is awesome - thank you!
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[User Picture]From: iposty
2007-03-08 03:34 pm (UTC)


About time.. a much needed feature..

thank you!
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[User Picture]From: inmemoriam
2007-03-08 03:38 pm (UTC)
thank you : )
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From: metaraymek
2007-03-08 04:05 pm (UTC)
I've been waiting a long, long, long time for this.
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[User Picture]From: darkguardian
2007-03-08 04:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks...not only is this good for past entries but now in the future as a year passes...i can toss all those entries into *private*.

I like this feature very much.
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[User Picture]From: silverfoxwolf
2007-03-08 04:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! I've been waiting for this feature it's appreciated!
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