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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: chibimateo
2007-03-08 05:49 pm (UTC)
Even though I already made all my posts friends-only manually a while back, I'm glad this feature was added, if only because it seemed like something that would be so useful and I just expected would have been there.
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[User Picture]From: neko4
2007-03-08 06:51 pm (UTC)
I ♥ you guys. Awesome.
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[User Picture]From: grumph
2007-03-08 07:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Now some way to back up everything including comments please? Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: teostra
2007-03-08 07:41 pm (UTC)
This is great. :D An easy way to hide how much of a screeching fangirl when I first made the journal. XD
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[User Picture]From: cheesemon
2007-03-08 08:11 pm (UTC)
Ack, now there's going to be even more users hiding behind big & goofy friends only banners (seriously, the only one I've seen so far that was good was uprightcitizen's :) ).

I mean, I appreciate the effort that you put into making a feature that many will find useful. It's just that it's really hard to find or meet people on LJ now with so many people going friends only. Why, just recently I was browsing around for users with similar interests as mine only to find out that more than 50% of the journals were locked. What are you guys hiding from? Is it really *that* scary? XD
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[User Picture]From: kerrsmith2306
2007-03-08 08:20 pm (UTC)
About time. *squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee*
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[User Picture]From: cordykitten
2007-03-08 08:53 pm (UTC)

That sounds good :) I'm glad it will be easier to do now. I'm sure less LJs will get deleted through this (when you can simply make everything private.
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[User Picture]From: spodlife
2007-03-08 09:13 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: tallblue
2007-03-08 10:45 pm (UTC)

Maybe there can be an "all in one" default for custom filters?

Maybe there can be an "all in one" default for custom filters?

For instance the mass security tool could change all custom filters (in the dates provided) to private or public only, that way it is a one way street because changing from public, private or *.custom to *.custom would be too complicated. Also we can take all our *.custom and go private or the general friends access if we decide to get rid of a filter? Does the post in a custom filter default to "friends" only of the filter is deleted?

Just a thought.
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[User Picture]From: burr86
2007-03-08 11:26 pm (UTC)

Re: Maybe there can be an "all in one" default for custom filters?

To address just one of your points -- if an entry is marked with a custom filter "trusted", and then you delete that filter, the entry becomes "custom with no filters". So effectively private.
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[User Picture]From: gretchi
2007-03-08 11:14 pm (UTC)
omg! you guys are AWESOME!!!! sometimes i would go and make my old entries and it would take FOREVER!!! whoo-hoo!!! now i dont have to worry about making time for it!
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From: sickophelia
2007-03-09 12:20 am (UTC)
it's about time...thanks!
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[User Picture]From: foxmajik
2007-03-09 12:48 am (UTC)
"Invalid form submission"
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[User Picture]From: henrylyne
2007-03-09 01:16 am (UTC)
Still having trouble or did you figure out a way around the problem?
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From: snowboom
2007-03-09 04:41 am (UTC)
I've deleted thousands of posts because this feature wasn't around in 99 and I lacked the application level programming skills to do it myself. In fact, because this feature is lacking I rarely keep more than 20 or so posts in my journal at any one time (I delete them monthly so I don't have to go back and mark them private - it's easier to delete via semagic than change access levels).

Thank you for making this feature a reality finally. It's been at the top of my list since back when Brad was sending out emails asking for donations to buy servers.
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[User Picture]From: mooingtricycle
2007-03-09 09:00 pm (UTC)
theres been an option to maunally make all entries private whenever you post. You dont even have to select it.... Its just an automatic thing. did you know this? Its been around for quite some time. ^_^;
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[User Picture]From: alphabet26
2007-03-09 05:42 am (UTC)
Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: elcisitiak
2007-03-09 06:01 am (UTC)
ABOUT TIME! *bows down*
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