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Changing Privacy on Posts en Masse [Mar. 7th, 2007|02:11 pm]
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[henrylyne]
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: jods
2007-03-07 10:32 pm (UTC)
A+!
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[User Picture]From: emilytbm
2007-03-07 10:33 pm (UTC)
Fantastic! I have 6 years worth of lj posts and its nice to know that I can go friends only in only a few steps. You're amazing for this.
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[User Picture]From: torakiyoshi
2007-03-07 10:35 pm (UTC)
Hooray for the heroes of Live Journal!

Have the best

-=TK
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From: penguinsane
2007-03-07 10:35 pm (UTC)
Spiff! Now if only this were around before I slaved for hours in switching the privacy level of my posts. XD

Oh well.
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[User Picture]From: timswar
2007-03-07 10:36 pm (UTC)
AWESOME!

Great job!
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[User Picture]From: tellitslant
2007-03-07 10:38 pm (UTC)
YAY. Thank you! :D

Wow, I bet the server's getting slammed right now...
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[User Picture]From: burr86
2007-03-07 10:40 pm (UTC)
We're a bit surprised at how many people are changing their entry privacy, yeah. *g* But to keep LJ from crawling to a standstill, basically what happens is that everyone's request gets handled in order. So instead of 100 people hitting the site all at once, we do one at a time until we're all done. :)

(That's part of why we send the email notification -- when we're a bit backlogged, it might take a few minutes to process. :)
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[User Picture]From: lauralaitaine
2007-03-07 10:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, LJ, how I love you. ♥
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From: pir
2007-03-07 10:38 pm (UTC)
Feature request: I would like to do Friends -> Custom...

Thanks for adding this, though, very useful.
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[User Picture]From: gayalondiel
2007-03-07 10:40 pm (UTC)
You guys rock, thank you!
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[User Picture]From: insipid_paragon
2007-03-07 10:42 pm (UTC)
At long last! Thank you!!
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[User Picture]From: beadattitude
2007-03-07 10:42 pm (UTC)
Bless you, dude. This is MUCH appreciated.
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From: costruire
2007-03-07 10:42 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU so much. :D
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[User Picture]From: gravityslave
2007-03-07 10:42 pm (UTC)
::happy dance::
Many thanks! I'm positive this will come in handy over and over and over...
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[User Picture]From: trobadora
2007-03-07 10:43 pm (UTC)
When you say "right now" it only supports the basic privacy levels, does that mean you're planning to extend it to custom friends groups in the future? Because that would be even more awesome. :-)
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[User Picture]From: henrylyne
2007-03-07 11:04 pm (UTC)
Changing from custom groups is complicated, because a post could use several custom groups, so we probably won't add the ability to change those posts anytime soon.
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[User Picture]From: stardustxsiren
2007-03-07 10:43 pm (UTC)
Some of us have older journals (on a seperate ID) that would benefit from being "locked" this way, so to speak. No hope for getting us with current paid accounts clearance to use this tool on our previous accounts? If it's the same email address registered on both accounts (and therefore the same owner) and all?
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