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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: mercy4u97
2007-03-07 10:44 pm (UTC)
love it!
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[User Picture]From: sev1970
2007-03-07 10:44 pm (UTC)
This is beyond awesome! Thanks :-)
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[User Picture]From: cosmic
2007-03-07 10:44 pm (UTC)
This is awesome! Thanks, guys!
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[User Picture]From: amythist666
2007-03-07 10:44 pm (UTC)
Another reason why LJ rocks and MySpace SUCKS ASS!
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[User Picture]From: starmeat
2007-03-07 10:45 pm (UTC)
I'll join in with the I wish it were around when I changed everything comments.
Ahh, oh well. Still nice to have around.
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[User Picture]From: thekerriproject
2007-03-07 10:45 pm (UTC)

And it's not even CHRISTMAS!

Feel the lj love for the paid members.. Oh yeah.
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From: imageit
2007-03-07 10:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
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[User Picture]From: flag
2007-03-07 10:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: waqaychay
2007-03-07 10:47 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU. i am just in the middle of changing all my posts to friends only. it's taken me five days to go through two years worth of posts. this will make it so much easier. you guys rock! ...but too bad this didn't come out five days ago. *lol*
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[User Picture]From: syredronning
2007-03-07 10:47 pm (UTC)

Though what I really, really want to see is just a button with which I can buy another 100 icons! I would pay money, real money. PLEASE, bring on more icons! *begs*
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[User Picture]From: inhumandecency
2007-03-07 10:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks, guys!

Is there a technical reason for it to skip over custom-filter posts? It would be nice if there were an option to have it affect (or not affect) custom posts as well.
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[User Picture]From: henrylyne
2007-03-07 11:09 pm (UTC)
Changing from custom posts is much more complicated, so custom group posts can not be changed with this tool. We couldn't think of an obvious and easy-to-use interface for updating custom posts, so we left it out. And we knew that most people cared about updating Public or Friends-only posts.
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From: slidewithme
2007-03-07 10:51 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: hermintage
2007-03-07 10:53 pm (UTC)
Don't get me wrong here, I think it's fabulous that you're doing this. These are some nice-to-have's, however, that I think would be amazing if you implemented:

--Ability to masse-lock or unlock posts by the criteria of a certain tag. For example, I tag all my public posts as "public posts," because I am a neurotic tagger, but if I ever wanted to lock all my public posts for any certain reason, it'd be great to select all entries tagged "public posts," to change their settings.
--Along the same lines, I also tag my filters so that I can access all the posts at once easily. It would be extremely nice to be able to tag by a certain user-defined filter. For instance, if I forgot to actually filter a few certain posts in my set of entries tagged "relationship filter," or decided I wanted to unfilter them, I could easily just do this en masse and get all of them at once.

I'm sure things like this are on the way, but thought it never hurts to point them out. This is a good start, though! :)
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[User Picture]From: misconstrue
2007-03-07 10:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! This is an amazing feature and I'm really glad you decided to implement it.
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[User Picture]From: volare
2007-03-07 10:57 pm (UTC)
Gah. Awesome awesome awesome. Thankyou!
especially the "skip friends filter" thing. All hell coulkd've broken loose otherwise....
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[User Picture]From: ironman1180
2007-03-08 12:23 am (UTC)
I totally agree that it skipping custom groups makes life a lot easier.
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