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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: shrixer78
2007-03-07 10:57 pm (UTC)
This is pretty much the best thing ever. THANK YOU!!!!
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[User Picture]From: snakeling
2007-03-07 11:05 pm (UTC)
As I understand it, it's unlikely. A few users using the script here and there isn't too hard on the servers, but if everyone, or even only the paid accounts, had access to this feature, LJ would crawl to a standstill.

I'd be happy to be corrected by a LJ staff member, though :)
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[User Picture]From: sybildiscontent
2007-03-07 10:59 pm (UTC)
I don't know you, but you're now my personal hero.
AWESOME new feature! THANK YOU!!!!
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[User Picture]From: nonewwitticisms
2007-03-07 11:00 pm (UTC)
Seriously, I've wanted to go friends-only for years, but didn't do it because the idea of going through all those entries one by one was mind shattering.

I'm totally friends only now and I'm stoked.
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[User Picture]From: the_ravyn
2007-03-07 11:01 pm (UTC)

Most excellent!
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[User Picture]From: jojofc
2007-03-07 11:02 pm (UTC)
I never thought about that, but something crossed up my mind when I re-tagged all my blog at once ^^
Of course tagging is more specific for each post, but this Mass Edit Option sounds really useful, thank you :)
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[User Picture]From: anda
2007-03-07 11:05 pm (UTC)
Damnit, I was afraid of this.

I'm very glad you folks have finally implemented this.

Unfortunately, I almost entirely use custom friends groups (and just about everything was friends-only from the very beginning), so this tool is useless to me as it is. :(
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[User Picture]From: veryschway
2007-03-07 11:05 pm (UTC)
This is great! Of course I already flocked several years of entries by hand (that was a loooong week), but I know others will be glad to have this and it's a great tool.
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[User Picture]From: vremyavpered
2007-03-07 11:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot!!!!
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[User Picture]From: isilwen
2007-03-07 11:07 pm (UTC)
Excellent! Works like a charm. I'm really thankful for this option! :)
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From: 67stratocaster
2007-03-07 11:07 pm (UTC)
Wow- cool! I could actually resurrect a couple of former journals I killed for this very reason, and link them to this one!
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[User Picture]From: cowboy_slightly
2007-03-07 11:10 pm (UTC)
Dude! Fantastic job! Really, i've been waiting for this tool for years. XD

Thanks so much!
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From: bunnymix
2007-03-07 11:10 pm (UTC)
This is sweet.
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From: whiteburgundy
2007-03-07 11:11 pm (UTC)
This is fantastic. I just tried it with nearly 2,000 entries... I had been viewing all entries since 2001 each day just to see if there was anything incriminating back then (I was a dumb kid). Thanks so much for this - love it.
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[User Picture]From: pecholobo
2007-03-07 11:22 pm (UTC)
SO COOL! I've been waiting for this for ages.
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