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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: chendamoni
2007-03-07 11:25 pm (UTC)
Wow, I didn't know we had that - thanks!

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[User Picture]From: evilsimon
2007-03-07 11:32 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: gilatron5000
2007-03-07 11:37 pm (UTC)
hot damn, thats amazing. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: shootingstarr
2007-03-07 11:39 pm (UTC)
I never post comments to these messages, but I have to throw in my two cents and say that this is awesome. I started making all current entries FO about two and a half years ago, but never went back to change the old entries. Now I don't have to! Thanks so much!
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[User Picture]From: henrylyne
2007-03-08 12:03 am (UTC)
Thank you, we're really glad you like it.
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From: canarycream
2007-03-07 11:44 pm (UTC)
OH MAN. This makes me so happy. :D
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[User Picture]From: peoplewantducks
2007-03-07 11:47 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: bratlet
2007-03-07 11:49 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: ostentatious
2007-03-07 11:50 pm (UTC)
Very, very awesome. Thanks so much. ;)
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[User Picture]From: jablms59
2007-03-07 11:54 pm (UTC)
This is the single best update LJ has made in quite some time! It just converted 993 entries in about 5 mins time... Thats Wonderful! Thanks LJ! :)
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From: agtiger
2007-03-07 11:56 pm (UTC)

Mass Delete option?

Any chance of a similar functionality that allows one to mass-delete old posts?

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[User Picture]From: henrylyne
2007-03-08 12:09 am (UTC)

Re: Mass Delete option?

Probably not. Changing lots of posts at one time is scary enough, deleting them en masse is really scary. Maybe if we had a way to undo such deletions, but at the moment we do not.
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[User Picture]From: dynamike
2007-03-07 11:57 pm (UTC)
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From: franseca
2007-03-07 11:58 pm (UTC)

My world ...

...is seriously... SERIOUSLY rocked today
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[User Picture]From: sophia
2007-03-08 12:00 am (UTC)
i'm sooo happy
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[User Picture]From: c_eagle
2007-03-08 12:00 am (UTC)
Having this added step-by-step is very helpful... a lot of people are really going to appreciate this, *and* the additional Friends quota :)
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[User Picture]From: apcuk
2007-03-08 12:01 am (UTC)
10x, it's very useful. I waited it very long)
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