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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: nightsinger
2007-03-08 12:05 am (UTC)
Echoing the masses:

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[User Picture]From: scatherined
2007-03-08 12:08 am (UTC)
You rock my socks, man. And I do mean the clean ones.
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[User Picture]From: thomasblair
2007-03-08 12:08 am (UTC)
Perfect. I've been waiting for this option for 3 years now. Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: dozy_rose
2007-03-08 12:09 am (UTC)
Coolio. And thank you.
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[User Picture]From: valsu
2007-03-08 12:10 am (UTC)
Thank you!

This is mega awesome. Been looking for a way to do this since i couldn't find the tool i used last time :)
MUCH better than changing them manually ^_^;;
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[User Picture]From: nessachan
2007-03-08 12:10 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: taber
2007-03-08 12:13 am (UTC)
Holy biscuits, this is fantastic and SO needed. Thanks a jillion times over! Love ya, LiveJournal crew.
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[User Picture]From: pelirroja_ljc
2007-03-08 12:14 am (UTC)

It just saved me a ton of work and angst!
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[User Picture]From: billradish
2007-03-08 12:16 am (UTC)
You guys rock. This is fantastic to have, thank you.
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[User Picture]From: ironman1180
2007-03-08 12:19 am (UTC)
Very convenient! Love it! Thanks, LJ.
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[User Picture]From: littlestlaura
2007-03-08 12:25 am (UTC)
yay :) thank you so much xD thisll make my life 80x easier :D
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[User Picture]From: yeoww
2007-03-08 12:28 am (UTC)
YEAH!!! This is my first comment here (as someone else said first) but I just had to say thank you.
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[User Picture]From: henrylyne
2007-03-08 12:32 am (UTC)
<3 happy comments
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[User Picture]From: jenny_zzz
2007-03-08 12:41 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: eimajunknown
2007-03-08 12:45 am (UTC)
awesome =] i really didn't feel like going through and individually doing 600+ entrees.
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[User Picture]From: digitalranger
2007-03-08 12:46 am (UTC)
Thank you for this new development.

This is a feature I will use, and have wished was available in the past.

One suggestion for future development :- Could you add tags as an extra criteria besides the date range? (e.g. all the dates between 1st Jan 2000 and 1st Jan 2003 with the tag "mytag" - then set all those to private)
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