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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: henrylyne
2007-03-08 01:06 am (UTC)
We don't have plans to add that, it's kinda tricky handling posts that have multiple custom groups. Hope this tool is useful to you anyhow.
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[User Picture]From: hikaru
2007-03-08 12:54 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for this awesome feature -- I'm especially happy with the fact that the tool will skip over posts set to custom friends groups. That was a concern of mine when I first heard about this tool. Very happy about this, thanks. :)
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[User Picture]From: ironed_orchid
2007-03-08 01:06 am (UTC)
Seconded. I think it's great that it leaves filtered entries alone.
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[User Picture]From: aedifica
2007-03-08 12:59 am (UTC)
Oh yay! THANK YOU!

I started changing all my entries to friends-only a while back, and I still haven't finished yet. This will make it so much faster!
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[User Picture]From: fabunobo
2007-03-08 01:04 am (UTC)
From someone who spent like, MONTHS AND MONTHS slowly going through my journal and editing viewing settings manually ... thanks!
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[User Picture]From: ex_nature304
2007-03-08 01:05 am (UTC)
I don't need to use it currently but I love it anyway and I'm excited. Thanks so much!
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[User Picture]From: karakurimi
2007-03-08 01:06 am (UTC)
This is an awesome tool! thank you for developing it!
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[User Picture]From: oxymoronicism
2007-03-08 01:06 am (UTC)
SWEET. Thanks!!
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[User Picture]From: almond_tiger
2007-03-08 01:07 am (UTC)
This is a wonderful development. Thank you so much! It's the first thing in a long time that's made me ecstatic to be a paid member.
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[User Picture]From: lokechild
2007-03-08 01:08 am (UTC)
All I can say is YAY

About time. I had started a few weeks ago to privatize most of my entries. And I've had this damn account since 2001 and I make an average post of three per day. I applaud you, thank you EVER so much.

I love lj. I love the new changes and I love the V-gifts and the 100 user icons and... I just love you guys.

/gushing. YAY
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[User Picture]From: meinterrupted
2007-03-08 01:09 am (UTC)
Awesome! Thanks for this. I've been meaning to go friends-only....
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[User Picture]From: dbzmerciter2005
2007-03-08 01:19 am (UTC)
I was just complaining about how horrible it was to change my posts manually. Thanks! This is really really helpful!
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[User Picture]From: love2loveher
2007-03-08 01:27 am (UTC)
thank you thank you thank you thank you bunches.
No matter how many hours it took to produce this, it was less than the time you have saved us users :)
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[User Picture]From: depth_unknown
2007-03-08 01:27 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: hellspearx17
2007-03-08 01:29 am (UTC)
Dude, cool! *thumbs up*

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[User Picture]From: nilole
2007-03-08 01:30 am (UTC)
This is fantastic! I went custom-friends-only, though.. I would love to be able to change all of those to private in one shot. Would that be too hard? This tool got about 300 posts, though, so I'm not complaining! :)
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