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Give More and Permanent Account Sale

Hi! This is a quick entry to let you know that LiveJournal will soon be running some of its regular (and not so regular) holiday promotions.
  • Give More. The Give More promotion runs for the entire month of December and it makes your holiday gift of paid time for someone else a little extra special. Not only does the recipient get paid time, they also receive a free userpic upgrade for the same duration of the gifted paid time. If you give someone a year's paid time, for example, they'll also get the userpic upgrade for that year as well. So, the more you give, the more they get. Give to a friend, a soon-to-be-friend, or even surprise someone at random with a bit of holiday cheer.

  • Permanent Account Sale. Would you like to have your Paid Account for life, enjoying all those great features (and more) forever without having to worry about payments ever again? Well, then the Permanent Account Sale is for you! Starting on December 4, we're once again offering the opportunity to buy Permanent Accounts—in additional to all the features of paid accounts, these accounts will include increased storage (from 10 to 15GB) and more userpics (increased from 100 to 150 + up to 44 loyalty userpics). This time around the sale is just for personal journals. If you've been thinking about it or have missed our sales in the past, don't hesitate—the sale only lasts a week and who knows when the next one will be? Act now to make your LiveJournal eternal.

Thanks! Oh, and remember: If you buy a Permanent Account, you can transfer your remaining paid time and userpics to any other LiveJournal user you choose, so that existing paid time won't go to waste.
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When the green blinky text becomes too much...

Do you ever click to visit a new journal or community and find yourself caught in a dizzying wave of bizarre color sets, teeny tiny fonts, and text that blinks so fast you can't actually read it?

If so, you'll be glad to know we've just introduced a new feature for Paid and Permanent Accounts to help you in these situations. You can now select to view any journal or community in your own journal's style with just a click of your mouse. Even better, you can select this setting permanently for all journals and communities you view, so they will always display automatically in your own style.

Easy navigation strip toggle
LiveJournal has long since had the ability to add ?style=mine to any journal or community URL manually, thereby forcing the page to display in your own style. However, you had to type this text each time you visited a new page.

To make things easier, we've added new links on the navigation strip to toggle between your own style and the original style of the journal or community itself.

The navigation strip will toggle between a "View in my own style" or a "View in original style" link, depending on which view is currently being used. You can activate the navigation strip and customize its color scheme on the Customize Journal Style page.

Global preference
If you already know you want to use this new found display power everywhere on LiveJournal, use the "View all journals and communities in your own style" setting on the Viewing Options page to set this preference globally.

Once activated, every journal and community you visit will automatically be displayed on your own style. For users with specialized visual display preferences, we hope this helps make your surfing experience a little easier for you, assuring that each page is displayed exactly as you need it.


Important Edit:   It has been discovered that the toggle links in the navigation strip do not function quite as described in the original post above (left as is above for reference).

The feature was designed and coded so that the navstrip toggle is, in fact, toggling the global preference itself on and off. It is not a 'one at a time, for this journal only' switch. Each time you use it, it is toggling the global setting itself on or off.

We apologize for the confusion and that the initial review of the entry did not catch this discrepancy. We would also like to thank those users in the comments that have brought up this question/issue.
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Maintenance Complete!

We've finished our maintenance on the automatic payment system! Automatic payments are available again for enrollments and updates.

If you have any questions about your automatic payments, please contact the Billing area of Support.

A huge thank you to everyone for your patience while we updated the system!
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Scheduled Maintenance Alert

We are performing scheduled maintenance to our automatic payment system beginning today: Thursday, February 14, 2008.

Due to the nature of this maintenance, sign ups and updates to the automatic payment system have been temporarily disabled. You can continue to renew or add paid accounts using Manual Payments.

If your scheduled payment date occurs during this time, your paid time or add-on time will not expire, and your payment will be processed after the maintenance is complete. If you need to turn off automatic payments during this period, please contact the Billing area of Support for assistance.

We don't anticipate this maintenance to last longer than a few days; however, we will alert you as soon as it's completed via another post to paidmembers .

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
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Expanding collapsed comment threads

Hi guys! We have a new experimental feature that is something a lot of people have been asking for: collapsed comment thread expansion!

This feature is in testing stages, which means that it's still in active development. It was created by our friends over at LJ in Moscow, and we'd love your feedback on it. Here's what you should know:

  1. It's currently only available on entry pages using the Expressive, Expressive Winter, or Mixit S2 layouts. We do plan to expand it to other layouts (and the unstyled, site schemed entry page) once the kinks have been worked out. We also plan to make it available for use in custom layouts.
  2. Paid users can use the feature on any journal using one of these layouts. Additionally, a user of any account level can use the feature on a Paid journal using one of these layouts. So it works if either the viewer or the journal being viewed is a Paid account.
  3. To expand a thread, click the link labeled "Expand" next to comments in collapsed threads. This will expand that comment and all comments under it in the thread so that you can read these comments without going to a separate page.
  4. There is a known issue that causes the "Expand" links to not work when viewing a journal with the ?style=mine argument (it will show the loading wheel forever and not expand anything). We hope to have this fixed by next week.
Again, we'd love your feedback on this feature. Let us know if you run into bugs and if you have any suggestions for how it should work. Thanks! :)
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New Goodies for October

Happy Halloween! 

Free V-Gift
Our exclusive treat to Paid Members is a a $1 coupon to use on a V-Gift for a friend. Just choose your V-Gift in the gift shop and add it to your order. Then look in the dropdown under "Have a Gift Certificate?" section at the bottom of the page. Select your $1 coupon and click the "Use" button next to it. Click "Check out" to send your free V-Gift.

Filter Your Journal by Security Level
You'll be excited to hear that we've implemented a much-requested new feature for our Paid Account holders. You can now filter your journal by security level, which means you can easily see all entries that you posted public, friends only, private, or even to a custom friends group. All you need to use is this URL:

Replace frank with your own journal and replace level with: public, friends, private, or group:groupname.

This new feature is available for use by Paid Members on any journal, or by any user on a Paid Member's account.

Thanks to soph for all her hard work on the security level filters!

Extension for Power Outage

LiveJournal was unavailable between approximately 2pm and 9pm PDT on Tuesday, July 24, 2007. We want to apologize for any inconvenience or frustration this caused. Please visit the news post for full details.

The outage was beyond our control. However, we value the support of our Paid members and want to compensate you for the window of time where the site was not accessible. Anyone who was an active Paid member as of any time Tuesday, July 24, 2007 is eligible for a 3 day extension of Paid time. You can claim this extension anytime from now until 12:01 GMT on August 6th.

The extension isn't automatic so that people who weren't affected can have the option to choose whether or not they want an extension. You can choose to claim your extension by going to this page: