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Sometime earlier this month, LiveJournal introduced a "Spam Protection" feature which screens comments made to any community or personal journal. LJ turned this on by default for all communities without any notice to community maintainers. LJ belatedly and incompletely described the new feature in this news announcement, several days or weeks after releasing it.

In an LJ community, this feature has the following effect:

- Comments that contain links (to domains not on a secret whitelist) are automatically hidden and moved to a "Suspicious Comments" page
- The user who made the original post cannot see these hidden comments and receives no notification that they exist
- Community maintainers also receive no notification that the hidden comments exist
- Community maintainers CAN look at the hidden comments, and then mark them as non-spam, but only if the maintainers know to look for them periodically in each and every new post to the community

If you maintain a community, and this doesn't sound good to you, turn the feature OFF by going to http://www.livejournal.com/manage/settings/?cat=privacy, selecting your community from the "Work as user:" menu, and then UNCHECK the checkbox labelled "Spam Protection Comments containing a link to a non-whitelisted domain will be marked as spam and moved to a special section."

I also recommend that you look over all of the comment pages from the last two weeks or so in your community, and see if any of them have an "(Read N suspicious comments") link on them. If they do, follow the link and mark each comment on that page as non-spam (using this button: )

The members of your community will appreciate this.
 
 
28 March 2011 @ 07:19 pm
I am logged in to my permanent account, and see no adverts. No adverts, that is, until the one appears telling me that if I sign up for a Livejournal paid trial then I can enjoy LJ in an ad-free environment.

Care to fix this oversight, livejournal?
 
 
28 March 2011 @ 02:16 pm
So... apparently they now consider us inferior to paid account holders. (Which, really, it's not like they're going to get any more money out of us, so why should they give a flying flip about what we think?)

Somebody please give me a good reason why I should not send the feedback I have written and sitting in another tab, which starts out with "Please consider for a moment the true hypocrisy and gall it takes to place a screen ad across the journals of your Permanent Account holders attempting to entice us to 'try a paid account'" and goes from there...
 
 
Current Mood: infuriatedinfuriated
 
 
08 February 2011 @ 08:21 am
Has anyone else had a 'bad' experience with some of the Advertisements that LJ uses?

I just had an experience where I apparently was logged out of LJ and trying to post an update. The Advertisment was a rollover and it expanded and overlayed some of the screen. After I 'x'd out of the ad, I couldn't click to sign in or enter a username/password in either the webform or the header.

I understand having Advertisments for the 'business'.. but when those Ads block actual functionality of the website, it becomes a problem because it frustrates end users.
 
 
21 December 2010 @ 07:11 am
Throwing a topic for discussion out here to the masses, allowing people to take a side and support their opinions. Please remain polite and civil, even if you disagree with an opinion.

Discuss: LiveJournal is circling the drain.
 
 
20 December 2010 @ 10:48 am
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Current Mood: curiouscurious
 
 
08 September 2010 @ 11:53 pm

For those who missed it, LJ has enabled cross-posting posts and replies to Facebook and Twitter, and about 10,000 people have, shall we say, vigorously chimed in with their various privacy concerns:

http://news.livejournal.com/129190.html

As for me, I like the idea of the feature, but I am absolutely opposed to its implementation as it stands right now. So far, no substantial response from LJ except "thanks for your input, we'll get back to you," and that was a week ago.

As a permanent account member, I'm torn - LJ's my home, and I paid for the privilege, but LJ's lack of response is reprehensible, IMHO. I don't really want to move to another service like Dreamwidth, even if I'm still cross-posting here (comments disabled, 'natch). As a perm, though, I really don't have any bargaining position - hell, they'd probably like it if I left, 'cause I'm sucking up bandwidth without being a continuous revenue stream.

So, all that said, I'm curious what other perm members think about this latest development, and what their reaction may or may not be. (And, of course, I ask we keep it civil on either side.)
 
 
Current Mood: curiouscurious
 
 
15 August 2010 @ 06:45 pm

Do you have Extra Userpics?

+70 userpics
6(2.4%)
+140 userpics
9(3.6%)
+210 userpics
19(7.7%)
No, I have enough with the Permanent Account!
213(86.2%)

How many rename tokens have you used on your Permanent Account?

None
174(71.0%)
1
45(18.4%)
2
15(6.1%)
3
5(2.0%)
4 or more
6(2.4%)

Ticky?

Y/Y!
179(100.0%)
 
 
Current Mood: curiouscurious
 
 
23 June 2010 @ 04:30 pm
By way of news

If you have a paid or permanent account, you can send five free soccer balls from Thursday, June 24th, at 4pm, PDT, until Monday June 28th, at 4pm, PDT! You'll see both the free and the $0.99 balls displayed until you've dribbled them to your friends.

Please send only one at a time. In other words, you'll need to complete check-out and start a new order for each ball you kick. If you're not receiving vgifts (from friends and/or Frank), you may have disabled them. To enable vgifts, visit Edit profile (under Profile), scroll down to the bottom of the page, and check your settings. Have a ball!

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If you are not watching the 2010 FIFA World Cup (or even if you are), you can see the standings here. Appear worldly, up-to-date and super-savvy knowing the latest World Cup news!

Do tell: Where you are from, is the sport called football or soccer?
 
 
10 June 2010 @ 05:49 pm
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If you have a paid or permanent account, you can send five free leaping lemurs now through Monday June 14th, at 4pm, PDT! You'll see both the free and the $0.99 creatures displayed until they've high-tailed it off to your friends. Please send only one at a time. In other words, you'll need to complete check-out and start a new order for each critter you send.

If you're not receiving vgifts (from friends and/or Frank), you may have disabled them. To enable vgifts, visit Edit profile (under Profile), scroll down to the bottom of the page, and check your settings. Please be advised that these lovin' lemurs are not house-broken (be sure to avoid chocolate and Red Bull after sundown).


In case you missed it, this only happened three or so days ago: Lemurs' bold escape derailed by fruit salad.