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Oct. 27th, 2011


An update to the latest LJ boondoggle

So, being able to see private entries isn't a breach of security because you couldn't do anything besides read the post?

...yeah. The oh-so-fine folks at LJ fail. Again.

Oct. 25th, 2011


And now for your monthly LJ boondoggle

Once again, LJ breaks a whole plethora of things while attempting to mess with something else. And in the case of some things, they were never broken to begin with.

Aside from the avalanche of other bugs, (don't they test this crap before releasing it?) the main issue was that for a time it wasn't possible to login to LJ at all. And when users were finally able to log back in, (Unfortunately, both LJLogin and Juggler are still functionally useless at the moment) many users noticed a few problems. Serious problems.

Some users complained that friends-locked entries were now accessible to the general public. Users banned from journals will have to be re-banned; whatever 'fix' LJ applied wiped banned lists. Some users couldn't stay logged in whether with LJLogin or by manually logging in.

But that's not even the best part. Some users are reporting that they seem to be bounced around to random functions of other users. One user in particular was bounced to the inbox of a merchant account which had sensitive information such as credit card info. Another complained of similarly having access to the private journals of three other users.

It's bad enough that random people might be able to read friends-locked or even private posts, but a security glitch of this scope is criminally inept.

Edit: Incidentally, here's the thread detailing most of the issues that everyone's been having. Aside from the chorus of "Stop 'fixing' thing that aren't broken!" and the usual complaints about LJ's 'customer service' (or lack thereof) the thrust of the criticism is that these changes pretty much render LJ functionally useless.

Oct. 3rd, 2011


Now, you and I all know that trolls are nothing new on Livejournal...but when they give you likes like:

"I hate the way they play this character" or "If you're , then I'm a billion year old fairy!" (Which, in retrospect, I find absolutely HILARIOUS~!), but when they bash my original characters, then I want to bash my head against at wall at the stupidity of some.

Which brings me to my point...anyone know of any panfandom Dressing Room type RP's, that don't need to send in an applications, that would love OC's as well as characters from TV shows?

May. 11th, 2010


GJ 07 revisited?

It seems that as of this entry, ij is having little or no notifications, the icons are all down, the site is slowly loading up.

Sound familiar?

Mar. 7th, 2009


LJ spam bots?

anyine heard of this yet? About spam bots taking over LJs, deleting them and leaving a post that links to a malware site? This is the LJ I first heard about it on:

And a link to one of the members who has been keeping track/running info

I've not been following communities over there, so this is the first I have heard of it. Is squeaky safe?

Mar. 5th, 2009


Deleting old LJ e-mail addresses

Of interest to those who no longer have control of a) the original address on their LJ accounts, b) those who have hotmail addresses associated with their LJ accounts that they no longer control...

It appears that you can now remove those addresses.

FYI, and get on that, folks.

(I had *three* addresses I no longer controlled on there, which are thankfully gone now. Apparently in 2002-2004 I was quite the web-based e-mail whore.)

ETA: It doesn't appear to be available to everyone, and as noted in comments below, this *does* leave open another huge security hole. So, I suppose, if you're able to remove inaccessible e-mail addresses from your account, do it while you can because the change might be rolled back.

Mar. 4th, 2009


LiveJournal deletes scans_daily

While the chain of events is not all together clear, it seems Livejournal deleted the entire community of scans_daily after one, possibly two, complaints from an intellectual property owner.

Best write up is at Christoper Bird's website, who was banninated by LJ for posting a detailed review of Deathly Hallows a couple of days before its publication date. Ruining the book for everyone!

Why this is made of fail: LJ deleted suspended the entire comm, although there was a complaint about only one entry on an issue of The X Factor. On the other hand, if I was an unpaid volunteer, I wouldn't put too much time into investigating shit either. Total destruction is always Livejournal's default response to abuse complaints because they won't pay people to perform customer service.

Edit: the mods of scans_daily created a comm at IJ, [info]scans_daily, during the events of strikethrough '07. It's alive and well here (and no doubt in other locations) since LJ killed it. A mod posted information here:

Feb. 4th, 2009


Whatever LJ is doing it's weird. I just got two months of an LJ feed dumped into my friendslist. Joy. @.@

Jan. 25th, 2009


Dear LiveJournal user ______,

We have noticed that you are a member in good standing in the community _____. We have been made aware that the community's maintainer is inactive on the service and has left the community without active maintainership. Since the community is in need of a new maintainer, we have chosen you for this position and the community has been transferred to you.

If you do not wish to keep maintainership of the community, (...)

If you decide to keep maintainership of the community, (...)

If you have any questions regarding this transfer, please feel free to contact us at any time.


LiveJournal Abuse Prevention Team

So, I maintained several communities on LJ that I closed but didn't delete and moved them all here to IJ a year and a half ago. Now, I'm sort of worried after learning of this letter and seeing that LJ is following through on abandoned communities.

Does anyone know if this is a common practice? Or if LJ contacts the original maintainers first?

I guess I'll have to update with something every month over there or decide to delete them.

Jan. 24th, 2009


Third Round Of The IJ Asylum Meme

Hi there! Some of you might already know what I'm talking about, as I've promoted the second issue here, almost a year ago. In short, you update asylums on IJ that have been "dormant" for quite a while, keeping them alive, and as a side effect people get to know about various asylums because all contributions are being compiled in a master list. For a detailed explanation, take a look at the sign-up post. Currently, we're at 9 participants and 13 updated asylums. In theory, the 'deadline' ends on Sunday 25th, but I'm not terribly strict about that rule, especially with people living in different time zones and such. So if you like, spread some love for IJ's asylums. :)

Jan. 19th, 2009


State of the Goat, 2008

Complete with anchored category links for your convenience.


(Personally, I'm amazed that three pages in, there's still no macros...)

Jan. 14th, 2009


Update on GJ: Good News and Bad News

Well appearently greatestjournal is back up and running.

So the good news if anyone wants old entires or icons you can get them.

Bad News is that you only have two weeks.

When I tried to test comment, of course I couldn't do it BUT I was redirected to a page and got the following message:

Server no longer maintained and will be closed Jan 30 2009 - Please use LiveJournal or ljarchive

So if you want icons from communities such as rpg_icons, if you have old rp sls you wanna save, or anything else you wanna save from that site YOU HAVE TWO WEEKS SO DO IT NOW.

Jan. 7th, 2009


Livejournal=Deadjournal, yet?

I'm getting a dead signal at livejournal from all browsers at the moment - anyone else?

If off-topic or prematurely worrisome, just delete, of course.


Backing up LJ

I posted this huge bullet guide of programs to help Windows, Mac & Linux users backup their LJ's via the current drama going on. There's even some programs to transfer your entire LJ to IJ! :D

Find the post here, if you're interested.

*loves and dashes*


Simulposting with Semagic help?

I hope this is all right to post here.

Back during Strikethrough, I used Snapetoy's post on how to set up Semagic to simultaneously post to multiple journals and have been happily doing so. However, I got a new computer this week and realized I don't remember how to set that up, and of course the post was on GJ and is now history! Does anyone remember how?

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help me.

ETA: Thanks to [info]eemilyvr1 for the link!

Jan. 6th, 2009


It finally happened. lol

Does anyone remember GreatestJournal? Well it's finally down. I was on it yesterday and it was working fine so it must of happened within the last 24 hours.

What I keep on getting is:

403 Denied
GJ is currently down - Please go to LiveJournal

Old users: you can backup all entries and comment with ljarchive

As of January 6, 2009, after a year of issues, GreatestJournal is finally dead. Oh well.

Check this out


LJ employees sacked

SUP sacked a number of employees in their San Francisco office. no_lj_ads has a tiny summary and a few links to a few sources (they call it the Grim Purge which I find inappropriate...)

Dec. 4th, 2008


Release #43

Among the 'features' added:

Title of post in Last Post, Friends Pages, Calendar view (every page where displayed multiple entries) now links to entry.

One problem, though. The code broke the Smooth Sailing layout. The whole thing.

You're supposed to test these things first, boys and girls.

ETA: Looks like it was fixed. But how long until something else breaks?

Nov. 7th, 2008


New LJ Profile Page

Whether they want it or not, LJers are now stuck with a new profile layout:

User feedback is one of the most important ones

But apparently, not enough to actually listen when you get a resounding chorus of DO NOT WANT.

Oct. 2nd, 2008


Bots On LJ

Bots are joining Live Journal!

So non humans are joining LJ and friending people, I am assuming it is the rash of Russian auto-frienders!

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