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LJ Purging

For those of you who might not follow news or lj_maintenance, I thought I would share this development.

LJ is going (against past assurances) to start purging inactive journals. They'll send a warning email, but some people are concerned because old RPG/charity event communities may be lost. Some communities have no active maintainers/members, but people still enjoy reading them.

Worse yet, IMO, is what might happen to journals of the deceased. I know I kept all of my mom's online accounts opened, as I enjoy seeing her pictures and sites, but I don't often go in and check her emails. I know a lot of my friends have friends or family members who have passed on, but who were very active on LJ. Losing those journals has a great potential for heartbreak and healing set-backs. If you'd like to be sure that those journals are placed on "memorial" status and untouched by this new purging rule, the information on how to do that is here.

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lahermite
Jul. 15th, 2010 12:41 am (UTC)
thanks, love.
ahavah
Jul. 15th, 2010 12:43 am (UTC)
My pleasure! I thought it was so lame that they buried that info in the comments.
lahermite
Jul. 15th, 2010 03:04 pm (UTC)
i sent an email last night stating his journal was a memorial one, they emailed me back first thing this morning to notify me they've made the change. how's that for quick turnaround!
ahavah
Jul. 15th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
Wow, I expected it to take forever and have quite a backlog now that they made the announcement. I'm so glad to hear it's taken care of - and without stress! I know some people were complaining that it was previously difficult to get an LJ declared as memorial (it could only be done by family, and you had to provide "proof of death" or something). Anyways, glad to hear they're being cool about it.
kiwiria
Jul. 15th, 2010 09:20 am (UTC)
They've edited the original post to make these clarifications on inactive journals/communities:

A journal is defined as inactive if it has not been logged into for 24 consecutive months and has only one post (i.e., the welcome post). A community is defined as inactive if has not been updated for 24 consecutive months and has only one entry and no comments.

I think the "one entry" makes it a fair distinction.
ahavah
Jul. 15th, 2010 11:30 am (UTC)
I'm glad to hear that they've decided to change on that particular stance. Thanks for letting me know!
kiwiria
Jul. 15th, 2010 11:33 am (UTC)
No problem. I'm glad they changed it too :-) Deleting inactive journals would be a very, very bad idea, but deleting abandoned journals with just one post seems fair enough.
ahavah
Jul. 15th, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
I hear you there. I really wanted "Ahavah". Hopefully no one will beat me to it!
trystan830
Jul. 15th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
thanks for the info... and thanks to kiwiria's info too.
ahavah
Jul. 15th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
Glad to spread the word!
trystan830
Jul. 15th, 2010 07:27 pm (UTC)
:)
inanmak
Jul. 16th, 2010 06:39 am (UTC)
Thanks Hun! I just wrote a complete nonsense post. The first one in almost a year...just in case they came sniffing around ;)

*hugs*
ahavah
Jul. 16th, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
No problem! I think that as long as you *log in* (not necessarily just posting), they still consider it active. I'd probably better go peek in to my other LJ, come to think of it.
intrepidrayne
Jul. 19th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
Hi. :)
ahavah
Jul. 20th, 2010 03:55 am (UTC)
Well hello! Good to see you around these parts again.
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