New mobile view, mass comment deletion
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theljstaff wrote in news
Hi all!

We have 2 new changes to announce today:

Mobile view changes

In order to better accommodate mobile device screens, mobile web browsers will now display journals in LiveJournal's default style, Air. This style is optimized for use on mobile devices, whereas most other styles were designed with the intent of being viewed on a computer's web browser with a much larger screen. This change does not affect how your journal will display when viewed on a computer's web browser; your journal will continue to display using your specified style unless a mobile web browser is viewing your journal.

There is an opt-out available for this feature. Free accounts opting-out of using the Air style for mobile devices will still be able to view their own journal in their selected style. Paid & Permanent accounts opting-out of using the Air style for mobile devices will also allow others viewing their journal on mobile devices to see their journal in their selected style. This settings is available on the Display section of the Settings page, and is listed as "Mobile View".

Mass comment deletion

When deleting a comment from a user in your journal or community, you will now have the option to delete all comments from that user in that post, or to delete all comments that user has ever posted in the journal or community. The menu for this will appear when you delete a comment, and the boxes for mass deletion are not selected by default.

We hope you enjoy the changes, and please let us know if you run into any problems!

New Site Navigation Menu
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theljstaff wrote in news
Today, we've launched an updated version of the site navigation menu! The new menu was designed to be less cluttered, making it easier to get to the pages and features used by most people on a daily basis. The remaining settings and management options, such as the edit profile and manage custom friends groups pages, are now accessible through the Settings page.

We're also putting a heavier emphasis on adaptability. The new menu is designed to function well on a variety of different devices, all of which use vastly different screen sizes and resolutions. This will make the site much easier to use from mobile devices, in particular.

The new site navigation menu also replaces the navigation strip, which previously appeared on the latest entries and friends pages. This helps ensure that site navigation remains the same no matter what page you're viewing.

We hope you enjoy the changes, and please let us know if you run into any bugs or problems with the menu.

Note that the updated menu version is only for the redesigned version of the LiveJournal site. If you are using the older version of the site, the menu changes do not apply.

[Edit] Known issues & updates:

  • The old version of the friends page (/friends) is not applying friends filters. This will be fixed in an upcoming release.

  • The option for switching to the old version of the site has moved; it is now available as the last option at http://www.livejournal.com/manage/settings/?cat=display.

Best comments, related entries update & new captcha
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theljstaff wrote in news
Hi all, we have a few changes to the site to announce today!

Best Comment & other comment page updates

The new Best Comment feature allows you to pick one comment in your entry and highlight it at the top of the comments section. You can use this to highlight any comment on an entry which you find to be especially interesting, funny, useful, or relevant to the discussion.

To select a comment, just click on the green star icon (green star) in the hover menu for the comment. Once a comment has been selected, it will appear at the top of the comments section with a "Best" icon (Best comment) and will also appear with this icon in its normal place within the comments section. This feature works in both personal journals and communities, but only the person who posts the entry can select a Best Comment.

Additional changes to the comment page have also been made to update the icon set which appears when hovering over a comment, and the 'link' function has been moved to the timestamp section. Clicking on the date & time of any comment will take you to thread for that comment.

All changes mentioned above only apply to the system commenting scheme; custom comment pages have not been changed.

Related Entries

The Related Entries feature has been updated to permit use of friends only entries. If you post a Friends Only entry and select to include the Related Entries feature, it will display both Friends Only and Public entries. If a Public entry is posted, only Public entries will appear in the module. The Related Entries only shows previews of entries that the viewer has access to see. Please note that Custom security level content will not appear in the module; this is to ensure that the module is consistent for everyone when it is viewed.

Captcha update & bug fixes

We began using a new captcha provider last week (the "prove you are human" tests). Unfortunately, it was causing issues in several cases, most commonly when custom comment pages were being used or when someone attempted to switch to commenting anonymously. These issues should be fixed now, but we encourage anyone still having problems with these to open a support request with as much information on when problems occur as possible.

Related Entries, personalized LJ Maps, and Remember
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theljstaff wrote in news
Hello everyone! Today, we have 2 new features to talk about as well as an update on the Remember LiveJournal promotion.

Related Entries

The Related Entries feature has been added to the site which allows you to include a preview of your other entries at the bottom of any public post you make. The previews will appear to anyone directly viewing the entry, and you can choose to show up to 9 of your most recent entries, entries using the same tag as the one you are posting, or include specific entry URLs you would like to include. This feature can be used in a variety of ways, such as promoting your other entries, allowing others to quickly find things you've written on the same subject in the past, or as an easy way to link to other chapters of your book. For additional information on how to use this feature, check out the FAQ!

Related Entries

Personalized maps for LJ Maps

LJ Maps has been updated to include the ability for you to have your own personal version of the map which displays only your entries which have been added to the map. You can share this map with others as well, and in the near future we'll be adding embedding support so you can include your map in your profile or an entry to easily show others your places on the map! For additional information on how to use this feature, please see the LJ Maps FAQ.

Remember LiveJournal invite limit increased

Based on feedback, we have increased the daily number of invites that can be sent through the Remember LiveJournal from 2 to 10.

LiveJournal is now accepting payments in Bitcoin!
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theljstaff wrote in news
We have partnered with Coinbase to provide instant and secure payment via Bitcoin to our users! Shop with Bitcoin now and, for a limited time, receive FREE userpics or storage space with any Paid account purchase!

How does it work?

1. Go to the LJ Shop, select any Paid account subscription and add one free gift: 70 more userpics OR an additional 10 GB of storage space. Please note, if you add both 70 more userpics and an additional 10GB of storage space to your cart, only the 70 more userpics will be free.


Bitcoin

2. Select "Bitcoin" as your payment method, and click "Checkout". Click on the "Pay with Bitcoin" button. From here, you can choose to pay directly from your Bitcoin wallet by using the generated payment address or by scanning the QR code with your smartphone. Or, if you have a Coinbase account, you can log in and send payment directly.

You can also create your Bitcoin wallet in minutes at https://www.coinbase.com/signup.

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New Feature: delete all comments from a user

Unrelated to our Bitcoin announcement, we also wanted to announce that it is now possible to quickly delete all comments from a specific user in your journal or community.

You can do this by going to the Admin Console and running the command:

delete_comments exampleusername (replacing exampleusername with the username of the person whose comments you would like to delete.)

If you are a community owner or maintainer and want to delete comments from a specific user in your community, the command would be:

delete_comments exampleusername from communityname (again replacing both exampleusername and communityname with the appropriate usernames).

Invite your friends back to LiveJournal!
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theljstaff wrote in news
Do you have LiveJournal friends you'd like to hear from again but who haven't posted for awhile? Do you sometimes feel like your Friends page doesn't have as much content as it could? Well, now you can invite your friends back and get some free paid time added to your account as well!

We are pleased to announce the Remember promotion, which allows currently active LiveJournal users to send an invitation to their friends who haven't been active for awhile. If your friend accepts the invitation, both you and your friend will receive a month of paid time! You can receive up to 6 months paid time if you invite multiple friends, and a special gift will be given to the person who brings the most people back to LiveJournal!

So, how does it work?
All you need to do is go to http://www.livejournal.com/remember/ while logged in to your LiveJournal account and enter your friend's username (or you can copy/paste the link and send it to them directly). We'll send them an email with a confirmation code, and once they accept, they just need to post a new entry (at any security level) for you both to receive one month of paid time added to your account!


What are the rules for sending and receiving invitations?
The following eligibility restrictions apply:

1) The invited account must have no logins recorded for the past 12 months or longer.

2) You cannot send invitations to your own alternate accounts.

3) Identity accounts (accounts that login via Facebook, Twitter, and so on) can neither send nor receive invitations. Only full LiveJournal accounts can participate.

4) This promotion is currently for non-Cyrillic users only.


Anything else I need to know?
Nope, that's it! So head on over to http://www.livejournal.com/remember/ and help bring your friends back to LiveJournal!

Scrapbook redesign
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theljstaff wrote in news
We've been hard at work on the appearance of the LiveJournal platform, and today we are happy to present you with a redesigned version of our photo hosting feature. All functionality which was present in the old interface has been preserved, and the appearance has been brought in line with our new video hosting feature.

We have also expanded on mass actions within photo albums: aside from deleting and posting multiple images at once, it is now possible to move multiple images to another album, and to change their privacy settings. Information on the remaining disk space you have available on LiveJournal is also now displayed on all pages of Scrapbook.

Album view

We appreciate any feedback, comments and suggestions you have about this feature!

Design changes and movie night!
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theljstaff wrote in news
Hi all! We've just done another code release to the site and wanted to give you a quick rundown of the changes.

Adaptive site menu

The main site menu has been changed so that it will react to your browser's window size. As your browser window becomes smaller, the menu will as well. This will improve the usability of the site menu for both mobile devices and people using low screen resolutions or small browser windows.

Settings page

The settings page has a new tab on it which has links to many of the commonly used management options on the site. If you're ever wondering where the link is to manage various features of the site, this will be a great place to look first.

New icons for Update Journal page

We've updated the icons for the Update Journal page. This is a purely cosmetic change, so everything functions as it did before, but the new icons should make it easier to see what that icon is used for.

LJ Movie night

We've created a new community over at lj_movienight where you can watch a movie every week with other people on LiveJournal! Movies will start at a specific time so everyone pushes play at the same time to watch it together and comment about it along the way.

Every week people nominate what they'd like to see, and then a poll is posted to the community to pick the final movie to watch. This week's poll is up here so feel free to vote on which movie you'd like to see!

We're using movies available on the Netflix catalog, for now, to try and ensure as many people as possible can easily watch the movie. So stock up on popcorn, head on over to lj_movienight, and have some fun!

Video hosting is here!
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theljstaff wrote in news
We're pleased to announce the launch of video hosting on LiveJournal! (Note: This feature is only visible if you are using the redesigned version of the LiveJournal site.)

You can view your video albums by going to [yourusername].livejournal.com/video. When you first get there, you'll see options to both upload a video and to create video albums. Once you've had a chance to add some videos to an album, it will look a bit more like the images under the cut.

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You can upload videos directly through the Albums page, and can also upload new videos or embed your existing videos directly to your entries & comments using the Insert Media button as shown in the following image. [click to expand]

Your video albums also have our standard set of privacy options (Public, Friends Only, Private, and Custom), and these privacy options extend to all videos in each album. If a video has a higher privacy level than an entry where it is posted, a placeholder message will be shown instead. The placeholder text will inform the viewer they don't have the necessary access to view the video.

There are currently no limits to the size of videos that can be uploaded other than your account's total storage limit which you can review on the Settings page.

We hope you enjoy the new feature, and please let us know if you have any problems or feedback about the new video hosting!

LJ Maps has launched, Writer's Block is back, and Twelve Days of ONTD are upon us!
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theljstaff wrote in news
Hello all, we have several exciting things to announce today!

LJ Maps

First off, we have a new feature, LJ Maps which lets you see what other people on LiveJournal have to say about the places they have visited.

LJ Maps

You can use LJ maps to view photos of the various cities, parks, beaches, historical landmarks, and other attractions around the world and see what other LiveJournal members have written about it.

You can also find more details and get a special V-Gift over at lj_maps, and read more about how to use the map in the LJ Maps FAQ. Go check it out and let us know what you think!

Writer's Block

We're very happy to announce the return of the Writer's Block to LiveJournal! Head on over to the LiveJournal homepage to check out the Writer's Block module in the upper right corner -- you can also add it directly onto your Friends feed as a widget! (Note that the homepage module and feed widget will only display if you are using the redesigned version of the LiveJournal site. It will not appear in the older version of the site. If you're using the older version of the site, you can follow the writersblock community to see and answer each day's question.)

A quick guide to using the new Writer's Block:

  • Answering the question of the day will post an entry to your journal at the security level you choose -- you can select from all the normal security options for your post, including your custom groups. If you select the Public security level, you can additionally select whether or not you want to have your answer appear at the reply page for that question. (The reply count shown in the module will count all entries created to answer the question, but only Public answers are shown at the reply page. So if the count shows "10" but only 7 answers appear at the answer page, it's because three of the entries were non-public.)

  • If you don't want to post an entry in your journal but still want to answer the question, you can do so at the writersblock community -- all questions are cross-posted there and can be commented on just like any other community entry.

  • Read other users' public answers and comment to find new friends.

  • You can also suggest your own questions at any time (up to two per day).

If you need more help finding these links in the module, check out this graphic: [click here]



The first question will stay up for a few days as we check things over and make sure everything is working smoothly when more people are answering the questions. New questions will then be posted every weekday, starting next Monday.

12 days of ONTD

ohnotheydidnt is hosting 'Twelve Days of ONTD' this year! Each day until Christmas, you can join in the free-for-all posts for a chance to win a LiveJournal paid account. On Christmas Day, ohnotheydidnt is giving away a special gift to one lucky commenter! All you have to do is comment for a chance to win, so let loose and have fun! You can check out all of the Twelve Days of ONTD posts here.

Thank you all and happy holidays!

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