LiveJournal not affected by Heartbleed
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Dear users,

As you might have heard, a major vulnerability in SSL (the secure channel used for HTTPS) has been detected recently. As many as two thirds of internet sites were affected, including social networks and major web sites.

We are happy to confirm that LiveJournal is not vulnerable and has not been affected at all.

Meanwhile, in the past 12 months we have been working hard to deploy many security features to protect user data.

Nevertheless, even though LiveJournal was not affected by the Heartbleed bug, changing your password is still a good idea, especially if you use similar passwords on other sites whose data may have been compromised. If you haven't changed your password in the last year, we recommend that you do so now.

Release 106 is now live
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With release 106, the page for managing your tags has been updated. It now includes the following abilities:

1) You can now merge tags. When you rename a tag to another tag name which already exists, it will combine those two tags into a single tag using the name you specify.

2) You can select up to 10 of your tags and enter new tag names to add to all entries which use one or more of those selected tags.

If you run into any issues using this new page, please comment to this entry in lj_releases to let us know. Thanks!

Redesigned LiveJournal Home Page
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theljstaff wrote in news
A redesigned version of the LiveJournal homepage is now live! You can read a full description of the new page and its functionality by visiting this entry in lj_releases.

Release 105 is now live!
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Release 105 is now live for the LiveJournal site.

New features:
-- Communities can now have custom security groups created for them. Only community owners and maintainers can create or post to custom security groups for the community. A new security level of 'maintainers' has also been created, which can be used by the community owner/maintainers to post entries that will only be visible to the current owner/maintainers of the community.

-- Community owners & maintainers can now opt to receive pingback notifications when their community is mentioned by others on LiveJournal.

Bug fixes:
-- Notifications are now sent correctly for replies to anonymous comments.
-- Incorrect profile page friend & membership counts are fixed.
-- Links to ICQ accounts in the External Services section of the profile no longer link to an invalid URL.
-- If a user you have banned uses your username in an entry or comment, it will no longer generate a pingback notification.

Please see this post in lj_releases for full information and links to the pages where community maintainers can set up these new features.

Release #103 now live
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Release 103 is now live for the LiveJournal site. A summary of the changes:

-- The criteria for defining inactive accounts has been adjusted slightly. Now, journals or communities that contain 2 or fewer entries can be considered to be inactive (as long as several other criteria are also met).

-- The 'adult concepts' setting has been removed, leaving only a single adult setting available named simply Adult Content. If your journal was using adult concepts, it no longer has any adult setting defined. If your journal is using the previous 'explicit adult content' setting, it has been converted to the new setting.

-- Some adjustments have been made to the suspicious login monitoring feature (which notifies you of potentially suspicious logins to your account) so that there should now be far fewer false positives.

-- Several bug fixes.

Please see this post in the lj_releases community for full details on all of these items. Thanks!

Release #102 now live
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Release 102 is now live for the LiveJournal site. Please see this post in the lj_releases community for full details. Thanks!

Friends feed information, plus paid account information
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We've posted some additional information about the new Friends feed page, providing details on some features that are yet to come in the beta phase.

Please see this post in the lj_releases community for this additional information about the new Friends feed page, plus information about paid accounts. (Note that comments are 'off' on this post simply because it's just a pointer to the releases post.)

Edited: Sorry this was friends only for a bit!

New beta version of Friends page, plus other features and fixes
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With the release of version 98 yesterday, the Friends page has been redesigned as a system page for all users and is now available for beta testing by everyone. As you may have already seen, there will be a link at the top of your Friends page allowing you to switch between the new and old versions throughout the beta testing period.

For full information on this redesigned page, plus other new features and bug fixes, please see this post in the lj_releases community. Thank you!

Redesigned Update Page & Scrapbook for all account types
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Release 96.5 is live, and there's a few important things in this patch we wanted to let you know about.

First, Scrapbook is now available to Basic accounts! All Basic accounts can use all features of Scrapbook and can upload up to 1 GB of images.

Next, we have a redesigned version of the Update page that's now in public beta testing. There is a link on the Update page to "Switch to new version", and you can switch back and forth between the old and new versions while the redesign is being Beta tested. Once the Beta testing period is over, however, the option to switch will be removed. If you're having trouble finding this option, here's an image that highlights where the link is:

[click to show image]switch to new version

Some of the highlights of the redesigned page include:

  • You can click the Full Screen button Full Screen Button to hide the posting options and maximize the size of the main text area.

  • The interface for selecting Tags has been redesigned and will sort your tags alphabetically.

  • There is now a link to restore from an available draft. This link will appear on the right side above the Subject field, if there is a draft available. This image highlights where the restore link is:
    [click to show image]Restore from draft

  • The HTML tab now includes many new buttons to easily insert the HTML for commonly used features.

  • Selecting userpics for your entry now uses a visual interface with the ability to search for userpic keywords.

  • The main text area will automatically expand to add new lines if you enter enough content to need additional space.

Please feel free to comment to this entry with any bugs you run into, or general feedback & suggestions you have about the redesigned update page.

Release 95
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The official LiveJournal Release 95 is now live. Below are the new features and bug fixes you’ll find in our latest update to the site. (This information can also be found at lj_releases

  • In the Popular Entries module which appears on the LiveJournal homepage, when hovering over any entry you can now see the number of comments, mark an entry as read, or block all future entries from that community from appearing in for you. There are also links in this module which will allow you to switch between viewing your customized version (default option) and the full ratings which will include communities you have blocked and entries you have marked as read. You can add or remove accounts from your list of blocked communities on the new Manage Ratings page.

  • The list of Popular Communities can now be sorted by either their total Social Capital, or by how many people have visited them in the last 24 hours.

  • Paid & Permanent accounts can now see a list of the most frequent commenters to their journal over a specified time period at

Bug Fixes:
  • The tab order has been fixed in the default commenting scheme so that after typing your comment, you can press Tab and then Enter to post a comment.

  • Selecting a userpic with multiple keywords should no longer revert to using your default userpic when commenting.

  • Posting a comment with your default userpic will correctly use it instead of selecting the image which comes first in alphabetical order.

  • S2 comment pages: The missing "Expand" link on the first comment thread on a page has been fixed.

  • The Promo module should no longer appear in notifications for non-Cyrillic users.

  • The link to download the Windows Mobile app links to the proper place to download the app -

  • The "Bluetiful" style will no longer fail to load images which are necessary to display the style correctly.

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